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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

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

The alternative-seafood minnows eyeing the big catch of Asia

26 February 2021 | Dean Best

A huge market for seafood, Asia could be a lucrative opportunity for companies offering plant-based alternatives – but challenges face the companies looking to reel in consumers. ... 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

The top 20 most-read just-food news stories in 2020

23 December 2020 | Dean Best

Which stories from just-food's news pages got you and your peers clicking throughout 2020? Here's a list of the top 20. ... 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

Pet-care arm driving job creation at Nestle – data

3 December 2020 | Dean Best

New job postings at Nestlé have been driven in recent months by the Swiss giant's Purina PetCare arm, according to research from GlobalData. ... read more

McCormick chief upbeat on future for home-cooking

10 November 2020 | Dean Best

Lawrence Kurzius, the CEO of US spices and sauces giant McCormick, discussed outlook for home-cooking, for e-commerce – and for foodservice. ... 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

Australia’s My Muscle Chef gets private-equity investment

4 November 2020 | Dean Best

My Muscle Chef, an Australian supplier of prepared meals and protein shakes marketed on their health credentials, has secured fresh investment. ... 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

Bonduelle deputy CEO Gregory Sanson on long-term impacts of Covid-19, resilience and M&A – the just-food interview part 2

1 October 2020 | Dean Best

Bonduelle's deputy CEO Gregory Sanson weighs up Covid could affect working practices in the longer term, sets out his thinking on foodservice and talks M&A plans. ... 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

"Emerging brands are going to come out of Covid even better" – Catalina Snacks president Joel Warady on why outlook for US keto firm is sweet

15 September 2020 | Dean Best

Catalina Snacks president Joel Warady reflects on the boost the US keto firm has seen from Covid and sets out why small brands can continue to thrive. ... read more

Powerful Foods to drop yogurt from range

15 September 2020 | Dean Best

The US-based supplier of protein-packed food and beverages is to leave the category in which it made its debut seven years ago. ... read more

Nestle, Waitrose mum on 'Mindful Chef interest'

14 September 2020 | Dean Best

Mindful Chef, the UK recipe-box delivery firm, has reportedly attracted takeover interest from companies including a local supermarket retailer and a global food manufacturer. ... read more

Danone backs 'ugly' produce firm Hungry Harvest

11 September 2020 | Dean Best

The yogurt and infant-formula giant has invested in a US firm delivering "oddly-shaped" or surplus fruit and veg to consumers' homes. ... 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

Nordic major Orkla on brands, foodservice, M&A – six things to learn from H1 results and outlook

14 July 2020 | Dean Best

Orkla, the FMCG major that's a bellwether for trading in the Nordics, has filed its H1s. Here's what you need to know. ... read more

Goodmylk Co. CEO Brooke Harris on less processing in plant-based and pivoting amid Covid-19 – the bitesize interview

17 June 2020 | Dean Best

Goodmylk Co., a US supplier of plant-based dairy products formed in 2018, has had to pivot as Covid-19 hit foodservice, founder Brooke Harris tells just-food. ... read more

Prepared-veg supplier Mash Direct on the agility needed to adapt to Covid-19 – the bitesize interview

3 June 2020 | Dean Best

Mash Direct COO Jack Hamilton on adapting to Covid-19, with the SME prepared-veg supplier seeing the pandemic affect parts of the business in different ways. ... read more

Two suitors table bids for up-for-sale Tiger Brands meat assets

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

Tiger Brands has issued fresh details on the interest in the "value-added" meat business the South Africa-based consumer-goods group has put on the block. ... 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

Sports-nutrition firm BellRing Brands predicts "pent-up" demand after Covid-19

11 May 2020 | Dean Best

BellRing Brands, the US protein-shakes and nutrition bars supplier, has given indications of how it sees Covid-19 shaping demand for its products. ... read more

Nestle CEO expects post-Covid-19 boost for e-commerce

27 April 2020 | Dean Best

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider has sketched out how the Covid-19 pandemic could shape consumer spending and behaviour. ... read more

Nestle's Q1 sales, FY guidance and post-Covid reflections - five things to learn

27 April 2020 | Dean Best

Nestlé's shares climbed on Friday as investors reacted to the Swiss giant's Q1 numbers. But what is Nestlé's take on how Covid-19 is affecting the packaged food industry? ... 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

"Covid-19 is reinforcing the need for wellbeing snacks" - Mondelez International's SnackFutures on demand now - and beyond coronavirus - for snacks

17 April 2020 | Dean Best

We talk to Mondelez's SnackFutures hub to hear what the US giant has learnt one year since launch, how it sees snacking evolving – and how Covid-19 is affecting the unit's plans. ... 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

The most-read opinion pieces on just-food in 2019

19 December 2019 | Dean Best

Which of the opinion pieces from just-food's team of industry experts gave you food for thought in 2019? Here are the top ten most-read. ... read more

Canadian grocer Metro sells meal-kit business MissFresh

10 December 2019 | Dean Best

Metro Inc., one of Canada's largest food retailers, has offloaded a local meal-kit firm in which it first invested in two years ago. ... 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