Kenneth Keller to take charge at B&G as Cécile Béliot assumes role as chief executive of Bel Group

US – American holding company for branded foods, B&G Foods has appointed Kenneth “Casey” Keller as its next president and CEO, effective 14 June 2021. Keller succeeds interim president and chief executive, David Wenner, who took over the roles on an interim basis after Kenneth Romanzi stepped down as group president and CEO at the end of last year. B&G said in a statement that following the appointment of Keller, Werner will assume his former responsibilities as director of the company. Most recently, Keller served as president and CEO of…

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US cheese maker Bel launches plant-based brand as PepsiCo refreshes its own to attract more customers

US – Competition in the US plant-based market is set to rise even higher following the decision by US-based French cheesemaker Bel Group and beverage company Pepsico to intensify their activity in the plant-based market. Bel Group is launching Nurishh, the company’s first 100% plant-based cheese brand while PepsiCo is overhauling its own plant-based brand, Evolve in bid to make it a household name “Nurishh really delivers on both taste and functionality. It strikes the balance between genuine cheesy taste and meltability, while also giving the comfort of being a…

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Lactalis eyes acquisition of Dutch cheese brand Leerdammer to boost European presence

ITALY – French multinational dairy products corporation, Lactalis has entered into exclusive negotiations with Bel Group to acquire its Dutch cheese brand  Leerdammer, as part of efforts to bosst its European presence. Apart from the Leedammer brand, FoodBev reported that the two companies have signed unilateral promises which will see Lactalis acquire also acquire Royal Bel Leerdammer, Bel Shostka Ukraine, and its businesses in Italy and Germany. Under the terms of the deal, Bel subsidiary Sicopa will sell the aforementioned assets in exchange for Lactalis’ 23.16% equity stake in Bel.…

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