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Why Quorn Foods auction promises to be competitive

The starting gun on the race for Quorn Foods is to be fired this week and interest in the UK meat-free business is likely to be high....

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy?

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal fo...

Campbell Soup Co.'s M&A plans should avoid fresh

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 27 Jul 2015

Campbell Soup Co. has looked to inject growth into its business through acquisitions in recent years and the indications are this is likely to continue. But where should the US giant look to do deals? Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, weighs up the group's options.

M&A Watch - ConAgra should divest Commercial Foods

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 25 Jun 2015

The investment in ConAgra's shares by hedge fund Jana Partners has prompted speculation that the group will sell one of its divisions, in order to better realise shareholder value. While the emphasis seems to be so far on ConAgra's troubled Private brands business, Stefan Kirk of M&A advisory Glenboden believes that the Commercial foods unit should be the divestment priority.

Why Quorn is a tasty takeover treat

Katy Askew | 10 Mar 2015

Rumours that private equity-owned Quorn Foods could have piqued the interest of the US's WhiteWave Foods caused a stir this week. Neither company was prepared to comment and it may be Quorn's owner Exponent Private Equity has yet to kick off an auction process but, nonetheless, the speculation highlights the potential the meat-free sector could afford branded food manufacturers. Katy Askew examines Quorn's appeal and who could be tempted by this tasty takeover target.

Top 10 on-trend NPD at Natural Products Expo West

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Mar 2015

The Natural Products Expo West has become a key date in the US food industry calendar - and its significance has grown amid changes in consumer demand. Categories like free-from and organic are buoyant in the US and are attracting the attention of mainstream manufacturers searching for growth. In these ever-more competitive categories, innovation is vital and here is just-food's pick of the top ten on-trend products showcased at this year's event.

Latest Interviews

just the answer: Gardein founder Yves Potvin

Dean Best | 29 Apr 2015

Canada's Garden Protein International - the company behind the meat-free brand Gardein - has enjoyed rapid growth and is hoping for more of the same under the ownership of US giant Pinnacle Foods, which bought the business last year. Yves Potvin, the founder and president of the Vancouver-based firm, has stayed on with Pinnacle and he spoke to Dean Best about expansion, competition and the outlook for the meat alternatives category.

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.

Latest News

Pinnacle launches Birds Eye products with Disney

Katy Askew | 29 Sep 2015

Pinnacle Foods is expanding its Birds Eye Vegetables range in the US with the launch of frozen sides featuring Disney characters.

Food industry quotes of the week - Kellogg, KitKat

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Sep 2015

This week, Kellogg announced plans to increase its exposure in Africa through a joint-venture with local player, Tolaram Foods. Elsewhere, Tyson Foods was once again in the spotlight over animal abuse allegations. Nestle lost its battle to trademark its KitKat product in the European Court of Justice Midamar pleaded guilty to allegations it mislabeled products for export as halal.

Pinnacle Foods chooses location for Gardein plant

Dean Best | 14 Sep 2015

Pinnacle Foods has selected a location for a plant on the East Coast of the US to make products for meat-free unit Gardein.

Pinnacle Foods sees H1 sales and profits rise

Dean Best | 30 Jul 2015

US group Pinnacle Foods today (30 July) reported higher first-half sales and profits - and positively narrowed its forecast for annual earnings.

Food industry results in brief: Lala, Pinnacle

Katy Askew | 1 May 2015

A busy week for results as the first-quarter reporting season got into full swing. We heard from global food manufacturers as far afield as Latin American and Russia, with the likes of Sigma Alimentos owner Alfa and Cherkizovo Group updating the markets. Here is just-food's weekly financial round up.

Food industry news of the week

Katy Askew | 1 May 2015

Mondelez International reported on its first-quarter results this week (1 May) and the group was eager to emphasise its performance in China, which was stronger than many multinational peers. Nestle is a company facing its own challenges in China and we analysed how the appointment of CFO Wan Ling Martello to head up its Asia unit can boost the group's outlook in the market. Elsewhere, we spoke to Gardein founder and CEO Yves Potvin as well as learning about Muller Wiseman's plans to launch a liquid milk brand in the UK. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Food industry quotes of week: Gardein, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.

Gardein's Yves Potvin on withstanding competition

Dean Best | 30 Apr 2015

Canadian meat-free business Garden Protein International - the company behind the Gardein brand - was snapped up by US group and Birds Eye owner Pinnacle Foods last autumn. Yves Potvin, the founder and president of the Vancouver-based firm spoke to Dean Best for our latest just the answer interview and you can hear an audio excerpt here.

Gardein mulling new plant on US East Coast

Dean Best | 29 Apr 2015

Pinnacle Foods is looking at plans for a US manufacturing facility for recently-acquired Canadian meat-free business Gardein.

Garden Protein launches on-the-go meat-free range

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Feb 2015

Garden Protein, Pinnacle Foods' US-based meat-free business, has launched a range of on-the-go products in Canada.

Pinnacle efficiency helps profits amid flat sales

Dean Best | 24 Feb 2015

US food group Pinnacle Foods saw its sales dip in the fourth quarter of 2014 but lower SG&A costs and productivity gains helped underlying profits.

Food industry quotes of week: BRF, UB, Raisio

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Nov 2014

This week, we published interviews with senior executives from Brazilian food giant BRF as it embarks on international expansion. Elsewhere, staff at United Biscuits' Aintree factory in Liverpool pushed forward with strike action and Finnish group Raisio secured control of Benecol in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

Pinnacle Foods to buy plant-protein brand Gardein

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Nov 2014

US food group Pinnacle Foods is to buy Canada-based plant-protein firm Garden Protein International for C$175m (US$154.6m), from investment firm TSG Consumer Partners and founder Yves Potvin.

Pinnacle Foods Q3 earnings rise

Katy Askew | 12 Nov 2014

Pinnacle Foods has booked higher third-quarter earnings thanks to an improved operating performance and termination fees associated with its failed merger with Hillshire Brands.

Aunt Jemima lawsuit "without merit", says PepsiCo

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2014

PepsiCo has insisted a lawsuit over the Aunt Jemima brand seeking US$2bn in royalties is "without merit".

Wish-Bone buy boosts Pinnacle

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2014

US food group Pinnacle Foods saw sales and profits rise in the first half of 2014, helped in part by last year's acquisition of salad dressings business Wish-Bone from Unilever.

Hillshire posts strong results ahead of sale

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2014

US food group Hillshire Brands, set to be taken over by meat giant Tyson Foods, has reported a year of increasing sales and profits.

Pinnacle launches Duncan Hines, Wilton cake mix

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Aug 2014

Pinnacle Foods has brought together two US household baking and cake decorating brands for the launch of a home baking kit.

Tyson, Hillshire confirm takeover

Katy Askew | 2 Jul 2014

Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands today (2 July) entered into a "definitive" agreement that will see the US meat processor acquire the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages for US$8.55bn.

Pinnacle to cut debt with Hillshire break fee

Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2014

Pinnacle Foods plans to use the break-up fee it will receive from the termination of its proposed agreement to be sold to Hillshire Brands to lower its debts.

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

Dean Best | 23 Jun 2014

Trading conditions in the UK and US remain tough and this week two companies - Premier Foods and ConAgra Foods - saw their shares hit after reporting sluggish sales. Elsewhere, the CEOs of the world's largest food manufacturers announced actions they believe will improve consumers' health.

Pinnacle ups R&D capacity to support brands

Katy Askew | 12 Jun 2014

Pinnacle Foods has opened an R&D pilot plant at Rutgers University in a move it said would increase its R&D capacity, improve speed to market and advance its "mission" to "reinvigorate iconic brands".

Latest blogs

Food makers key in cutting meat, dairy consumption and saving planet

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Dec 2014

The meat-free protein sector could be in for a popularity boost as more and more research points to the damaging effect livestock production is having on the environment.

Pinnacle's Birds Eye and Disney team up on healthy eating

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Mar 2014

Pinnacle Foods' Birds Eye brand has teamed up with Disney in the US in a bid to slash obesity rates by getting kids to explore healthier foods.

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