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Europe's appetite for healthier food on rise 2 Oct 2017

The number of consumers buying healthy food in Europe is growing. Global research firm IRI has conducted a survey on the healthy-eating habits of shoppers in seven European markets. IRI director Livio Martucci outlines some of the survey's main findings.

Wessanen looks to unlock Spanish market with Biogran buy - analysis 8 Dec 2016

Dutch food group Wessanen has made another acquisition as it continues to focus on expansion in the European "sustainable" foods market. Wessanen is expanding its presence in Spain through the purchase of Biogran, a "leader" in the Spanish rice cake and cereals. Wessanen's management believes the deal will open the door for further growth in a promising market. Katy Askew reports. 

Pizza chains' international forays, Cravia gets PE owner, UK's Leon eyes expansion - foodservice focus, May 2016 7 Jun 2016

May featured a run of announcements from pizza chains, the sale of Middle East franchise group Cravia and UK health-focused chain Leon eyeing expansion.

In the spotlight: Sigma looks to Europe with Campofrio bid 15 Nov 2013

Sigma Alimentos, the food arm of Mexican conglomerate Alfa, has launched a bid to acquire Spanish meat processor Campofrio. While Mexico's largest meat processor has been active in M&A in Latin America and the US in recent years, the move would mark the group's first foray into Europe. Katy Askew reports.

Interview: Ebro Foods keeps sharp eye on growth and diversification 26 Mar 2013

Spanish food group Ebro Foods has been busy transforming itself. Over the last year the pasta and rice producer has evolved into a truly international company that now spans 25 countries and four continents. No longer a sugar and dairy group, Ebro has expanded into new categories and is leveraging these to build on its ambitions for global growth. Manuel Gonzalez de Luna, Ebro's director of investor relations spoke to just-food at this year's Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London on the group's plans to ramp up international expansion and diversity its portfolio.

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Ebro buys Spanish baby-food firm BIA 9 Jan 2018

Ebro Foods has snapped up Spanish baby-food maker BIA, with the rice and pasta giant looking to tap into growing demand in select European markets for organic baby food.

Nestle invests in production in Spain 16 Nov 2017

Nestle has invested in a plant in Spain to ship condensed milk to the Middle East.

French fund Ardian to buy Spanish bakers Berlys, Bellsola 10 Nov 2017

French fund Ardian has struck a deal to buy Spanish bakery groups Berlys and Bellsolà, with a plan to combine the two businesses.

Spanish berry supplier Planasa attracts private-equity firm Cinven 9 Nov 2017

International private-equity firm Cinven has taken a majority stake in Spanish fresh berry supplier Planasa for EUR450m (US$523m).

Ornua to switch production to UK after fire at Spanish cheese factory 6 Nov 2017

A fire has left Irish dairy company Ornua's cheese factory in Avila, Spain, out of action.

ADM Capital buys majority stake in olive oil maker Olivos Naturales 31 Oct 2017

Investment management fund ADM Capital Europe has bought a controlling majority stake in olive oil maker Olivos Naturales for an undisclosed sum.

Olive oil firms DCOOP, Pompeian "strengthen" ties 30 Oct 2017

DCOOP Group and Pompeian Group have announced a new agreement that will see the olive oil suppliers increase their stakes in each other to 50%.

Ebro backs Spanish start-up "accelerator hub" 5 Oct 2017

Spain-based group Ebro Foods is backing a domestic "accelerator hub" that is aiming to bring together start-ups and existing small- and medium-sized businesses in the sector to work on innovation.

Spain next EU member to trial milk origin labels 15 Sep 2017

Spain is to trial putting labels on certain foods indicating the origin of milk, following moves made by other EU member states that have sparked criticism in parts of the industry.

Spain's Ebro Foods buys majority stake in Italy's Geovita 6 Sep 2017

Spain's Ebro Foods bought a 52% stake in Italy's Geovita Functional Ingredients and its subsidiary Geovita Nutrition for EUR16.5m (US$20m) as part of its growth in the healthy food category.

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What's the outlook for gluten-free in Europe? 3 Jun 2015

The development of markets for gluten-free products in the UK and the US has grabbed much of the sector's attention in recent years but what are the opportunities in Europe? just-food has headed to Barcelona this week to find out.

Bertolli, Buitoni see marketing opportunity in Barilla gaffe 30 Sep 2013

Unilever USA's Bertolli and Nestle's Buitoni USA have chosen social media as a way of capitalising on the furore surrounding a recent campaign by one of its closest rivals.

Retail price comparison battle reaches Spain 19 Sep 2013

Grocers comparing prices and giving consumers money-off vouchers has become a fixture of the UK grocery scene - and now we hear of a similar scheme in Spain.