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How attractive could Iran be for food majors?

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with a...

Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarca...


Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.


Why "added-value" is key in LatAm yoghurt

Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2015

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and Nestle. However, with competition intensifying, with the macro-economic landscape mixed and with consumers showing an interest in moving to "better for you" options and different ways of consuming yoghurt, innovation will be key to help manufacturers stay ahead. Hannah Abdulla explores.


Analysis: Quality, innovation driving Chinese milk

Jens Kastner | 6 May 2015

Chinese dairy companies dominate the country's highly consolidated liquid milk sector. A focus on quality and innovation is driving growing sales in the market as milk continues to emerge from the long shadow of the 2008 melamine scandal. But international firms – and most significantly imported milk – do have a role to play in shaping the future of China's milk market. Jens Kastner reports.


What the analysts say: The verdict on Danone's Q1

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

Shares in Danone edged up in Paris today, reflecting a cautiously optimistic response from the market and the hope the French group could finally have come to grips with some of the challenges that weighed in 2014. However, the verdict on Danone's fresh dairy business was mixed and concern over the struggling unit lingers.

Latest Interviews

Happy Family CEO on baby and beyond

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Happy Family, the US organic baby food maker acquired by Danone in 2013, has enjoyed rapid growth. In 2006 the company reported turnover of US$115,000. This year it forecasts turnover of $130m. And its quest for further expansion has seen the firm move into adult snacking with the launch of Shine Organics pouches. Hannah Abdulla catches up with CEO and founder Shazi Visram to talk about how the company has evolved and how it has benefited from the tie-up with Danone.


How Mars aims to support farmers with new fund

Ben Cooper | 19 Jun 2015

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.

Latest News

Danone merges Indian dairy, nutrition units

Jagdish Kumar | 20 Aug 2015

Danone has decided to merge its Indian dairy business with its more profitable baby and medical nutrition units In order to boost distribution and improve profitability.


Food industry quotes of week - MDLZ, Nestle

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-half results and cited the benefits of pricing and productivity on its margins. In the UK, Young's Seafood announced a potential revised restructuring plan that could ease the impact on jobs at two plants. Nestle appointed a new MD for its under-fire India arm and just-food caught up with the CEO of Danone's US organic baby food unit, Happy Family, as it ventures into adult snacks.


Food industry news of week: Nestle India, ConAgra

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2015

Nestle this week a change of leadership at its embattled unit India, which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks over the nationwide Maggi recall. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods was reported to have started talks to sell its own-label unit, with Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods said to be interested. Our interview pages included chats with the founder of US organic baby food firm - and Danone subsidiary - Happy Family, Chinese bakery business Dongguan Kam Tai Foods and UK gluten-free company Mrs Crimble's.


Audio: Happy Family CEO Shazi Visram

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

US organic baby food maker Happy Family has announced its move into adult snacking with the launch of a range of pouches under a new brand, Shine Organics.


Lactalis surpasses Danone on dairy league table

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Lactalis has moved ahead of French rival Danone into second place in the list of the world's top ten dairy companies by sales, according to new data from Rabobank.


UPDATE: Danone merges Dumex with Mengniu

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 2015

Danone will merge its Chinese infant formula brand Dumex with the infant formula business of local dairy giant Mengniu in order to build a "strong local platform" in the sector.


Danone eyes "return to growth" in fresh dairy

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 2015

Danone has insisted its fresh dairy operations are poised for a "return to growth" despite lower revenues at the unit in the first half of 2015.


Danone, Yakult India JV to up capacity

Raghavendra Verma | 24 Jul 2015

The Indian venture between Danone and Yakult is expanding its production capacity of probiotic fermented milk in response to rising demand.


Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.


Ireland sets 2025 agri-food export target

Dean Best | 2 Jul 2015

Ireland is targeting an 85% jump in the value of its agri-food exports by 2025, the country's government announced today (2 July).


Danone invests in Belgium yoghurt plant

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jun 2015

Danone has completed an EUR13.5m (US$15.3m) investment at its Rotselaar factory in Belgium to support the production of spoonable yoghurts.


Food industry news of week: Hershey, Nestle

Dean Best | 19 Jun 2015

China continues to be an issue for Hershey, which today (19 June) cut its forecast for 2015 sales for the second time this year thanks to challenges in the market. Meanwhile, around 300 jobs are to go at the US confectionery giant as it tries to react quicker to changing market trends. Nestle, which has had its own issues in China, this week also indicated growth in parts of Africa had not been as rapid as it had hoped.


Danone issues warning for Nutrilon Pepti fakes

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jun 2015

Danone has issued an alert in the Netherlands on its Nutricia-branded Nutrilon Pepti infant formula over fears some of the products may have had their labels forged.


Danone-backed Brookside buys Uganda's Sameer

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2015

Danone-backed Kenyan dairy company Brookside Dairy has acquired Ugandan dairy company Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited.


IRI Product Pacesetters 2014: the top 10

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Lunchables Uploaded has topped IRI's poll of the top NPD launches in the US during 2014.


Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded tops IRI NPD poll

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Apr 2015

Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded product has been named as the best-selling new food and beverage line in the US during 2014, according to an annual poll by IRI.


IFC to invest in Iraq unit of Al Safi Danone

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Apr 2015

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank is pumping up to US$18m into the Iraq unit of Saudi Arabia-based dairy company Al Safi Danone.


UPDATE: Danone CEO upbeat on 2015 growth

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

Danone has said its first-quarter sales support the conclusion the French food group is moving into a period of "profitable, sustainable growth" in 2015.


Danone Q1 sales beat, outlook confirmed

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

Danone confirmed its full-year growth targets this morning (15 April) as it reported first-quarter top line expansion above market expectations.


Happy Family launches organic veg pouches

Dean Best | 13 Apr 2015

Happy Family, Danone's US organic baby food business, has added a line of vegetables sold in pouches to its range.


Yoghurts from Danone, Starbucks set for launch

Dean Best | 7 Apr 2015

Danone has confirmed the Greek yoghurts it has developed in tandem with Starbucks in the US will launch into the country's grocery retail channel next month.


Danone relaunches Gervais dessert as yoghurt

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2015

Danone has marked the relaunch of its Gervais desserts in France as a yoghurt brand with a new advertising campaign.

Latest blogs

Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.


just-food at CAGE

Dean Best | 15 Mar 2015

Nestle, Danone, Kerry Group and Tyson Foods are among the multinational consumer goods manufacturers presenting next week at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London - of which just-food and sister site just-drinks.com are the exclusive media partners.

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