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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.


How Danone's "manifesto" is shaping its corporate activity - just-food interview, part two 6 Jul 2017

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.


Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on why industry "mindset" on health and sustainability needs to change - just-food interview, part one 6 Jul 2017

Danone has declared an "Alimentation Revolution". The France-based food and beverage giant has urged the industry to join a "movement" that aims to "nurture the adoption of healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking habits". Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, made the call at the Consumer Goods Forum in Berlin, an annual event where the sector’s leading lights to discuss strategy and outline their vision for the industry. Dean Best caught up with Faber after his speech to find out more about Danone’s "manifesto", how it is defining the company’s actions and why the industry should join them.

Latest News

French food sector signs charter for "fairer" future 16 Nov 2017

Farm co-operatives, industrial groups, retailers and trade bodies in France have signed a state-brokered charter pledging their commitment to a food sector that is more sustainable, equitable and safer.


French egg supplier Matines eyes "transformation" 16 Nov 2017

Matines, the French egg supplier owned by local agri-food group Avril, is looking to switch more of its business to free-range and organic production, a move it says could lead to the closure of a packing facility and jobs being axed.


France's Agrial poised to acquire fellow charcuterie maker Tallec 15 Nov 2017

France's Agrial is poised to make its second acquisition in charcuterie this year with the purchase of Brittany-based family firm Tallec.


France's LSDH appoints Franck Malinowski as new MD 13 Nov 2017

French dairy, juice and soup maker Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l'Hôtel (LSDH) has appointed Franck Malinowski as group managing director to oversee an "ambitious investment plan".


Danone confirms CEO Emmanuel Faber to take on chairman role 19 Oct 2017

Danone has confirmed Emmanuel Faber will add the position of chairman to his role as CEO.


McCormick latest to launch organic food push in France 18 Oct 2017

McCormick & Co. has stepped up its presence in France’s organic category.


Danone slient on Franck Riboud exit talk 17 Oct 2017

Danone has refused to be drawn on a report in France suggesting chairman - and once long-time CEO - Franck Riboud is to leave the business.


Emmanuel Macron plans to change France's food pricing system 13 Oct 2017

France's President, Emmanuel Macron, has set out plans to radically change the country's food pricing system as part of an ambitious farm-to-fork reform programme for the sector.


Agrial's Florette launches organic offensive in France 12 Oct 2017

French agri-food co-op Agrial is looking to increase the presence of flagship produce brand Florette in the country's growing organic sector.


French co-op Triskalia invests in food industry start-up fund 6 Oct 2017

French farming cooperative Triskalia has invested in a fund which promotes food industry start-ups.

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.