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Blaze hits Thai Union plant in Canada

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

Seafood titan Thai Union Group has reported a fire at a processing plant in North America has "significantly affected" operations at the facility. ... read more

Danish Crown to close domestic plant

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

Danish Crown has decided to shut one of its domestic facilities, with the Denmark-based meat co-op wanting to "maintain competitiveness". ... read more

Fire halts production at Bakkavor UK plant

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

A Bakkavor factory manufacturing garlic bread and doughballs has seen output hit by a fire over the weekend, the UK private-label supplier has confirmed. ... read more

Two suitors table bids for up-for-sale Tiger Brands meat assets

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

Tiger Brands has issued fresh details on the interest in the "value-added" meat business the South Africa-based consumer-goods group has put on the block. ... read more

Covid-19 - Output halted at meat group Vion plant

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

Dutch meat supplier Vion has seen output at one of its domestic sites halted – and all staff sent home for a fortnight's quarantine – after dozens of workers tested positive. ... read more

Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney on how the UK food-to-go supplier will bounce back - the just-food interview

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

UK supplier Greencore, with its major food-to-go business, has seen Covid-19 hammer sales in recent weeks. Chief executive Patrick Coveney believes the company can emerge stronger. ... read more

Mars 'sues JAB Holding over alleged theft of documents'

22 May 2020 | Dean Best

Mars and JAB Holding are reportedly set for a legal battle after the Snickers giant filed a suit against the Pret and Panera Bread owner over claims an executive stole documents. ... read more

Greencore readies re-starting at paused plant

20 May 2020 | Dean Best

Greencore, one of the largest private-label suppliers operating in the UK, is set to open one of the three factories where it halted production last month. ... read more

"Foodservice is the most exciting part of our outlook when Covid-19 clears" – Andy Shovel, co-founder of UK meat-free brand This, the bitesize interview

20 May 2020 | Dean Best

UK brand This, one of a flurry of firms looking to ride rising consumer interest in meat alternatives, talks adapting to Covid-19 hit, competition and optimism for foodservice. ... read more

Nestle to build plant-based factory in China

20 May 2020 | Dean Best

The world's largest food maker has set out the sectors behind which it will invest in production in what is the company's second-largest market. ... read more

BRF re-opens Brazil plant hit by Covid-19

19 May 2020 | Dean Best

BRF, the Brazil-based supplier of meat products and prepared foods, has re-opened a factory closed amid concerns over Covid-19. ... read more

Sanderson Farms foodservice poultry orders at two-thirds pre-Covid-19 levels

19 May 2020 | Dean Best

US poultry group Sanderson Farms has revealed the current position of its orders through foodservice, the mainstay of the business and which has been hit by Covid-19. ... read more

Covid-19 - Greencore says early H2 sales down 40%

19 May 2020 | Dean Best

Greencore, the Ireland-based manufacturer that is one of the largest private-label suppliers in the UK, has provided details on how Covid-19 has affected sales in recent weeks. ... read more

Danish Crown halts slaughterhouse after Covid-19 hits customer

18 May 2020 | Dean Best

Danish Crown, the Denmark-based meat cooperative, has stopped output at a slaughterhouse after an outbreak of Covid-19 among staff at one of the site's customers. ... read more

Belgium's Milcobel hires ex-Unilever exec Nils van Dam as permanent CEO

18 May 2020 | Dean Best

Milcobel, the Belgium-based dairy cooperative, has announced the appointment of a permanent chief executive. ... read more

General Mills chief talks brands, recession, foodservice and M&A - seven things to learn

15 May 2020 | Dean Best

General Mills is among the packaged-food majors to benefit from pantry-loading and, this week, it virtually met with investors to discuss a range of topics. Here are the takeaways. ... read more

UK noodles firm Mr Lee's Pure Foods enters US

14 May 2020 | Dean Best

Mr Lee's Pure Foods Co., a UK supplier of on-the-go noodles, has added a fifth country to its roster of markets. ... read more

UK government 'sees split over plans to lower US ag tariffs'

14 May 2020 | Dean Best

The UK government is reportedly readying plans to cut tariffs on US agricultural imports as part of a trade deal between the two nations. ... read more

UK pulses business Merchant Gourmet launches into D2C

14 May 2020 | Dean Best

Merchant Gourmet, the UK pulses and grains business owned by local distributor Leathams, has opened up a new sales channel to adapt to the Covid-19 outbreak. ... read more

Ireland secures access for pigmeat exports to Mexico

13 May 2020 | Dean Best

Ireland has secured access for its exports of pigmeat to a major market in Latin America, the country's government has announced. ... read more

Covid-19 - Court orders meat giant BRF to shut plant

13 May 2020 | Dean Best

BRF, the Brazil-based meat and prepared foods giant, has been ordered to close one of its factories in its domestic market. ... read more

Covid-19 - Thai Union re-opens Ghana cannery

12 May 2020 | Dean Best

Seafood giant Thai Union Group has partially re-opened a cannery closed after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus. ... read more

Ireland's M&M Walshe becomes Eight Fifty Food Group's first acquisition

12 May 2020 | Dean Best

Eight Fifty Food Group, the UK-based meat and seafood group created last year through M&A, has made its first purchase. ... read more

Sports-nutrition firm BellRing Brands predicts "pent-up" demand after Covid-19

11 May 2020 | Dean Best

BellRing Brands, the US protein-shakes and nutrition bars supplier, has given indications of how it sees Covid-19 shaping demand for its products. ... read more

Cargill 'to shut another plant in Canada'

11 May 2020 | Dean Best

A second Cargill meat factory in Canada is reportedly to be closed due to staff working for the US agri-food group contracting Covid-19. ... read more

Frozen-food group Nomad Foods lifts sales forecast

11 May 2020 | Dean Best

Iglo and Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods today (7 May) gave an indication of how the early weeks of the Covid-19 crisis has affected the frozen-food manufacturer. ... read more

"Fermented foods are on fire right now" – Cleveland Kitchen CEO Drew Anderson on US sauerkraut specialist's ambitions, the bitesize interview

6 May 2020 | Dean Best

CEO Drew Anderson talks doing battle with larger competitors, Cleveland Kitchen's stint in Kraft Heinz's incubator and launching a product in the middle of a pandemic. ... read more

Meat industry to step up spending on automation, Tyson Foods forecasts

6 May 2020 | Dean Best

Tyson Foods, the US meat major and one of the world's largest, has sketched out its view on the use of automation in production in an industry hit by Covid-19 cases. ... read more

Alpro owner Danone plans plant-based assault

6 May 2020 | Dean Best

Danone has announced a "new chapter" for its combined dairy and plant-based business, which includes setting up a unit to help its dairy-free business grow geographically. ... read more

Bakkavor, Greencore mum on Adelie Foods takeover link

5 May 2020 | Dean Best

Private-label giants Bakkavor and Greencore have refused to be drawn on a report claiming the companies are in talks to possibly buy a UK peer. ... read more

Covid-19 - Conagra eyes Birds Eye plant restart this week

5 May 2020 | Dean Best

US food major Conagra Brands has issued an update on the status of one of its factories manufacturing products under the Birds Eye brand. ... read more

Czech giant Agrofert to close bakery

5 May 2020 | Dean Best

Czech agri-food giant Agrofert is to make a change to its bakery production network, a year after acquiring a local peer in the sector. ... read more

Chinese giant Yili in organic dairy push

5 May 2020 | Dean Best

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., one of China's largest dairy companies, is ploughing investment into the organic sector. ... read more

Covid-19 - Tyson Foods flags upcoming pressure on volumes

4 May 2020 | Dean Best

US meat titan Tyson Foods has sketched out the likely impact on its sales from the Covid-19 pandemic over the next six months. ... read more

Covid-19 - Kellogg pushes back Incogmeato launch

4 May 2020 | Dean Best

US giant Kellogg is pushing back the planned, domestic launch of another plant-based brand due to the Covid-19 outbreak. ... read more