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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

Expansion will create 280 jobsTrout business Aqualande to build plant amid ''strong'' growth 19 March 2018

France-based smoked trout specialist Aqualande will this autumn open a production plant in Sarbazan, south west France, in response to ''strong growth'' in its business.

Veviba parent Verbist Group said: Belgium meat group Veviba in firing line 13 March 2018

Belgium's Minister for Agriculture has described meat processing firm Veviba – which saw its facilities closed last week for allegedly not meeting food-safety standards – as "a mafia-type enterprise".

Designated Carrefour products will have QR codes on packagingCarrefour unveils "food blockchain" 6 March 2018

Carrefour has announced the launch of what it claims is Europe's first "food blockchain" and plans to extend the technology to eight more product lines before the end of 2018.

Doux Fitlife was launched in Saudi Arabia in OctoberTerrena issues warning about poultry asset Doux 6 March 2018

French co-operative Terrena has confirmed it will not be able to provide financial support to its loss-making poultry unit, Doux, indefinitely.

Fleury Michon - established organic pork JV.Frances's Fleury Michon sets up JV to drive organic pork production 2 March 2018

Fleury Michon, the French cooked meats-to-ready meals group, has teamed up with local pork processing firm Vallégrain to try to accelerate the development of organic pork products in its home market.

Lidl - amongst the supermarket groups to take action.Listeria scare triggers recall of French private label packaged ham 13 February 2018

Several French supermarkets, including Carrefour, Casino and the local arm of Germany's Lidl, have issued a recall of their own label packaged ham following the discovery of traces of the listeria bacteria.

Chocolaterie de Bourgogne sold a 35% stake to a consortium last yearSpain's Ibercacao lining up to buy France's Chocolaterie de Bourgogne 31 January 2018

Spain's Ibercacao is lining up to acquire troubled French chocolate maker Chocolaterie de Bourgogne.

President Emmanuel Macron held investment summit this weekGeneral Mills among companies committing to France investment 24 January 2018

US food giant General Mills plans to invest EUR17m (US$21) in a new production line at a plant making Häagen-Dazs ice cream in northern France. 

Paso-Traiteur plans to boost exports from 5% of turnoverFrench aperitif specialist Paso-Traiteur to boost production after investment 12 January 2018

France's apéritif snacks specialist Paso-Traiteur plans to more than double production capacity at its plant in La Chapelle-Achard, western France, in response to strong growth.

Euralis set to shut two plantsFrench co-operative Euralis to close two production plants 10 January 2018

French agri-food cooperative Euralis plans to shut two plants operated by its food division as part of a restructuring process.

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