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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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Two former BRF executives referred to prosecutors in connection with fraud probe 16 Oct 2018

Two former executives of Brazilian meat giant BRF have been referred to federal prosecutors by police in connection with an investigation into alleged fraud in 2017.


Brazilian confectioner Florestal Alimentos buys local peer Chocolates Planalto 10 Oct 2018

Brazil-based confectioner Florestal Alimentos has snapped up local peer Chocolates Planalto.


BRF CEO Pedro Parente to step down next year 9 Oct 2018

Pedro Parente, the CEO of Brazilian meat giant BRF, is to step down from the role next year.


JBS to 'expand beef production to meet demand from China' 9 Oct 2018

Brazilian meat giant JBS is reportedly expanding capacity at two of its manufacturing plants in the state of Minas Gerais amid increasing demand for beef products from China.


Nestle removes stabilisers in UHT milks in Brazil 14 Sep 2018

Nestle has taken out the stabilisers used in the UHT milks it sells in Brazil, with the food giant saying the country is the first where it has carried out the move.


Marfrig appoints Jose Eduardo de Oliveira Miron as chief executive 4 Sep 2018

Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods, the world's second-largest beef processor, has appointed José Eduardo de Oliveira Miron as its new chief executive to succeed Martin Secco Arias.


Elcio Ito becomes CFO of Brazil's BRF 3 Sep 2018

Brazilian meat giant BRF has named Elcio Ito as its new chief financial officer to replace Lorival Nogueira Luz.


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.

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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.