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Why Big Data Collaboration could be the new ECR

With growth in FMCG in many western economies hard to come by, manufacturers and retailers need to step up efforts to work together, argues...

How Nestle's US candy review has divided analysts

Confectionery, particularly chocolate, is one of Nestle's flagship businesses and has often been the subject of speculation among industry w...

Opinion: Brands must avoid being egotists

Look at the top-line data on the UK grocery market and it shows a sector in rude health. However, at present, inflation has become central t...

UK election raises food hopes of better Brexit

The result of the UK's General Election has stunned much of the country and many observers worldwide. The poll produced a hung parliament, w...

Latest Interviews

Interview: The UTZ, Rainforest Alliance merger 19 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.


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.

Latest News

EU warning on China food certification changes 27 Jun 17

Keith Nuthall

The European Commission has warned China is planning to introduce what Brussels calls "unjustifiable food certification requirements" for imports into the country.


Amplify launches protein-filled Oatmega biscuits 27 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

US group Amplify Snack Brands has added a grass-fed whey protein biscuits to its line of Oatmega products.


Snyder's-Lance adds to Snack Factory range 27 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

US snack group Snyder's-Lance has announced the launch of Dessert Thins, a range of sweet biscuits, under its Snack Factory brand, to appeal to health-conscious consumers who want to treat themselves to something indulgent without the associated guilt.


Addo Food Group sets sights on foodservice sector 26 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

UK’s largest savoury pastry products manufacturer Addo Food Group has announced its intention to expand into the foodservice sector.


Nestle feels heat from activist investor 26 Jun 17

Katy Askew

Third Point, a US hedge fund controlled by Daniel Loeb, has taken a CHF3.28bn (US$3.38bn) stake in Nestle - equivalent to about 1% of shares - and called for a strategy shake-up at the Swiss food giant.


Boparan sales up, profits pressured in "tough" Q3 26 Jun 17

Dean Best

Boparan Holdings, the parent company of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group, today (26 June) reported rising sales but pressure on profits in what it described as a "tough" third quarter of its financial year.

Latest blogs

Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain 28 Mar 17

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.


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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