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"It does add some complexities" – General Mills' John Haugen on backing challenger brands as Covid-19 upends consumer habits

5 May 2021 | Dean Best

John Haugen, the head of General Mills' VC-style arm 301 Inc., talks to Dean Best about his unit's investment strategy and how Covid-19 has shaped what the US giant is looking for. ... read more


Nestle seeks to "disrupt" dairy-free milk category with Wunda

5 May 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé has revealed a new product in the dairy-free category as it seeks a bigger slice of what it calls a "food revolution" in plant-based products. ... read more


Nomad Foods launches vegan fish fingers

29 April 2021 | Dean Best

The European frozen-food group behind brands including Birds Eye and Iglo is launching a product first for the business in the vegan category. ... read more


Post Holdings in snacks tie-up with A-B InBev-backed EverGrain

27 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

A newly-formed business unit of breakfast cereals and eggs producer Post Holdings in the US has announced a "joint collaboration" with a barley-based ingredients firm. ... read more


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

27 April 2021 | 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


Unilever snaps up US supplements firm Onnit

26 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has signed an agreement to acquire a US supplements business for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


Moving on up – upcycling in the US

22 April 2021 | Dean Best

A year of three meals a day indoors has brought home the issue of food loss and waste to more consumers and the emerging upcycled-food industry believes this is its moment. ... read more


Why NFTs can offer marketing opportunities for FMCG brands

21 April 2021 | Victor Martino

Some see non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, as a fad but our US columnist Victor Martino believes FMCG groups can use the technology for their own branding and marketing. ... read more


Mexico's Sigma invests in plant-based start-up The Live Green Co.

20 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Mexico-based food group Sigma Alimentos has acquired a minority stake in a Chile-headquartered, plant-based start-up for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


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

20 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


Aviko, Eurofrits launch plant-based venture in Spain

20 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Two European food manufacturers have set up a plant-based venture in Spain to supply products such as nuggets and burgers. ... read more


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


Brazil's interest in healthier frozen food warms during Covid-19

14 April 2021 | Mauro Fernandes and Luisa Belchior

Brazilian consumers have shown greater interest in frozen food over the last year and demand for healthier options has grown. ... read more


Pastas Gallo adds capacity in Spain to accommodate new range

13 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Spanish food company Pastas Gallo has invested in one of its four local plants to accommodate new pasta varieties. ... read more


Target zeroes in on food firms with new accelerator

13 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Target, the US retailer, has revealed details of a new scheme aimed at "disruptive" food and beverage manufacturers. ... read more


US cell-seafood start-up Cultured Decadence wins pre-seed funding

12 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Cultured Decadence, a US start-up developing cell-cultured lobster, has won pre-seed funding from an investor group. ... read more


How to nurture China's growing interest in cheese

8 April 2021 | GlobalData Consumer

Demand for cheese in China is on the rise and the forecasts for growth are bullish but there remain barriers to consumption. GlobalData Consumer has ideas. ... read more


Does the plant-based pet-food niche have legs?

7 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at the emergence of plant-based pet-food options and assesses whether the niche can build into a meaningful market. ... read more


The Livekindly Collective eyes China entry

31 March 2021 | Dean Best

Plant-based meat supplier The Livekindly Collective is gearing up for a push into a major market in Asia. ... read more


Mars launches insect-based cat-food

31 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Mars' pet-food division is launching a new animal-free cat-food brand following recently announced investments in its production capabilities for the category. ... read more


Singapore's SGProtein to build plant-based facility

30 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

SGProtein, a Singapore-based contract manufacturer, has revealed plans to boost the region's plant-based food sector. ... read more


Warburtons' Batch Ventures JV invests in snack brand Insane Grain

29 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Batch Ventures, the joint venture established by UK bakery major Warburtons and challenger-brand builder Mission Ventures, has invested in a local healthy snacks firm. ... read more


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

29 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the in-house venture-capital funds operated by the world's major packaged-food companies. ... read more


Belgian meat-free firm Greenway eyes post-investment expansion

29 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Greenway, the long-established Belgian plant-based food manufacturer, has revealed expansion plans following the injection of new capital into the business. ... read more


UK faux-chicken firm VFC announces seed funding

25 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

VFC, the UK start-up which makes plant-based 'chicken', has announced its future plans after receiving backing from investors. ... read more


Tofu major Pulmuone to enter plant-based meat

25 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

South Korean food group Pulmuone has announced details of a new plant-based products push in several markets. ... 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


On the rise – China's booming home-baking market

23 March 2021 | Peter Peverelli

China's locked-down consumers, like others elsewhere, turned to home-baking to keep occupied and feed families during the pandemic. It is, though, a relatively new trend locally. ... read more


Dutch cell-based meat firm Meatable in new funding win

23 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Meatable, a cultivated meat start-up based in The Netherlands, has announced the result of a new funding round. ... read more


New products – PepsiCo debuts low-carb Hilo Life almond flour chips; Nestle's cocoa fruit chocolate bar Incoa; Danone launches baby formula in measured tabs

19 March 2021 | just-food.com

This week's batch of new products includes measured baby-formula tabs from Danone and the UK's Premier Foods entering baking spreads in conjunction with Kerry Group. ... read more


JBS takes flagship meat brand Seara into seafood

19 March 2021 | Dean Best

Brazil-based meat behemoth JBS has launched a range of seafood products in its domestic market under its flagship brand. ... read more


Global Food Industries invests in capacity expansion ahead of new product launch

18 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Global Food Industries, a UAE-based manufacturer of halal meats and plant-based protein products, has invested in its sole factory ahead of a planned new product launch. ... read more


Investment in alt-protein food firms "reached record level in 2020"

18 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

New research has revealed the total amount that was invested in alternative-protein businesses globally in 2020. ... 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


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