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Stuart Todd

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Cognac exports were in growth for France but spirits overall underperformedFrance boosts H1 wine and spirits exports as US, UK lead growth 13 September 2018

France's first-half wine and spirits exports increased 4% in value over the same period last year, new figures show.

PepsiCo intends to offload its only Tropicana production facility in FrancePepsiCo opens talks with investment company over Tropicana site in France 12 September 2018

PepsiCo has found a willing buyer for its Tropicana fruit juice production and bottling facility in France, with Munich-based investment holding company Navigator Capital lining up a move.

Refresco has increased its investment in a French production facilityRefresco takes French production investment to US$21m 24 July 2018

Refresco will invest a further EUR6m (US$7m) at its plant in France's Massif Central region, as it looks to modernise the canned drinks production line.

France's Provence region suffered a poor wine grape harvest last yearTrade body plays down prospect of Provence rosé shortage 23 May 2018

The trade organisation for France's Provence wine region has moved to calm concerns that there will a shortage of rosé from the region this year.

Coca-Cola European Partners operates five sites in FranceCoca-Cola European Partners ups French focus with logistics spend 6 April 2018

Coca-Cola European Partners has announced plans to invest almost EUR7m (US$8.6m) in a new logistics platform in the south of France.

PepsiCo is hoping to find a buyer for the Tropicana facility in northern FrancePepsiCo to cease production of Tropicana in France 5 April 2018

Declining sales in France have prompted PepsiCo to line up the sale of the sole French plant for its Tropicana fruit juice brand.

Bordeaux's wine harvest last year was markedly downExpect Bordeaux wine price rises as volumes fall propped by reserves - CIVB 19 March 2018

The Bordeaux wine trade will be obliged to make a significant dip into its stocks and reserves this year, the region's trade association has warned, in order to cushion the effect of the smallest harvest in 27 years.

France's beer market has posted growth in the last four consecutive yearsFrench beer market growth prompts further Carlsberg spend on Brasseries Kronenbourg brewery 16 March 2018

Carlsberg is readying a modernisation programme at its Kronenbourg brewery in France, three years after the group invested in adapting the site's operations to handle other SKUs.

French authorities uncover massive AOC Côtes du Rhone wine fraud 16 March 2018

An investigation has uncovered a scam on an industrial scale in France's Rhône Valley, involving a major regional bulk wine-maker and trader.

Heineken has three breweries in FranceHeineken to spend US$25m on French production footprint 22 February 2018

Heineken has confirmed plans to invest EUR20m (US$24.6m) at its three French breweries this year, a move that will lead to the creation of 50 jobs.

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