The Globalization of the Food Industry/Brazilian Firms Acquire Major U.S.-Based Food Producers, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Global food production since the 1990s has experienced profound changes as thousands of previously low-yield or untenable acres, particularly in Brazil, Ukraine and Russia, are now producing larger harvests.  In Brazil, for example, farmers and ranchers have learned to affordably and simply treat tropical soil with lime and phosphorus, thereby increasing yield by as much as four to five times.  Brazil has evolved into a major global exporter of beef, coffee, orange juice, sugar and soybeans.  (Its neighbor Argentina has enjoyed great success in food exports, including beef and its highly regarded wines.) Meanwhile, processed and packaged food industries have…

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