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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...

In-depth: Prospects for direct-to-consumer in UK

The continued rapid growth of grocery e-commerce in the UK, combined with the tough trading conditions in serving traditional, bricks-and-mo...

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: The UTZ, Rainforest Alliance merger 19 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.


Interview: Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti 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

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.


Campbell 2018 plans marked by new e-commerce unit 20 Jul 17

Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co. is to set up a new e-commerce unit, try to grow its snacks business in developing markets and claim to be more transparent on the way it labels ingredients among a series of initiatives to grow sales in the next 12 months.


Jacob's Oddities snack range axed by Pladis 20 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Pladis has confirmed its UK snack range Jacob's Oddities is to be axed after six years.


PepsiCo promotes Ramon Laguarta to president 20 Jul 17

Katy Askew

PepsiCo has promoted the CEO of its Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa unit, Ramon Laguarta, to the post of group president.


Food manufacturer Manischewitz to close plant 19 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Some 160 employees are to be laid off at US kosher food manufacturer Manischewitz's Newark, New Jersey, plant, which is to close.

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.


Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain 28 Mar 17

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.

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