A deal to merge French dairy co-operative Eurial with the dairy assets of the broader agri-food co-operative Agrial will be voted upon at meetings at the two businesses next month.
French agricultural cooperative Agrial said it grew 2015 sales and earnings despite facing a "major agricultural crisis".
French agricultural and food processing group Agrial has announced plans to acquire domestic fruit and vegetable processor Jean L'Hourre.
France-based fresh produce group Florette has announced plans for a EUR9m (US$9.9m) investment into its Spanish operations during 2016.
LDC, the French poultry group, has acquired two processing plants from Agrial, the French agri-food co-op business.
The issue of sugar intake returned to the fore this week with a UK panel calling for official guidance on daily consumption to be halved. Fonterra announcing a different kind of cut, with over 500 jobs to go at the dairy exporter. China is a factor in the New Zealand group's decision and the country's easing growth is affecting a number of food multinationals. This week, infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson cut its profit forecast on the back of challenges in emerging markets including China.
Agrial, the French food co-operative, has snapped up Dutch fresh vegetables supplier Van Oers United for an undisclosed sum.
The dairy merger between French co-operatives, Eurial and Agrial, which was put on hold this year, has been finalised with the signing of a protocol agreement.
One story dominated the headlines this week - the plans by Heinz and Kraft Foods Group to join forces and create the world's fifth-largest food and drinks group. Elsewhere, French co-ops Agrial and Eurial said their plans to combine their dairy businesses had been put on hold. There was also sad news from the French food sector with news of a fatal explosion at desserts firm Senagral.
One person has been killed and two injured following the explosion of a machine at a Senagral dairy plant in Jouy, in France's Burgundy region.
The dairy merger between French co-operatives Agrial and Eurial has been put on hold over divergence relating to its scope as originally perceived.
The CEO of Senoble, one of nine dairies sanctioned by France's competition regulator for taking part in in a price-fixing cartel for private-label products, has said the scale of the fines handed out risks putting some out of business.
French produce and seafood group Creno is rolling out a line of Green Giant-branded fresh vegetables.
French agri-food cooperative Agrial and Danish counterpart The DLG Group have announced a tie-up between their respective subsidiaries, Florette and Lammefjords Grønt, in the market for fresh convenience greens.
Dairy group Senoble is poised to relinquish a 49% stake in Senagral, a joint venture with Agrial, leaving the French co-operative as the sole shareholder.
French co-operative Agrial has confirmed it has secured EUR50m (US$63.7m) in fresh capital from agri-food industry investor Unigrains and bank Crédit Agricole to fund projects in dairy and vegetables.
French dairy co-operative Eurial is investing EUR12m (US$16.2m) over the next three years to expand its capacity to produce mozzarella.
The merger of the dairy activities of French co-operatives Agrial and Eurial could be extended with a deal with a third co-op, Coralis.
French co-operative Agrial has raised around EUR95m (US$126.9m) on the Paris stock exchange's private bond Euro PP market to finance international expansion.
French co-operatives Agrial and Eurial have announced a merger of their dairy activities.
UK-based chilled foods group Bakkavor has sold its businesses in France and Spain to French co-op Agrial.
UK-based chilled foods group Bakkavor plans to sell its businesses in France and Spain to French co-op Agrial.
French group Senoble has created a subsidiary for its retail own-label yogurts and fresh dairy products business.
French food co-op Agrial has confirmed the completion of the merger of its milk collection activities with those of Normandy counterpart Elle & Vire.
French cooperative Agrial has taken a minority shareholding in Délicelait, a milk ingredients firm with an annual turnover of EUR40m (US$55.3m).
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