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Industry news of week - sugar call, Mead Johnson

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

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 buys Dutch vegetable group Van Oers United

Dean Best | 15 Jul 2015

Agrial, the French food co-operative, has snapped up Dutch fresh vegetables supplier Van Oers United for an undisclosed sum.


French co-ops Eurial, Agrial strike dairy deal

Stuart Todd | 2 Jul 2015

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.


Food industry news of week: Kraft-Heinz, Senagral

Dean Best | 27 Mar 2015

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.


Fatal explosion at French desserts firm Senagral

Stuart Todd | 26 Mar 2015

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.


Agrial, Eurial dairy merger put on hold

Stuart Todd | 23 Mar 2015

The dairy merger between French co-operatives Agrial and Eurial has been put on hold over divergence relating to its scope as originally perceived.


Senoble: fine could see firms out of business

Stuart Todd | 20 Mar 2015

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.


Creno launches Green Giant fresh veg in France

Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2015

French produce and seafood group Creno is rolling out a line of Green Giant-branded fresh vegetables.


Agrial, DLG sign Scandinavia produce JV

Stuart Todd | 9 Feb 2015

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.


Senoble to pull out of Senagral joint venture

Stuart Todd | 21 Oct 2014

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-op Agrial eyes dairy, vegetables push

Stuart Todd | 26 Sep 2014

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 co-op Eurial to invest in mozzarella output

Stuart Todd | 19 Nov 2013

French dairy co-operative Eurial is investing EUR12m (US$16.2m) over the next three years to expand its capacity to produce mozzarella.


French co-op Coralis in merger talks with Agrial

Stuart Todd | 25 Sep 2013

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.


Agrial to invest in international expansion

Stuart Todd | 17 Sep 2013

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.


Agrial and Eurial to merge dairy activities

Stuart Todd | 18 Jan 2013

French co-operatives Agrial and Eurial have announced a merger of their dairy activities.


Bakkavor sells French, Spanish units to Agrial

Michelle Russell | 23 Nov 2012

UK-based chilled foods group Bakkavor has sold its businesses in France and Spain to French co-op Agrial.


Bakkavor could sell assets to France's Agrial

Dean Best | 1 Nov 2012

UK-based chilled foods group Bakkavor plans to sell its businesses in France and Spain to French co-op Agrial.


French firms Senoble, Agrial form dairy venture

Stuart Todd | 7 Oct 2011

French group Senoble has created a subsidiary for its retail own-label yogurts and fresh dairy products business.


Agrial, Elle & Vire complete milk merger

Stuart Todd | 11 Jul 2011

French food co-op Agrial has confirmed the completion of the merger of its milk collection activities with those of Normandy counterpart Elle & Vire.


Agrial strengthens dairy footprint

Stuart Todd | 1 Mar 2011

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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