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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.

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.

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Mademoiselle Desserts sale to IK Investment Partners finalised 27 Jul 2018

Pan-European private-equity firm IK Investment Partners has completed its move to acquire a majority stake in French frozen bakery specialist Mademoiselle Desserts.

French halal brand Isla Delice gets new private-equity owner 26 Jul 2018

Ambre Délice, the owner of French halal brand Isla Délice, has been sold to another private-equity firm, the UK-based Perwyn.

Nestle to fight on in EU over KitKat trademark 25 Jul 2018

Nestlé plans to continue its trademark dispute with Mondelez International over the shape of its KitKat chocolate bar in the EU after The European Court of Justice threw out an appeal from the world’s largest food maker.

Cofigeo can buy all FTL ready-meal assets, French government rules 20 Jul 2018

French food manufacturer Cofigeo has been given the all-clear to buy all of the ready-meals assets formerly owned by French food holding company Financiere Turenne Lafayette, if it "maintains" employment at the operations for two years.

Sodiaal forms four divisions to implement strategy 19 Jul 2018

French dairy major Sodiaal has reorganised its business into four divisions as CEO Jorge Boucas, appointed last year, looks to hit the profitability targets he set in December.

Ex-FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen becomes Sodiaal finance chief 19 Jul 2018

Former FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen has been named operations and finance director at French dairy peer Sodiaal.

Bigard, Elivia get green light as China prepares to accept French beef 17 Jul 2018

French beef suppliers Bigard and Elivia have got the all-clear from Beijing to export to China three weeks after the countries struck a deal on shipments.

Marine Harvest salmon plant in France destroyed by fire 17 Jul 2018

A salmon processing factory in north-west France owned by Norway's Marine Harvest has been destroyed by fire, creating an uncertain future for production and workers.

French watchdog to deepen buying pacts probe 16 Jul 2018

France's competition regulator is to "deepen" its investigations into two new purchasing tie-ups involving five of its largest food retailers.

Japan's Takara plots first Europe factory 13 Jul 2018

Takara Sangyo Co. has announced plans to open its first European production facility, with the Japanese firm looking to tap into the continent's growing hunger for the country's cuisine and especially ramen noodles.

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.