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Tangerine owns Butterkist popcorn brandUK: Tangerine names former UB chief Testard as CEO

16 January 2014

UK-based confectionery company Tangerine has appointed former United Biscuits CEO Benoit Testard as its new chief executive.

FRANCE: Cheese maker Bel books higher Q3 sales

15 November 2013

Bel, the French company behind Babybel and Boursin cheese, has posted a 2.8% rise in third-quarter sales.

FRANCE: Groupe Bel earnings up, warns on H2

2 September 2013

French cheese firm Groupe Bel has booked an increase in first-half earnings but warned high raw material prices will have a "strong" impact on profits in the second half.

FRANCE: Europe, Middle East woes hit Bel Q1 sales

17 May 2013

French cheese firm Groupe Bel has reported a dip in first-quarter sales amid challenging economic conditions in western Europe and the geo-political problems in the Middle East.

FRANCE/UK: Bel rolls out Leerdammer 'Toastie Slices'

10 April 2013

Groupe Bel has launched a range of Leerdammer 'Toastie Slices' that it hopes will tap into the UK consumer demand for hot snacks.

FRANCE: Profits up at cheese firm Groupe Bel

25 March 2013

French cheese maker Groupe Bel has booked an increase in full-year profits, despite a "slowing" European economy and "unrest" in the Middle East.

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

11 February 2013

Few stories in recent months have caused as much comment as the horse meat scandal, which last week deepened with the news Findus lasagne sold in the UK contained the ingredient. Elsewhere, Dairy Crest said potential takeover targets wanted too much money, Nestle found another country looking at the implications of its Pfizer infant formula acquisition and Kraft Foods Group went to court over the Cracker Barrel trademark.

FRANCE/SPAIN: Bel to buy Tranchettes cheese from Quesería Menorquina

8 February 2013

Groupe Bel, the French firm behind products including The Laughing Cow, has snapped up Spanish cheese brand Tranchettes.

ISM: UPDATE: BRAZIL: Confectioners focus on key export markets for growth

28 January 2013

The export markets of North America, Latin America and South Africa remain key to growth for Brazilian confectioners, according to the Brazilian Association of Cacao, Chocolates, Candies and Byproducts (ABICAB).

ISM: BRAZIL: Flavours key to increasing confectionery exports

28 January 2013

Brazilian flavours in confectionery are key to increasing exports, according to the country's trade and investment promotions agency.

FRANCE: Bel sees "firm" growth on emerging markets

15 November 2012

French cheese maker Groupe Bel has said growth remained "firm" in the first nine months of the year due to "steady expansion" in emerging markets.

FRANCE: Campbell's Liebig, Bel to launch Kiri-flavoured soup

30 October 2012

Campbell Soup's French brand Liebig has teamed up with dairy group Bel to launch two varieties of Kiri-cheese flavoured soup - mixed vegetables and pumpkin - on the domestic market.

FRANCE: Bel sets EUR3bn sales target by 2015

21 June 2012

Groupe Bel, the French firm behind cheese brands including The Laughing Cow and Boursin, has outlined a goal of generating EUR3bn in revenue by 2015.

FRANCE: Cheese firm Bel posts higher Q1 sales

10 May 2012

Groupe Bel, the French cheese firm behind brands including Boursin and Leerdammer, has reported a 9% increase in first-quarter sales.

FRANCE: Input costs hit FY profits at Bel

26 March 2012

Higher raw material costs in 2011 hit annual profits at Groupe Bel, the company behind brands including Boursin and The Laughing Cow has revealed.

US: Bel adds to Laughing Cow line

22 March 2012

Bel Brands USA, a division of France's Groupe Bel, has added another line to its range of individually portioned cheese spread under The Laughing Cow brand.

US: Groupe Bel plans third US facility

8 February 2012

French dairy processor Groupe Bel is to invest US$100m in its third facility in the US.

FRANCE/VIETNAM: Bel opens production plant

13 December 2011

French dairy processor Groupe Bel has opened its first factory in Vietnam.

Logistics - the food sector's sustainability initiatives

30 November 2011

High petrol prices and the increasing importance of sustainability has prompted the food industry to try out new - and often innovative - methods of transporting their wares to customers, as well as search for ways to enhance their existing logistical operations. Stuart Todd takes a look at the schemes food manufacturers and retailers have adopted to reduce both their carbon footprint and transport costs.

FRANCE: Sales growth slows at cheese maker Bel

14 November 2011

French cheese maker Groupe Bel, the company behind brands including The Laughing Cow, saw its sales growth slow in the third quarter of 2011.

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

5 September 2011

Financial woes in Europe, takeover speculation, stern condemnations of lawsuits and Tesco quitting Japan - it was all happening this week on just-food. Here's a sample of quotes from the stories that mattered over the last five days.

FRANCE: Bel admits margins will fall in 2011

30 August 2011

French dairy giant Groupe Bel has admitted its margins will fall this year after raw-material costs hit its first-half profits.

CHINA/AUS: Bright Food takes control of Manassen Foods

18 August 2011

Bright Food, the Chinese food group, has sealed a deal to buy 75% of Australian food manufacturer and importer Manassen Foods.

CHINA: Bright Food "nears Manassen Foods takeover"

15 August 2011

Bright Food, the Chinese food group, is reportedly set to take control of Australian branded food manufacturer and importer Manassen Foods.

AUS: Bright Food "in talks" to buy Manassen Foods

12 July 2011

Chinese food group Bright Food is reportedly in talks to buy Australian branded food manufacturer and importer Manassen Foods.

US: Bel Group extends Babybel range

1 June 2011

Bel Group has announced the launch of two Mini Babybel cheese varieties in the US.

FRANCE: Core brands drive Bel Q1 sales

13 May 2011

French dairy processor Groupe Bel has reported an increase in first-quarter sales as volumes increased in its core brands.

FRANCE: Kraft launches Philadelphia cream cheese

23 March 2011

Kraft Foods has officially launched its Philadelphia cream cheese in France.

UK: United Biscuits appoints UK boss Testard as chief executive

16 February 2011

UK biscuit and snack producer United Biscuits has appointed Benoit Testard, the head of its domestic business, as group chief executive.

FRANCE: PAI Partners mum on Yoplait bidders "shortlist"

16 February 2011

Private-equity group PAI Partners has remained silent on rumours that it is preparing to shortlist bidders for its 50% stake in French dairy group Yoplait.

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