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Has Yoplait adopted best strategy for China?

The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chine...

Home, overseas factors drive Bega bid for WCB

Competition among processors for milk supply in Australia, price pressure from retailers and Bega Cheese's desire for greater scale to compe...

Asia drives more Europe dairy consolidation

Dean Best | 5 Jul 2013

The prospect of tapping growing demand for dairy in markets in Asia has driven another deal in Europe's dairy sector - this time a merger between two French processors, Sodiaal and 3A.

The most-read interviews on just-food in 2011

Dean Best | 23 Dec 2011

2011 was again a year in which just-food discussed the key industry issues with the leading lights in the sector. From the creation of meat-free firm Quorn Foods to Ferrero's ambitions in the UK and from Kraft Foods' plans in the key emerging market of South Africa to sustainability strategies with Ahold and Kellogg, we interviewed some of the top players in the industry this year. Click on the links for more and check out all our featured interviews for 2011 here.

Best bits: The BRIC markets are still emerging

Dean Best | 21 Mar 2011

just-food's BRICs and beyond column aims to highlight the risks - and rewards - of operating in the world's emerging markets. The interest in markets like Brazil and Russia remains intense and, due to the demographic, geographic and economic differences between the four countries - as well as their potential for growth - the clamour for information on what makes each market tick grows by the day.

General Mills' pursuit of Yoplait

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2011

Months of speculation were drawn to a close this morning (18 March) when it was confirmed that General Mills has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a stake in French dairy brand Yoplait from investment fund PAI Partners.

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BRICs and beyond: Candia in Middle East and Africa

Stuart Todd | 10 Feb 2011

Northern Africa and the Middle East are firmly in the geo-political spotlight, with the political unrest that surfaced in Tunisia last month spreading to the current ongoing protests in Egypt. There are also signs of dissent in Jordan and Yemen. just-food's Stuart Todd spoke to Jean-Luc Deher, international director of French dairy processor Candia, about the Sodiaal-owned company's presence in the region and the risks of operating in such an environment.

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Industry news of week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.

Cheese maker Entremont moves into frozen food

Stuart Todd | 3 Sep 2015

Sodiaal-owned cheese business Entremont has announced it is moving into France's frozen food sector.

Nactalia deal becomes latest Sodiaal move in China

Dean Best | 10 Jul 2015

Sodiaal is to launch an organic infant milk in China under its Nactalia brand, the French dairy group's second announcement in a week on plans to expand in the market.

Food industry news of week - PepsiCo, Boulder

Dean Best | 10 Jul 2015

PepsiCo issued its second-quarter results this week - and upped its annual earnings forecast. The company's shares fell, amid concerns the second half of the year will prove more challenging. Under-pressure US group Boulder Brands, fresh from the departure of its CEO, announced restructuring plans likely to lead to 15% of jobs being cut. French dairy group Sodiaal announced another move in China, while we analysed the impact Russia's import restrictions have had on domestic companies.

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.

Sodiaal's Candia signs China JV

Dean Best | 2 Jul 2015

French milk producer Candia, part of the dairy co-operative Sodiaal, is to set up its first joint venture in China as part of plans to broaden its reach in the country.

Sodiaal aims to double EBITDA by 2020

Katy Askew | 19 Jun 2015

French dairy co-operative Sodiaal aims to double its earnings by 2020 as it looks to take advantage of opportunities in the "new world" following the end of EU dairy quotas.

Food industry news of week: Yoplait, Maggi

Dean Best | 12 Jun 2015

General Mills has taken the plunge in China's yoghurt market, this week launching Yoplait in Shanghai. The row over Nestle's Maggi noodles in India continued, with the food giant contesting the nationwide ban in court. And there were a flurry of stories in the US - Campbell Soup Co. and WhiteWave Foods snapped up smaller businesses, while Boulder Brands announced its co-founder and CEO Steve Hughes had resigned.

Yoplait launched in China

Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2015

General Mills today (8 June) announced the launch of the Yoplait yoghurt brand in China.

French dairies launch 'Made in France' logo

Dean Best | 10 Feb 2015

French milk processors have launched a 'Made in France' logo in a bid to combat rising imports.

2013 sales, profits up at dairy group Sodiaal

Dean Best | 26 Jun 2014

French dairy giant Sodiaal has reported higher sales and profits for 2013, boosted by recent mergers and its cheese business.

Synutra starts works on French drying facility

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2014

Chinese infant formula firm Synutra International has started construction of a drying facility for powdered milk and fat-enriched demineralised whey in Carhaix in France.

French dairy firm Sodiaal completes merger with 3A

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Jan 2014

Dairy firm Sodiaal has today (8 January 2014) confirmed the completion of a merger with counterpart 3A following the deal being announced by just-food in June 2013.

Agrial to invest in international expansion

Stuart Todd | 17 Sep 2013

French co-operative Agrial has raised around EUR95m (US$126.9m) on the Paris stock exchange's private bond Euro PP market to finance international expansion.

Boncolac invests in deli products plant

Stuart Todd | 6 Sep 2013

French patisserie maker Boncolac is expanding its deli products activity with a new manufacturing plant in south-west France.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 5 Aug 2013

The spat between UK retailers Sainsbury's and Tesco grabbed this week's headlines after the country's advertising watchdog ruled in favour of the latter's price comparison scheme.

Sodiaal opens Candia-branded shops in China

Dean Best | 30 Jul 2013

French dairy giant Sodiaal has decided to launch a chain of shops in China to sell Candia-branded lines in a bid to tap into demand for foreign milk products.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 1 Jul 2013

General Mills unveiled plans for a raft of new products last week as it seeks to improve sales across its business, particularly in the Yoplait owner's yoghurt division. There was a major piece of consolidation in the French dairy sector this week, with dairy co-ops Sodiaal and 3A to merge. We discussed FrieslandCampina's sustainability strategy with its CSR director, while we also interviewed the CEO of The Bart Ingredients Company about his moves to revitalise the UK firm.

French dairy co-ops Sodiaal, 3A to merge

Stuart Todd | 25 Jun 2013

French dairy Sodiaal is to merge with counterpart 3A after the two groups' boards approved the deal today (25 June).

Candia denies plan to switch production to Belgium

Dean Best | 29 May 2013

French dairy firm Candia has denied union claims it is planning to transfer some of its production activities to Belgium.

Fromagerie de Blâmont to merge with Sodiaal

Stuart Todd | 30 Apr 2013

The members of the Fromagerie de Blâmont (FdB) co-operative in eastern France, have voted in favour of merging its activities with those of Sodiaal.

Entremont launches Apero cheese balls

Michelle Russell | 23 Apr 2013

Sodiaal-owned Entremont has launched a range of cheese balls for the French market named Apéro cheese.

Sodiaal slammed over cuts, Terra Lacta "interest"

Stuart Todd | 16 Apr 2013

Union officials representing staff at Sodiaal has criticised the French dairy giant for being interested in factories owned by rival Terra Lacta - as it plans to close three of its own plants.

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