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The need to win hearts and minds as well as votes 16 Nov 2018

Andy Coyne

The only word I have written more than Brexit over the last few weeks is Campbell, writes Andy Coyne.


Will Fox be on the run over post-Brexit food standards? 18 Oct 2018

Andy Coyne

UK international trade secretary Dr. Liam Fox was talking tough this week, insisting there will be no lowering of the country's food standards when negotiating free trade agreements post-Brexit. But is that a promise he will be able to keep?


Crisp maker embraces change after snack attack 5 Oct 2018

Andy Coyne

PepsiCo-owned UK crisp maker Walkers has introduced a new recycling scheme after pressure from environmental campaigners.


Ready for departure? 3 Oct 2018

Andy Coyne

At the Food & Drink Business Europe conference, held in Coventry in the English Midlands on Tuesday (2 October), one subject seemed to engage the attendees more than any other. You've guessed it: Brexit.


The possible hit to competition from Sainsbury's-Asda merger 27 Sep 2018

Andy Coyne

The UK's supermarket landscape is in a state of flux. The question is whether that is a good thing or bad thing for consumers, suppliers and the grocers themselves.


Two of France's largest grocers in quarrel over "merger" claim 25 Sep 2018

Dean Best

Carrefour and Casino, two of the biggest food retailers in France and owner of hundreds of stores overseas combined, are squabbling about claims one approached the other of a possible merger.


Fleury Michon quits French meats trade body 24 Sep 2018

Dean Best

Fleury Michon, the France-based supplier of ready meals and cooked meats, has quit the trade body representing the charcuterie industry in the country.


Unilever and Danone continue B Corp push 21 Sep 2018

Dean Best

Unilever and Danone are two of the largest food companies to have embraced the B Corp certification and over the last 24 hours both have made fresh announcements.


General Mills trials new way of buying Haagen-Dazs 11 Sep 2018

Dean Best

On Friday (7 September), ice-cream lovers in part of central London were able to order Häagen-Dazs on their phones - and have it delivered directly to them, wherever they were.


As US and Mexico set out bilateral deal, eyes turn to Canada - and dairy 29 Aug 2018

Dean Best

After months of talks over the future of the NAFTA trade agreement, two of the signatories - the US and Mexico -have outlined plans for a new deal, with the third, Canada, so far outside the process.


just-food closed on Monday 27 August 26 Aug 2018

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 2018

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.


Maybe Trump is finding trade wars aren’t so easy to win 25 Jul 2018

Dean Best

In March, a day after issuing stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, Donald Trump took to Twitter to give his verdict on trade disputes. Four months later, it looks as though Trump's confidence may have been more hubris.


Upfield Foods, home to ex-Unilever spreads assets, makes notable appointment 20 Jul 2018

Dean Best

UK food-industry veteran David Salkeld is to take a senior position at Upfield Foods, the newly-instituted business that is home to Unilever's former spreads assets.


Nature's Path quits US organic trade body in "protest" 4 Jul 2018

Dean Best

The Organic Trade Association, which represents the organic industry in the US, has seen a high-profile member quit the organisation, taking a swipe at the body's stance on policy issues.


Early skirmishes in the Ketchup War 2 Jul 2018

Andy Coyne

In the 1970s a squabble between the UK and Iceland over fishing rights in the North Atlantic earned the somewhat hyperbolic name of the Cod War.


Brexit could be worse for dairy than Russia ban, EU and UK producers warn 26 Jun 2018

Dean Best

Russia's embargo on a swathe of foodstuffs from the EU in 2014 - a ban that lasts to this day - hammered the bloc's dairy industry. But producers on both sides of the English Channel have warned the impact of Brexit could be worse.


Plenty of hot air as UK politicians grill Asda, Sainsbury's over merger 22 Jun 2018

Andy Coyne

UK Parliamentary select committees at their best are meant to bring light rather than generate heat but this wasn't a select committee at its best.


Asda and Sainsbury's - deal or no deal? 18 Jun 2018

Andy Coyne

The proposed merger between Asda and Sainsbury's - two of the UK's 'big four' supermarkets - is, as expected, getting people hot under the collar.


Carrefour, Google team up as France's online grocery shake-up continues 12 Jun 2018

Dean Best

France's largest food retailers have made a number of moves in recent quarters to try to tap into the growth of the country's online grocery market - and this week another notable venture has been announced.


Food firms in the firing line in UK government's anti-obesity fight 30 May 2018

Andy Coyne

UK manufacturers of food products containing high levels of sugar can't expect the government's focus to be turned away from them anytime soon.


Acquisitive JAB to gobble up UK food-to-go chain Pret 29 May 2018

Dean Best

JAB Holding Co., the privately-owned, Luxembourg-based investment firm today (29 May) announced its latest acquisition, striking a deal to buy a majority stake in UK food-to-go chain Pret a Manger.


just-food closed on Monday 28 May 25 May 2018

Dean Best

This coming Monday (28 May) is the second of the UK's two public holidays in May and just-food will be downing tools to dodge the rain showers and - hopefully - enjoy some sunshine.


Campbell hires from outside for key US soup role 23 May 2018

Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co. has brought in an executive from outside the food industry to lead its domestic soup business, a division still central to the US giant and one still seeing sales decline.


One in, one out at Moy Park 23 May 2018

Andy Coyne

Interesting news crossed our desk this morning about former Greencore Group US head Chris Kirke becoming the new president of Northern Ireland-based poultry and prepared food group Moy Park.


Sainsbury's-Asda merger - UK watchdog sets wheels in motion 18 May 2018

Dean Best

It was certain The UK's Competition and Markets Authority would look into the ramifications of the biggest corporate development in the country's grocery sector for more than a decade - and today (18 May) the watchdog sent out an invitation to comment.


US giant Kroger is Ocado's latest partner 17 May 2018

Dean Best

UK online grocer Ocado has struck another licencing deal with an international food retailer, announcing this morning (17 May) US giant Kroger will use its technology for food deliveries.


Nestle strikes coffee tie-up with Starbucks 7 May 2018

Dean Best

A year ago, Nestlé said coffee would be one of four "high-growth food and beverage categories" in which it would focus its "capital spending". Today (7 May), the Nescafé owner and world's-largest food maker announced a notable deal with Starbucks.


just-food closed on Monday 7 May 7 May 2018

Dean Best

A quick note to say just-food is closed today, Monday 7 May, as the UK observes its early May bank holiday.


Casino, Auchan to push on with talks on buying pact 26 Apr 2018

Dean Best

French retail giants Casino and Auchan have insisted they will press ahead with their negotiations over a possible buying pact after it emerged a potential partner for the tie-up, Systeme-U, is in its own talks with Carrefour.




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