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Unilever's 2018 investor day - six things to learn 11 Dec 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

Last week, Unilever's senior management was in the Indian city of Mumbai for the company's annual investor day. just-food presents what you need to know from the two-day event.


Why did Unilever buy GSK's Horlicks-led assets? 10 Dec 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

Some question the future of Unilever's presence in food and drinks. Why did the FMCG giant snap up GSK's consumer-nutrition assets, at the centre of which was Horlicks?


Four product trends to watch in China in 2019 15 Nov 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli outlines four product trends food companies doing business in the country - or wanting to do business there - should bear in mind as we enter 2019.


Why Nestle is seen at front of pack in Horlicks race 6 Nov 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

Some major names in the food and drinks industries are said to have eyed up the GlaxoSmithKline assets under review - at the centre of which is the Horlicks brand in India. Which suitor could win out? 


How instant noodles have won over India - category deep-dive, part one 5 Oct 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

Instant noodles - a product born in Japan - have reached into south-east Asia and are spreading further across the continent, with India a major market. Per capita consumption in India is lower than the likes of Indonesia and Vietnam but Raghavendra Verma looks at how instant noodles have found a place in the diets of a growing number of Indians.


What are the opportunities for cheese suppliers in China? 4 Oct 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

When I arrived in China as a student in 1975, I knew that most Chinese didn’t like dairy products in general and particularly disliked cheese because of its smell. I was surprised to find small amounts of domestic Chinese cheese from Heilongjiang, the province bordering Russia, in a special store for foreigners.


How chilli is spicing up parts of China's food sector 5 Sep 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli outlines how chilli flavours have made inroads in the country's packaged food sector as the palates of local consumers get used to - and embrace - some heat in their food.


China the next frontier for determined US grocer Kroger 17 Aug 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

Kroger, one of the largest grocers in the US, has, in the face of a challenging domestic market and the spectre of Amazon, rolled up its sleeves in recent months and announced a series of moves in developing parts of the food industry. This week, Kroger announced another initiative but, this time, it was international. Dean Best reports.


China breakfast cereal deep-dive part two – how to tap future growth 16 Aug 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

Demand for breakfast cereal in China is expected to continue to grow amid the urbanisation of the population and continued interest in Western eating habits. But what must manufacturers do to tap that demand? Wang Fangqing reports in this second part of just-food’s in-depth look at the category.


China breakfast cereal deep-dive part one - how the market has slowly opened up 15 Aug 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

China has been a key target for multinational food companies for decades but success has varied by category. Western-style breakfast cereal has not made the advances seen in other parts of the industry but, as Wang Fangqing reports, that is gradually changing.


Fruit and nuts - from staples to snacking favourites in China 9 Aug 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

In his debut column, just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli looks at how growing wealth and need for convenience have led to the staples of fruit and nuts be the foundation of a buoyant, on-the-go category.


"India is a big country with big opportunities to grow" - just-food meets Dr Oetker's Oliver Mirza 23 Mar 2018

Column: BRICs and beyond

German giant Dr Oetker is looking to grow the sales its business in India generates five-fold in just three years. Oliver Mirza, the managing director and chief executive, of Dr Oetker's business in the country spoke to just-food about the company's goal.


India bread industry believes Bimbo's entry could spark more deals 28 Jun 2017

Column: BRICs and beyond

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based business that is the world's largest bakery products group, has moved into a new emerging market. Bimbo has muscled its way into India with the acquisition of a majority stake in local packaged bread group Ready Roti India. Logistical and supply chain issues make India’s bakery industry challenging but some market watchers expect Bimbo’s move to be followed by other multinationals attracted by the industry’s growth.


India's new GST tax regime comes in for criticism - analysis 30 May 2017

Column: BRICs and beyond

India's pan-industry business association ASSOCHAM has hailed the central government's new GST regime, a move to standardise goods and services tax rates in the country, as the biggest economic achievement in the three years since Prime Minister Narenda Modi took office. However, as just-food reports, there is some concern about the new framework's potential impact on value-added products.


Could BRF's acquisition in Turkey pave way for OneFoods IPO? 13 Jan 2017

Column: BRICs and beyond

BRF, the Brazil-based meat giant, announced this week it has teamed up with the state of Qatar to buy a majority stake in Turkey-based processor Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayii. The move will see BRF's recently-established halal unit, OneFoods, enter the Turkish market. Could BRF be paving the way for plans to partially float OneFoods? Katy Askew investigates. 


How will demonetisation affect India's food industry? - analysis 14 Dec 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

Last month, India pulled from circulation INR500 and INR1,000 banknotes, in a bid, the country's government said, to clamp down on counterfeiting, corruption, drug use and smuggling. The demonetisation move has proved controversial and has affected consumer spending, with smaller traders facing pressure, although many of the largest food companies operating in India believe it will benefit the country's economy. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.


How regional divergence in policy sets food companies new challenge 14 Jul 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

The regional government in the Indian state of Kerala has become the latest administration to impose a tax on less healthy foods. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of this move to multinational food companies.


What potential does Myanmar offer food exporters? 6 Jun 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

With tourism supporting growing demand for branded foods in Myanmar, the growing market offers international food makers a growth opportunity. However, the country - which has infrastructure and regulatory challenges - can also be difficult to navigate. just-food spoke to industry experts on the ground to find out more.


Is enough being done to tackle infant formula fraud in China?  18 May 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

A fresh scandal has brought the sale of fraudulent infant formula in China to the fore once again in recent weeks. Mark Godfrey examines what action is being taken to tackle the sale of fake products in the country's booming e-commerce market. 


General Mills aims to milk demand for yoghurt in Brazil - analysis 14 Jan 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

General Mills secured its entry into the fledgling but growing Brazilian yoghurt market with the acquisition of local player Carolina just before Christmas. But, with Carolina's tiny market share, will the move pay off in meeting General Mills' wider ambitions for growth in emerging markets?


The food industry in 2016 - what is the outlook for the BRICs? - part one 3 Jan 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

There has been an almost unexpected level of volatility in emerging economies in 2015, with three of the BRIC markets Brazil, Russia and China, notably under the spotlight. Hannah Abdulla explores what the BRIC markets hold in store for packaged food firms in 2016. The first of a two-part feature looks at Brazil and Russia.


Will Belvita win at breakfast in China? 18 Nov 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mondelez International has taken its breakfast biscuit concept, Belvita, to China in a bid to capture the attention of the young, time-poor consumer on the hunt for convenience. But with different tastes and habits at breakfast, can the Chinese consumer be convinced to take on Belvita as an alternative? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Kellogg eyes long-term benefits of Africa investment 17 Sep 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

US cereal giant Kellogg announced earlier this week it has entered into a joint venture agreement to step up its presence in Africa. Kellogg has partnered with Tolaram Africa, the local arm of Singapore-based conglomerate Tolaram Group. While the deal will not provide an immediate lift for Kellogg's struggling sales, it positions the company for long-term growth in a region of increasing importance for consumer goods companies. Katy Askew reports.


How soda is drawing fire from food in Mexico obesity battle 24 Aug 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks at the effect the parallel tax on calorie-dense foods has had on consumers and on food companies.


How attractive could Iran be for food majors? 19 Aug 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with access to a population of 80m consumers, a majority of which is under 35 and increasingly on the lookout for branded goods. However, establishing a foothold is unlikely to be straightforward. Hannah Abdulla reports.


BRICs and beyond: How the Vietnam-EU trade deal will benefit food makers 14 Aug 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

A free trade agreement initialled between the European Union and Vietnam last week, is set to stimulate trade for both the European and Vietnamese processed, packaged and branded food industries. Mandy Kovacs and Lee Andendorff investigate who stands to gain and why.


BRICs and beyond: How Russia's embargo affects domestic firms 6 Jul 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Russia recently extended its ban on various food imports from Western countries including the US and EU. The move provides Russian food makers with an opportunity to gain market share but it also presents those operating in the market with a number of challenges. Sam Skove reports.


BRICs and beyond: Dairies meet Mexican challenge through diversification 29 Jun 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Dairy producers in Mexico have turned to product diversification to boost sales in the face of rising costs, weak purchasing power within lower income consumer groups and growing competition for the favour of more affluent consumers. Elizabeth Machuca reports.


BRICs and beyond: Has Yoplait adopted the best expansion strategy in China? 12 Jun 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chinese yoghurt market and its growth profile makes it a tempting prize for any yoghurt manufacturer. But, Katy Askew asks, have General Mills and Sodiaal taken the best route to expansion in the market?


BRICs and beyond: Should Bel follow Morocco deal with more M&A? 12 Jun 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

French cheese giant Bel Group has made a rare acquisition in an emerging market with a deal to buy a majority stake in Safilait, the third-largest dairy company in Morocco. Bel has not been as active as some rivals in expanding in the world's faster-growing dairy markets through M&A and Dean Best looks at whether the business should be doing more.

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