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September 4, 2020

French agri giant Groupe Roullier buys Belgian baker Alysse Food

Alysse Food, the Belgium-based bakery group supplying retailers and foodservice operators, has a new owner.

By Dean Best

Alysse Food, the Belgium-based bakery business supplying retailers and foodservice operators, has been sold to French agri major Groupe Roullier.

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Financial details were not disclosed. Roullier, which sees the majority of its revenue come from fertiliser, is the owner of French baker Pâtisseries Gourmandes and said the move for Alysse Food would “strengthen” that part of its operations.

“This takeover is fully in line with the ambitious development project of our agri-food division. It allows it to extend its pastry know-how, to broaden its offer, while accelerating its international opening,” Roullier said in a statement.

Family-owned Alysse Food, set up in 1995, manufactures “American-inspired” products such as muffins, brownies, cupcakes and bagels, Roullier said.

The range of products “complements” those made by Pâtisseries Gourmandes, Roullier added. Pâtisseries Gourmandes focuses on baked goods such as madeleines and galettes. It markets products under brands including Ker Cadélac and Un Gourmand a Paris.

“This project consolidates our dynamic and will allow us to take a new step in our international development,” Mickaël Le Jossec, the head of Roullier’s agri-food business, said.

Roullier generated revenues of EUR2bn (US$2.37bn) in 2019. Two-thirds of its revenue are made in the fertiliser sector.  The group also has interests in sectors including magnesium production and packaging.

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
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  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
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