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Cargill snaps up ADM's chocolate business 2 Sep 14

Five months after Cargill's rumoured interest to buy Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa and chocolate businesses came to nothing, the company today (2 September) announced a deal for part of the assets...


Brussels ready to move again to help Russia-hit EU producers 26 Aug 14

Fresh produce growers in the EU have secured assistance from the European Commission in the wake of the Russian embargo and Brussels has indicated it would be prepared to step in again...


just-food closed on Monday - but catch up on what you may have missed 22 Aug 14

A quick note to say we are closed on Monday (25 August) for a public holiday in England and Wales - but there's plenty for you to peruse on the site before we return on Tuesday...


Family Dollar dismisses Dollar General offer 21 Aug 14

The takeover battle for Family Dollar Stores has taken another twist, with the US retailer rejecting a takeover bid from rival Dollar General and in-the-spotlight CEO Howard Levine citing anti-trust concerns...


Elliott Review was not blocked, insists Defra 18 Aug 14

The UK government has insisted there was no moves to block the review of the UK food supply chain and said it will published "shortly"...


Brussels to convene "task force" on Russia embargo 11 Aug 14

The EU said today (11 August) a "joined up" response across the bloc is needed to Russia's move to ban a swathe of food imports from the market...


Nestle's UK and Irish business set to hit 100% sustainable cocoa 4 Aug 14

It may have been Cadbury that made the first high-profile move on sustainable cocoa in the UK when it switched Dairy Milk to Fairtrade in 2009. However, Nestle has claimed it will be the "first major confectionery company" in the market to use only sustainable cocoa by the end of next year...


Carlyle snaps up FMCG agency Acosta - but was the deal worth it? 30 Jul 14

Acosta Sales & Marketing, the US agency that works on in-store executions with US FMCG giants, has been snapped up by Carlyle. But was the multiple the private-equity firm is said to have paid too pricey?..


Japan's Itochu in another agrifood deal 28 Jul 14

Almost a year after buying Dole Food Co.'s international packaged food and Asian fresh businesses, Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. has looked again to the wider agrifood sector to diversify its business interests...


Food company interest in M&A to continue to climb - EY 22 Jul 14

There has been an increase in M&A among companies in the food sector in recent months - and management consultants at EY expect to the trend to continue...

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