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Pepsico with turnover of $63bn acquires £11m brand Pipers – What on earth is all that about?

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

What does the acquisition by Pepsico of Pipers mean for food entrepreneurs? And if multinationals acquire brands as small as Pipers, is there any role for private equity to nurture early stage brands?

Ambient Grocery: Will sales evaporate and management heads roll in this summer heatwave?

Posted on: July 4th, 2018 by Will Carter

The hot weather is bad news for an already embattled ambient grocery market. Profit warnings may be on their way.

Sainsbury’s to merge with Asda – 7 reflections on the biggest deal ever in UK grocery

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

This morning Asda and Sainsbury’s confirmed the weekend rumours of a merger with Sainsbury’s capturing 58% of the combined entity subject no doubt to regulator and shareholder approval.  Here are our initial thoughts on the deal: 1. This merger can only happen because Aldi and Lidl have performed so strongly that it can now clear […]

Government policy on plastic packaging needs to focus on real issues – addressing marine pollution should not be the driver

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

2017 was the year that we demonised plastic packaging but the debate needs to be better informed in 2018 if we are going to tackle the real issues Plastic packaging hit the headlines in 2017 as the environmental lobby put it at the top of the agenda in terms of pollutants.  In particular the damage […]

Strategies for a post-Brexit world

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by Robert Lawson

A lot has happened in the past month and the implications for UK food and drink are significant.  It is too early to say that dust is settling, but what is clear is that the UK food industry faces a period of major upheaval.  Businesses will need to review their strategies in the light of […]