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Hatching new ideas - incubators and accelerators

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the con...

Guide: Meat companies with stakes in meat-free

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manu...

Why baby boomers shouldn't be overlooked

Younger cohorts like millennials and Gen Z are often the focus of product development and marketing strategies in the US but, Victor Martino...

Takeaways: Kraft Heinz results disappoint again

Kraft Heinz reported another set of disappointing financial results last Thursday (8 August). Simon Harvey presents what you need to know....

Latest Interviews

"Our biggest competition is cereal, ready meals and sandwiches" - Huel CEO James McMaster on his functional food brand's prospects 12 Aug 2019

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to James McMaster, CEO of UK-based meal replacement brand Huel, about where the direct-to-consumer business is heading.


"I want us to be the Red Bull of sports nutrition" - Grenade founder Alan Barratt on UK firm's rise and ambitions for further growth 31 Jul 2019

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne speaks to Alan Barratt, CEO of UK sports nutrition business Grenade, about how branding and distribution have aided its move into the mainstream.

Latest News

Japan’s Kirin eyes "functional" food push with Fancl investment 16 Aug 19

Dean Best

Kirin Holdings, the Japanese drinks major, is looking to develop functional foods after buying a 30% stake in a local peer.


New products - Dairy Farmers of America 'blended' milk drinks; PepsiCo's Hint of Salt crisps from Walkers; Kellogg new category for RXBar; Halo Top takes bars to Canada 16 Aug 19

just-food.com

This week's most notable new products include Dairy Farmers of America 'blended' milk drinks and a new food-to-go range from Quorn Foods.


Mars names Australian Seeds of Change accelerator cohort 15 Aug 19

Dean Best

Mars has named the fledgling Australian companies to join the US giant's Seeds of Change accelerator programme.


Netled teams up with Vertivore owner Astwood on vertical farming 15 Aug 19

Simon Harvey

Netled, a Finland-based manufacturer of vertical farming systems, has formed an agreement with a UK solutions provider.  


UK food firms feature in Industry 4.0 technology pilot 14 Aug 19

Simon Harvey

Five food firms are among the UK businesses to sign up to the Made Smarter initiative, which aids companies to invest in digital technologies.


Smithfield Foods enters meat-free with Pure Farmland brand 13 Aug 19

Simon Harvey

Smithfield Foods becomes the latest among an array of global meat producers entering the plant-based category.

Latest blogs

Everything's gone green 3 May 19

Andy Coyne

After a field trip to a Unilever base in the UK, Andy Coyne muses on the sustainability of taking a sustainable approach.


The march of the vegans 4 Jan 19

Andy Coyne

As many of us contemplate joining the Veganuary craze, Andy Coyne considers the fast-growing vegan food market in the UK.



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