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In the spotlight: China's infant formula probe

International infant formula manufacturers are adjusting their business practices in China having been found guilty of price fixing. Multina...

just-food confidence survey - Emerging markets

just-food's Confidence Survey asked for your views on the emerging markets and, in particular, which of the BRIC economies you expected to o...

just-food confidence survey - Emerging markets

Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 2013

just-food's Confidence Survey asked for your views on the emerging markets and, in particular, which of the BRIC economies you expected to offer the greatest opportunity in 2013. While the BRICs continued to offer opportunity for most multi-nationals, other markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam are emerging as focus markets for the future.

just-food survey: appetite up but will deals rise?

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2013

just-food's industry confidence survey for 2013 indicated an increased appetite for M&A this year after what some saw, globally, as a lacklustre year in the sector for deals. What lies ahead in the mergers and acquisitions arena over the next few months?

Spotlight: Heinz's prospects under 3G and Buffett

Dean Best | 15 Feb 2013

Heinz stunned the global food industry with news it had agreed to a US$28bn takeover offer from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway fund and private-equity firm 3G Capital - purported to be the largest-ever deal in the sector. Dean Best looks at what could lie ahead for the US food giant.

2013 outlook: Mega deals unlikely

Chris Mercer | 31 Jan 2013

There may be caution over the prospect for blockbuster deals in a dilapidated economic environment, but the food sector mergers and acquisitions table still has plenty to whet the appetite.

Latest Interviews

just-food interview: Nestle "best placed" in China

Katy Askew | 13 Jun 2013

Nestle is witnessing dynamic growth in China thanks to a combination of M&A and organic growth. As we discovered in part one of this two part interview, regional chief Roland Decorvet attributes much of this success to Nestle's use of local and global brands. But operating in China is not without its challenges. Katy Askew caught up with Decorvet to find out more about why he believes Nestle is best-placed of all the multinationals to succeed in China.

just-food interview: Nestle China CEO on growth

Katy Askew | 13 Jun 2013

The potential offered by the Chinese market is nothing new. And nor is Nestle's presence in the country. The world's largest food group started trading in Hong Kong in 1874 and opened its first sales office on the mainland in 1908. In recent years Nestle has stepped up the pace with the development of a distinctive model it believes will drive expansion. In part one of the just-food interview, Roland Decorvet, chairman and CEO of Nestle Greater China, spoke to Katy Askew about the company's strategy in the market.

Latest News

Aspen Holdings strikes NZ infant formula deal

Dean Best | 3 Nov 2014

South African pharma group Aspen Holdings has snapped up 50% of New Zealand infant formula producer New Zealand New Milk.

Nestle sells baby food brands Alete, Milasan

Dean Best | 29 Sep 2014

Nestle has sold baby food brands Alete and Milasan to German investment firm BWK for an undisclosed sum.

Aspen buys Nestle's Mexico baby food assets

Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 2013

South African pharmaceutical group Aspen Pharmacare has acquired Nestle's infant milk factory in Mexico and licences for some of its brands in Latin America.

Aspen to buy Pfizer assets in Africa, Australia

Michelle Russell | 19 Apr 2013

Aspen Pharmacare is to acquire the Pfizer infant nutrition businesses in Australia and southern Africa after a deal with Nestle worth US$215m.

Nestle to sell Pfizer's Mexican business

Katy Askew | 16 Apr 2013

Nestle will sell Pfizer's Mexican business to settle competition issues in the market arising from its deal last year to buy the pharmaceutical giant's infant nutrition operations worldwide.

Mead Johnson upbeat on China despite Nestle growth

Michelle Russell | 21 Mar 2013

Mead Johnson has dismissed any suggestions Nestle will prove to be formidable competition in China following the Swiss food group's acquisition of Pfizer's baby food business.

Mead Johnson confident on 2013 despite tough 2012

Michelle Russell | 21 Mar 2013

US infant nutrition group Mead Johnson says it is facing tough comparables this year due to pricing problems in China in 2012 but said it expects a rebound in growth in the back half of 2013.

Nestle eyes resurgence in US infant nutrition

Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2013

Swiss food giant Nestle has said it hopes to "come back strongly" in infant nutrition in the US, where it believes a "postponed birth spurt" could drive growth of the category.

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

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2013

One story has dominated the industry headlines last week - the deepening and widening horse meat contamination, which has now taken in household brand Findus and a supplier in France. Beyond the debate over food standards and the scrutiny of the supply chain, Dairy Crest admitted it was struggling to find suitable M&A targets, Marks and Spencer said its Simply Food ambitions could lead them beyond France and further into Europe, while Kellogg insisted it was seeing improvement in its business in the region.

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

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2013

Few stories in recent months have caused as much comment as the horse meat scandal, which last week deepened with the news Findus lasagne sold in the UK contained the ingredient. Elsewhere, Dairy Crest said potential takeover targets wanted too much money, Nestle found another country looking at the implications of its Pfizer infant formula acquisition and Kraft Foods Group went to court over the Cracker Barrel trademark.

ZA competition watchdog to assess Nestle-Pfizer

Katy Askew | 5 Feb 2013

South Africa's Competition Commission will recommend the Competition Tribunal approve the South African leg of Nestle's global acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition, with a number of conditions, at a hearing tomorrow (6 February).

Nestle quiet on assets sale report

Chris Mercer | 9 Jan 2013

Nestle has declined to comment on a report claiming it could sell US$1bn of assets in Latin America in order to secure final regulatory approvals for its Pfizer nutrition unit acquisition.

Local anti-trust concerns hit Nestle-Pfizer deal

Michelle Russell | 22 Nov 2012

Nestle's acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition has been blocked by Mexico's anti-trust authority and had conditions attached to it by Australia's competition regulator.

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

Dean Best | 30 Apr 2012

Allegations of bribery at Wal-Mart Stores' Mexican arm grabbed the headlines at the start of the week, rocking the world's largest retailer. Nestle, the world's largest food manufacturer, made waves of its own with its US$11.9bn deal to buy Pfizer's baby food business. The week also saw a raft of first-quarter results and the announcement of the latest results from Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan, a programme to reduce its impact on the environment. We met Unilever CEO Paul Polman to discuss the company's progress.

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

Dean Best | 30 Apr 2012

Unilever CEO Paul Polman is one of the most prominent advocates of companies pursuing an agenda of sustainability and this week he outlined the company's progress. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores was forced to react to claims of bribery in its Mexican operations and Nestle's acquisition of Pfizer's baby food business was scrutinised by analysts. The investment community also had a raft of first-quarter results to get their teeth into, with Kellogg, PepsiCo, Premier Foods plc and Hershey among the companies reporting.

Heinz to build China baby food facility

Michelle Russell | 25 Apr 2012

Heinz has signed an investment agreement with the government of the Sanshui district in the Chinese city of Foshan for the construction of a baby food manufacturing base.

Nestle acquires Pfizer baby food arm

Katy Askew | 23 Apr 2012

Nestle has agreed a deal to acquire the infant nutrition business of US pharmaceuticals group Pfizer for US$11.85bn.

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

Dean Best | 23 Apr 2012

Tesco's plan to win back UK consumers understandably grabbed the headlines this week but there was plenty to analyse elsewhere. Nestle featured in the latest M&A speculation, with rumours that a deal to buy Pfizer's baby food unit was near and talk that it could sell its ice cream business in Australia. The food giant also kicked off the run of results announcements for the first quarter and joined Danone in outlining the challenges of operating in weak developed markets. Click on the headlines for more.

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

Michelle Russell | 23 Apr 2012

A raft of first-quarter results stories this week from the likes of Danone and Nestle, and full-year results from Tesco have kept analysts busy.

Danone "raises offer for Pfizer baby food unit"

Michelle Russell | 20 Apr 2012

French food giant Danone has reportedly raised its offer for the infant nutrition business of US pharmaceutical group Pfizer.

UPDATE 2: Pfizer seeks best return from baby food

Katy Askew | 18 Apr 2012

US pharmaceutical group Pfizer has insisted it will get maximum value for its shareholders out of any move to separate its infant nutrition business.

Nestle s"likely buyer" for Pfizer baby food unit

Katy Askew | 18 Apr 2012

Nestle is the most likely candidate to acquire the infant nutrition arm of US pharmaceutical group Pfizer, analysts have suggested.

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Vitamins and Dietary Supplements in the US

Vitamins and Dietary Supplements in the US

Children’s health continued to be extremely important and helped push the category as parents shelled out more dollars to boost the health of their children. In 2013, paediatric vitamins and daily su...

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Baby Food in Mexico

Baby Food in Mexico

In 2012, Nestlé SA acquired Pfizer's baby food division at a global level. In Mexico, Pfizer had the SMA brand of baby milk formula, nevertheless, the Federal Competition Commission in Mexico did not...

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Baby Food in Peru

Baby Food in Peru

“Baby Food in Peru” is a new report by ERC that analyzes the Baby Food industry demand prospects in Peru, key segments, features & developments, future projections based on various trends. This report...

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