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Katy Askew | 6 Aug 2009

Dean Foods booked strong second-quarter earnings this week and said that it is on track to deliver cost savings of US$300m over the next three years. However, the US dairy giant's management sounded a note of caution on the likelihood of higher input costs and competitive pressures. Katy Humphries takes a look at some of the challenges that may be in store for the company.

Dean Best | 2 Mar 2009

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, has a number of questions to answer after last week posting a drop in annual profits – and seeing the departure of its CEO. Industry watchers insist that, despite the downturn, Wessanen's focus on health food is correct but some believe an exit from the US market could help the company's core European business thrive.

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Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Alpro has had three owners in four years but one executive that has been at the company throughout is CEO Bernard Deryckere. He talks to Dean Best about the success Alpro, now owned by US firm WhiteWave Foods, has had with the recent expansion of its product portfolio.

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Dean Best | 27 May 2016

The Vandemoortele family is set to become the sole shareholder in the Belgium-based business-to-business baker after agreeing to buy shares owned in the company by local private-equity group Gimv.

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jan 2015

Italian frozen bread maker Lanterna-Agritech has been acquired by frozen bakery player Vandemoortele.

Stuart Todd | 8 Nov 2013

Belgian bakery and lipids producer Vandemoortele is investing in the construction of a plant in St Vulbas, near Lyon.

Michelle Russell | 6 Sep 2013

All palm oil present in food products destined for France and Germany have to be sustainable by 2015, according to two new industry pledges.

Dean Best | 17 Oct 2010

Alpro, the soy-foods business owned by US dairy giant Dean Foods, is to launch two soy-milk products next year targeting health-conscious consumers. | 23 Jun 2010

Vandemoortele Group has reported a profit from operations (EBIT) of EUR57m, on the back of turnover of EUR1.1bn. | 14 Jun 2010

Belgian food group Vandemoortele is to expand its margarine and fats business with a deal to buy a unit from Van Dijk Food Products.

Dean Best | 9 Apr 2010

Belgian food group Vandemoortele is to close two of the sites in France that form part of its Panavi bakery business. | 19 Jun 2009

The highly anticipated sale of Belgium soy business, Alpro, drew to a somewhat abrupt end this week, when it emerged that US dairy giant Dean Foods had struck a deal to acquire the unit from Vandemoortele. | 15 Jun 2009

US dairy giant Dean Foods plans to boost the number of soy food products it sells in the US in the wake of its acquisition of Belgium's Alpro, the company said today (15 June). | 15 Jun 2009

Soy foods business Alpro has been sold to US dairy giant Dean Foods, it was announced today (15 June). | 12 Jun 2009

This week, UK retail took centre stage when just-food attended an event organised by the British Retail Consortium in London. | 9 Jun 2009

A sale of soy foods business Alpro could be agreed in two weeks, according to an investor in parent company Vandemoortele, the Belgian food group. | 6 May 2009

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, has told just-food that a sale of its North American operations would help the business to pay down rising debts and grow in Europe. | 23 Apr 2009

Global food rivals Unilever and Nestle are reportedly among the remaining suitors for soya brand Alpro, which has been up for sale by its Belgian owner. | 22 Apr 2009

Private equity groups have reportedly withdrawn from the race to acquire Belgium soy milk and yoghurt maker Alpro Soya from Vandemoortele Group. | 27 Mar 2009

A Belgium-based investment fund has taken a “substantial minority stake” in Alpro owner Vandemoortele, just-food can reveal. | 16 Mar 2009

Finland-based dairy group Valio has launched a clutch of lactose-free products in neighbouring Sweden. | 27 Feb 2009

Alpro, the Belgium-based soy food business up for sale, has secured interest from a number of unnamed parties, its owner told just-food today (27 February). | 22 Jan 2009

Belgium-based food group Vandemoortele is looking to sell its soy foods business Alpro.

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