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Does your ‘clean label’ marketing message hit the bull’s eye? Nova knows

‘Clean label’ is the antithesis of ultra processed food. Jump back 30 years or more and food was all about taste and texture, ingredients panels were present, largely unread and certainly not understood. Not many knew, or cared whether packaged food was healthy. Clean label is an off shoot of the ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ food …

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Hungry in Japan? Über Eats ‘new verticals’ wants to eat your lunch

Über Eats has just celebrated its fifth anniversary in Japan, its eighth global market. As in other markets it started focusing on restaurants. In Japan these were in up-market districts of Tokyo like Aoyama and Akasaka. Now the business claims to cover all 47 prefectures, facilitated by 100,000 delivery riders. Über Eats is steadily eating …

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Huel, an edgy food nutrition start-up, going global advocate, puts itself on the IPO dinner table

Huel is an acronym for HUman FuEL. The company sells powder based meal replacements diluted with water. The ingredients are 100% vegan and include oats, pea, rice, flaxseed, coconut, and sunflower. It’s a brand for active and wealthy millennials, a target group similar to Peleton or even Go-Pro. Like the latter, it has a similar …

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Cheesecake Factory pivots to take-home & dials up indulgence. Naughty but nice!

American icon the Cheesecake Factory is navigating the pandemic by dialling up take home sales and using its 208 restaurants as delivery depots. It also chalked a deal with Doordash to smooth online order cycles and relieve staff pressures. ‘Talk triggers’ and ‘viral marketing’ are key components of the company’s playbook. There’s a menu that …

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Hollywood celebrities-cum-investors hunger for plant food start-ups, but does it matter?

There is no shortage of celebrities who besides the day-job, are turning green and punting big on plant food. Madonna has invested in Vita Coco, a coconut water business, Leonardo DiCapriccio owns a stake in Impossible Foods (and is a brand ambassador) and Serena Williams has gone into Baby food. A few months ago news …

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SkyLark banks on Shabu Shabu hotpot to launch its US business

Skylark may not be a household name in Japan but it has a plethora of well-known fast food restaurant brands from Gusto to Yumean to Tonkara Tei that are found across the country. It’s a big company with sales in excess of $3b, although its revenues dropped 23% in the pandemic. Like many Japanese corporates, …

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Middle Eastern hummus grows in popularity; big food giants eye payday!

This month I spent a week in West London before returning to the Far East. It was a mixture of work, pleasure and early morning work-outs by the Thames (much recommended!) I walked as much as possible but when using public transport rode the bus more than the tube. The view is better, the buses …

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New CEO, new strategy? How can Danone fulfill its promise of One Planet, One Health, You?

A new CEO started work at Danone this week. Antoine de Saint-Affrique was previously at Barry Callebaut, a specialist (and hugely successful) chocolatier and before that Unilever. Danone’s share price has not shown any positive momentum this year and the previous CEO was forced out in March. There were multiple reports of a boardroom power …

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Ajinomoto stock soars far above rivals. But is it due to MSG or the lesser known ABF?

Although the Nikkei has danced to new highs recently (+30% at time of writing), not everyone has been doing so well. That’s especially the case for food & beverage stocks. Yakult and Morinaga’s share price has not grown whilst Ezaki Glico, Nissin Foods and Calbee are down (-7%, -8% & -14% respectively). Alcohol giants Asahi …

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Is cheese the latest category to be disrupted by start-ups?

Nobell foods make a strong claim on their website: “Animals are an inefficient and unsustainable technology for making dairy and feeding people.” Founded by an engineer, Nobell’s founder goes on explaining, “you need about 3kg of food and up to 4,500 litres of water to make 4 litres of milk.” Nobell’s sales pitch, at least …

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