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Why UK obesity reset is watershed moment – in more ways than one

27 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

Covid-19 – and Boris Johnson's severe illness from the virus – has prompted significant changes to UK obesity policy. And Ben Cooper wonders what could come next.  ... read more


How might Covid-19 affect food supply chains?

15 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

Post-Covid-19, governments are likely support agriculture to bolster food security, while manufacturers seek resilience by decentralising output and strengthening local supply. ... read more


Chlorinated chicken – what's everyone really talking about?

8 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

As the UK and US hold discussions over a free trade deal, Ben Cooper digs into what has become the controversial issue of 'chlorinated chicken'.  ... read more


Nestle’s Fairtrade move is wrong – and very wrong now

1 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

just-food's Ben Cooper sets out his opposition to Nestlé's decision to end Fairtrade certification for its flagship KitKat chocolate brand in the UK and Ireland. ... read more


"We want to transform the sector" – Mondelez's Cathy Pieters on snacks giant's Cocoa Life programme, its progress and challenges ahead

19 June 2020 | Ben Cooper

In 2016, Mondelez ended Fairtrade certification for Dairy Milk and forged a new tie-up with Fairtrade through its own sustainability platform Cocoa Life. What happened next? ... read more


BMJ blame game no help to obesity sufferers at higher risk from Covid-19

12 June 2020 | Ben Cooper

If Donald Trump were a health campaigner, he may have struck a similar tone on Covid-19 and obesity as the British Medical Journal did this week, Ben Cooper writes. ... read more


How could Covid-19 change how we think about food?

11 May 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes to food and on the global food system. ... read more


Could UK's post-Covid-19 obesity policy be more than nudge in right direction?

29 April 2020 | Ben Cooper

Could 'nudge theory' - seen as having had a significant impact on the way the UK has sought to tackle Covid-19 - also shape policy choices on obesity once the dust settles? ... read more


Why food companies have to get soy sorted

16 April 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at the challenge manufacturers face in putting their soy supply chains on a sustainable footing and why it's so important to them and the planet that they succeed. ... read more


"We’ll look back on these few weeks as a real triumph for the food supply chain" - Tim Rycroft, COO of UK trade body The Food and Drink Federation

2 April 2020 | Ben Cooper

Tim Rycroft, COO at UK trade body The Food and Drink Federation, on how the industry is responding to Covid-19 and if the crisis is changing how people value the sector. ... read more


Could Covid-19 make for more caring companies?

31 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

How might corporate engagement in addressing major global issues, such as climate change and poverty, be affected by the coronavirus pandemic? ... read more


If and when it has time, the UK must ponder its post-Brexit biotech options

24 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper ponders where the UK might go on GM regulation after the end of the Brexit transition period and what that may mean for UK-based food manufacturers. ... read more


New Zealand's A2 Milk inks licensing agreement in Canada

13 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. has agreed a licensing deal for fluid milk in the Canadian market with a dairy cooperative. ... read more


Bahlsen names former Cadbury man Phil Rumbol as first non-family CEO  

12 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Bahlsen, the family-run biscuit maker in Germany, has announced a new chief executive, the first time an outsider has been appointed to the role. ... read more


AUA adds Holiday Foods to Gourmet Culinary Partners line-up

6 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

AUA Private Equity, the New York-based investment house, has acquired a local developer and marketer of appetisers for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


Tulip in talks with workforce as UK plant faces closure

5 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Tulip, the UK meat company owned by US group Pilgrim's Pride, has announced it will enter talks with employee representatives at one of its UK plants which it is looking to close. ... read more


Danone-owned Horizon Organic makes carbon positive pledge

4 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Horizon Organic, the US organic dairy brand owned by French dairy giant Danone, has announced a carbon positive pledge. ... read more


JBS-owned plant-based start-up Planterra set for nationwide US debut

4 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Planterra Foods, the plant-based protein start-up owned by Brazilian meat giant JBS, is planning a roll-out of its Ozo brand next month. ... read more


Annual plant-based food sales top US$5bn in US

4 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Figures just released have revealed the extent to which plant-based foods sales are growing in the US. ... read more


The Carlyle Group to sell Japan's Meisui Bijin to Shinmei

3 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group has agreed to sell Japanese bean sprouts manufacturer Meisui Bijin Factory. ... read more


Plant-based seafood firm Good Catch in distribution deal with Bumble Bee 

3 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

US seafood group Bumble Bee Foods has announced a joint venture partnership with a local plant-based seafood alternatives firm. ... read more


Japanese snacks firm Calbee acquires local company Potato Kaitsuka

3 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

Japanese snack maker Calbee has announced it has acquired a local sweet potato business from its shareholders and major investor. ... read more


McCain-backed plant-based protein firm Nuggs to enter retail

3 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

McCain Foods-backed plant-based protein brand Nuggs has announced a new initiative which will see it enter a new channel. ... read more


UK fruit group Berry Gardens names Nick Allen as new CEO

3 March 2020 | Ben Cooper

UK fruit producer Berry Gardens has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer who will take up the role immediately. ... read more


Should the UK take new approach to novel foods post-Brexit?

22 January 2020 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper reports from an industry event in London to weigh up whether the UK should change its stance on novel foods once the country leaves the EU. ... read more


Industry faces daunting task on child labour in cocoa despite new momentum

19 December 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper welcomes the progress Nestlé is making on tackling the use of child labour in the cocoa supply chain but stresses the company - and industry - still has work ahead. ... read more


Climate change, aquaculture and healthy diets - Thai Union's Dr Darian McBain on seafood giant's sustainability targets

6 December 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper speaks to Dr Darian McBain, global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union, about attempts to put sustainability at the heart of the business. ... read more


Climate change set to define sustainability agenda in 2020

26 November 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how climate concerns will not only top the sustainability agenda in 2020 but pervade many other areas of concern. ... read more


The rise of plant-based and the clean-label challenge

25 October 2019 | Ben Cooper

We examine whether clean-label concerns among consumers will support the plant-based category's continued growth or present challenges. ... read more


How food companies are now at centre of climate change and development debates

2 October 2019 | Ben Cooper

The recent UN climate summits underlined how Big Food is now at the centre of debates on issues like climate change and development, Ben Cooper reports. ... read more


Why food industry must safeguard positive health message of plant-based protein

18 September 2019 | Ben Cooper

As the plant-based meat and dairy markets explode, Ben Cooper sets out why food companies must ensure products deliver on nutritional value. ... read more


"It's a matter of staying relevant as a business" - Danone CEO takes lead in new industry push on inequality

28 August 2019 | Ben Cooper

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber is at the forefront of a new, business-led coalition set up to try to tackle inequalities. He explains why industry needs to play a leading role. ... read more


Why Nestle's new chocolate innovation is more about waste than sugar

31 July 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper mulls over Nestlé's newest innovation in confectionery, a chocolate bar made exclusively from cocoa beans and pulp without the addition of refined sugar. ... read more


UK grocer Iceland leads way with resolve on packaging

24 July 2019 | Ben Cooper

UK grocer Iceland is among the retailers leading the way on packaging and, rightly, remains undeterred, Ben Cooper writes - even if consumer behaviour can be frustrating. ... read more


World Resources Institute serves up five-course menu for a sustainable food system

17 July 2019 | Ben Cooper

How can the global food system feed almost 10bn people by 2050, while contributing its required share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions over the next three decades? ... read more


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