Danone reports 4% sales growth in first-half results despite Moroccan boycott

FRANCE – Danone, a French multinational food-products corporation, has reported 4% increase in sales growth in its first-half year results despite Morocco being excluded. According to the company, the double-digit recurring EPS growth at constant exchange rate was up by 13.4% excluding Yakult transaction impact, with 4% increase in H1, 3.3% in Q2 on a…

China signs an agreement to import beef from France

CHINA - China has reached a health and safety agreement with France to import beef from the European country’s meat facilities, reported Reuters citing information from a French industry official. China has conducted inspections on certain meat plants in France and certification from Beijing is required before any meat is shipped. France will export chilled…

Yoplait introduces a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar

FRANCE – Yoplait, the largest franchise brand of yogurt, has introduced a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar than its previous yoghurt flavours. According to the company, the new flavour brings the yogurt category a new 1-gram-sugar-per-serving option, while packing 17 grams of protein in each 5.3 oz. serving. The flavored varieties deliver 9…

France plans to ban titanium oxide in food additives

FRANCE - France’s National Assembly passed an amendment banning the use, import and marketing of any food product containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive as a component of France’s farm and food bill currently under debate. A 2017 French scientific study highlighted the potential carcinogen risks of nanoparticles of Ti02. However, EFSA stated…

Nestle to invest Outsiders Pizza brands as part of its innovation models

FRANCE - Nestle SA, in line with its innovation models called ‘internal incubators’ will invest in Outsiders Pizza Co. and Wildscape brands as part of its innovation approach through start-ups. The investment enables Nestle combine its broad capabilities and strength with the speed and mentality of a start-up in order to conform to the ever…

France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…

DanoneWave rebrands to Danone North America, receives B-Corp Certification

FRANCE - DanoneWave, a company merger between Danone and White Wave Foods, the American company for packaged food and beverages has been rebranded to Danone North America. Danone completed the acquisition of White Wave Foods for estimated US$12 billion cash in April last year, combining activities in North America to form DanoneWave. The company also…

France processed food sector increases by 5.6% to US$191b

FRANCE - The French food processing sector value has been increased by 5.6% in 2017 and is valued at US$191 billion with over 17,600 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. According to Global Agricultural Information Network, the progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished…

Carrefour acquires majority stake in French meal delivery company

FRANCE - Carrefour, one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world, has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in the Paris-based ecommerce start-up, Quitoque. The acquisition of the leader of meal kit deliveries, and one of the French pioneers in food technology is part of a strategy to add strength to its…

DuPont Nutrition launches a new deep-freeze storage centre

GERMANY - DuPont Nutrition and Health has launched a new deep-freeze warehouse, a storage centre that brings together DuPont’s operations in Epernon, France and Niebull, Germany sites. The joint project aims at securing additional capacity in cultures used in developing high quality yogurt, fresh fermented and cheese products and will be run at a temperature…