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Danone to cut up to 2,000 jobs

23 November 2020 | Dean Best

Danone is to remove up to 2,000 positions as part of a post-COVID cost-cutting plan.... read more

Kirin looks for new Lion Dairy & Drinks owner after China Mengniu block - report

3 September 2020 | Dean Best

Kirin Holdings is reportedly set to resume plans to sell its Lion Dairy & Drinks business, an asset in Australia that was lined up to be offloaded to China Mengniu Dairy Co before the deal was called off last week.... read more

The Coca-Cola Co, Nestle among US plastics pledge signatories

27 August 2020 | Dean Best

The Coca-Cola Co, Nestle and Danone are among 60 organisations across the private and public sectors to have joined a new "pact" on plastics in the US.... read more

Danone joins net-zero emissions drive

22 July 2020 | Dean Best

Danone is teaming up with eight other major corporations to share ways of cutting emissions, with an aim of all businesses achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.... read more

PepsiCo pledges to increase black representation

17 June 2020 | Dean Best

PepsiCo has said it will "dramatically rethink our approach to talent" as the US food & drinks group sets out to increase the representation of black staff at the company.... read more

Netherlands to adopt Nutri-Score labels in 2021

2 December 2019 | Dean Best

The Netherlands plans to introduce the Nutri-Score nutrition-labelling scheme in 2021 after the Dutch government expressed support for the voluntary colour-code system.... read more

Brands' use of social media must change - just-drinks FUTURES

6 November 2019 | Dean Best

Successful social-media marketing strategies will need to be more visual, video-orientated and more authentic, according to the latest report from just-drinks' FUTURES service.... read more

Coca-Cola Co's Fairlife JV to build new plant

11 April 2019 | Dean Best

Fairlife, the US-based dairy beverage business in a joint-venture with The Coca-Cola Co, is adding to its production network.... read more

The Coca-Cola Co cools report of Irish dairy project

1 April 2019 | Dean Best

The Coca-Cola Co has played down a report in Ireland the drinks giant is weighing up a move to set up dairy processing in the country.... read more

"We've got to be part of a wider ecosystem to succeed" - Daniel Grubbs, MD of the PepsiCo Ventures Group

18 September 2018 | Dean Best

PepsiCo is to take its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator programme to North America after launching the initiative in Europe, where it is in its second year. Dean Best spoke to PepsiCo executive Daniel Grubbs about why the US food and drinks giant is bringing the scheme to its domestic market, what it has learnt so far and why such programmes are important strategically to one of the largest players in the sector.... read more

Nestle, Kraft Heinz, Coke 'eyeing GSK's Horlicks' - report

18 June 2018 | Dean Best

The Coca-Cola Co, Nestle and Kraft Heinz are reportedly among the companies to have held early talks on a possible move to buy the food and drinks brand Horlicks, owned by UK-based pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline.... read more

San Miguel Corp mulls stake sale in alcohol and food arm

23 November 2017 | Dean Best

Philippines conglomerate San Miguel Corp has said it could sell a 30% stake in its soon-to-be-combined beer, liquor and food units.... read more

Macro challenges set to continue - PepsiCo CEO

12 February 2016 | Dean Best

PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi has warned that the global macroeconomic challenges facing business will persist in 2016, claiming she has not seen trading conditions of this nature in her time in business.... read more

The Coca-Cola Co to invest in Nigerian dairy group Chi

1 February 2016 | Dean Best

The Coca-Cola Co is to buy a minority stake in Nigerian dairy and soft drinks business Chi. ... read more

Stevia cleared for use in India

26 November 2015 | Dean Best

Beverages on sale in India can contain high-intensity sweetener stevia after the country's regulator approved the use of the ingredient. ... read more

Chobani sees The Coca-Cola Co bow out - report

15 October 2015 | Dean Best

The Coca-Cola Co has reportedly stopped talks with Chobani after deciding the US yoghurt maker did not fit its portfolio.... read more

Kraft Heinz Co to cut 2,500 jobs

13 August 2015 | Dean Best

Kraft Heinz Co is to cut around 2,500 posts across the US and Canada, the first confirmation of job losses made at the newly-formed food & beverage giant.... read more

PepsiCo creates North America beverage unit in reshuffle

9 July 2015 | Dean Best

PepsiCo has announced an overhaul of its Americas beverages unit as it unveiled a series of management changes.... read more

For Goodness Shakes acquired by Ireland's Aurivo

13 March 2015 | Dean Best

Aurivo Co-operative Society has acquired UK sports nutrition business For Goodness Shakes for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

Sanitarium expands Up & Go breakfast drink to UK

28 January 2015 | Dean Best

Australian food group Sanitarium is to launch its breakfast drink brand Up & Go in the UK.... read more

Wessanen to buy dairy-free drinks maker Abafoods

17 December 2014 | Dean Best

Dutch food group Wessanen is to acquire Italian dairy-free drinks maker Abafoods for EUR52m (US$65.1m).... read more

FRANCE: Groupe Danone CEO to step down

3 September 2014 | Dean Best

Groupe Danone has announced that its CEO is to step down from the role, with his deputy to take over. ... read more

UK: Premier Foods places powdered drinks arm into JV

18 June 2014 | Dean Best

UK group Premier Foods plc is to put another of its businesses into a joint venture, with its powdered drinks and desserts following its bread arm into a stand-alone unit. ... read more

US: Mondelez takeover "too risky" - PepsiCo CFO

29 July 2013 | Dean Best

PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston has insisted a takeover of Mondelez International would be "too risky" after calls from activist investor Nelson Peltz to carry out the deal. ... read more

FRANCE: Danone to cut costs to revitalise European business

14 December 2012 | Dean Best

Danone is to cut EUR200m (US$261m) in costs from its European operations in a bid to "win back its competitive edge" in the region after falling sales.... read more

Update - AUS: Lion confirms CEO Murray to leave

29 February 2012 | Dean Best

Kirin Holdings-owned Lion Co, which will see its chairman leave next month, has confirmed that its CEO Rob Murray also plans to quit next year.... read more

GLOBAL: Food "ambassador" to promote UK exports

27 January 2012 | Dean Best

A business "ambassador" will promote UK food and drink exports overseas under plans launched drawn up by industry and Government.... read more

Comment - Indra Nooyi has PepsiCo on Right Track

21 November 2011 | Dean Best

Despite the whirlwind of speculation around PepsiCo, investors should avoid the short-term desire for returns and see the benefit of the company's long-term strategy. With a focus on health and wellness, chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi is, for all the reported frustration at the firm's recent financial performance, on a path that many would argue is the right road for the company.... read more

CANADA: Clement Pappas takeover costs hit Lassonde Q3 profits

16 November 2011 | Dean Best

Costs from the takeover of juice maker Clement Pappas and Co. have hit profits at Canadian food and drink company Lassonde Industries.... read more

SWEDEN: Lactalis in talks to buy Swedish dairy Skanemejerier

16 November 2011 | Dean Best

French dairy and juice firm Lactalis is in talks to buy Swedish co-op Skånemejerier.... read more

UK: Parliament Committee raises doubts on 'Responsibility Deal' with drinks firms

3 November 2011 | Dean Best

Members of a prominent UK Parliamentary Committee have expressed concern that the Government's policy to curb excessive alcohol consumption and reduce obesity will not work.... read more

UK: Smartphones touted as "game-changers" for online retail

24 October 2011 | Dean Best

The use of smartphones to buy groceries could transform the UK's fast-growing online retail sector, an industry conference has heard.... read more

UK: Online shoppers more brand loyal - Unilever

21 October 2011 | Dean Best

Consumers are more brand loyal when shopping online, giving food and drinks manufacturers the chance to exploit the growth of the channel, according to Unilever.... read more

GLOBAL: Majority of firms do not measure social media ROI - survey

8 August 2011 | Dean Best

Over half of food and drink industry executives do not measure the return on investment (ROI) they get from their use of social media, according to a just-drinks survey.... read more

US: Industry draws up rules on drinks advertising for children

15 July 2011 | Dean Best

Food and drink manufacturers including The Coca-Cola Co, Nestle and PepsiCo have published their own uniform guidelines on the nutritional content of products advertised to US children.... read more