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BRICs and beyond: Hard-headed Danone makes fresh China yoghurt foray 22 May 2013

Column: BRICs and beyond

Danone is to make another attempt to tap into the booming demand for fresh dairy products in China. The French food group is teaming up with Chinese dairy giant Mengniu, the largest yoghurt producer in the country. However, the two companies' previous attempt as a venture ended after just a year. Can Danone succeed this time? Dean Best reports.


BRICs and beyond: Russian retailer Magnit looks to retain top spot 17 Apr 2013

Column: BRICs and beyond

Russian retail colossus Magnit has overtaken X5 Retail Group to become the country's largest by sales. While anticipated, speculation is now likely to turn to whether Magnit can extend its lead, or if X5 has what it takes to up its game and claw back the number one position.


BRICs and beyond: Vigor eyes dairy top spot in Brazil 3 Apr 2013

Column: BRICs and beyond

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.


BRICs and beyond: Dixy takes prudent approach to ambitious expansion 18 Mar 2013

Column: BRICs and beyond

Dixy significantly beefed up its presence in Russia's food retail sector when it acquired local peer Victoria Group two years ago. While the company still has its foot on the throttle, with some ambitious plans to expand over the next three years, Dixy's attention has now turned to a lower-capital intensive organic growth phase. Katy Askew spoke to Dixy's head of investor relations Natalya Belyavskaya to find out more.


BRICs and beyond: Heinz's Chinese frozen food exit paves way for growth 26 Feb 2013

Column: BRICs and beyond

The news that Heinz plans to sell its Chinese frozen food business may have raised a few eyebrows. In an environment where food multinationals are seemingly always on the look out for M&A opportunities in dynamic emerging markets, led by China, it is not often that you hear of international firms offloading assets. However, Heinz was coming up against a number of challenges in the category and a more focused, streamlined Heinz in China could be better-placed to drive profitable growth. Katy Askew reports.


BRICS and beyond: Arla Foods plans emerging markets leap 11 Jan 2013

Column: BRICs and beyond

Growing competition for space in key emerging markets appears to have convinced Arla Foods that it needs to act now if it is to secure a market for its milk supplies beyond 2015.


BRICs and beyond: China's slowdown a bump in the road 22 Oct 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

The impact of the global economic crisis can be seen in consumer behaviour the world over and last week it was announced that - as expected - China's economic growth rate slipped during the third-quarter. This has raised concerns that companies attempting to offset weakness in developed economies by tapping into the potential of this emerging world powerhouse could be in for a tough time. Nevertheless, Katy Askew suggests, the underlying growth drivers in China mean that the "sleeping giant's" potential remains vast.


BRICs and beyond: Hershey hopes for sweeter future in India 28 Sep 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

Hershey's passage into India has proved anything but smooth but clearly the US confectionery giant is a believer in perseverance.


BRICs and beyond: Russia's X5 struggles to deliver on strategic objectives 22 Aug 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

X5 Retail Group has had a turbulent year. Management changes and a significant strategic shift that has sidelined the importance of M&A to the group's expansion plans have combined with an intensely competitive market to leave Russia's largest retailer losing share to its peers. Katy Askew suggests the next 12 months will be telling for the company.


BRICs and beyond: Auchan bets on India's potential 17 Aug 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

The French retailer has become the latest multinational to enter India. We look at its new partnership with local player Max Hypermarket.


BRICs and beyond: South-South the new direction for Fairtrade 24 Jul 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

Having seen strong and resilient growth in established developed markets, the Fairtrade movement is increasingly turning its attention to 'South-to-South' trade. Ben Cooper reports.


BRICs and beyond: Kraft eyes taste of success in India with Toblerone launch 11 Jul 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

US food giant Kraft Foods confirmed its much-speculated launch of Toblerone into India last week. Michelle Russell takes a look at why Kraft has introduced Toblerone into India, which brands it will compete against and the projected growth for the sector.


BRICs and beyond: Olam highlights Nigeria's potential 27 Jun 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

Olam International's acquisition of Nigerian dairy group Kayass highlights the growing investment in the country. The move contributes to Olam's increasing presence in the Nigerian packaged food industry and the agribusiness giant intends to expand its food production base in the country further.


BRICs and beyond: Nestle hopes to milk Chile's role as trade hub 16 Apr 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

Its plans to create a local powerhouse in Chile's dairy industry may have been dashed a year ago but, 12 months on, Nestle has underlined the importance it places on the sector and on the country.


BRICs and beyond: Ferrero investment shines light on Mexican confectionery market 5 Apr 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

Confectionery giant Ferrero last month announced plans to invest US$190m in the construction of a production facility in Mexico.


BRICs and beyond: Organic food's identity problem in China 9 Feb 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

A sign that a branded food market is maturing is the growth of niches and demand for certified-organic products in China is starting to rise. However, as Mark Godfrey reports from Beijing and the south-eastern city of Xiamen, in China's fledgling organic sector, there are no common labelling requirements, leading to consumer confusion over what is truly organic, which could hinder development in the long term.


BRICs and beyond: Fresh concerns over food safety in China 19 Jan 2012

Column: BRICs and beyond

The Chinese New Year is marked on Monday (23 January) but the same old questions over the safety of food made in the country have reared their head once again. Contaminated milk at Mengniu Dairy has renewed consumer concern and infant-formula maker Synutra International found itself linked to the death of a baby boy. Chinese food makers are working on improving supply chains but there is still much more to do, as Dean Best reports.


BRICs and beyond: Spar International and emerging markets 12 Oct 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

Sam Webb discusses emerging markets and consumer confidence with Tobias Wasmuht, international retail and marketing director of Spar International, as well as managing director of Spar China, having led expansion into the country in 2004.


BRICs and beyond: PepsiCo's health drive in Mexico 16 Sep 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

PepsiCo plans to launch healthier snacks in Mexico to meet laws targeting obesity - and use its investment there as a base to sell the products further afield.


BRICs and beyond: Spectre of inflation returns in China 26 Aug 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

Food prices are on the rise in China and analysts from all over the world are keeping a close eye on the situation. Inflationary changes in China do not just affect the people of Shanghai and Beijing – the whole world feels their ramifications, writes Sam Webb.


BRICs and beyond: Danone enters India's buoyant infant-formula market 12 Aug 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

India's infant nutrition sector is expanding rapidly and it is set to have a new entrant - Danone. Last week, the French food group struck a deal to buy the nutrition business of local company Wockhardt Group, a move that means it will compete head on market leader Nestle.


BRICs and beyond: China's hypermarkets target provinces 28 Jul 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

The flotation of China's largest hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group has highlighted the recent rapid growth in the sector and the potential that retailers believe the channel will continue to have. International chains have made their presence known in the country's main cities. Now, second- and third-tier cities are driving growth and becoming increasingly attractive targets for further expansion but, as Wang Fangqing reports, competition is fierce.


BRICs and beyond: Brasil Foods shareholders relieved as merger approved 19 Jul 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

The announcement that Brazil's competition watchdog had given its blessing to the merger that formed Brasil Foods eased ongoing shareholder concerns that the deal would not get the green light. While the deal was approved, there were significant conditions placed on the deal. What will this mean for the future enterprise? Petah Marian reports.


BRICs and beyond: Hsu Fu Chi could sweeten Nestle's Chinese business 7 Jul 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

A normally reticent Nestle this week admitted its interest in Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi. The Singapore-listed firm is one of China's largest confectioners and, as Dean Best reports, analysts see the company's distribution in China and knowledge of local consumer habits as key factors in why the world's largest food maker could move for the business.


BRICs and beyond: Fonterra looking to milk Brazilian dairy market 27 May 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

With recent investment in China - and a possible venture in India in the pipeline - Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant, is no stranger to the BRIC markets.


BRICs and beyond: Nestle ups Chinese presence with Yinlu buy 21 Apr 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

Swiss food giant Nestle has expanded its Chinese footprint with the acquisition of a 60% stake in local food maker Yinlu Foods. The deal will widen Nestle's product offering in the market, grow distribution and significantly expand the group's Chinese sales. However, the acquisition's greatest upside is perhaps the local know-how that Nestle will gain by working with an experienced and trusted Chinese partner. Katy Humphries reports.


BRICs and beyond: PepsiCo's potential in Russia stands out 4 Apr 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

The Consumer Analyst Group Europe (CAGE) conference last week heard from a number of the world's leading food makers keen to emphasise their plans for expansion in emerging markets. One company, Dean Best writes, had a particularly compelling narrative for analysts and investors.


BRICs and beyond: Turkey - the gateway to the world 25 Mar 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

While Turkey is not seeing the same levels of growth as other developing markets like China and Brazil, retailers and manufacturers see potential in the market, not only as a developing market in its own right, but also for its strategic link between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Petah Marian investigates the opportunites Turkey offers.


BRICs and beyond: Foreign firms face fight for India's biscuit market 18 Mar 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

Kraft Foods' recent move to launch its Oreo biscuit brand into India has drawn attention to what is a growing sector in the country. India's biscuit market is attracting growing multinational interest but powerful domestic players already dominate the market and the jury is out over whether foreign companies can easily grab market share. Mini Pant Zachariah reports for just-food from Mumbai.


BRICs and beyond: Heinz goes local in Brazil 11 Mar 2011

Column: BRICs and beyond

Heinz has announced its first major push into Brazil, with the acquisition of 80% of local tomato sauce maker Coniexpress. The deal provides Heinz with a significant footprint in the country and fits neatly with the US ketchup giant's push to grow revenues in emerging markets. Katy Humphries reports.

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