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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

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

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

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

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

US grocer Kroger wants to back upcycling firms

3 March 2021 | Dean Best

One of the largest food retailers in the US has a fund set aside to support companies set up to "manufacture, process or distribute upcycled consumer food products". ... 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

German dairy Bauer makes vegan push

15 February 2021 | Dean Best

Bauer, the privately-owned German dairy processor, is rolling out a range of plant-based dairy alternatives. ... read more

Ferrero makes branded ice-cream push

10 February 2021 | Dean Best

Italy-based confectioner and sweet-snacks giant Ferrero is taking on another part of the food industry. ... read more

Mondelez launches CoLab snacks accelerator

10 February 2021 | Dean Best

The US giant, through its SnackFutures innovation and venture arm, is setting up a scheme to work with fledgling businesses in what the Cadbury maker calls "well-being snacks". ... read more

Dairy giant Muller to launch vegan range

3 February 2021 | Dean Best

The Germany-based dairy major, one of the largest milk processors in Europe, is to enter the vegan market in its home country. ... read more

Spain backs cell-based meat project

25 January 2021 | Dean Best

Spain's government has part-funded a project in the country set up to develop cell-cultured meat products. ... read more

Mariani Packing Co., food-tech firm Treasure8 to work on NPD

14 January 2021 | Dean Best

Mariani Packing Co., the US supplier of dried fruits, is teaming up with a food-tech upstart to work on new products. ... 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

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

Tyson to pull 'blended' burger amid Raised & Rooted changes

10 December 2020 | Dean Best

The US meat giant is making a number of changes to its plant-focused Raised & Rooted range on sale domestically, launched last summer. ... read more

Nordic meat group Scandi Standard signs plant-based R&D deal

11 November 2020 | Dean Best

The Nordic group says it's "in the process of developing a business plan for the introduction of plant-based products". ... read more

Mondelez invests in Israel snacks start-up Torr

10 November 2020 | Dean Best

The US giant has put seed money into an Israel-based snacks start-up, which, the Oreo owner claims, can "offer multi-textural, sensorial experiences". ... 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

"Now we really are in the right space" – Whitworths CEO Mark Fairweather on how changes at UK group are bearing fruit

29 October 2020 | Dean Best

Whitworths CEO Mark Fairweather reflects on the opportunities presented this year by Covid-19 but also on the UK dried foods supplier's work to revise its strategy. ... read more

Cheese giant Bel's bold plant-based bid

18 October 2020 | Dean Best

Cheese giant Bel has issued more detail on its plant-based plans – and, as Dean Best reports, could give the fledgling market for cheese alternatives a shot in the arm. ... read more

"It's going to be a marathon and it’s going to be worth it" – weighing up the prospects for plant-based meat in India

6 October 2020 | Dean Best

What is the opportunity in a country where meat consumption is relatively low and the quality of many of the meat-free products on sale has been deemed to be mediocre? ... read more

Cappello's eyes mainstream grocers as US frozen-food firm gets investment

29 September 2020 | Dean Best

Cappello's, the US frozen-food business, is looking to build distribution in a growing but competitive part of the store after attracting fresh investment. ... read more

Chicago Vegan Foods to launch first overseas push

3 September 2020 | Dean Best

Privately-owned Chicago Vegan Foods is to embark on its first concerted push outside North America, with the launch of its flagship brand overseas this month. ... read more

Upcycled brand Spudsy gets more PepsiCo accelerator cash

24 August 2020 | Dean Best

A fledgling snacks business in the US has been awarded the latest grant issued by PepsiCo's accelerator in North America. ... read more

China plant-based meat firm Starfield to invest in R&D

24 August 2020 | Dean Best

Starfield, a China-based supplier of plant-based meat alternatives, has set out planned areas of investment after completing its Series A round of fundraising. ... read more

Baxters Food Group enters UK chilled market with deal for Orexis Fresh Foods

5 August 2020 | Dean Best

Soup-to-condiments maker Baxters Food Group has snapped up a business to bolster its presence in another category. ... read more

Perfect Day founders help launch animal-free ice-cream firm The Urgent Company

22 July 2020 | Dean Best

The owners of Perfect Day, the US animal-free dairy start-up, have helped launch an ice-cream business using the fledgling firm's ingredients. ... read more

Warburtons forms venture to back baking start-ups

13 July 2020 | Dean Best

Warburtons, one of the UK's largest bread makers, has set up a vehicle to invest in start-ups offering "bakery-led brands". ... read more

New products – Itsu products launch in France; Jelly Belly moves into gummies; Nestle-Lactalis JV expands Lindahls range in UK; Caulipower targets convenience

26 June 2020 | Dean Best

We report on a batch of new products including Krispy Kreme's retail snacks, a "mash-up" breakfast cereal from Kellogg and Finland's Fazer Group launching vegan chocolate. ... 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

"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

Covid-19 - Kellogg pushes back Incogmeato launch

4 May 2020 | Dean Best

US giant Kellogg is pushing back the planned, domestic launch of another plant-based brand due to the Covid-19 outbreak. ... 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