Swiss food manufacturer Hero Group has announced it will sell its French fruit-dessert business to Charles Faraud.

Hero has signed the agreement with Charles Faraud majority owner CIC-Banque de Vizille, with the transaction expected to be completed at the beginning of September.

Charles Faraud specialises in fruit desserts, with a strong hold in the French foodservice channel. It said the move will "give it access to a stronger position in the French retail channel".