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Kraft Heinz sales drab but earnings outlook bright

Kraft Heinz Co. last week gave some indication of the financial performance of its constituent parts when the newly-formed company published...

Why M&A activity looks set to rise

The global food sector has seen an array of M&A ranging from the mega deals such as Heinz-Kraft to the more commonplace bolt-on acquisitions...

Nomad's post-Iglo opportunities

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 23 Apr 2015

Nomad Holdings, the recently-established, UK-listed company set up by FMCG veterans Martin Franklin and Noam Gottesman to buy consumer goods firms, made its first move this week with the acquisition of European frozen food supplier Iglo Group. Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at Glenboden, weighs up where Nomad could move next.

Comment: Nestle reacts to world of 3G and Buffett

Katy Askew | 17 Apr 2015

Nestle must adapt to emerging consumption trends and consolidation in the food sector with an “acceleration” of its portfolio adjustment efforts, chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe indicated yesterday (16 April).

Why Heinz-Kraft merger could herald more deals

Dean Best | 30 Mar 2015

The US food industry is going through a period of significant change and the major names have struggled to come up with the answers to meet new consumer habits. There have already been signs some are turning to M&A - think of the sales of Bolthouse, of Annie's and even Krave jerky last month - and the Kraft/Heinz mega-merger suggests deal-making could accelerate.

Analysis: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?

Katy Askew | 25 Mar 2015

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Quorn CEO focuses on further growth

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2015

There is speculation over the future ownership of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods. It is hardly surprising. Quorn has been owned by a private-equity firm since 2010 and is a business enjoying continued solid growth in a challenging industry. Dean Best spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan about the sale rumours and his plans for the business this year.

just the answer: Daiya Foods CEO Terry Tierney

Dean Best | 13 Nov 2014

Canada-based dairy-free business Daiya Foods this summer appointed a new CEO. Director Terry Tierney - former chief marketing officer of Frontier Natural Brands and founder of Rocky Mountain Natural Foods - replaced Greg Blake, who set up Daiya in 2008. Dean Best spoke to Tierney to discuss the company's plans for further growth in a buoyant - but competitive - free-from sector in North America.

Latest News

Kraft Foods and Heinz post lower sales for Q2

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Aug 2015

Kraft Foods Group and HJ Heinz both booked lower sales in the second quarter of the year, newly-combined Kraft Heinz Co. has said.

Warren Buffett cools Kraft Heinz, Mondelez talk

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Warren Buffett today (10 August) appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of Kraft Heinz Co. making a move for Mondelez International in the near term.

Kraft Heinz unveils management structure

Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2015

The Kraft Heinz Co. has revealed its senior leadership team as details emerge of how the company will operate after the merger of HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group is completed.

Kraft, Mondelez urge dismissal of wheat price case

Katy Askew | 2 Jun 2015

Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International have called for the dismissal of two counts of the case alleging the companies manipulated wheat prices in 2011.

HFPL plays down impact of Kraft TM ruling

Katy Askew | 28 Apr 2015

Health Food Product Ltd, the owner of the Mello Jello trade mark in India, has downplayed the impact of an intellectual property rights ruling that saw regulators order its TM removed from the lists in favour of Kraft Foods Group's Jell-O brand.

Indian regulators "back Kraft" in Jell-O TM spat

Katy Askew | 27 Apr 2015

Indian regulators have reportedly upheld Kraft Foods Group's intellectual property rights to the Jell-O brand and ordered the trademark registrar to remove the Health Food Product Ltd-owned Mellow Jello TM from its lists.

Kraft moves again on colours in mac and cheese

Dean Best | 20 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Group is to remove synthetic colours and artificial preservatives from its Original Macaroni & Cheese line in the US.

Heinz relaunches mustard in US push

Dean Best | 17 Apr 2015

Heinz has relaunched its mustard in the US in a bid to grab a slice of a category in which it is not among the top eight brands.

UPDATE: Kraft cool on wheat charge impact

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Group has played down the possible impact of any penalties that could be imposed for allegedly manipulating wheat prices after charges were brought in the US against the company and Mondelez International.

Kraft, Mondelez charged with rigging wheat prices

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International have been charged with manipulating wheat futures and cash wheat prices.

Food industry news of week: Aryzta, Mondelez

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2015

The week before Easter saw Aryzta surprise the market with news of its plan to buy 49% of French frozen food retailer Picard. M&A speculation surrounded Mondelez International, which was reported to be considering the sale of its rights to the cream cheese brand Philadelphia. Mondelez had a bad end to the week after being charged with manipulating wheat prices.

Food industry quotes of week: Aryzta, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Apr 2015

This week, bakery business Aryzta announced it was in talks to invest in French frozen food retailer Picard while the M&A rumour mill span with reports Mondelez International is considering selling its rights to the Philadelphia brand. Elsewhere, The Real Good Food Co. said it was exploring options for its under-performing sugar business Napier Brown.

Kraft changes mind on "Kids Eat Right" logo

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Group has decided against plans to feature the "Kids Eat Right" logo on its Kraft Singles cheese product in the US after controversy about the relationship between the company and the association behind the campaign.

Mondelez coy on Philadelphia sale rumours

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2015

Mondelez International has declined to comment on speculation it is planning on offloading the Philadelphia cheese brand, which it owns outside the US and Canada.

Food industry news of week: Kraft-Heinz, Senagral

Dean Best | 27 Mar 2015

One story dominated the headlines this week - the plans by Heinz and Kraft Foods Group to join forces and create the world's fifth-largest food and drinks group. Elsewhere, French co-ops Agrial and Eurial said their plans to combine their dairy businesses had been put on hold. There was also sad news from the French food sector with news of a fatal explosion at desserts firm Senagral.

Food industry quotes of week: Kraft-Heinz, ConAgra

Katy Askew | 27 Mar 2015

The mega-merger between HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group took the US sector by storm this week. Elsewhere, ConAgra's results continued to show the cracks and Fonterra lowered its outlook on milk pricing. Here is just-food's week in words.

UPDATE: Heinz, Kraft strike merger agreement

Katy Askew | 25 Mar 2015

Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have struck a merger agreement that will create the world's fifth-largest food maker.

Buffett: Kraft Heinz to withstand health focus

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Mar 2015

The combined Kraft Heinz Co. can withstand increasing interest among US consumers in less processed, healthier foods, Warren Buffett said today (25 March).

Infographic: Heinz, Kraft unveil combined business

Dean Best | 25 Mar 2015

US-based food giants Heinz and Kraft Foods Group are set to join forces, creating the number three food and drinks company in North America - and the fifth-largest worldwide. Announcing the deal, the companies provided a flavour of the scale the combined business would enjoy.

Heinz, Kraft merger: Quote, unquote

Dean Best | 25 Mar 2015

US-based food giants Heinz and Kraft Foods Group are set to join forces, creating the number three food and drinks company in North America - and the fifth-largest worldwide. Here is a flavour of how the market reacted.

Kraft "in buyout talks" with Heinz owner 3G

Katy Askew | 25 Mar 2015

Kraft Foods Group is reportedly in "advanced" takeover talks with Brazilian private equity group 3G Capital Partners in a deal that could value the food giant at more than US$40bn.

Kraft adds to Boca meat-free range

Dean Best | 25 Mar 2015

Kraft Foods Group has added to its Boca meat-free portfolio in the US.

Latest blogs

Kraft investors unsurprisingly back Heinz merger. Now all eyes on likely cuts

Dean Best | 1 Jul 2015

In an announcement that would have surprised few, Kraft Foods Group said today (1 July) its shareholders had thrown their weight behind the plans to combine the business with HJ Heinz. The market's attention on where the management of the new Kraft Heinz Co. will look to make savings.

Carlyle snaps up FMCG agency Acosta - but was the deal worth it?

Dean Best | 30 Jul 2014

Acosta Sales & Marketing, the US agency that works on in-store executions with US FMCG giants, has been snapped up by Carlyle. But was the multiple the private-equity firm is said to have paid too pricey?

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