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Hatching new ideas – Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

13 Apr 2021

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.

Leerdammer deal shows M&A strategies can be as different as chalk and cheese

31 Mar 2021

One of western Europe's most prominent brands of cheese, Leerdammer, is set to change hands. Dean Best looks at the possible rationales buyer and seller may have for the deal.

Lactalis in talks to buy Leerdammer from Bel

19 Mar 2021

Lactalis is looking to snap up a cheese brand sold across Europe from French rival Bel Group, the companies have announced.

Can plant-based cheese come of age?

25 Feb 2021

Concerns over quality and taste have held back the market for plant-based cheese. How are suppliers trying to improve their products while competing in a wider price-driven market?

France's Bel Group backs plant-based fund Big Idea Ventures

12 Feb 2021

Big Idea Ventures, an alternative-protein venture fund and accelerator, plans to bolster its presence in Europe with backing from a major dairy firm.

Plant-based priorities – dairy companies also in dairy-free

12 Feb 2021

just-food rounds up what the world's leading dairy businesses, or food majors with a significant dairy offering, are providing in the dairy-free product area.

New products – Valeo takes Rowse honey into spreads; Nestle launches Lily's Kitchen in China; Bel unveils plant-based Nurishh in UK; Fazer Minis address kids' health

3 Feb 2021

This week's batch of new products includes Ireland's Valeo Foods taking Rowse honey into the UK chocolate spreads category and Nestlé is launching Lily's Kitchen pet food in China.

New products – Bel adds plant-based ingredients to The Laughing Cow range in US; Kellogg takes W.K Kellogg brand into new area; Oatly launches dairy-free 'cheese' spreads

28 Jan 2021

The latest batch of new products includes Kellogg launching snack bars for kids in the UK and plant-based firm Oatly expanding into a new area.

New products – Tyson's latest plant-based push; Bel adds probiotics, vitamins to Babybel duo; Kraft Heinz extends vegan range; Post Holdings in sport-nutrition push

7 Jan 2021

The products that caught the eye in the early days of 2021 included a "sports nutrition food box" from Post Holdings and a flurry of new ice-cream lines from Unilever in the US.

Cheese giant Bel's bold plant-based bid

18 Oct 2020

Cheese giant Bel has issued more detail on its plant-based plans – and, as Dean Best reports, could give the fledgling market for cheese alternatives a shot in the arm.

New products – Nestle rolls out Mezeast brand in Holland; Lindt launches Nuxor chocolate range in Spain; Hooray Foods hits Whole Foods with plant-based bacon

16 Oct 2020

This week's new product selection includes plant-based cheeses from Bel Group and a new brand from Bolthouse Farms.

Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 Sep 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

Pizza to children's snacks – the fuel for cheese sales in China

26 Jun 2020

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli looks at the expanding market for cheese in China and sets out areas for manufacturers to exploit.

Bel Group continues plant-based push with All in Foods deal

13 Mar 2020

French cheese heavyweight Bel Group has continued with its strategy of diversifying into healthier, on-trend categories via a deal to buy a local plant-based start-up.

Why Yofix backing highlights dairy-free shift

6 Feb 2020

The backing for Israeli dairy-free start-up Yofix Investments by two major European dairy companies shows a key macro trend could become a competitive flank in dairy alternatives.

Dairy majors back dairy-free firm Yofix

5 Feb 2020

Yofix Probiotics, the Israel-based dairy-free yogurt start-up, has received funding from a consortium of investors that includes two major European dairy groups.

Nestle, Danone sign food-waste pledge in France

4 Feb 2020

Nestle and Danone are among more than 30 signatories to a bid in a major European market to cut food waste through a focus on date labelling.

2019 - The year in food industry M&A

11 Dec 2019

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2019.

Why cheese giant Bel sees opportunities in plants

23 Oct 2019

Best known for processed cheese, the new, plant-forward business strategy of France's Bel Group has garnered mixed reactions. Sophie Kevany reports.

France's Bel Group reveals new healthy snacking strategy

25 Sep 2019

Bel Group, the France-based food manufacturer behind brands including The Laughing Cow cheese, has revealed a new strategy. 

New products - France's Bel launches The Laughing Cow organic cheese; Kettle Chips introduces new range paired with fruit and veg; Danone's baby food brand Cow and Gate launches First Spoons; Nestle's meatless burger from Garden Gourmet

5 Apr 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a meatless burger from Nestlé's Garden Gourmet brand and an organic cheese from France's Bel under The Laughing Cow brand.

New Products - Vivera launches plant-based 'hamburger' in UK; Bel debuts Boursin Velvety in the UK; Jack Link's rolls out new on-the-go snacks; Genius adds to range in UK

5 Oct 2018

This week's most eye-catching product news features Mars' plans to shake up some of its chocolate ranges in the UK and Nestle's move to roll out a line of organic Herta products in France.

France's Bel plans to cut domestic jobs

21 Sep 2018

Bel, the France-based food manufacturer behind brands including The Laughing Cow cheese and GoGo Squeez fruit snacks, has drawn up plans to cut jobs in its home market.

French dairy giant Bel extends production capacity for Mini Babybel cheese

10 Sep 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.

French dairy giant Bel to build plant in Canada

12 Jul 2018

Bel Group, the France-based cheese major, is to set up a factory in Canada.

France's Bel Group issues "sustainable" dairy farming pledge

4 Apr 2018

French cheesemaker Bel Group has unveiled a sustainability "charter" under which the Boursin owner will work to see environment-friendly measures deployed in all ten of its dairy supply basins.

Earnings summary - Bel Group sales hurt by regional turmoil; Ter Beke FY sales, profits surge on acquisition splurge; Del Monte Pacific books nine-month loss on one-off expenses; Calavo Growers' Q1s move ahead

9 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Earnings summary - George Weston food division results hit by FX, restructuring; Pinnacle Foods profits underpinned by tax reform; Land O'Lakes "record'' profits; Hostess Brands hails "strong finish" to 2017

2 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Earnings summary - Conagra Brands sees income rise; General Mills revises full-year guidance

21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Bel sales pick up but warns of tough outlook as profit slumps

31 Jul 2017

French dairy company Bel Group, the maker of Boursin cheese, saw sales turn around in the second quarter but warned of a tough economic environment ahead after profits sank.

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