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Big Food's VC-style funds: the investments so far

Our guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses....

August adds to M&A volume growth in 2018

Tyson Foods' move for US protein supplier Keystone Foods was the pick of the M&A transactions announced in August, which saw a year-on-year...

How to pacify Campbell Soup investors?

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Creating a challenger brand playbook for big food

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Latest Interviews

"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.


"Agility puts you in the game" - PepsiCo on its European incubator Nutrition Greenhouse 4 Jun 2018

Dean Best

Amid the changes being seen in the types of food consumers are buying and in how they shop, the world's major food manufacturers are seeing their sales come under pressure and are looking at various ways to try to breathe fresh life into their top lines. Some have set up accelerator and incubator programmes to invest in fledgling companies. PepsiCo's European incubator, Nutrition Greenhouse, has returned for a second year and Dean Best spoke to the US giant's Juan Ignacio Amat to find out more.

Latest News

Coca-Cola on-track to buy Nigerian dairy firm Chi outright 21 Sep 18

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co. has confirmed it is set to complete a 100% takeover of Nigerian dairy and soft drinks business Chi within the next six months.


Greenyard focusing on profits, M&A off near-term agenda 21 Sep 18

Dean Best

Greenyard has struck new banking deals as the Belgium-based vegetables supplier focuses on improving its balance sheet and profitability in the wake of a listeria recall that hit the business this summer.


Italy's Gruppo Orsero eyes banana trade expansion after Spanish acquisition 21 Sep 18

Andy Coyne

Italian fruit and vegetable importer Gruppo Orsero has acquired Spanish wholesaler Sevimpor for EUR1.65m.


Tayto's Real Pork Crackling buy in competition spotlgiht 21 Sep 18

Dean Best

Tayto Group's acquisition of fellow UK snacks group The Real Pork Crackling Company is being looked at by the country's competition watchdog.


Barry Callebaut-Burton's Biscuit deal comes under UK spotlight 21 Sep 18

Simon Harvey

The intended acquisition by B2B giant Barry Callebaut of chocolate manufacturing assets of UK-based Burton's Biscuit Co. is being looked at by the country's competition watchdog.


Danone joins Sonoma Brands in funding round for kids meal start-up Yumble 20 Sep 18

Simon Harvey

The investment arm of Danone has teamed up with US investor and food incubator Sonoma Brands to provide funding for kids' meal delivery start-up Yumble.

Latest blogs

just-food closed on Monday 27 August 26 Aug 18

Dean Best

As I type, grey skies cover south-east London, with drizzle hitting the windows - but the forecast is set fairer for tomorrow when the country has its final public holiday before Christmas Day.


If Kraft Heinz passed on Pinnacle, it should do so with Campbell 2 Aug 18

Dean Best

It's almost 18 months since Unilever rebuffed Kraft Heinz and, ever since, the rumour mill has spun over where the US manufacturer could look next. It's been reported today (2 August) the ketchup maker decided against moving for US peer Pinnacle Foods.



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