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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.

Bel gets Q1 sales boost from Mont-Blanc Materne buy

11 May 2017

Bel Group, the France-based dairy business, has reported a 12% rise in first-quarter sales, helped by its acquisition of French desserts maker Mont-Blanc Materne last year.

Bel 2016 profits up, warns of dairy cost pressure

10 Mar 2017

Bel Group, the French cheese maker behind brands including Boursin and The Laughing Cow, saw its profits rise in 2016 but has warned dairy costs would weigh on margins this year.

Bel warns on "much tougher" 2017 

1 Mar 2017

Bel Group has said that rising raw material prices at the end of 2016 have set the stage for challenging trading conditions in 2017. 

Bel books flat Q3 and 9M sales performance

9 Nov 2016

Fromageries Bel, the French cheese maker, has booked flat consolidated sales for the first nine months of 2016 of EUR2.18bn (US$2.42bn) versus the corresponding period last year.

Bel takes majority stake in MOM Group

21 Oct 2016

Bel Group has finalised a deal that will see it acquire 65% of fellow French business MOM Brands from investment firm LBO France. 

Bel sales flat despite declines in Europe, conflict zones

1 Aug 2016

Bel Group reported flat first-half sales this morning (1 August) as revenue in Europe declined and volume "slowed" in "territories weakened by geopolitical conflicts". 

Bel eyes healthy snacks growth with MOM Group acquisition

1 Aug 2016

Bel Group, the cheese maker behind brands including Babybel and The Laughing Cow, is in exclusive talks to buy French fruit snacks and dessert business MOM Group from private-equity firm LBO France.

Colruyt aims for 100% sustainable chocolate assortment

2 Jun 2016

Belgium-based retailer Colruyt is aiming to have all its own-label chocolate sourced sustainably within the next year.

Bel Q1 sales boosted by business outside Europe

12 May 2016

Bel, the France-based cheese group behind The Laughing Cow and Boursin, saw its sales rise in the first quarter of 2016, helped by its operations outside Europe.

Bel inaugurates first facility in sub-Saharan Africa 

23 Mar 2016

Bel Group, the maker of The Laughing Cow cheese, has officially opened its first production facility in sub-Saharan Africa with a ceremony at its new plant in Côte d'Ivoire. 

Groupe Bel profits jump in 2015

15 Mar 2016

Babybel owner Groupe Bel has posted a 50% jump in annual profits, boosted by currency fluctuations and low commodity prices.

Bel launches The Laughing Cow cheese dippers in US

11 Mar 2016

Bel, the France-based cheese maker, has added cheese dippers to the range of The Laughing Cow products it sells in the US.

Groupe Bel sales lifted by FX

1 Mar 2016

Groupe Bel indicated its fourth quarter sales were lifted by the positive impact of currency exchange as well as "changes in the scope of consolidation". 

Bel reports drop in underlying Q3 sales

13 Nov 2015

French dairy firm Groupe Bel saw sales fall on an organic basis in the third quarter, hit by declines in Europe.

Bel Group international reach offsets Europe challenge

31 Jul 2015

Bel Group has reported higher first-half sales and profits, with the French cheese maker's international reach offsetting stagnant sales in Europe.

BRICs and beyond: Should Bel follow Morocco deal with more M&A?

12 Jun 2015

French cheese giant Bel Group has made a rare acquisition in an emerging market with a deal to buy a majority stake in Safilait, the third-largest dairy company in Morocco. Bel has not been as active as some rivals in expanding in the world's faster-growing dairy markets through M&A and Dean Best looks at whether the business should be doing more.

Food industry quotes of the week - Fonterra, Campbell, Raisio

12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.

Bel takes majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait

29 May 2015

French cheese maker Bel has acquired a majority interest in Moroccan dairy firm Safilait from private equity firms Fipar Holding and Sopar.

Food industry news of the week: Applegate Farms, Bel, Smart Balance

29 May 2015

Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.

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