The week in business: 16 June

Summary

Greenyard acquires Mykogen, Asiana Airlines considers connection to Brussels, and the rest of the week's business headlines

Food – Greenyard

The fresh and prepared fruit and vegetable group, headquartered near Mechelen, is to pay €93 million to take over the Polish Mykogen Polska, specialised in mushroom substrate. The company, which has four production units in Poland and Ukraine, employs 300 people.

Transport – Asiana Airlines
The Korean airline is considering opening a direct connection between Seoul and Brussels Airport this year. Meanwhile, the African RwandAir is to start a twice-a-week service between Kigali and Brussels from July.

Banking – KBC
Flanders’ largest financial institution has finalised the acquisition of the United Bulgarian Bank and its affiliate Interlease for €610 million.

Drinks – Coca Cola
The Brussels-based services affiliate of the US drinks group is to make up to 75 employees redundant out of a total of 220 as part of a pan-European cost-cutting plan.

Retail – Habitat
The Belgian affiliate of the UK-based home and decoration company is to close its two stores in Brussels and Antwerp following a drop in sales and supply problems with the group’s French master franchiser. The company has been in Belgium since the mid-1970s.

Chemicals – Christeyns
The Ghent-based chemical and detergent company has inaugurated a production unit in Brazil to supply the local industrial and professional textile cleaning market.

Home Services – Trixxo
The Antwerp-based home care company is to take over Clixxs, its competitor in Bilzen, to create the country’s largest firm in the business, employing more than 3,500 household cleaning personnel.

Data processing – NGData
The Ghent-based customer experience management company with offices in New York and Singapore has taken over the Eccella data management and analytics consultancy, headquartered in New York, to develop its activities in the US.

Horeca – Aux Armes de Bruxelles
The restaurant in the heart of Brussels is to be taken over by the Brasseries Georges, in Ukkel. The new owner hopes to revive the brand that has been a landmark in Beenhouwerstraat since 1921.