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M&A Watch: Raisio should sell to private equity

Raisio, the Finland-based group behind brands including Benecol, Honey Monster cereals and Fox's confectionery, has, in recent years, tried...


Michelle Russell | 23 May 2013

Private-equity firm Langholm Capital was this week reported to have put UK crisp group Tyrrells on the market. Langholm has declined to comment on the reports but the investment firm are said to have put a GBP100m (US$151.9m) price tag on the company.


Katy Askew | 8 Apr 2013

The private-equity owners of Burton's Biscuit Co. are "considering options" for the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, a process that could lead to an eventual sale. Katy Askew takes a look at the players for whom an acquisition of Burton's could hit the sweet spot.


Dean Best | 23 Dec 2011

2011 was again a year in which just-food discussed the key industry issues with the leading lights in the sector. From the creation of meat-free firm Quorn Foods to Ferrero's ambitions in the UK and from Kraft Foods' plans in the key emerging market of South Africa to sustainability strategies with Ahold and Kellogg, we interviewed some of the top players in the industry this year. Click on the links for more and check out all our featured interviews for 2011 here.


Ben Cooper | 28 Feb 2011

There are two ways of looking at the impact of what is often described as the ‘health and wellness' trend in food consumption. It can either be about consumers deciding or being persuaded to take certain things out of their diet or alternatively putting more of other types of food into their diet.

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Michelle Russell | 28 Aug 2013

Cheese spread and dip manufacturer Kavli has been on something of an acquisition spree. Already this year it has purchased Raisio's non-dairy assets and last week announced the purchase of St Helen's Farm.


Dean Best | 20 Aug 2013

Raisio, the Finland-based group behind Benecol, Fox's confectionery and Sugar puffs cereal, saw branded sales fall in the first half of 2013. However, CEO Matti Rihko tells Dean Best the company is sharpening its portfolio to improve the performance of its branded business - and is eyeing more expansion in the years ahead.

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Katy Askew | 13 Jul 2016

Finnish food group Raisio has sold its UK snack bar business, Halo Foods, to Dutch investors Nimbus. 


Hannah Abdulla | 10 May 2016

Raisio has pointed to competition for a fall in sales fall in the first quarter, a period when the Finnish food group saw mixed profitability.


Hannah Abdulla | 13 Apr 2016

Finnish food firm Raisio has announced plans to licence its Honey Monster cereal brand in the UK to local group Brecks Co.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Feb 2016

Finnish food maker Raisio is relaunching its Fruitus snack bars in the UK to cater to what it says is a growing demand for free-from products.


Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2016

Finnish food group Raisio has announced plans to set up a new operating unit incorporating its snacks and Benecol businesses. 


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Feb 2016

Finnish food group Raisio has posted a jump in full-year profits and sales.


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2016

Raisio's UK arm Halo Foods has re-branded its Good Grain Puffed Wheat to emphasise its "healthy" benefits.


Dean Best | 14 Dec 2015

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, has decided to close its breakfast cereal and snack bar factory in west London, a move the Honey Monster owner said would make the company more competitive.


Hannah Abdulla | 30 Nov 2015

Raisio has launched a bagged "on-the-go" alternative of its Harvest Cheweee snack bar in the UK.


Hannah Abdulla | 5 Nov 2015

Raisio's third-quarter profits have been lifted on the back of the improved performance of its Benecol business.


Katy Askew | 20 Oct 2015

Raisio has launched a swathe of snack products in Finland in order to capitalise on what it has identified as growing demand for healthy snacks in the market. 


Katy Askew | 9 Oct 2015

Finnish food group Raisio unveiled plans to restructure its loss-making UK cereal business in order to lower costs.


Katy Askew | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream confirmed that they are in joint venture talks, a tie up that could reshape the global ice cream sector. Meanwhile the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed - to mixed reactions from the food sector. Here are just-food's quotes of the week.


Helen Arnold | 8 Oct 2015

Elovena porridge is now available in McDonald's outlets in Finland as part of the fast-food chain's breakfast offering, brand owner Raisio announced today (8 October).


Katy Askew | 11 Aug 2015

Raisio raised full-year forecasts for sales and EBIT this morning (11 August) after its first-half results were lifted by the recent acquisition of the rights to Benecol in three European markets and an improved performance from UK cereal and snacks.


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jul 2015

Raisio's UK arm Halo Foods has launched a low-sugar, multi-grain version of its Honey Monster Puffs cereal.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2015

Finnish food group Raisio is launching a cholesterol-lowering powdered drink in China under its Benecol brand.


Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jun 2015

Finnish food group Raisio has introduced a free-from range to its Fox's confectionery range in the UK.


Dean Best | 7 May 2015

Finnish food group Raisio today (6 May) booked an increase in first-quarter sales and earnings, in part helped by its acquisition of Benecol in three European markets last November.


Katy Askew | 12 Feb 2015

Finnish confectionery-to-spreads maker Raisio booked a decline in full-year earnings but stressed an improved back half performance offset an "exceptionally" weak first half.


Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2015

Raisio has announced the launch of its Benecol range of products in South Korea.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 3 Jun 2015

The development of markets for gluten-free products in the UK and the US has grabbed much of the sector's attention in recent years but what are the opportunities in Europe? just-food has headed to Barcelona this week to find out.


Dean Best | 17 Oct 2014

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, is to lower the sugar content of UK cereal brand Sugar Puffs - and at the same time remove the ingredient from the product's name.

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