processing, and sales!
Multinational Agribusinesses is an essential guide to the inner workings of
companies with direct investments in the food and fiber system in the
United States and the world. The book provides in-depth and up-to-date
analysis of the crucial issues facing multinational enterprises involved in
input and output supply activities, commodity investment, food
manufacturing, and food distribution. An international panel of academics
and researchers working in economics and agriculture presents strategic
management and economic analysis of agribusinesses representing a variety
of sizes and nationalities.
Multinational Agribusinesses examines the key areas of concern to
multinationals involved with food and drink processing and/or upstream
industries, including recent trends, growth factors, innovations, product
and geographic diversification, and intra-firm trade. The book presents
updated statistics (total sales, agrifood sales, net income, employment
figures, number of total businesses on overseas and home markets) on the
world’s 100 largest food multinationals, and updated tables on sell-offs,
divestitures, and plant closures. Multinational Agribusinesses looks at
enterprises in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand,
Southeast Asia, and Brazil, including Ajinomoto, Coca-Cola, Nestlé,
Ralston Purina, Unilever, Barilla, and the Charoen Pokphan Group.
Multinational Agribusinesses provides managers with answers to the
questions they consider every day, including:
Why do some multinational agribusinesses grow faster than others?
Is product or geographic diversification conducive to good performance?
Are Japanese food multinationals a challenge to my business?
What industrial and geographical strategies are my competitors using?
Government officials in countries hosting multinationals can find answers
to their questions, including:
Is my food multinational taking its research and development facilities
Will foreign direct investment outflows reduce my country’s export of food?
Are multinational agribusinesses from new source countries viable?
And Multinational Agribusinesses will supply academics with responses to
theoretical inquiries, such as:
Is the standard theory of the multinational enterprises applicable to food
What are the specificities of food multinationals compared to other
Multinational Agribusinesses is a unique resource for international
business managers, officials from government or international
organizations, and academics working in international business studies and