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Will Bonduelle swoop for Green Giant?

With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green G...

Dean Best | 6 Apr 2011

Marks and Spencer's chief executive Marc Bolland has suggested that the UK retailer's positioning has allowed it to buck industry trends - and insisted that its offer has been well received in the face of decreased consumer confidence.

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Dean Best | 28 Oct 2015

In early 2012, Bonduelle struck three deals in eight weeks, acquiring businesses in Russia, Hungary and the US. Aside from snapping up a plant in Canada from local retailer Sobeys in 2014, the French vegetables giant has kept its powder dry, instead integrating the trio of assets it bought three years ago. In part two of the just-food interview, CFO Gregory Sanson says Bonduelle is ready for more deals, reflects on missing out on Green Giant and explains where the group is looking to pounce.

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2015

After what Bonduelle CFO Gregory Sanson describes as a "remarkable" 2014/15 financial year, the French vegetables group is plotting how to maintain its momentum. In part one of a two-part interview, Dean Best speaks to Sanson about Bonduelle's performance in the last 12 months, its plans for growth in a mature Europe and its prospects in faster-growing markets.

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Katy Askew | 2 Mar 2017

Bonduelle today (2 March) reported lower margins for the first half of its financial year as "difficult" harvest conditions in France, Russia and the US dented the vegetable processor's results.

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2017

Bonduelle, the France-based produce supplier, has struck a deal to acquire US peer Ready Pac Foods from private-equity firm H.I.G. Capital.

Katy Askew | 2 Feb 2017

Bonduelle, the French vegetable processor, saw sales slow in its second quarter but stressed its first-half top line performance remains "in line" with its objectives. 

John Shepherd | 9 Jan 2017

French canned and frozen food group Bonduelle has launched a service enabling consumers in its domestic market to have the company's products delivered to their homes together with help in making the most of cooking.

Katy Askew | 3 Nov 2016

French vegetable processor Bonduelle saw first-quarter sales growth lifted by a strong performance of its businesses outside the Eurozone. 

Katy Askew | 4 Oct 2016

Bonduelle booked lower full-year profits this morning (4 October) as currency exchange and price pressure offset like-for-like sales growth at the French vegetable company.

John Shepherd | 9 Sep 2016

French vegetables Bonduelle is expanding its range of organic products in North America beyond freezer cabinets and into cans.

John Shepherd | 4 Aug 2016

Bonduelle, the French canned and frozen food group, today (4 August) booked a dip in annual sales - but said underlying sales exceeded its expectations.

Katy Askew | 4 May 2016

French vegetable processor Bonduelle booked "virtually unchanged" sales for the first nine months of the year as growth outside Europe offset softness within the EU and the negative impact of currency exchange. 

Dean Best | 6 Apr 2016

Riberebro, the Spanish vegetable supplier, has been fined over EUR5m by the European Commission after the company took part in fixing prices of canned mushrooms.

Katy Askew | 1 Mar 2016

Bonduelle has said the French vegetable processor's diverse geographic base, focus on brands and widespread availability of its products enabled it to navigate an "unpredictable" environment in the first half of its fiscal year. 

Katy Askew | 4 Feb 2016

French vegetable group Bonduelle is selling its 50% stake in Spanish vegetable group Ultracongelados de la Ribera (UCR) to its joint venture partner Ardo Group. 

Katy Askew | 4 Feb 2016

Bonduelle, the French vegetable processor, said today (4 February) its sales accelerated in the second quarter of its financial year thanks to a step-up in international growth. 

Katy Askew | 1 Feb 2016

Bonduelle is launching a line of five vegetable soups in Italy, called Le Zuppe!

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2016

Bonduelle has launched a line of bagged salads in Italy the company says can be paired with specific foods.

Dean Best | 26 Jan 2016

Bonduelle has set out plans to shut at a canned vegetables plant in France as the company adapts to what it called a "price war" in the European market.

Dean Best | 19 Jan 2016

Bonduelle has opened a research and development centre focusing on the French vegetable group's fresh products business.

Dean Best | 16 Dec 2015

2015 was another year of insightful interviews with a wide range of senior executives in the international food sector. Here we present the most-read interviews on just-food this year. Click on the headlines for more.

Katy Askew | 5 Nov 2015

French vegetable processor Bonduelle has reported broadly flat first-quarter sales as ongoing issues in Russia offset “strong growth” in the Americas. 

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Oct 2015

This week the World Health Organization confirmed findings of a link between processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer - sparking fierce debate in and around the industry. Elsewhere, Snyder's-Lance agreed a deal to buy Kettle Chips owner Diamond Foods for US$1.91bn. And just-food interviewed Bonduelle CFO Gregory Sanson, who hinted at the firm's renewed ambitions for M&A. Here is the week in quotes.

Katy Askew | 29 Sep 2015

French vegetable group Bonduelle booked higher sales and earnings for fiscal 2014/15 this morning (29 September), shrugging off weak consumption in Europe and a fire at a plant in Canada.

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Aug 2015

US group B&G Foods is reportedly in advanced talks to buy General Mills' Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business.

Dean Best | 4 Aug 2015

Bonduelle, the French canned and frozen food group, today (4 August) booked annual sales that surpassed the company's targets, helped by its businesses outside Europe.

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.

Katy Askew | 21 Jul 2015

French vegetable processor Bonduelle is said to be preparing a takeover bid for General Mills' frozen and canned vegetable business Green Giant, in conjunction with private equity group Centerview Partners.

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