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Latin American start-up innovation amid coronavirus chaos

By Niamh Michail

From the Mexican bakery delivering cook-it-yourself experiences to nutrition apps advising the healthiest meal plans during quarantine, Latin American start-ups and SMEs are adapting their business models to survive the coronavirus crisis.

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Grupo Bimbo goes electric in Mexico

By Gill Hyslop

The Mexican bakery giant has invested $146m into its initiative to grow its electrically powered fleet to make emissions-free deliveries in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

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NPD trend tracker: From instant Starbucks to 'great tasting' CBD

By Katy Askew

FoodNavigator's weekly round up of new products from around Europe includes the launch of instant Starbucks coffee from Nestlé, a move the company says delivers a convenient premium coffee experience. Elsewhere, health and wellness drives saw the...

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Marfrig hits record-high revenue and earnings in Q4 2019

By Asia Sherman

Marfrig Global Foods finished 2019 with record returns, posting R$14.2 billion in fourth quarter revenue, a 23.5% increase year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was R$1.6 billion, up 70.2% from the same period last year.

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The factors driving Brazil's healthy eating trend

By Niamh Michail

From Brazil's food guidelines - and its advice to avoid 'ultra-processed' foods - to the influence of social media, a number of factors are converging to help make the country's food healthier and nutrition-based, says one expert.

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Ready-meal delivery start-up Simpleat ready for LATAM expansion

By Niamh Michail

Simpleat delivers healthy, home-made meals to consumers' doors and is gearing up to launch in Chile and beyond. "We validated our business model in Argentina; it’s time to take it to the rest of Latin America,” says its co-founder.

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Grupo Nutresa grows 8.9% in third quarter

By Asia Sherman

Colombia’s Grupo Nutresa posted an 8.9% increase in third-quarter consolidated sales, totaling COP 7.2 trillion (US$ 2.2 billion) with a profit margin of 13.8%.

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Mantiqueira on how to premiumize a commodity product

By Niamh Michail

Vegan, high in omega-3 or even home delivered: South America’s biggest egg producer, Mantiqueira, talks about how it adds value to a basic good. "We don't treat eggs like commodities," it explains.

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CBD in Latin America: Which countries will embrace it?

By Mary Ellen Shoup

The path forward for the sale of CBD consumer products in Latin America may be constrained by high price points and the region's patchwork of regulations, but a few countries are setting the stage for a CBD retail market, according to Brightfield...

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How to freshen up Brazil's stale ready meal category

By Niamh Michail

Brazil’s ready meal market is small and options are uninspiring – think frozen lasagna. But regional dishes, fresh ingredients and cook-it-yourself meal kits could change this, says Mintel.

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'A nation open to business': Colombia eyes agri-food innovation

By Niamh Michail

With a healthy growth rate, boosted investor confidence and government commitment to innovation, Colombia is re-branding itself as a nation open to business - and, despite challenges, it is "well positioned to move forward", says a report by...

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Accounts in the clouds: Neogrid on optimizing supply chain management

By Niamh Michail

Neogrid's cloud-based supply chain management tools allow manufacturers to react to consumer demand in real-time, meaning fewer product shortages or excesses. "We allow companies to put the right product in the right place and in the right quantity,"...

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How to find growth in Brazil’s declining drinks market

By Niamh Michail

Brazil's beverage market has been declining for the past three years, according to Kantar Worldpanel. "The market in Brazil is significant, complex and experiencing challenging times. However, there are opportunities to grow," it says.

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ABIMAPI on 2018: Regulatory agenda, consumption promotion and international markets

By ABIMAPI - Brazilian Manufacturers Association of Biscuits, Pasta and Industrialized Breads & Cakes

From sugar reduction to nutritional labeling and a focus on international markets, 2018 was an intense year for the Brazilian food industry. In this guest article, ABIMAPI (Brazilian Manufacturers Association of Biscuits, Pasta and Industrialized Breads...

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