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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...

UK election raises food hopes of better Brexit

The result of the UK's General Election has stunned much of the country and many observers worldwide. The poll produced a hung parliament, w...

Column: All eyes on N Ireland after UK election

Cor Blimey! exclaimed one Labour-leaning UK tabloid this morning (9 June) as the country awoke to another election result that confounded po...

Latest Interviews

Danone CEO on "manifesto" and corporate moves 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.


Danone CEO on need for CSR "mindset" change 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has declared an "Alimentation Revolution". The France-based food and beverage giant has urged the industry to join a "movement" that aims to "nurture the adoption of healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking habits". Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, made the call at the Consumer Goods Forum in Berlin, an annual event where the sector’s leading lights to discuss strategy and outline their vision for the industry. Dean Best caught up with Faber after his speech to find out more about Danone’s "manifesto", how it is defining the company’s actions and why the industry should join them.

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.


Mars, Danone aim to up Madagascar vanilla quality 18 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Mars and Danone have launched an initiative to improve the quality of vanilla cultivated in Madagascar.


Unilever seeks innovation from Irish start-ups 17 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Unilever is hoping to tap into the ideas of Ireland's brightest young minds after tying up a joint venture deal with Dublin start-up hub Dogpatch Labs.


Todd Kletter steps up to CEO role at Tierra Farm 14 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

US organic food specialist Tierra Farm has a new CEO in the shape of Todd Kletter.


Norway aims to slash food waste by 50% by 2030 11 Jul 17

Helen Arnold

The Norwegian government and food industry have signed an agreement pledging to halve food waste by 2030.

Latest blogs

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage 23 May 17

Ben Cooper

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievements.


Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative disciplinary committee 17 Feb 17

Dean Best

A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is set to go before a committee at the UK-based organisation.

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