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A selection of reports from just-foodjust-food research round-up: Frozen food in China, snack foods in the US, Mexico dairy

6 September 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.

just-food's research round-up: emerging markets for dairy; prospects for c-stores

9 August 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.

JAPAN: Q1 profits up at Yakult

31 July 2013

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

UK: ASA bans Yakult ad on health claims

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.

JAPAN: Yakult forecasts another year of higher sales, profits

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.

JAPAN: Danone, Yakult Honsha end strategic alliance

26 April 2013

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

FRANCE/JAPAN: Danone will not go hostile on Yakult

6 February 2013

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

JAPAN: Yakult to quit Argentina

19 December 2012

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

JAPAN: Danone tight-lipped over Yakult stake talks

9 November 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.

CHINA: Yakult confirms plans for fourth Chinese plant

9 November 2012

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

JAPAN: Yakult Honsha books Q2 profit decline

9 November 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 - global food and grocery retailing, functional food marketing in Asia Pacific

26 October 2012

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

JAPAN: Yakult "does not want" Danone stake increase

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.

Focus: Digestive sector set for smooth growth

13 September 2011

It is safe to say that each and every consumer will suffer from digestive system discomfort at some point during his or her lifetime, whether it be a transient complaint or symptomatic of a more serious ailment. No age or ethnic group is unaffected, which makes the digestive health platform one of the most widely applicable of all health and wellness positionings.

JAPAN: Yakult targets China in emerging market push

29 July 2011

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

INDIA: Danone and Yakult consider distribution synergies

12 July 2011

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

Focus: India - healthy market with bright future

21 April 2011

Demand for healthier food is a mainstay of the industry landscape in markets like the UK but it is increasingly gaining traction in emerging markets. Euromonitor International's Mickael Dominguez analyses the growth of the health and wellness category in India.

The just-food management briefing - Functional foods - Introduction

28 February 2011

There are two ways of looking at the impact of what is often described as the ‘health and wellness' trend in food consumption. It can either be about consumers deciding or being persuaded to take certain things out of their diet or alternatively putting more of other types of food into their diet.

In the spotlight - the probiotics debate

17 December 2010

Probiotics, the food phenomenon sceptical campaigners love to hate, are back in the news.

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

22 October 2010

Commodity costs may not be reaching the levels seen in 2007 but there are signs of growing pressure on food manufacturers. In this month's just-food interview, Groupe Doux CEO Guy Odri explained why the poultry giant is urging retailers to push through price increases. Elsewhere this week, Yakult failed in its attempt to get EU clearance for health claims, food ingredients maker Ajinomoto defended aspartame from the critics and Mars Inc explained it is planning to realign its chocolate business worldwide.

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

22 October 2010

Mars' plans to restructure its global chocolate operations have grabbed your attention this week. Meanwhile, just-food visited food-industry expo SIAL in Paris and, among others, interviewed the boss of European poultry giant Groupe Doux.

UPDATE - EU: Yakult to continue probiotic studies despite EFSA doubts

20 October 2010

Japanese dairy firm Yakult has said it will continue to conduct human studies to back-up the health benefits of its probiotic products, after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) cast doubt on health claims for probiotics.

EU: EFSA casts doubt on probiotic health claims

20 October 2010

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expressed doubt about the effectiveness of probiotic drinks and yoghurts in aiding consumers' digestion.

JAPAN: Yakult shakes up domestic production

14 September 2010

Japanese dairy group Yakult Honsha Co. is shaking up its domestic production network with the establishment of a new plant and the end of manufacturing at three others.

JAPAN: Yakult boosts FY profits despite sales fall

14 May 2010

Probiotic drinks maker Yakult has increased its full-year profits despite a fall in annual sales.

INDIA: Danone launches flavoured milk in India

15 February 2010

Danone has launched a flavoured milk in India, marking the French food giant’s first dairy launch in the country.

US: Yakult to build first US plant

22 January 2010

Japanese probiotics maker Yakult plans to expand its operations in the US with the opening of its first production facility in the market.

A bad few weeks for good bacteria

14 October 2009

The news today that a TV ad for Danone's Actimel yoghurt has been banned by the UK’s advertising watchdog provides a further example of the controversy that has dogged the probiotics sector. Ben Cooper reports on a market that has somehow managed to attract growth and scepticism in equal measure.

EU: EFSA rejects probiotic health claims

2 October 2009

A number of health claims for ‘probiotic’ drinks and yoghurts have been rejected by Europe's food safety watchdog.

INDIA: Yakult Danone plans to expand distribution

7 September 2009

Yakult Danone India is expanding distribution of its probiotic yoghurt drink, the company confirmed today (7 September).



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