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Ambient Digital Group Appoints Yvette Ces as Regional Associate Business Director

Digital media and marketing solutions company, Ambient Digital Group, has appointed Yvette Ces as Regional Associate Business Director. Her responsibilities will include heading up the Myanmar business to expand on its strong growth. Ces will work from the Yangon office, and be responsible for all sales, marketing and new business activities, as well as back […]

Unilever sees growth in bottom and top of Asian economic pyramid

TOKYO/YANGON/MUMBAI — At a small shop tucked into a residential neighborhood of Yangon, one peculiar set of items has emerged as a hit seller among the snacks and household staples on offer: single-use pouches of Unilever shampoo, which dangle from the store’s walls and ceiling. Many in Myanmar still consider bottled shampoo of the sort […]

Dutch businesses keen for deals in Myanmar

A DOZEN Dutch companies took part in the Netherlands’ first trade mission to Myanmar last week, reflecting keen interest to expand business ties. Dutch ambassador Wouter Jurgens said the mission, from June 7-9, was part of efforts to build on these relations. Jurgens said the Dutch companies discussed opportunities with Myanmar business people in a […]

Unilever forms Myanmar JV for home and personal care products

May 4 (Reuters) – Consumer goods maker Unilever signed a joint venture deal with Myanmar’s Europe and Asia Commercial Co Ltd (EAC), combining their home and personal care businesses to accelerate sales in a newly emerging market. The joint entity, with annual sales of more than 100 million euros ($109 million), will provide both companies […]

Fitzmaurice’s €100m digital marketing group Brandtone targets Myanmar

Myanmar, with a population of 70m, is one of the world’s least developed countries. The company, founded by Donald Fitzmaurice and Padraig McBride, recently completed an €18.5m fundraising round to enable expansion into this and other new markets. Brandtone is thought to have been approached for a sale, with Facebook, Twitter and WPP among potential […]

Swiss giant Nestlé moves into food and beverage production

Swiss food manufacturer Nestlé SA has confirmed that it is preparing to invest around US$50 million in Myanmar’s food and beverage industry over the next six years, in the latest sign yet of the Myanmar consumer market’s attractiveness to international firms. A statement from the President’s Office issued on September 8 said that the investment […]

Foreigners get a taste for food investment

Myanmar Industries Association (MIA) plans to support foreign investment in food production joint ventures as they apply for permission to set up in the coming months, said its chair U Zaw Min Win. The food industry has been picking up steam on the heels of entry by large international companies including American drink makers Pepsi […]

Unilever banners in Myanmar used extremist symbol

YANGON, Myanmar — Consumer products giant Unilever scrambled Monday to remove advertising banners from shops in western Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims. Photos viewed by The Associated Press showed the large green banners stretched over storefronts in the Rakhine […]

Burmese Govt Urges Foreign Investors to ‘Take the Plunge’

RANGOON — Despite lingering infrastructure problems such as the country’s poor roads and patchy power supply, Burma’s government wants foreign businesses to be less cagey about investing in the much-touted frontier economy. Aung Tun Thet, an economics advisor to President Thein Sein, implored would-be investors on Monday to “please take a risk, please take the […]

Early Returnee Dutch firm lends helping hand in project management

For many potential foreign investors the outcome of Myanmar’s elections in 2015 will determine if the country is firmly on the path of democratization, but Dutch firm Royal Haskoning DHV has no such reservations. The engineering and project management consultancy was one of the first to return to Myanmar as part of an unofficial Dutch […]