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Can cocoa supply meet future demand sustainably?

Ben Cooper looks at food companies' efforts to put their west African cocoa supply chains on a truly sustainable footing....

Hatching new ideas - incubators and accelerators

Our guide to some of the main food sector incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers....

M&A heats up in June leading to H1 high - data

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as c...

UK government shows resolve on child obesity

The food industry will engage in consultations on key pillars of the UK childhood obesity strategy's second phase, launched earlier this wee...

Latest Interviews

Snacks giant Pladis sets out stall for rapid growth in North America - interview 4 Jul 2018

Dean Best

Pladis, the UK-based, international snacks arm of Turkey's Yildiz Holding, is looking to scale up quickly in North America, a market that accounts for just 6% of sales and where it is doing battle with some major competitors. Dean Best spoke to regional CEO Brian Blanchard to find out more about the plans the McVitie's and Godiva owner has for the market.


South Africa's Pioneer Food Group adds brands in UK growth push - interview 3 Jan 2018

Simon Harvey

South Africa’s Pioneer Food Group last month moved again to expand its business in the UK, snapping up Lizi's granola owner The Good Carb Food Company. The deal was the first since Pioneer renamed its UK arm in September and announced "ambitious expansion plans" for the market. just-food’s Simon Harvey spoke with Jonathon Thorn, the chief executive of Pioneer’s UK unit, about the company’s plans in the country.

Latest News

Three-quarters of UK infants eat too much, officials say 18 Jul 18

Dean Best

Around three-quarters of children aged up to a year in the UK are over-fed, according to new guidelines from the country's public-health agency.


Colombia makes cocoa deforestation pledge 18 Jul 18

Dean Best

Colombia has set out a commitment to eliminate the deforestation seen in the country's cocoa supply chain by 2020.


EU, Japan sign "economic partnership" 17 Jul 18

Dean Best

The EU and Japan today (17 July) announced they have formally signed a trade agreement between the two markets covering almost a third of the world's GDP.


French watchdog to deepen buying pacts probe 16 Jul 18

Dean Best

France's competition regulator is to "deepen" its investigations into two new purchasing tie-ups involving five of its largest food retailers.


New Necco owner said to be in dispute over deal payment terms 16 Jul 18

Andy Coyne

The new owner of New England Confectionery Company, the US candy firm which was acquired out of bankruptcy this spring, is reportedly at the centre of a dispute over payments for the business.


PepsiCo unveils newest entrants for Europe-wide incubator programme 16 Jul 18

Simon Harvey

PepsiCo has revealed the ten companies that are the second intake for its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator programme in Europe.

Latest blogs

Plenty of hot air as UK politicians grill Asda, Sainsbury's over merger 22 Jun 18

Andy Coyne

UK Parliamentary select committees at their best are meant to bring light rather than generate heat but this wasn't a select committee at its best.


Food firms in the firing line in UK government's anti-obesity fight 30 May 18

Andy Coyne

UK manufacturers of food products containing high levels of sugar can't expect the government's focus to be turned away from them anytime soon.



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