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Indonesia dairy - a challenging "dark horse"

Indonesia's dairy market has enjoyed solid expansion in the last decade. With China's economy cooling, more attention is being paid to other...

Indonesian infant formula - potential and pitfalls

Indonesia has become one of the world's largest markets for infant formula by volume, supported by demographic trends such as a large – and...

Indonesia dairy - a challenging "dark horse"

Dean Best | 2 Nov 2015

Indonesia's dairy market has enjoyed solid expansion in the last decade. With China's economy cooling, more attention is being paid to other markets in south-east Asia, suggesting Indonesia could become of growing interest. However, the country has seen its own economic slowdown and its dairy sector has a series of significant challenges to surmount. Dean Best reports.

Indonesian infant formula - potential and pitfalls

Katy Askew | 27 Oct 2015

Indonesia has become one of the world's largest markets for infant formula by volume, supported by demographic trends such as a large – and young – population. However, the country's economic situation means selling prices are low. Meanwhile, poor sanitation and high poverty levels leave infant formula makers in a very precarious position, with their products linked to infant mortality. Katy Askew looks at the potential and pitfalls of selling infant formula in Indonesia.

Indonesia: the key macro issues facing FMCG firms

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2015

Indonesia is south-east Asia's largest consumer market and is central to the growth strategy of many an international packaged food manufacturer eyeing or operating in the region. However, Indonesia's economy has slowed in recent years, hitting consumer spending, while there are concerns over issues from infrastructure to regulation. just-food gives a run-down of the issues in Indonesia strategy executives need to consider.

Editor's viewpoint: The impact of China's slowdown

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Two significant announcements this week - from dairy giant Fonterra and from infant formula group Mead Johnson - further underlined how the impact of China's recent economic slowdown is affecting companies in our sector.

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview: Fonterra CFO Mason

Jonathan Dyson | 28 Mar 2013

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has increased its focus on emerging economies as the battle among global dairy companies for a share of high-growth markets in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America intensifies. This strategy has proven fruitful, with emerging markets making a sizeable contribution to group revenues and offering scope for future growth. just-food's Jonathan Dyson spoke to Fonterra CFO Jonathan Mason in Auckland yesterday (27 March) about how the world's leading dairy exporter plans to exploit this opportunity.

The just-food interview - the WWF and palm oil

Dean Best | 29 Oct 2009

How to source palm oil is vexing the minds of many in the food industry. Growing consumer awareness of the links between palm oil, deforestation, the threat to wildlife and products on supermarket shelves is encouraging manufacturers and retailers to look for sustainable sources. However, only a few have grasped the nettle and, as Adam Harrison, senior food and agriculture officer for the WWF tells Dean Best, the industry needs to do much, much more - and quickly.

Latest News

Industry news of week - ConAgra, ThinkThin, Danone

Dean Best | 23 Nov 2015

US group ConAgra Foods, fresh from agreeing to sell the bulk of its own-label business, set out plans to split its remaining operations in two. Staying in the US, Glanbia struck a deal to buy protein foods maker ThinkThin, while local distributor Pompeian Group is to merge with Spanish olive oil co-op DCOOP. Olive oil was under scrutiny in Italy, where a clutch of products face a regulatory investigation over claims products are being mis-sold as extra virgin olive oil.

Fonterra sells stake in DairiConcepts JV

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Nov 2015

Fonterra has announced plans to sell its 50% stake in its US joint venture with Dairy Farmers of America.

More jobs go at Fonterra

Dean Best | 17 Nov 2015

Dairy giant Fonterra, which has been cutting jobs in a bid to generate savings and improve its performance, has made a further wave of redundancies.

Fonterra ups earnings forecast

Dean Best | 16 Nov 2015

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, has lifted its forecast range for earnings per share amid what it called "the ongoing improvement" in its performance.

Fonterra expands lactoferrin capacity

Katy Askew | 11 Nov 2015

Fonterra has doubled its production capacity of the "high value" ingredient lactoferrin.

Beingmate posts 9M loss, sales fall

Dean Best | 31 Oct 2015

Beingmate Baby & Child Food Co., the Chinese infant formula producer, has booked a nine-month loss of CNY215.9m (US$34.2m), with sales down by more than 23%.

Fonterra sells Bega stake to focus on "value add"

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Oct 2015

Fonterra has confirmed the sale of its nine percent stake in Bega Cheese in a bid to focus its investments on more value add products.

Fonterra invests in foodservice unit in China

Dean Best | 30 Oct 2015

Fonterra has set up a site in China to develop products to supply foodservice customers in the country.

Quotes of the week: Snyder's-Lance, Bonduelle

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Oct 2015

This week the World Health Organization confirmed findings of a link between processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer - sparking fierce debate in and around the industry. Elsewhere, Snyder's-Lance agreed a deal to buy Kettle Chips owner Diamond Foods for US$1.91bn. And just-food interviewed Bonduelle CFO Gregory Sanson, who hinted at the firm's renewed ambitions for M&A. Here is the week in quotes.

Beingmate strikes JV with Maeil Dairies

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Oct 2015

Chinese infant formula maker Beingmate has announced it is entering into a joint venture with South Korea's Maeil Dairies.

Fonterra launches Anchor in Ethiopia, Australia 

Katy Askew | 27 Oct 2015

Fonterra is launching its Anchor dairy brand into Ethiopia and Australia. 

Food industry quotes of week - R&R, TPP, Unilever

Katy Askew | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream confirmed that they are in joint venture talks, a tie up that could reshape the global ice cream sector. Meanwhile the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed - to mixed reactions from the food sector. Here are just-food's quotes of the week.

How the food industry is reacting to TPP

Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2015

After five years negotiations, 12 Pacific Rim countries - including the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - have struck a deal that will reduce tariffs and trade barriers in the region. 

Food industry quotes of the week

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2015

Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell was this week sentenced to 28 years in jail over a fatal salmonella outbreak in the US seven years ago, prompting debate over how different outbreaks are viewed. In Russia, the country's deputy PM said Moscow would ban the use of GMOs in food production. And ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly explained the company's approach to its brands after seeing some progress in recent weeks.

Industry news of week - Russia GMOs; US and waste

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2015

Russia this week reportedly ruled out the use of GMOs in its food production, a further stiffening of its position on the issue. In the US, meanwhile, the Obama administration announced plans to halve food waste in 15 years. And, among a series of stories out of France, came news of raids from the country's competition watchdog on compote manufacturers.

Fonterra FY profits jump, sales lower

Dean Best | 24 Sep 2015

Fonterra, the New Zealand-based dairy group, today (24 September) booked higher annual profits despite lower sales.

Fonterra cuts more jobs to lower costs

Katy Askew | 21 Sep 2015

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra announced a further 227 job losses today (21 September) as part of its on-going business review, adding to the 523 job cuts announced in July.

Beingmate profits down on competition in formula

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Aug 2015

Beingmate, the Chinese infant formula maker, has posted a loss for the first half of the year, blaming competition in the sector.

Food industry quotes of week: Emmi, Petra Foods

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Aug 2015

This week, Emmi reported a rise in first half profits on the back of stronger margins while Petra's profit suffered as a result of a slowing economy in Indonesia. We also took a look at what the easing of trade sanctions in Iran could mean for international food makers. Here is the week in quotes.

Fonterra launches 'nutritious' kids' milk in China

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Aug 2015

Fonterra has launched a children's milk range in China under the Anchor brand.

Fonterra warns on "unsustainable" dairy prices

Katy Askew | 7 Aug 2015

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, has warned current global dairy prices are "unsustainably low" and starting to hit production levels.

Food industry news of week - Mondelez, Nakd, Maggi

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

Activist US investor Bill Ackman got the market talking this week with the disclosure he has invested in Mondelez International. Could he be betting on an eventual bid for the Cadbury owner from the new Kraft Heinz Co.? Meanwhile, the row over the Maggi continued, with India's food safety watchdog brushing off tests that appeared to clear Nestle's noodles. And three UK snacks businesses hit the headlines. The owners of Nakd owner Natural Balance Foods are weighing up their options, Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods is looking at ways to expand internationally - which could involve investment in the business. And crisp firm Tyrrells snapped up an Australian snack maker.

Latest blogs

Aussie billionaire set to tap into Chinese dairy market

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Nov 2014

Australian mining billionaire Gina Rinehart is reportedly looking to tap into rising demand in China for premium infant formula.

Danone reveals baby formula supply issues in Australia and NZ

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 2014

The true impact of the Fonterra milk scare and the subsequent recall looks like it is surfacing, after Danone's subsidiary Nutricia announced a supply shortage in Australia and New Zealand.

Company research

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Fonterra Co-operative Group in Packaged Food (World)

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The Future of the Ice Cream Market in France to 2017: Market Size, Distribution and Brand Share, Key Events and Competitive Landscape

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"The Future of the Ice Cream Market in France to 2017: Market Size, Distribution and Brand Share, Key Events and Competitive Landscape" is the result of Canadean’s extensive market and company researc...

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