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Five categories to thrive in new normal for US packaged food

26 January 2021 | Victor Martino

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino sets out five areas he believes will thrive in the country's packaged-food market in the wake of Covid-19. ... read more


Why Mondelez’s new carbon-neutral brand can appeal to consumers

18 December 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Mondelez International has a released a carbon-neutral cracker brand and GlobalData Consumer suggests its recent surveys indicate there could be a ready market for the product. ... read more


US food must be proactive as Biden eyes climate, health agenda

24 November 2020 | Victor Martino

As President Trump accepts a transition should begin for President-elect Biden to take office, we look at what the new administration could mean for the country's food sector. ... read more


Danone's Alpro goals throw down progressive gauntlet

22 October 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Danone is upping its investment in efforts to improve the sustainability of its operations and some of the latest measures focus on Alpro, its flagship European dairy-free brand. ... read more


Cocoa partnership puts aside failures with bold new aims on child labour

9 September 2020 | Ben Cooper

Attempts to tackle child labour in cocoa have over-promised and under-delivered. Could a new plan from multi-stakeholder body International Cocoa Initiative be different? ... read more


Blackstone's Oatly backing may unsettle some but there are benefits

4 September 2020 | Dean Best

Dairy-alternative darling Oatly has faced criticism for accepting investment from Blackstone – but those who want a more sustainable food system should see the advantages. ... read more


Backing Marcus Rashford's food poverty campaign must be about more than catching stardust

4 September 2020 | Ben Cooper

Food groups are keen to support footballer Marcus Rashford in the food poverty debate but that endorsement will backfire if not reflected in companies' future actions. ... 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


Ben & Jerry's hits stormy water – but should sail on

14 August 2020 | Dean Best

Ben & Jerry's attracted criticism in the UK for its comments on how the country's Government should treat migrants seeking entry – but brands need to be seen to take a stance. ... read more


Why UK obesity reset is watershed moment – in more ways than one

27 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

Covid-19 – and Boris Johnson's severe illness from the virus – has prompted significant changes to UK obesity policy. And Ben Cooper wonders what could come next.  ... read more


Nestle’s Fairtrade move is wrong – and very wrong now

1 July 2020 | Ben Cooper

just-food's Ben Cooper sets out his opposition to Nestlé's decision to end Fairtrade certification for its flagship KitKat chocolate brand in the UK and Ireland. ... read more


Now's the time to review your brand values – and much more, too

19 June 2020 | Dean Best

Food companies must reappraise their brands and make sure they stand up to today's values – and go further still in their supply chains in their journeys to racial justice. ... read more


Upfield's investment in plant-based R&D looks a good bet

18 June 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Covid-19 may have added significant uncertainty to the macroeconomic outlook but investments should still be made to lean into consumer trends proving robust, writes GlobalData. ... read more


Covid-19 hasn't dented consumer interest in sustainability

8 June 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

While Covid-19 is front-and-centre in consumers' minds, a range of factors still drive behaviour, with environmental concerns holding their importance, GlobalData writes. ... read more


Could UK's post-Covid-19 obesity policy be more than nudge in right direction?

29 April 2020 | Ben Cooper

Could 'nudge theory' - seen as having had a significant impact on the way the UK has sought to tackle Covid-19 - also shape policy choices on obesity once the dust settles? ... read more


Why Tesco's right to be cautious about compostable packaging

10 March 2020 | David Burrows

Tesco has issued details on the packaging it wants suppliers to use in the UK from May. Compostables remains a tricky issue but David Burrows welcomes the retailer's decisions. ... read more


Nestle's plastic push deserves praise but big questions remain

23 January 2020 | David Burrows

David Burrows offers qualified praise for Nestle on recycled plastics and argues major questions persist about whether the company - and industry - can move from virgin material. ... read more


Industry faces daunting task on child labour in cocoa despite new momentum

19 December 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper welcomes the progress Nestlé is making on tackling the use of child labour in the cocoa supply chain but stresses the company - and industry - still has work ahead. ... read more


The US food industry in 2020 - the megatrends to watch

19 November 2019 | Victor Martino

Our columnist Victor Martino predicts the six megatrends which will have a marked impact on the US food industry in 2020. ... read more


Why food in 2035 won't be hugely different to now

6 November 2019 | Victor Martino

Fresh from an event in San Francisco discussing the future of food, our US columnist gets out his crystal ball - and argues the market in 15 years will look quite similar to now. ... read more


Cereal isn’t dead - it just needs better strategy and some ‘snap, crackle and pop’

17 October 2019 | Victor Martino

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino takes a close look at the US cereal category and suggests ways in which product providers might up their game. ... 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


Tesco packaging push puts suppliers on alert

27 August 2019 | Andy Coyne

Tesco's announcement on packaging should be a warning to manufacturers that sustainability is becoming a more important factor in dealings between suppliers and retailers. ... read more


Why Goldsmiths beef ban has merits

16 August 2019 | Dean Best

UK university Goldsmiths is in the firing line over its ban on beef but, though some criticism might be justified, the college's move has its benefits. ... read more


Why food companies shouldn't overlook baby boomers

13 August 2019 | Victor Martino

Younger cohorts like millennials and Gen Z are often the focus of product development and marketing strategies in the US but, Victor Martino writes, don't forget the baby boomers. ... read more


UK grocer Iceland leads way with resolve on packaging

24 July 2019 | Ben Cooper

UK grocer Iceland is among the retailers leading the way on packaging and, rightly, remains undeterred, Ben Cooper writes - even if consumer behaviour can be frustrating. ... read more


The problems with a 'purpose'-led strategy

24 June 2019 | Dean Best

Unilever CEO Alan Jope caused a bit of stir last week as the advertising industry headed to the sunny south of France for the annual Cannes Lion advertising exhibition. ... read more


Why UK emissions goal could up pressure on food companies

21 June 2019 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper analyses the UK's new goal on greenhouse-gas emissions and the likely impact on food manufacturers. ... read more


Keeping it real amid rise of regenerative agriculture

23 April 2019 | Victor Martino

Amid the growing interest in regenerative agriculture, just-food's US columnist outlines which companies are leading the charge - and has advice for those mulling investment. ... read more


How to cascade purpose through your company - and supply chain

23 November 2018 | Vanessa Cox and Bryony Wright, The Preston Associates

Vanessa Cox and Bryony Wright of The Preston Associates show how embedding purpose in your organisation can be hindered by your supply chain – and what to do. ... read more


How CPG companies should adapt to "the new consumer experience"

26 October 2018 | Victor Martino

All that's historically been solid in CPG brand marketing is melting into air amid changes in consumer demand, argues just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who outlines how companies need to react. ... read more


How small brands are riding Europe's demand for local food

18 October 2018 | Olly Abotorabi and Livio Matucci, IRI

In IRI's latest exclusive column, the industry researchers highlight how demand in Europe for local food is on the rise - and how it's smaller brands capitalising. ... read more


Is UK business sleepwalking towards Brexit?

28 September 2018 | Dean Best

There are signs UK business - including the food industry - are not prepared enough for what Brexit might bring. And the UK government isn't helping, writes Dean Best.... read more


Why millennials are key for Europe's health-food marketeers

26 January 2018 | Laura Fusi, IRI

In Europe, healthy food - or products marketed as healthier than their existing counterparts - are most popular, and showing the strongest growth potential, among millennials, IRI writes in its monthly column for just-food. ... read more


The six mega-trends that will shape the US food industry in 2018

2 January 2018 | Victor Martino

Operating in the US food market? If you thought 2017 was a heady mix of challenge and opportunity, wait for 2018, writes just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who gives you six mega-trends your business must embrace to thrive over the next 12 months. ... read more


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