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just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey – your take on international expansion and on M&A 1 Jan 2018

The third part of just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey asked for your thoughts on plans to expand internationally next year - and for a flavour of your M&A intentions. Ben Cooper reports.


Nestle's baby food arm Gerber on adapting to grow - interview 1 Aug 2017

Gerber, one of the most-established names in the baby food sector, is marking its 90th anniversary. In some markets, a company can trade on that longevity; in others, it can turn some consumers off. Bill Partyka, Gerber's president and CEO, talks to Dean Best about how the Nestle-owned company is emphasising its heritage in China but seeking to adapt to changing consumer tastes in the US.


Yili leads Stonyfield chase but race not yet run - analysis 15 May 2017

Chinese dairy giant Yili has declared its interest in buying Stonyfield but just-food columnist Victor Martino contends there could be more twists and turns in the race for Danone's US organic dairy unit.


What is Mondelez International's outlook for China? - the just-food interview, part two 26 Sep 2016

Mondelez International's top-line performance in China has been patchy since the US snacks giant was established four years ago. Biscuits has been Mondelez's main business in China and challenges in the category meant, for example, the Oreo maker saw its sales in the country fall in 2014. A recovery from Mondelez's biscuit arm in China, plus growth from its chewing gum stable, helped the company's sales grow in 2015 - but sales fell in the first six months of this year. Speaking to just-food after announcing a significant push into China's chocolate market, Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in the country, discusses how he sees the prospects for the company in the market.


Mondelez International aims for sweet success in China's chocolate market - the just-food interview, part one 22 Sep 2016

China is central to Mondelez International's growth strategy but it has not always been an easy ride for the snacks giant since its formation in October 2012. However, the US company is confident about its prospects in the country and signalled its optimism with the launch of European chocolate brand Milka in August. Dean Best spoke to Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in China, to find out more.

Latest News

State-backed CITIC to buy stake in infant-formula firm Ausnutria 9 Apr 2018

A fund backed by Chinese state-backed investment company CITIC Group Corp. is to acquire a 25% stake in Hong Kong-listed infant-formula supplier Ausnutria.


Beef, food machinery now caught in US-China trade spat 4 Apr 2018

The trade row between the US and China has intensified in the last 24 hours with both countries issuing details on further tariffs and with the food industry again caught in the crossfire.


US dairy body eyes exports after penning deal with Chinese university 3 Apr 2018

Against a backdrop of trade tariffs between the US and China, the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has agreed a partnership with China's Jiangnam University.


China imposes tariffs on 128 US products in retaliation to Trump's measures 3 Apr 2018

China has slapped tariffs on 128 US products, including imports of pork and certain fruits, in retaliation for President Donald Trump's levies on Chinese steel and aluminium.


Jatenergy on verge of securing majority stake in Golden Koala infant formula 28 Mar 2018

Australia's Jatenergy is close to finalising a deal to buy a majority stake in local milk powder business Golden Koala Group as it seeks to gain a foothold in the Chinese market.


Danish Crown expands in China with stake in Shanghai Natural Casing Company 28 Mar 2018

Pork producer Danish Crown is expanding its operations in China with the purchase of a majority stake in Shanghai Natural Casing Company.


Steel spat escalates as China slaps tariffs on $3bn of US imports 23 Mar 2018

China has slapped tariffs on US$3bn of American imports in retaliation for President Donald Trump's measures on steel and aluminium shipments.


Firm launched to market plant-based meat in China 20 Mar 2018

A company has been launched in Canada to sell plant-based protein products in China.


China rejigs food watchdogs 19 Mar 2018

China's ongoing National People’s Congress has been told of important structural changes within the country's food agencies and ministries, designed to rationalise policy making and regulatory controls.


HKScan to start exports to China after JV agreed 27 Feb 2018

HKScan is to start exporting to China following the establishment of a joint venture with a local food business.

Latest blogs

China's Yili gained as dairy market curdled in 2015 26 Jul 2016

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months.


China's new e-commerce laws - confusion reigns 11 May 2016

Talking with our readers, a common problem among them is their battle to keep tabs on the changes to regulations in China. And the recent moves Beijing has made to revamp its rules around e-commerce have brought that concern into sharp relief.


Is Chinese meat company WH Group eyeing US M&A? 6 May 2016

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced.