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What can buying pacts between retailers mean for food manufacturers? 15 Oct 2018

With Tesco and Carrefour seeking to become the latest major grocers in Europe to work together on purchasing, Simon Creasey looks at the impact these tie-ups can have on suppliers.


How to find growth in flat French market 25 Jul 2018

Olivier Humeau, the general manager of IRI's French arm, considers the changing mindset of FMCG consumers and how manufacturers and retailers must adapt their approach to find the opportunities for growth in a flat market.


"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.

Latest News

Nestle ice-cream JV Froneri eyes plant closure 12 Oct 2018

Froneri, the venture housing much of Nestle's ice-cream operations, is looking to close another plant in Europe.


France's Matines to ditch eggs from caged hens 9 Oct 2018

Matines, the French egg supplier owned by local agri-food group Avril, has made a commitment to stop using eggs from caged hens by 2025.


New Products - Vivera launches plant-based 'hamburger' in UK; Bel debuts Boursin Velvety in the UK; Jack Link's rolls out new on-the-go snacks; Genius adds to range in UK 5 Oct 2018

This week's most eye-catching product news features Mars' plans to shake up some of its chocolate ranges in the UK and Nestle's move to roll out a line of organic Herta products in France.


French parliament passes law to better regulate food pricing 3 Oct 2018

Legislation regulating minimum prices on food products and limiting promotional sales by retailers has been passed by the French parliament.


Fleury Michon launches offensive on salt 28 Sep 2018

Fleury Michon, the French food manufacturer, has set out plans to lower the amount of salt contained in its cooked-meats products.


Société Industrielle Laitière du Léon extends goat milk plant in south-west France 24 Sep 2018

French dairy firm Société Industrielle Laitière du Léon (SILL) is spending EUR9m to extend a plant in south-west France to cater to growing demand  for its goat's milk-based range of yogurts, cream cheeses, curds and desserts.


France's Bel plans to cut domestic jobs 21 Sep 2018

Bel, the France-based food manufacturer behind brands including The Laughing Cow cheese and GoGo Squeez fruit snacks, has drawn up plans to cut jobs in its home market.


New Products - Unilever brings Ben & Jerry's Moo-phoria ice cream to UK; Nestle breakfast cereals go organic; Quirch Foods unveils frozen brand Mambo; PepsiCo launches Kurkure sub-brand in India 21 Sep 2018

This week, the more eye-catching new products announced to market include Nestle taking some of its breakfast cereals into the organic category, high-protein, no-added sugar yogurts from Chobani in Australia and the first chilled milk product from the UK's Good Hemp.


Food safety pressure group hits out as Lactalis re-opens salmonella-linked plant 19 Sep 2018

French dairy giant Lactalis has been given permission by the country's authorities to resume selling baby milk from a factory that was closed after salmonella-contaminated milk produced there infected dozens of babies.


Management buy-out at French charcuterie firm Groupe Arcado 10 Sep 2018

French ham and sausage supplier Groupe Arcado has been the subject of a management buy-out, supported by private-equity firms MBO Partenaires and Amundi PEF.

Latest blogs

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.


Unilever and Danone continue B Corp push 21 Sep 2018

Unilever and Danone are two of the largest food companies to have embraced the B Corp certification and over the last 24 hours both have made fresh announcements.