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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


Health central to breakfast cereal's future – Cereal Partners Worldwide's Gharry Eccles on reformulation drive

17 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with Gharry Eccles of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, on the challenges ahead for the breakfast-cereal business. ... read more


"We are moving faster to get to consumers" – Sioned Winfield, insights transformation director at PepsiCo

9 March 2021 | Lucy Britner

PepsiCo's insights transformation director on the need to be "closer and more responsive" to consumers and using AI to determine lasting trends. ... read more


"Premium and convenience are the areas where we operate best" – St Pierre Groupe's Paul Baker on offering indulgence in the bakery aisle

23 February 2021 | Andy Coyne

Paul Baker, co-founder of St Pierre Groupe, tells Andy Coyne about the UK bakery business' US strategy, how it has coped with Covid and how convenience is shaping its future. ... read more


"We are sitting on a pot of gold" – Kraft Heinz's northern Europe chief Jojo de Noronha plans to build on Covid boost for brands

7 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kraft Heinz's divisional president for northern Europe discusses the business landscape in the face of Covid-19 and a recession. ... 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


"We want to be a global brand for vegan food" – Jordan Lellouche, co-founder of The Good Spoon, outlines France vegan mayo firm's ambitions

19 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

The Good Spoon co-founder and chairman Jordan Lellouche tells Andy Coyne about his plans to grow the vegan mayonnaise brand. ... read more


"The timing was less than optimal" – Tyson Foods' Brett Van de Bovenkamp on European foodservice launch and wider ambitions

24 August 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Tyson Foods' Brett Van de Bovenkamp, the executive charged with kick-starting the US meat group's European operations. ... 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


Dairy Farmers of America's Doug Dresslaer on how an accelerator programme can help future-proof US co-op giant - the just-food interview

28 May 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Doug Dresslaer, who runs Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)'s accelerator programme, about how it can help to keep the co-op ahead of the innovation curve. ... 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


Noisy Snacks founder Noel Allen on trying to launch products during Covid-19 crisis - the bitesize interview

29 April 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Noel Allen, the founder of UK healthier food start-up Noisy Snacks, about his plans for the future and problems launching products during a pandemic. ... read more


"Covid-19 is reinforcing the need for wellbeing snacks" - Mondelez International's SnackFutures on demand now - and beyond coronavirus - for snacks

17 April 2020 | Dean Best

We talk to Mondelez's SnackFutures hub to hear what the US giant has learnt one year since launch, how it sees snacking evolving – and how Covid-19 is affecting the unit's plans. ... read more


"This could be the tipping point for the plant-based industry" - Califia Farms CEO Greg Steltenpohl on the Covid-19 implications

20 March 2020 | Simon Harvey

Califia Farms chief executive Greg Steltenpohl speaks to just-food on the implications of the coronavirus outbreak on the US-based dairy-free business. ... read more


Young Foodies founders Theadora Alexander and Chris Green on the challenges facing challenger brands - interview

10 March 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne met Young Foodies founders Theadora Alexander and Chris Green to find out how the UK consultancy is helping challenger brands to grow. ... read more


Just Born on how automation helped US confectioner hit production sweet spot

3 March 2020 | Matthew Rogerson

Matt Rogerson discusses with US confectionery firm Just Born how putting the right automation system in place helped solve a host of heritage problems. ... read more


"You needed a crazy guy who was prepared to disrupt" - Finnebrogue founder Denis Lynn on shaking up the bacon category

20 February 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Denis Lynn, the founder of Northern Ireland-based food group Finnebrogue Artisan, about disruption in the bacon category and his meat-free ambitions. ... read more


"I don't think anyone's debating now the meat-free category is going to be very, very large" - the exit interview with Quorn Foods' Kevin Brennan

5 February 2020 | Dean Best

Stepping down after a near-decade at the helm of Quorn Foods, Kevin Brennan reflects on the growth of the UK meat-free firm and what it needs to do to continue to prosper. ... read more


"In Italy, nobody knows what plant-based meat analogues are" - Italian plant-based start-up Joy Food on domestic challenge, overseas goals

22 January 2020 | Dean Best

Joy Food is an ambitious plant-based start-up, even though demand for meat alternatives in its home market of Italy lags other countries in Europe.  ... read more


"The old way doesn't work any more" – Del Monte Foods innovation chief Mario DiFalco on growing legacy brands and expanding US group's reach

10 January 2020 | Dean Best

Mario DiFalco, Del Monte Foods' innovation chief, talks to just-food about the "transformation" in how the US group develops new products. ... read more


Oppo Brothers co-founder Harry Thuillier on UK ice-cream firm riding wave of interest in healthy indulgence - the bitesize interview

8 January 2020 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with Oppo Brothers co-founder Harry Thuillier on the UK ice-cream firm's plans for 2020. ... read more


Seeking brands that "solve a pain point" - Amit Pandhi on Velocity Snack Brands' acquisition targets

21 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Amit Pandhi, the man charged with building up a better-for-you snacking portfolio at new, private-equity-owned, US snacks group Velocity Snack Brands. ... read more


"We're looking 10 years forward" - Evolv Ventures' Steve Sanger on strategy of Kraft Heinz's investment fund

24 September 2019 | Dean Best

Like many large food companies, Kraft Heinz has an investment fund looking to back start-ups. How can Evolv Ventures help the under-pressure giant? ... read more


Fulfil CEO Brian O'Sullivan on Hershey's investment, Brexit and the Irish snack-bar firm's ambitions - interview

2 September 2019 | Simon Harvey

Ireland-based healthy snack bar brand Fulfil has just secured investment from US confectioner Hershey. Simon Harvey talks with chief executive Brian O'Sullivan. ... read more


"Our biggest competition is cereal, ready meals and sandwiches" - Huel CEO James McMaster on his functional food brand's prospects

12 August 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to James McMaster, CEO of UK-based meal replacement brand Huel, about where the direct-to-consumer business is heading. ... read more


"I want us to be the Red Bull of sports nutrition" - Grenade founder Alan Barratt on UK firm's rise and ambitions for further growth

31 July 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Alan Barratt, CEO of UK sports nutrition business Grenade, about how branding and distribution have aided its move into the mainstream. ... read more


Burts Snacks MD David Nairn on how UK firm plans to double sales - interview

17 July 2019 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with Burts Snacks chairman and managing director David Nairn as the UK business seeks to double revenues in the next few years. ... read more


"Intense competition drives us to be ahead of the curve" - Rich Products Europe MD David Hunt on frozen food giant's desire to innovate

5 July 2019 | Andy Coyne

We talk to David Hunt, MD of US baked goods giant Rich Products' operations in Europe and the Middle East, to hear about strategic plans linked to investment and innovation. ... read more


"We don't think baby food should be older than the baby itself" - Daniel Auner and Karina Gentgen, founders of organic baby food business Mia & Ben, the bitesize interview

10 June 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to the founders of London-based organic baby food start-up Mia & Ben about the gap they say they've spotted in the market. ... read more


"There are a lot of areas we haven't tapped into" - Clarence Mak on why Mars has set up Seeds of Change accelerator

11 April 2019 | Dean Best

Mars has joined the ranks of Big Food companies using accelerators to help their innovation and tap into emerging trends. Dean Best discussed the move with Mars exec Clarence Mak. ... read more


Trichomia chief marketing officer Georgia Branch touts health and sustainability benefits of hemp-based foods - the bitesize interview

14 March 2019 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with hemp-food maker Trichomia's chief marketing officer, Georgia Branch, on the Sydney-based company's plans for the year ahead.  ... read more


"The old innovation model is not working" – Mondelez International chief growth officer Tim Cofer on the snacks giant’s quest for agility

12 March 2019 | Dean Best

Mondelez International chief growth officer Tim Cofer talks to just-food about how the SnackFutures hub will help the Cadbury owner "lead the future of snacking". ... read more


"We will see a large number of new brands emerging" - DSG Consumer Partners' Deepak Shahdadpuri on how India's FMCG market is opening up

7 March 2019 | Dean Best

India is seeing similar changes to consumer habits as western countries. Investor Deepak Shahdadpuri talks about his deals in India and how he sees the market developing. ... read more


Arla CFO Natalie Knight on battles with Brexit, Chinese regulators and added sugar - the just-food interview

21 February 2019 | Andy Coyne

Arla CFO Natalie Knight tells Andy Coyne about the dairy giant's investment plans and discusses whether recent acquisitions and category innovation can feed growth.  ... read more


"We are revolutionising dairy products by making them from plants instead of cows" - Miyoko's Kitchen founder Miyoko Schinner, the bitesize interview

5 February 2019 | Simon Harvey

Miyoko's Kitchen aims to take the traditional dairy industry by storm, offering plant-based alternatives. Simon Harvey speaks with founder Miyoko Schinner.  ... read more


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