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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


Nestle seeks to "disrupt" dairy-free milk category with Wunda

5 May 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé has revealed a new product in the dairy-free category as it seeks a bigger slice of what it calls a "food revolution" in plant-based products. ... read more


UK meatpackers threaten Brazilian boycott over Amazon land reform bill

5 May 2021 | Andy Coyne

UK meat processors have joined forces with major supermarket chains to respond to Brazilian government plans to introduce land reform in the Amazon rainforest area. ... read more


Tesco rolls out finance scheme for green suppliers

4 May 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK's largest grocer is to offer sustainability-linked supply chain finance, in a move to encourage more suppliers to sign up to science-based emissions reduction targets. ... read more


Why "planet-based diets" are key to meeting agricultural emissions goals

4 May 2021 | Ben Cooper

Does a broader concept of a "planet-based diet" hold the key to achieving emissions cuts consistent with the Paris climate goals? We explore the implications for food companies. ... read more


The challenges facing Big Food on net-zero

30 April 2021 | David Burrows

The commitments being made by members of Big Food on net-zero has led to some optimism but there is likely to be scrutiny of their efforts and progress. David Burrows reports. ... 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


US, UK, EU – comparing the new 2030 climate targets

29 April 2021 | Dave Keating

The UK's emissions reduction target would see a faster decline than the EU and US – but working out who has the policies to deliver on their targets is no easy task. ... read more


Reformulating the alphabet soup of ESG reporting

28 April 2021 | Ben Cooper

Progress is underway on standards for sustainability reporting, with implications for manufacturers that have led the way on sustainability and those that have dragged their feet. ... read more


Post Holdings in snacks tie-up with A-B InBev-backed EverGrain

27 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

A newly-formed business unit of breakfast cereals and eggs producer Post Holdings in the US has announced a "joint collaboration" with a barley-based ingredients firm. ... read more


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

27 April 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


Unilever snaps up US supplements firm Onnit

26 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has signed an agreement to acquire a US supplements business for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


Label for upcycled foods unveiled in US

26 April 2021 | Dean Best

The industry body behind the seal says the label is the world's first certification mark for upcycled foods. ... read more


Why 'Clean Plate' must only be part of China's war on food waste

23 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Although China has seen a decline in population growth, food security remains a key issue. We look at Clean Plate, a strategy by the country to tackle food waste. ... read more


Biodiversity loss – why food companies should say something

22 April 2021 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how food companies can engage with consumers about the loss of biodiversity and the degree to which consumers are likely to be tuning in. ... read more


Mars, PepsiCo to work with suppliers on emissions

22 April 2021 | Dean Best

The two US food giants, alongside spices and sauces major McCormick & Co., are part of a new "coalition" that will aim to "mobilise suppliers on climate action". ... 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


Carbon emissions and fiscal measures – a taxing problem for UK food

21 April 2021 | David Green

Food manufacturers, retailers and governments are announcing moves to net-zero. With food a quarter of GHG emissions, could the fiscal system also be part of the solution? ... read more


Why NFTs can offer marketing opportunities for FMCG brands

21 April 2021 | Victor Martino

Some see non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, as a fad but our US columnist Victor Martino believes FMCG groups can use the technology for their own branding and marketing. ... read more


PepsiCo reveals details of regenerative farming plan

21 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

US food and beverage giant PepsiCo has revealed an end-of-decade target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions amongst its farmer suppliers. ... read more


Mexico's Sigma invests in plant-based start-up The Live Green Co.

20 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Mexico-based food group Sigma Alimentos has acquired a minority stake in a Chile-headquartered, plant-based start-up for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


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

20 April 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


Aviko, Eurofrits launch plant-based venture in Spain

20 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Two European food manufacturers have set up a plant-based venture in Spain to supply products such as nuggets and burgers. ... read more


Nestle joins Magnit-led Russia initiative to promote healthy food

16 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

A raft of consumer goods companies have joined an initiative in Russian to promote healthy food and beverages. ... read more


Covid-19 sweetens China's interest in functional candy

15 April 2021 | Peter Peverelli

That Covid-19 has increased demand for healthier products is being seen in markets worldwide. In China, the trend is creating opportunities for confectionery. ... read more


Brazil's interest in healthier frozen food warms during Covid-19

14 April 2021 | Mauro Fernandes and Luisa Belchior

Brazilian consumers have shown greater interest in frozen food over the last year and demand for healthier options has grown. ... read more


"We feel the pressure from the market" – Emmi's Gerold Schatt on Swiss dairy group's sustainability targets

14 April 2021 | Dean Best

Emmi has a new set of sustainability targets, with an overall aim to be "net-zero" by 2050. The dairy group discusses its goals and the spotlight being shone on the whole industry. ... read more


Pastas Gallo adds capacity in Spain to accommodate new range

13 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Spanish food company Pastas Gallo has invested in one of its four local plants to accommodate new pasta varieties. ... read more


Target zeroes in on food firms with new accelerator

13 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Target, the US retailer, has revealed details of a new scheme aimed at "disruptive" food and beverage manufacturers. ... read more


US cell-seafood start-up Cultured Decadence wins pre-seed funding

12 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Cultured Decadence, a US start-up developing cell-cultured lobster, has won pre-seed funding from an investor group. ... read more


How to nurture China's growing interest in cheese

8 April 2021 | GlobalData Consumer

Demand for cheese in China is on the rise and the forecasts for growth are bullish but there remain barriers to consumption. GlobalData Consumer has ideas. ... read more


Does the plant-based pet-food niche have legs?

7 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at the emergence of plant-based pet-food options and assesses whether the niche can build into a meaningful market. ... read more


How might lessons learnt from Covid influence food company strategy?

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey assesses what food manufacturers can take forward from their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Irish food companies sign up to low-carbon pledge

1 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

A number of Ireland-based food groups have signed up to a new low-carbon pledge backed by more than 60 of the country's largest businesses. ... 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


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