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February sees spike in food M&A - data 2 Mar 2018

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.


What are the risks and rewards of zero-based budgeting? 6 Oct 2016

A growing body of food makers are adopting zero-based budgeting as a tool to reduce costs and improve resource allocation. The method has also proven popular with investors with a focus on return on invested capital. However, it is not a one-size-fits-all answer to the challenges facing CPG companies today. In the second part of our series examining zero-based budgeting, Katy Askew takes a look at the pros and cons associated with the method.


General Mills aims to milk demand for yoghurt in Brazil - analysis 14 Jan 2016

General Mills secured its entry into the fledgling but growing Brazilian yoghurt market with the acquisition of local player Carolina just before Christmas. But, with Carolina's tiny market share, will the move pay off in meeting General Mills' wider ambitions for growth in emerging markets?


10 Things to Learn - JBS's acquisition of Moy Park from Marfrig 25 Jun 2015

Brazilian protein giants Marfrig and JBS have reached an agreement that will see the ownership of European poultry processor Moy Park transferred to JBS. The deal, which values Moy Park at US$1.5bn, represents a win-win for both parties. Here is what each stands to gain.


On the move: Marfrig stresses continuity as CEO Rial departs 16 Jan 2015

Brazilian protein group Marfrig surprised the market yesterday (15 January) with the announcement CEO Sergio Rial will stand down. Rial was a chief architect behind Marfrig's "focus to win" strategy, which has left the group on the cusp of a return to earnings stability. With internal successor Martin Secco Arias to replace Rial, the company was keen to emphasise coherence as it calmed initial investor jitters. Katy Askew reports.

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Aryzta to build another plant in Brazil 17 Aug 2018

Aryzta, the Swiss-Irish bakery group, battling to grow sales and earnings after a problematic couple of years, is planning to build a factory in Brazil.


Marfrig plans $20m investment in Brazil for new beef patty plant 17 Aug 2018

Meat giant Marfrig Global Foods plans to spend BRL80m (US$20.3m) to build a new beef patty plant in its home market of Brazil and predicts the site will be up and running by April 2019.


Savencia subsidiary Polenghi buys Brazilian dairy plant 14 Aug 2018

Polenghi, the Brazilian cheese-making subsidiary of France's Savencia Fromage & Dairy, has bought a plant in the South American country from local agricultural cooperative Calu.


Marfrig forges deal in attempt to move Brazilian beef up the value chain 3 Aug 2018

Meat giant Marfrig has linked up with the local Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa) in an attempt to try and add some value to its beef products.


Brazil meat giant BRF planning domestic market push as export bans bite 2 Aug 2018

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant which has been hit by a series of export bans, is hoping to boost profits by launching a higher value 'bio' chicken line in its domestic market.


BRF to furlough 1,400 workers in southern Brazil under restructuring programme 11 Jul 2018

Brazil's BRF is reportedly putting 1,400 workers on a five-month leave of absence at its chicken slaughtering plant in the southern state of Santa Catarina as part of a recently-announced restructuring programme.


BRF confirms 16 plants will go in restructuring exercise 3 Jul 2018

Brazil's BRF says a total of 16 manufacturing plants are set to come under the hammer in Europe, Argentina and Thailand as part of the meat giant's restructuring process.


BRF restructuring to involve asset sales in Europe, Argentina and Thailand 2 Jul 2018

Brazilian meat giant BRF is instigating a restructuring exercise that will involve the sale of operating units in Europe, Argentina and Thailand, as well as job cuts in its domestic market.


Purchase of Brazil dairy firm Itambe Alimentos by Lactalis referred to arbitration 27 Jun 2018

The proposed acquisition of Brazil-based dairy company Itambé Alimentos by French peer Lactalis is reportedly being referred to private arbitration proceedings.


Brazil's BRF confirms turkey production line closure 15 Jun 2018

Embattled Brazilian meat giant BRF has said that it is to shut down its turkey meat production line in Mineiros, Goiás, next month.

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Food companies hungry for Suarez spotlight 25 Jun 2014

Brand owners from Mars to Mondelez International were very quick off the mark yesterday after Uruguay footballer Luis Suarez allegedly bit an Italian opponent at the World Cup in Brazil, taking to Twitter to grab a chunk of the spotlight for themselves.