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Ice cream market value driven by unit pricing - will this limit volume growth? Indonesia – How ice cream makers can drive volume growth  2 Oct 15

Katy Askew

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.

Who will make a play for DiamondWho could swoop for Diamond Foods?  1 Oct 15

Katy Askew

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio during a conference call with analysts this week. However, this does not mean the US snacks group's management is closed to the idea of the company shopping itself. Katy Askew takes a look at the possibility of a deal and who could be interested in a punt for the Kettle Chips maker.

Local players have a big following in the Indonesian confectionery market.Indonesia - The sweet and sour of the confectionery market 1 Oct 15

Hannah Abdulla

Indonesia's confectionery sector is predicted to grow in a big way. By 2018 it is forecast to be worth US$2.6bn up from US$1.37bn in 2013. But with local players dominating the scene thanks to their knowledge of local tastes and the ability to offer cheaper options, international players looking to get in on the action may struggle. Hannah Abdulla explores

IndonesiaIndonesia - the key macro issues facing FMCG firms 30 Sep 15

Dean Best

Indonesia is south-east Asia's largest consumer market and is central to the growth strategy of many an international packaged food manufacturer eyeing or operating in the region. However, Indonesia's economy has slowed in recent years, hitting consumer spending, while there are concerns over issues from infrastructure to regulation. just-food gives a run-down of the issues in Indonesia strategy executives need to consider.

Dairy and meat industries would welcome latest German research on trans fatsHow latest trans fat studies show complexity of health debate 29 Sep 15

Ben Cooper

Two pieces of research in Europe on trans fat underline the complexity of dietary science and, therefore, the formulation of product development strategies and public health messages. Ben Cooper reports.

Two "hottest hotspots" for global seafood companies are illegal fishing and labour, Dr McBain saysHow Thai Union wants to be sustainability "leader" 28 Sep 15

Ben Cooper

When unveiling its new name and corporate identity last week, seafood giant Thai Union Group placed sustainability at the heart of its agenda. Following her appointment as the company's group director of sustainable development, Dr Darian McBain spoke with Ben Cooper about Thai Union's approach to sustainability and aspirations for the future.

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