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M&A Watch: Why Danone/Lifeway deal could be next

The over 25x EBITDA valuation in General Mills' recent acquisition of Annie's clears the path for Danone, a main rival in dairy, to pay top...

DATA: The just-food international basket - Q2 2014

In association with IRI, the just-food international basket shows the cost of a typical range of goods in eight markets every quarter. The d...

Shopper trends: Some confidence but promos popular

There is a sense across a number of markets that consumer confidence is improving and the latest data from the just-food international baske...

BRICs: How dairy deal bolsters Lactalis and BRF

The proposed sale of BRF's Brazilian dairies unit to Lactalis-owned Parmalat looks set to be a win-win for both companies. BRF is focusing o...

Latest Interviews

Sustainability Watch: WhiteWave Foods 17 Sep 2014

Ben Cooper

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.


just the answer: Amul MD Dr K Rathnam 2 Sep 2014

Poorna Rodrigo

Indian dairy giant Amul is gearing up for growth. The company is preparing a push into the value-added nutraceuticals sector in India while, further afield, the co-operative intends to start manufacturing in Europe and Singapore by early 2016. Newly-appointed managing director Dr K Rathnam speaks to just-food about Amul's future.

Latest News

Arla: New Vigor deal to boost our Brazil presence 19 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Arla Foods' move to change its business relationship with Brazilian dairy group opens up access to 40,000 retailers in the country.


General Mills plans to close two US plants 19 Sep 14

Dean Best

General Mills has set out plans to close two plants in the US as the food group, with sales under pressure, looks to reduce costs.


Arla takes stake in Brazilian dairy group Vigor 19 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Arla Foods has acquired a stake in Brazilian dairy company Vigor Alimentos.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week 19 Sep 14

Dean Best

After General Mills' move to buy Annie's, M&A advisor Stefan Kirk took to just-food's pages to argue Lifeway Foods could be a takeover target for Danone. General Mills, meanwhile, battling to improve the performance of its US business revealed it will close two plants. And we took a look at the most eye-catching products being showcased at the Natural Products Expo East show in Baltimore.


Nestle invests in Mexican milk production 19 Sep 14

Katy Askew

Nestle today (19 September) unveiled a plan to invest MXN700m (US$52.9m) over the next six years to increase milk production in Mexico.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 19 Sep 14

Dean Best

US food groups General Mills and ConAgra Foods were under scrutiny this week with both reporting first-quarter results. WhiteWave Foods, the US natural and organic specialist, struck a deal to buy dairy-free brand So Delicious, while Thai seafood giant Thai Union Frozen Products made its second acquisition in Europe in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, we spoke to the CEO of Wise Foods about his plans to grow the US snacks business.

Latest blogs

International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal 15 Sep 14

Dean Best

France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies to work together when dealing with international brands.


Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 14

Katy Askew

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?

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