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What impact could Brazil's new president Jair Bolsonaro have on the food industry?

12 February 2019 | Ivan Castano

Latin America correspondent Ivan Castano looks at how the administration of Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro could impact the country's food industry. ... read more

Colombia's Colombina targets $1bn sales from health drive, international expansion - interview

19 October 2017 | Ivan Castano

Colombina, the Colombia-based food manufacturer, has enjoyed solid growth in the last decade and, to maintain its performance, it is looking towards its growing line of healthier products and its international businesses. Ivan Castano spoke to marketing vice president Jose Fernando Ochoa and CEO Cesar Caicedo to hear more about the company's plans.... read more

BRICs and beyond: PepsiCo's health drive in Mexico

16 September 2011 | Ivan Castano

PepsiCo plans to launch healthier snacks in Mexico to meet laws targeting obesity - and use its investment there as a base to sell the products further afield.... read more

SPAIN: Agaca could buy Clesa's Pontevedra factory

19 August 2011 | Ivan Castano

Bankrupt Spanish dairy group Clesa could be saved by Galician agricultural association Agaca, whch is considering purchasing the firm's plant in Pontevedra, Galicia, Northerwest Spain.... read more

SPAIN: Cacaolat set for September sale

18 July 2011 | Ivan Castano

The sale of bankrupt Spanish food and drink firm Cacaolat could take place in September, a senior executive working with one of the bidding firms has told just-food.... read more

SPAIN: Nueva Rumasa unit Cacaolat to sack bulk of staff

4 July 2011 | Ivan Castano

Spanish food and drink firm Cacaolat will dismiss almost three-quarters of its workforce as it continues to struggle after the bankruptcy of its parent company.... read more

SPAIN: Bankrupt food group Nueva Rumasa investigated for fraud

20 June 2011 | Ivan Castano

Bankrupt Spanish food maker Nueva Rumasa has become the subject of a fraud investigation by the country's highest court.... read more

SPAIN: Nestle could join race for Nueva Rumasa's Cacaolat

13 June 2011 | Ivan Castano

Nestle has added itself to a swelling roster of potential suitors for Cacaolat, the Spanish chocolate shakes-to-biscuits company owned by beleaguered food group Nueva Rumasa. ... read more

SPAIN: La Caixa, FIAB establish agro-food fund

10 June 2011 | Ivan Castano

Spanish banking major La Caixa and the country's leading food lobby Federación Española de Industrias de la Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB) have joined forces to lend up to EUR300m (US$431.7m) to help SME agro-food companies obtain working capital and expand internationally.... read more

Focus: What lies ahead for bankrupt Spanish food firm Nueva Rumasa?

16 May 2011 | Ivan Castano

Nueva Rumasa, the Spanish food group, is grabbing the headlines for the wrong reasons, after falling into bankruptcy with reported debts of EUR700m. Workers claim they have been left unpaid, investors have launched legal action and parts of the business are up for sale. Ivan Castano reports.... read more

SPAIN: Private-equity firm Megafinance mulls Nueva Rumasa investment

28 April 2011 | Ivan Castano

Megafinance's decision to inject "well over" EUR70m into bankrupt Spanish food group Nueva Rumasa will be made in the coming days, the Portuguese buyout fund has told just-food.... read more

SPAIN: Nueva Rumasa puts three business on block

6 April 2011 | Ivan Castano

Spanish food company Nueva Rumasa has put three of its businesses - including dairy firm Clesa and desserts brand Dhul - under bankruptcy protection and is looking for investors or potential buyers for them, a company official has confirmed.... read more

MEXICO: Food makers team up to launch labelling scheme

21 March 2011 | Ivan Castano

Seventeen Mexican and international food companies have teamed up to roll out a new series of labels for processed foods and non-alcoholic drinks to help combat the country's major obesity problem.... read more

SPAIN: Carrefour's Dia to open 400 stores in 2011

17 November 2010 | Ivan Castano

Dia plans to invest EUR100m (US$134.9m) in opening 400 discount supermarkets in Spain next year.... read more

VENEZUELA: Leche Pascual, Empresas Polar plan yoghurt venture

12 November 2010 | Ivan Castano

Leche Pascual has teamed up with Venezuela's Empresas Polar to build a yoghurt factory in the Latin American country in a bid to take half the market in ten years.... read more

SPAIN: Acquisitive Ebro Foods eyes emerging markets

2 November 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spain's Ebro Foods is on the hunt for new acquisitions and could spend as much as EUR1bn (US$1.4bn) for an ideal target.... read more

SPAIN: Hojiblanca eyes SOS share offer; Sovena exits

29 October 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spanish olive oil co-op Hojiblanca hopes to buy as much as EUR200m worth of shares in Spanish food group SOS Corporacion Alimentaria while widely-expected bidder Portugal's Sovena has dropped out of the race, sources have told just-food.... read more

SPAIN: Mercadona eyes retail M&A in Portugal, France, Italy

28 October 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spanish discount retailer Mercadona is considering making small acquisitions in Portugal, France and Italy in 2012.... read more

SPAIN: Union to continue calls for milk boycott

15 September 2010 | Ivan Castano

Trade unions in north-west Spain are to step up protests over claims the milk industry is refusing to raise farmer prices - which they say are well below the national and European average.... read more

SPAIN: Private labels take 41% market share

6 September 2010 | Ivan Castano

Sales of private label products in Spain have risen 5.6% to reach 41% during July as consumers feel the pinch from the country's deep recession.... read more

SPAIN: Junk food banned in schools

6 September 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spain has launched a new law to curb the sale of "junk" food, snacks and drinks in the country's schools to tackle growing obesity rates, the Health Ministry announced on Friday (September 3).... read more

BRAZIL: Bimbo opens new factory in Minas Gerais

24 August 2010 | Ivan Castano

Mexican bakery giant Bimbo has opened a new factory in the Brazilian province of Minas Gerais as it continues to court consumers in Latin America's largest economy.... read more

SPAIN: Caprabo to roll out 100 supermarkets by 2015

23 August 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spanish supermarket chain Caprabo plans to install 100 franchised supermarkets in Catalonia by 2015 to boost its store count to 450 outlets.... read more

MEXICO: Grupo Bimbo to launch "healthier" foods for children

16 August 2010 | Ivan Castano

Grupo Bimbo, Mexico's largest baker, is to launch a slew of healthy products for children in response to new laws that will look to curb high-sugar products from the country's schools to tackle rising obesity.... read more

MEXICO: Bimbo eyes bolt-on acquisitions

13 July 2010 | Ivan Castano

Mexico's Grupo Bimbo will seek bolt-on acquisitions in the 17 countries where it is present, a company official has confirmed to just-food.... read more

SPAIN: Gullon expands production, eyes acquisitions

13 May 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spanish cookie company Gullon is currently seeking acquisitions and hopes to double production levels by 2015 in a bid to boost sales at home and overseas.... read more

SPAIN: Ebro outlines investment in US, Europe pasta plants

10 May 2010 | Ivan Castano

Ebro Puleva is to invest EUR94m (US$120.6m) between 2010 and 2012 to streamline its US and European dried pasta factories, according to the Spanish food company's annual report.... read more

SPAIN: SOS waiting for “right price” in rice sale

16 March 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spanish food group SOS Corporacion Alimentaria will not sell its rice business for a price it considers too low as there is no deadline for a disposal, a source close to the company told just-food today (16 March). ... read more

SPAIN: Borges targets 50% of sales in the BRIC markets

12 March 2010 | Ivan Castano

Spanish olive-oil and dried fruits maker Borges hopes half of its sales will stem from the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) markets by 2020.... read more

SPAIN: Ebro Puleva "mulling divestures"

22 January 2010 | Ivan Castano

Ebro Puleva could sell is dairy business and may consider disposing its functional foods unit, Puleva Biotech, to strengthen its balance sheet and exit low-margin businesses.... read more

SPAIN: SOS dismisses Rumasa bid

8 January 2010 | Ivan Castano

Span's SOS Corporacion Alimentaria has hit out at rival food group Rumasa’s bid for a 30% stake in the company.... read more

SPAIN: SOS plans layoffs as bidders circle rice business

6 November 2009 | Ivan Castano

SOS Corporación Alimentaria has announced 700 temporary layoffs and acknowledged that six international and local bidders have expressed interest in its household rice business.... read more

SPAIN: Food lobby to appeal price-fixing fine

22 October 2009 | Ivan Castano

Spanish food industry lobby FIAB is considering appealing a EUR500,000 fine after the country's competition authorities accused it of price fixing.... read more

SPAIN: Ebro Puleva studying bid for Sos rice unit

22 October 2009 | Ivan Castano

Spanish food company Ebro Puleva is studying a possible bid for SOS Corporación Alimentaria’s rice division but has not begun talks with its local peer, a company official has confirmed.... read more

SPAIN: Bidders circle Pastas Gallo

8 October 2009 | Ivan Castano

A string of private equity bidders and food groups are preparing bids for Spanish pasta company Pastas Gallo, according to sources familiar with the situation.... read more