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The most-read comment articles on just-food in '11

Dean Best | 23 Dec 2011

Our comment pages in 2011 looked at Tesco's challenges in the US, the uncertainty that surrounded the country's largest dairy processor, Dean Foods, the disposals made by the UK's largest food manufacturer, Premier Foods plc, and the price war that developed between Australia's two largest retailers, Woolworths Ltd and Coles.


2011 review: M&A activity misses expectations

Dean Best | 22 Dec 2011

A year ago, there was consensus that M&A activity would pick up in 2011. As we look back on the last 12 months, there were some major deals but concern over the economy meant the numbers of deals fell short of expectations. Dean Best reports.


Kerry, Hain Celestial put M&A back in headlines

Dean Best | 2 Nov 2011

After a few months of relative calm, the food industry has, in the last week or so, seen a number of takeovers - signed or speculated - hit the headlines.


Focus: Greencore becomes a takeover target

Dean Best | 26 Oct 2011

It's been quite a year for own-label supplier Greencore. A plan to merge with UK rival Northern Foods was gazumped by poultry magnate Ranjit Boparan. Greencore then licked its wounds and acquired UK desserts and sandwich maker Uniq. Now, however, the company is the subject of a takeover approach. Dean Best reports.

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview part one - Patrick Coveney

Michelle Russell | 22 Nov 2013

Convenience food group Greencore has experienced an eventful few years. The Ireland-based manufacturer was beaten to the acquisition of the UK's Northern Foods. This year, Greencore was caught up in the horsemeat contamination saga that rocked the European food industry. However, the company has continued to expand in the UK and in the US. In part one of the just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to chief executive Patrick Coveney about the challenges of operating in a difficult UK market.


The just-food interview - Brian Stein, Samworth

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2011

Privately-owned Samworth Brothers is one of the UK's largest chilled food producers, owns the Ginsters brand and makes own-label convenience food for the likes of Tesco and Waitrose but it operates away from the public eye. Dean Best spoke to CEO Brian Stein about the company's development and its ambitions.

Latest News

Greencore US growth offsets UK decline

Katy Askew | 31 Jul 2013

Convenience food group Greencore has booked a 2.6% increase in third-quarter sales, with gains in the US offsetting a drop in UK revenue.


Greencore COO Walker to leave

Dean Best | 2 May 2013

Greencore COO Di Walker is to leave the convenience food giant later this month - and the company has decided not to replace her.


French dairy firm Candia names Schiratti CEO

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2013

French dairy group Candia has named former Bakkavor and Bonduelle executive Giampaolo Schiratti as its new CEO.


Premier Foods COO Eaton leaves company

Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 2013

The chief operating officer of Premier Foods plc, Geoff Eaton, has left the company as incoming CEO Gavin Darby takes up his new role.


Greencore propelled by US growth

Katy Askew | 29 Jan 2013

Greencore reported a "satisfactory" start to the year today (29 January) as acquisitions in the US offset flat UK revenues.


Premier forms two grocery business units

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2012

Premier Foods, which owns brands including Ambrosia custard and Bisto gravy, has restructured its grocery operations and set up two business units.


Premier Foods' Hovis MD Williams to step down

Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 2012

Premier Foods plc has confirmed the MD of its Hovis division, Iwan Williams, is to step down amid plans by the group to reshape its bread business.


What the analysts say - Greencore full-year

Michelle Russell | 27 Nov 2012

Convenience food group Greencore this morning (27 November) saw its share price climb nearly 4% after booking an increase in full-year profits on the back of its acquisition of Marks and Spencer food supplier Uniq last year.


Greencore shares up on FY profit growth

Michelle Russell | 27 Nov 2012

Convenience food group Greencore saw its share price climb nearly 4% this morning (27 November) after booking an increase in full-year profits.


Premier appoints ex-Uniq chief as COO

Michelle Russell | 3 Oct 2012

Premier Foods plc has appointed the former CEO of Uniq, Geoff Eaton, as its COO and executive director.


What the analysts say - Greencore trading update

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2012

Convenience food group Greencore today (31 July) reported higher quarterly sales, a performance cheered by analysts despite growth slowing a touch amid challenging conditions in the UK grocery sector.


Greencore reports higher Q3 sales

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2012

Convenience food group Greencore has reported a rise in third-quarter sales, boosted by growth across its business.


Greencore sells Uniq desserts plant to Müller

Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 2012

Ireland-based food maker Greencore has struck a deal to sell a chilled desserts facility in the UK to yoghurt giant Müller.


Uniq takeover boosts Greencore H1 profits

Michelle Russell | 22 May 2012

Ireland-based food maker Greencore has booked an increase in first-half profits, boosted by the company's acquisition of UK firm Uniq last year.


Greencore claims "strong start" to year

Dean Best | 9 Feb 2012

Ireland-based food maker Greencore today (9 February) it has had a "strong start" to its financial year after enjoying rising sales.


Greencore seeks London exchange listing

Michelle Russell | 20 Dec 2011

Ireland-based own-label food maker Greencore is to cancel its listing in Dublin and seek a place on the London FTSE UK index series.


Greencore reports drop in FY profits

Dean Best | 6 Dec 2011

Irish food group Greencore today (6 December) reported a drop in annual profits as costs linked to its aborted merger with Northern Foods hit the company's bottom line.


US private equity firm linked to Greencore

Sam Webb | 7 Nov 2011

Irish own-label supplier Greencore's mystery buyer is an American private equity firm, according to The Sunday Times.


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

Dean Best | 31 Oct 2011

We had this week that M&A activity in the food industry - at least in the UK - had slowed in the third quarter of the year but the final three months has seen deal-making return to the headlines with Hain Celestial's takeover of Daniels Group and rumours around the future of Greencore. Click on the headlines for more.


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

Sam Webb | 10 Oct 2011

Two of the UK's largest retailers, Tesco and Sainsbury's, gave an update on their trading this week and the former's new promotional campaign remained a talking point. Another subject of fierce debate was Denmark's new fat tax, which the country's food manufacturers have described as a "bureaucratic nightmare". Click on the links for more.


Greencore over-paid for Uniq, claims Samworth CEO

Dean Best | 4 Oct 2011

Irish food company Greencore paid too much for Uniq, according to the chief executive of Samworth Brothers, which had been a rival suitor for the UK sandwich-to-desserts firm.


Uniq H1 show profits jump

Sam Webb | 16 Sep 2011

UK chilled foods firm Uniq has reported a rise in half-year earnings following the jettisoning of its unprofitable everyday desserts business.

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