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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...

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...

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.

Katy Askew | 2 Oct 2015

Ice cream is big business in Indonesia, where a growing middle class and a population of 254.5m has fuelled rising demand. But with inflation coming at a time when the Indonesian economy is slowing, the outlook for the Indonesian ice cream market could be increasingly challenging, adding to the distribution issues caused by the country's under-developed infrastructure. Katy Askew takes a look at the prospects for the sector.

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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.

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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Hannah Abdulla | 12 Feb 2016

FrieslandCampina has announced a partnership with US-based pharmaceutical group Glycosyn to produce ingredients for the infant nutrition market.

Dean Best | 4 Dec 2015

This week, there was fresh speculation about the future of some of Mondelez International's confectionery assets in Europe, while, in the seafood sector, industry giant Thai Union Group canned its planned move for US company Bumble Bee Foods. Two companies - Brazilian meat behemoth BRF and Swiss dairy Emmi - did conclude deals. And Russia revealed the foods it was banning from Turkey.

Katy Askew | 2 Dec 2015

FrieslandCampina has announced plans to restructure production at three of its operating companies in a move that will cut 140 jobs in the Netherlands. 

Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2015

FrieslandCampina is opening a facility to produce infant nutrition ingredient galactooligosaccharides (Vivinal GOS) in Borculo in the Netherlands. 

Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2015

Netherlands-based dairy company FrieslandCampina has sold its commercial vending business to Barry Callebaut in order to focus on its “core activities”. 

Dean Best | 27 Aug 2015

FrieslandCampina, the Dutch dairy giant, today (27 August) booked a jump in half-year earnings despite flat sales, helped by lower raw milk costs, foreign exchange and sales of "added-value" products.

Lucy Britner | 24 Aug 2015

FrieslandCampina, the Dutch dairy co-operative, is launching its Optiwell yoghurt drink in the UK and Ireland.

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.

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jul 2015

FrieslandCampina has announced a deal to buy Belgium-based mozzarella maker Fabrelac.

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.

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.

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.

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Apr 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Latest blogs

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Nov 2014

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

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.

Company research

FrieslandCampina Romania SA in Packaged Food (Romania)

FrieslandCampina Romania SA in Packaged Food (Romania)

Following the growth seen by dairy in Romania over the review period, FrieslandCampina Romania is focused on improving its manufacturing, distribution, sales and communication, to better reach target...

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Royal FrieslandCampina NV in Packaged Food (World)

Royal FrieslandCampina NV in Packaged Food (World)

FrieslandCampina has a strong reach in two complementary categories, baby food and dairy....

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FrieslandCampina Hellas SA in Packaged Food (Greece)

FrieslandCampina Hellas SA in Packaged Food (Greece)

FrieslandCampina Hellas will continue to invest heavily in the prominent baby food category with new products, but it also aims to strengthen its position within dairy products through price cuts and...

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