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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

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.

Mademoiselle Desserts has been owned by PE firm Equistone since 2013IK Investment in exclusive negotiations to buy Mademoiselle Desserts 7 May 2018

Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners has entered into exclusive negotiations with counterpart Equistone Partners Europe to acquire a majority stake in French frozen bakery specialist Mademoiselle Desserts.

Partnership follows two other projects in 2013H&H Group teams up with Isigny Sainte Mere in infant formula investment  11 April 2018

Hong Kong-based H&H Group is entering a EUR60m (US$74.3m) infant formula investment with co-packer Isigny Sainte Mère to take advantage of growing demand in China. 

Doux fate should become clear next monthDate set for decision on sale of France's Groupe Doux 6 April 2018

A commercial court in France will decide on which of the takeover bids tabled for ailing poultry processor Groupe Doux prevails on 18 May.

Pierre Martinet in talks with possible new shareholdersFrance's Pierre Martinet to open up 10% of capital to fund export drive 4 April 2018

Pierre Martinet plans to open up around 10% of its capital base to investors as the family-owned French group seeks to raise funds to expand its export business, most notably in Spain.

Doux - bidders are circling.Two takeover bids in for French poultry group Doux 29 March 2018

Two takeover offers have been tabled for the ailing France-based poultry supplier Groupe Doux, according to the French government.

Nutrition & Santé investing in biscuitsNutrition & Santé invests in new production line to expand biscuits business 29 March 2018

Nutrition & Santé, the French dietary food specialist, is adding a production line at its flagship plant in Revel, in south-west France, as it expands its biscuit-making activities.

Doux set for liquidation hearing on 4 AprilLDC yet to make takeover bid for French poultry peer Doux 28 March 2018

French poultry processor LDC has played down reports it has submitted an offer for ailing counterpart Groupe Doux.

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