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Why food M&A activity has dried up

Data suggests pressure on deal-making in the packaged food industry in 2019. M&A advisor Stefan Kirk puts forward some possible rea...

How should Big Food set up in direct-to-consumer?

How should Big Food companies go about setting up a direct-to-consumer service? Simon Harvey investigates....

Climate to define sustainability agenda in 2020

Ben Cooper looks at how climate concerns will not only top the sustainability agenda in 2020 but pervade many other areas of concern....

Is Premier leaning toward maintaining status quo?

Premier Foods is nearing completion of a long-awaited strategic review. Simon Harvey takes a look at the latest developments, including ...

Latest Interviews

"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 Jul 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.


"I want to try to be optimistic. We've been let down before" - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil chief executive Darrel Webber exhorts food companies to buy sustainably 27 Mar 2019

Ben Cooper

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil speaks with Ben Cooper about its new standards and how food companies can promote the idea palm oil can be a sustainable commodity.

Latest News

Campbell Soup Co. cuts sales guidance but sees positive developments in soup 5 Dec 19

Simon Harvey

Campbell Soup Co. has cut its full-year sales guidance to reflect the recent disposal of the European snacks business.


US start-up Caulipower features alongside Big Food in product innovation awards 4 Dec 19

Andy Coyne

Food industry start-up Caulipower has been included in a list of product innovation winners in the consumer packaged goods space.


Hostess Brands to buy Canada cookie maker Voortman 2 Dec 19

Andy Coyne

US baked-goods supplier Hostess Brands has entered into an agreement to buy a Canada-based wafer and cookie business for US$320m.


Italian cake maker Bauli takes majority stake in Slovakia's MaxSport 2 Dec 19

Andy Coyne

Bauli, an Italy-based manufacturer of traditional sweet-baked products, has sought to diversify by taking a majority stake in a Slovakian sports nutrition firm.


Dutch government announces support for Nutri-Score 29 Nov 19

Dean Best

The Netherlands government has expressed support for a nutrition-labelling scheme originating in France after a review of different options.


Nestle, Danone, Mars among signatories to 4evergreen packaging initiative 28 Nov 19

Simon Harvey

Food giants Nestlé, Danone and Mars are among signatories to a new sustainability alliance to promote the use of fibre-based packaging.

Latest blogs

The heat is on at Hobnobs HQ 13 May 19

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne visits snacks giant Pladis and hears about issues relating to football and sunny weather and learns of an admirable new initiative aimed at promoting positive mental health.


What's driving pre-Brexit stockpiling? 13 Mar 19

Dean Best

A significant chunk of UK consumers are either starting - or planning - to stockpile ahead of the country's departure from the EU.



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