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Tiger Brands earnings slump - key takeaways

South African FMCG major Tiger Brands reported a poor set of first-half results this week amid price pressures and Covid-19. Simon Harv...

Progress on child labour in cocoa but more to do

Ben Cooper welcomes the progress Nestlé is making on tackling the use of child labour in the cocoa supply chain but stresses the comp...

PepsiCo's Africa push may face challenges

Andy Coyne looks at PepsiCo's plans in sub-Saharan Africa after the US giant announced it is to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group....

Can cocoa supply meet future demand sustainably?

Ben Cooper looks at food manufacturers' efforts to put their west African cocoa supply chains on a truly sustainable footing....

Latest Interviews

Ambitious Arla remains patient with Africa - interview 14 Jun 2017

John Shepherd

With the consumption of dairy products in western countries stagnant, the world's largest processors are ramping up investment in emerging markets. European dairy giant Arla Foods is still targeting growth in countries like the UK and Germany through investment in value-added innovation but it is increasingly investing in markets like China and Nigeria. Both feature in Arla's list of priority markets, drawn up in 2015 as part of the cooperative's Strategy 2020 business plan. Arla's executive vice-president of international operations, Tim Orting Jorgensen, talks to John Shepherd about the company's recent moves in Nigeria and how, despite the country's recent economic problems, the market is a springboard for the co-op's ambitions in the wider region.


The just-food interview: Ian Donald, Nestle CEO of equatorial Africa 5 Dec 2012

Katy Askew

The importance of expanding in emerging markets is a constant message from Nestle, a company that has one of the industry's largest footprints in the developing world. While Nestle is expanding in high-growth markets like China, the world's largest food group is looking beyond the BRICs as it establishes a presence in every quarter of the globe. In this month's just-food interview, Katy Askew spoke to the chief executive of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa, Ian Donald, to discover how the company is working to drive long-term growth in the region.

Latest News

Hershey to step up "direct sourcing" of cocoa in Africa 27 May 2020

Dean Best

Reese's maker Hershey has pledged to increase the "direct sourcing" of its cocoa supplies from two key markets.


PE firm DPI pumps multi-millions into Tunisian food business Sicam 26 May 2020

Andy Coyne

UK-based private equity firm group Development Partners International (DPI) has backed a North African food business to the tune of US$56m.


Two suitors table bids for up-for-sale Tiger Brands meat assets 26 May 2020

Dean Best

Tiger Brands has issued fresh details on the interest in the "value-added" meat business the South Africa-based consumer-goods group has put on the block.


Tiger Brands cuts first-half guidance due to Covid-19-related impairments 20 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Tiger Brands, the South Africa-based consumer goods group, has cut its first-half earnings guidance due to impairment charges.


Covid-19 - Thai Union re-opens Ghana cannery 12 May 2020

Dean Best

Seafood giant Thai Union Group has partially re-opened a cannery closed after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


Meat-free firm Fry closes South Africa factory due to Covid-19 case 17 Apr 2020

Andy Coyne

Fry Group Foods, the South African meat-free manufacturer, has taken action after a manager contracted the Covid-19 virus.



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