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How cocoa sustainability has come to fore

The first section of our management briefing examining how the food industry is working to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable...

2015 preview: Slowing China, buoyant SE Asia

The - relatively speaking - sluggishness of the Chinese economy has been a subject of debate in recent months and the country looks set to s...


How cocoa sustainability has come to fore

Ben Cooper | 16 Jun 2015

The first section of our management briefing examining how the food industry is working to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable looks at cocoa, a commodity facing grave challenges but now receiving increased and concerted attention from companies following the launch of the CocoaAction collective initiative a year ago.


2015 preview: Slowing China, buoyant SE Asia

Dean Best | 2 Jan 2015

The - relatively speaking - sluggishness of the Chinese economy has been a subject of debate in recent months and the country looks set to see GDP growth slow in 2015, which will only intensify competition in an already tough market. However, the prospects for India look brighter and a number of countries in south-east Asia offer opportunities. Dean Best reports.


Dairy in India: No quick win for multinationals

Katy Askew | 30 Sep 2014

India is the world's largest raw milk producer and one of the biggest global markets for dairy products. While the participation of international dairies remains relatively low in the country, interest is increasing. Continued rapid demand growth presents a challenge and an opportunity for multinationals stepping up their operations in India - and the growing presence of foreign firms bodes well for the health of the sector itself. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Marfrig eyes growth opportunities

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2014

Marfrig CEO Sergio Rial was upbeat about the progress he saw at the Brazil-based meat processor yesterday (11 March), insisting the company was "more stable" than in previous years despite falling into the red in 2013.

Latest Interviews

Sustainability Watch - Timothy Venverloh, ADM

Ben Cooper | 27 Nov 2013

As one of the largest traders of agricultural raw materials in the world, Archer Daniels Midland is probably a direct or indirect link in more food supply chains than it is possible to quantify. Global sustainability director Timothy Venverloh explains how ADM is setting about making its business and those of the companies it supplies more sustainable.


Interview: Cargill enters Chinese poultry sector

Dean Best | 27 Sep 2013

Cargill this week opened its first animal protein plant in China. With demand for protein soaring in the country, the move looks a sound one from the US agribusiness giant. However, the poultry sector in China can be a challenging place to do business.

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Food industry quotes of week: McCormick, Valio

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jul 2015

This week, McCormick & Co. highlighted China as a strength in its first half numbers. Valio made a commitment to halve sugar in its dairy snacks and the Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving global food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ebro Foods acquired French sandwich maker Roland Monterrat. Here is the week in quotes.


Food industry news of week - ConAgra, JBS

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

ConAgra said that it will sell its private brands business after reporting losses. We asked whether General Mills' plans to turn around US sales will work and took a detailed look at what Grexit would mean for the food industry in Greece. Here are this week's highlights on just-food.


JBS acquires Cargill's US pork unit

Katy Askew | 2 Jul 2015

Brazilian meat group JBS has entered an agreement to acquire Cargill's US pork business in a deal worth US$1.45bn.


Cargill to buy Zambeef edible oils unit

Dean Best | 3 Feb 2015

Cargill has moved to buy Zamanita, the cooking oil business of African food group Zambeef.


Cargill to close US meat site

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jan 2015

Cargill is to close a meat slicing and packaging site in the US, a move which sees 118 jobs at risk.


2014's most-read news stories on just-food

Dean Best | 15 Dec 2014

The takeover battles for Chiquita Brands International and for Hillshire Brands were among the stories that grabbed your interest in 2014.


Food industry news of week: Danone, Cargill

Dean Best | 12 Dec 2014

Danone this week gave the first tangible signs of its plans under new CEO Emmanuel Faber, including a new division to focus on growing in Africa. Cargill revealed it is considering an entry into Indonesia's poultry sector. Meanwhile, Tesco announced another profit warning but notably outlined changes to the way it will do business with suppliers.


Cargill mulls entry into Indonesian poultry sector

Dean Best | 10 Dec 2014

US agribusiness giant Cargill is considering moving into Indonesia's poultry market.


Hormel, Cargill end 12 year Precept Foods JV

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Dec 2014

Hormel Foods and Cargill have dissolved their joint venture partnership for the Precept Foods brand.


Nortura embarks on antibiotic-free chicken project

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Dec 2014

Norwegian meat processor Nortura is rolling out a project that aims to raise antibiotic-free chickens.


Cargill launches antibiotic-free turkey range

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 2014

Cargill has become the latest US company to launch a range of antibiotic-free meat products with the roll out of antibiotic-free turkeys.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 20 Oct 2014

Nestle came under investor scrutiny last week after its sales missed analyst expectations - with China a central factor. Elsewhere, we looked at the international strategy of one of China's largest food makers - Bright Food - in the wake of its acquisition of Italian olive oil firm Salov. And we spoke to the president of US investment firm BBX Capital after six acquisitions in the US confectionery sector in a year.


Cargill exits olive oil venture with Dcoop

Dean Best | 17 Oct 2014

Cargill has sold its 50% stake in Spanish olive oil venture Mercaóleo to partner Dcoop, the local farmers co-operative.


ConAgra, Cargill take popcorn, sauces to Brazil

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Oct 2014

ConAgra Foods is launching its ACT II popcorn product and its Hunt's line of condiments in Brazil under an agreement with Cargill.


Quote, unquote: UN Climate Change Summit 2014

Katy Askew | 24 Sep 2014

Representatives from the political, business, finance and civil sphere came together in New York yesterday (23 September) at the UN's 2014 Climate Change Summit. Food corporations were among those signing up to pledges to tackle the growing problem of climate change. Here just-food provides a flavour of the promises our industry has made - and reaction to them.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Katy Askew | 15 Sep 2014

M&A was once more a focus on just-food as consolidation of the food sector continued. US natural and organic food group Annie's was snapped up by General Mills.


Slavery lawsuit against Nestle allowed to proceed

Dean Best | 8 Sep 2014

A lawsuit alleging Nestle, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland "aided and abetted" child slavery in Cote d'Ivoire can proceed after an intervention by an appeals court in the US.


Cargill closes US beef processing plant

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2014

Tight cattle supplies have seen Cargill announce it is to close its Milwaukee beef processing plant with approximately 600 jobs at risk.


Pilgrim's Pride reportedly ups offer for Hillshire

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jun 2014

Pilgrim's Pride is reportedly upping its offer for the acquisition of Hillshire Brands to US$55 a share.


Industry in new cocoa sustainability pledge

Dean Best | 22 May 2014

Hershey, Mars and Nestle - plus cocoa suppliers Barry Callebaut and Cargill - are among 12 companies to set up a new industry initiative to "accelerate" efforts to make farming in west Africa "more sustainable".


Cargill cutting production on low cattle suppl

Katy Askew | 16 May 2014

Cargill Meat Solutions, the US meat business of agri-giant Cargill, has confirmed that it will be laying off staff at its Dodge City processing facility in response to tight cattle supplies in the country.


"External" issues hit Cargill profits

Dean Best | 9 Apr 2014

Cargill has blamed "external" effects - including problems with corn shipments to China - for a slump in earnings in its third quarter.

Latest blogs

Brussels clears Cargill's ADM chocolate buy - with a condition

Dean Best | 20 Jul 2015

Cargill's move to buy Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business has cleared its last regulatory hurdle after clearance from the European Commission. But Brussels has asked Cargill to offload part of the assets.


Cargill unveils first landfill-free facility

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

The Cargill meat processing facility in Hazleton, Pa., has become the company's first certified landfill-free production site.

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