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Covid-19 sweetens China's interest in functional candy

15 April 2021 | Peter Peverelli

That Covid-19 has increased demand for healthier products is being seen in markets worldwide. In China, the trend is creating opportunities for confectionery. ... read more


How Chinese start-up Ffit8 is riding interest in protein

3 March 2021 | GlobalData Consumer

Interest in protein-packed food is growing in China, as is demand for meal-replacement products. GlobalData reports on how one Beijing-based firm is looking to ride these trends. ... read more


Mondelez's M&A strategists continue health kick

5 January 2021 | Dean Best

The US giant has bought another healthier snacks firm and, although these types of deals tend to be of smaller brands, it's right to react to evolving consumer trends through M&A. ... read more


How Covid-19 is boosting millennial interest in vitamins

27 November 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Covid-19 has prioritised health in the minds of consumers worldwide and is proving a factor in the growing interest in vitamins – especially among relatively young consumers. ... read more


Food that makes you better – a Chinese tradition with modern twist

30 October 2020 | Peter Peverelli

Covid-19 has increased interest among China's consumers for functional food and the country's domestic manufacturers have reacted. How can international suppliers capitalise? ... read more


Danone's Alpro goals throw down progressive gauntlet

22 October 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Danone is upping its investment in efforts to improve the sustainability of its operations and some of the latest measures focus on Alpro, its flagship European dairy-free brand. ... read more


Expect more beef as Lightlife seeks plant-based high ground

26 August 2020 | Dean Best

Lightlife's war of words with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is another sign meat-free is now mainstream – and has brands battling it out as their peers have done in the past. ... read more


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


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


Why Covid-19 could have lasting effect on food-to-go

28 May 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Covid-19 is likely to shake up how we work, with companies set to allow their staff to do their jobs at home more often. Food-to-go could face pressure on sales, GlobalData argues. ... read more


Coronavirus and food industry SMEs - a survival plan

16 March 2020 | John Stapleton

Food business entrepreneur John Stapleton on the steps SMEs can take to help them get through coronavirus. ... read more


Pleasure, fun and happiness in food marketing

20 February 2020 | Victor Martino

Our columnist Victor Martino stresses the importance of creating an experience of fun, pleasure and happiness in and around a food brand. ... read more


China's 'light eating' trend takes aim at fat, salt, sugar

31 January 2020 | Peter Peverelli

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli looks at the trend for qingshi, which takes in foods low in salt and fat and also for eating smaller meals or portions than usual. ... read more


US food companies need to do more on obesity

10 January 2020 | Victor Martino

US columnist Victor Martino kicks off 2020 digging into new forecasts on the rate of obesity in the country. And he has a message for industry. ... read more


The US CBD products business needs a sheriff

17 December 2019 | Victor Martino

Our columnist Victor Martino weighs up the uncertainty surrounding CBD products in the US and looks at their prospects for the future after a warning from the regulator, the FDA. ... read more


The US food industry in 2020 - the megatrends to watch

19 November 2019 | Victor Martino

Our columnist Victor Martino predicts the six megatrends which will have a marked impact on the US food industry in 2020. ... read more


Why food in 2035 won't be hugely different to now

6 November 2019 | Victor Martino

Fresh from an event in San Francisco discussing the future of food, our US columnist gets out his crystal ball - and argues the market in 15 years will look quite similar to now. ... read more


Critics of UK's top doctor picking on wrong target

11 October 2019 | Dean Best

There's a lot to be said for the recommendations the UK's outgoing chief medical officer has made on how the Government can hit its 2030 target on child obesity, writes Dean Best. ... read more


Plant-based companies should face questions on health, environment

2 October 2019 | Dean Best

Consumer demand for plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy is rising rapidly – but so should scrutiny over companies' claims on health and sustainability, writes Dean Best. ... read more


Why food companies shouldn't overlook baby boomers

13 August 2019 | Victor Martino

Younger cohorts like millennials and Gen Z are often the focus of product development and marketing strategies in the US but, Victor Martino writes, don't forget the baby boomers. ... 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 the concept of wellness is changing in the US

11 July 2019 | Victor Martino

What health and wellness means to consumers in the US is evolving and, Victor Martino writes, food companies need to adapt.  ... read more


The problems with a 'purpose'-led strategy

24 June 2019 | Dean Best

Unilever CEO Alan Jope caused a bit of stir last week as the advertising industry headed to the sunny south of France for the annual Cannes Lion advertising exhibition. ... read more


Rich man's dairy - yogurt finds a new target

31 May 2019 | GlobalData Consumer

A relaunch from Japanese dairy giant Meiji Holdings highlights how some manufacturers targeting health concerns are now making their product propositions more specific. ... read more


Four product trends to watch in China in 2019

2 January 2019 | Peter Peverelli

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli outlines four product trends food companies doing business in the country - or wanting to do business there - should bear in mind as we enter 2019. ... read more


How CPG companies should adapt to "the new consumer experience"

26 October 2018 | Victor Martino

All that's historically been solid in CPG brand marketing is melting into air amid changes in consumer demand, argues just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who outlines how companies need to react. ... read more


How small brands are riding Europe's demand for local food

18 October 2018 | Olly Abotorabi and Livio Matucci, IRI

In IRI's latest exclusive column, the industry researchers highlight how demand in Europe for local food is on the rise - and how it's smaller brands capitalising. ... read more


Why nutrition labels should be an opportunity for Europe's food brands

19 September 2018 | Olly Abotorabi, IRI

As Europeans' interest in health and well-being rises, the way nutritional values are communicated on-pack are growing in importance - and can help brand-owners gain an edge on their competitors. But with no consistent way of showing nutritional information, it has become very hard to compare products. IRI's Olly Abotorabi questions why more food manufacturers aren't grasping this opportunity.... read more


Nestle results provide food for thought - key takeaways

30 July 2018 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé revealed a generally positive set of first-half results on Thursday that were received favourably by the stock market, despite a tweak to the Swiss food giant's organic growth outlook. But what was most interesting is what can surely only be deemed as a veiled kickback by CEO Mark Schneider at activist investor Daniel Loeb. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.... read more


Brands still matter in US - but rules of game have changed

15 May 2018 | Victor Martino

As the US FMCG sector witnesses the biggest change in consumer habits in a generation, some argue brands are becoming less important. However, just-food's US columnist, Victor Martino, begs to differ and sets out how brands can still prosper.... read more


London Mayor's bold plan on food ads should be welcomed

11 May 2018 | Dean Best

How the owners of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar advertise their products has long been a contentious issue in the UK, with campaigners calling for further restrictions. Today (11 May), London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has won praise for his proposals to introduce regulations within his area of influence.... read more


The UK's calorie plan is cogent - and industry will be content

12 March 2018 | Dean Best

Faced with some alarming data on obesity, the UK this week announced its latest strategy to battle the bulge. A target for industry to reduce calories has its merits and, Dean Best writes, will have pleased industry, too.... read more


Why millennials are key for Europe's health-food marketeers

26 January 2018 | Laura Fusi, IRI

In Europe, healthy food - or products marketed as healthier than their existing counterparts - are most popular, and showing the strongest growth potential, among millennials, IRI writes in its monthly column for just-food. ... read more


The six mega-trends that will shape the US food industry in 2018

2 January 2018 | Victor Martino

Operating in the US food market? If you thought 2017 was a heady mix of challenge and opportunity, wait for 2018, writes just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who gives you six mega-trends your business must embrace to thrive over the next 12 months. ... read more


Industry gets obesity praise but could UK politics shift?

23 November 2017 | Ben Cooper

The annual Food Matters Live conference and exhibition has been held in London this week, with industry, politicians, campaigners and academia meeting at a three-day business event that focuses on the links between food, health, nutrition and sustainability. Ben Cooper reports on the discussions centring on the UK government's bid to tackle childhood obesity. ... read more


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