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Wessanen's move for Spain's Biogran - analysis

Dutch food group Wessanen has made another acquisition as it continues to focus on expansion in the European "sustainable" foods market. Wes...

Analysis: UAE leads Gulf interest in gluten-free

The Gulf is emerging as one to watch for the gluten-free sector. In just-food's series of spotlights on the next five markets manufacturers...


John Shepherd | 6 Oct 2016

Over the past decade, gluten-free has established itself as a significant category in markets in North America, western Europe and Australasia. Gluten-free specialists have become sizeable businesses, with some building notable international operations and some attracting takeover interest from larger rivals. In a series of articles, just-food's John Shepherd puts forward five markets seen as the next for gluten-free manufacturers  - and conventional businesss interested in gluten-free to target. First, we look at France, where gluten-free has taken longer to develop compared to some of the country's neighbours - and therefore one that could present opportunity.


Ben Cooper | 22 Feb 2016

The UK could vote on its membership of the EU in little more than four months but little attention has been paid to what impact an exit could have on the country's largest manufacturing sector. Ben Cooper weighs up the issue, speaking to executives from across the industry.


After selling US drinks business American Beverage Corporation earlier this month, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its plans to be a pure-play healthy and sustainable foods group. Our M&A columnist Stefan Kirk says Wessanen has the balance sheet to make more acquisitions in food and surveys the market for targets.


Dean Best | 12 Apr 2010

As the UK economy recovers, albeit slowly, there are signs that consumer behaviour is returning to "normal". There are questions, however, over how the organic food sector will arrest a slump in sales.

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John Shepherd | 21 Feb 2017

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, enjoyed a solid 2016 and last week forecast stronger growth in sales and operating margins this year. The organic sector is one of Wessanen's key markets and, talking to just-food at last week's Biofach trade show in Germany, executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz set out where the company sees its growth in the category.


Katy Askew | 13 Jul 2016

European natural and organic food group Wessanen entered into an agreement to acquire UK gluten-free baker Mrs Crimble's last week. Patrick Cairns, CEO of Wessanen's UK arm, speaks to just-food about the group's plans to accelerate growth at the business. 

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Katy Askew | 21 Apr 2017

European health food manufacturer Wessanen booked a jump in first-quarter sales this morning (21 April), with growth supported by an increase in sales of its brands. 


Dean Best | 15 Feb 2017

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, today (15 February) forecast stronger sales growth and improved operating margins for 2017.


John Shepherd | 10 Feb 2017

Patrick Cairns, CEO of the UK arm of Netherlands-based food group Wessanen, has left to become CEO of UK-based ready meals producer Charlie Bigham's. 


Dean Best | 9 Jan 2017

Companies including Warburtons, Genius Foods and Mrs Crimble's owner Wessanen have set up a gluten-free industry association in the UK to work on standards and improve consumer confidence.


Dean Best | 5 Dec 2016

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, is to acquire Spanish organic food manufacturer Biogran from local private-equity firm Nazca Capital.


Katy Askew | 25 Oct 2016

Health food maker Wessanen reported higher earnings this morning (25 October), as an increase in branded sales strengthened operating margins. 


Katy Askew | 26 Jul 2016

European natural food group Wessanen grew sales and earnings in the first half of the year, with sales of its own brands accelerating in the second quarter as the group benefited from growing demand for its offering of "sustainable, healthy" foods. 


Katy Askew | 4 Jul 2016

Wessanen has acquired UK gluten-free bakery group Mrs Crimble's for an undisclosed sum. 


Hannah Abdulla | 26 Apr 2016

Wessanen has today (26 April) booked higher underlying first-quarter sales and profits, with the Dutch food and beverage group reporting "double-digit" growth from its core brands.


Katy Askew | 19 Feb 2016

Wessanen, the Europe-focused health food maker, has reported a jump in sales and comparable earnings for 2015 and claimed its brands were mostly able to grow faster than the expanding categories in which it operates. 


Dean Best | 16 Dec 2015

2015 was another year of insightful interviews with a wide range of senior executives in the international food sector. Here we present the most-read interviews on just-food this year. Click on the headlines for more.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Oct 2015

Wessanen has recorded a lower profit for the first nine months of the year, with the Dutch food group lapping a period when its results included its former US drinks unit - but the company's operating earnings were higher.


Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jul 2015

Dutch food group Wessanen has reported a fall in half- year net profit but increases in operating earnings and sales.


Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jul 2015

Unilever was among the companies issuing second-quarter results this week - and, after a period of higher food revenues, said it is making targeted efforts to grow the business. Elsewhere Hain Celestial acquired Europe plant-based food and beverage maker Mona Group. just-food also interviewed Seabrook Crisps CEO Jonathan Bye about the management buy-out at the UK crisp firm and to US start-up Flapjacked's co-founder David Bacon about its ambitions.


Dean Best | 15 May 2015

Mars raised eyebrows in the US with support for calls for nutrition labels in the country to contain information on added sugar. Nestle has seen its infant formula production in South Africa hit by the country's power problems. And European confectioner Cloetta, the company behind brands like Chewits and Sportlife, announced CEO Bengt Baron had decided to step down.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

Kellogg reported its first quarter results and despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. We took a look at the Chinese milk market which revealed the importance of international dairies in its future. Lactalis swooped to acquire a majority holding in Yildiz Holding's AK Gida. And we explored what UK supermarket Sainsbury's latest loss and plan to cut prices would mean for suppliers. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.


Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

Netherlands-based food group Wessanen today (24 April) reported higher first-quarter sales and profits, with the company's CEO Christophe Barnouin pointing to the company's volume performance.


Dean Best | 2 Apr 2015

The week before Easter saw Aryzta surprise the market with news of its plan to buy 49% of French frozen food retailer Picard. M&A speculation surrounded Mondelez International, which was reported to be considering the sale of its rights to the cream cheese brand Philadelphia. Mondelez had a bad end to the week after being charged with manipulating wheat prices.


Katy Askew | 9 Mar 2015

Wessanen announced this morning (9 March) that it has completed its exit of the US and transitioned to a "pure player" in "healthy and sustainable food" after selling subsidiary American Beverage Corporation.


Katy Askew | 20 Feb 2015

Wessanen reported higher sales and a jump in full-year earnings thanks to progress made on its drive to focus on European health and wellness brands and sell-off non-core businesses.


Dean Best | 22 Dec 2014

Days before Christmas came one of the more notable deals of recent months with Thai seafood giant Thai Union Frozen swooping for US group Bumble Bee Foods. In the US, ConAgra Foods wrote down the value of its own-label arm and Kraft Foods Group announced a new CEO. Elsewhere, Australian retailer Coles admitted payments it demanded from suppliers broke competition law and we interviewed the CEO of Groupe Doux, the French poultry group getting itself back on a firmer footing a year after emerging from administration.

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