All news articles for January 2013

Dunkin’ to enter Vietnam as part of massive Asia expansion

New home in Ho Chi Minh

Dunkin’ to enter Vietnam as part of massive Asia expansion

By RJ Whitehead

Dunkin' Donuts has announced that it has signed a franchise agreement to develop the brand in Vietnam. The move comes only shortly after coffee-and-baked-goods rival Starbucks revealed details of its own move into the South-east Asian country.

Researchers call for tooth-decay warnings on soft drinks

Australia's labelling free-for-all

Researchers call for tooth-decay warnings on soft drinks

By RJ Whitehead

The latest call for advisories on Australian food labels comes from researchers at the University of Adelaide, who say that any health warnings for soft drinks should include the risk of tooth decay. This follows a new study that looks at the consumption...

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

Analysis

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

By RJ Whitehead

China will be a key indicator of the state of the global pork market in 2013 after the world, according to Rabobank. Nevertheless, China’s pork producers will still face a challenging year in 2013.

Two of United Spirits' leading brands (Picture Copyright: Diageo)

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to one analyst.

Litigators licking their lips over Yum! class action

KFC in crisis

Litigators licking their lips over Yum! class action

By RJ Whitehead

Lawyers in the United States are queuing up to bring on board investors in KFC’s parent, Yum! Brands, for a class action lawsuit. The move follows nearly two months of questions concerning meat standards at the fast food chain’s Chinese operation.

Kiwi government invests big in beef and sheep collaboration

Meeting of minds

Kiwi government invests big in beef and sheep collaboration

By RJ Whitehead

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been digging even deeper into its Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) fund to find significant funds for a new, NZ$65m joint development project between sheep and beef farmers.

Beast of bureaucracy makes logjam hard to avoid

Straight talk

Beast of bureaucracy makes logjam hard to avoid

By RJ Whitehead

If there’s one thing India doesn’t need, that’s more bureaucracy. As the saying goes, the British introduced it, then the Indians perfected it post-Independence. And even as the country celebrated its sixty-fourth Republic day last week, all the form-filling...

Aussie grocers reporting growth and prices on the rise

Industry on the up

Aussie grocers reporting growth and prices on the rise

By RJ Whitehead

Good news for Australia, where retail spending growth should remain steady heading into 2013. At the same time the country’s two leading supermarket chains have reported their strongest quarterly sales growth for more than a year. 

New Zealand reassures Chinese consumers in wake of Fonterra DCD crisis

Chemical contamination

New Zealand reassures Chinese consumers in wake of Fonterra DCD crisis

By RJ Whitehead

New Zealand’s government has started a PR offensive to limit the impact of last week’s revelations that low levels of chemical residue were discovered in dairy products from the country, and Chinese consumers find themselves high on its charm list.