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Paula Krizanovic

Articles by Paula Krizanovic

BRAZIL: Vigor to attain BRF dairy factory 26 June 2014

Brazilian firm Vigor will attain a dairy plant local food giant BRF was building in Rio de Janeiro state, a source said today.

M. Dias BrancoNavigating Brazil's slowdown: Interview: Geraldo Luciano Mattos, M. Dias Branco 30 August 2013

As Brazil's largest producer of biscuits and pasta, M. Dias Branco is the type of company that can provide notable insight into trading conditions in the country. just-food spoke to senior executive Geraldo Luciano Mattos about the group's recent performance and outlook for the economy.

Xandó wants Vigor to become BrazilBRICs and beyond: Vigor eyes dairy top spot in Brazil 3 April 2013

Brazil's Vigor, created when meat giant JBS listed the business last year, wants to be the largest dairy company in the country. Two months ago, Vigor invested in rival Itambé, a deal that enabled it to take the number three spot in the Brazilian dairy sector. However, as Paula Krizanovic discovers, Vigor CEO Gilberto Xandó has grander ambitions for the business.

ARGENTINA: Arcor to enter cereal market 13 July 2012

Argentine food manufacturer Arcor, which manufactures products from confectionery to jam, has entered the country's cereal market.

ARGENTINA: Carrefour acquisition of Eki nears completion 8 June 2012

Carrefour has moved a step closer to acquiring Argentinian low-prices supermarket chain Eki.

Milka is the second best-selling chocolate brand in ArgentinaARGENTINA: Kraft starts local Milka production 16 April 2012

Kraft Foods has started to produce its Milka chocolate brand in Argentina to replace imports of the product into the country from Brazil.

KraftMEXICO: Kraft inaugurates tech centre 1 February 2012

The Mexican arm of Kraft Foods has opened a $50m innovation and development centre in Mexico City.

Bimbo set to build sixth plant in ArgentinaARGENTINA: Bimbo to build baked goods plant in Cordoba 12 January 2012

Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is to build its sixth plant in Argentina.

BRAZIL: Biscuit firm M. Dias Branco buys rival Pelagio 5 January 2012

Brazilian biscuits market leader M. Dias Branco (MDB) has acquired local rival Pelágio Participações for BRL240m (US$130.2m).

Category crunch: Brazilian biscuit firms look to M&A, NPD to drive growth 6 December 2011

In part two of just-food's Category crunch on Brazil's biscuit sector, Paula Krizanovic argues that, with volumes slowing, acquisitions and product innovation will be key ways for local and multinational players to drive growth in a competitive market.

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