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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

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

Chocolate maker Landbase eyes China's interest in low-sugar treats – interview

4 January 2021 | Wang Fangqing

Landbase is a fledgling Chinese firm building a business to cater for interest in healthier options for chocolate products in China in the country. We speak to CEO Ethan Zhou. ... 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

New products – Kale United launches vegan meatballs using fermented protein; Nestle's Yiyang Active milk powder; Quorn's Makes Amazing range; Baxters debuts microwave pots

18 December 2020 | just-food.com

This week's selection of new products includes a duo of chilled meat-free products from Quorn Foods and microwaveable pots from UK food group Baxters. ... 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

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

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

How Covid-19 is boosting millennial interest in vitamins

27 November 2020 | GlobalData Consumer

Covid-19 has prioritised health in the minds of consumers worldwide and is proving a factor in the growing interest in vitamins – especially among relatively young consumers. ... read more

Unilever to acquire US vitamins business SmartyPants

26 November 2020 | Andy Coyne

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever is to beef up its health and wellness offering through the acquisition of a US-based vitamins business. ... read more

US keto brand Health Via Modern Nutrition completes new funding round

24 November 2020 | Andy Coyne

California-based better-for-you bar maker Health Via Modern Nutrition (HVMN) has received a funding boost. ... 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

UK's 'green industrial revolution" plan criticised for absence of food objectives

18 November 2020 | Simon Harvey

An environmental not-for-profit organisation has criticised a new ten-point "green industrial revolution" plan unveiled by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (18 November). ... read more

UK government puts unhealthy food advertising ban out to consultation

11 November 2020 | Andy Coyne

The UK government has taken further action in regard to its proposals to ban online adverts promoting food high in fat, sugar and salt. ... 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

Food that makes you better – a Chinese tradition with modern twist

30 October 2020 | Peter Peverelli

Covid-19 has increased interest among China's consumers for functional food and the country's domestic manufacturers have reacted. How can international suppliers capitalise? ... read more

Simply Good Foods to consolidate logistics as sales boosted by Quest

27 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

The Simply Good Foods Co. saw a sales benefit from last year's acquisition of Quest Nutrition but its weight-management business suffered from the effects of the pandemic. ... read more

Danone's nutrition unit Nutricia acquires special needs business Real Food Blends

23 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

The specialised nutrition division of French dairy behemoth Danone has acquired a US business producing meals for people with special needs. ... 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

Dietary food business Nutrisystem acquired by US investors Kainos, MSD

20 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nutrisystem, a US-based weight-management business offering entrées, snacks and shakes, has been acquired by new owners. ... read more

Former PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi calls on India to embrace alternative protein

12 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

Indra Nooyi, the former long-time CEO of food and beverage giant PepsiCo, has told a virtual conference hosted in India that the country needs to change its food culture. ... read more

UK criticised over progress on sugar reduction

8 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

A new report from the UK government has revealed whether progress has been made by the food and drink industry to reduce sugar levels in products eaten by children. ... read more

US functional food firm Living Ecology acquired by local investor Rosewood

2 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

Living Ecology, a US business specialising in functional food, has been acquired by a local investment firm. ... read more

Norway 'mulls tax cut on confectionery'

29 September 2020 | Andy Coyne

The Norwegian government is said to be considering changing rules linked to taxes on sugar-laden food and beverage products and alcohol. ... read more

UK food groups' reporting of Covid-19 cases questioned

28 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

A UK-based consultancy claims there is consistent under-reporting of Covid-19 cases and deaths at food plants in the country due to a government agency "loophole". ... 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

Nestle CEO forecasts sales for "health-science" division

18 September 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé chief executive Mark Schneider expects to double the monetary value of its health and nutrition business by next year. ... read more

New products – Saputo adds US to Cathedral City roster; Premier Foods debuts Sharwood's reduced-sugar sachets; Nestle's NAT Bears cereal in UK; Good Good Krunchy Keto Bars hit US

18 September 2020 | just-food.com

This week's selection of new products includes faux meatballs from Beyond Meat in the US and plant-based additions to Symington's Naked pot meal range in the UK. ... read more

Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 September 2020 | just-food.com

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector. ... 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 needs to "step up" action on child obesity

9 September 2020 | Andy Coyne

A report from the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) has assessed government's attempts to tackle childhood obesity. ... read more