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Latest Interviews

Leading2Lean CEO Keith Barr on why humans are central to Industry 4.0 - and what food industry can do 13 Sep 2018

Dean Best

Industry 4.0 is of growing interest among food manufacturers eyeing efficiency gains in production and the supply chain. However, with the movement centred on automation, there are concerns about employment in manufacturing. Dean Best spoke to Keith Barr, the CEO of Leading2Lean, a US company selling software for use in production and a business that claims to have a differentiated approach to Industry 4.0 that puts humans front and centre.


"I've never seen this pace of change in the industry" - Nestle US strategy chief on trying to grow again in its largest market 2 Aug 2018

Dean Best

Nestlé this week (31 July) officially opened the new headquarters for its operations in the US, proclaiming the move a "catalyst" for its "transformation" in its largest market by sales. In 2017, the Lean Cuisine and Gerber maker saw its growth stall in the US. How is the food giant looking to kick-start its business in a market going through profound change? Dean Best caught up with Rui Barbas, chief strategy officer for Nestlé's US arm, to find out more.

Latest News

European dairy co-ops FrieslandCampina and DMK sign mozzarella production deal 14 Dec 18

Andy Coyne

Netherlands-based dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina has signed a manufacturing agreement with a European peer for the production of mozzarella cheese.


Raisio cuts 2018 EBIT forecast 14 Dec 18

Dean Best

Benecol-to-Elovena manufacturer Raisio has lowered its forecast for a key profitability metric for 2018.


Food and drinks firms must consider a world without plastics - research 13 Dec 18

Lucy Britner

Find out what could happen to food and drinks producers who don't make the move towards producing more environmentally-friendly packaging in the latest issue of FUTURES. 


Mondelez strikes Middle East, Africa cheese deal with Arla 13 Dec 18

Dean Best

Mondelez International and European dairy giant Arla Foods today (13 December) announced a deal over a clutch of the snacks major's cheese assets in the Middle East and Africa.


FrieslandCampina targets Spanish growth after buying co-packer Millan Vincente 12 Dec 18

Andy Coyne

Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina has announced it has acquired a Spain-based cheese co-packer and distributor.


Sainsbury's and Asda ask for more time to respond to merger plan probe 12 Dec 18

Andy Coyne

UK supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda have made a request to the organisation investigating their proposed merger.

Latest blogs

London confirms transport ban on junk-food ads 23 Nov 18

Dean Best

London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed what his office is calling a "groundbreaking" ban on advertising 'junk food' on the UK capital's transport network.


Will Fox be on the run over post-Brexit food standards? 18 Oct 18

Andy Coyne

UK international trade secretary Dr. Liam Fox was talking tough this week, insisting there will be no lowering of the country's food standards when negotiating free trade agreements post-Brexit. But is that a promise he will be able to keep?



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