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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.


In the spotlight: Can BRF deliver on its aggressive growth strategy? 20 Nov 2014

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant, is undergoing significant change. The company has initiated a massive behind-the-scenes restructuring drive to streamline its operations and build a structure that will deliver stable returns. BRF has now turned its attention to expansion, setting out an ambitious growth agenda. Can it deliver? Katy Askew investigates.

Latest News

Germany's Ehrmann strikes Brazil dairy venture with Trevo Lacteos 12 Jan 2018

Germany-based dairy business Ehrmann has entered Brazil through a venture with local firm Trevo Lacteos.


NPD Tracker - Danone launches non-GMO milk in US; Brazil's BRF to roll out cut-price brand; Tesco's new vegan range in UK; Huel moves into breakfast cereal 11 Jan 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


JBS invests to expand beef jerky plant 21 Dec 2017

Brazilian meat giant JBS has invested BRL18m (US$5.4m) to expand its beef jerky plant in Santana de Parnaíba, Sao Paulo.


Brazil court 'issues injunction' to suspend Itambe Alimentos sale to Lactalis 19 Dec 2017

A Brazilian court is said to have issued an injunction suspending the sale of dairy company Itambé Alimentos to France's Lactalis.


EU, Mercosur trade deal stalls 15 Dec 2017

Hopes of a trade deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur this side of the New Year appear to have been dashed.


Lactalis said to be buying Brazilian dairy firm Itambe Alimentos 6 Dec 2017

French dairy group Lactalis is said to be lining up to buy Brazilian counterpart Itambé Alimentos in the first half of 2018.


Brazil's BRF appoints Jose Aurelio Drummond Jr. as new CEO 23 Nov 2017

Brazil's troubled food company BRF named José Aurélio Drummond Jr. as the company's new chief executive to replace Pedro de Andrade Faria.


Arla Foods offloads stake in recently-sold Brazilian dairy Vigor 3 Nov 2017

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has sold its 8% stake in Brazil's Vigor Alimentos, insisting the shareholding "no longer serves our strategic purpose''.


Brazil mulls 'traffic lights' system for food labelling 30 Oct 2017

Brazil's food industry association is proposing a new food labelling system to better highlight the content of sugar, salt and fats.


JBS to reopen seven slaughterhouses after dispute resolved 23 Oct 2017

Brazilian meat company JBS will reopen seven slaughterhouses in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul that were closed last week following "legal action taken against the company''.  

Latest blogs

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.