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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 – How ice cream makers can drive volumes

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.

Comment: Danone, PepsiCo caught in Russia backlash

Katy Askew | 1 Dec 2014

For US and European companies exporting products to Russia, the operating environment has been challenging to say the least. Recent comments from Moscow would suggest that the going could get tougher for multinationals who operate local subsidiaries in the country as well, Katy Askew suggests.

Latest Interviews

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.

Latest News

FrieslandCampina ups formula ingredient production

Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2015

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

FrieslandCampina sells vending unit

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”. 

FrieslandCampina H1 earnings up despite flat sales

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.

FrieslandCampina's Optiwell push in UK, Ireland

Lucy Britner | 24 Aug 2015

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

Lactalis surpasses Danone on dairy league table

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.

FrieslandCampina acquires mozzarella maker

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jul 2015

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

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.

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.

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 is present mainly in dairy and baby food. The group’s solid sales performance has been fuelled by growth in baby food in China, where it has good prospects, despite growing competitio...

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FrieslandCampina Vietnam Co Ltd in Packaged Food (Vietnam)

FrieslandCampina Vietnam Co Ltd in Packaged Food (Vietnam)

FrieslandCampina Vietnam Co Ltd aims to become the leading player in dairy and baby food in Vietnam. The company continually improves its product quality and packaging, regularly introduces new produc...

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