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Is Chinese meat company WH Group eyeing US M&A? 6 May 16

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced...


India ascendant as outlook for global food sector dims 17 Mar 16

Growth prospects for the global packaged food sector were negatively revised today (17 March) on faltering emerging market demand - but India looks increasingly set to be a bright spot for the industry...


Expo West - "trustability" touted as key competitive factor 11 Mar 16

Exhibitors are gearing up for this year's Natural Products Expo West, one of the major dates in the US food industry calendar. Boxes are being unpacked in the massive halls and stands are being erected...


Fonterra using farm know-how to grow in Sri Lanka 19 Feb 16

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra hopes to use the know-how of its farmer owners in order to scale up in emerging dairy markets such as Sri Lanka...


What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra? 2 Feb 16

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector...


Is Unilever preparing to sell spreads? 19 Jan 16

The will-they, won't-they speculation over whether Unilever could be preparing to put its struggling spreads unit on the block cropped up again today (19 January) when reports emerged that Sean Gogarty, who heads up the business, is leaving...


Why I'm sick of range reviews 3 Dec 15

As the UK supermarket wars rumble on, range reviews have been a key tool for the big four to work to lower prices. And I don't like it one bit. Here is why...


Osborne overplays Britishness of United Biscuits 20 Nov 15

That politicians are selective with the truth is pretty much a given. But it did make this pundit chuckle to hear UK Chancellor George Osborne describe United Biscuits as a "great British company"... Er, yes... one that is owned by Turkish multinational Yildiz Holding...


Maggi returns but will growth follow in AOA for Nestle? 5 Nov 15

Nestle had some reason for cheer this week when it was confirmed that Maggi noodles should be back on Indian shelves this month...


Could Diamond Foods sell itself piecemeal? 6 Oct 15

With market talk rumbling on over whether Diamond Foods is up for sale, attention has now turned to if the company could be preparing to sell its snack food brands separately having failed to secure a buyer for the business as a going concern...

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