One story dominated the headlines this week – the plans by Heinz and Kraft Foods Group to join forces and create the world's fifth-largest food and drinks group. Elsewhere, French co-ops Agrial and Eurial said their plans to combine their dairy businesses had been put on hold. There was also sad news from the French food sector with news of a fatal explosion at desserts firm Senagral.

In the spotlight: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?
This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.

Click here for our full coverage of the deal.

Fatal explosion at French desserts firm Senagral
One person has been killed and two injured following the explosion of a machine at a Senagral dairy plant in Jouy, in France's Burgundy region.

Fonterra H1 sales plunge on oversupply
Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, said sales plunged 14% in the first half of its financial year.

Agrial, Eurial dairy merger put on hold
The dairy merger between French co-operatives Agrial and Eurial has been put on hold over divergence relating to its scope as originally perceived.

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Alpro "yoghurt variation" term banned by Brussels court
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ConAgra confirms another private-label charge
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Click here for our analysis of the challenges facing incoming ConAgra CEO Sean Connolly.

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Quorn rejects "misguided" lawsuit
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