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Indonesia: the key macro issues facing FMCG firms

Indonesia is south-east Asia's largest consumer market and is central to the growth strategy of many an international packaged food manufact...

Fonterra's full-year results – 10 things to learn

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra reversed its first-half profit drop to report a massive jump in full-year earnings yesterday (24 September)...

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.

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.

E-commerce battleground for formula in China

Katy Askew | 16 Mar 2015

E-commerce has rapidly emerged as a key battleground for multinational infant formula manufacturers in China. In a category that has come under recent pressure, changing consumer patterns and a shift in the way people shop in the country has resulted in the mass migration of Chinese infant formula purchases to online channels. Katy Askew looks at how this fast-paced sector is developing.

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.

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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.

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.

Food industry quotes: Fonterra, Kellogg, Tyrrells

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Aug 2015

This week, Fonterra said it was reducing capital expenditure plans to mitigate pricing pressure in dairy. Kellogg announced its first half-results and committed to plans to remove artificial colours and flavours from its branded cereals in North America by 2018. Elsewhere, Tyrrells acquired Yarra Valley Snack Foods in Australia and Unilever came under fire in India. Here is the week in quotes

Food industry quotes of week - Fonterra, Blue Bell

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Fonterra this week announced plans to cut over 500 jobs as it adjusts to a slump in prices of dairy commodities, caused in part by falling demand in China. And Mead Johnson this week lowered its forecast for annual profits, with the slowdown in China's economy a factor.

Industry news of week - sugar call, Mead Johnson

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

The issue of sugar intake returned to the fore this week with a UK panel calling for official guidance on daily consumption to be halved. Fonterra announcing a different kind of cut, with over 500 jobs to go at the dairy exporter. China is a factor in the New Zealand group's decision and the country's easing growth is affecting a number of food multinationals. This week, infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson cut its profit forecast on the back of challenges in emerging markets including China.

Fonterra sheds 523 jobs in cost-cutting drive

Katy Askew | 16 Jul 2015

Fonterra is to cut 523 jobs, the first publicly-announced result of the dairy co-operative's review of its business.

Fonterra begins consultations in efficiency drive

Katy Askew | 2 Jul 2015

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has commenced a process of worker consultations as it looks to boost efficiency across and streamline its business structures.

Fonterra eyes higher production at Pahiatua site

Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2015

Fonterra said that production of the new dryer installed at its Pahiatua site, on New Zealand's North Island, is expected to commence next month.

Food industry quotes of week: Fonterra, Campbell

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.

Fonterra CEO - Volatility the "new normal"

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Jun 2015

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings has said the global volatility the dairy industry is experiencing is "the new normal".

Fonterra "mulling hundreds of job cuts"

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jun 2015

Fonterra is reportedly set to axe "hundreds" of jobs as part of a major review.

Food industry quotes of week: Hormel, FSA, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 29 May 2015

This week, Hormel Foods announced it was acquiring US natural and organic meat processor, Applegate Farms. In the UK, scrutiny over campylobacter continued with the Food Standards Agency revealed 73% of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with the food poisoning bug. Here is the week in quotes.

Fonterra cuts forecast for milk price again

Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2015

Fonterra has once again cut its forecast for farmgate milk prices on the back of lower than expected global commodity prices.

NZ to probe dairy competition, milk prices

Katy Askew | 21 May 2015

The New Zealand government has requested a probe into competition in the country's dairy market.

Fonterra expands mozzarella production

Hannah Abdulla | 14 May 2015

Fonterra is eyeing global exports for mozzarella cheese, after completing work on a new plant at its Clandeboye site in New Zealand.

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.

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