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The private-equity owners of the UK biscuit maker are understood to have received first-round offers of over GBP2bn. However, Blackstone and PAI Partners remain open to listing the UK snack maker.
European dairy companies Lactalis and Arla Foods announce investments, signalling growing interest in Brazil's dairy market.
The US food giant, facing stagnant US sales, has turned to M&A and struck a US$820m deal for local natural and organic food firm Annie's.
Franck Riboud is to step down from his role as CEO at the French food group, to be replaced by deputy Emmanuel Faber.
Chiquita is to sit down with bidders Brazilian juice manufacturer Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group after its shareholders reject the US produce giant's plan to merge with Fyffes.
Moscow has banned a range of foodstuffs from the US, the EU and other countries in response to the steeping of sanctions from the West.
The results season kicked off in earnest this week and just-food brings you analysis of numbers from companies including Danone, Grupo Bimbo and Premier Foods.
The US food group has sought to improve its growth prospects with a series of acquisitions in the last 18 months. However, it needs to do more and this week underlined it is ready for more M&A. Nevertheless, the path ahead will not be straight-forward.
The upmarket Swiss chocolate group makes its first acquisition since 1998, with a deal that gives it the number three spot in the US market.
The meteoric rise of online sales channels presents food manufacturers with a unique challenge. Different needs in terms of packaging, marketing and presentation necessitate a rethink of brand strategies directed at bricks-and-mortar operations. just-food assesses the issue.
UK public health officials have pledged to look at a range of ways to try to reduce the country's sugar consumption and the possibility of a sugar tax - always a subject of debate - is being considered.
Sales of free-from products are growing ahead of the conventional market in many countries, making the free-from space increasingly important as food firms seek out growth spots in otherwise stagnant categories. just-food attended this year's Free From Food Expo in Brussels. Here are some highlights from the event.
As Nestle prunes under performing assets from its business, speculation has suggested that US frozen brands such as Lean Cuisine could end up on the block. However, at the company's investor conference this week, management detailed its strategy to revitalise US frozen sales.
The US meat giant is set to buy the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages for US$8.55bn after a bidding war with processing rival Pilgrim's Pride - and scuppering Hillshire's own plan to buy another US group, Pinnacle Foods.
Brand owners and cocoa suppliers have developed their own initiatives in recent years to try to improve the sustainability of the cocoa supply chain. Twelve companies, including Nestle and Cargill, have set up CocoaAction to work closer together in tackling the issue.
The maker of Meadow Lea butter and Helga's bread looks set to be acquired by Singapore agribusiness giant Wilmar International and First Pacific, the Hong Kong investment fund.
Industry watchers have suggested the sluggish US grocery scene may see more consolidation and today (12 May) Hillshire Brands announced a move for Pinnacle Foods.
Mondelez International has tightened its focus on snacks. The group has separated its coffee interests and is doubling down on efforts to improve margins.
In our latest management briefing, the just-food team looks at the opportunities for FMCG companies in the Middle East and interviews the likes of Nestle, Mondelez and Arla Foods for their views on the region.
With sales under pressure, in March the UK's number four grocer set out plans to invest GBP300m in its "proposition". Today (1 May) came details of where it has cut prices to try to lure back consumers.
Post Holdings has moved for egg-to-dairy firm Michael Foods, TreeHouse Foods for Canada's Protenergy Natural Foods and Hillshire Brands for Van's Natural Foods, signs manufacturers in the US are turning to the chequebook to reposition their portfolios.
The UK retailer's annual results, out today (16 April), underlined the challenges facing the company.
Food security returned to the fore last week with the UN's new report on climate change, which reiterated that a warming population would affect production. However, as well as supply, issues of consumer demand need to be considered when trying to solve what is a hugely complex issue.
Europe's dairy processors are continuing to expand ahead of the end of EU quotas on production next year. And it is rising demand for dairy in emerging markets that is behind their expansion plans.
The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference took place in London this week. The event brought together some of the food industry's largest listed players, who took the opportunity to detail their investment case. As exclusive media partner of the event, just-food brings you the highlights of the last three days.
The proposed deal between US-based Chiquita Brands International and Ireland's Fyffes will create the world's largest banana supplier.
Cerberus Capital Management, the private-equity owner of chains including Albertsons, has struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway, creating a retailer with over 2,400 stores.
The attention on sugar continued after the WHO revised its guidance on daily consumption.
The 2013 financial results from the French retail giant cheered analysts but there is a feeling management now need to embark on a tougher stage of its turnaround.
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