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Brexit: Threat to or chance for UK food security?

Brexit has been said to constitute a clear and present danger to UK food security - but what does food security mean in this context and to...

How's sustainability influencing food M&A?

Ben Cooper looks at how sustainability considerations are influencing food industry mergers and acquisitions....

Analysis: Kellogg - new CEO, same old problems

Kellogg this week welcomed a new CEO. Former Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola and The Nature’s Bounty Co. executive Steve Cahillane took the...

Nestle 2017 Investor Day - 5 things to learn

Nestle’s 2017 investor day had been much anticipated – and it did not disappoint. The event in London was the first of Nestle's annual inves...

Latest Interviews

"We're really travelling fast" - The Coconut Collaborative founder James Averdieck on the rise of the UK non-dairy firm 21 Aug 2017

Dean Best

After selling UK dessert business Gü, James Averdieck did some TV work but missed the cut and thrust of the grocery sector. In 2013, he bought Bessant & Drury, a UK dairy-free ice cream maker, a fledgling firm that formed the foundations of The Coconut Collaborative, a growing company selling dairy-free yogurt, desserts and ice cream domestically and overseas. Dean Best caught up with Averdieck to find out about how his latest venture is developing, the company's cautious approach to international expansion and his ambitions for the business.


Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti eyes growth and the top job - interview 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

Halo Top rise hits Unilever ice cream in US 20 Oct 17

Dean Best

Unilever, the world's largest ice-cream maker, has admitted the entry of fledgling US brand Halo Top has hit its business in the country.


NAFTA negotiations to extend into 2018 amid US frustration 20 Oct 17

Hannah Abdulla

After four rounds and 22 days of talks squeezed into just over two months, negotiators working to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have admitted to new challenges in the discussions, which are now expected to extend into the first quarter of next year.


Leonardo DiCaprio adds Beyond Meat to share portfolio 18 Oct 17

Dean Best

US film star Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in another fledgling local food company, adding a stake in meat-free business Beyond Meat to a portfolio that includes chickpea snack brand Hippeas.


Danone slient on Franck Riboud exit talk 17 Oct 17

Dean Best

Danone has refused to be drawn on a report in France suggesting chairman - and once long-time CEO - Franck Riboud is to leave the business.


US plant-based protein firm Beyond Meat eyes UK entry 9 Oct 17

Dean Best

Beyond Meat, the US plant-based protein business, is eyeing an entry into the UK in early 2018.


Nissin Foods revamps Top Ramen to remove MSG, lower sodium 9 Oct 17

Simon Harvey

Nissin Foods is revamping its Top Ramen range in the US to remove added MSG and reduce sodium content in response to consumer demand for more healthy options.

Latest blogs

How are you feeling about 2018? 16 Oct 17

Dean Best

The food industry is going through a period of change not seen for generations - and we'd like to know how you plan to continue trying to navigate this state of flux next year.


Theresa May's Florence speech - UK food industry (and the EU) react 22 Sep 17

Dean Best

This afternoon, UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave her much-awaited speech on Brexit in the Italian city of Florence. Here's how the UK food industry lobby bodies (and some senior EU politicians) reacted.

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