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Focus: Rise of 'professional shopper' in Greece

Last week, Greece's Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, said the "worst" of the country's economic troubles were "clearly behind us". Two years...

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...

Latest Interviews

Danone CEO on "manifesto" and corporate moves 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.


Danone CEO on need for CSR "mindset" change 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has declared an "Alimentation Revolution". The France-based food and beverage giant has urged the industry to join a "movement" that aims to "nurture the adoption of healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking habits". Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, made the call at the Consumer Goods Forum in Berlin, an annual event where the sector’s leading lights to discuss strategy and outline their vision for the industry. Dean Best caught up with Faber after his speech to find out more about Danone’s "manifesto", how it is defining the company’s actions and why the industry should join them.

Latest News

Brexit - UK proposes "no hard border" with Ireland 16 Aug 17

Dean Best

The UK today (16 August) announced it wants to see "no hard border in the movement of goods" between the country and Ireland, setting out its position on one of the thorniest Brexit issues.


FrieslandCampina reveals structural change 16 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

FrieslandCampina, the Dutch dairy cooperative, is attempting to simplify the organisation and make one of the largest companies in the sector more responsive to market trends.


H1 sales, earnings up at San Miguel Pure Foods 16 Aug 17

Dean Best

San Miguel Pure Foods, the Philippines-based meat-to-dairy supplier, has reported higher first-half sales and profits.


US activist investor Corvex 'buys stake in Danone' 15 Aug 17

Dean Best

US-based fund Corvex Management has reportedly emerged as a shareholder in Danone, with the activist investor said to believe the Activia and Alpro maker is undervalued.


UK publishes post-Brexit customs proposals 15 Aug 17

Dean Best

The UK today (15 August) set out its ideas for the post-Brexit customs arrangements between the country and the EU, with London asserting the proposals would "avoid a cliff-edge" for businesses in both markets.


Dean Foods to close US plant 14 Aug 17

Dean Best

Under-pressure US dairy group Dean Foods is to close a processing plant in Virginia as part of moves to "consolidate" production.

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.


Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield? 13 Apr 17

Katy Askew

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player.

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