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Briefing: Tokyo plans to double food exports 13 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

The Japanese government has set out an ambitious programme to increase food exports. With a focus on high-quality, high-value, products the authorities hope that increasing Japanese food sales internationally will help revitalise the country's lacklustre economy and offset declining domestic consumption. just-food spoke to Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yasuhiro Ozato to find out more.


Interview: Ramsden International CEO 7 May 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The Middle East is often seen as a bit of a golden nugget for exporters, with 98% of its consumables coming from elsewhere in the world. But Sean Ramsden, CEO of UK wholesale exporter Ramsden International, says it's not always the easiest market in which to operate, with strict compliance legislation and a focus on driving down prices. Hannah Abdulla caught up with Ramsden on the sidelines of Gulfood where they exchanged notes on the challenges and advantages of being an exporter to the Middle East.

Latest News

Dole launches packaged soup line in US 22 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Dole Food Co. has launched a line of packaged, ready-to-serve soups in the US.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 22 Sep 14

Dean Best

US food groups General Mills and ConAgra Foods were under scrutiny this week with both reporting first-quarter results. WhiteWave Foods, the US natural and organic specialist, struck a deal to buy dairy-free brand So Delicious, while Thai seafood giant Thai Union Frozen Products made its second acquisition in Europe in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, we spoke to the CEO of Wise Foods about his plans to grow the US snacks business.


S Africa's Rhodes Food Group plans share issue 19 Sep 14

Katy Askew

South African fresh and canned food processor Rhodes Food Group Holdings plans to list new shares on the Johannesburg stock exchange in a move that could raise as much as ZAR1.35bn (US$122m).


Capespan buys stake in distributor Good View Group 18 Sep 14

Dean Best

South African produce group Capespan Group has acquired a 25% stake in Hong Kong-based fruit and vegetable distributor Good View Group.


Serbian firm Danubius opens pasta line 18 Sep 14

Dean Best

Serbian food maker Danubius has opened a pasta production line as it looks to bolster its range of products.


Timeline: Latest on battle over Chiquita 18 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Chiquita Brands International, which had lined up a merger with fellow banana supplier Fyffes, has become the subject of takeover interest from Brazilian firms Cutrale Group and Safra Group. And that interest is developing into a tussle for the future ownership of the US produce giant. just-food provides a digest of the most significant events so far.

Latest blogs

Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 14

Katy Askew

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?


EU shuts down EUR125m emergency fund for producers 11 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Just days after Copa-Cogeca's groans the EU's measures to support fruit and veg producers after Russia's import ban were "not nearly enough", the European Commission has put a temporary halt on the measures citing "a disproportionate surge in claims".

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