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What are the next major markets for gluten-free? - France the "sleeping giant" of the sector

6 Oct 2016

Over the past decade, gluten-free has established itself as a significant category in markets in North America, western Europe and Australasia. Gluten-free specialists have become sizeable businesses, with some building notable international operations and some attracting takeover interest from larger rivals. In a series of articles, just-food's John Shepherd puts forward five markets seen as the next for gluten-free manufacturers  - and conventional business interested in gluten-free

Wessanen sees demand grow for "sustainable, healthy" foods

26 Jul 2016

European natural food group Wessanen grew sales and earnings in the first half of the year, with sales of its own brands accelerating in the second quarter as the group benefited from growing demand for its offering of "sustainable, healthy" foods. 

How Wessanen plans to grow Mrs Crimble's – interview

13 Jul 2016

European natural and organic food group Wessanen entered into an agreement to acquire UK gluten-free baker Mrs Crimble's last week. Patrick Cairns, CEO of Wessanen's UK arm, speaks to just-food about the group's plans to accelerate growth at the business. 

Wessanen acquires UK gluten-free baker Mrs Crimble's 

4 Jul 2016

Wessanen has acquired UK gluten-free bakery group Mrs Crimble's for an undisclosed sum. 

Wessanen Q1 underlying sales, profits up

26 Apr 2016

Wessanen has today (26 April) booked higher underlying first-quarter sales and profits, with the Dutch food and beverage group reporting "double-digit" growth from its core brands.

What are the implications of Brexit for UK food manufacturing?

22 Feb 2016

The UK could vote on its membership of the EU in little more than four months but little attention has been paid to what impact an exit could have on the country's largest manufacturing sector. Ben Cooper weighs up the issue, speaking to executives from across the industry.

Wessanen sees FY sales, earnings spike

19 Feb 2016

Wessanen, the Europe-focused health food maker, has reported a jump in sales and comparable earnings for 2015 and claimed its brands were mostly able to grow faster than the expanding categories in which it operates. 

The year in review - the top food industry interviews of 2015

16 Dec 2015

2015 was another year of insightful interviews with a wide range of senior executives in the international food sector. Here we present the most-read interviews on just-food this year. Click on the headlines for more.

Wessanen reports mixed 9M results

22 Oct 2015

Wessanen has recorded a lower profit for the first nine months of the year, with the Dutch food group lapping a period when its results included its former US drinks unit - but the company's operating earnings were higher.

Wessanen H1 sales up, mixed profit numbers

24 Jul 2015

Dutch food group Wessanen has reported a fall in half- year net profit but increases in operating earnings and sales.

Food industry quotes of the week - Unilever, Hain Celestial

24 Jul 2015

Unilever was among the companies issuing second-quarter results this week - and, after a period of higher food revenues, said it is making targeted efforts to grow the business. Elsewhere Hain Celestial acquired Europe plant-based food and beverage maker Mona Group. just-food also interviewed Seabrook Crisps CEO Jonathan Bye about the management buy-out at the UK crisp firm and to US start-up Flapjacked's co-founder David Bacon about its ambitions.

Food industry news of the week: Mars, Nestle, Cloetta

15 May 2015

Mars raised eyebrows in the US with support for calls for nutrition labels in the country to contain information on added sugar. Nestle has seen its infant formula production in South Africa hit by the country's power problems. And European confectioner Cloetta, the company behind brands like Chewits and Sportlife, announced CEO Bengt Baron had decided to step down.

The just-food interview part two: How M&A is central to Wessanen's ambitions

13 May 2015

In the first quarter of 2015, with the sale of a US drinks asset, Netherlands-based company Wessanen officially completed its change into a business concentrating on Europe and on what it deems to be healthy and sustainable food. CFO Ronald Merckx tells Dean Best, is ready to make acquisitions to help fuel its expansion.

Food industry quotes of the week: Wessanen, Dean Foods, Mondelez

11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of the week: Wessanen, Kellogg, Lactalis

11 May 2015

Kellogg reported its first quarter results and despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. We took a look at the Chinese milk market which revealed the importance of international dairies in its future. Lactalis swooped to acquire a majority holding in Yildiz Holding's AK Gida. And we explored what UK supermarket Sainsbury's latest loss and plan to cut prices would mean for suppliers. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

The just-food interview part one: Wessanen's CFO on "focused" Dutch food group

8 May 2015

After an up-and-down decade, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its efforts to become a pure-play foods group focusing on Europe and on what it calls "natural and healthy" categories. In the first part of a two-part interview, Wessanen CFO Ronald Merckx discusses the company's transformation.

Wessanen enjoys strong volumes in Q1

24 Apr 2015

Netherlands-based food group Wessanen today (24 April) reported higher first-quarter sales and profits, with the company's CEO Christophe Barnouin pointing to the company's volume performance.

Food industry news of the week: Aryzta, Mondelez

2 Apr 2015

The week before Easter saw Aryzta surprise the market with news of its plan to buy 49% of French frozen food retailer Picard. M&A speculation surrounded Mondelez International, which was reported to be considering the sale of its rights to the cream cheese brand Philadelphia. Mondelez had a bad end to the week after being charged with manipulating wheat prices.

M&A Watch: Where could pure-play Wessanen pounce?

31 Mar 2015

After selling US drinks business American Beverage Corporation earlier this month, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its plans to be a pure-play healthy and sustainable foods group. Our M&A columnist Stefan Kirk says Wessanen has the balance sheet to make more acquisitions in food and surveys the market for targets.

Wessanen completes US exit with ABC sale

9 Mar 2015

Wessanen announced this morning (9 March) that it has completed its exit of the US and transitioned to a "pure player" in "healthy and sustainable food" after selling subsidiary American Beverage Corporation.

Wessanen sees benefit of focus

20 Feb 2015

Wessanen reported higher sales and a jump in full-year earnings thanks to progress made on its drive to focus on European health and wellness brands and sell-off non-core businesses.

Food industry news of the week: Bumble Bee, ConAgra, Kraft

22 Dec 2014

Days before Christmas came one of the more notable deals of recent months with Thai seafood giant Thai Union Frozen swooping for US group Bumble Bee Foods. In the US, ConAgra Foods wrote down the value of its own-label arm and Kraft Foods Group announced a new CEO. Elsewhere, Australian retailer Coles admitted payments it demanded from suppliers broke competition law and we interviewed the CEO of Groupe Doux, the French poultry group getting itself back on a firmer footing a year after emerging from administration.

Food industry quotes of the week: Kraft, Thai Union, Doux

22 Dec 2014

US food giant Kraft Foods Group this week announced its chairman would also take on the role of CEO - and he promptly said the company would reassess its business to "stay ahead" of the "rapid change" within the industry.

Wessanen to buy dairy-free drinks firm Abafoods

16 Dec 2014

Dutch food group Wessanen is to acquire Italian dairy-free drinks maker Abafoods for EUR52m.

Wessanen to sell French wholesale unit Bio-Distrifrais

9 Dec 2014

Dutch food group Wessanen has agreed to sell its French wholesale business Bio-Distrifrais.

Wessanen sees sales and earnings gains

24 Oct 2014

Dutch food group Wessanen booked higher sales and earnings for the first nine months of the year this morning (24 October).

NETHERLANDS: Brands boost Wessanen Q1

25 Apr 2014

Dutch food group Wessanen has reported higher underlying first-quarter profits, helped by improved sales from its brands and by last summer's acquisition of organic and Fairtrade firm France Alter Eco.

FRANCE: Fund Qualium in talks to buy biscuit maker Poult

22 Apr 2014

Private-equity group LBO France is in exclusive talks to sell French market leader for private-label biscuits, Biscuit Poult, to investment fund Qualium Investissement.

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

17 Apr 2014

Tesco was in the spotlight this week after the publication of its annual results confirmed what a challenging year the UK's largest retailer endured. Another UK grocer under scrutiny is The Co-operative Group, which reported banking-induced losses, but revealed it is re-sizing its food retail estate to give it more focus. Elsewhere, China's WH Group, of which Smithfield Foods is now a part, announced plans to list in Hong Kong and US group Post Holdings made another M&A move, with a deal to buy egg-to-dairy supplier Michael Foods.

NETHERLANDS: Wessanen sells snacks unit Izico to PE firm Egeria

16 Apr 2014

Dutch food group Wessanen has announced the sale of Benelux snacks unit Izico to local private-equity firm Egeria in a deal worth EUR68m.







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