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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....

Analysis: Chocolate sector's deforestation pledge

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey last week announced plans to work together to "end d...

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

PepsiCo takes stake in Ethiopian crisps firm Senselet 7 Jan 2020

Andy Coyne

US food and beverage giant PepsiCo has taken a stake in an Ethiopian crisps firm founded by a Dutch investment company.

South African meal kit firm Daily Dish to merge with peer after TCapital deal 27 Nov 2019

Andy Coyne

Daily Dish, a South African meal-kit company, is to be merged with a local peer after being acquired by private equity firm TCapital.

Ethiopia-based biscuit maker Ahadukes Food Products attracts PE investment 21 Nov 2019

Simon Harvey

Ahadukes Food Products, an Ethiopia-based biscuits maker, has received an undisclosed investment from a private-equity fund.

Namibian meat company Hartlief sells majority stake to local conglomerate O&L 13 Nov 2019

Andy Coyne

Namibian meat business Hartlief has sold a majority stake in the business to a local conglomerate for an undisclosed sum.

Tiger Brands puts Enterprise Foods on market after sale of Deli Foods division 8 Nov 2019

Simon Harvey

South Africa-based food company Tiger Brands has launched a review of its value-added meat products division following a listeria outbreak last year.

Private-equity house TPG lines up investment in Kenyan dairy firm Maziwa 1 Nov 2019

Dean Best

TPG, the US private-equity major, has snapped up a minority stake in a dairy firm in Kenya, according to a filing from the local competition regulator.

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