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Germany tightens up rules around advertising 'junk food' to children

12 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Germany's government has instigated further changes to rules surrounding the advertising of unhealthy food products to children. ... read more

Allergen-free foods firm Kirsty's sets out plans to triple revenues

9 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kirsty's, a UK business producing allergen-free chilled ready meals and frozen pizza, has outlined its plans for revenues and new product development. ... read more

Kraft Heinz hires workers to address ketchup shortage

7 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kraft Heinz has taken on additional workers in its US factories amid increased demand for condiments during the pandemic. ... read more

Nestle's new plant-based facility in Malaysia comes on-stream

7 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé has opened a new manufacturing facility in south-east Asia to supply the regional market with animal-free products. ... read more

Vegan honey start-up MeliBio secures pre-seed funding

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

US start-up MeliBio, a company producing honey without the need for bees, has attracted early-stage investment. ... read more

Germany's Frostkrone Food Group adds Abergavenny Fine Foods to stable

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Germany's Frostkrone Food Group has taken on another UK business through M&A, adding to last year's deal for Innovate Foods. ... read more

US firm Carolina Foods lures private-equity investment

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Carolina Foods, a baked goods manufacturer in the US state of North Carolina, has attracted private-equity investment. ... read more

US pancake maker De Wafelbakkers snapped up by PE firm Brynwood

6 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

US-based pancake, waffle and French toast manufacturer De Wafelbakkers has been acquired by an investment firm for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

Irish nutrition body questions alt-meat products' protein content

1 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

A new report from an Irish nutrition and food safety body has looked at the protein claims linked to some meat-substitute products. ... read more

French baker Cerelia hits US M&A trail with double deal announcement

31 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

French bakery company Cérélia has revealed it has made two acquisitions in the US, whilst also selling a stake in the business to an American investor. ... read more

UK 'to drop plans for online junk-food ad ban'

29 March 2021 | Dean Best

A report suggests the UK government could be set to make a fresh announcement on its proposals to ban online adverts promoting food high in fat, sugar and salt. ... read more

UK meat, seafood exports to EU "picking up" – government

26 March 2021 | Dean Best

There are indications UK exports of meat, seafood and dairy to the EU are recovering, the country's government has suggested. ... read more

Lamb Weston adds to fries capacity in China with new plant

26 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

US-based potato-products producer Lamb Weston plans to expand its manufacturing footprint outside its home market of the US. ... read more

Unilever in Germany 'ghost kitchen' tie-up

25 March 2021 | Dean Best

The Hellmann's and Knorr maker is teaming up with an ambitious online food delivery business in Germany ... read more

Private-equity backed RoadRunner snaps up US firm JoJe Bar

24 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

RoadRunner Holdings, a holding company set up by a US private-equity firm, has made an acquisition in the health bar 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

Faux egg firm Eat Just closes $200m funding round

24 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Eat Just, the US firm which makes a faux egg product from mung beans and cultivates meat in a lab, has revealed the result of a new funding round. ... read more

Has Mondelez boosted health of snacks portfolio with Grenade?

23 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne asks what Mondelez International's purchase of UK sports-nutrition business Grenade tells us about its strategic thinking and consumer trends. ... read more

Natures Way Foods expands UK salad factory

22 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Natures Way Foods is preparing for the summer salad season with plans to expand one of its four manufacturing sites. ... read more

Fast-food group Yum China invests in poultry supplier Sunner

17 March 2021 | Dean Best

Yum China Holdings, the operator of fast-food chains KFC and Pizza in the Asian country, has bought a stake in one of the largest poultry suppliers in the market. ... read more

Dutch Bakery Group snaps up Covid-hit local peer Danvo

17 March 2021 | Dean Best

Dutch Bakery Group, controlled by local private-equity firm Egeria, has acquired a local peer that has suffered during the pandemic. ... read more

Health central to breakfast cereal's future – Cereal Partners Worldwide's Gharry Eccles on reformulation drive

17 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with Gharry Eccles of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, on the challenges ahead for the breakfast-cereal business. ... read more

Almarai enters deal to buy Bakemart operations in UAE, Bahrain

17 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Saudi Arabia's Almarai has entered an agreement with a regional peer to acquire bakery operations in the Middle East. ... read more

Milarex expands US seafood presence with Ultco purchase

15 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Milarex, a salmon processor headquartered in Norway, has expanded its footprint in North America through M&A. ... read more

Bakery group Aryzta sells North America assets

15 March 2021 | Dean Best

The bakery group, which has offloaded a series of assets in recent years, said before Christmas it would look to sell its business in North America. ... read more

Sykes Seafood plans to invest in new UK shrimp plant

15 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

UK business Sykes Seafood plans to build a new shrimp processing facility to add to its two other sites in the country. ... read more

Investor-backed Vibrant Foods snaps up paneer maker Everest Dairies

15 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Vibrant Foods, a UK-based, Asian-style food business, has expanded its portfolio through another acquisition. ... read more

Canada's Premium Brands Holdings acquires Starboard Seafood

12 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Premium Brands Holdings has struck another acquisition to add to the seafood part of the Canadian food firm's business. ... read more

Sol Cuisine to take plant-based business public in Canada

12 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Sol Cuisine, a Canadian plant-based business founded in the 1990s, plans to go public through a reverse takeover. ... read more

UK herbs, spices maker Favourit Foods gets new owner

9 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Brand-builder GM Marketing in Belfast has broken out into manufacturing with the purchase of a local company. ... read more

Stir Foods expands private-label presence with Lancaster Fine Foods

9 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Investor-backed condiments maker Stir Foods in Chicago has expanded its private-label presence with another US deal. ... read more

Tesco makes "healthy, sustainable diets" pledge

5 March 2021 | Dean Best

The UK's largest grocer has found itself under shareholder pressure over the make-up of food it sells and today (5 March) announced "ambitious new commitments". ... read more

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

5 March 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

Dairy firm Laita acquires UK food importer Marathon Foods Ltd

5 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

French dairy cooperative Laïta has acquired a European importer of Mediterranean foods for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

Plant-based meat's health challenges

4 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Meat-alternative companies are facing scrutiny over the health credentials of their products. Simon Harvey looks at the questions being asked and how manufacturers are reacting. ... read more