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BRF enters Turkey with Banvit acquisition - what are its motives? Could BRF's acquisition in Turkey pave way for OneFoods IPO? 13 Jan 17

Katy Askew

BRF, the Brazil-based meat giant, announced this week that it has teamed up with the state of Qatar to buy a majority stake in Turkey-based processor Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayii. The move will see BRF's recently-established halal unit, OneFoods, enter the Turkish market. Could BRF be paving the way for plans to partially float OneFoods? Katy Askew investigates. 


just-food surveyed readers on range of growth subjectsjust-food's 2017 Confidence Survey - your thoughts on international expansion, M&A, NPD and competition 12 Jan 17

Dean Best

In November and December, we ran our annual Confidence Survey to see how our international food industry readership saw 2017 unfolding. Here we present the results of the section of the survey that looked at international investment, emerging markets, M&A, innovation and competition.


UK food inflation could shape consumersThe food market in 2017 - what will shape the UK food sector? 12 Jan 17

John Shepherd

Concerns about the potential impact on the UK's food industry in 2017 over the impending "divorce" from the EU are looming large for suppliers, retailers and consumers alike. The formal two-year round of Brexit talks aimed at shaping future UK-EU relations, including in areas such as import and exports of food products, are scheduled to start in March. The UK government is under fire for being too secretive about what the post-Brexit trading environment with EU nations will look like. However, food industry analysts say consumers will expect to see exactly the opposite approach from manufacturers, with shoppers favouring products that demonstrate transparency and clearer origin labelling. Healthy and better-for-you brands are also expected to continue doing well in 2017, together with a continuing trend towards free-from foods. Younger consumers, in particular, are expected to drive these and other trends forward. John Shepherd reports.


While health will remain growing part of US food market, nostalgia will be another driverThe food market in 2017 - the need-to-know US consumer trends 11 Jan 17

Katy Askew

A seismic shift in the US consumer landscape has redefined the country's food market in recent years, challenging so-called Big Food and making it harder for legacy brands to grow sales. Trends that gained steam in the US during 2016 include the rise of the "clean label", a growing awareness of GMOs, increased concern over sugar consumption and rising demand for free-from products. These will remain influential factors in 2017 but here just-food takes a look at some of the other emerging consumer trends that are set to shape the food US food sector over the coming 12 months and beyond. 


"Consumers increasingly using dining as their out-of-home entertainment"
The food market in 2017 - the big foodservice trends to watch 11 Jan 17

David Henkes, Technomic

Foodservice is rapidly becoming a global industry, and operators and manufacturers need to be aware of, and stay ahead of, big trends to be able to fully capture the growth opportunities available. David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines eight trends he expects to see across the foodservice market in 2017.


Rewe sealed deal for clutch of KaiserEdeka, Rewe strike deal on Kaiser's, South Africa's Shoprite in talks with Steinhoff, Ahold Delhaize sets out stall - retail round-up, December 2016 11 Jan 17

Dean Best

December saw an end to the wrangle over German supermarket chain Kaiser's, South African grocer Shoprite in talks over a possible combination with local retail giant Steinhoff and the recently-merged Ahold Delhaize outline its "Better Together" strategy.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Unilever - consumers in emerging markets care more about sustainability 5 Jan 2017

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Unilever, one of the consumer goods companies seen in the vanguard of sustainable business, has issued data it claims shows the issue is a bigger driver of shopper behaviour in emerging markets than in the developed world.


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