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Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

18 January 2021 | Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area. ... read more


Big Food's stake in the future – in-house venture-capital funds

15 January 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the in-house venture-capital funds operated by the world's major packaged-food companies. ... read more


Why chocolate makers' sugar-reduction quest is so challenging

14 January 2021 | Ben Cooper

As the fight against obesity continues in many developed countries, Ben Cooper examines the challenge of reducing the sugar content in chocolate. ... read more


Hatching new ideas – Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

11 January 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand. ... read more


What have been the early effects of UK-EU trade deal?

8 January 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne examines the impact of new post-Brexit trading rules agreed by the UK and the EU, which came into force on 1 January. ... 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


2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other. ... read more


"We see consumer behaviours evolving in ways we think will stick beyond the pandemic" – General Mills' CEO Jeff Harmening on H1 results

21 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

General Mills reaped rewards from Covid-19 shopping behaviour in its fiscal first half as organic growth picked up. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points behind the results. ... read more


What are the prospects for vertical farming in Europe?

16 December 2020 | David Green

The first phase of construction on Europe's largest vertical farm was completed and the companies behind the site are confident about the sector's outlook, David Green writes. ... read more


Plant-based priorities – dairy companies with a stake in dairy-free

16 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

just-food rounds up what the world's leading dairy businesses, or food majors with a significant dairy offering, are providing in the dairy-free product area. ... read more


A "moral obligation" ... and "future-proofing" the company – Nestle's mission on emissions

9 December 2020 | Dean Best

The world's largest food maker has caught the eye with the announcement of its plan to go "net zero". We canvass reaction from campaign and investor circles. ... read more


Predicting the unpredictable – operating in the UK in 2021

2 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

Covid-19 and Brexit are the backdrop for what looks set to be a challenging year for those operating in the UK. Andy Coyne reports. ... read more


Why there'll be no return to business as usual for global food industry in 2021

1 December 2020 | Ben Cooper

We reflect on the sustainability issues facing the industry in 2021. Might there be a shift in how long-standing challenges facing the global food system are addressed? ... read more


Danone plays catch up with food peers as French giant adapts to pandemic challenge

25 November 2020 | Simon Harvey

Danone has revealed a new corporate structure, designed to reboot profit margins and improve efficiencies. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points. ... read more


Meat-loving Russians ready to give substitutes chance

23 November 2020 | Lena Smirnova

Traditionally a society of meat lovers, Russians are developing a taste for meat substitutes – and food manufacturers from home and abroad, and of all sizes, are reacting. ... read more


Reusable packaging – from green to grubby and back again?

23 November 2020 | David Burrows

Covid boosted single-use packaging, causing concern progress on reusables had been dented. However, high-profile trials are taking place. What lies ahead for reuse and refill? ... read more


Beyond Meat's Q3 prompts plant-based reassessment

18 November 2020 | Dean Best

In the wake of quarterly results that disappointed Wall Street, Dean Best reports on some of the questions facing Beyond Meat – and the plant-based meat category. ... read more


What's PAI Partners' game plan in buying two UK food groups at once?

12 November 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne takes a closer look at PAI Partners' acquisition of UK chilled food businesses Winterbotham Darby and Addo Food Group and asks sector experts to interpret the move. ... read more


Premier Foods no longer a 'zombie' as debt cuts open doors to M&A

11 November 2020 | Simon Harvey

Premier Foods has made some significant progress in reducing its debt, leaving the door ajar for potential future M&A. Simon Harvey looks at the landscape ahead. ... read more


Dirty vegan to clean label – the questions facing plant-based products, ingredients and nutrition

5 November 2020 | David Burrows

Questions about the processing behind plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy are growing. Is the criticism justified or is the buoyant industry being unfairly targeted? ... read more


ABF stays pragmatic amid recent Covid-assisted grocery growth

4 November 2020 | Dean Best

Covid-19 has helped drive Associated British Foods' grocery arm and the UK group is keen to build on that growth but, for all the recent gains, remains judicious in its thinking. ... 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 proves resilient to Covid challenge with outlook "to hang your hat on"

22 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé surprised markets this week with a strong set of financial results, despite the difficulties faced from Covid-19. Simon Harvey reviews the key talking points. ... read more


Can cell-based dairy muscle way into crowded dairy-alts market?

22 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne examines the progress of the nascent cell-based dairy technology and seeks to determine whether there is a market for the products they are working on. ... read more


Why new industry deforestation coalition could be positive move

22 October 2020 | Ben Cooper

With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and information sharing, the new Forest Positive Coalition of Action could be an effective driver of change. ... read more


Danone looks for lift after recent woes

19 October 2020 | Dean Best

According to CEO Emmanuel Faber, Danone needs to "reinvent itself again". Dean Best reports on the Alpro maker's quest to get back on track. ... read more


Why might have Ferrero reached into tin for Fox's Biscuits?

9 October 2020 | Dean Best

In buying a clutch of Fox's Biscuits assets, Ferrero has bought a tired brand in a mature category. Might the Italian giant's move be for another reason? ... 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


How sustainable is non-plastic packaging?

24 September 2020 | David Burrows

When it comes to packaging, the focus of policy-makers, businesses and campaign groups has been on disposable plastic. But are the 'plan B' packaging options any good? ... read more


"This plan puts the future in our hands" – key takeaways from Kraft Heinz's investor day

16 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

Amid much anticipation, Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio has delivered his new strategy. Simon Harvey works through the key takeaways from the US giant's investor day. ... read more


Covid-19 – How food majors are adapting to homeworking

14 September 2020 | Lucy Britner

Covid-19 has seen increased home-working, often with flexible hours. We explore the challenges and opportunities for packaged-food companies as new working habits look set to stay. ... read more


Nestle revitalises acquisition agenda as frozen food business appears safe for now – analysis

10 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé spoke at an investor event held by Barclays this week, with M&A, frozen foods and sustainability key topics. Simon Harvey looks at what the company had to say. ... read more


Why Orkla's latest deal might mark change in M&A strategy

8 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

Orkla has entered an agreement to acquire spices maker Eastern Condiments in India. Simon Harvey looks at the rationale behind the deal, the Nordic group's latest in the country. ... read more


The questions you must ask when cutting SKUs

1 September 2020 | Simon Creasey

Covid-19 has prompted manufacturers to step up reviews of SKU counts. What should manufacturers be considering as they try to tailor ranges to the volatile trading environment? ... read more


Covid-19, technology and the food supply chain – strained, but not broken

26 August 2020 | Lucy Ingham

Lockdowns have put incredible pressure on the supply chain, which coped admirably with the system shock. But there are improvements to make if it is to maintain resilience. ... read more


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