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France Asked to Comply With European Rules on Marketing Wine Spirits and Wine Distillates

    France Asked to Comply With European Rules on Marketing Wine Spirits and Wine Distillates

The European Commission has officially requested France to amend its rules on the production and marketing of certain products obtained by distilling lees and marcs (the by‑products of winemaking). The case concerns the authorisation given by the French authorities to approved distillers to produce, on an experimental basis, wine spirits and wine distillates by distilling […]

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Danone to Invest €6 Million to Expand French Water Site

    Danone to Invest €6 Million to Expand French Water Site

Danone is to invest Eur6.2 million to expand capacity at its bottled water production plant at Salvetat in France. Part of the expenditure will be used to drill for new water sources, with Eur1 million a year allocated for this purpose.
 
Danone also plans to construct a new 5,000 sq m warehouse to store 3 million […]

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Bakkavor Group to Sell French Business

    Bakkavor Group to Sell French Business

Bakkavor Group, the UK convenience food manufacturer, is selling Bakkavor Traiteur, a non-core, fish spreads business based in France, to Alfesca, a leading European producer and supplier of convenience, fine seafood and premium products to retailers and food-service providers. The sale is for an undisclosed consideration.
 

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Coca-Cola Enterprises to Invest €17 Million in French Factory

    Coca-Cola Enterprises to Invest €17 Million in French Factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises has reaffirmed its commitment to the French market by confirming its plans to invest Eur17 million to develop its Les Pennes-Mirabeau factory, which is about to celebrate is 40th anniversary.
 
However, Hubert Patricot, president of the European Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, has stressed the company’s opposition to a proposed tax on soft drinks by the […]

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Bonduelle and Ardo Establish Spanish Joint Venture to Supply Findus

    Bonduelle and Ardo Establish Spanish Joint Venture to Supply Findus

The Ardo and Bonduelle groups are to set up a joint venture to supply frozen vegetables to the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Ardo and Bonduelle have also signed an exclusive supply agreement with Findus, which is returning to the Spanish and Portuguese frozen foods markets.
The agreement between Bonduelle and Ardo provides for a joint venture […]

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Cargill Upgrades French Flavours Plant

    Cargill Upgrades French Flavours Plant

Cargill, the US-based food and agriculture group, has made a significant investment in its liquid flavour blending plant at its production facility in Grasse, France. The redevelopment has resulted in increased efficiencies in production flow.
The newly-designed plant, which will be opened officially on 29th April, offers improved flexibility for customers, as well as ensuring consistent, […]

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Strong 2010 Performance by Danone Gives Confidence for 2011

    Strong 2010 Performance by Danone Gives Confidence for 2011

With all of its divisions and regions posting gains, global food and beverages group Danone achieved a 14.2% rise in underlying net income to Eur1.67b on sales ahead by 13.5% to Eur17.01b for 2010. Excluding the impact of changes in exchange rates (+6.0%) and acquisitions, total sales were up 6.9%. This organic growth reflects a […]

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Ter Beke and Stefano Toselli to Create Joint Venure in Central and Eastern Europe

Ter Beke, the Belgium-based processed meats and ready meals company, and French pasta manufacturer Stefano Toselli are considering forming a joint venture for supplying pasta and ready meals to Central and Eastern Europe.
The two companies have agreed to investigate the opportunity to develop a chilled lasagne and pasta meals business in Central and Eastern Europe. […]

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Lotus Bakeries to Invest Eur27m to Expand Belgian Production Capacity

Due to rising export sales of its biscuits and cakes in France, Netherlands, UK, US and Asia, Lotus Bakeries is investing Eur27m to expand production capacity at its Belgian operations over the next three years. The group’s site at Lembeke will be extended and all caramelized biscuit production will be centred there. Lotus will also […]

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£4.6 Billion European Ice Cream Market Stays Cool Despite a Cold Economy

    £4.6 Billion European Ice Cream Market Stays Cool Despite a Cold Economy

New research from Mintel Global Market Navigator (GMN) reveals that Germans are the biggest ice cream lovers in Europe, with Germany spending an average of £19 per head on the treat each year. Mintel’s research on ice cream sales in the five major European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) shows that the […]

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French Miller Strengthens Position With Acquisition

French milling group Moulins Soufflet has acquired Grands Moulins d’Ozon to strengthen its national coverage. Based at Chatellerault, and with annual sales of over Eur20m, Grands Moulins d’Ozon mills 300 tonnes of wheat a day, with a production capacity of 75,000 tonnes of flour a year. It currently sells its production to mainly local customers, […]

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Coca-Cola Enterprises Sees Solid Growth Opportunities in Western Europe

    Coca-Cola Enterprises Sees Solid Growth Opportunities in Western Europe

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world’s largest bottler of Coca-Cola products which will soon be focused purely on some of the largest but also most mature soft drinks markets in Western Europe, is optimistic about the long-term growth prospects for this territory. The group aims to achieve in currency neutral terms: revenue growth of 4% to 6%; […]

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Dogged Full Year Performance By Pernod Ricard

    Dogged Full Year Performance By Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest spirits and wine group, has reported a 1% increase in net profit to Eur951m on net sales down 2% to Eur7.08b for the 2009/10 financial year ended June 30th 2010. Organic sales growth was 2%, including a significant 9% upturn in the second half, but the results reflect negative […]

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Investment Funds Buy into APM in France

An 80% stake in L’Alsacienne de Pates Menageres (APM), the French manufacturer of ready-to-use dough for tarts, pizzas, cakes and cookies, has been sold to investment funds Capzanine and Cerea Capital for an undisclosed price. The Roposte family, who founded APM in 1994 and pioneered ready-to-use dough in France, have retained a 20% shareholding.
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Nestle to Expand French Food Service Operation

Davigel Davifrais, Nestle’s French frozen and fresh food products distribution company, is reported to be planning to invest Eur6m to construct a new 7,000 sq m warehouse at its site in Metz. Employing 1,500 people and with annual sales of Eur438m, Davigel Davifrais is part of Nestle Professional and specialises in the serving the food […]

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Mixed Interim Results at Lotus Bakeries

Belgium-based biscuits and cakes manufacturer Lotus Bakeries increased current operating profit by 8.8% to Eur17.5m in the first half of 2010 as consolidated turnover edged up 1% to Eur127.2m. On a like-for-like basis, taking into account the termination of the Jaffa Cake bars contract with McVities, turnover for the first half of 2010 was up […]

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Findus Group Targets Growth in Nordic Region

    Findus Group Targets Growth in Nordic Region

Findus Group, one of Europe’s largest frozen food and seafood companies, has appointed Jari Latvanen, formerly with Nestle, to head its new, dedicated business unit covering the Nordic region. The Nordic business employs 800 people in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
“Jari’s appointment will enable us to drive growth in the region, predominantly from share gains in […]

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European Organic Food Market Continues to Grow

    European Organic Food Market Continues to Grow

EU-27 demand for organic products continues to grow. The European organic consumer market is the biggest in the world, and was worth about $26b in 2008. The largest markets are in descending order Germany, France, the UK and Italy as they represent 72% of European organic sales. The highest market share and sales per person […]

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Danone Purchases French Smoothie Maker

Danone has acquired Immedia, the third largest smoothie manufacturer in France, for an undisclosed sum. Immedia generated sales of Eur4m last year.

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Hero Disposes of French Fruit Dessert Business

Swiss and international consumer food group Hero is selling its French fruit dessert business to Charles Faraud, which is majority owned by CIC-Banque de Vizille. The transaction will be completed at the beginning of September. Charles Faraud is a specialist in fruit desserts and is especially strong in the food service channel in France. Acquiring […]

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Further International Development by Yoplait

    Further International Development by Yoplait

Yoplait Group of France has granted exclusive franchise rights for the manufacture and distribution of Yoplait branded fresh dairy products, starting in UAE and later expanding in the rest of the GCC, to Arabian food producer Agthia Group.
The partnership with Yoplait is in line with Agthia’s business diversification strategy and marks Agthia’s entry into the […]

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United Biscuits Offered For Sale

    United Biscuits Offered For Sale

Private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are reported to be seeking to sell British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer United Biscuits for £2b or more. In 2009, United Biscuits increased EBITDA by 13.7% to £223.4m on turnover up 5% to £1.26b.
United Biscuits is one of the world’s leading branded biscuits and snacks […]

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Youinou to Invest €3.5m to Expand French Scallop Plant

  Youinou to Invest €3.5m to Expand French Scallop Plant

French scallops producer Youinou is investing Eur3.5m to more than double production capacity and to upgrade its plant at Saint-Hernin in Brittany. The expansion programme will extend annual capacity from 14 million scallops to 35 million by 2011. Established in 1976, Youinou’s portfolio includes the Kercelt, Pecheur de Saveurs and Duocean brands.

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