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Groupe Bel is an international cheese marketer. Founded by Jules Bel in 1865, Groupe Bel is a private company. The head office for Groupe Bel is located in Paris, France.

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Should Bel follow Morocco deal with more M&A?

French cheese giant Bel Group has made a rare acquisition in an emerging market with a deal to buy a majority stake in Safilait, the third-l...


Paul Cochrane | 8 Mar 2007

Over the past six years Syria, once a byword for proto-Soviet state control and autarchy, has opened up its economy and implemented investment laws that allow foreign companies to set up shop. But few multinational food companies have wised up to the opportunities within an emerging market of 18 million consumers. As a result, those that have dipped a toe into the water, such as France's Bel Groupe, have been able to command large slices of the Syrian market. Paul Cochrane reports from Damascus.


Paul Cochrane | 8 Mar 2007

Over the past six years Syria, once a byword for proto-Soviet state control and autarchy, has opened up its economy and implemented investment laws that allow foreign companies to set up shop. But few multinational food companies have wised up to the opportunities within an emerging market of 18 million consumers. As a result, those that have dipped a toe into the water, such as France's Bel Groupe, have been able to command large slices of the Syrian market. Paul Cochrane reports from Damascus.


Paul Cochrane | 8 Mar 2007

Over the past six years Syria, once a byword for proto-Soviet state control and autarchy, has opened up its economy and implemented investment laws that allow foreign companies to set up shop. But few multinational food companies have wised up to the opportunities within an emerging market of 18 million consumers. As a result, those that have dipped a toe into the water, such as France's Bel Groupe, have been able to command large slices of the Syrian market. Paul Cochrane reports from Damascus.


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Katy Askew | 1 Aug 2016

Bel Group reported flat first-half sales this morning (1 August) as revenue in Europe declined and volume "slowed" in "territories weakened by geopolitical conflicts". 


Katy Askew | 1 Aug 2016

Bel Group, the cheese maker behind brands including Babybel and The Laughing Cow, is in exclusive talks to buy French fruit snacks and dessert business MOM Group from private-equity firm LBO France.


John Shepherd | 2 Jun 2016

Belgium-based retailer Colruyt is aiming to have all its own-label chocolate sourced sustainably within the next year.


Dean Best | 12 May 2016

Bel, the France-based cheese group behind The Laughing Cow and Boursin, saw its sales rise in the first quarter of 2016, helped by its operations outside Europe.


Katy Askew | 23 Mar 2016

Bel Group, the maker of The Laughing Cow cheese, has officially opened its first production facility in sub-Saharan Africa with a ceremony at its new plant in Côte d'Ivoire. 


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Mar 2016

Babybel owner Groupe Bel has posted a 50% jump in annual profits, boosted by currency fluctuations and low commodity prices.


Dean Best | 11 Mar 2016

Bel, the France-based cheese maker, has added cheese dippers to the range of The Laughing Cow products it sells in the US.


Katy Askew | 1 Mar 2016

Groupe Bel indicated its fourth quarter sales were lifted by the positive impact of currency exchange as well as "changes in the scope of consolidation". 


Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 2015

French dairy firm Groupe Bel saw sales fall on an organic basis in the third quarter, hit by declines in Europe.


Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 2015

French dairy firm Groupe Bel saw sales fall on an organic basis in the third quarter, hit by declines in Europe.


Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

Bel Group has reported higher first-half sales and profits, with the French cheese maker's international reach offsetting stagnant sales in Europe.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Hannah Abdulla | 29 May 2015

French cheese maker Bel has acquired a majority interest in Moroccan dairy firm Safilait from private equity firms Fipar Holding and Sopar.


Dean Best | 29 May 2015

Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Dean Best | 29 May 2015

Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Katy Askew | 12 May 2015

French cheese maker Bel reported a 7.5% rise in sales for the first quarter, rising to EUR714m (US$799m).


Dean Best | 27 Mar 2015

France-based cheese supplier Groupe Bel saw profits fall in 2014, in part soured by raw material costs in the early part of the year.


Dean Best | 27 Mar 2015

France-based cheese supplier Groupe Bel saw profits fall in 2014, in part soured by raw material costs in the early part of the year.


Hannah Abdulla | 13 Mar 2015

Dairy group Bel has said it is catering to the growing demand for adult cheese snacks in the UK with the launch of a a range under its The Laughing Cow brand.


Dean Best | 2 Mar 2015

Groupe Bel has said it expects its operating profit to have fallen in 2014 amid high raw material prices and fluctuations in foreign exchange.


Dean Best | 2 Mar 2015

Groupe Bel has said it expects its operating profit to have fallen in 2014 amid high raw material prices and fluctuations in foreign exchange.


Katy Askew | 14 Nov 2014

French cheese manufacturer Groupe Bel saw sales grow in the first nine months of the year but warned input costs are expected to weigh on profits.


Hannah Abdulla | 6 Oct 2014

This week, PepsiCo and Mondelez International announced the launch of new facilities in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Nestle formed a new business unit in a bid to leverage its scale. just-food's Dean Best interviewed Chobani Australia MD Peter Meek who said the yoghurt firm's ambitions in the country and in south-east Asia. We also shone the spotlight on the Indian dairy sector in our monthly management briefing. Here is the week in quotes.


Dean Best | 3 Oct 2014

Bel, the French cheese manufacturer, today (3 October) formally opened its third plant in the US.

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