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The food industry in 2016 - beyond the BRICs

With significant question marks over the growth prospects of three of the BRICs, packaged food strategists are weighing up which other emerg...

How could TPP affect dairy processors? - analysis

The details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal have been released and, speaking to dairy industry representatives and analysts acro...

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jan 2016

With significant question marks over the growth prospects of three of the BRICs, packaged food strategists are weighing up which other emerging markets could offer opportunities. Hannah Abdulla picks out three markets to watch in 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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Helen Arnold | 5 Jul 2016

A joint research project to help dairy farmers has been launched by Sri Lanka’s University of Peradeniya’s Faculty of Agriculture, Fonterra Brands and the Coconut Research Institute (CRI). 

Katy Askew | 17 Jun 2016

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has established a global consumer and foodservice business unit as it works to grow in these sectors internationally. 

Katy Askew | 16 Jun 2016

Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant, is trialling an e-commerce launch of its Tip Top ice cream in China. 

Dean Best | 31 May 2016

Fonterra has rebuffed talk CEO Theo Spierings may step down from the helm of the world's largest dairy exporter.

Katy Askew | 20 May 2016

Chinese infant formula maker Beingmate plans to invest CNY50m (US$7.6m) in a new R&D subsidiary, Beingmate (Hangzhou) Food Research Institute Co. 

Katy Askew | 19 May 2016

Dairy Crest, the UK dairy group, has said it will focus on growing its branded sales and accelerating revenue from demineralised whey and galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) ingredients this year. 

Katy Askew | 12 May 2016

Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy co-operative, has launched a global foodservice brand, Anchor Food Professionals.

Katy Askew | 23 Mar 2016

Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy co-operative, said today (23 March) its strategy of "moving milk up the value chain" delivered a jump in earnings for the first half of its financial year. 

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Mar 2016

Fonterra has announced the closure of a cheese plant in the New Zealand town of Kaikoura.

Dean Best | 14 Mar 2016

Fonterra has launched its Anmum infant formula, sold in markets in Asia, into its domestic market of New Zealand.

Katy Askew | 1 Mar 2016

Fonterra confirmed that it has started worker consultations at its production facility in Kaikoura over proposals to permanently close the site. 

Katy Askew | 1 Mar 2016

A report commissioned by the New Zealand government has rejected the possibility of deregulating the country's dairy sector, insisting there is "not sufficient competition".

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Dec 2015

This week Fonterra announced it was selling its yoghurt and dairy business in Australia to Parmalat, Chinese fruit groups Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio announced a merger and UK meat group Dunbia confirmed it was mulling options for the business. Belgium's Lotus Bakeries bought UK snacks group Urban Fresh Foods, its second deal in the country in four months and, looking to next year, we analysed the prospects for the BRIC markets in 2016. Here is the week in quotes.

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2015

Belgium's Lotus Bakeries this week struck its second piece acquisition in the UK in four months, with a deal to buy Bear snacks owner Urban Fresh Foods. Our M&A pages also included news Fonterra is selling its Australian yoghurt business to Lactalis's Parmalat and Ornua is offloading US distribution asset DPI. Elsewhere, the Russian central bank said domestic producers had, in most categories, failed to meet the shortfall in production from Moscow's import restrictions on the west.

Dean Best | 16 Dec 2015

Fonterra is to offload its yoghurt and dairy desserts business in Australia to Parmalat, the Italy-based group owned by France's Lactalis.

Dean Best | 11 Dec 2015

Fonterra has joined forces with Egyptian company Sakr Group to launch Anchor butter in the local market.

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Dec 2015

This week, McCormick & Co. announced the appointment of Lawrence Kurzius to the position of CEO. Post Holdings was reportedly eyeing the packaged food arm of Bob Evans Farms. Elsewhere, the CEO and chairman of The Greenery quit amid clashes with the supervisory board. And we published the second part of our interview with Ritter chairman Andreas Ronken. Here is the week in quotes

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Dec 2015

Fonterra is pumping NZ$141m (US$94m) into building a cheese production plant at its Stanhope factory in Australia.

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Nov 2015

Fonterra and Australian baby food maker Bellamy's Australia have announced an agreement to produce a range of baby nutritional powders.

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.

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Nov 2015

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

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.

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 19 Feb 2016

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra hopes to use the know-how of its farmer owners in order to scale up in emerging dairy markets such as Sri Lanka.

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Nov 2014

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

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Fonterra Brands (NZ) Ltd in Packaged Food (New Zealand)

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