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India's new GST tax regime comes in for criticism

India's pan-industry business association ASSOCHAM has hailed the central government's new GST regime, a move to standardise goods and servi...

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Nestle Q1 update: four things to learn

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Latest Interviews

Interview: Ambitious Arla stays patient in Africa 14 Jun 2017

John Shepherd

With the consumption of dairy products in western countries stagnant, the world's largest processors are ramping up investment in emerging markets. European dairy giant Arla Foods is still targeting growth in countries like the UK and Germany through investment in value-added innovation but it is increasingly investing in markets like China and Nigeria. Both feature in Arla's list of priority markets, drawn up in 2015 as part of the cooperative's Strategy 2020 business plan. Arla's executive vice-president of international operations, Tim Orting Jorgensen, talks to John Shepherd about the company's recent moves in Nigeria and how, despite the country's recent economic problems, the market is a springboard for the co-op's ambitions in the wider region.


Interview: Baby food firm For Aisha's growth plans 13 Jun 2017

Dean Best

It is approaching two years since UK halal baby food business For Aisha was taken out of administration by investors that included founder and managing director Mark Salter. After building a business that has secured listings with most of the UK's largest retailers, Salter is looking to continue growth at home with moves into new segments and is aiming to build on some fledgling positions internationally. Dean Best reports.

Latest News

US halts Brazil's fresh beef imports 23 Jun 17

Dean Best

The US has suspended imports from fresh beef from Brazil, with Washington citing "recurring concerns" over product safety.


Vitasoy FY profits rise 23 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

Hong Kong-listed plant-based food and beverage maker Vitasoy International Holdings has reported a rise in annual profits despite a fall in revenue in the wake of selling assets in the US.


Huishan Dairy names new directors 23 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

Beleaguered China-based Huishan Dairy, which has been rocked by allegations of misappropriation of funds and director resignations in recent weeks, has announced the appointment of several new directors to its board.


Court halts JBS plan to sell assets to Minerva 22 Jun 17

Dean Best

A court in Brazil has suspended JBS's plan to sell a clutch of assets in South America to meat processing rival Minerva.


Thai Union, Driscoll's strike Alibaba deal 22 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

Seafood giant Thai Union Group and US berry grower Driscoll’s are to sell products on Alibaba's Tmall platform, pointing to demand in China for fresh food.


UK proposes end to free movement in Queen's Speech 21 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

A new UK law ending the free movement of people from the EU will come into force after Brexit in proposals unveiled in today’s Queen’s Speech, which details the country's planned programme of legislation.

Latest blogs

Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative disciplinary committee 17 Feb 17

Dean Best

A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is set to go before a committee at the UK-based organisation.


One major investment bank believes US-China trade war unlikely 23 Jan 17

David Leggett

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as US President, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the country and China as unlikely.

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