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Spain dairy group Calidad Pascual forms VC unit

10 May 2021 | Dean Best

One of Spain's largest dairy corporates has joined those major food companies that have set up in-house venture arms. ... read more

China D2C dairy business Adopt A Cow gets KKR backing

19 April 2021 | Dean Best

The buy-out house said the Chinese firm had a "disruptive strategy to change the way dairy is produced, marketed and sold to customers". ... read more

Cell-fish firm Bluu Biosciences eyes prototype launch after seed round

30 March 2021 | Dean Best

The Berlin-based start-up, which claims to be Europe's first company specialising in cell-based fish, has closed a round of seed funding. ... 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

Flourishing in food – four female founders share their start-up stories

11 March 2021 | Dean Best

just-food speaks to four female entrepreneurs to hear what they've learnt on their journeys so far and what advice they have to others wanting to start their own food businesses.  ... read more

McCain Foods again backs vertical-farmer Goodleaf Farms

25 February 2021 | Dean Best

The frozen-food giant has again invested in a Canadian vertical-farming business, becoming the firm's largest shareholder in the process. ... read more

ADM backs start-up making meat out of air

11 January 2021 | Dean Best

US agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland and the VC arm of Google owner Alphabet have taken part in the Series A round of a start-up making meat from the elements of air. ... read more

Health and wellness central to PepsiCo's latest accelerator cohort

11 January 2021 | Dean Best

PepsiCo is giving each of the ten firms US$20,000 and has awarded each a place on a six-month business programme, working with PepsiCo executives in R&D, supply chain and design. ... read more

How could food industry M&A take shape in 2021?

4 January 2021 | Dean Best

We speak to four experienced M&A advisers about how they expect deal-making in the packaged-food industry to take shape in 2021. ... read more

They said what? The most-read interviews on just-food in 2020

22 December 2020 | Dean Best

Our regular series of interviews with senior executives in the international packaged food industry caught the eye once more in 2020. Which were the most-read? ... read more

The just-food analysis that grabbed your attention in 2020

21 December 2020 | Dean Best

Here, the just-food team has selected the analysis pieces that caught your attention in the last 12 months. ... read more

US alt-protein start-up Nature's Fynd bags more funding

10 December 2020 | Dean Best

The Chicago-based company, which is developing alternatives to meat and dairy products using microbial fermentation, has also hired execs from ADM and Cargill. ... read more

Tyson Foods to invest in Asia, Europe production

10 November 2020 | Dean Best

The US meat giant is stepping up its investment in its overseas production, both in conventional and alternative protein, its international chief tells just-food. ... read more

Nestle makes Mindful Chef latest D2C acquisition

6 November 2020 | Dean Best

A week after announcing the acquisition of US meals delivery firm Freshly, the world's largest food maker has bought control of a D2C business in the UK. ... read more

Data may trump D2C debate as Nestle swoops for Freshly

2 November 2020 | Dean Best

Nestle has paid a healthy multiple for a firm that, while growing rapidly, may remain a leader in a niche. But it's the consumer data on offer that could give the deal some spice. ... read more

Nestle strikes deal to buy US e-commerce meals firm Freshly

30 October 2020 | Dean Best

The world's largest food maker is to change its future relationship with Freshly, the US e-commerce meal-delivery firm in which the Swiss giant invested in 2017. ... read more

Swiss agri-food co-op Fenaco invests in vertical farming

28 October 2020 | Dean Best

One of Switzerland's major domestic suppliers of fruit and vegetables is to take part in a pilot project on vertical farming. ... read more

Alternative-protein investor Lever VC details China strategy

29 September 2020 | Dean Best

Lever VC, an investor in start-ups offering alternatives to meat, dairy and seafood protein, has outlined the ambitions for its strategy of backing fledgling businesses in China. ... read more

Cell-based meat firm Mosa Meat gives funding update

25 September 2020 | Dean Best

Mosa Meat, the Dutch start-up developing cell-based meat that counts Switzerland's Bell Food Group as an investor, has issued an update on its Series B round of investment. ... read more

PepsiCo's post-Covid optimism about Europe e-commerce – interview

23 September 2020 | Dean Best

It's no surprise to PepsiCo e-commerce sales jumped through the early months of Covid-19. But does it believe interest in shopping online will continue when the virus is tackled? ... read more

Vertical-farm operator Infarm gets more funding

17 September 2020 | Dean Best

Infarm, the Germany-based vertical-farm operator, has attracted more funding to fuel its bid to "make a truly global impact". ... read more

"Covid just adds yet another tailwind" – investor Nick Cooney on the opportunities for alternative-protein fund Lever VC

8 September 2020 | Dean Best

Nick Cooney, an experienced investor in alternative protein discusses his venture-capital fund's moves to back start-ups in the plant- and cell-based sectors. ... read more

Dr. Oetker invests in recipe app Plant Jammer

27 August 2020 | Dean Best

Dr. Oetker, the German food giant behind Ristorante pizza, has invested in a Danish start-up that has developed an AI-powered recipe assistant for home cooks. ... read more

General Mills gives e-commerce push to global brands in Middle East

17 August 2020 | Dean Best

General Mills is using e-commerce to bolster the profile of two of its flagship, global brands in the Middle East. ... read more

BlueNalu confident about cell-based cost conundrum

10 July 2020 | Dean Best

The founder and CEO of the US cell-based seafood supplier has an eye on creating a "very profitable business in the cell-based category". ... read more

OmniPork owner Green Monday backs cell-milk start-up TurtleTree Labs

25 June 2020 | Dean Best

Hong Kong plant-based foods supplier Green Monday Group has backed a Singapore start-up developing milk made from cells. ... read more

Mexico plant-based cheese firm Heartbest gets funding

18 June 2020 | Dean Best

Heartbest is one of the latest of four fledgling "food tech" companies that Switzerland-based investment firm Blue Horizon Ventures has backed. ... read more

Cell-cultured breastmilk firm Biomilq raises funds

17 June 2020 | Dean Best

Biomilq, a fledgling US firm producing cell-cultured breastmilk, has attracted funding from backers including an investor consortium that features Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. ... read more

A bigger fish? BlueNalu CEO Lou Cooperhouse on the prospects for cell-based seafood

1 June 2020 | Dean Best

Forecasts for cell-based protein can be striking but can the emerging industry fulfil predictions? US cell-based seafood supplier BlueNalu is bullish about its prospects. ... read more

UK pulses business Merchant Gourmet launches into D2C

14 May 2020 | Dean Best

Merchant Gourmet, the UK pulses and grains business owned by local distributor Leathams, has opened up a new sales channel to adapt to the Covid-19 outbreak. ... read more

Dole Food Co. sets blockchain target

27 April 2020 | Dean Best

Dole Food Co., the US-based fruit-and-veg supplier, has laid down a target for its use of blockchain technology throughout the company's operations. ... read more

"Our vision is for AI-delivered insights tied into automation" - Kraft Heinz on using artificial intelligence in manufacturing

21 April 2020 | Dean Best

How should food companies work with artificial intelligence in their manufacturing supply chain? Kraft Heinz talks about its applications so far – and the future uses for the tech. ... read more

US vertical-farming business Freight Farms strikes Sodexo deal

29 January 2020 | Dean Best

Freight Farms, the US vertical-farming company, has landed a deal in the country's foodservice channel. ... read more

What’s next after Post, TreeHouse rip up cereal deal plan?

15 January 2020 | Dean Best

Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods have called time on their proposed breakfast-cereal transaction amid opposition from US competition officials. What are their options now? ... read more

The most-read analysis on just-food in 2019

20 December 2019 | Dean Best

The just-food analysis of 2019 that grabbed your attention took in direct-to-consumer, Nestle's strategy, biodiversity, emerging markets and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. ... read more