BRICs and beyond

BRICs and beyond

Coverage and analysis of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets



BRICs and beyond: How Bright Food is furthering its international strategy 14 Oct 2014

State-backed Chinese food giant Bright Food Co. continued to make progress with its "go global, bring in" ambition when it acquired a majority stake in Italian olive oil manufacturer Salov Group last week. The move is typical of Bright's international strategy as the group continues to further its agenda to grow globally and bring overseas brands to Chinese consumers. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: E-tail could sidestep distribution challenge in China 23 Sep 2014

Alibaba Group's massive IPO has underlined that the e-commerce trade in China is booming. Significantly for packaged food manufacturers, online retailers offer a way to circumvent some of the challenges of distribution in this massive market, enabling them to reach out directly to China's population base. However, the soaring popularity of such enterprises also means competition is intense. Food makers must battle to stand out in the crowded online marketplace. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: International ambitions underpin BRF, Lactalis dairy deal 9 Sep 2014

The proposed sale of BRF's Brazilian dairies unit to Lactalis-owned Parmalat looks set to be a win-win for both companies. BRF is focusing on improving the performance of its core meat operations and the group would leave the transaction better positioned to step up its expansion into international protein markets. Meanwhile, Lactalis will strengthen its hand in the promising Brazilian dairy sector, leaving the company well-placed as a global dairy powerhouse. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Fonterra, Beingmate partnership formula for success 28 Aug 2014

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra and Chinese baby food maker Beingmate are to form a joint venture to try to capitalise on the exponential growth of the Chinese infant formula sector. With each partner bringing something very different to the table, Katy Askew suggests the new entity is well-placed to leverage the strengths of both.


BRICs and beyond: How Mexico's obesity fight has turned to advertising 4 Aug 2014

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last year, legislation was passed for a tax on high-calorie foods. Now, food manufacturers operating in Mexico have had restrictions placed on their advertising. Paula Krizanovic reports.


BRICs and beyond: Eyeing Egypt: Why firms are queueing up to invest 10 Jul 2014

A new president and a revised investor law for Egypt appears to be restoring business confidence. Last month three food and beverage giants announced plans to invest in expanding operations in the country. But with a growing population and high levels of unemployment, plus a cut in fuel subsidies that could put pressure on the average citizen's pocket, is now really the right time to be eyeing Egypt? Hannah Abdulla explores.


BRICs and beyond: Carrefour exit highlights continued challenges in India 9 Jul 2014

Carrefour's move to exit India underlines the ongoing challenges international retailers and food manufacturers face in the market where restrictions on foreign direct investment and a lack of infrastructure are curbing the development of modern retail. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Is there still opportunity in China's biscuit market? 27 Jun 2014

China's biscuit market has seen rapid growth in recent years. However, as the category matures the pace of expansion is slowing. With category leader Mondelez International struggling, is there still room for growth in the sector? Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: The long-term gluten-free opportunity in Russia 13 Jun 2014

Gluten-free is currently a bright spot of strong growth in the largely stagnant developed markets of the US and western Europe. However, as the category matures it is becoming an increasingly crowded space. As such, many forward-looking gluten-free specialists have an eye on fresh markets that will offer the next phase of growth for the sector. Russia is one such market. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Brazil a tough nut to crack for gluten-free foods 11 Jun 2014

Brazil with its vast population and a growing middle class with increasing health concerns, has huge opportunities in the gluten-free sector. But legislation requiring each and every food and drink product in the nation to be labelled gluten-free or not gluten-free has posed significant difficulties for specialist gluten-free firms looking to break into the country and make their ranges stand-out. Is there a future for gluten-free specialists in Brazil? Hannah Abdulla explores.


BRICs and beyond: Japan's food giants look to south-east Asia for growth 15 May 2014

Japanese food manufacturers are targeting countries in south-east Asia as key export markets. As they extend their presence in the region, Japan's food exporters hope to benefit from the perceived sophisticated, fashionable and healthy image of Japanese food products. Julian Ryall reports.


BRICs and beyond: Currency controls leave Venezuelan food sector in crisis 12 May 2014

Food manufacturers based in Venezuela have long struggled to supply the country's oil-fuelled economy amidst strict government controls and shortages of many key industry inputs. And recent changes to the country's currency regime could - say analysts and business leaders - intensify existing problems in the industry. Andrew Rosati reports.


BRICs and beyond: Logistics remains key challenge to Indian expansion 1 Apr 2014

Getting products on shelves is a significant challenge for food manufacturers and retailers in India, where an under-developed supply chain hampers such efforts. International food groups and logistics companies are working to overcome the lack of infrastructure and, for companies who can offer solutions, a significant commercial opportunity exists. Raghavendra Verma reports.


Confectionery: BRICs and beyond: China a sweet spot for gum makers 24 Mar 2014

Chewing gum manufacturers have seen sales come under pressure in developed markets in North America and Europe but other parts of the world are providing growth - and China is one such market. Dean Best reports.


BRICs and beyond: Local factors hindering grocery retail in India 30 Jan 2014

Poor logistics, including a lack of infrastructure and trained manpower, keep modern branded food retail from actualising its potential in India, industry experts have warned.


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