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just-food's review of 2013: the trends that shaped 2013 M&A

6 January 2014

M&A levels remained relatively subdued in 2013. Growing private-equity interest and something of a shift in capital flows to mature markets have been significant trends shaping the M&A landscape. While gaining routes-to-market in emerging economies has remained key for strategic buyers. Katy Askew examines some of the stand-out deals of the past 12 months.

UK: Police probe Tesco ice cream recall

2 January 2014

Police are investigating the recall of Tesco own-label ice cream cones in the UK after painkiller tablets were found in the products.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read interviews

19 December 2013

2013 was a bumper year for senior executive interviews on just-food and your top ten most-read pieces included our meetings with the CEOs of Nestle, Unilever and Greencore.

just-food review of 2013: the year's most-read news stories

19 December 2013

The horsemeat scandal, the fixing of infant formula prices in China, Fonterra's botulism scare and the UK's push towards "hybrid" nutrition labels were among the news stories that grabbed your attention in 2013.

UK: R&R Ice Cream to close Leeds facility

19 July 2013

R&R Ice Cream has confirmed it will close its Crossgates facility in Leeds at the end of the year.

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

3 May 2013

M&A - as ever - was a hot topic on just-food this week. Some deals were done - Hain Celestial acquired UK organic baby food firm Ella's Kitchen and PAI Partners snapped European own-label giant R&R Ice Cream. Potential transactions were speculated about - the spin off of WhiteWave Foods prompted rumours over possible suitors and Unilever's ongoing problems in spreads led to talk it could one day sell the unit.

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

3 May 2013

Two UK-based firms were the subject of takeovers this week: R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream firm, changed hands after PAI Partners struck a deal to buy the business; and Hain Celestial snapped up UK organic baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.

UK: PAI Partners to buy R&R Ice Cream

29 April 2013

PAI Partners has agreed to buy R&R Ice Cream from Oaktree Capital Management and the European ice cream group's other shareholders.

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

15 April 2013

UK-based R&R Ice Cream last week snapped up local rival Fredericks Dairies, a deal its CEO told us will help it compete better with Unilever. We spoke to M&A analysts about the potential sale of Burton's Biscuit Co. and to the chairman of Canada's Dare Foods about his expansion plans. In Europe, the sector was rocked by fresh horsemeat revelations, including news an Asda product contained the veterinary drug phenylbutazone.

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

15 April 2013

3G Capital, the private-equity firm soon to own Heinz, last week turned to another investment - Burger King - for the US food giant's new CEO. In the UK, R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream supplier bought a local rival it said would boost its branded stable. Europe was shook by more horsemeat revelations. Meanwhile, we interviewed Sainsbury's on multichannel, Canada's Dare Foods and took a look at the possible suitors for Burton's Biscuit Co.

Interview: R&R chief: We can be "real alternative" to Unilever

10 April 2013

James Lambert, CEO of UK-based R&R Ice Cream, has suggested the company's plan to buy local rival Fredericks Dairies will give retailers a "real alternative" to market leader Unilever.

EUROPE: R&R Ice Cream takeover deal "a month away"

10 April 2013

A deal for a majority stake in UK-based R&R Ice Cream could be signed in the next month.

UK: R&R Ice Cream to buy rival Fredericks Dairies

9 April 2013

UK ice cream group R&R Ice Cream has agreed to acquire local rival Fredericks Dairies in a deal worth GBP49m.

UK: PAI in "pole position" to acquire R&R Ice Cream

1 March 2013

PAI Partners is reportedly in pole position to acquire R&R Ice Cream after the group was put on the block late last year.

just-food's outlook for 2013: Mega deals unlikely as consolidation continues

31 January 2013

There may be caution over the prospect for blockbuster deals in a dilapidated economic environment, but the food sector mergers and acquisitions table still has plenty to whet the appetite.

UK: Private equity firms submit "second bids" for R&R Ice Cream

24 January 2013

Three private equity firms linked to the purchase of UK firm R&R Ice Cream are understood to have gone through to a second round of bidding.

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

21 January 2013

News that Flowers Food has emerged as the "stalking horse" bidder for various Hostess Brands bread brands in the US caught our attention last week. Meanwhile, an entirely different kind of horse got tongues wagging on this side of the pond when food safety officials found horse meat had been used in the production of burgers in the UK and Ireland. There has also been a flurry of news from the confectionery sector, with Barry Callebaut, Lindt and Thorntons hitting the headlines. We can expect more from this category in the coming weeks as the industry gears up for ISM, one of the calendar's biggest trade shows. just-food will be reporting live (and possibly even indulging our sweet tooth).

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

21 January 2013

Horse meat is the topic that kept the just-food newsroom busy last week after food safety officials found horse meat had been used in the production of burgers in the UK and Ireland. Tesco was the first to announce the recall of some ranges of burgers, with other retailers quick to follow suit. Elsewhere, Flowers Food emerged as the "stalking horse" bidder for various Hostess Brands bread brands in the US, and in the UK just-food spoke with Thorntons CEO Jonathan Hart on the firm's second-quarter results and his plans for the confectionery firm going forward.

UK: R&R Ice Cream acquires Yoomoo frozen yoghurt brand

15 January 2013

UK firm R&R Ice Cream has acquired the Yoomoo frozen yoghurt brand for an undisclosed sum.

UK: R&R Ice Cream up for sale

21 December 2012

UK firm R&R Ice Cream, which has operations across Europe, is up for sale, just-food understands.

just-food's most-read news stories in 2012

18 December 2012

It's the time of the year when we look back at the 12 months just past to see what was getting you clicking on just-food. The ten most-read news stories of 2012 include UK grocers signing a code of conduct on promos and Tesco announcing it would put traffic-light labels on its food in the UK. Tesco's likely exit from the US also proved popular, as did a series of M&A stories, including major deals by Hain Celestial, R&R Ice Cream and Hershey.

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

13 August 2012

Nestle reported its half-year results last week and said innovation was vital to growth in developed markets, where doing business at the moment is, it said, "no walk in the park". Produce giant Chiquita's first-half numbers included plans for a new strategy, while at US dairy group Dean Foods, it announced a move to list its soy and organics unit alongside its figures. In the retail sector, UK grocer The Co-op announced chief executive Peter Marks was to retire.

UK: R&R Ice Cream scoops up Italy's Eskigel

10 August 2012

UK-based private-label ice cream maker R&R Ice Cream has acquired Italian ice cream manufacturer Eskigel.

FRANCE: French state to fight R&R Ice Cream plant closure

10 August 2012

French authorities have joined staff in the fight to save R&R Ice Cream's plant in Carcassonne, in south-west France.

UK: R&R takes Tesco's Chokablok brand to new sales channels

24 July 2012

R&R Ice Cream, the firm that manufactures Tesco's venture ice cream brand Chokablok, has confirmed that it is rolling out the product into other sales channels.

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

9 July 2012

Farmers slammed UK dairy processors this week for cuts to the price they receive for their milk and there have been threats supplies could be disrupted. The UK meat sector was hit by plans by Dutch firm Vion to close a plant in Scotland. Meanwhile, French poultry giant Groupe Doux, which is in administration, has received ten takeover bids.

FRANCE: R&R Ice Cream plans to close Carcassonne plant

6 July 2012

UK-based R&R Ice Cream has confirmed plans to close an ice cream plant in France.

UK: R&R Ice Cream recalls Tesco Chokablok lines

13 June 2012

R&R Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling its Chokablok ice cream multi-packs from customers who purchased the product in Tesco and One Stop stores in the UK.

CAGE: Private equity at centre of renewed M&A activity - Spayne Lindsay

22 March 2012

Private-equity firms will play a central role in an upturn in mergers and acquisition activity in the global food sector, M&A advisory firm Spayne Lindsay has predicted.

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

19 March 2012

It was a bumper week of insight from just-food, with analysis of Richard Brasher's decision to quit as CEO of Tesco's UK operations, an examination of rising egg prices and a look at the future for UK food manufacturer Premier Foods. We also emphasised our international reach, with an exclusive interview with the chief executive of Spanish retailer Grupo Eroski. Click on the headlines for more.

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