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Lucy Britner

How are packaged food manufacturers using AI in NPD?

7 July 2020 | Lucy Britner

How can artificial intelligence help packaged-food companies in the development of new products, a notoriously difficult area in which to succeed? Lucy Britner explores.  ... read more

How might Covid-19 shape interest in health-and-wellness?

19 May 2020 | Lucy Britner

With a health crisis set to be joined by a financial one, how will interest in diet and functionality, coupled with pressure on income, affect the trend of health and wellness? ... read more

Covid-19 - Foodservice giant Bidcorp in China direct-to-consumer push

14 May 2020 | Lucy Britner

Bidcorp's Asia foodservice business, Angliss Asia, has described a new online business-to-consumer platform in China as a key growth area for the company. ... read more

Machine dreams – the future of artificial intelligence in food and beverage operations

22 April 2020 | Lucy Britner

Proponents of artificial intelligence say the tech can help feed a growing global population with greater efficiency. Lucy Britner looks at how manufacturers could tap into AI. ... read more

The consumer trends to look for beyond Covid-19

7 April 2020 | Lucy Britner

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage worldwide, Lucy Britner looks further ahead to suggest how the crisis could change consumer behaviour. ... read more

Brothers International Desserts acquires Schoep’s Ice Cream

2 March 2020 | Lucy Britner

California-based Brothers International Desserts has purchased the Schoep's Ice Cream business in Winconsin. ... read more

Canada’s Avena Foods lines up new oat mill

2 March 2020 | Lucy Britner

Canadian gluten-free oats producer Avena Foods has announced plans to build a new processing facility in the country. ... read more

Over the influence? The future of social media

9 December 2019 | Lucy Britner

In this latest edition of FUTURES, Lucy Britner explores what the next generation of social media platforms might look like – and what it means for  food and drinks companies. ... read more

How functional drinks makers are moving beyond snacks in a bottle

6 August 2019 | Lucy Britner

A growing number of beverage firms look to offer 'a snack in a bottle' - but, looking at their ingredients, Lucy Britner writes more brands are touting their nutritional benefits. ... read more

How can food companies connect with Generation Z? - just-food FUTURES Vol.6

23 April 2019 | Lucy Britner

just-food's FUTURES service presents its latest free-to-read analysis, with Lucy Britner setting out how food companies should best market and sell to Generation Z. ... read more

Coca-Cola Amatil shuts down Lion Dairy speculation

18 March 2019 | Lucy Britner

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has commented on speculation linking it to the purchase of Kirin's Australia-based food and beverage unit. ... read more

Embrace smart tech to stay connected to consumers - just-food FUTURES

14 February 2019 | Lucy Britner

Food companies need to get serious about smart technology in order to stay connected with consumers, according to the latest report from FUTURES, the new service from just-food. ... read more

The future of personalised nutrition - just-food FUTURES vol. 4

13 February 2019 | Lucy Britner

Consumers are starting to consider their genetic make-up to determine what they should eat and drink. just-food FUTURES surveys the outlook for personalised nutrition. ... read more

Food and drinks firms must consider a world without plastics - research

13 December 2018 | Lucy Britner

Find out what could happen to food and drinks producers who don't make the move towards producing more environmentally-friendly packaging in the latest issue of FUTURES.  ... read more

Luxembourg next to legalise recreational cannabis use

30 November 2018 | Lucy Britner

A European country has confirmed it will legalise the recreational use of cannabis, marking another market where restrictions are being eased or removed. ... read more

What is the future of autonomous delivery in food?

16 November 2018 | Lucy Britner

just-food's new FUTURES service looks in-depth at how the fledgling area of autonomous delivery of food products could take shape. ... read more

Alibaba's Tmall eyes faster product innovation in market research deal

17 October 2018 | Lucy Britner

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba's e-commerce platform has partnered with a range of market research groups as it looks to help companies speed up their new product development process. ... read more

Trend Hunter Future Festival's 11 food-and-drink consumer trends to watch in 2019

27 September 2018 | Lucy Britner

As part of the Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto last week, the consumer insights company laid out key trends for 2019. Here, Lucy Britner highlights the top picks for food and drinks.... read more

How to lead a business through disruption – lessons from the former CEO of Chicago Tribune – Trend Hunter Future Festival

25 September 2018 | Lucy Britner

In the latest of her dispatches from the Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto, Lucy Britner looks at how FMCG manufacturers might learn from one of the major names in US media.... read more

The future is omnichannel and it's now - dispatches from Trend Hunter Future Festival

21 September 2018 | Lucy Britner

These days, omni-channel is the latest buzzword in retail circles, with Alibaba's 'new retail' concept in China, Hema, one of the leading players in creating a crossover between on- and off-line shopping.... read more

Welch's names ex-Schwan's exec Trevor Bynum as next CEO

21 September 2018 | Lucy Britner

US food and beverage group Welch's has appointed a new president and CEO.... read more

"Micro-influencers" can drive brand awareness - TrendHunter

20 September 2018 | Lucy Britner

Brand owners should look to micro-influencers in the social media realm in order to drive consumer awareness, the president of consumer trends specialist TrendHunter has recommended.... read more

Coca-Cola 'set to move for GSK's Horlicks'

10 September 2018 | Lucy Britner

The Coca-Cola Co. could be about to follow its acquisition for Costa Coffee with a bid for GlaxoSmithKline's Horlicks business in India.... read more

The future of retail in China: using Big Data to create smart shops

18 May 2018 | Lucy Britner

The way consumers shop in China is changing. The country's Internet giants are using e-commerce data to blend on- and off-line experiences in an effort to create a 'new retail' landscape. In this report, Lucy Britner offers an overview of the major changes and a closer look at how food and beverage companies are getting involved.... read more

FrieslandCampina launches Optiwell yoghurt drink in UK, Ireland

24 August 2015 | Lucy Britner

FrieslandCampina, the Dutch dairy co-operative, is launching its Optiwell yoghurt drink in the UK and Ireland.... read more