Benoît Lamarche, PhD is Full Professor at the School of Nutrition and Chair of Nutrition at Laval University. He has published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers in areas related to diet and its impact on metabolic syndrome, obesity, inflammation and dyslipidemia. His research on the association between small dense LDL particles and the risk of CHD, on the effect of trans fat from industrial and ruminant sources on blood lipids is highly cited. His group has also published more than 20 papers on the Mediterranean diet and its impact on cardiometabolic risk. He has contributed the training of more than 50 MSc and PhD students. He has received numerous awards, including awards from the Société Québécoise de lipidologie, nutrition et métabolisme (Prix des Fondateurs, 2013), the Canadian Nutrition Society (Centrum New Investigator Award, 2011), the Utrech Group and the International Dairy Federation (Wiebe Visser Bi-annual International Nutrition Award, 2004). Benoît Lamarche is an Olympian (1984,1988) in long track speed skating.
A FACTUAL OVERVIEW OF DAIRY INVESTMENT IN EMERGING AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Benoît Rouyer (CNIEL)
The world economy has undergone dramatic changes over the last few years. Some of the most remarkable developments are improved living standards in emerging countries, and the substantial increase in middle-class household numbers. These households can now afford more than grain-based foods – such as the costlier fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products.
This economic progress in emerging markets has had a major impact on the global dairy sector- especially in terms of investment. It has fostered both the internationalisation of Western dairy groups and the appearance of local dairy leaders in emerging economies.
The internationalisation of Western dairy groups:
Lactalis- which had no international presence in the eighties- now has plants in 43 countries across all continents. Nestlé’s reach is wider still, with dairy and ice cream factories in 63 countries. Incidentally, the current crisis has not slowed this investment trend. Danone has massively consolidated its industrial presence in Africa over the last few months. Early 2016, FrieslandCampina acquired a majority stake in Pakistan’s Engro Foods, while Lactalis bought the dairy business of India’s Anik Industries.
The appearance of local dairy leaders:
China’s Yili and Mengniu and India’s Amul have experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, and are now among the world’s top 30 dairy leaders. Some local dairy leaders in emerging countries have also built regional dairy plant networks – such as Peru’s Gloria in Latin America and Costa Rica’s Dos Pinos in Central America. Some have invested in Western countries: among those investing in the United States are Mexico’s Lala, Colombia’s Alpina, India’s Amul, China’s Yili and Vietnam’s Vinamilk. Others still have exported their integrated dairy complex expertise to other countries- Vietnamese TH Group’s dealings with Russia are an example.