Owens-Illinois to invest US$60m in expanding glass production facility in France

FRANCE - Owens-Illinois, Inc (O-I) has announced that it will invest about US$60 million to expand its glass production facility in Gironcourt, France as part of the planned investment in Europe. The company said the investment will enable it grow in premium segments, increase capability and flexibility, as well as improve the company's environmental footprint.…

Carrefour applies blockchain technology for a traceable milk supply chain

FRANCE – The French multinational retailer, Carrefour has announced that it is using blockchain technology for its products to ensure a transparent and traceable milk supply chain. The technology will enable consumers trace information about the source of its milk products, thus building confidence across the entire supply chain. The company said that it will…

DNV GL, GFSI survey reveals certification as most critical tool in advancing food safety

FRANCE - DNV GL, one of the world’s leading certification bodies, and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in collaboration with The Consumer Goods Forum have identified certification as the most efficient tool for the advancement of food safety. Based on a survey carried out on 1600 industry experts, majority (79%) of companies view certification…

Givaudan opens digital factory in France to accelerate innovation

FRANCE – The global flavors and fragrances giant, Givaudan has inaugurated a new digital factory in Paris, France to cope up with future consumer trends and drive innovation. The factory offers a digital transformation platform with a goal to drive innovation in flavors and fragrances. The Digital Factory is a place to inspire, ideate, and…

French agricultural cooperative Agrial to acquire German dairy group Rotkappchen

GERMANY – The French agricultural cooperative and food-processor Agrial has agreed to acquire German dairy company Rotkappchen Peter Julich Group for an undisclosed sum. According to Agrial, the acquisition represents further fulfilment of the strategy of Eurial, the Dairy division of Agrial, focused on developing strong brands and important territorial entrenchment in Europe. The transaction…

Carlsberg announces investments in Kronenbourg brewery in France

FRANCE – Carlsberg Group, a global brewing company, has announced investments at its Kronenbourg brewery in France, as President Macron visits New Carlsberg Glyptotek. According to the company, the US$116.92 million investment was announced during the visit of the French President Macron to the historical New Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. During the visit, Cees ‘t…

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…