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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...

Comment: Change was already on way at Nestle

Activist investors putting pressure on food companies is not new, especially not in recent years, although Nestle's stature in the industry...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Irish food "paying price for Brexit" 21 Nov 2016

Ben Cooper

Paul Kelly, director of Irish food body Food Drink Industry Ireland, spoke with Ben Cooper about the challenges the sector faces in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.


Interview: UK trade body on Brexit's policy impact 19 Oct 2016

Ben Cooper

In the second part of an extensive interview on the implications of Brexit for UK food companies, Ian Wright, director general of industry association the Food and Drink Federation, speaks with Ben Cooper about the longer-term implications of Brexit for UK food and farming policy and on the food industry's labour force. 

Latest News

UK minister confident on tariff-free access to EU 21 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

The UK minister for environment, food and rural affairs, George Eustice, has expressed confidence British manufacturers will enjoy tariff-free market access to the EU for foodstuffs, including fish products, post-Brexit.


France starts major farm-to-fork review of sector 20 Jul 17

Stuart Todd

A major series of debates focusing on a farm-to-fork review of France's food sector was officially opened in Paris earlier today by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.


Unilever profits up as sales rise, savings kick in 20 Jul 17

Dean Best

Unilever today (20 July) reported higher first-half profits helped by sales growth the consumer goods giant said was "ahead of our markets" and by the Knorr-to-Magnum maker's efforts to control costs.


Unilever launches protein-packed Breyers ice cream 14 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Unilever has launched a range of Breyers ice cream the company says is low in fat and which contains 20g of protein per pint.


General Mills CEO outlines 2018 priorities 13 Jul 17

Dean Best

General Mills' recently-installed CEO Jeff Harmening has set out four "priorities" for the US food group as it tries to improve its "top-line growth trends" in its new financial year, 12 months in which the Yoplait maker has forecast sales will fall.


Romania mulling national sugar tax 12 Jul 17

Alexandra Popescu

Romania is drafting proposed regulations that would introduce special taxation on foods and beverages with high sugar content, with the goal of improving health.

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.


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.

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