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Lactalis scandal puts wider French supply chain in spotlight 12 Jan 2018

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal that has engulfed the company. However, the latest revelations have meant retailers have also been criticised and led to questions about the wider supply chain, which could fuel anxiety in export markets.

How the snacking universe is evolving 19 Dec 2017

IRI's latest exclusive column on just-food sees Sally Lyons Watt, executive vice-president and practice leader for the consultancy's US arm, looks at the trends evolving across that market, as well as in Europe and Australia, to identify the key opportunities for food manufacturers in this growth area.

Bonduelle "ready for more M&A" - interview with CFO Gregory Sanson 4 Oct 2017

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings and in which it struck a major acquisition - that of US produce group Ready Pac Foods. Dean Best spoke to Bonduelle CFO Grégory Sanson about the numbers, the company's outlook for the 2017/18 financial year and why it is ready for more M&A.

"We are very confident about the future" - Brioche Pasquier on outlook for UK business 2 Oct 2017

Brioche Pasquier, the France-based bakery group, sees international expansion as a central plank of its growth strategy. Among the family-owned company's largest international markets is the UK. Dean Best met Olivier Ripoche, the managing director of Brioche Pasquier's UK business, as the group officially opened the latest production line at its plant north of London to discuss the company's plans and why it is sanguine about Brexit.

Investor interest in sustainability growing but still way to go 14 Jul 2017

There are increasing signs more investors are becoming interested in the corporate sustainability practices of food companies, with some introducing the issue into the factors they weigh when deciding where to put their cash. However, as interest in corporate sustainability varies by company, so it does in the investment community, with some in the financial sphere seemingly little interested, proving the CEO advocates in the sector still have some convincing to do.

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New French report links 'ultra-processed' foods to cancer 15 Feb 2018

French researchers are claiming a direct causal link between highly processed foods and cancer.

Lactalis did not report earlier salmonella outbreak, claims government official 14 Feb 2018

A French government official has told a senate commission that dairy company Lactalis - embroiled in a crisis resulting from salmonella linked to its products - did not declare an earlier outbreak of the disease at its facility.

Listeria scare triggers recall of French private label packaged ham 13 Feb 2018

Several French supermarkets, including Carrefour, Casino and the local arm of Germany's Lidl, have issued a recall of their own label packaged ham following the discovery of traces of the listeria bacteria.

Dr Oetker moves for Unilever French baking unit Alsa 10 Feb 2018

Germany-based food giant Dr Oetker is looking to add to its baking business with the acquisition of Unilever’s Alsa unit in France.

French court backs sale of FTL unit Som'Baker 8 Feb 2018

A court in France has approved the sale of pizza maker Som'Baker, a business put up for sale by French food holdings group Financiere Turenne Lafayette (FTL), which has been selling off its assets after uncovering issues with its accounts.

Lactalis CEO - 'Formula may have been contaminated for years' 2 Feb 2018

Lactalis CEO Emmanuel Besnier has warned the French dairy giant could have been producing infant formula tainted with salmonella for more than a decade.

Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical adds BC Bio to French food assets 2 Feb 2018

Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical has expanded its business in France with the acquisition of local organic supplier BC Bio for an undisclosed sum.

Spain's Ibercacao lining up to buy France's Chocolaterie de Bourgogne 31 Jan 2018

Spain's Ibercacao is lining up to acquire troubled French chocolate maker Chocolaterie de Bourgogne.

Nestle's French rejig to lead to more jobs lost 26 Jan 2018

Nestle has revealed its plan to reorganise its business in France will lead to 400 fewer jobs across the company's operations in the country in three years' time.

General Mills among companies committing to France investment 24 Jan 2018

US food giant General Mills plans to invest EUR17m (US$21) in a new production line at a plant making Häagen-Dazs ice cream in northern France. 

Latest blogs

Lots of chatter about grocery M&A on both sides of pond 5 Oct 2017

The last 24 hours or so have seen possible M&A deals among some of the biggest names in food retail speculated on both sides of the Atlantic.

Another new member for Faber's top team at Danone 14 Apr 2016

Danone has appointed a new executive to lead its early life nutrition business, which features brands including Aptamil and Nutrilon.

Lactalis's emerging markets push continues 29 Mar 2016

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has struck another deal in a promising emerging market for dairy.