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Foodservice focus: Popeyes, Freshii

Brazil-based private-equity group 3G Capital grabbed the FMCG industry headlines in February with Kraft Heinz's ultimately unsuccessful play...

How General Mills plans to grow - CAGNY

General Mills last week lowered its already weak forecast for its annual sales due to lower-tha-expected sales in US yogurt and soup. Unsurp...

Does Kraft Heinz want to swallow Unilever whole?

Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Cap...

Is Mondelez's margin target hurting sales?

Mondelez International has delivered a lacklustre set of 2016 numbers but the snacks giant, which has been buffered by a challenging operati...

Latest Interviews

Interview: A2 Milk Co. chair firm's rapid rise 24 Feb 2017

Dean Best

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. markets products it says eases the digestive issues some adults and children get from consuming dairy and infant formula - and it is a business growing rapidly, fuelled by demand in China. Dean Best caught up with A2 Milk chairman David Hearn the day after the company booked a set of bumper half-year results.


Interview: Patanjali Ayurved MD Acharya Balkrishna 6 Jan 2017

Raghavendra Verma

Fast-growing Indian consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved was described this week as "the most disruptive force" in the country's FMCG market. Set up in 2006, Patanjali Ayurved's mix of food and personal care products, combined with its strategy of promoting the Ayurveda system of medicine, has enjoyed rapid growth - and the business has ambitious plans. Raghavendra Verma met Patanjali Ayurved managing director Acharya Balkrishna to find out more.

Latest News

Australia to boost meat exports to China 24 Mar 17

John Shepherd

A deal to boost access for Australian meat exports to the Chinese market has been struck by the country's governments.


JBS halts production at majority of Brazil plants 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

JBS, the Brazilian meat giant and one of the companies embroiled in the Carne Fraca allegations, halted output at 33 of its 36 domestic plants this week, it has revealed.


Indofood profits leap in 2016 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Indofood, the Indonesia-based food group, today (24 March) booked a jump in annual profits, helped by one-off factors but also underlying growth.


Nestle targets India kids with Milo NPD 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Nestle is targeting children in India with its new cocoa-malt milk beverage Milo Ready To Drink.


News of week: Brazil meat, Kraft Heinz, Gen Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil remained in the international business headlines this week as a number of markets put restrictions on the country's meat imports after it launched a probe into the industry. Further north in the US, Kraft Heinz announced more job cuts, General Mills faced more questions about its sales performance and meal-kit service Blue Apron diversified with the acquisition of meat supplier BN Ranch. In Europe, the UK's food manufacturers said they would miss the government's target to cut sugar.


Quotes of week: Carne Fraca, Haribo, General Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil has spent the week trying to limit the damage done to the reputation of its meat sector after its police launched an investigation into the industry. In Europe, UK food manufacturers warned the sector would miss a government target to reduce sugar. In the US, General Mills was again in the spotlight over its sales results.

Latest blogs

Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative disciplinary committee 17 Feb 17

Dean Best

A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is set to go before a committee at the UK-based organisation.


One major investment bank believes US-China trade war unlikely 23 Jan 17

David Leggett

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as US President, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the country and China as unlikely.

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