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Shares in Dairy Crest were on the rise yesterday amid speculation the company could become a takeover target. City analysts said French producer Lactalis, which was linked with a move for the UK dairy group several years ago, could be set to launch a bid for the Cathedral City maker.
Carrefour has agreed a tie-up with Alliance Boots in a move that mirrors the high street chemist s UK arrangement with Waitrose. As well as putting Boots beauty products on Carrefour s shelves, the duo will explore healthcare partnership possibilities in emerging markets.
French food is the fastest growing cuisine in the UK, with sales of Gallic-inspired ready meals and desserts up 16% in the past year.
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