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SPAIN: Ebro hails profit growth as sales slide

27 Oct 2010

Spanish food group Ebro Foods today (27 October) reported double-digit growth in operating profit for the first nine months of the year despite its sales falling faster during the third quarter.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

15 Oct 2010

Europe's food retail industry is set for further consolidation, analysts said this week, while speculation continued to grow over the ownership of global dairy brand Yoplait. Here's the best of what was said this week.

FRANCE: Private-equity, Grupo Lala, Mengniu "eye Yoplait"

14 Oct 2010

The list of potential suitors for Yoplait grew today (14 October) with a clutch of private-equity firms Mexican food maker Grupo Lala and China's Mengniu Dairy all linked to the French yoghurt maker.

FRANCE: Lactalis coy over Yoplait "interest"

13 Oct 2010

French dairy giant Lactalis was today (13 October) coy about its interest in Yoplait, the yoghurt maker that is set for a change of ownership.

Best bits: PepsiCo, FrieslandCampina, Kraft look to future

11 Oct 2010

For PepsiCo, the future does not just lie in snacks and soda.

SPAIN: Union to continue calls for milk boycott

15 Sep 2010

Trade unions in north-west Spain are to step up protests over claims the milk industry is refusing to raise farmer prices - which they say are well below the national and European average.

SPAIN: Lactalis Nestle to close production site

10 Sep 2010

Lactalis Nestle, the fresh dairy venture between French dairy giant Lactalis and Nestle, the world's largest food maker is to close a factory near the Spanish city of Barcelona.

SPAIN: EC approves Lactalis' acquisition of Ebro Puleva dairy interests

24 Aug 2010

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Spanish food group, Ebro Puleva's dairy business to France's Lactalis.

FRANCE: Dairy groups and farmers reach agreement on milk prices

19 Aug 2010

French dairy groups and farmers have reached an agreement on milk prices, allaying fears of a repeat of the disruption in supplies to processing plants seen in 2009.

FRANCE: Dairy processors, farmers to meet next week on price

13 Aug 2010

French dairy groups have agreed to hold fresh talks with farmers on milk prices next week in an effort to avoid a repeat of the disruption in supplies to processing plants seen last year.

FRANCE: Farmers intensify pressure over milk prices

11 Aug 2010

French farmers are planning a day of action tomorrow (12 August) as they seek to intensify pressure on dairy processors to pay more for their milk.

FRANCE: Dairy farmers issue ultimatum on prices

5 Aug 2010

France's main dairy farmers unions have given industrial groups until 12 August to respect a price agreement they claim makes provision for increases over the whole of 2010 of more than 10% on the previous year.

Best bits: Picard, Rachel's, John West deals all raise questions

2 Aug 2010

Each of last week's three major M&A deals - the sale of French frozen-food retailer Picard to yet another private equity house, dairy giant Lactalis buying UK organic firm Rachel's and MWBrands, the canned seafood group that is home to brands like John West, moving into Thai hands - offered as many questions as they had answers.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

30 Jul 2010

Two UK household food brands found new owners this week, with the sales of the Rachel's organic dairy business and canned tuna maker John West. In France, frozen-food retailer Picard was snapped in another deal involving private equity. just-food this week carried three major interviews with senior directors at Uniq, Danisco and stevia supplier PureCircle.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

30 Jul 2010

First-half and quarterly results continued to filter out this week, with CEOs and CFOs attempting to mitigate some less than impressive expected results by looking to "long-term strategies." Here's the pick of what was said:

just-food's research round-up

30 Jul 2010

Each Friday, just-food will give you a list of the reports that have caught our eye in the research store over the past week or so. This week's list takes subjects including heart-health, organic food, in-home dining and gluten-free.

In the spotlight - the sale of UK organic dairy firm Rachel's

29 Jul 2010

As a business proud of its Welsh roots, it is unlikely the Stars and Stripes were ever hoisted above the Rachel's dairy farm in Aberystwyth.

SPAIN: Ebro Puleva underlying profits climb in H1

29 Jul 2010

Spanish food group Ebro Puleva has booked a jump in first half profits as the business readjusts in the wake of its exit from the dairy sector.

UPDATE: US: Dean Foods to focus on "core" business after Rachel's sale

28 Jul 2010

US dairy giant Dean Foods said today (28 July) that it wants to focus on the parts of its business that give "the greatest return" to investors after agreeing to sell UK organic business Rachel's.

US/FRANCE: Dean Foods sells Rachel's to Lactalis

28 Jul 2010

US dairy giant Dean Foods has this afternoon (28 July) confirmed the sale of UK organic business Rachel's to France's Lactalis.

UK: Lactalis McLelland 2009 profits fall 2%

8 Jul 2010

UK cheese firm Lactalis McLelland has booked a fall in annual profits after losses at subsidiary Caledonian Cheese Company.

BELGIUM: Vandemoortele pleased with 2009 operating results

23 Jun 2010

Vandemoortele Group has reported a profit from operations (EBIT) of EUR57m, on the back of turnover of EUR1.1bn.

GLOBAL: China's Yili enters world's top 20 dairy firms

16 Jun 2010

China's Yili Group has become the latest non-Western dairy processor to join the ranks of the world's top 20 firms in the sector, according to data published today (16 June).

Best bits: Sodiaal, R&R, Plum Baby - M&A heats up

7 Jun 2010

Almost a year after French dairy group Sodiaal began its pursuit to buy local peer Entremont Alliance, we could at last be set to see the creation of one of Europe's largest dairy companies.

In the spotlight - Sodiaal's pursuit of Entremont

4 Jun 2010

Could we, after almost a year, be set to see Sodiaal acquire French dairy peer Entremont Alliance - and, as a consequence, create one of Europe's largest dairy processors?

SPAIN: Nestle eyes efficiency with ice-cream expansion

21 May 2010

Nestle said it wants to build one of the most “efficient and competitive” ice cream factories in Spain with the expansion of its Araia facility.

MOLDOVA: Lactalis "invests in Moldova"

16 Apr 2010

French dairy group Lactalis has reportedly invested EUR17m (US$23m) to expand its operations in the Eastern European country of Moldova.

FRANCE: Lactalis to launch first organic yoghurts

31 Mar 2010

Lactalis will tomorrow (1 April) launch its first range of organic yoghurts, the company has confirmed.

FRANCE: Fears over fresh row over milk prices

22 Mar 2010

A fresh dispute is simmering over milk prices in France with dairy groups calling for a new method to be employed to calculate indices that takes into account prices in other EU states.

Ebro cuts ties with dairy with Lactalis sale

9 Mar 2010

A full 100 years since a forerunner of Spanish food giant Ebro Puleva made its first dairy products, the company looks set to quit the category.

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