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2013 outlook: Mega deals unlikely

There may be caution over the prospect for blockbuster deals in a dilapidated economic environment, but the food sector mergers and acquisit...

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

Katy Askew | 6 Jan 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.

2013 outlook: Mega deals unlikely

Chris Mercer | 31 Jan 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.

Carrefour to face tense shareholders

Dean Best | 20 Jun 2011

It's likely Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson will be a little apprehensive as he heads off for work tomorrow (21 June).

Latest Interviews

R&R Ice Cream adjusts to UK challenges

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2015

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.

R&R Ice Cream CEO Najafi thinks global

Dean Best | 9 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream is the second-largest ice cream manufacturer in Europe by sales, behind only Unilever. But the UK-based business's CEO, Ibrahim Najafi, promoted to the top job at the company 18 months ago, has his sights on expansion further afield.

Latest News

Wrap: Nestle/R&R; TPP deal; US dietary guidelines

Dean Best | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle's "advanced" talks to put the bulk of its ice cream business into a venture with the UK's R&R Ice Cream was the week's stand-out M&A story, while regulatory developments - the TPP trade deal, food safety rules in China and US dietary guidelines - caught the eye elsewhere.

Nestle, R&R Ice Cream in joint venture talks

Dean Best | 5 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream today (5 October) confirmed they are in talks over a possible international frozen food and ice cream venture.

Nestle: S Africa ice cream was not performing

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2015

Nestle decided to quit the ice cream sector in South Africa as its business - which the food group has agreed to sell to UK-based R&R Ice Cream - was not "sustainable".

Food industry news of week: Quorn, Russia ban

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2015

We spoke to Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan this week to discuss the takeover talk surrounding the UK meat-free business and his plans for 2015. Elsewhere, Russia admitted it could ease its ban on food imports from the EU, while it was revealed in New Zealand there had been threats to poison infant formula.

Food industry quotes of week: Quorn, R&R, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Mar 2015

Quorn Foods was in the M&A spotlight this week with speculation WhiteWave Foods had held talks to buy the meat-free business. We spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan to find out more. Elsewhere, Nestle sold its South African ice cream assets to R&R Ice Cream, while in New Zealand, dairy groups moved to reassure consumers their infant formula products were safe following poison threats. In the US, shares in some poultry firms including Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms plunged after reports of suspected bird flu on an Arkansas farm.

R&R Ice Cream buys Nestle's S Africa assets

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2015

R&R Ice Cream has struck a deal to buy Nestle's ice cream operations in South Africa, the UK-based firm's latest move to broaden its business outside Europe.

Food industry news of week: Amira, Kellogg

Dean Best | 13 Feb 2015

Campbell Soup Co., ConAgra Foods and Kellogg all indicated they are finding the going tough in the US this week with cuts to financial forecasts. Away from the results, however, it was global rice supplier Amira Nature Foods that grabbed the headlines after being accused of corruption.

Cadbury Marvellous Creations enters ice cream

Dean Best | 9 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream and Mondelez International have taken the snacks group's confectionery brand Cadbury Marvellous Creations into the ice cream category in the UK.

Rowntrees Randoms, Cadbury Caramel in R&R NPD

Dean Best | 3 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream is to roll out a slew of new lines in the UK, including products that see certain Nestle and Cadbury confectionery brands enter the category for the first time.

Tesco, R&R work on new range after Chokablok pull

Dean Best | 1 Oct 2014

R&R Ice Cream is developing a new ice cream range with Tesco after the UK retailer delisted Chokablok ice cream, the brand the two companies had created three years ago.

R&R's Lambert named Burton's chairman

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Jun 2014

Burton's Biscuit Co. has announced the appointment James Lambert as chairman of the company.

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

Dean Best | 2 Jun 2014

US meats group Hillshire Brands has this week turned from hunter to hunted. With its offer for Pinnacle Foods on the table, the Jimmy Dean sausages maker is the subject of two takeover bids from JBS-backed Pilgrim's Pride and then Tyson Foods, looking to boost their meat empires with higher-margin products. Elsewhere, Sweden-based confectioner Cloetta snapped up Ireland's The Jelly Bean Factory, Nestle and Fonterra revamped their venture in South America and R&R Ice Cream bought Australia's Peters Food Group.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 30 May 2014

Hitting headlines this week was the bidding war for Hillshire Brands which saw Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride both go head to head. Elsewhere, Peters Food Group was acquired by R&R Ice Cream, while Nestle and Fonterra issued a statement saying they were scaling back their Latin American partnership. Also this week, Synlait Milk announced it was revising its 2014 earnings outlook and Danish Crown announced 190 jobs would go as it chose to close its Bornholm slaughterhouse.

R&R Ice Cream acquires Peters Food Group

Hannah Abdulla | 27 May 2014

European private-label ice cream manufacturer R&R Ice Cream has acquired Australian consumer business Peters Food Group for an undisclosed sum.

Police probe Tesco ice cream recall in UK

Dean Best | 2 Jan 2014

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

Review of 2013: the year's most-read interviews

Dean Best | 19 Dec 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.

Review of 2013: the year's most-read news stories

Dean Best | 19 Dec 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.

R&R Ice Cream to close Leeds facility

Michelle Russell | 19 Jul 2013

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

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

Dean Best | 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

Dean Best | 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.

PAI Partners to buy R&R Ice Cream

Katy Askew | 29 Apr 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

Dean Best | 15 Apr 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: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 15 Apr 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.

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

Dean Best | 10 Apr 2013

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

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