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Associated British Foods buoyed by Australia's post-lockdown consumers

22 April 2021 | Dean Best

The UK-based manufacturer, a major player in Australia, said has not seen the "consumer recession" in the country it had expected post-lockdown. ... 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

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

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

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

Bonduelle deputy CEO retains "long-term" confidence over foodservice

1 March 2021 | Dean Best

The French vegetables group's deputy CEO talks to just-food about the company's outlook for the foodservice market and for the frozen category. ... read more

Beyond Meat hails fast-food deals but shares fall on Q4 results

26 February 2021 | Dean Best

Beyond Meat has struck contracts with two major QSR chains but shares in the US-based meat-free supplier still fell amid Q4 results Wall Street said were weaker than expected. ... read more

New Wave Foods lines up plant-based seafood launch after funding round

8 January 2021 | Dean Best

New Wave Foods, a fledgling US firm offering plant-based seafood, is gearing up for its launch onto the market after completing a round of funding. ... read more

OmniPork owner Green Monday Holdings to test UK waters

7 January 2021 | Dean Best

Green Monday Group, the Hong Kong plant-based firm, is dipping its toes in the UK this month with a "soft launch" of its flagship brand. ... read more

Impossible Foods to cut prices on foodservice products

6 January 2021 | Dean Best

With the difference in price between conventional meat and meat-alternative products seen as a brake on the growth of meat-free, one major US supplier is to act. ... read more

Livekindly outlines Oumph market expansion plans

27 November 2020 | Dean Best

The Livekindly Collective, the US-based meat-free business, is lining up possible new markets for its Oumph brand in 2021. ... read more

Aryzta confirms "proposed" offer from fund manager Elliott

23 November 2020 | Dean Best

Another disclosure from Aryzta emerged this morning (23 November), with a previous suitor apparently still interested in buying the European bakery giant. ... 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 launches plant-based brand Raised & Rooted in Europe

9 November 2020 | Dean Best

Meat giant Tyson Foods is launching a range of plant-based products into a clutch of markets outside the US. ... read more

Main Street Gourmet backs US in-store bakery peer Biscotti Brothers

5 November 2020 | Dean Best

US in-store bakery supplier Main Street Gourmet has invested in a local peer in a bid to broaden its product and customer set. ... read more

Lamb-Weston/Meijer eyes control of Russia plant

30 October 2020 | Dean Best

A venture of European frozen potato-products business Lamb-Weston/Meijer is set for a change of ownership. ... read more

US meat groups Quirch Foods, Colorado Boxed Beef combine

30 October 2020 | Dean Best

Two US companies offering a range of protein products, predominantly meat, have finalised a deal to merge. ... read more

French group LSDH snaps up foodservice suppliers

21 October 2020 | Dean Best

French food group Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l'Hôtel (LSDH) has acquired two local businesses supplying the foodservice market. ... read more

SPC buys majority of Australia frozen-food firm Kuisine Co.

9 October 2020 | Dean Best

SPC, the Australia-based food group formed last year after a buy-out of assets from Coca-Cola Amatil, has snapped up a stake in a manufacturer in its domestic market. ... 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

Thai Union becomes largest investor in US restaurant chain Red Lobster

1 September 2020 | Dean Best

Seafood giant Thai Union has put more money into the US restaurant business in which it first invested four years ago. ... 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

UK unveils plan to tackle "obesity time bomb"

27 July 2020 | Dean Best

Restrictions on advertising and promotions are among measures the UK has announced today (27 July) to fight obesity, moves the food industry have labelled "a punishing blow". ... read more

Nordic meat group HKScan cautious on foodservice recovery

20 July 2020 | Dean Best

Nordic meat group HKScan, which had been looking to build its presence in foodservice, is cautious about how long it will take its current level of sales in the channel to recover. ... read more

KFC using 3D printing for lab-made chicken nuggets

20 July 2020 | Dean Best

Global fast-food giant KFC is working with 3D printing to develop an alternative to chicken nuggets made without meat. ... read more

McCormick rides home-cooking wave – six things to learn from US group's Q2 and outlook

1 July 2020 | Dean Best

McCormick & Co. always appeared a likely beneficiary of the Covid-19 lockdowns – and the company's Q2 numbers have borne that out. ... 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

"This industry is so nascent" – Dao Foods investor Tao Zhang on taking plant-based meat mainstream in China

10 June 2020 | Dean Best

Can a real, mainstream market for plant-based meat develop in China? Dao Foods investor Tao Zhang thinks so – but he knows there's a long way to go. ... read more

Covid-19 - Rich Products eyes UK job cuts

9 June 2020 | Dean Best

Rich Products, the privately-owned US food group, has reacted to the impact Covid-19 has had on its business with the UK foodservice channel with plans to cut jobs. ... 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

Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney on how the UK food-to-go supplier will bounce back - the just-food interview

26 May 2020 | Dean Best

UK supplier Greencore, with its major food-to-go business, has seen Covid-19 hammer sales in recent weeks. Chief executive Patrick Coveney believes the company can emerge stronger. ... read more

"Foodservice is the most exciting part of our outlook when Covid-19 clears" – Andy Shovel, co-founder of UK meat-free brand This, the bitesize interview

20 May 2020 | Dean Best

UK brand This, one of a flurry of firms looking to ride rising consumer interest in meat alternatives, talks adapting to Covid-19 hit, competition and optimism for foodservice. ... read more

Sanderson Farms foodservice poultry orders at two-thirds pre-Covid-19 levels

19 May 2020 | Dean Best

US poultry group Sanderson Farms has revealed the current position of its orders through foodservice, the mainstay of the business and which has been hit by Covid-19. ... read more

General Mills chief talks brands, recession, foodservice and M&A - seven things to learn

15 May 2020 | Dean Best

General Mills is among the packaged-food majors to benefit from pantry-loading and, this week, it virtually met with investors to discuss a range of topics. Here are the takeaways. ... read more