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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

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

Nick's owner Luthman Backlund Foods attracts more funding

13 January 2021 | Dean Best

The fledgling Swedish firm, owner of the Nick's brand of confectionery, ice cream and protein bars, wants to continue to expand internationally. ... 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

Mondelez's M&A strategists continue health kick

5 January 2021 | Dean Best

The US giant has bought another healthier snacks firm and, although these types of deals tend to be of smaller brands, it's right to react to evolving consumer trends through M&A. ... read more

Nestle to invest in US factory

9 December 2020 | Dean Best

The world's largest food maker is expanding a factory in the US that manufactures products for its Health Science division. ... read more

Canada low-FODMAP firm Fody gets more investment

8 December 2020 | Dean Best

The Montreal-based business, which sells into the US and the UK, has attracted fresh backing from new investors. ... read more

US snackers will return to healthier options post-Covid, suppliers say

19 November 2020 | Dean Best

US consumers who have turned to comfort foods during Covid-19 will again seek better-for-you snacks once the pandemic is over, manufacturers have told an investor conference. ... read more

Mondelez on look-out to buy healthier brands

22 September 2020 | Dean Best

The US-based snacks giant, home to Cadbury and Oreo, is interested in buying brands offering healthier snacks, its CEO has said. ... 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

UK calorie ambition tempered after industry talks

7 September 2020 | Dean Best

After meetings with industry, an ambition in the UK to cut calories in products consumed by families by 20% by 2024 has been scaled back. ... read more

China Feihe tables bid for milk supplier YuanShengTai Dairy Farm

7 September 2020 | Dean Best

Fast-growing infant-formula business China Feihe has lodged an offer to buy one of its milk suppliers for HKD3bn (US$387.1m). ... read more

Nestle to buy control of food-allergy firm Aimmune Therapeutics

1 September 2020 | Dean Best

The world's largest food maker has added to its "health science" division through a deal for a company that treats severe food allergies. ... read more

Expect more beef as Lightlife seeks plant-based high ground

26 August 2020 | Dean Best

Lightlife's war of words with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is another sign meat-free is now mainstream – and has brands battling it out as their peers have done in the past. ... read more

Germany should introduce mandatory climate labels – government advisors

25 August 2020 | Dean Best

A scientific panel advising the German government on areas including food policy has set out a range of recommendations to promote "sustainable food consumption". ... 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

Curbing promos has little impact on obesity, industry insists

13 July 2020 | Dean Best

The trade association representing food manufacturers operating in the UK has pushed back at the prospect of any curbs on the use of promotions. ... read more

UK 'prepares curbs on promotions' in obesity push

10 July 2020 | Dean Best

The UK government is reportedly preparing plans to announce restrictions in England on the promotion of foods high in sugar, salt and fat. ... read more

"This should be in everyone's household" – Braham & Murray MD David Shaw on the benefits of hemp and what's needed to build interest

7 July 2020 | Dean Best

David Shaw, the MD of UK company Braham & Murray, on why he believes in the health and environmental attributes of hemp – and how the Good Hemp owner is looking to expand. ... read more

Scotland puts plan for HFSS food promo curbs on ice

12 June 2020 | Dean Best

Scotland has decided to pause plans to limit the way foods high in fat, sugar or salt can be promoted in the country. ... read more

"Fermented foods are on fire right now" – Cleveland Kitchen CEO Drew Anderson on US sauerkraut specialist's ambitions, the bitesize interview

6 May 2020 | Dean Best

CEO Drew Anderson talks doing battle with larger competitors, Cleveland Kitchen's stint in Kraft Heinz's incubator and launching a product in the middle of a pandemic. ... read more

What's giving the low-FODMAP market in the UK indigestion?

29 April 2020 | Dean Best

Given estimates of the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome in the UK, a sizeable low-FODMAP market has been expected to take shape. But, so far, it hasn't. Why? And can it? ... 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 - Health out, comfort eating returns ... for now

8 April 2020 | Dean Best

Healthy-eating trends are "being put on the back-burner" as consumers adapt to the coronaviris pandemic, according to new research. ... read more

Kellogg to use Nutri-Score in France

23 January 2020 | Dean Best

Kellogg has become the latest major manufacturer to decide to use the Nutri-Score nutrition labels on products. ... read more

Danone rolls out Nutri-Score in new market

16 January 2020 | Dean Best

Activia and Alpro owner Danone has put the Nutri-Score nutrition labels developed in France on products on sale in another European market. ... read more

Dutch government announces support for Nutri-Score

29 November 2019 | Dean Best

The Netherlands government has expressed support for a nutrition-labelling scheme originating in France after a review of different options. ... read more

New products - Upfield brings Blue Band margarine back to UK; The Saucy Fish Co. launches in Australia; Wensleydale Dairy Products launches The Yorkshire Creamery cheese

15 November 2019 | Dean Best

The more notable new products to be pushed out food companies' doors include a move into vegan from Wessanen's UK brand Mrs Crimble's. ... read more

Critics of UK's top doctor picking on wrong target

11 October 2019 | Dean Best

There's a lot to be said for the recommendations the UK's outgoing chief medical officer has made on how the Government can hit its 2030 target on child obesity, writes Dean Best. ... read more

Warning labels on ‘junk food’ in Mexico move closer

7 October 2019 | Dean Best

Mexico's lower house has passed a bill that would see manufacturers operating in the country having to put warning labels on foods high in fat, salt and sugar. ... read more

Plant-based companies should face questions on health, environment

2 October 2019 | Dean Best

Consumer demand for plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy is rising rapidly – but so should scrutiny over companies' claims on health and sustainability, writes Dean Best. ... read more

Quorn CEO questions health, green credentials of meat-free peers

26 September 2019 | Dean Best

Quorn Foods chief Kevin Brennan has questioned the health and sustainability credentials of rival products in a meat-free category set to see an "arms race" of investment. ... read more

Who might be in the race for UK sports-nutrition business Grenade?

11 September 2019 | Dean Best

We weigh up the possible runners and riders for Grenade, the UK sports-nutrition business that could be set for fresh ownership. ... read more

Japan’s Kirin eyes "functional" food push with Fancl investment

16 August 2019 | Dean Best

Kirin Holdings, the Japanese drinks major, is looking to develop functional foods after buying a 30% stake in a local peer. ... read more

Mars names Australian Seeds of Change accelerator cohort

15 August 2019 | Dean Best

Mars has named the fledgling Australian companies to join the US giant's Seeds of Change accelerator programme. ... read more