China dominated our headlines in the first part of the week. Swiss firm Hero Group was forced to defend the safety of its infant formula in the country after allegations a local distributor mislabelled products. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, issued a statement to reiterate its expansion plans in China after it emerged it would close three stores there. Emerging markets continued to feature heavily, with news Qatar had bought a majority stake in Indian group Bush Foods Overseas. And we interviewed the CEO of ambitious Brazilian dairy group Vigor.

CHINA: Our infant formula is safe, insists Hero Group
Swiss food manufacturer Hero Group has insisted its infant formula on sale in China is safe after reports a local distributor allegedly mislabelled some of the company’s products.

CHINA: Nestle to invest in Guangdong ice cream plant
Nestle is to invest CNY500m (US$81m) in tripling ice cream production at its facility in Guangdong in China.

CHINA: Wal-Mart to maintain pace of store openings
Wal-Mart Stores has publicly reiterated it has set a target of opening over 100 new stores in China in the next three years.

BRICs and beyond: Vigor eyes dairy top spot in Brazil
When Brazilian dairy processor Vigor bought 50% of rival Itambé in February, it said it went from being the fourth-largest in the country to third. However, its ambitions do not stop there, writes Paula Krizanovic.

QATAR/INDIA: Qatari vehicle Hassad Food buys majority of India’s Bush Foods
Qatari investment vehicle Hassad Foods has bought a majority stake in Indian food supplier Bush Foods Overseas.

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In the spotlight: Chobani UK case highlights provenance issue
Chobani’s UK ambitions last week appeared to turn sour after a court ruled the largest yoghurt brand in the US could not label its products as ‘Greek yoghurt’ on this side of the Atlantic. Industry watchers believe the ruling will have little impact on how UK consumers view the brand. However, the case highlights an important legal grey area over the question of provenance – with Greek yoghurt yet to secure EU protected status. Michelle Russell reports.

Sustainability Watch – Andy McCormick, Hershey
Hershey has become the latest major chocolate company to make a bold public commitment to sustainable cocoa. Andy McCormick, Hershey’s vice president, cocoa sustainability, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company’s 21st Century Cocoa Plan and its commitment to collective efforts to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector.

Read just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper’s Consuming issues column on cocoa certification here.

just the answer: Burton’s Biscuit Co. CMO Stuart Wilson
Burton’s Biscuit Co., the UK’s second-largest biscuit maker, has undergone a transformation since private-equity owners Apollo Management and CIBC took control of the business in 2009. The buy-out houses are now understood to be looking at options for the business, including a potential sale. Burton’s has refused to comment publicly on the review but chief marketing officer Stuart Wilson spoke to just-food about how management plans to drive continued growth in the biscuit sector.

SPAIN: Debt-ridden Pescanova files for insolvency
Spanish fish and seafood manufacturer Pescanova has filed for voluntary insolvency having failed to reach an agreement with creditors on the renegotiation of its debts.

just-food’s 2013 confidence survey
We asked you for your thoughts on 2013, the outlook for the industry and the prospects for your business. The just-food team, alongside SymphonyIRI, Grant Thornton and Mintel, analysed the results.