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Total owner Fage sees growth opportunities in EuropeSIAL 2014: Fage targets Europe as US Greek yoghurt boom ends 22 Oct 14

Katy Askew

Greek dairy manufacturer Fage is eyeing growth in Europe as the Greek yoghurt craze in the US loses steam. Katy Askew caught up with the company at the SIAL exhibition in Paris to find out more.


Michel et Augustin shares its plans to enter the US marketSIAL 2014: Interview: French firm Michel et Augustin to enter US 19 Oct 14

Dean Best

Quirky French food group Michel et Augustin is enjoying rapid growth at home and overseas with a portfolio ranging from biscuits to beverages. Backing from Artemis, the French investment fund with assets including the Chateau Latour vineyard, is enabling the company to expand further - and it is set to enter the US. Dean Best met Antoine Chauvel, the firm's export director, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to find out more about its plans.


Chiquita has made the right move, for now, in rejecting Cutrale-SafraEditor's viewpoint: Chiquita right to stand firm 19 Oct 14

Dean Best

Chiquita Brands International still appears set on its proposed merger with Fyffes – and the US produce giant is, at the moment, right to do so.


Danone hopes to extend category in US with tie-ups such as its partnership with KelloggIn the spotlight: Will Danone return to growth in fresh dairy? 17 Oct 14

Katy Askew

Danone has faced myriad issues at its fresh dairies business. The group has been squeezed by weak consumer sentiment in its largest markets, on the one hand, and rising input prices, on the other. Management believes that a focus on improving its mix in developed markets will boost its profit profile. All the while it has been positioning itself to drive the top line in emerging markets. But these efforts are yet to show themselves in the unit's results. Could Danone's fresh dairy business be preparing to turn a corner? Katy Askew reports.


Jarett Levan, president, BBX Capitaljust the answer: Jarett Levan on BBX Capital's foray into confectionery 17 Oct 14

Hannah Abdulla

Since December last year, US investment firm BBX Capital has - quite literally - been like a kid a in candy store. Via wholly-owned subsidiary BBX Sweet Holdings, it has made six acquisitions in the US confectionery sector, which include Helen Grace Chocolates, Anastasia Confections and - the latest purchase - Toffee Box. Hannah Abdulla catches up with company president Jarett Levan to find out what BBX's game is.


Nestle believes China is a key piece in its long term growth puzzleOn the money: Why Nestle is relaxed about the China "drag" 17 Oct 14

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle's sales for the first nine months of 2014 have missed analyst expectations and the investment community pointed to China as a key factor. However, the world's largest food manufacturer, while noting the short-term challenges it sees in the market, is upbeat about its prospects.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: SIAL 2014: New UK food minister pledges action 22 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Liz Truss, the UK's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, went on a whistlestop tour of the country's exhibitors at the SIAL trade show in Paris yesterday, before pledging more help for businesses looking to expand abroad.


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