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Focus: Can BRF deliver aggressive growth?

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant, is undergoing significant change. The company has undertaken a massive behind-the-scenes restructuring drive...

BRICs: How dairy deal bolsters Lactalis and BRF

The proposed sale of BRF's Brazilian dairies unit to Lactalis-owned Parmalat looks set to be a win-win for both companies. BRF is focusing o...

Focus: Mexico's obesity fight turns to advertising

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last ye...

BRICs and beyond: Brazil's gluten-free challenge

Brazil with its vast population and a growing middle class with increasing health concerns, has huge opportunities in the gluten-free sector...

Latest Interviews

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.


Interview part 2: BRF CFO Augusto Ribeiro 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.

Latest News

Grupo Lala to buy Nicaraguan dairy Eskimo 18 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

Grupo Lala has struck a deal to acquire the assets of Nicaraguan dairy group Eskimo, a move the company said would "strengthen" and "extend" its presence in Central America.


JBS Foods IPO suspension lifted 3 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

The Brazilian securities regulator, the CMV, has lifted its suspension on JBS's plan to list its processed food unit, JBS Foods.


Del Monte licenses Disney characters in MENA 1 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

Del Monte has entered into a licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co. to use Minnie Mouse and Spider-Man characters on products in the Middle East and North Africa.


Securities regulator suspends JBS food float 25 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

The Brazilian securities regulator, the CMV, has suspended JBS's proposed float of its domestic consumer food unit for 30 days after the group's CEO made public comments on the group's plans in the Brazilian press.


Raisio, Shefa launch Benecol in Brazil 17 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Raisio has introduced its Benecol brand to the Brazilian market in partnership with local dairy group Shefa.


Marfrig sees mixed Q3 as net loss widens 13 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Marfrig, the Brazilian food group, booked a mixed set of third-quarter results, with a rise in sales and operating earnings failing to offset the impact of higher finance and foreign exchange costs on the bottom line.

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