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Stuart Todd

Stuart ToddBiography

'Emigrated' from north-east England to France over 20 years ago, setting up initially as a freelancer covering French business developments for the English-language press across a broad range of sectors. Stuart then spent several years with Reuters in Paris, before returning to freelancing. He began working for just-food and other ‘just’ titles in 2002.

Articles by Stuart Todd

Fresh Del Monte receives planning permission for new site in FranceFresh Del Monte Produce to set up factory in France 17 January 2017

Fresh Del Monte Produce is to set up its first processing plant in France.

Venture to set up plant in ChinaCooperl, New Hope Liuhe set up China pork venture 16 January 2017

Cooperl, the French pork group, has set up a joint venture in China with local group New Hope Liuhe.

LDC investing in production upgrades Poultry group LDC investing in plant upgrade 23 December 2016

France-based poultry group LDC is investing EUR77m (US$80.4m) to upgrade its two major production plants in western France over the next three years.

Hershey enters French marketHershey launches products in France 20 December 2016

Hershey has launched its products on the French market for the first time, the US chocolate group's local distributor, Mediascore Food, has confirmed to just-food.

William Saurin owner Financière Turenne Lafayette has debts of EUR350m

France issues financial support to Financiere Turenne Lafayette 19 December 2016

The French state has signed off emergency aid of EUR70m to embattled French food industry holdings group Financière Turenne Lafayette, the owner of brands including William Saurin ready meals and Madrange meats.

If approved, rules would be introduced in 2020France to vote on public sector organic food quota 16 December 2016

French politicians will next week vote on plans to legislate for a part of the food served in state and public authority-run canteens and restaurants, notably schools, to be locally and organically produced from 2020.

French government officials set to met representatives of staff at Garbit owner FTLFinanciere Turenne Lafayette audit finds "misrepresentation" of accounts 14 December 2016

The preliminary conclusions of an audit into the financial state of French food industry holdings group Financière Turenne Lafayette have sent alarm bells ringing over the future of the William Saurin and Madrange owner.

French biscuit maker Poult looking at more acquisitions following Banketgroep buy in JuneFrench biscuit maker Poult gets new investor, eyes M&A 14 December 2016

Poult, the France-based private-label biscuit maker, has attracted investment from local fund CM-CIC Investissements.

ABCD Nutrition markets products under Les Recettes de Céliane brandFrench organic firm ABCD Nutrition gets new investor 14 December 2016

French organic and gluten-free group ABCD Nutrition has attracted investment from agri-food industry investor Unigrains, which will be a minority shareholder in the business.

French bakery firm Maitre Pierre needs more capacity to meet demand, founder saidFrench bakery firm Maitre Pierre invests in new plant 13 December 2016

French bakery firm Maître Pierre is setting up a production plant to try to drive the continued growth of the business, particularly for exports, which generate 70% of sales.

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