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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.


BRICs and beyond: Why Arla's Egyptian JV with Juhayna is shrewd 28 May 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Arla Foods has entered a joint venture with Egypt's leading dairy processor, Juhayna Food Industries, that leaves the European dairy co-operative poised for expansion in a promising emerging market. Expanding via a tie-up with a local company is a smart move from Arla as it works to grow in a market where competition is on the up and M&A valuations are high. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: India's dairy dilemma: cold chain or UHT? 29 Apr 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Dairy and energy sector experts are optimistic about effective cold chain solutions they say are being developed for India’s dairy sector. Speakers at a two-day seminar on New Technologies for Milk Processing, staged in Mumbai at the India International Dairy Expo last week, were upbeat on the technological advances being made in the field. However, some experts argue that India's dairy needs would be better met through an increased focus on less perishable, long-life products such as UHT. Mini Pant Zachariah reports.


BRICs and beyond: Can Mars challenge Mondelez, Nestle dominance in Indian chocolate? 27 Mar 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominated by Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, with Nestle becoming a somewhat distant second. With strong growth in demand and a growing tendency for consumers to trade up to higher-margin products, could Mars' push in India challenge the established players in the market?


Briefing: Emerging market e-commerce: Online can build despite Russia's challenges 27 Jan 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

High demand for home grocery deliveries in large Russian cities and the success of such services in Western countries are helping create a buzz around online grocery retailing in Russia. But complexity and high cost of operating this model in Russia means few retailers have so far launched online sales channels. Online grocery stores that do exist tend to limit their deliveries to Moscow or St Petersburg, and emphasise their offline locations.


Briefing: 2015 preview: Asia to see slowing China, buoyant SE Asia 2 Jan 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

The - relatively speaking - sluggishness of the Chinese economy has been a subject of debate in recent months and the country looks set to see GDP growth slow in 2015, which will only intensify competition in an already tough market. However, the prospects for India look brighter and a number of countries in south-east Asia offer opportunities. Dean Best reports.


BRICs and beyond: Britannia's e-cookie and why competitors won't follow suit 3 Dec 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Britannia Industries last week claimed to be the first biscuit company in India to launch an online-exclusive product before it hit retail stores. With India's e-commerce market predicted to be worth US$70bn by 2020, none can fault Britannia for testing the online waters. It's also a great PR move. But there are some dangers the food industry might want to consider before it jumps online. Hannah Abdulla explores.


BRICs and beyond: The thinking behind Mondelez's Vietnam deal 14 Nov 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mondelez International this week announced it was acquiring a majority stake in the snacks business of Vietnamese food group Kinh Do. Hannah Abdulla reveals why this deal is likely to be a game-changer for both Mondelez and the Vietnamese snacks sector.


BRICs and beyond: How Bright Food is furthering its international strategy 14 Oct 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

State-backed Chinese food giant Bright Food Co. continued to make progress with its "go global, bring in" ambition when it acquired a majority stake in Italian olive oil manufacturer Salov Group last week. The move is typical of Bright's international strategy as the group continues to further its agenda to grow globally and bring overseas brands to Chinese consumers. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: E-tail could sidestep distribution challenge in China 23 Sep 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Alibaba Group's massive IPO has underlined that the e-commerce trade in China is booming. Significantly for packaged food manufacturers, online retailers offer a way to circumvent some of the challenges of distribution in this massive market, enabling them to reach out directly to China's population base. However, the soaring popularity of such enterprises also means competition is intense. Food makers must battle to stand out in the crowded online marketplace. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: International ambitions underpin BRF, Lactalis dairy deal 9 Sep 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

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 on improving the performance of its core meat operations and the group would leave the transaction better positioned to step up its expansion into international protein markets. Meanwhile, Lactalis will strengthen its hand in the promising Brazilian dairy sector, leaving the company well-placed as a global dairy powerhouse. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Fonterra, Beingmate partnership formula for success 28 Aug 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra and Chinese baby food maker Beingmate are to form a joint venture to try to capitalise on the exponential growth of the Chinese infant formula sector. With each partner bringing something very different to the table, Katy Askew suggests the new entity is well-placed to leverage the strengths of both.


BRICs and beyond: How Mexico's obesity fight has turned to advertising 4 Aug 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last year, legislation was passed for a tax on high-calorie foods. Now, food manufacturers operating in Mexico have had restrictions placed on their advertising. Paula Krizanovic reports.

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