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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

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''.  


Brazil's JBS appoints Jeremiah O'Callaghan as new board chairman 23 Oct 2017

Brazilian meat giant JBS has appointed Jeremiah O'Callaghan as the new chairman of its board of directors. 


Danone bids to revive ailing Brazil dairy business 19 Oct 2017

Danone is reviewing all facets of its dairy business in Brazil in a bid to try to improve its performance, CFO Cécile Cabanis has said, after the Activia maker saw a double-digit decline in its sales in the country during the third quarter.


Brazil's JBS temporarily shuts beef plants due to "legal action" 19 Oct 2017

Brazilian meat giant JBS has temporarily suspended operations at its beef plants in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul due to "recent legal action taken against the company''.


Brazilian meat giant JBS pulls plan for international IPO 17 Oct 2017

Brazilian meat giant JBS is withdrawing proposals for a public sale of shares in its international operation, five months after talk re-emerged that the offering planned for this year might be pulled.


JBS owners Joesley and Wesley Batista charged with insider trading 12 Oct 2017

Prosecutors have charged brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, part of the Batista family that control the Brazilian meat giant JBS, of using inside information to profit from market movements in the company's shares.


Thai Union, Actemsa to work with WWF on Brazil fish sourcing 3 Oct 2017

Thai Union Group and Brazilian seafood business Actemsa are to launch a fishery improvement project for the pole-and-line skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna fishery in the southern and south-eastern coastal areas of the Latin American country.


Unilever to buy Brazilian organic food firm Mae Terra  2 Oct 2017

Unilever announced today (2 October) that it has signed an agreement to acquire Brazilian natural and organic food business Mãe Terra.

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.