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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: Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti 16 May 2017

Dean Best

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.

Latest News

Fleury Michon forecasts drop in H1 EBIT 24 Jul 17

Dean Best

French food group Fleury Michon has reported a decline in first-half turnover and said higher raw-material costs will put pressure on its half-year operating profit.


Abbott infant nutrition sales up in Q2 21 Jul 17

Dean Best

US pharma group Abbott Laboratories has reported a rise in second-quarter sales from its paediatric nutrition division, although the increase was not enough to stem a fall in the first half of the year.


Raisio cuts outlook on UK "challenges" 21 Jul 17

Katy Askew

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, has lowered its 2017 EBIT forecast due to the "prolonged production and commercial challenges" faced by its UK confectionery business, lower than estimated profitability and the weakening of the pound against the euro.


Atria H1 sales rise as China pork exports start 20 Jul 17

Simon Harvey

Atria, the Finland pork producer, posted an increase in sales across all business sectors in the first half of the year, helped by acquisitions in Finland and Sweden.


Hilton boosted by volumes, forex 20 Jul 17

Katy Askew

UK meat packer Hilton Food Group reported higher first-half sales thanks to increased volumes and currency exchange headwinds.


Unilever profits up as sales rise, savings kick in 20 Jul 17

Dean Best

Unilever today (20 July) reported higher first-half profits helped by sales growth the consumer goods giant said was "ahead of our markets" and by the Knorr-to-Magnum maker's efforts to control costs.

Latest blogs

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage 23 May 17

Ben Cooper

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievements.


Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain 28 Mar 17

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.

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