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2019 - The year in food industry M&A

11 December 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2019. ... 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

Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds 

4 December 2019 | Andy Coyne

Kraft Heinz is the latest food major to have used its in-house venture-capital unit to invest in an up-and-coming firm in a niche area. Here's our guide of notable VC arms. ... read more

What will drive growth of chocolate in India? - deep dive, part two

3 December 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

hIndia's chocolate sector is set to continue to enjoy solid growth and, in part two of a deep dive into the market, we look at which parts could offer rich pickings. ... read more

How should Big Food set up in direct-to-consumer?

3 December 2019 | Simon Harvey

How should Big Food companies go about setting up a direct-to-consumer service? Simon Harvey investigates. ... read more

How one brand dominates India's chocolate market - deep dive, part one

2 December 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

In a two-part look at India's chocolate market, Raghavendra Verma surveys the state of play in a growing industry. ... read more

Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

29 November 2019 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand. ... read more

Chinese dairy giant Mengniu turns again to Australia

27 November 2019 | Dean Best

Why has Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, moved to make another acquisition of an Australian business? We look at its deal for Lion Dairy & Drinks. ... 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

M&A, innovation and "purpose" - top takeaways from Unilever's 2019 investor summit

19 November 2019 | Dean Best

From Unilever's thinking on areas from M&A to innovation, we present the five things you need to know from the FMCG giant's investor event. ... read more

What could be the drivers behind food M&A in 2020?

19 November 2019 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey looks at what potentially might drive M&A activity in the packaged food industry in 2020. ... read more

How meat and dairy are countering criticism on climate

18 November 2019 | David Burrows

In the past 12 months the meat and dairy industries have been under fierce scrutiny for their roles in climate change. David Burrows reports on how they are trying to counter. ... read more

What next for ailing US dairy giant Dean Foods?

15 November 2019 | Dean Best

Dean Foods, the under-pressure dairy major, hopes filing for Chapter 11 and a possible takeover offers the best route forward for the business – but questions still remain. ... read more

Is Premier Foods leaning toward maintaining the status quo?

13 November 2019 | Simon Harvey

Premier Foods is nearing completion of a long-awaited strategic review. Simon Harvey takes a look at the latest developments, including a new management team and its earnings. ... read more

Keeping it real – plotting the likely UK food industry trends of 2020

12 November 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne asks key UK food industry influencers and analysts for their predictions of what we are likely to see in the sector in 2020. ... read more

You've bought a brand. How can you take it into new markets?

11 November 2019 | Simon Creasey

Big Food is snapping up smaller brands to inject some growth into their businesses. But how can large companies best roll out their new assets internationally? ... read more

Nestle may soon show how rules of game have changed in China

31 October 2019 | Dean Best

Nestlé's business in China may be set for significant changes. If they materialise, what would it signify for the world's largest food maker's operations in the market? ... read more

The food-tech landscape – the investors' view

29 October 2019 | Dean Best

The Future Food-Tech event in London heard from corporate and VC investors as they surveyed the challenges and opportunities in the sector. Here are the top takeaways. ... 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 can cell-based food reach scale?

23 October 2019 | Dean Best

Interest in cellular agriculture is intensifying, with more companies forming and investors eyeing up the nascent sector. But can cell-based meat, dairy and seafood reach scale? ... read more

Why cheese giant Bel sees opportunities in plants

23 October 2019 | Sophie Kevany

Best known for processed cheese, the new, plant-forward business strategy of France's Bel Group has garnered mixed reactions. Sophie Kevany reports. ... read more

How younger consumers are shaping packaging strategy

23 October 2019 | Callum Tyndall

As younger consumers continue to shape FMCG branding strategies, Callum Tyndall finds out how packaging is being adapted to cater to them. ... read more

AI technology advances in retail - what it might mean for suppliers

16 October 2019 | Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson finds out how major UK retailers are using the latest AI technology and the impact that could have on the supply chain. ... read more

Plant-based foods and M&A in play for Hormel - investor day takeaways

16 October 2019 | Simon Harvey

Hormel Foods outlined its growth plans at an investor day held at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Simon Harvey looks at the talking points. ... read more

Eyeing alternatives - meat companies with stakes in meat-free

15 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area. ... read more

Adding spice to a portfolio - US hot sauce category deep dive, part two 

10 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

In the second part of our feature on the US hot sauce category, Andy Coyne looks for signs of an uptick in M&A activity and at growth opportunities. ... read more

Aryzta results show mileage still to cover - key takeaways

9 October 2019 | Simon Harvey

A third of the way through a transformation exercise, Swiss-Irish baker Aryzta has made progress, but still needs to make up more ground. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways. ... read more

The 'flavour explorers' driving the US hot sauce category forward - deep dive, part one 

9 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne studies the hot sauce category in the US to discover the reasons behind the sector's recent growth. ... 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

What faces Tesco's new CEO - and suppliers?

2 October 2019 | Simon Harvey

Dave Lewis, the man at the top of the UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco, picked an opportune moment to step down as CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the new chief's challenges.  ... read more

Is 3D printing the future for meat alternatives?

30 September 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at 3D printing technology and considers its ramifications for the meat - and meat-alternative - industries. ... read more

How Chinese interest in meat-alternatives is growing

24 September 2019 | Peter Peverelli

China may be the largest consumer of pork but there is growing interest in vegetarianism - and in meat-alternative products. Peter Peverelli takes a look. ... read more

How overseas food SMEs can crack the US

23 September 2019 | Simon Creasey

The opportunities for food SMEs presented by the US market are many - but so are the challenges. Speaking to companies and consultants, we set out how to make inroads Stateside. ... 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

Mengniu’s Bellamy’s takeover could benefit both in competitive Chinese market

18 September 2019 | Dean Best

Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, has moved for Australia's Bellamy's to bolster its ambitions in its infant formula. Both companies could do with the help. ... read more