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Danone's Alpro aims to milk its emerging markets - interview 26 Oct 2017

Danone's blockbuster move for US-based WhiteWave Foods has been one of the most significant food-industry acquisitions of the last 18 months. Struck in July 2016, the US$12.5bn deal was sealed this April and doubled Danone’s sales in the US – but it also gave the French giant the European dairy-alternative brand Alpro. Dean Best caught up with Alain De Bruyn, commercial director for Alpro’s business in a swathe of countries from Slovakia to South Africa, to find out more about the plans for the brand in some of its more early-stage markets.


Why finding harmony on nutritional labelling no easy task - analysis 6 Apr 2017

Front-of-pack nutritional labelling has long been a subject of fierce debate within the food industry - and between food companies and public health professionals. The launch of a coalition of multinational food and beverage companies aimed at fostering a harmonised approach across Europe, Ben Cooper writes, promises more of the same.


How could a TTIP affect the food industry? 14 Jun 2016

The proposed trade agreement between the EU and the US - dubbed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP - has proved a source of fierce debate, with supporters seeking to emphasise the economic benefits of a deal but critics claiming it would favour big business, endanger food safety and the environment - and even undermine democracy. In recent weeks, opposition has emerged in political circles, with France's President Hollande insisting he would veto the agreement in its current form. Food and agriculture is at the centre of Hollande's concerns and the sector is among the main points of contention. But what could be the impact of TTIP on food manufacturers? Liz Newmark reports.


Round Table on Responsible Soy looking for systemic solutions to drive progress - interview 26 May 2016

In its bid to transform Europe into a "100% responsible soy" market by 2020, the Round Table on Responsible Soy has enlisted the help of Swiss-based management consultants Malik. Ben Cooper spoke with Lieven Callewaert, the RTRS’s European representative, to find out more.


What impact could new EU novel food rules have on NPD? 8 Dec 2015

The EU's new novel food regulations will provide greater clarity and reduce the administrative burden for food manufacturers, as well as boost the sector’s competitiveness, according to industry experts.

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Brussels to convene talks on front-of-pack nutrition labels 19 Apr 2018

The European Commission has revealed it will start talks on front-of-pack nutrition labelling on Monday (23 April).


European Commission targets unfair trade practices in food supply chain 12 Apr 2018

The European Commission has outlined proposals to ban "damaging unfair trading practices" in the food supply chain to ensure fairer treat­ment for small and medium sized (SME) food and farming businesses.


Greenyard to acquire remaining 49% stake in Fresh Direct Belgium 3 Apr 2018

Greenyard has reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares in its Fresh Direct operation in Belgium.


Under-fire Belgium meat firm Veviba up for sale 21 Mar 2018

Veviba, the Belgium-based meat processor at the centre of a food-safety scandal, is up for sale.


Belgium meat group Veviba in firing line 13 Mar 2018

Belgium's Minister for Agriculture has described meat processing firm Veviba – which saw its facilities closed last week for allegedly not meeting food-safety standards – as "a mafia-type enterprise".


EU outlines food proposals in draft Brexit agreement 1 Mar 2018

The European Commission has proposed UK and EU food companies would be able to trade food products freely across both markets into 2021 following Brexit.


Greenyard appoints Hein Deprez CEO to replace Marleen Vaesen; Carl Peeters becomes COO 29 Jan 2018

Greenyard has appointed Hein Deprez as chief executive officer of the Belgium fruit and vegetable company to replace Marleen Vaesen, while Carl Peeters will fill the newly-created role of chief operating officer. 


EU food sector "welcomes" plastics push - with advice 16 Jan 2018

The EU food and drink industries today (16 January) "welcomed" the bloc's push to reduce the use of single-use plastics but said Brussels' efforts needed to include moves to raise recycling rates and to "prioritise" product "safety and quality".


Greenyard talks to buy Dole Food ended 5 Jan 2018

Belgium-based fruit and vegetable company Greenyard has said talks to acquire Dole Food Co. have ended without a "definitive agreement''


Belgium's Greenyard in "advanced talks'' to acquire Dole Food 19 Dec 2017

Greenyard, the Belgium-based producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables, said it is in advanced talks to acquire Dole Food Co. although a definitive agreement has yet to be reached.

Latest blogs

Talk of merger between Ahold and Delhaize returns 11 May 2015

Over the weekend, there were fresh claims Europe-based food retailers Ahold and Delhaize are in discussions to join forces.


MEPs back country of origin meat regs 12 Feb 2015

The European Parliament has backed calls to create new country of origin meat labelling regulations in processed foods.


European Parliament votes for member state veto on GM crops 13 Nov 2014

MEPs have shown their support for plans to allow individual countries to ban the cultivation of GM crops, even if they have been approved at EU level.