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Katy Askew | 2 Mar 2017

Less than three days was all it took for Kraft Heinz's GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach to Unilever to become public, be rejected and subsequently taken off the table. The attempt is likely to have some significant and far-reaching consequences for Unilever. Here, just-food takes a look at the impact the episode could have on the Dove-to-Knorr manufacturer.

Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Capital-owned US group with the European food-to-personal care company. just-food asks whether the takeover offer should be taken at face value. 

Dean Best | 15 Dec 2016

The speculation linking Kraft Heinz to a possible bid for Mondelez International is casting just-food's mind back seven years and giving it a wry smile at the thought of a company reunited.

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2016

Kraft Heinz's third-quarter results won praise from some on Wall Street but the US food giant still faced questions about its performance in Europe. The company pinpointed the UK as a problem area and outlined its plans to breathe fresh life into its business in the country.

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Dean Best | 24 Mar 2017

Kraft Heinz has announced another wave of job cuts in North America.

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Mar 2017

Kraft Heinz has announced a set of new sustainability targets that commit to decreasing its environmental footprint and creating a sustainable supply chain. 

Katy Askew | 3 Mar 2017

Commenting on topics as diverse as sugar reduction, job cuts and M&A, here is a summary of the food industry's week in its own words. 

Dean Best | 27 Feb 2017

Warren Buffett has said Kraft Heinz has not prepared "a back-up deal" in the wake of Unilever rejecting the US group's proposed takeover offer.

Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2017

Unilever rejected the GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach from Kraft Heinz because the US group's proposed offer did not value the Knorr maker highly enough, the CFO of the UK-based consumer goods giant CFO has argued.

Katy Askew | 20 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has pulled its GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover bid for consumer goods giant Unilever. 

Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has indicated it is still working towards a merger with Unilever after revealing today (17 February) the European consumer goods giant had turned down an initial approach. 

Katy Askew | 16 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz continued to grow its margins in 2016 and returned to positive organic top-line growth, even as it booked lower sales.

Dean Best | 7 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has struck a deal with the developers of the children's characters Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol to launch a range of toddler snacks in the UK.

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2017

Kraft Heinz is launching a "no added sugar" version of Heinz Beanz in the UK, a product that will replace the 50% Less Sugar line on sale in the market.

John Shepherd | 26 Jan 2017

Kraft Heinz has launched a joint venture with US talk show host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey called Mealtime Stories to "make real, nutritious products more accessible to everyone".

John Shepherd | 12 Jan 2017

Kraft Heinz has furthered cut the salt in the Heinz tomato ketchup on sale in the UK that contains lower levels of salt and sugar than the standard variant.

John Shepherd | 12 Jan 2017

Kraft Heinz is expanding its Velveeta cheese brand into the frozen aisles in the US with the launch of two snack products.

Katy Askew | 15 Dec 2016

Shares in Mondelez International jumped in after-hours trading in New York yesterday (14 December) after reports surfaced Kraft Heinz could be preparing a takeover attempt for the Oreo and Cadbury owner.

Katy Askew | 7 Dec 2016

Kraft Heinz, has denied claims in Egypt its local business has used "rotten tomatoes" to produce its namesake ketchup in the country. 

Katy Askew | 17 Nov 2016

Kraft Heinz has urged its shareholders to reject an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer from investment fund TRC Capital Corporation. 

Katy Askew | 14 Nov 2016

Greencore plans to quadruple its sales in the US with the US$748m acquisition of convenience food group Peacock Foods. 

Katy Askew | 9 Nov 2016

Shares in US food majors including Mondelez International and General Mills rose yesterday (8 November) after Brazilian reports suggested investment firm 3G Capital is raising US$8-10bn to fund more acquisitions. 

Katy Askew | 4 Nov 2016

Kraft Heinz booked higher third-quarter profits as aggressive cost cutting continued to offset lower sales. 

John Shepherd | 1 Nov 2016

Kraft Heinz has launched Heinz Power Sprouts, a high-nutrition health drink "enriched with the power of sprouted grains", in India.

Katy Askew | 24 Oct 2016

Coca-Cola Amatil is reportedly preparing to sell its Australian fruit and vegetable unit, SPC Ardmona, next year. 

Dean Best | 18 Oct 2016

Kraft Heinz has called on UK grocers to remember the "importance" of innovation in growing sales as they "re-set" their ranges, moves they believe will make the shopping trip simpler and help alleviate the competitive threat of discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2016

Kraft Heinz is adding a new line of products to its US pudding mix brand Jell-O that contain "real ingredients".

Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2016

A coalition of 40 institutional investors representing US$1.25trn in funds is urging 16 multinational food companies – including Kraft Heinz, Unilever, General Mills and Nestle – to take action on the "material risks" posed by industrial animal production. 

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Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2016

Market speculation over a possible takeover of Kellogg surfaced this week, with the snacks-to-cereal maker linked to both Kraft Heinz and Coca Cola Co.

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2016

Kraft Heinz has won through in a court case over the rights to the Dip & Squeeze packets used for its Heinz tomato ketchup.

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