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Focus: Lactalis puts spotlight back on Parmalat

In 2003, Parmalat grabbed Europe's business headlines after collapsing with a EUR14bn hole in its accounts. It was the continent's biggest b...

Lactalis pursuit for Yoplait unlikely to be smooth

Lactalis, the privately-owned French dairy giant and owner of brands from President cheese and UK organic business Rachel's, has fired the s...

Ebro will look elsewhere after SunRice blow

Dean Best | 7 Jun 2011

Ebro Foods' failure to win over SunRice shareholders in its pursuit of the Australian rice firm will be a blow to the Spanish company but, Dean Best writes, more M&A targets are likely to be in the pipeline.

Business victims as E. coli mistakes rock consumer

Dean Best | 6 Jun 2011

So, now it appears that bean sprouts are the cause behind the E. coli outbreak that has rocked Europe's produce sector and killed - at the latest count - 22 people.

Food makers' commodity caution at CAGE

Dean Best | 4 Apr 2011

just-food's exclusive partnership with the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference last week provided us with the chance to hear how the likes of Nestle, Danone and Unilever viewed the current trading environment - and many of the companies presenting struck a somewhat cautious tone.

Ebro cuts ties with dairy with Lactalis sale

Dean Best | 9 Mar 2010

A full 100 years since a forerunner of Spanish food giant Ebro Puleva made its first dairy products, the company looks set to quit the category.

Latest Interviews

Ebro Foods keeps sharp eye on growth

Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 2013

Spanish food group Ebro Foods has been busy transforming itself. Over the last year the pasta and rice producer has evolved into a truly international company that now spans 25 countries and four continents. No longer a sugar and dairy group, Ebro has expanded into new categories and is leveraging these to build on its ambitions for global growth. Manuel Gonzalez de Luna, Ebro's director of investor relations spoke to just-food at this year's Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London on the group's plans to ramp up international expansion and diversity its portfolio.

The ten most-read interviews on just-food in 2012

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2012

just-food's interviews with senior executives in the international food sector provide exclusive insight into how the leading lights in the industry deal with the challenges and embrace the opportunities in front of them. This year, the most-read interviews on just-food included one-on-ones with companies from General Mills and Heinz to Russian retail giant Magnit to the UK government minister responsible for food policy.

Latest News

Ebro Foods sees rice boost H1

Dean Best | 30 Jul 2015

Ebro Foods has booked higher first-half sales and operating profit, helped by improved revenue and earnings from its rice arm.

Food industry quotes of week: McCormick, Valio

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jul 2015

This week, McCormick & Co. highlighted China as a strength in its first half numbers. Valio made a commitment to halve sugar in its dairy snacks and the Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving global food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ebro Foods acquired French sandwich maker Roland Monterrat. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of week - ConAgra, JBS

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

ConAgra said that it will sell its private brands business after reporting losses. We asked whether General Mills' plans to turn around US sales will work and took a detailed look at what Grexit would mean for the food industry in Greece. Here are this week's highlights on just-food.

Ebro sees sandwich boost from Roland Monterrat buy

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Jul 2015

Ebro Foods has said the acquisition of French sandwich firm Roland Monterrat will help it get ahead in a category in which it is struggling to grow market share.

Ebro acquires France's Roland Monterrat

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Jul 2015

Spanish food firm Ebro Foods has announced the acquisition of France's Roland Monterrat.

Ebro acquires US company RiceSelect

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jun 2015

Spanish rice manufacturer Ebro Foods has announced the acquisition of US rice brand RiceSelect.

Food industry results in brief: Lala, Pinnacle

Katy Askew | 1 May 2015

A busy week for results as the first-quarter reporting season got into full swing. We heard from global food manufacturers as far afield as Latin American and Russia, with the likes of Sigma Alimentos owner Alfa and Cherkizovo Group updating the markets. Here is just-food's weekly financial round up.

Ebro drops declared profit after Puleva fine

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Mar 2015

Ebro Foods has lowered its full year net profit by EUR5.6m after agreeing to amend its results to reflect the possible financial implication of the fine imposed on Puleva.

Rice boosts Ebro profits in 2014

Dean Best | 26 Feb 2015

Spanish food group Ebro Foods saw profits rise in 2014, as higher earnings from its rice business offset a decline in profits from its pasta arm.

Ebro Foods forecasts higher 2014 profits

Dean Best | 31 Oct 2014

Spanish food group Ebro Foods has forecast a 12% rise in earnings in 2014.

H1 sales, profits up at Ebro

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2014

Spanish food group Ebro Foods has reported improved sales and profits for the first half of 2014.

Ebro Foods sells stake in Deoleo

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jul 2014

Spain's rice-to-pasta firm Ebro Foods has confirmed it has sold its entire stake olive oil producer Deoleo.

Ebro acquires majority stake in Garofalo pasta

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2014

Spain's Ebro Foods has acquired a 52% share in Italian pasta maker Pastificio Lucio Garofalo for EU62m (US$84m).

CAGE: Ebro Foods urges for "meaningful" NPD

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Mar 2014

Market-specific launches are key to the success of a new product, Ebro Foods told an audience at this year's CAGE conference in London.

2013 "positive" for Ebro despite lower profits

Dean Best | 27 Feb 2014

Spain-based food group Ebro Foods described 2013 as "very positive" for the business even as its profits came in lower year-on-year.

Ebro to pay compensation for fixing sugar prices

Dean Best | 3 Jan 2014

Ebro Foods is to pay over EUR4m (US$5.4m) to manufacturers including Nestle for fixing the price of sugar in Spain in the 1990s.

Ebro sells German pasta business to Newlat

Katy Askew | 17 Dec 2013

Spanish rice-to-pasta firm Ebro Foods is to sell its German pasta business to Italian rival Newlat Group.

Ebro warns on FY profits

Katy Askew | 1 Nov 2013

Ebro Foods, the Spanish rice-to-pasta group, has warned of an expected decline in full-year profits.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2013

This week we published an exclusive two-part interview with Unilever CEO Paul Polman who spoke to just-food about the firm's low-growth food arm, the slowdown in emerging markets and its much talked about spreads business. Elsewhere, we reported from a Marks and Spencer food briefing, during which CEO Marc Bolland was pushed on the group's position on launching a full online grocery presence.

Ebro to buy Canada Bread's pasta arm

Dean Best | 24 Oct 2013

Spain's Ebro Foods is to buy the pasta business of Canada Bread, the Canadian group that could be set for a change in ownership.

Ebro Foods records mixed H1

Michelle Russell | 29 Jul 2013

Spanish food group Ebro Foods has reported mixed half-year results, with operating profit and sales lower but its bottom line boosted by a one-off item.

Ebro Foods denies interest in Glencore pasta unit

Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 2013

Ebro Foods said it has no interest in acquiring Dakota Growers Pasta from Glencore Xstrata following reports linking the Spanish company to the US business.

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just-food live from the CAGE investment conference

Dean Best | 17 Mar 2014

Nestle, Danone, Kerry Group and Ebro Foods are among the multinational food manufacturers presenting over the next three days here at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London - and just-food will bring exclusive media coverage from the event across the three days.

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