Belgians eye French market
Ter Beke, the Belgian ready meals and processed meat producer, has signed a letter of intent to buy the ready meals arm of French group Agis for an undisclosed sum.
ConAgra sells chicken processing business
ConAgra Foods, one of America's largest packaged food companies, has announced the sale of its chicken business to Pilgrim's Pride Corporation.
Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, has announced fourth quarter sales of $1.9 billion (€1.6bn).
Tyson completes plant expansion
Tyson Foods, America's largest provider of chicken, beef and pork, announced this week the completion of its newly expanded and upgraded laboratory in Arkansas, just south of company's world headquarters.
Nutreco and Genex merge breeding operations
International food company Nutreco and Canada-based Genex Swine Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding today. This concludes the merger between Nutreco's swine genetics company, Hypor, and Genex.
ISP taps South American market
International Specialty Products (ISP) continues to consolidate its position on the ingredients market with the news this week that it has acquired Brazilian ingredient systems company Germinal.
Dakota Beef and COLA to supply EU organic market
Meat processor Dakota Beef has signed an agreement with the Canadian Organic Livestock Association (COLA) to provide certified organic beef to the European Union.
Gelita to rebrand its national divisions
All national divisions of the gelatine manufacturing group Gelita will operate under the same name from 1 June 2003.
Duc looks abroad to combat declining sales
With the French poultry sector in decline as a result of falling prices, increased competition and overproduction, Duc is looking to foreign markets - and innovative products - to help it survive.
Ready meals drive Fleury Michon growth
Further growth from its ready meals continued to push up sales at French prepared meats group Fleury Michon in the first quarter of 2003. And there are still plenty of new products to come.
Kerry expands into meat seasoning
Burgeoning Irish ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group Kerry continues on the path to growth this week with the announcement that it has acquired a meat seasoning business in the US.
Cremonini returns to the black
Italian meat packer and foodservice operator Cremonini has reported net profits of €2.5 million for 2002, a welcome return to the black after the company incurred losses totalling some €13.5 million in 2001.
BHJ in cooperation with Danpo and Rose Poultry
The BHJ Group has made and agreement with Danpo and Rose Poultry to expand cooperation regarding utilization of by-products from the Danish poultry slaughterhouses through a joint venture.
Meat group to bid for roadside restaurants
Cremonini, the Italian processed meat and foodservice group, has joined forces with Compass to bid for licences to operate service station restaurants throughout Italy - a market worth more than €1bn.
Campofrio: satisfactory performance in turbulent year
A year of reorganisation and consolidation for Spanish meat group Campofrio ended with slight declines in sales and profits. But the company's East European operations performed particularly well during the year.