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UPDATE 1-French sugar group Tereos says head of trading leaving

(Adds timing of changes, background on strategy, product recall)

PARIS, June 25 (Reuters) - French sugar and ethanol group Tereos said on Friday that its head of trading and marketing, Philippe Huet, was leaving, adding to a series of management changes in recent months.

Huet, who was also in charge of sales and research and development, will leave the company on Friday, a spokesperson told Reuters.

The world’s second largest sugar maker by volume has reshuffled management and reviewed strategy since changing chairman and chief executive at a board meeting last December.

The new leadership has said it wants to shift its commercial strategy from a volume-based to a margin-oriented approach. Sources have said it is in talks to sell a stake in a starch joint venture in China and wants to cease loss-making sugar activities in Romania.

The spokesperson, who was speaking in response to a Reuters request for comment, said Huet’s departure was unrelated to a product recall in France.

Tereos’ Beghin Say brand announced on Wednesday a recall of certain cooking sugar products because one ingredient had exceeded a regulatory health limit. The spokesperson said 1,000 tonnes of sugar were being recalled and another 1,000 tonnes had been held back from the market.

Prior to Tereos, Huet was executive vice-president for Europe at COFCO International, the overseas trading arm of Chinese state-owned food group COFCO.

Tereos also plans to relocate activities of its Tereos Commodities trading unit from Switzerland to France by the end of March next year to create synergies, the spokesperson added.

Tereos earlier this month reported a net loss of 133 million euros ($158.79 million) in the year to March 31, against a profit of 24 million a year earlier. ($1 = 0.8376 euros) (Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide; Writing by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Edmund Blair and Elaine Hardcastle)

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