ConAgra eyes US private-label growth with Ralcorp deal

ConAgra eyes US private-label growth with Ralcorp deal

The US food giant's deal to buy Ralcorp Holdings, agreed a year after its approaches were rebuffed, will mean it becomes the country's largest private-label supplier.

In the spotlight: ConAgra's belief in future of US private label

3 December 2012

ConAgra Foods has said it is "excited" about a deal that will mean it becomes the largest private-label group in the US despite concerns over its ability to grow brands and own label, as well as the long-term prospects of store brands in the US.

Interview: ConAgra sales chief Knudsen on Ralcorp deal

28 November 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

ConAgra adds some spice to pedestrian year for M&A

27 November 2012

Talking to a just-food reporter over coffee in London this morning (27 November), I remarked that, relatively speaking, 2012 had seemed a quiet year for M&A in the global food industry, with few knock-out, mega-deals. Four hours later, an announcement emerged in the US.

UPDATE: US: ConAgra CEO Rodkin touts benefits of Ralcorp deal

27 November 2012

ConAgra Foods CEO Gary Rodkin today (27 November) claimed the US food group's planned acquisition of private-label rival Ralcorp Holdings will put the company "front-of-centre" with retailers in North America.

Timeline: The story of ConAgra's pursuit of Ralcorp

27 November 2012

This morning (27 November) saw the announcement that ConAgra Foods finally acquired US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, a business that rejected a number of takeover bids from the company last year.

just the facts - ConAgra Foods and Ralcorp

27 November 2012

ConAgra Foods this morning (27 November) announced it has swooped to buy US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, a business that rejected a number of takeover bids from the company last year.

US: Ralcorp reports FY profit alongside ConAgra bid

27 November 2012

US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, which today (27 November) agreed to a takeover bid from ConAgra Foods, returned to profit in its fiscal 2012 year, boosted by acquisitions made during the year.

US: ConAgra to buy long-time target Ralcorp Holdings

27 November 2012

ConAgra Foods has swooped to buy US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, a business that rejected a number of takeover bids from the company last year.

US: Activist investor Corvex Management sinks claws into Ralcorp

24 August 2012

Activist investment group Corvex Management is using a newly-acquired interest in Ralcorp to push for changes at the private-label food firm.

US: ConAgra buys own-label firm National Pretzel Co.

14 November 2011

ConAgra Foods has agreed to buy US private-label firm National Pretzel Co. for an undisclosed sum.

US: ConAgra withdraws Ralcorp bid

20 September 2011

ConAgra Foods has withdrawn its US$5.18bn bid for Ralcorp Holdings after its takeover target refused to hold talks on the offer.

US: Ralcorp again rejects ConAgra's takeover bid

19 September 2011

Ralcorp Holdings has again turned down a US$5.2bn takeover bid from fellow US food maker ConAgra Foods.

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