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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.


Unilever's Q1 sales - the top takeaways 14 Apr 2016

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unilever's list of first-quarter woes, alongside ongoing challenges in its spreads division. But on an investor call to discuss its sales for the opening months of 2016, the Flora owner highlighted innovation centred around the growing interest in health and wellness and a string of cost-saving initiatives as measures to drive its performance this year.


Sustainability Watch: UTZ explains why scale key to progress 13 May 2015

Last year was record-breaking for the UTZ sustainable farming programme and certification scheme. Being able to provide companies with a scalable way to source certified sustainable commodities has been critical to its progress, as UTZ markets director Daan de Vries explained to Ben Cooper.

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FrieslandCampina names Jaska de Bakker to take CFO role from Hein Schumacher 14 Nov 2017

FrieslandCampina has named Jaska de Bakker as the new chief financial officer of the Dutch dairy giant, succeeding Hein Schumacher when he takes the CEO role at the start of the new year.


'Field narrows in Unilever spreads race' 25 Oct 2017

The number of private-equity firms remaining in contention to acquire Unilever's spreads division has reportedly narrowed to three.


Investment firm Egeria takes majority stake in Dutch Bakery 18 Oct 2017

Netherlands-based investment firm Egeria is taking over control of Dutch Bakery after buying a majority stake in the company, a move expected to lead to international expansion.


Maruha Nichiro's Seafood Connection takes over fellow Dutch firm Weerstand 2 Oct 2017

The Netherlands-based Seafood Connection has taken full control of fellow Dutch fish business Weerstand Beheer, in which it has been a long-time minority shareholder.


FrieslandCampina appoints CFO Hein Schumacher as new CEO 27 Sep 2017

Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina has announced CFO Hein Schumacher is to become its new chief executive officer.


Unilever touts prospects in "developing channels" 7 Sep 2017

Unilever has talked up the importance of its businesses in "developing channels", describing its out-of-home arm as an "asset" and indicating it plans to expand its presence in e-commerce.


Contaminated eggs discovered in 40 countries as EU ministers prepare to meet 5 Sep 2017

European agriculture ministers are due to meet today (5 September) to discuss the fipronil affair as it emerged eggs contaminated with the insecticide have now been discovered in 40 countries.


Holland's Zwanenberg Food Group to sell its fresh produce business unit to Ter Beke 1 Sep 2017

Dutch company Zwanenberg Food Group has announced its intention to sell its fresh foods business unit, which produces sliced meats and artisan meat products, to Belgium's Ter Beke.


Amitraz tests conducted in Netherlands as cattle movements blocked 31 Aug 2017

The Netherlands' food safety authority has blocked the movement of cows from an undisclosed Dutch veal and broiler poultry farm so it can conduct tests for the presence of Amitraz, an unauthorised insecticide deemed a health risk to humans.


FrieslandCampina up at the half year as higher butter and cheese prices kick in 31 Aug 2017

Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina has seen its revenue and profit increase in the first half of the year on the back of higher sales prices and the impact of an acquisition.

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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.