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Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

Multinational Suntory Holdings plans to sell shares in its non-alcoholic drinks business to fund a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) drive, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg.

Coca-Cola Amatil brews cider first as Swedish hit Rekorderlig joins 2014 portfolio

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has signed a deal to distribute Swedish cider Rekorderlig in Australia from January 2014, and said its sales and distribution strength would help consolidate the brand’s market-leading...

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India has a ‘bright’ confectionery future

India’s confectionery market has a ‘bright future’ and will be bolstered by a growing gifting culture and increasing rural consumption, a report suggests.

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Changing farm preferences causing Indian seeds to sprout

India’s seed industry is predicted to be worth Rs10,700 crore by 2015, according to a study by the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham), corresponding to a 50%...


Carlsberg signals Chinese strategy shift and 'Top 3' ambition

For Chinese beer market followers, one of the most interesting developments over the last fortnight was Danish brewer Carlsberg’s announced strategy shift and expressed desire to acquire one of the...

Palsgaard backing Asian confidence with increased investment

The chief executive of Danish chocolate and extruded whipping cake emulsifiers major Palsgaard has outlined the reasons behind the company's recent significant investment in the Asia-Pacific region.


Tetra Pak researches processing methods to tap ‘explosive’ coconut water trend

Kit Lai, director of Tetra Pak’s Soya- and Coconut Knowledge Centers, discusses the global growth of coconut water and soya milks as categories, and the firm's latest formulation and processing...

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Record high for Vietnam rice exports

Vietnam is expected to export 7.7m tonnes of rice in 2012, setting a 20-year record high due to increased export orders in the last months in 2012, according to the...

Fake fears and shrinking bottles: Top 5 Chinese wine trends for 2013

Wine Intelligence analysts provide the lowdown on the five key developments the research group expects to see within the world’s fastest growing wine market China in 2013.

Sunwin Stevia pours cash into production

Sunwin Stevia International has invested heavily in production capacity to support declared growth plans in China.

New horizons

Foreign firms must take strategic look at entering China

The key to winning over Chinese consumers is mastering distribution strategies, according to a new report by Rabobank, which also suggests that the country should be on the radar of...

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Rexam boosts Indian beverage can output to 950m

Rexam has opened a new aluminium line in India costing circa. 30m that increases the plants capacity to around 950m cans per year, and said the investment fitted its strategy...

Sunwin to broaden stevia presence through Chinese private label bakery

Sunwin Stevia International hopes to penetrate the Chinese bakery sector further by targeting the private label segment with a range of stevia formulations.

Nestlé eyes herbal sector with Hong Kong JV; 2013 clinical trials planned

Nestlé has amplified its nutrition presence by forming a joint venture to develop Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM). Orally consumed gastro products will be first off the rank based on an...

PepsiCo needs emerging market focus to repair margins: US investment firm

A US-based investment firm insists that PepsiCo needs to focus on its most profitable brands and emerging markets such as China to bolster margins and regain ground on Coke. 


Tsingtao scales up beer operations in China’s bustling Henan province

In this guest article, Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China, gives readers the lowdown on Tsingtao Brewery’s plans to build a brewery in Henan province, where beer production is booming....

Foster’s Group was ‘undermanaged’ for number of years – SAB Miller CFO

SAB Miller CFO Jamie Wilson admits that the firm has suffered volume declines with Foster’s Group in Australia and is not regaining share, but claims that the takeover was never...

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Organic growth through well-laid plans in Karnataka

Earlier this month a small story made its way into the Times of India—the country’s biggest-selling newspaper—to announce the opening of a shop that sells only organic products. For the...

Groceries will thrive even with FDI

According to a new study in India, 800,000 people are employed directly by organised retail in India, and even without FDI, this number would grow to 2m by 2016—and double...

Fonterra welcomes competition-aiding Raw Milk Regulations amendments

Fonterra has welcomed a series of amendments to the New Zealand Raw Milk Regulations that will support domestic dairy product competition and ensure an “entrance pathway” into the farm gate milk market....

$5bn PepsiCo-Tingyi ‘behemoth’ = harder Chinese beverage market: Rabobank

PepsiCo’s tie-up with top Chinese beverage player Tingyi, given the green light in March, will significantly reduce growth opportunities for smaller market rivals, according to Martin Wu from Rabobank.

Kellogg-Wilmar JV will dive into immediate snacks opportunity

Kellogg and Wilmar’s 50:50 joint venture will dive into immediate opportunities in China’s developed snack market; using Pringles as its springboard, a Kellogg executive has said.

Asian retail growth mitigates poor performance in the West

The rise of the Japanese owner of 7Eleven is synonymous with the charge of grocery retail in Asia, and backs up the latest study by Euromonitor into the subject.

DSM buys Fortitech for €495m; “We are done for awhile”

Rampant nutrition business acquirer, Royal DSM, has splashed the cash for the ninth time in two years – this time to the tune of €495m ($634m) on US-based multinational nutrient...

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

Royal DSM saw Q3 sales slip 7% to €2.3bn across all divisions with polymer intermediates performing worst, but as has been the case in recent quarters, the Dutch firm’s nutrition...

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