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Danone Q1 sales update and adapting to Covid-19 - six things to learn 21 Apr 2020

Danone's Q1 sales beat expectations, boosted by Covid-19 pantry-loading. However, the Alpro maker withdrew its financial guidance for 2020, which weighed on its share price.


"We are seen as saviours. That's a remarkable change" – French food companies on doing business during Covid-19 6 Apr 2020

How are food companies operating in France, one of the European countries most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, being impacted by the crisis?


Plant-based priorities - dairy companies with a stake in dairy-free 3 Apr 2020

Andy Coyne rounds up what the world's leading dairy businesses, or food majors with a significant dairy offering, are providing in the dairy-free product area.


Could Covid-19 make for more caring companies? 31 Mar 2020

How might corporate engagement in addressing major global issues, such as climate change and poverty, be affected by the coronavirus pandemic?


Why cheese giant Bel sees opportunities in plants 23 Oct 2019

Best known for processed cheese, the new, plant-forward business strategy of France's Bel Group has garnered mixed reactions. Sophie Kevany reports.

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French poultry firm LDC in negotiations to acquire peer Ronsard 28 May 2020

French poultry giant LDC has entered exclusive negotiations to acquire a local counterpart to head-off foreign competition.


France's Agrial to re-build fire-hit cheese plant 27 May 2020

Agrial, the French agri-food major, has announced its decision on the future of cheese production on a site hit by fire in February.


Danone sets out stall to become better corporate citizen 20 May 2020

French dairy giant Danone has outlined plans to enshrine social and environmental goals in its articles of association.


France sees three Covid-19 clusters at meat plants 19 May 2020

Three Covid-19 clusters have been confirmed at slaughterhouses in France, local government officials have confirmed


Alpro owner Danone plans plant-based assault 6 May 2020

Danone has announced a "new chapter" for its combined dairy and plant-based business, which includes setting up a unit to help its dairy-free business grow geographically.


Danone sees post-Covid-19 boost for "big brands" 22 Apr 2020

Danone has set out a possible trend on which the French giant could capitalise as consumers adjust after the Covid-19 pandemic.


Danone suspends guidance amid Covid-19 volatility but sees sales rise 21 Apr 2020

French dairy giant Danone has made an announcement regarding its financial guidance in light of the uncertain economic climate created by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Covid-19 - France veg giant Bonduelle suspends guidance 9 Apr 2020

Bonduelle is another major food manufacturer to have pulled its financial guidance, citing "uncertainties" created by Covid-19.


French manufacturer Fleury Michon withdraws guidance 8 Apr 2020

France's Fleury Michon has become the latest food manufacturer to pull its financial guidance for 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19.


Froneri shuts French plants early for Easter but insists not linked to Covid-19 7 Apr 2020

Froneri has temporarily shut three plants across France for an extended Easter break but insists it is not related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Amazon and France's Casino announce latest project 24 Apr 2019

A year after first joining forces, the US e-commerce titan and the French grocer have set out fresh ways they are to work together.


Two of France's largest grocers in quarrel over "merger" claim 25 Sep 2018

Carrefour and Casino, two of the biggest food retailers in France and owner of hundreds of stores overseas combined, are squabbling about claims one approached the other of a possible merger.


Fleury Michon quits French meats trade body 24 Sep 2018

Fleury Michon, the France-based supplier of ready meals and cooked meats, has quit the trade body representing the charcuterie industry in the country.