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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

Interview: Kashi focusing on organic, transitional 30 Mar 2017

Katy Askew

Kashi Company, the US natural food business owned by Kellogg, is increasing its focus on organic products. With just 1% of US farmland dedicated to organic production, the group has come up with an innovative way of supporting farmers make the switch through its certified transitional programme. Katy Askew caught up with Tina Owens, senior manager of procurement and sustainability at Kashi, to find out more. 


Interview: Farmhouse Culture taps gut-health 24 Mar 2017

Katy Askew

US firm Farmhouse Culture produces what – at first glance – might sound like a traditional product: fermented or pickled vegetables. But, in re-imagining the production method, first developed primarily as a preservation technique, Farmhouse Culture – which has recently secured investment from General Mills – has updated the concept in a way that is proving appealing to US consumers. Katy Askew spoke to Farmhouse Culture director of marketing Marc McCullagh to find out more. 

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.


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.


Ferrero in hazelnut talks with Azerbaijan 15 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

Ferrero has held talks with the government of Azerbaijan that could lead the Italian food giant supporting the cultivation of hazelnuts in the country.


Mushroom specialist Hughes invests in UK facility 14 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

Northern Ireland-based mushroom specialist Hughes is investing in a new facility in England that will create 100 jobs.


Croatia drops plan to up Balkan food import fees 11 Aug 17

Diana Yordanova

Croatia has reversed a decision to raise import fees on food charged at its borders with its non-EU Balkan neighbours Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as on shipments from Macedonia, another ex-Yugoslav state.


SunOpta books loss amid "value creation" push 9 Aug 17

Dean Best

SunOpta today (9 August) booked half-year losses of more than US$11m, albeit narrower than those generated in the opening six months of 2016, with the Canada-based food and ingredients group emphasising "continued progress" was being made on its moves to improve value for shareholders.

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.


Amazon Whole Foods - industry reacts 16 Jun 17

Dean Best

In one of those stories that shakes the sector, Amazon today (16 June) announced a move to buy US-based natural and organics retailer Whole Foods Market. Here's how a range of stakeholders have reacted to the US$13.7bn, all-cash deal.

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