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Focus: Why French retail deals could hit suppliers

Against a backdrop of weak consumer confidence and falling prices, four of France's leading four retailers have, in two deals, decided to te...

On the money: Market buys into Casino's confidence

Casino's share price has been on something of a rollercoaster in the early weeks of 2014. However, the French retailer's 2013 results and op...

Comment: French grocers in convenience battle

The French food retail sector is notoriously competitive and hard to operate in. As the country's retail giants slug it out for a higher sha...

Analysis: Carrefour ups heat with price cuts

Competition in the French retail scene could be about to heat up, with market leader Carrefour reporting an improvement in its domestic oper...

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R&R chief: We can be real alternative to Unilever 10 Apr 2013

Dean Best

James Lambert, CEO of UK-based R&R Ice Cream, has suggested the company's plan to buy local rival Fredericks Dairies will give retailers a "real alternative" to market leader Unilever.

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French retailers sign up to supplier charter 11 Nov 2014

Peter Crosskey

French retailers are lining up to show their support for the introduction of a national charter for responsible supplier relations.


Food industry news of week: Yildiz, Dairy Crest 7 Nov 2014

Dean Best

United Biscuits is set for a new owner - Turkey's Yildiz Holding. The UK-based snacks maker announced this week brands including McVitie's and BN would join Godiva chocolate in the Yildiz portfolio. The M&A spotlight was firmly on the UK last week, with German giant Müller striking a deal to buy Dairy Crest's liquid milk assets - competition approval pending.


French watchdog to probe retail buying pacts 6 Nov 2014

Peter Crosskey

The French competition authorities today (6 November) announced two distinct lines of inquiry into the planned purchasing partnerships between Casino and Intermarche and between Auchan and Systeme U.


Food industry quotes of the week: Chiquita, SIAL 24 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

A busy week in the food industry calendar, with the SIAL exhibition in Paris, ended with a shock announcement: Chiquita Brands International's shareholders rejected the company's plan to merge with Ireland's Fyffes. Elsewhere, we heard third-quarter updates from Unilever, Premier Foods and Mead Johnson.


Bongrain hits out at French grocers' buying JVs 21 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Major suppliers operating in France will lose money from the two buying partnership deals announced by four of the country's largest grocers, a senior executive at dairy group Bongrain has said.

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