BRICs and beyond

BRICs and beyond

Coverage and analysis of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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