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Comment: Danone, PepsiCo caught in Russia backlash

For US and European companies exporting products to Russia, the operating environment has been challenging to say the least. Recent comments...

M&A Watch: Emmi shareholders should consider sale

The recent sale of Italian unit Trentinalatte confirms growth through acquisition is not something Emmi is always successful at. Would, Stef...


FrieslandCampina in China: right place, right time

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Oct 2014

FrieslandCampina made two announcements last week that it was re-jigging its European operations, demonstrating it was well on its way to right-sizing its business. This week it announced it had struck a deal to grow its presence in China's infant formula market. Given the country is in the midst of lifting its one-child policy, this latest move from the Dutch dairy giant could prove fundamental to its growth, fast-tracking it to hitting its route2020 targets. Hannah Abdulla explores.


FrieslandCampina shores up Europe prospects

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Oct 2014

FrieslandCampina this week made two major announcements in Europe, with a plan to close a plant in Belgium but also deals to buy two Italian cheese firms. The Dutch dairy giant has, like many of its peers, struggled for growth in Europe and is busy looking to right-size its business in the region for the future.


The rise of Vietnam: Vinamilk eyes growth

Dean Best | 12 Jun 2014

Multinationals have flocked to the booming dairy markets of the East, attracted by the potential rewards on offer. But in many countries homegrown giants have developed, presenting stiff competition. However, few domestic companies dominate their markets to the extent that dairy processor Vinamilk does in Vietnam. Vinamilk has ambitious goals to grow further - and not just domestically. Dean Best met Nguyen Quoc Khánh, Vinamilk's executive director for R&D and production, at the company's newly-built plant north of Ho Chi Minh City to find out more.


Briefing: Milking growth of Vietnam's dairy sector

Dean Best | 12 Jun 2014

There are challenges, notably in distribution, and the market has some well-entrenched players but Vietnam's dairy sector is growing rapidly and consumption is still below neighbouring countries. Dean Best analyses the market.

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Interview: FrieslandCampina eyes Gulf expansion

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2015

FrieslandCampina has had a presence in the Middle East for over 50 years with its condensed and powdered milk products. Regional director Maurits Klavert says the market, despite it making a small contribution to the Dutch dairy giant's pot, has huge potential, which the co-operative is looking to exploit in a big way with a launch into cheese. Hannah Abdulla learns more.


FrieslandCampina navigates dairy challenges

Dean Best | 12 Nov 2014

With stagnant sales in Europe, the Russian embargo and softer-than-normal demand in China, it has been a challenging year for dairy processors. Dean Best met Cees Ruijgrok, the head of FrieslandCampina's export business, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to take the temperature of the sector.

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FrieslandCampina to axe up to 375 jobs

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

FrieslandCampina is looking to cut up to 375 roles across two of its sites in the Netherlands in a bid to improve efficiency.


FrieslandCampina ends Bongrain German tie-up

Hannah Abdulla | 27 May 2015

FrieslandCampina is eyeing growth in Germany with plans to take responsibility for sales of its branded cheese products in the country "this year", after terminating its distribution relationship with Bongrain.


FrieslandCampina to roll out bio packaging

Dean Best | 7 May 2015

FrieslandCampina plans to roll out the new bio-based packaging set to be used for some of its milk products in the Netherlands across more of the lines it sells domestically.


FrieslandCampina sells Hungary dairy plant

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Apr 2015

FrieslandCampina has announced the sale of its Debrecen plant in Hungary to local dairy Afoldi Tej.


FrieslandCampina to shut Lochem cheese plant

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Apr 2015

FrieslandCampina has announced it is to close its Den Hollander Food cheese packaging plant in Lochem, Netherlands, a move that sees 139 jobs axed.


Food industry news of week: Blue Bell, Schreiber

Dean Best | 10 Apr 2015

US ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries this week expanded its product recall as it reacts to a listeria outbreak linked to three deaths. In Europe, Dutch horsemeat trader Willy Selten was sentenced to a jail term. And China has filed a dispute at the WTO over the EU's tariffs on poultry products.


Food industry quotes of week: Wrigley, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Apr 2015

This week, Wrigley confirmed it is building a new gum plant in Kenya to help expand in a number of African markets. US confectioner BBX Sweet Holdings announced the acquisition of local peer Kencraft Candy, while FrieslandCampina revealed plans to close its cheese packing plant in Lochem. We also interviewed the general manager of Al-Rawabi, Dr Ahmed El Tigani, who told us about the UAE dairy company's recent move into functional dairy. Here is the week in quotes.


Food industry quotes of week: Aryzta, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Apr 2015

This week, bakery business Aryzta announced it was in talks to invest in French frozen food retailer Picard while the M&A rumour mill span with reports Mondelez International is considering selling its rights to the Philadelphia brand. Elsewhere, The Real Good Food Co. said it was exploring options for its under-performing sugar business Napier Brown.


Food industry quotes of week: Quorn, R&R, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Mar 2015

Quorn Foods was in the M&A spotlight this week with speculation WhiteWave Foods had held talks to buy the meat-free business. We spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan to find out more. Elsewhere, Nestle sold its South African ice cream assets to R&R Ice Cream, while in New Zealand, dairy groups moved to reassure consumers their infant formula products were safe following poison threats. In the US, shares in some poultry firms including Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms plunged after reports of suspected bird flu on an Arkansas farm.


FrieslandCampina cautious on 2015

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2015

FrieslandCampina said today (12 March) it would not make "any concrete predictions" about its results for 2015 amid uncertainty in emerging markets and the prospect of increasing competition in Europe.


Food industry news of week: Enjoy Life, CAGNY

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2015

Mondelez International became the latest mainstream packaged food group to react to consumer trends in the US this week with a deal to buy free-from snacks maker Enjoy Life Foods. The acquisition came as many of the US industry giants were at the annual CAGNY investment conference in Florida to outline how they are trying to navigate the significant change in the sector.


FrieslandCampina names Roelof Joosten CEO

Katy Askew | 18 Feb 2015

FrieslandCampina has appointed Roelof Joosten, COO of its ingredients arm, to the post of chief executive after CEO, Cees 't Hart, accepted the the top job at Carlsberg.


Jobs to go at FrieslandCampina cheese plant

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jan 2015

Nine jobs are set to disappear as FrieslandCampina sets up its new Gerkesklooster plant in the Netherlands which burned down last July.


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.


Indofood to buy Danone's Indonesian dairy arm

Katy Askew | 24 Nov 2014

Indofood struck a deal to acquire 100% of Danone Dairy Indonesia (DDI) through its local dairy subsidiary Indolakto.


Food industry quotes of week: Danone, Unilever

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Nov 2014

This week, Unilever filed a lawsuit against egg-free "mayo" maker Hampton Creek, alleging the US firm's Just-Mayo product is a fraud. In France, a food major was on the receiving end of legal action after French ice cream maker Dagniaux started proceedings against Danone.


Food industry quotes of week: Yildiz, Muller

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 2014

This week, Turkey's Yildiz Holding struck a deal - said to be over GBP2bn - to buy United Biscuits and the Turkish group's CEO took to Twitter to hail the agreement. Meanwhile, German dairy giant Muller agreed to buy Dairy Crest's liquid dairy business in the second big deal of the week. Elsewhere, quarterly numbers continued to come in, with Mondelez International lifting its forecast for annual earnings.


FrieslandCampina to build warehouse after fire

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Nov 2014

FrieslandCampina is to build a new cheese warehouse in the Dutch town of following a fire earlier that "totally destroyed" the facility.


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

Dean Best | 13 Oct 2014

just-food reported direct from the annual IGD industry convention in London this week, with a leading light in the grocery retail sector ruffling a few feathers with comments about manufacturers and retailers. Elsewhere, China's Bright Food made its latest deal in Europe, with the acquisition of Filippo Berio olive oil owner Salov and we interviewed the CEO of Finsbury Food Group after the UK baker announced a move for local peer Fletchers Group.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Oct 2014

This week, Emmi flogged its Italian Trentilatte yoghurt business, while Kellogg sold the Loma Linda brand to Atlantic Natural Foods. Elsewhere, UK baker Finsbury Food Group moved to buy local peer Fletchers Group, while US private-equity firm BBX Capital made its second confectionery acquisition in a week. At the annual IGD Convention in London, UK retail veteran Andrew Higginson caused a stir by hitting out at the country's grocers.


FrieslandCampina, Huishan Dairy strike formula JV

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Oct 2014

FrieslandCampina and Chinese dairy firm Huishan Dairy Holdings Co. have finalised plans for an infant formula venture in China.


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

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2014

Our latest management briefing went live this week, focusing on India's dairy sector and the promise - and pitfalls - of operating in a fast-growing but developing market. We interview the head of Chobani's business in Australia to find out about the US yoghurt group's performance in there and in south-east Asia. And we analysed FrieslandCampina's European operations after two significant announcements this week.

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.


China's infant formula probe still in the headlines

Katy Askew | 27 Aug 2013

Chinese regulators have reportedly rebuffed the wide-spread suggestion that it targeted foreign infant formula companies through its competition probe into infant formula pricing.

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