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Interview: Doux CEO on reshaping of poultry firm

In the second part of a two-part interview with just-food, Groupe Doux CEO Arnaud Marion highlights the move to a new business model, away f...

The just-food interview: Doux CEO Arnaud Marion

French poultry supplier Groupe Doux is a company looking to the future after a challenging recent past. From June 2012, Doux spent 18 months...

Interview: Scott Wotherspoon, CEO of A2 Milk

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. is looking to revitalise its business in the UK. It entered the market in 2011 through a venture with Robert W...

"Transparency" vital in popcorn's growth

Americans consume 16bn quarts of popcorn annually, with 70% of popcorn eaten at home. Capturing a share of this is all about keeping it simp...


The bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons 28 Nov 2014

Dean Best

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.


Interview: How BRF plans growth in stagnant Europe 20 Nov 2014

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.


The just-food interview part two: CFO Augusto Ribeiro sees BRF moving to growth phase 18 Nov 2014

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.


The just-food interview part one: BRF CFO Augusto Ribeiro 17 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Brazilian food giant BRF has an ambitious agenda. The company hopes to expand in what it calls the "white space" of the global protein sector. The group has laid the groundwork by undergoing a far-reaching organisational transformation, which CFO Augusto Ribeiro tells Katy Askew, will enable BRF to deliver a stable margin profile - forming the foundation for planned international expansion.


just the answer: Daiya Foods CEO Terry Tierney 13 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Canada-based dairy-free business Daiya Foods this summer appointed a new CEO. Director Terry Tierney - former chief marketing officer of Frontier Natural Brands and founder of Rocky Mountain Natural Foods - replaced Greg Blake, who set up Daiya in 2008. Dean Best spoke to Tierney to discuss the company's plans for further growth in a buoyant - but competitive - free-from sector in North America.


SIAL 2014: FrieslandCampina navigates challenging year for dairy 12 Nov 2014

Dean Best

With stagnant sales in Europe, the Russian embargo and softer-than-normal demand in China, it has been a challenging year for dairy processors. Dean Best met Cees Ruijgrok, the head of FrieslandCampina's export business, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to take the temperature of the sector.


SIAL 2014: Interview: Amira targets growth as a "global food brand" 11 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Rice supplier Amira Nature Foods is aiming to grow the global presence of its Amira brand from the group's stronghold in the Indian market. Amira believes it can capitalise on the "white space" represented by branded basmati rice - as well as diversifying into other food categories. Katy Askew spoke to Tobias Strerath, Amira business development director, to learn more.


SIAL 2014: Valio hopes to overcome Russian woes 10 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Valio is facing some significant challenges. The Finland-based dairy group is grappling with the closure of the Russian border as well as the decline in industrial markets for dairy ingredients. However, the company is also working to identify new growth avenues, such as its lactose-free technology. Katy Askew spoke to Kari Finska, SVP of Russia and eastern markets for Valio, to find out more.


The prospects for protein: Interview: Powerful Yogurt presses on as protein battle heats up 7 Nov 2014

Dean Best

In 2012, around the height of the Greek yoghurt boom in the US, Powerful Yoghurt launched with a high-protein product tailored for men. The business has carved out a foothold in a tough market, one that has become more competitive as consumer demand for protein-enriched foods rises. Dean Best caught up with Powerful Yogurt founder and CEO Carlos Ramirez to find out how the company is faring.


Interview: Kikkoman innovating to stay ahead in changing markets 4 Nov 2014

Julian Ryall

Like many Japanese food majors, soy sauce and seasonings group Kikkoman Corp. is battling an ageing domestic population. However, through innovation, Kikkoman is looking to meet changing consumer demand at home, while looking to expand further overseas. Julian Ryall met Kikkoman president and CEO Noriaki Horikiri to discuss the company's plans.


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