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France Food & Drink Report Q2 2013: New Research Report Available at Fast Market Research

New Food research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research


Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/19/2013 -- Major concerns over France's economic future continue to linger amid slowing growth and rising unemployment. Expectations are that the household segment will remain weak, with knock-on implications for food and drink spend.

Headline Industry Data (local currency)

- 2013 per capita food consumption = +0.5%; forecast to 2017 = +5.7%
- 2013 alcoholic drink value sales = +2.3%; forecast to 2017 = +5.0%
- 2013 soft drink value sales = +2.5%; forecast to 2017 = +19.3%
- 2013 mass grocery retail sales = +2.0%; forecast to 2017 = +15.9%

Key Industry Trends And Developments

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Danone Cuts Costs To Offset Ailing European Sales: In early 2013 French food giant Danone reported that underlying 2012 sales rose by 5.4% to EUR20.87bn, below that of multinational rivals Nestle and Unilever. The dairy division registered a sales rise of 2% in 2012 in contrast to double digit sales growth for its bottled water and baby nutrition. The company stated that dairy sales have fallen by 10% in Spain, Italy and Portugal since the third quarter, with zero growth registered in France. At the same time the company announced it was to cut around 900 jobs in a bid to cope with the downturn in its dairy business in southern Europe.

Carrefour Calls Time On Indonesia: Under new CEO Georges Plassat, France-based retailer Carrefour has looked to sell international businesses where it is not a market leader. This focus on its core domestic business as well as higher-growth markets where it has a strong presence was further demonstrated by its decision in late 2012 to sell a controlling 60% stake in its Indonesian business to domestic company CT Corp for US$673mn - valuing the unit at about US$1.12bn. Carrefour has been making tangible progress in France, where it is focusing heavily on price.

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