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Pure Harvest's indoor-farming ambitions in import-dependent Middle East – the bitesize interview

11 May 2021 | Simon Harvey

As the development of controlled-environment farming builds around the world, we speak with Majed Halawi, the vice president for growth at Abu Dhabi-based Pure Harvest. ... read more


"It does add some complexities" – General Mills' John Haugen on backing challenger brands as Covid-19 upends consumer habits

5 May 2021 | Dean Best

John Haugen, the head of General Mills' VC-style arm 301 Inc., talks to Dean Best about his unit's investment strategy and how Covid-19 has shaped what the US giant is looking for. ... read more


Abergavenny Fine Foods' new owners see "healthy growing market" in finger snacks – MD Jason Rees on Frostkrone's "mission" in UK

21 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Abergavenny Fine Foods, the UK-based private-label business, has a new owner. Simon Harvey speaks with MD Jason Rees about the plans ahead. ... read more


"We feel the pressure from the market" – Emmi's Gerold Schatt on Swiss dairy group's sustainability targets

14 April 2021 | Dean Best

Emmi has a new set of sustainability targets, with an overall aim to be "net-zero" by 2050. The dairy group discusses its goals and the spotlight being shone on the whole industry. ... read more


"We want to replicate the taste of meat in the healthiest way" – Brazilian plant-based protein firm The New wants to stand apart as market builds

7 April 2021 | Dean Best

The New is a fledgling plant-based protein business based in beef-loving Brazil. We hear from co-founder Bruno Fonseca about the company's ambitions domestically and overseas. ... read more


"We can lead the movement to make plant-based living the new norm. And many people agree" – Kees Kruythoff on The Livekindly Collective's latest funding and growth plans

31 March 2021 | Dean Best

Acquisitive meat-free supplier The Livekindly Collective has announced more funding. Dean Best speaks to bullish CEO Kees Kruythoff about the group's growth plans. ... read more


"The brand is back and reclaiming its roots" – Brian Connolly on bid to rejuvenate US pet-food business Natural Balance

24 March 2021 | Dean Best

Pet-food industry veteran Brian Connolly is Natural Balance's new CEO and he talks to Dean Best about his plans to get the US dog- and cat-food maker growing again. ... read more


Health central to breakfast cereal's future – Cereal Partners Worldwide's Gharry Eccles on reformulation drive

17 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with Gharry Eccles of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, on the challenges ahead for the breakfast-cereal business. ... read more


Flourishing in food – four female founders share their start-up stories

11 March 2021 | Dean Best

just-food speaks to four female entrepreneurs to hear what they've learnt on their journeys so far and what advice they have to others wanting to start their own food businesses.  ... read more


"We are moving faster to get to consumers" – Sioned Winfield, insights transformation director at PepsiCo

9 March 2021 | Lucy Britner

PepsiCo's insights transformation director on the need to be "closer and more responsive" to consumers and using AI to determine lasting trends. ... read more


The women shaping the future of food

8 March 2021 | Lucy Britner

Lucy Britner speaks to key players at in-house VC and innovation units about the food trends driving change and what the industry can do to encourage more female entrepreneurs. ... read more


"Premium and convenience are the areas where we operate best" – St Pierre Groupe's Paul Baker on offering indulgence in the bakery aisle

23 February 2021 | Andy Coyne

Paul Baker, co-founder of St Pierre Groupe, tells Andy Coyne about the UK bakery business' US strategy, how it has coped with Covid and how convenience is shaping its future. ... read more


Arla Foods CEO Peder Tuborgh on retaining dairy giant's new "modus operandi" – the just-food interview

12 February 2021 | Dean Best

The dairy giant developed a new "modus operandi" in response to Covid and managed to grow sales and profits. CEO Peder Tuborgh talks about his desire to retain some of that change. ... read more


"Taste, texture and price will be critical" – Novish's Maiko Van Der Meer on outlook for plant-based seafood

10 February 2021 | Dean Best

Ex-seafood exec Maiko Van Der Meer runs plant-based firm Novish. He discusses the seafood sector's view of plant-based alternatives and how the emerging industry can grow. ... read more


Amy's Kitchen CEO Xavier Unkovic looks to build on Covid-19 boost – the just-food interview

3 February 2021 | Dean Best

Xavier Unkovic, the recently-promoted CEO of Amy's Kitchen, talks about the US group's performance during Covid-19 and the company's plans for further growth. ... read more


"We want to be Asia's leading plant-nutrition company" – Growthwell Group's Justin Chou on how Singapore alt-protein firm plans to grow

20 January 2021 | Dean Best

Growthwell Group executive director Justin Chou on the Singapore alt-protein firm's plans, which involve expansion in Asia and a vision for a presence along the supply chain. ... read more


"We will be very substantial five years from now" – Plant & Bean CEO Edwin Bark on meat-free co-manufacturer’s "ambitious" expansion plans

12 January 2021 | Dean Best

Meat-free manufacturer Plant & Bean argues the industry must work harder on price and quality – and believes it can be a major player through plans for a global production network. ... read more


"We are sitting on a pot of gold" – Kraft Heinz's northern Europe chief Jojo de Noronha plans to build on Covid boost for brands

7 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kraft Heinz's divisional president for northern Europe discusses the business landscape in the face of Covid-19 and a recession. ... read more


How could food industry M&A take shape in 2021?

4 January 2021 | Dean Best

We speak to four experienced M&A advisers about how they expect deal-making in the packaged-food industry to take shape in 2021. ... read more


Chocolate maker Landbase eyes China's interest in low-sugar treats – interview

4 January 2021 | Wang Fangqing

Landbase is a fledgling Chinese firm building a business to cater for interest in healthier options for chocolate products in China in the country. We speak to CEO Ethan Zhou. ... read more


UK vegan brand Soulful's founder Ian Burke-Hamilton on bucking trends during Covid-19 – the bitesize interview

18 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

Iain Burke-Hamilton, founder of UK-based vegan business The Soulful Food Co., tells Andy Coyne how the brand has managed to grow sales during the pandemic.  ... read more


"If it's not affordable, then we're not going to be mass-market" – V2Food co-founder Nick Hazell on why price is central to Australian plant-based meat firm’s strategy

16 December 2020 | Dean Best

After fresh funding, V2Food is eyeing Asia but, at home and abroad, product pricing will be key to success, the Australian plant-based meat firm tells just-food. ... read more


"The growth is going to be from brands" – Vivera CEO Willem van Weede on prospects for meat-free in Europe

7 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

Vivera is emerging as one of the major players in Europe's plant-based meat market. Simon Harvey speaks with the Dutch firm's CEO to discuss the targets ahead. ... read more


Plenty Unlimited on mission to resolve land crisis through vertical farming – interview with co-founder Nate Storey

4 November 2020 | Simon Harvey

Plenty is building its third vertical farm in California on the back of external investment. Simon Harvey discusses the mechanisms and challenges with co-founder Dr. Nate Storey. ... read more


"Now we really are in the right space" – Whitworths CEO Mark Fairweather on how changes at UK group are bearing fruit

29 October 2020 | Dean Best

Whitworths CEO Mark Fairweather reflects on the opportunities presented this year by Covid-19 but also on the UK dried foods supplier's work to revise its strategy. ... read more


"We want to be a global brand for vegan food" – Jordan Lellouche, co-founder of The Good Spoon, outlines France vegan mayo firm's ambitions

19 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

The Good Spoon co-founder and chairman Jordan Lellouche tells Andy Coyne about his plans to grow the vegan mayonnaise brand. ... read more


"We've done the hard part. We're excited about the year ahead" – CEO Abhishek Sinha on outlook for India plant-based meat firm GoodDot

15 October 2020 | Dean Best

GoodDot Enterprises is seen as being the first modern plant-based meat business in India. The Udaipur-based firm has built a nationwide presence and has international ambitions. ... read more


Bonduelle deputy CEO Gregory Sanson on long-term impacts of Covid-19, resilience and M&A – the just-food interview part 2

1 October 2020 | Dean Best

Bonduelle's deputy CEO Gregory Sanson weighs up Covid could affect working practices in the longer term, sets out his thinking on foodservice and talks M&A plans. ... read more


"We don't see foodservice recovering over next year" – Bonduelle's Gregory Sanson on French group's FY results and outlook

30 September 2020 | Dean Best

Bonduelle saw sales rise but profits fall in the 12 months to the end of June. Deputy CEO Grégory Sanson talks to just-food about the French veg group's numbers and outlook. ... read more


PepsiCo's post-Covid optimism about Europe e-commerce – interview

23 September 2020 | Dean Best

It's no surprise to PepsiCo e-commerce sales jumped through the early months of Covid-19. But does it believe interest in shopping online will continue when the virus is tackled? ... read more


Covid-19 – US manufacturers talk trading, the economy and consumers

15 September 2020 | Dean Best

US grocery suppliers may largely have a got a Covid boost but, with the health and economic impacts of the virus still being felt, we asked four for their thoughts on trading. ... read more


"Emerging brands are going to come out of Covid even better" – Catalina Snacks president Joel Warady on why outlook for US keto firm is sweet

15 September 2020 | Dean Best

Catalina Snacks president Joel Warady reflects on the boost the US keto firm has seen from Covid and sets out why small brands can continue to thrive. ... read more


"Covid just adds yet another tailwind" – investor Nick Cooney on the opportunities for alternative-protein fund Lever VC

8 September 2020 | Dean Best

Nick Cooney, an experienced investor in alternative protein discusses his venture-capital fund's moves to back start-ups in the plant- and cell-based sectors. ... read more


Danone-backed Epigamia seeks to "contemporise" India's fragmented dairy industry – interview with CEO Rohan Mirchandani

3 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

Epigamia, an Indian dairy brand, has set an ambitious growth target despite the challenges presented by Covid-19. We speak with CEO Rohan Mirchandani for insight into its strategy. ... read more


"We are preparing ourselves for a long, slow, trek out of Covid" – UK food groups and their latest thoughts on Covid-19

1 September 2020 | just-food.com

Covid-19 is still presenting challenges to the industry and just-food spoke to a number of packaged-food manufacturers operating in the UK for their latest views on trading. ... read more


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