• Heineken to slash 8,000 jobs amid virus crisis profit plunge

    Heineken to slash 8,000 jobs amid virus crisis profit plunge

    Heineken intends to cut 8,000 jobs as its new Chief Executive Dolf van den Brink reshapes the beer giant amid a pandemic that has brought large parts of the drinks trade to its knees. The Dutch group’s restructuring plans were first flagged in October though there was no indication of just how many jobs might

  • Brand innovation rewarded

    Brand innovation rewarded

    Unilever, Premier Foods and Procter & Gamble picked up multiple awards alongside other FMCG giants and a host of pioneering newcomers in the 2021 Product of the Year Awards. Now in its 17th year, the awards represent the UK’s biggest and most comprehensive study of product innovation, conducted in association with Kantar. “Innovation comes in all

  • Sproud’s £5M cash boost for plant-based milk expansion

    Sproud’s £5M cash boost for plant-based milk expansion

    Peas-to-milk brand Sproud has raised almost £5 million from a London-based investor to fast-track expansion across the UK and America. Soya and almond milks have long held the monopoly within the dairy-free milk market with each controlling approximately 40 percent of the sector. Pea protein, however, is having a huge impact on the plant-based sector

  • Unilever bids farewell to Bertolli

    Unilever bids farewell to Bertolli

    Unilever has sold its Bertolli sauce, pesto and mayonnaise portfolio to Dutch company Enrico-Glasbest. Unilever bought the brand in 2008. Shortly after the acquisition, it sold Bertolli’s olive-oil arm to Spain’s second-largest food group, Deoleo, for £500m as part of its disposal of non-core businesses. In 2014, Japan’s Mizkan Group snapped up the US rights

  • Brexit and the workforce

    Brexit and the workforce

    Matthew Davies ponders Brexit, immigration changes and the related implications for FMCG Whilst the pandemic and the economy continue to grab headlines, Brexit has again reared its head, with the trade deal done and our exit from the EU complete. But with teething problems already surfacing, employers across the FMCG sector and supply chain should

  • Virtual working versus ‘the new normal’

    Virtual working versus ‘the new normal’

    COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the way we work. Packaging design agencies, like all businesses, have had to adapt to rules and restrictions while trying to maintain meaningful client contact and quality service. Here, we speak with two agency heads,  Brett Goldhawk (Ziggurat) and Bic Bicknell (Brown&co) with contrasting views on whether the

  • Circular economy at a crossroads

    Circular economy at a crossroads

    Sustainable business models for a circular economy require collaboration and investment in research, writes Shawn Welch Even before Covid-19 presented an opportunity to establish ‘a new normal’, we were rapidly approaching a tipping point for packaging. While the change in consumers’ environmental consciousness is positive, its urgency means that finding the quickest solution does not

  • Making the impossible, possible

    Making the impossible, possible

    Rodney Steel, Chief Executive of the BCMPA, the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics, reflects on how its members have adapted to overcome the challenges of 2020, and by doing so, made themselves better prepared for the future. “2020 has undoubtedly been a year that has demonstrated the art of the possible,” said

  • Face mask game changer

    Face mask game changer

    The UK’s first biodegradable face masks will be launched nationally in January