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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.

Latest News

EU bans meat from 20 Brazilian plants 20 Apr 2018

The European Union has acted to ban meat from a number of Brazilian producers in a move that was widely anticipated.


Brazil's M. Dias Branco sets up internal investigation after police raid 20 Apr 2018

Brazilian pasta and biscuits maker M. Dias Branco has created an internal investigation committee after being targeted by the country's Federal Police (FP).


BRF board backs Pedro Parente for chairman 20 Apr 2018

Agreement on the make-up of BRF's board - and the position of chairman - moved closer in the last 24 hours with a group of major investors and the Brazilian meat giant's existing directors issuing statements ahead of next week's shareholder vote.


BRF chairman Abilio Diniz backs Pedro Parente as successor 19 Apr 2018

Pedro Parente, the CEO of Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras, has been put forward to become the chairman of local meat giant BRF by current incumbent and shareholder Abilio Diniz.


Brazil to appeal to WTO on any EU meat ban as some BRF factories re-open 19 Apr 2018

Brazil's government has said it will appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against European Union pressure on its meat industry that is expected to lead to a ban on imports into the bloc.


Brazil to expand meat exports to China and open new Asian markets 18 Apr 2018

Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has revealed that meat exports to China are to be increased and negotiations are under way to access the Indonesian and South Korean markets.


US Senators request review into Marfrig deal for National Beef 18 Apr 2018

US Senators are calling on the country's government to review Marfrig Global Foods' proposed acquisition of a majority stake in National Beef Packing Co on the grounds the deal could potentially threaten safety in North America's food supply.


Thailand's CPF takes stake in Brazilian shrimp producer Camanor 18 Apr 2018

Thailand-based food giant Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has acquired 40% of the shares of Brazilian shrimp farmer and processor Camanor Produtos Marinhos for US$17.5m.


Pressure mounts on BRF as investors put forward candidate for president 18 Apr 2018

Shareholders in Brazil's BRF are piling on pressure for the loss-making chicken processor to sort out its leadership reshuffle ahead of a meeting next week to select a new board of directors.


Brazil's BRF faces investor stand-off over chairman nominee 12 Apr 2018

BRF faces a potential stand-off with major investors over the selection of its new chairman amid pressure to overhaul the board of directors at the loss-making, Brazil-based food manufacturer.

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.