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Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

19 April 2021 | 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

How might UK food-to-go operators adjust post-pandemic?

24 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

We review the outlook for the UK food-to-go market, with pain still to endure until the Government's gradual easing of restrictions becomes a full-blown reality in June.  ... read more

2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other. ... read more

"We see consumer behaviours evolving in ways we think will stick beyond the pandemic" – General Mills' CEO Jeff Harmening on H1 results

21 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

General Mills reaped rewards from Covid-19 shopping behaviour in its fiscal first half as organic growth picked up. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points behind the results. ... read more

Nestle proves resilient to Covid challenge with outlook "to hang your hat on"

22 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé surprised markets this week with a strong set of financial results, despite the difficulties faced from Covid-19. Simon Harvey reviews the key talking points. ... read more

Nestle stays optimistic despite trimming sales forecast – H1 takeaways

3 August 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé disappointed markets with a downgrade to its outlook as foodservice took a bite out of sales. But the world's largest food maker struck an optimistic tone. ... read more

McCormick rides home-cooking wave – six things to learn from US group's Q2 and outlook

1 July 2020 | Dean Best

McCormick & Co. always appeared a likely beneficiary of the Covid-19 lockdowns – and the company's Q2 numbers have borne that out. ... read more

Could UK wholesalers' Covid-19 pivots persist?

8 June 2020 | David Burrows

In late-March, overnight, UK wholesalers' foodservice market dried-up. Some started supplying the public directly, others sold to supermarkets. Could these strategies stick? ... read more

Is outright sale of Aryzta the ultimate solution to debt woes? - analysis

15 May 2020 | Simon Harvey

European bakery business Aryzta is once again reassessing its business model after a difficult few years. Simon Harvey reviews its options. ... 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

Beyond Meat seeks to adapt despite bumper Q1 - five things to learn

11 May 2020 | Simon Harvey

Q1 sales and profits were stronger than expected at Beyond Meat. There could, however, be some near-term pressures due to the impact of Covid-19. Simon Harvey reports. ... read more

Kraft Heinz adapts to "unprecedented call to action" - first quarter key takeaways

1 May 2020 | Simon Harvey

Kraft Heinz is in the midst of a "paradigm shift" which has been interrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, although the crisis has had a benefit on its first-quarter results. ... read more

Unilever Q1 sales update and post-Covid thoughts - six things to learn

24 April 2020 | Dean Best

How did the Wall's ice cream maker's food business perform in Q1? And how does the FMCG giant view the rest of the year - and beyond? ... 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

The top takeaways as dairy giant Saputo talks Covid-19 - analysis

27 March 2020 | Simon Harvey

Canadian dairy major Saputo addressed analysts on Thursday (26 March) about the implications of Covid-19. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points. ... read more

Cracking China - tapping into UK food companies' experiences in the world's largest import market

13 December 2019 | Andy Coyne

China remains a massive draw for food exporters. Andy Coyne sets the scene and rounds up the experiences of UK food businesses targeting the market. ... 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

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

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

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 could Spain's plant-based dairy market develop?

6 August 2019 | Dean Best

Spain has a sizeable – but growing – market for plant-based alternatives to dairy. In part two of our deep dive, we weigh up how the category could take shape. ... read more

Innovation "critically important" as General Mills' legacy business flounders

12 July 2019 | Simon Harvey

After a challenging year, General Mills wants to achieve "balanced" sales and profit growth. We looks at the key takeaways from this week's annual investor day. ... read more

Conagra Brands looks to plant-based amid legacy challenges

2 July 2019 | Simon Harvey

Conagra Brands seeks to seize opportunities in the meat-alternative market which is fast gaining traction among a wide spectrum of consumers. Simon Harvey assesses the landscape. ... read more

How to milk China's growing ice-cream market

26 June 2019 | Peter Peverelli

China's ice cream is growing - and, with per capita consumption low, has room to expand further. Peter Peverelli takes a look. ... read more

The takeaways from Tyson Foods' investor day

24 June 2019 | Simon Harvey

Hot on the heels of Tyson Foods' entry into the alternative-proteins category, the global meat giant hosts its annual investor day. Simon Harvey looks at the highlights. ... read more

Who stands to gain from China's African swine fever crisis?

17 June 2019 | Jens Kastner

China's farming industry has seen African swine fever sweep across the country, with mass culling of pigs and rising prices. But which countries could benefit? ... read more

Will Orkla investors get what they want from incoming CEO?

7 June 2019 | Simon Harvey

With Orkla's organic growth just about ticking over, investors will be keen to see more concrete guidance from the incoming chief executive. Simon Harvey takes a look. ... read more

German dairy sector deep-dive, part one - seeking green shoots in mature market

10 April 2019 | Andy Coyne

In the first part of a two-part feature looking at the German dairy sector, Andy Coyne focuses on the make-up of the market and the pressures weighing on its growth prospects. ... read more

What's the outlook for smart technology in food and drink - just-food FUTURES, volume 5

18 March 2019 | Victor Martino

As consumers become more tech-savvy, smart technology in the home, shop and production facility will continue to change the way we manufacture, order, cook and store food. ... read more

What consumer trends are shaping India's foodservice growth?

27 February 2019 | Mini Pant Zachariah

India has an expanding foodservice market but how can manufacturers doing business in the country harness that growth? Mini Pant Zachariah reports back from India Food Forum 2019. ... read more

What is the outlook for the CBD consumables market in the US?

25 February 2019 | Victor Martino

More foods containing cannabidiol, the cannabis compound that doesn't get you high, are being launched in the US. Demand is rising. How could the CBD consumables market develop? ... read more

UK vegan food deep-dive, part two - bumps in the road 

31 January 2019 | Andy Coyne

In part two of this feature, Andy Coyne asks whether anything can slow down the march of vegan food in the UK. ... read more

UK vegan food deep-dive, part one - the game is getting bigger

30 January 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne takes an in-depth look at the UK vegan food category, which has grown rapidly in recent times. ... read more

The eight global foodservice trends to capture in 2019

2 January 2019 | David Henkes, Technomic

David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at global foodservice consultants Technomic, sets out the consumer trends he believes will drive growth in the channel in 2019. ... read more

The great repositioning of instant noodles in China

13 December 2018 | Peter Peverelli

China may be the world's largest market for instant noodles but sales have stuttered in recent years. How have manufacturers reacted and what could lie ahead? ... read more