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Has Yoplait adopted best strategy for China?

The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chine...

Brazil dairy sector upbeat despite slowdown

Brazil's economy slowed sharply in 2014 and is forecast to fall into recession this year. What impact could this have on dairy consumption i...

Brazil dairy sector upbeat despite slowdown

Paula Krizanovic | 18 May 2015

Brazil's economy slowed sharply in 2014 and is forecast to fall into recession this year. What impact could this have on dairy consumption in the country? Paula Krizanovic investigates.

2015 preview: Slowing China, buoyant SE Asia

Dean Best | 2 Jan 2015

The - relatively speaking - sluggishness of the Chinese economy has been a subject of debate in recent months and the country looks set to see GDP growth slow in 2015, which will only intensify competition in an already tough market. However, the prospects for India look brighter and a number of countries in south-east Asia offer opportunities. Dean Best reports.

Dairy in India: No quick win for multinationals

Katy Askew | 30 Sep 2014

India is the world's largest raw milk producer and one of the biggest global markets for dairy products. While the participation of international dairies remains relatively low in the country, interest is increasing. Continued rapid demand growth presents a challenge and an opportunity for multinationals stepping up their operations in India - and the growing presence of foreign firms bodes well for the health of the sector itself. Katy Askew reports.

Dairy in India: How can exporters crack market?

Raghavendra Verma, Alan Osborn and Barbara Bierach | 30 Sep 2014

Overseas dairy companies talk of the potential India can offer their business but the market remains challenging, not least when looking at its supply chain and infrastructure. However, there are ways international dairy players can gain a foothold in India's promising dairy sector.

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Food industry results in brief - Yakult, Pilgrim's

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

The results announced this week included improving sales and profits at Yakult, better earnings but lower sales at US poultry group Pilgrim's Pride and growth at Mexican dairy processor Grupo Lala.

Danone, Yakult India JV to up capacity

Raghavendra Verma | 24 Jul 2015

The Indian venture between Danone and Yakult is expanding its production capacity of probiotic fermented milk in response to rising demand.

Yakult sales rise on international expansion

Katy Askew | 30 Jan 2015

Japanese probiotics company Yakult booked an increase in third-quarter sales and earnings driven by strong overseas growth.

Food industry quotes of week: Asda, Greencore

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Dec 2014

The much-awaited campylobacter tests on supermarket chicken in the UK were published this week. On the mergers and acquisitions side, Abraaj raised its bid yet again for Bisco Misr. Conversely, Danone was reported to be mulling a sale of its shares in the Yakult business and Kerry Group was reportedly looking to offload its frozen ready-meals arm in the UK. Meanwhile, Ireland's Greencore published some strong annual results. Here is the week in quotes.

Danone "mulls Yakult stake sale"

Dean Best | 26 Nov 2014

Danone is reportedly weighing up whether to sell its 20% stake in Japanese group Yakult.

Yakult to expand Indonesia plant to meet demand

Julian Ryall | 12 Nov 2014

The Indonesian unit of Japanese probiotic drinks giant Yakult has confirmed it will expand its production facility in East Java to meet growing demand in the country.

Yakult ups sales, earnings forecasts

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2014

Yakult has lifted its forecasts for annual sales and earnings after an increase in revenue and profits in the Japanese group's second quarter.

Timeline: Danone under Franck Riboud

Dean Best | 3 Sep 2014

Franck Riboud is to step down as CEO of Danone after 18 years at the helm of the French food giant. just-food takes a look at the highs and lows of Riboud's tenure.

Yakult establishes California production plant

Katy Askew | 21 May 2014

Japanese probiotics group Yakult has established its first US manufacturing facility in Fountain Valley, California.

Research: Frozen food in China, snacks in the US

Michelle Russell | 6 Sep 2013

The latest batch of reports from the just-food research store includes trends and developments in the Mexican dairy sector, snack foods in the US, and frozen food production in China.

Research: dairy emerging markets; c-stores outlook

just-food Research Team | 9 Aug 2013

Dairy's top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

Q1 profits up at Yakult

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2013

First-quarter profits have jumped at probiotics group Yakult on the back of higher sales at home and abroad.

ASA bans Yakult ad on health claims

Michelle Russell | 15 May 2013

A TV ad for Yakult yoghurt drink has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog for implying health benefits that were not supported by an approved health claim.

Yakult forecasts higher sales, profits

Dean Best | 13 May 2013

Japanese dairy products group Yakult has forecast rising annual revenue and earnings after seeing sales and profits grow in its last financial year.

Danone, Yakult Honsha end strategic alliance

Michelle Russell | 26 Apr 2013

Danone and Japanese probiotic drinks group Yakult Honsha have ended a long-standing alliance and replaced it with a looser "cooperation framework".

Danone will not go hostile on Yakult

Dean Best | 6 Feb 2013

Danone has confirmed it will not make a hostile move to up its stake in Japanese probiotic drinks group Yakult Honsha.

Yakult to quit Argentina

Chris Mercer | 19 Dec 2012

Yakult Honsha is set to exit Argentina after failing to achieve a profit in the country.

Danone tight-lipped over Yakult stake talks

Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2012

Danone has declined to comment on reports it has resumed talks about potentially taking a larger stake in Japanese probiotic drinks manufacturer Yakult Honsha Co.

Yakult confirms plans for fourth Chinese plant

Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2012

Japan's Yakult Honsha Co. has invested in its fourth production facility in China.

Yakult Honsha books Q2 profit decline

Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2012

Japan's Yakult Honsha Co. said foreign exchange hit profits in the second quarter of its fiscal year.

just-food's research round-up

just-food Research Team | 26 Oct 2012

Featured reports from the just-food research store include global food and grocery retailing and functional food marketing in Asia Pacific.

Yakult not in favour of Danone stake increase

Michelle Russell | 15 May 2012

Japanese probiotic drinks manufacturer Yakult Honsha Co. has reportedly said it does not want top stakeholder Danone to lift its shareholding on concerns it might affect its independence.

Yakult targets China in emerging market push

Wang Fangqing | 29 Jul 2011

Japanese probiotic drinks manufacturer Yakult has revealed a plan to further expand in emerging markets including China, India and Brazil.

Danone and Yakult consider distribution synergies

Petah Marian | 12 Jul 2011

Danone and Yakult in India have confirmed that they are looking for possible distribution synergies through a test in Pune city.

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