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Who could swoop for Diamond Foods? 

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio dur...

BRICs and beyond: Bright's international strategy

State-backed Chinese food giant Bright Food Co. continued to make progress with its "go global, bring in" ambition when it acquired a majori...

Deal or no deal: Experts split on Dorset Cereals

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Apr 2014

Toward the end of last week Kellogg, Weetabix and Associated British Foods were all named as potential suitors looking to buy UK cereal brand Dorset Cereals from Wellness Foods. Hannah Abdulla looks at where Dorset Cereals could next end up.

2014 outlook: M&A activity on the rise

Katy Askew | 30 Jan 2014

Last year surprised commentators with the relatively subdued levels of M&A in the food sector. While 2013 did include the largest ever food industry deal by value - the move to take Heinz private - the number of transactions completed came in somewhat below the expectations of M&A advisers. 2014, we are told, is likely to be a different story as deals work their way through the sector's pipelines and valuations continue their upward march. Katy Askew reports.

Cereal firms react as breakfast habits evolve

Jason Stroud, IRI | 8 Jan 2014

Major cereal manufacturers are reporting disappointing sales and there has been a decline in volume sales over the last few years. It would be easy to think that this GBP1.3bn market (in the UK alone) had gone stale, but with pockets of growth and lots of innovation, this is one category that is certainly hotting up.

China: Multinationals vie for place at table

Katy Askew | 29 Nov 2013

With an increasingly affluent population of more than 1.36bn mouths to feed the potential offered by China's food sector is immense. But the size of the opportunity does not, in itself, guarantee success. Competition is fierce as multinational food groups and local players alike look to grow their share of this vast pie. Katy Askew examines the competitive dynamics of the Chinese food sector.

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Weetabix adds protein range to breakfast drinks

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jun 2015

Bright-Food owned Weetabix has added a protein-based variant to its On The Go drinks range in the UK in response to growing consumer demand for protein.

Weetabix launches Protein Crunch in UK

Katy Askew | 9 Jun 2015

UK cereal brand Weetabix is rolling out a "high-protein" cereal product in its domestic market.

Weetabix gets new private-equity investor

Dean Best | 22 May 2015

Baring Private Equity Asia has struck a deal to buy 40% of UK-based cereal group Weetabix.

Weetabix linked to new private-equity investor

Dean Best | 20 Apr 2015

Weetabix could be set for a new private-equity investor, with claims Baring Private Equity Asia is to buy 40% of the UK-based cereal group.

Bright Food "planning Manassen IPO this year"

Katy Askew | 9 Jan 2015

Chinese food giant Bright Food Group is reportedly planning to list its Australian unit, Manassen Foods, this year.

Food industry quotes of week: Yildiz, Muller

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 2014

This week, Turkey's Yildiz Holding struck a deal - said to be over GBP2bn - to buy United Biscuits and the Turkish group's CEO took to Twitter to hail the agreement. Meanwhile, German dairy giant Muller agreed to buy Dairy Crest's liquid dairy business in the second big deal of the week. Elsewhere, quarterly numbers continued to come in, with Mondelez International lifting its forecast for annual earnings.

Bright Food "eyes 2016 listing for Weetabix"

Dean Best | 6 Nov 2014

China's Bright Food Co. is reportedly targeting listings of UK breakfast cereal business Weetabix and Australian food group Manassen Foods in the next two years.

Bright "to take full control of Weetabix"

Katy Askew | 13 Oct 2014

Chinese food giant Bright Food is reportedly preparing to take full control of UK cereal business Weetabix.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Sep 2014

Danone CEO Franck Riboud surprised this market this week with his decision to step down from the role after 18 years. Elsewhere, a report into the UK food supply chain was published, while KP Snacks announced it is mulling the closure of two of its UK plants.

Weetabix launches China-specific Alpen bar range

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Sep 2014

Weetabix has launched a range of Alpen cereal bars in China developed specifically for local consumers.

Weetabix to make 30 redundancies in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Aug 2014

Weetabix has announced it is to make 30 redundancies in the UK after reaching the end of a consultation process it began in April.

Weetabix to outsource specialist cleaning

Katy Askew | 15 Jul 2014

Weetabix has entered into employee talks over the potential transfer of contracts after the decision was taken to outsource specialist cleaning activities at two sites.

ABF acquires Dorset Cereals

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2014

Associated British Foods is understood to have entered an agreement to acquire up-market cereal brand Dorset Cereals.

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

Dean Best | 27 May 2014

Japan's Mizkan Group got out the chequebook again this week, with the acquisition of Unilever's North American pasta sauces business. The deal followed its 2012 purchases of brands including Branston and Haywards from Premier Foods in the UK. Elsewhere, we ran interviews with the CEOs of UK pork processor and dairy group Adams Foods.

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

Dean Best | 14 Apr 2014

Olive oil giant Deoleo this week announced its board had backed a takeover bid from private-equity giant CVC Capital Partners. Elsewhere, Mondelez International announced plans for another plant in Russia and the political party that looks set to be the major party in India's next government said it would ban foreign supermarkets entering the country's retail sector.

Rowse honey buy to boost Valeo's UK presence

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Apr 2014

Irish food group Valeo Foods has acquired Rowse honey in the hope it will bolster its presence in the UK.

Weetabix coy on "bid" for Dorset Cereals

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2014

Weetabix has refused to "confirm or deny" reports it is one of the suitors looking to buy UK muesli manufacturer Dorset Cereals.

Weetabix confirms plan to cut pay, hours

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2014

Weetabix has announced plans to cut staff pay and hours in the UK, a reaction believed to be prompted by increasing pressure from supermarket own brands and discount food retailers.

Kellogg, Weetabix, ABF "eye Dorset Cereals"

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Apr 2014

Kellogg, Weetabix and Associated British Foods are reportedly eyeing UK cereal business Dorset Cereals.

Weetabix latest to launch breakfast drink

Dean Best | 6 Jan 2014

UK-based cereal group Weetabix has become the latest business to launch a breakfast drink in a bid to offer more convenient products to consumers.

Bright Food "will consider listing" for Weetabix

Michelle Russell | 21 Nov 2013

Bright Food, the Chinese food group that owns a controlling stake in UK cereal maker Weetabix, is understood to have confirmed its interest in listing the business.

Bright Food "in talks" to acquire Israel's Tnuva

Michelle Russell | 3 Sep 2013

China's Bright Food is understood to be holding talks with Israel's largest food manufacturer and distributor Tnuva about a potential acquisition.

"Technical issues" hit Weetabix productio

Katy Askew | 23 Apr 2013

Weetabix has been forced to cut production of its Weetabix Minis and Oatibix bitesize ranges, a spokesperson for the group confirmed.

Ad watchdog raps Weetabix over mobile app

Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2013

UK cereal maker Weetabix has had its WeetaKid mobile app banned for making children feel "inferior" if they did not eat the company's products.

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