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Dean Best | 15 Jan 2010

Dutch food maker Wessanen this week looked to kick off 2010 with confidence and announced it had found a permanent CEO, as well as outlining its plans to build in Europe. The markets, however, were unconvinced and the company's shares slid in consecutive days. Dean Best reports.

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2009

The food industry is one of the sectors most resilient to economic downturns but 2009 has not been without its challenges for the world's leading manufacturers. The turmoil seen on the financial markets in late 2008 gave way to a deep recession in 2009, where credit remained scarce and manufacturers like Uniq, Bakkavor and Dairy Farmers of Britain faced financial problems - with the latter going to the wall. Some food makers, however, have thrived. Read on for which companies just-food feels had a good 2009 - and which suffered.

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Katie Smith | 18 Oct 2011

Gorilla Boogers brand is in negotiations to list its new raisin snack with major UK retailers.

Petah Marian | 27 Jul 2011

Shares in Netherlands-based food group Wessanen rose today (27 July) despite the company's profits falling in the second quarter of 2011.

Dean Best | 19 Jul 2011

Wessanen has sold its distribution business Tree of Life UK to local firm Petty Wood & Co. | 1 Dec 2010

Dutch food group Wessanen has been ordered to repay Kehe part of the price the US firm paid for US organic food business Tree of Life. | 10 Sep 2010

Kallo Foods, the UK organic and wholefoods arm of Dutch food group Wessanen, has appointed former Plum Baby boss Patrick Cairns as CEO.

Katy Askew | 23 Dec 2009

Shares in Dutch organic group Wessanen fell in morning trade today (23 December), after the company announced that it had sold Tree of Life for a price that fell short of market expectations. | 23 Dec 2009

Dutch food group Wessanen announced this morning (23 December) that it has reached a deal to sell its US organic unit Tree of Life to Kehe Food for US$190m.

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2009

Speculation over the future of Wessanen is growing after volatility in the Dutch food group's share price in the last 24 hours. | 20 Nov 2009

Dutch food group Wessanen has claimed “the first step” in its plans to offload its branded and distribution operations in North America with the sale of US food importer Liberty Richter. | 30 Oct 2009

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, has successfully offloaded its German frozen meat business Karl Kemper. | 28 Oct 2009

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, is looking to sell two frozen food units, Karl Kemper and Righi, as part of an ongoing plan to focus on speciality and organic food in Europe. | 3 Sep 2009

Australian muesli maker Carman's Fine Foods has secured US distribution for three of its muesli bar lines. | 28 Aug 2009

The downturn has dampened the market for dairy commodities but there are rumblings that prices are on the way back up. This week, we looked at the movement in dairy prices and there is not, as yet, widespread agreement that a recovery is on its way - which would sour Irish cheese giant Glanbia, where more cost cuts look likely to offset falling dairy revenues. The near-term future is also uncertain at US organic food maker Hain Celestial, despite the optimism of the company's management. And, sticking with US organics, Wessanen, the owner of Tree of Life, told us that it had put the business on the block. | 24 Aug 2009

US natural and organic food group Tree of Life looks set to have a new owner by the end of the year after current Dutch parent Wessanen confirmed the business would be sold. | 29 Jul 2009

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, posted a significant second-quarter operating loss today (29 July), hit by impairment charges at its US beverage unit. | 29 Jul 2009

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, has announced its intention to dissolve the contract of its ex-CEO Ad Veenhof. | 15 Jun 2009

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, today (15 June) admitted that it has uncovered financial irregularities within one of its branded businesses in North America. | 23 Apr 2009

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, said today (23 April) that interim CEO Frans Koffrie would continue to lead the company for another year. | 22 Apr 2009

Dutch food group Wessanen said today (22 April) that it will start a review on whether to exit all North American businesses and focus on Europe in a bid to streamline its business. | 4 Aug 2008

th food company Natural Harmony Foods will begin stocking its SoLean breakfast products in all Tree of Life Natural Foods warehouses across the US.

Kevin Jacobs | 8 May 2008

The challenges of operating in India's fledgling organised retail sector took centre stage at day two of the Food Forum India 2008 conference in Mumbai yesterday (7 May). Meeting ever-changing consumer demands, a nascent supply chain and a sustainable relationship between supplier and retailer were key points of discussion. Here are some of the top quotes from day two's session.

Kevin Jacobs | 7 May 2008

Indian retailers are looking to expand their range of imported foods to cater for growing demand among the country’s ever-more wealthy middle class. | 26 Feb 2008

A positive showing from Wessanen’s distribution business in North America has led to healthy profits at the Dutch food group. | 1 Aug 2007

Dutch food group Royal Wessanen has posted rising first-half profits despite a drop off in revenues, the company said today (1 August). | 2 May 2007

US organic foods distributor Tree of Life is to handle a range of Amish pastas, the company has announced. | 24 Apr 2007

US organic food group Tree of Life is open to further acquisitions after it snapped up Florida-based distributor Organica USA. | 24 Apr 2007

US organic food group Tree of Life has bought Florida-based distributor Organica USA for an undisclosed sum. | 17 Jan 2007

Sweet Success Enterprises, the functional beverages producer, has announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with the natural goods distributor Tree of Life, part of the Royal Wessanen food group.

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