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Stuart Todd

Stuart ToddBiography

'Emigrated' from north-east England to France over 20 years ago, setting up initially as a freelancer covering French business developments for the English-language press across a broad range of sectors. Stuart then spent several years with Reuters in Paris, before returning to freelancing. He began working for just-food and other ‘just’ titles in 2002.

Articles by Stuart Todd

Chancerelle was founded in 1853 and is known for its Connétable brandFrench tinned fish specialist Chancerelle invests in second Morocco plant 19 September 2018

France-based tinned fish specialist Chancerelle, best known for its brand Connétable, is investing EUR4m (US$4.7m) in a second sardine processing plant in Morocco.


Babybel maker Bel is expanding production capacity in France.French dairy giant Bel extends production capacity for Mini Babybel cheese 10 September 2018

French dairy giant Bel Food Group is investing more than EUR27.8m (US$32.2m) to expand its Mini Babybel cheese wheel plant in Evron, western France, in response to increasing demand, particularly in international markets.


Synutra reportedly broke terms of contractDairy firm Les Maitres Laitiers du Cotentin suspends contract with Synutra 3 September 2018

France-based dairy cooperative Les Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin (MLC) has suspended supplies to Chinese infant formula manufacturer Synutra due to what it says were "non-respect" of terms under the contract.


CPK hopes to complete deal by end of yearCarambar & Co enters exclusive merger talks for confectionery counterpart Lutti 31 August 2018

France-based confectionery producer Carambar & Co. has entered exclusive talks with German group Katjes International over a possible merger with its Lutti brand.


Sodiaal - on the acquisition trail.Sodiaal confirms talks to buy part of Synutra infant-formula plant 29 August 2018

French dairy group Sodiaal is in discussions with Synutra to acquire part of the Chinese infant formula maker's activities at its production plant in Brittany.


Novandie, owns the Mamie Nova brand.Job losses as Novandie dairy division of France's Andros restructures 5 July 2018

Novandie, the dairy division of French group, Andros, whose products are marketed under the Mamie Nova brand, has announced a restructuring programme which will see  production capacity cut significantly at two of its plants with the loss of 131 jobs.


Sole bid from Calvin Andresen was rejected by a French courtFrance's loss-making Jean Caby goes into liquidation after takeover bid fails 28 June 2018

A commercial court in Lille has pronounced the liquidation of France-based cold meats specialist Jean Caby, having rejected a sole takeover bid for the loss-making company.


Venture to close smallest of nine plantsSavencia-Sodiaal cheese firm Richesmonts to close plant 8 June 2018

French cheese maker Compagnie des Fromages et Richesmonts (CFR), jointly owned by Savencia Fromage & Dairy and Sodiaal, is to close a plant in response to decreasing demand.


New court hearing date set for 27 JuneEmbattled Jean Caby granted three-week reprieve to nail down buyer 7 June 2018

French cooked meats specialist Jean Caby has been granted an additional three weeks by a commercial court in Lille to finalise a takeover bid for the embattled company. 


LDC-led consortium to buy DouxFrench poultry firm Doux set for sale to LDC consortium 18 May 2018

A French commercial court has chosen a consortium led by French poultry group LDC to take over ailing chicken processor Groupe Doux.




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