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Big Food's VC-style funds: the investments so far

Our guide to some of the in-house venture-capital funds operated by the world's major packaged-food companies....

How might Covid impact food company strategy?

Simon Harvey assesses what food manufacturers can take forward from their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic....

How might UK food-to-go adjust post-Covid?

We review the outlook for the UK food-to-go market, with pain still to endure until the Government's gradual easing of restrictions bec...

The UK snack-bar market during Covid-19

Andy Coyne takes a close look at the UK snack bar category and at how it has adapted to the unique trading conditions created by Covid...

Latest Interviews

"Premium and convenience are the areas where we operate best" – St Pierre Groupe's Paul Baker on offering indulgence in the bakery aisle 23 Feb 2021

Andy Coyne

Paul Baker, co-founder of St Pierre Groupe, tells Andy Coyne about the UK bakery business' US strategy, how it has coped with Covid and how convenience is shaping its future.

How could food industry M&A take shape in 2021? 4 Jan 2021

Dean Best

We speak to four experienced M&A advisers about how they expect deal-making in the packaged-food industry to take shape in 2021.

Latest News

Lotus Bakeries' venture fund buys stake in D2C granola firm Oot 10 May 21

Simon Harvey

Lotus Bakeries in Belgium has marked the fourth investment under its venture-capital fund launched in 2019 with a deal in the Netherlands.

China D2C dairy business Adopt A Cow gets KKR backing 19 Apr 21

Dean Best

The buy-out house said the Chinese firm had a "disruptive strategy to change the way dairy is produced, marketed and sold to customers".

US dairy giant Dairy Farmers of America reveals accelerator class 7 Apr 21

Andy Coyne

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has revealed the names of the emerging businesses taking part in its accelerator programme for 2021.

US bar firm Simple Botanics acquired by Brand Holdings 31 Mar 21

Andy Coyne

Simple Botanics, a Chicago-based bar maker, has been acquired by a company focused on buying direct-to-consumer (D2C) e-commerce businesses.

Unilever in Germany 'ghost kitchen' tie-up 25 Mar 21

Dean Best

The Hellmann's and Knorr maker is teaming up with an ambitious online food delivery business in Germany

Ferrero-owned chocolate business Thorntons to close UK outlets 16 Mar 21

Andy Coyne

Thorntons, the UK chocolate business owned by Italian confectionery giant Ferrero, has announced a Covid-linked strategy shift.

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