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Covid-19 food industry updates – Wednesday 8 July (free to read)

8 Jul 2020

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

Plant-based priorities – dairy companies with a stake in dairy-free

6 Jul 2020

Andy Coyne 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.

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.

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. 

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