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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...

Analysis: S Africa's fledgling gluten-free market

The gluten-free market has taken root quickest in markets in North America and western Europe but manufacturers looking for more business op...

Kellogg eyes long-term benefits of Africa JV

US cereal giant Kellogg announced earlier this week it has entered into a joint venture agreement to step up its presence in Africa. Kellogg...

Why war on child labour in cocoa far from won

The rise in the incidence of child labour in west African cocoa production detailed in last week's report from Tulane University is a disapp...

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

Unilever offloads spreads business in southern Africa 22 Sep 2017

Dean Best

Unilever today (22 September) announced the sale of its spreads business in southern Africa.

AgDevCo invests in Malawi poultry operator Kapani 13 Sep 2017

Simon Harvey

UK investment firm AgDevCo is providing US$1.8m in financing to Malawi poultry operator Food and Feeds Wholesalers to expand its cold chain infrastructure and build a modern processing unit.

South Africa's AVI issues caution on macro trading outlook 13 Sep 2017

Simon Harvey

South Africa’s AVI Group has booked rising annual profits – but warned domestic trading conditions were likely to remain "difficult".

Clover Industries full-year EPS dives amid "constrained new reality" 12 Sep 2017

Simon Harvey

South African dairy group Clover Industries reported a 44% slide in its full-year operating profit, citing "once-off'' impacts from a prolonged drought, a wetter and cooler summer and volatility in the rand, factors it said were beyond its control.

Clover Industries profit warnings stack up as EPS forecast slashed 8 Sep 2017

Simon Harvey

South African dairy group Clover Industries issued another profit warning and slashed its earnings per share guidance by as much as 41% citing a prolonged drought and volatility in the rand.

Pioneer Food Group CEO Phil Roux to be replaced by Tertius Carstens 4 Sep 2017

Andy Coyne

Phil Roux, the chief executive of South Africa’s Pioneer Food Group has announced his retirement.

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