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Deal or no deal: Frozen sale makes sense for Kerry

Kerry Group is reportedly mulling the sale of its frozen food business. The company has seen strong sales and profit momentum at its ingredi...

Horsemeat saga exacerbates ready meal sales dip

Nearly two months into the horsemeat scandal that has rocked the food industry, UK figures highlighting a sales slowdown in ready meals rais...


In the spotlight: Hain swoops for Daniels

Dean Best | 27 Oct 2011

Hain Celestial, the US food maker, is hoping its acquisition of UK chilled foods firm Daniels Group will galvanise its existing business on this side of the Atlantic. The company sees the deal benefiting its operations in Europe and in the US but it is in the UK where it is most likely to be hoping for the greatest impact. Dean Best reports.


Focus: Greencore becomes a takeover target

Dean Best | 26 Oct 2011

It's been quite a year for own-label supplier Greencore. A plan to merge with UK rival Northern Foods was gazumped by poultry magnate Ranjit Boparan. Greencore then licked its wounds and acquired UK desserts and sandwich maker Uniq. Now, however, the company is the subject of a takeover approach. Dean Best reports.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

just-food.com | 10 Dec 2010

The executive changes at Kellogg and Premier Foods plc attracted scrutiny from analysts on Wall Street and in the City this week, France's competition watchdog threatened the country's food retailers with legislation to free up the sector - and X5 Retail Group, Russia's largest retailer, was pleased with its acquisition of discount chain Kopeyka. Here is the best of who said what this week.


just-food briefing: how to green your supply chain

Ben Cooper | 25 Oct 2010

Sustainability is a buzzword including in many a corporate brochure and its ubiquity can attract cynicism about a company's policies to mitigate their impact on the environment. However, food makers and retailers are building the issue into how they interact.

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview - Bakkavor

Dean Best | 8 Apr 2010

Bakkavor, one of the UK's largest own-label food manufacturers, has had a tumultuous 12 months. The company even warned last year about the future of the business as a going concern after it missed a deadline to pay creditors. However, Bakkavor's management is keen to look forward and, speaking to Dean Best in this month's just-food interview, CEO Agust Gudmundsson and CFO Richard Howes maintain a quiet optimism about the company's future.

Latest News

Food industry news of week: Applegate, Bel

Dean Best | 29 May 2015

Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Bakkavor stake attracts "a number" of suitors

Katy Askew | 26 May 2015

The sale of a stake in UK convenience group Bakkavor has attracted interest from "a number" of suitors – not just PAI Partners and Pamplona Capital – sources close to the sale process revealed today (25 May).


PAI, Pamplona "eyeing Bakkavor stake"

Katy Askew | 26 May 2015

Private-equity groups PAI Partners and Pamplona Capital are reportedly eyeing a stake in ready meals maker Bakkavor.


Food industry results: Bakkavor, Weston, Duc

Katy Askew | 15 May 2015

This week's result round-up includes a positive start to the year for UK own-label group Bakkavor, better sales but pressure on profits for Canada's Weston Foods and a slide in revenue at French poultry group Duc.


Bakkavor confirms UK fruit plant closure

Hannah Abdulla | 14 May 2015

Bakkavor said yesterday it booked GBP1.1m of exceptional charges during the first quarter of the year, after confirming it had decided to close its Yorkshire Fresh Fruit site in Selby, North Yorkshire.


Bakkavor sells rest of Italpizza

Dean Best | 16 Apr 2015

Bakkavor is to sell the rest of its shares in Italy-based frozen pizza business Italpizza.


Bakkavor mulls closure of UK fruit plant

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2015

Bakkavor has announced plans to close a fresh fruit site in the UK after it lost a contract to supply a "major customer".


Bakkavor profits rise in 2014

Dean Best | 12 Feb 2015

UK-based own-label supplier Bakkavor saw profits increase in 2014 as sales were boosted by new contracts in its domestic market.


Bakkavor buys US own-label peer B. Robert's Foods

Dean Best | 12 Jan 2015

UK-based private-label group Bakkavor has snapped up US fresh prepared food supplier B. Robert's Foods.


Bakkavor cites market share gains as profits rise

Dean Best | 13 Nov 2014

UK own-label fresh food group Bakkavor has reported higher profits for the first nine months of the year, with the company's share gains continuing in the third quarter.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 18 Aug 2014

Five months ago, Chiquita Brands International announced plans to merge with fellow banana supplier Fyffes. The deal was set to close by the end of the year. However, this week, an unsolicited takeover bid came in for Chiquita, which promptly rejected the offer. However, the suitors have indicated they may not go away easily. Elsewhere, our coverage of Russia's food embargo continued, we looked in-depth at the opportunities for growth in Japan in our latest management briefing and, in a new M&A column, we suggested Raisio sell up to private equity.


We are "outperforming" market, says Bakkavor

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2014

UK own-label supplier Bakkavor said today (14 August) it was growing its market share and had "outperformed" the fresh prepared food market after reporting higher sales and profits.


Bakkavor investors may sell stakes

Dean Best | 11 Aug 2014

UK-based own-label supplier Bakkavor is in the process of hiring banking advisers to sell stakes in the business owned by a number of investors.


Bakkavor sells stake in Italian asset

Katy Askew | 8 May 2014

Bakkavor has moved to lower its stake in non-core operations in Italy as it increases its focus on the core markets of the UK, US and Asia.


Bakkavor upbeat after mixed 2013 results

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Feb 2014

Bakkavor today (14 February) claimed it had "outperformed" the UK fresh food market in 2013, a year when sales rose, impairment charges weighed on operating profit and its bottom line was boosted by proceeds from disposals.


Bakkavor sells South African unit Spring Valley

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2014

UK fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has announced its exit from South Africa with the sale of its Spring Valley Foods business.


Bakkavor offloads Czech ready meals business

Dean Best | 20 Dec 2013

Bakkavor has sold its Czech ready meals unit Heli Food Fresh as the UK-based own-label group looks to focus on markets that offer it the best chance for growth.


Bakkavor admits safety breach after incident

Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 2013

UK-based private-label supplier Bakkavor has admitted breaching health and safety after being fined over an employee incident at its facility in Harrow.


Bakkavor salad, veg arm Wingland Foods to expand

Dean Best | 14 Oct 2013

Bakkavor has said its UK salad and prepare vegetables arm Wingland Foods is to expand production, creating up to 200 jobs.


Profits up at UK potato firm Produce Investments

Dean Best | 27 Sep 2013

Produce Investments, the UK potato firm that supplies companies including Tesco and Marks and Spencer, has reported higher annual profits.


Bakkavor H1 earnings soar on disposals

Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 2013

UK chilled foods supplier Bakkavor saw its earnings soar in the first half, boosted by the disposal of its French and Spanish businesses.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 20 May 2013

After UK organic baby food firm Ella's Kitchen was snapped up by a US buyer a fortnight ago, last week a peer across the pond revealed it agreed to sell to Danone, representing the Aptamil and Cow & Gate owner's move into the category.


Bakkavor returns to profit in Q1

Michelle Russell | 16 May 2013

Chilled foods supplier Bakkavor said it made a "good start" to 2013 as it moved to a profit in the first quarter.

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