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Dean Best | 22 Oct 2008

The leading lights of the food industry have spent the last few days in Paris at this year's SIAL exhibition and the mood of those who in convened in the French capital was one of determined optimism. Dean Best was there to read the smoke signals.

Dean Best | 16 Aug 2007

Food producers are facing rising raw material costs, particularly for dairy ingredients and wheat, making food price inflation almost inevitable. But, writes Dean Best, in the midst of a continuing price war, supermarket retailers will only pass on cost increases to customers as a last resort, making a further squeeze on supplier margins also extremely likely.

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Dean Best | 5 Nov 2012

European food group PinguinLutosa has undergone a period of significant change in recent years, with two notable acquisitions. And that transformation has continued but this time with a deal to sell one part of its business, Lutosa, to McCain Foods. COO Herwig Dejonghe speaks to just-food about the changes and his thoughts for the future of the frozen and canned food group.

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Dean Best | 22 Nov 2013

Belgium-based canned and frozen fruit and veg group Greenyard Foods has booked a half-year loss from the businesses left after the sale of potato arm Lutosa to McCain Foods.

Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2013

Fruit and vegetable processor Greenyard Foods has said it hopes to increase efficiency at its frozen unit, Pinguin, by entering into a deal Germany with local food group KTG Agrar.

Chris Mercer | 28 Jan 2013

PinguinLutosa has reported a strong rise in sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, benefiting from the knock-on effect of acquisitions and higher volumes.

Dean Best | 5 Nov 2012

PinguinLutosa COO Herwig Dejonghe has admitted he did not see why the company had to sell potato business Lutosa to McCain Foods - but has expressed confidence about the European food group's future.

Michelle Russell | 30 Jul 2012

Vegetable supplier PinguinLutosa is looking to bring its production costs in the UK in line with those from its operations in Europe

Dean Best | 14 May 2010

PinguinLutosa is eyeing expansion in Eastern Europe through its planned takeover of French co-op CECAB, the chief executive of the Belgian frozen food group has told just-food. | 21 Oct 2008

Frozen food stands to benefit as consumers rein in their spending amid the global economic downturn, Pinguin, the European vegetable processor, claimed today (21 October). | 10 Oct 2007

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize has signed a deal with Pinguin that will see the vegetable processor produce a range of frozen ready meals for the company. | 20 Aug 2007

Leading European vegetable processor Pinguin has admitted jobs could be under threat at the company’s new UK acquisition Christian Salvesen Foods. | 20 Aug 2007

Belgium-based Pinguin has bought Christian Salvesen Foods, the UK's largest processor of frozen green vegetables, in a deal worth GBP17.2m (US$34.2m). | 2 Aug 2007

The chief of one of Europe’s leading vegetable processors has claimed that it is a matter of “national interest” for UK retailers to help the sector ride out the recent severe floods in the country. | 2 Aug 2007

Belgium-based vegetable group Pinguin is to cut 120 jobs from a UK production site in a bid to bring it up to European standards, the company’s CEO said today (2 August). | 25 May 2007

Belgian frozen foods manufacturer Pinguin has entered into exclusive talks to acquire UK firm Padley Vegetables.

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