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Comment: Unilever spreads sale unlikely to be soon

Unilever's move to internally spin off its spreads unit was seen by many company and industry watchers as a pre-cursor to a sale. However, a...

DATA: Top ten most-chosen food brands in Brazil

Qualy, the margarine brand owned by Brazilian food group BRF, leapfrogged Nestle's Maggi as the food brand purchased most often in the Latin...

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2013

PepsiCo and Unilever are facing suggestions from parts of the investment community they should embark on wholesale changes to boost growth. Dean Best looks at whether the companies will listen.

Michelle Russell | 18 Jul 2013

Reports emerged earlier this month that US agribusiness giant Cargill is exploring the possibility of buying Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) cocoa business. While not confirmed, such a purchase would create a global giant in the sector. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.

Katy Askew | 26 Oct 2012

US agribusiness giant Bunge expects to be an active player in a process of consolidation in grain markets after recent volatility and crop failures in the sector.

Paula Krizanovic | 6 Dec 2011

In part two of just-food's Category crunch on Brazil's biscuit sector, Paula Krizanovic argues that, with volumes slowing, acquisitions and product innovation will be key ways for local and multinational players to drive growth in a competitive market.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 23 Oct 2013

The performance of Unilever's food business has come under scrutiny in recent quarters. Sales growth has lagged its non-food operations and although Unilever has offloaded some "non-strategic" food brands, some in the investment community have suggested more could be done. In part two of just-food's interview with Unilever CEO Paul Polman, the Dutchman discusses the company's spreads business.

Sam Webb | 30 Nov 2011

The use of palm oil in food manufacturing has risen dramatically over the last ten years, thanks to its versatility, low cost and high yields per hectare. This growth is predicted to continue but there are concerns about the deforestation the industry causes in tropical climates. In this month's just the answer, Sam Webb discusses the future of the industry, as well as the move towards ethical production with Alan Chaytor, executive director of sustainable palm oil producer New Britain Palm Oil.

Latest News

Dean Best | 5 Feb 2018

Archer Daniels Midland is reportedly in advanced talks to buy fellow US-based, agri-food giant Bunge.

Simon Harvey | 21 Nov 2017

Bunge has cancelled a share subscription agreement with Grupo Minsa that would have seen the US company take a controlling financial interest in the Mexican firm.

Dean Best | 19 Dec 2016

Bunge, the US agri-food giant, has snapped up Turkish olive oil business Ana Gida, the owner of the Komili brand.

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2016

Bunge, the US agribusiness giant, has announced a distribution agreement with Philippines-based food ingredients supplier D&L Industries.

John Shepherd | 1 Sep 2016

Bunge has reached an agreement to take a controlling stake in Mexico-based corn flour producer Grupo Minsa.

Helen Arnold | 6 Oct 2015

Agribusiness giant Bunge has bought Whole Harvest Foods, a US commercial cooking oil producer, for an undisclosed sum. 

Katy Askew | 12 Feb 2015

Investment firm Arlon Group has taken a "significant stake" in Brazilian frozen vegetable maker Grano Alimentos.

Dean Best | 14 Feb 2014

US-based agribusiness group Bunge has reported an increase in quarterly underlying profits despite lower sales.

Dean Best | 9 Dec 2013

US agri giant Bunge has promoted deputy chairman Patrick Lupo to the role of chairman.

Dean Best | 24 Oct 2013

Losses of sugarcane milling in Brazil have been a central factor in Bunge, the US food and agribusiness giant, reporting a third-quarter loss.

Dean Best | 25 Jul 2013

US trader Bunge has reported lower half-year profits as it deals with the impact of last year's weather on harvests.

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2013

US agribusiness Bunge is among the companies fined in Bulgaria for allegedly fixing the price of sunflower oil.

Dean Best | 22 Jul 2013

Private-equity giant KKR has snapped up just under 10% of Indonesian food group Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food.

Katy Askew | 26 Apr 2013

Agricultural commodities group Bunge has booked a 30% jump in first quarter operating profit, boosted by the "good start" made by its food and ingredients business.

Katy Askew | 7 Feb 2013

Agri-giant Bunge has announced chief executive Alberto Weisser plans to retire at the beginning of June, to be replaced by the CEO of its North American arm Soren Schroder.

Katy Askew | 21 Jan 2013

Bunge has appointed Karl Gerrand as MD of its Canadian operations.

Chris Mercer | 19 Dec 2012

Commodity trader Glencore has said it wants to be a "true leader" in global grain trading after completing its acquisition of Viterra in a deal worth US$6bn.

Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 2012

The former CEO of Fonterra has joined the board of directors of US agribusiness giant Bunge.

Dean Best | 29 Oct 2012

A busy but fruitful week for just-food was dominated by the SIAL trade expo in Paris, where thousands of international manufacturers gathered to showcase products and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them. Elsewhere, the UK unveiled plans to introduce a hybrid nutrition labelling system, Premier Foods plc pledged to "unlock value" from its bread division and French retailers Carrefour and Casino found their international operations in the spotlight.

Katy Askew | 26 Oct 2012

Agribusiness giant Bunge has booked a jump in third-quarter income, which more than doubled as sales benefited from rising grain prices.

Katy Askew | 25 Jul 2012

Agribusiness giant Bunge has announced the opening of an ingredient innovation centre in the US.

Dean Best | 8 May 2012

Bright Food, the Chinese food group, was full of confidence this week about the prospects for UK cereal firm Weetabix, its first investment in Europe after missing out on companies including United Biscuits and Yoplait. Elsewhere, Orkla explained why its CEO had resigned from the Norwegian consumer goods group, German retailer Metro Group insisted its sales were improving after it reported a quarterly loss and UK peer Morrisons said it would not chase unprofitable volumes despite a fall in like-for-like sales.

Latest blogs

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Mar 2015

It's no secret Unilever's spreads arm has been suffering for some time and, as CFO Jean-Marc Huët pointed out when he reflected on the company's 2014 performance in January, declining demand for its brands was dragging down the performance of the rest of its food business.

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