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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

Third Point calls for new strategy at Nestle 26 Jun 17

Katy Askew

Third Point, a US hedge fund controlled by Daniel Loeb, has taken a CHF3.28bn stake in Nestle and called for a strategy shake-up at the Swiss food giant.


Brexit - UK makes offer on EU citizens 23 Jun 17

Dean Best

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has tabled what she has called a "fair and serious offer" to the EU on the status of the bloc's citizens in the country post-Brexit.


Nestle "open" to buying stakes in Terra start-ups 23 Jun 17

Dean Best

Nestle has said it would be "open" to acquiring stakes in start-ups that join the Terra accelerator programme, a scheme launched by financial services group Rabobank and US technology campus RocketSpace to support fledgling food companies.


Two bidders in race for Mondelez NZ co-packing 23 Jun 17

Dean Best

Two co-packers are left in the running to take on a portion of the production at Mondelez International's plant in the New Zealand city of Dunedin, which the US snacks giant plans to close next March.


Mars ends Wrigley distribution deal with Orkla 22 Jun 17

Dean Best

Mars has ended a distribution deal it has with Nordic food group Orkla on the handling of Wrigley products in Norway.


UK proposes end to free movement in Queen's Speech 21 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

A new UK law ending the free movement of people from the EU will come into force after Brexit in proposals unveiled in today’s Queen’s Speech, which details the country's planned programme of legislation.

Latest blogs

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.


UK food industry gives cautious welcome to Theresa May's Brexit speech 18 Jan 17

Dean Best

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has shed some light on what she wants from the country's negotiations to leave the EU and its post-Brexit future - and the food sector has given her speech a cautious welcome.

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