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Danone's Q3 sales - what the analysts say

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Latest Interviews

Interview: UK trade body on the impact of Brexit 19 Oct 2016

Ben Cooper

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the formal two-year process for the UK to leave the EU will begin in a little over five months. Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, the industry association representing food manufacturers operating in the UK, spoke with Ben Cooper about the immediate instability the vote for Brexit has caused and his longer-term outlook for the UK food sector.

Interview, part 1: Emmi CEO Urs Riedener 25 Aug 2016

Dean Best

The first-half results from Swiss dairy group Emmi, published on Tuesday, demonstrated the company's recent efforts to improve its profitability. The figures included a cut to Emmi's forecast for annual sales but, nonetheless, the numbers pleased analysts and the company's share price rose. Dean Best discussed the performance with Emmi CEO Urs Riedener.

Latest News

HKScan warns on profits 21 Oct 16

Katy Askew

European meat group HKScan has lowered its full-year profit forecast on weaker sales and higher costs. 

Tipiak books "moderate" 9M sales increase 21 Oct 16

John Shepherd

French food group Tipiak has booked a 2.2% increase in nine-month sales following what it said was a period of "moderate cumulative growth".

Quotes of week - Bel, Danone, Nestle, Utz 21 Oct 16

Dean Best

This week, Bel struck a deal to buy a majority stake in fellow French group MOM Brands. Another French food major, Danone, faced criticism in the US over its plans for GMO ingredients. US snack maker Utz Quality Foods accepted the backing of investment firm Metropoulos & Co. Nestle's third-quarter sales disappointed some in the investment community and we spoke to the director general of UK trade body the Food and Drink Federation about the impact Brexit could have on the sector.

Nestle lowers outlook on "softer environment" 20 Oct 16

Katy Askew

Nestle lowered its full-year sales forecast in an environment "marked by deflation" and soft pricing today (20 October) after reporting nine-month sales that missed analyst expectations. 

Murray Goulburn cuts profit outlook 20 Oct 16

Katy Askew

Embattled Australian dairy processor Murray Goulburn has lowered its expectations for its full-year profits after cutting its forecast milk intake for the period. 

Apetit issues warning on profits 20 Oct 16

Dean Best

Apetit, the Finnish food group, has said its operational EBIT will fall in 2016 hit by pressure on volumes to the foodservice sector and pressure on profits within its grain business.

Latest blogs

China's Yili gained as dairy market curdled in 2015 26 Jul 16

Dean Best

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months.

Brexit – the just-food confidence survey 12 Jul 16

Katy Askew

Following last month's referendum in the UK on the country's membership of the European Union, the repercussions from the decision to leave have been felt far and wide.

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