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Foreign firms face shifting sands in China formula

Multinational companies have dominated China's infant formula market but domestic companies are, with government support, looking to bolster...

Asia drives more Europe dairy consolidation

The prospect of tapping growing demand for dairy in markets in Asia has driven another deal in Europe's dairy sector - this time a merger be...


Foreign firms face shifting sands in China formula

Wang Fangqing | 29 Nov 2013

Multinational companies have dominated China's infant formula market but domestic companies are, with government support, looking to bolster their position with demand expected to remain buoyant. Wang Fangqing in Shanghai reports.


Category crunch: Infant formula in China - part 1

Petah Marian | 30 Jun 2011

just-food's latest category crunch looks at the infant formula sector in China, an industry often rocked in the last decade by concerns over product safety but one that domestic and international manufacturers believe has the potential for rapid growth. Petah Marian reports.


Category crunch: Infant formula in China - part 2

Petah Marian | 30 Jun 2011

In part two of just-food's category crunch on China's infant formula sector, Petah Marian reports on how product development has reacted to the fears over product safety.


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

just-food.com | 13 Aug 2010

Concerns over the grain crisis in Russia trickled down through the financial results this week, with companies like Nestle and Sara Lee hinting at possible price increases due to increased commodity prices.

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just the answer - Shu Kaneko, Emerald Dairy CFO

Dean Best | 21 May 2010

Infant formula is a growing industry in China but, in recent years, it has not been without its problems. The 2008 melamine scandal, in which contaminated milk powder killed and sickened thousands of babies, rocked the sector - and damaged the reputation of some of the country's largest players. But, despite the promise of tougher regulation, the sector has still seen isolated incidents this year.

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Results in brief - Snyder's-Lance, Thai Union

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Aug 2015

This week's results included an upbeat US snack group Snyder's-Lance reporting higher second-quarter sales and profits, improved half-year revenue and earnings at seafood giant Thai Union and declines at an acquisitive SunOpta.


Food industry results in brief - Vion, DMK

Dean Best | 19 Jun 2015

Challenging conditions in the global dairy sector were again confirmed when both First Milk and DMK reported lower earnings. European meat firm Vion, however, insisted that its results were "improved" on 2014 despite racking up losses in the period. Here are the results in brief for this week.


Synutra earnings rise on sales, productivity

Katy Askew | 10 Feb 2015

Chinese infant formula maker Synutra International booked an increase in earnings during the first nine months of its financial year, driven by sales gains and improved efficiency.


Synutra lifts full-year outlook as H1 income jumps

Katy Askew | 11 Nov 2014

Synutra International, the Chinese infant formula manufacturer, has raised its full-year outlook having registered an increase in income from operations of more than 50% in the first half of the year.


China formula group Synutra lifts profit forecast

Katy Askew | 10 Oct 2014

Chinese infant formula group Synutra has raised its full-year earnings forecast after witnessing sales growth of "at least" 50% in the second quarter.


Synutra Q1 profits lifted by higher formula prices

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Aug 2014

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Synutra has reported a jump in first-quarter profits, helped by higher selling prices and boosted by proceeds from a plant disposal.


Synutra expands sales network on colsolidation

Katy Askew | 17 Jun 2014

Chinese infant nutrition firm Synutra International has been able to capitalise on the Beijing's production licence initiative, picking up distribution where other companies fail to gain a permit to manufacture.


Synutra growing volumes through marketing

Katy Askew | 13 May 2014

Chinese infant formula company Synutra International attributed sequential growth in shipment volumes to increased marketing efforts.


Formula firm Synutra hails "strong" Q3 results

Dean Best | 12 Feb 2014

Chinese infant formula firm Synutra International has reported "strong" quarterly results, with sales and earnings better than it expected.


Synutra starts works on French drying facility

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2014

Chinese infant formula firm Synutra International has started construction of a drying facility for powdered milk and fat-enriched demineralised whey in Carhaix in France.


Synutra moves to H1 profit

Michelle Russell | 11 Nov 2013

Chinese infant formula group Synutra International has moved to a profit in the first half of its financial year.


Synutra records "pleasing" Q1 performance

Michelle Russell | 9 Aug 2013

Chinese infant formula group Synutra International said it was "pleased" with the performance and ongoing recovery of its core business as it booked an increase in first-quarter earnings and sales.


Synutra claims progress after challenging year

Dean Best | 14 Jun 2013

Chinese infant formula firm Synutra International has insisted it has seen its core business return to profitability in the fourth quarter at the end of a year which saw sales fall and losses widen.


Synutra cuts forecasts again after Q3 results

Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2013

Chinese infant formula group Synutra International has again cut its full-year financial forecasts after reporting a loss in the third quarter of its fiscal year.


Synutra appoints Cai to CFO role

Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2012

Chinese infant formula group Synutra International has appointed Ning Cai as its CFO.


Synutra books Q2 loss, lowers outlook

Katy Askew | 12 Nov 2012

Chinese infant formula group Synutra International has lowered its full-year outlook for a second time, having booked a second-quarter loss.


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

Dean Best | 24 Sep 2012

This week's coverage on just-food had the World Retail Congress at its centre. The event, held in London, heard Tesco CEO Philip Clarke say retailers should look to "mass personalisation". It also gave us the chance to interview India's Future Group on the country's reforms to allow more foreign investment into its retail sector.


Sodiaal, Synutra sign investment deal

Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2012

French dairy co-operative Sodiaal has signed a partnership deal with Chinese infant formula firm Synutra for the construction of a milk-drying facility in France.


Synutra trims FY guidance on slow Q1

Chris Mercer | 10 Aug 2012

China-focused infant formula firm Synutra International has cut its full-year sales and profit guidance following a weaker-than-expected first quarter.


Infant formula firm Synutra swings to FY profit

Dean Best | 15 Jun 2012

Chinese infant formula firm Synutra returned to profitability in its last financial year as it recovered from the impact of a food safety scandal in the previous 12 months.


Tests prove no link to infant deaths - Synutra

Dean Best | 13 Jan 2012

Chinese infant formula maker Synutra International said today (13 January) that government tests proved its products were not linked to the death of a child.


Synutra CFO Yang resigns

Katie Smith | 30 Aug 2011

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Synutra International has announced the resignation of CFO Donghao Yang.


Synutra books Q1 loss

Petah Marian | 10 Aug 2011

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Synutra has posted a first-quarter loss as a decision to stop selling industrial milk powder hit sales.

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