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2017: policy hotspots in LatAm, Asia and Australia

In part two of his survey of the food policy areas to watch worldwide in 2017, just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper runs the rule over...

The risks and rewards of zero-based budgeting

A growing body of food makers are adopting zero-based budgeting as a tool to reduce costs and improve resource allocation. The method has al...

General Mills aims to milk Brazil yoghurt demand

General Mills secured its entry into the fledgling but growing Brazilian yoghurt market with the acquisition of local player Carolina just b...

Soda draws fire from food in Mexico obesity battle

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks a...

Latest Interviews

Why Arla upbeat about LatAm prospects 26 May 2015

Dean Best

Arla Foods has invested significantly in overseas expansion, including in emerging markets, to look for avenues for future growth. The European dairy co-op's moves in developing markets have largely centred on Russia, China and Africa but it is also stepping up its activity in Latin America. Dean Best spoke to Arla executive vice president to find out more.


Interview: How BRF plans growth in stagnant Europe 20 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Brazilian food group BRF is working to an ambitious agenda. The company is bent on expanding as a global food manufacturer operating in the protein space. However, eking out growth in stagnant developed markets such as Europe can prove somewhat problematic. At this year's SIAL trade show in Paris, Katy Askew spoke to Europe CEO Roberto Banfi to find out how the company plans to meet this challenge.

Latest News

Marfrig to re-open three beef slaughterhouses 17 Aug 2017

Andy Coyne

Brazilian meatpacking firm Marfrig Global Foods is to re-open three slaughterhouses amid a "positive phase" in domestic cattle production.


Marfrig losses widen on lower sales 16 Aug 2017

Dean Best

Brazil-based meat supplier Marfrig has booked half-year losses of more than BRL400m (US$126.9m) hit by exchange rates and a near-12% drop in revenues.


JBS H1 profits rise but meat giant books Q2 drop 15 Aug 2017

Dean Best

Brazil-based JBS, the world's biggest meatpacker, has reported rising first-half profits but posted a sharp drop in second-quarter earnings amid foreign-exchange and derivatives expenses.


Lower sales, Carne Fraca hit loss-making BRF 11 Aug 2017

Dean Best

BRF, the Brazil-based food group, has reported another quarter in the red – due in part to lower sales and to costs from the Carne Fraca probe – leading to an overall first-half loss of more than BRL448m (US$141.6m).


M. Dias Branco profits up in H1 8 Aug 2017

Dean Best

M. Dias Branco has reported a rise in first-half profits, with its sales being boosted by marketing support for its biscuits and pasta brands, the two largest parts of the Brazil-based food group's business.


Lala agrees deal to buy Brazilian dairy Vigor 4 Aug 2017

Dean Best

Mexico-based dairy company Grupo Lala has struck a deal to buy Vigor Alimentos in a deal that values its Brazilian peer at just under BRL5.28bn (US$1.7bn).

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