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"B Corp is very relevant for the food industry today" - Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on French giant's work on the certification 12 Apr 2018

Danone has been one of the major food corporations looking seriously at B Corp certification, which takes into account all stakeholders, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to a company's shareholders. The French giant today (12 April) announced its North America arm is now B Corp-certified and just-food's Ben Cooper spoke to group chairman and CEO Emmanuel Faber about his support for that way of codifying a food business.


How to tap into growth of Europe's foodservice market 7 Mar 2018

In Europe's main markets, purchases of food and drink to consume outside the home have been growing at an average of 2.5% per year since 2015, with growth rates in some countries putting grocery retail in the shade. Virginie Pernin, chief analyst at IRI GIRA Foodservice, considers the reasons for this growth and the developments to look out for in the future.


Five things to learn from Danone's 2017 results 20 Feb 2018

French dairy giant Danone - which owns Activia yogurts, dairy alternative Alpro and Evian water - has returned a positive set of full-year 2017 figures as synergies kicked in from its acquisition of US natural and organic foods business WhiteWave Foods. But that's not the full story. Andy Coyne delves a little deeper.


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.

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French government to weigh in on William Saurin takeover 14 Jun 2018

The French government is to examine the possible impact the takeover of a clutch of ready-meals assets - including the William Saurin brand - by rival manufacturer Cofigeo could have on jobs and the sector.


Savencia-Sodiaal cheese firm Richesmonts to close plant 8 Jun 2018

French cheese maker Compagnie des Fromages et Richesmonts (CFR), jointly owned by Savencia Fromage & Dairy and Sodiaal, is to close a plant in response to decreasing demand.


Embattled Jean Caby granted three-week reprieve to nail down buyer 7 Jun 2018

French cooked meats specialist Jean Caby has been granted an additional three weeks by a commercial court in Lille to finalise a takeover bid for the embattled company. 


Bonduelle opens doors of new innovation centre 31 May 2018

French vegetable products group Bonduelle has opened a second innovation centre in its home country.


Barilla launches 'responsible French wheat chain' for bread brand Harrys 29 May 2018

Italian pasta giant Barilla has launched what it calls "a responsible wheat chain" for its France-based bread brand Harrys.


France's Norac Foods buys into meal-kit firm Cook Angels 23 May 2018

French manufacturer Norac Foods has snapped up a majority stake in local meat-kit supplier Cook Angels.


French poultry firm Doux set for sale to LDC consortium 18 May 2018

A French commercial court has chosen a consortium led by French poultry group LDC to take over ailing chicken processor Groupe Doux.


Meat specialist Jean Caby attracts takeover interest that may safeguard future 17 May 2018

France-based cooked meats specialist Jean Caby has received last-minute takeover interest that may ensure its survival having been under court protection since the end of last year.


PepsiCo incubator to return for second year 16 May 2018

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has announced that its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator programme is to return for a second year.


'French packaged fruit firm St Mamet up for sale' 11 May 2018

St Mamet, the France-based packaged fruits supplier, has reportedly been put for up sale by majority shareholder Florac, the French private-equity firm.

Latest blogs

Carrefour, Google team up as France's online grocery shake-up continues 12 Jun 2018

France's largest food retailers have made a number of moves in recent quarters to try to tap into the growth of the country's online grocery market - and this week another notable venture has been announced.


Casino, Auchan to push on with talks on buying pact 26 Apr 2018

French retail giants Casino and Auchan have insisted they will press ahead with their negotiations over a possible buying pact after it emerged a potential partner for the tie-up, Systeme-U, is in its own talks with Carrefour.


Another buying partnership on cards in France 25 Apr 2018

Yet more news of a potential purchasing alliance between France's largest grocers.