Blog: Au revoir SIAL 2006

Catherine Sleep | 1 November 2006

Last week industry eyes were trained firmly on Paris, France, where SIAL, the huge biennial trade exhibition for the world food marketplace, was staged. Exhibitors came from far and wide to hawk their latest innovations, and just-food was of course there to report back on the highlights.

Many of the products launched were straightforward brand extensions, but it was the manufacturers who had dug a little deeper who grabbed the headlines. Vegetable yoghurts and an oven-ready fondue were just two of the products that caught our attention; you can read more about the show highlights by clicking here.

Continuing our French focus, we also brought you an investigation of the state of the canned food sector in France. While canned food has rather fallen out of favour in many countries, it never really went out of fashion in France. Perhaps it’s not surprising – can you imagine shipping foie gras without a can? For more information check out a filing on canned food from one of our French correspondents, Peter Crosskey.

On the corporate front, United Biscuits found a new buyer in the shape of private equity partners the Blackstone Group and PAI partners. Meanwhile Altria finally announced “the date when it will announce the date” for its oh-so-long anticipated spin-off of Kraft Foods. So, the number one US food company is inching closer to independence, but progress is slow.


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