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M&A, rather than Brexit, is behind Unilever's HQ decision 16 Mar 2018

Unilever this week announced a change in its legal structure, which will see the FMCG behemoth have its main base in the Netherlands. The UK media swiftly pointed to Brexit - but the key factor would likely have been to have given the group more options when it comes to M&A.


Why millennials are key for Europe's health-food marketeers 26 Jan 2018

In Europe, healthy food - or products marketed as healthier than their existing counterparts - are most popular, and showing the strongest growth potential, among millennials, IRI writes in its monthly column for just-food.


What lies ahead for FrieslandCampina's new CEO? 30 Sep 2017

FrieslandCampina, the world's fifth-largest dairy business, has announced the departure of CEO Roelof Joosten, with CFO Hein Schumacher to take the helm of the Dutch cooperative in the new year. Simon Harvey looks at what could be at the top of Schumacher's to-do list.


UTZ and Rainforest Alliance look to build through merger - interview 19 Jun 2017

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.


Wessanen eyeing growth in European organic market - interview from Biofach 2017 21 Feb 2017

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, enjoyed a solid 2016 and last week forecast stronger growth in sales and operating margins this year. The organic sector is one of Wessanen's key markets and, talking to just-food at last week's Biofach trade show in Germany, executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz set out where the company sees its growth in the category.

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Klaas Puul to merge with fellow Dutch seafood processor Foppen 12 Jun 2018

Seafood processors Klaas Puul Beheer and Foppen Groep are to merge as the Netherlands-based companies seek to solidify their market position as a new combined unit with revenues in excess of EUR300m (US$353.6m).


Danish Crown buys Dutch bacon firm Zandbergen 4 Jun 2018

Danish Crown has acquired Dutch bacon business Baconspecialist Zandbergen through its subsidiary Tulip Food Company.


Dutch salmon smoker H. van Wijnen takes investment from Nimbus 1 Jun 2018

Dutch salmon smoking business H. van Wijnen has received investment from local private-equity firm Nimbus as it seeks to expand into new ''attractive markets'' and strengthen its market standing.


Kraft Heinz to focus on growth from new 'think tank' in Amsterdam 29 May 2018

Food heavyweight Kraft Heinz is to focus on "globally applicable best practices" from a new base outside Amsterdam which opens next week.


Vion to shutter new EUR20m abattoir to fix ''teething problems'' 29 May 2018

Dutch meat business Vion Food Group plans to temporarily suspend operations at its new EUR20m (US$23.4m) beef abattoir in the north of the Netherlands as it seeks to fix ''teething problems''.


Major food companies not doing enough to make products healthier, report says 23 May 2018

Research from the Netherlands-based Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) suggests that large, international food and drink companies are not doing enough to make their products healthier.


FrieslandCampina eyes launch of "sustainable" brand 17 Apr 2018

FrieslandCampina is looking to launch a line of products the Dutch dairy giant says will have an "extra focus on animals, nature, and climate".


Vion announces Ronald Lotgerink as new CEO 9 Apr 2018

Dutch meat giant Vion has revealed that Ronald Lotgerink is to leave local peer Zwanenberg Food Group to become its new CEO.


Vion CEO Francis Kint to leave to lead Ter Beke 26 Mar 2018

Francis Kint, the CEO of Vion, is to leave the Dutch meat giant to take the helm at Belgium-based food group Ter Beke.


Vion abattoir operations underway at new Netherlands site after EUR20m investment 2 Mar 2018

Vion Food Group has started operations at a new beef abattoir in Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands having invested EUR20m (US$24.5m) in the site.

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FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset 2 Mar 2017

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant.


Mars undertakes huge recall after latest plastic-in-snacks incident 23 Feb 2016

Mars Inc has grabbed mainstream headlines around the world today (23 February) after announcing a recall of chocolate products from over 50 markets after plastic was found in one product. It is comes just months after the US food giant pulled batches in the UK over fears of plastic could be found in products.


Russia ban prompts Dutch growers to look for home comfort 15 Aug 2014

"We eat our problem" is the latest approach being taken by Dutch farming groups to flog surplus fruit destined for Russia.