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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...

Hershey's 2016 results, 2017 outlook: 5 takeaways

Hershey's 2016 results and 2017 outlook, issued on Friday (3 February), suggested both a stronger finish to the year than the preceding nine...

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

Mead Johnson acquires Bega Cheese capacity 27 Feb 17

John Shepherd

US-based infant formula business Mead Johnson has agreed to acquire spray drying and finishing capabilities from Australian food group Bega Cheese to strengthen expansion plans for the Chinese market.


Meat giant BRF "unsatisfied" with results 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

BRF has admitted it is "deeply unsatisfied" with its results for 2016, which saw the Brazil-based meat processor fall into the red amid pressure from input costs and lower financial income.


Slovakia calls meeting over food quality concerns 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

The leaders of four central European countries are to meet to discuss concerns over the quality of branded food products sold in the region.


Bimbo profits up on sales, lower input costs 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based bakery giant, has reported a rise in annual profits, helped by an improvement in sales and lower raw material costs.


Marfrig operating profit flat but FY losses mount 24 Feb 17

Katy Askew

Brazilian meat group Marfrig's net losses deepened during 2016, as higher financial expenses and the lapping of discontinued operations dented the group's performance despite otherwise flat operating profit. 


RCL Foods warns of muted demand as profits fall 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

RCL Foods, the South Africa-based poultry-to-peanut butter business, warned demand would remain "constrained" as it confirmed the fall in half-year profits it forecast earlier in the month.

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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