French dairy brand Candia, owned by local dairy firm Sodiaal, has expanded its activities in North Africa with franchise agreements for UHT milk production in Tunisia and Libya.

The new deals expand the brand's local capacity by a combined 150m litres a year.

In Tunisia, Candia has teamed up with Tunisie Lait, owned by the Doghri group, to produce milk in bottles and cartons from its plant in Sousse, located 140 km south of Tunis.

In Libya, Candia has forged a partnership with Olin Holdings Ltd, a Cyprus-based company specialising in dairy products and drinks. Olin runs a production plant in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.   

"As these two deals demonstrate, our policy is to our ally our expertise with local producers," Candia's international director Jean-Luc Deher told just-food.

"North Africa and the Middle East is a zone where Candia is looking to develop its activities and we look forward to announcing more franchise agreements in this part of the world in the near future."