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UK regulator shines light on Amazon's Deliveroo investment 5 Jul 2019

Dean Best

Amazon's move to invest in UK food-delivery business Deliveroo caught the eye when it was announced in May – but it’s also attracted the attention of the country’s competition regulator.


Ocado branches into vertical farming 11 Jun 2019

Dean Best

The UK-based online grocer - increasingly seen not just as a retailer but as a broader tech business - is to plough investment into indoor farming.


Now Aussie grocery giant Woolies invests in meal-kits 10 Jun 2019

Dean Best

The growing consumer interest in - and demand for - buying food online has put meal-kit players in a number of western markets in the spotlight, even if it is still too early to judge how big the market could become or which products will be a long-term success.


Amazon tries again in UK food delivery 17 May 2019

Dean Best

Perhaps today's most eye-catching corporate food story here in the UK is Amazon's decision to invest in food-delivery business Deliveroo.


The heat is on at Hobnobs HQ 13 May 2019

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne visits snacks giant Pladis and hears about issues relating to football and sunny weather and learns of an admirable new initiative aimed at promoting positive mental health.


Everything's gone green 3 May 2019

Andy Coyne

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


Amazon and France's Casino announce latest project 24 Apr 2019

Dean Best

A year after first joining forces, the US e-commerce titan and the French grocer have set out fresh ways they are to work together.


Hopping off for Easter 18 Apr 2019

Dean Best

A point of admin: the dates we're closed for Easter.


UK online grocer Ocado forms another overseas partnership 26 Mar 2019

Dean Best

Ocado, the UK-based pure-play online grocer, is to team up with another major overseas food retailer.


What's driving pre-Brexit stockpiling? 13 Mar 2019

Dean Best

A significant chunk of UK consumers are either starting - or planning - to stockpile ahead of the country's departure from the EU.


Bar brawl - US snack firms Clif and Kind joust over ingredients 11 Mar 2019

Dean Best

Clif Bar & Co. and US snack peer Kind have become involved in a public spat over the ingredients the companies use in their snack bars.


Amazon pulls plug on Dash buttons 4 Mar 2019

Dean Best

The retail behemoth has said shoppers will no longer be able to buy its Dash buttons, which had allowed consumers to re-order products with one push of a finger.


Ex-PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi gets seat on Amazon board 26 Feb 2019

Dean Best

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has secured a high-profile directorship, with retail giant Amazon appointing the CPG veteran to its board of directors.


Asda boss reacts to UK watchdog's stance on Sainsbury's deal 21 Feb 2019

Dean Best

Sainsbury's chief Mike Coupe took to the airwaves within minutes of the CMA's provisional findings being announced and, today (21 February), his partner on the proposed merger at Asda gave his verdict.


Which M&A advisory firms topped the charts in 2018? 13 Feb 2019

Dean Best

Run-downs of the top financial and legal M&A advisers for the consumer sector in 2018 have been published.


Amazon button Dashed in Germany 11 Jan 2019

Dean Best

In a bid to eat into sales of FMCG products, Amazon has developed and launched the Dash service, allowing consumers to re-order products at the touch of a button. A judge's pen in Germany has rendered those buttons illegal in that market.


Seeing the palm oil for the trees 10 Jan 2019

Dean Best

Ocado has set up an ‘aisle’ on its website displaying products that do not contain palm oil, in response, the UK online grocer says, to growing interest from consumers in the ingredient.


The march of the vegans 4 Jan 2019

Andy Coyne

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


just-food closes for Christmas 21 Dec 2018

Dean Best

Today (21 December) is our last day of reporting before Christmas. We re-open on Wednesday 2 January. Thanks for all your support this year.


The challenge of getting a "stealth small brand" to stick 12 Dec 2018

Dean Best

Earlier this year, in a popular article on just-food, our US columnist Victor Martino coined the phrase "stealth small brand" - a product developed by Big Food but designed to look like it comes from a start-up. Mars has demonstrated how difficult it can be to get such a brand to stick.


A price point that is infinity and beyond 30 Nov 2018

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne road tests the eagerly-awaited Beyond Burger, a US plant-based product that has recently arrived in the UK.


London confirms transport ban on junk-food ads 23 Nov 2018

Dean Best

London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed what his office is calling a "groundbreaking" ban on advertising 'junk food' on the UK capital's transport network.


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.




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