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JBS has made another acquisition in Australia and is eyeing markets in AsiaFocus: JBS sees big opportunity from Primo Smallgoods 21 Nov 14

Dean Best

Brazil-based JBS is already the world's largest meat supplier but it has its sights on growing further in value-added products and in Asia - and has turned to a business in Australia to help it achieve that goal.


Digital strategy: a must to win in the CPG space Digesting digital: Suppliers, retailers must collaborate online to deliver value 21 Nov 14

Katy Askew

Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focused on a product's RRP. But there are still ways that manufacturers and supermarkets can add value. A central theme of the IGD online conference this week was the need for manufacturers and retailers to collaborate online if they are to avoid a race to the bottom. Katy Askew reports.


BRF plots ambitious expansion In the spotlight: Can BRF deliver on its aggressive growth strategy? 20 Nov 14

Katy Askew

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant, is undergoing significant change. The company has undertaken a massive behind-the-scenes restructuring drive to streamline its operations and build a structure that will deliver stable returns. BRF has now turned its attention to expansion, setting out an ambitious growth agenda. Can it deliver? Katy Askew investigates.


BRF focuses on value-added, branded products at SIAL 2014Interview: How BRF plans growth in stagnant Europe 20 Nov 14

Katy Askew

Brazilian food group BRF is working to an ambitious agenda. The company is bent on expanding as a global food manufacturer operating in the protein space. However, eking out growth in stagnant developed markets such as Europe can prove somewhat problematic. At this year's SIAL trade show in Paris, Katy Askew spoke to Europe CEO Roberto Banfi to find out how the company plans to meet this challenge.


Pinnacle Foods acquired Garden Protein at the end of last weekComment: Why Gardein is Pinnacle's ideal fodder 19 Nov 14

Hannah Abdulla

Pinnacle Foods, owner of Wishbone dressings, has been shopping and has picked out a firm that is going to bulk out its presence in the frozen food aisle and win it brownie points with a heap of consumers.


BRF CEO Augusto RibeiroThe just-food interview part two: CFO Augusto Ribeiro sees BRF moving to growth phase 18 Nov 14

Katy Askew

As we heard in part one of the just-food interview, BRF has undergone a far-reaching restructuring process that, it believes, will deliver a more stable margin structure. The company is now moving to a new phase of growth as this stable foundation enables it to ramp up top-line expansion at home and overseas. Katy Askew speaks to BRF chief financial officer Augusto Ribeiro to find out more.


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How two Egyptian food companies are attracting international interestHow two Egyptian food companies are attracting international interest

Egyptian snacks group Bisco Misr and local dairy company Arab Dairy have hit the M&A headlines. Kellogg is battling it out with private-equity group Abraaj for Bisco Misr, while Arab Dairy has attracted takeover bids from Arla Foods and, this week, Lactalis.

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Hannah AbdullaLatest blog entry: Hershey tries its hand at visual merchandising 20 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups maker, Hershey, has taken the reins at the Winn Dixie store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ensuring candy gets the attention it deserves - right at the front of the store.


M&A Watch M&A Watch

Stefan Kirk, of M&A advisors Glenboden, casts his eye over the food industry landscape and suggests the deal-making options that could - and should - be available to manufacturers.


Shopper trends Shopper trends

Industry analysts IRI discuss the trends focusing the minds of manufacturers and retailers.


Consuming issues Consuming issues

In a regular column, just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper chews over how the industry is tackling issues from obesity to labelling and from child labour to its environmental impact.


What the analysts say What the analysts say

The verdict from global analysts on major company news


The just-food international basket The just-food international basket

Exclusive data highlighting the price of brands and own-label products in key categories across Europe and the US. Compiled in association with industry analysts IRI.


Deal or no deal Deal or no deal

We look at the potential suitors when food manufacturers or retailers are up for sale - or put forward as possible takeover targets.


On the move On the move

just-food examines executives on the move


BRICs and beyond BRICs and beyond

Coverage and analysis of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets


Sustainability Watch Sustainability Watch

We put the latest CSR moves under the microscope.


Talking shop Talking shop

The just-food team check out the latest goings-on among food retailers.


Editor Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.


In the spotlight In the spotlight

Which manufacturers, retailers or issues are grabbing the headlines?


On the money On the money

Food companies discuss and dissect their latest results.

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