In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.
Swiss meat group Bell Group reported higher earnings for 2016, despite an intensifying competitive environment at home and pressure on margins from raw material costs.
Bell Group, the Swiss meat processor, revealed its sales increased by 20% in 2016, increasing to more than CHF3bn (US$3bn) "for the first time".
Meat processor Bell Group is acquiring Swiss pasta and vegetarian prepared foods manufacturer, Frostag, via its sandwich-to-pizza subsidiary Hilcona.
Swiss meat firm Bell Group has acquired local foodservice supplier Geiser.
Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat processor, is to buy local charcuterie supplier Cher-Mignon, the third acquisition the company has announced in eight months.
Swiss meat processor Bell Group has booked rising first-half sales and earnings, with its top line helped by recent acquisitions.
Swiss meat processor Bell Group has confirmed plans to launch a branded meats product line in France.
Swiss meat processor Bell Group has posted a jump in annual sales and profits and has promised "several hundreds of million francs" in upgrading sites in Basel and Oensingen.
Swiss meat processor Bell Group is expanding in the produce sector through the acquisition of local convenience salad maker Eisberg Group.
Switzerland-based Bell Group has struck a deal to buy Austrian poultry supplier The Huber Group.
An increase in operating improvement in Bell Group's international activities led to an increase in first-half profits at the Switzerland-based meat company.
Swiss meat processor Bell Group reported higher earnings despite flat sales thanks to margin expansion due to growth in value-added products.
Swiss meat company Bell Group has booked a drop in sales for 2014 but insisted the performance of "higher added value" products was "encouraging".
Bell Group, the Swiss meat processor, today (26 September) named Marco Tschanz as its new CFO.
Switzerland-based meats supplier Bell Group today (21 August) posted higher half-year profits, even after sales rose by less than 1%.
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Nestle, Swiss company Bell Group and Germany's largest sausage processor Zur Mühlen Gruppe are to appeal fines handed down over an alleged meat products cartel in the country.
Twenty-one sausage manufacturers in Germany have been hit with fines worth a total of EUR338m for fixing prices.
Swiss meat firm Bell Group has announced the resignation of CFO Martin Gysin.
Bell Group has booked a slight increase in profits for 2013 as a decline in margins was more than offset by higher sales.
Swiss meat processor Bell Group has reported an increase in sales for 2013, with the top line boosted by pricing as volumes came under pressure.
Switzerland-based meat products supplier Bell Group is to slim down its product portfolio and focus on a select line of brands.
Swiss meat processing company Bell Group said it remains "on course", despite booking a drop in first-half earnings.
Swiss meat processing company Bell Group has booked an increase in full-year profits, despite what it claims has been a "demanding" market environment.
Swiss meat processing company Bell Group said it saw "stable" sales development in 2012, despite a "difficult" market environment.
Swiss meat processing company Bell Group said it is "holding up well", despite booking a drop in first-half profits today (9 August).
Swiss meat processing company Bell Group is to replace an existing pork plant with a new facility.
Swiss meat processing company Bell Group indicated today (15 February) it expects to see a "moderate" rise in revenue over the coming 12 months, as it booked a mixed set of results for 2011.
Switzerland-based Bell Group has reported an increase in net profit for the first half of 2011 despite a fall in sales.
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