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General Mills 2018 investor day - 4 takeaways

General Mills is one of a clutch of US-centric businesses that have been under sales pressure for some time. In the 12 months to 28 May, the...

Sustainability still leaves some investors cold

There are increasing signs more investors are becoming interested in the corporate sustainability practices of food companies, with some int...

Long read: Does sustainability sell in the UK?

Consumer concern has long been an important reason for food companies to take sustainability seriously, not only for reasons of reputational...

PepsiCo's strategy to meet evolving consumer

Significant changes are taking place in the way food manufacturers interact with their customers and consumers. Retail dynamics are evolving...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti 16 May 2017

Dean Best

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.


Interview: Freedom Foods charting growth strategy 26 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is balancing its ambitions to grow at home and abroad. A supplier of allergen-free products in Australia, Freedom Foods is expanding its domestic presence through a focus on innovation. At the same time, the company is trying to grow its dairy, snack and cereal sales in China and the US. Katy Askew spoke to Freedom's general manager of marketing and innovation, Tom Dusseldorp, to find out more. 

Latest News

UK minister confident on tariff-free access to EU 21 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

The UK minister for environment, food and rural affairs, George Eustice, has expressed confidence British manufacturers will enjoy tariff-free market access to the EU for foodstuffs, including fish products, post-Brexit.


Raisio cuts outlook on UK "challenges" 21 Jul 17

Katy Askew

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, has lowered its 2017 EBIT forecast due to the "prolonged production and commercial challenges" faced by its UK confectionery business, lower than estimated profitability and the weakening of the pound against the euro.


France starts major farm-to-fork review of sector 20 Jul 17

Stuart Todd

A major series of debates focusing on a farm-to-fork review of France's food sector was officially opened in Paris earlier today by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.


PepsiCo promotes Ramon Laguarta to president 20 Jul 17

Katy Askew

PepsiCo has promoted the CEO of its Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa unit, Ramon Laguarta, to the post of group president.


Orkla margins squeezed by raw material costs 14 Jul 17

Katy Askew

Orkla, the Nordic FMCG group, successfully grew first-half sales and profits but saw higher raw materials costs dampen progress on efforts to expand margins.


Fazer invites food and food tech influencers to co 13 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Finnish food group Fazer is attempting to instil a spirit of cooperation in the food industry with the development of an "open innovation ecosystem".

Latest blogs

Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business 28 Jun 17

Dean Best

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting businesses including shipping group Maersk and, in our industry, Mondelez International.


One major investment bank believes US-China trade war unlikely 23 Jan 17

David Leggett

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as US President, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the country and China as unlikely.

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