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More M&A likely at McCormick - editor's viewpoint

Just a week after dropping its interest in Premier Foods, McCormick & Co. announced the acquisition of Australian chilled herbs firm Botanic...

The potential M&A in niche dairy in the UK

just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk looks at the possible M&A candidates in more niche dairy categories in the UK - and suggests three poten...

Mondelez's cheese and grocery: assessing interest

With continued speculation over the future of Mondelez International's European cheese and grocery business, just-food's M&A columnist Stefa...

Why Lactalis swooped for Romanian dairy Albalact

French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem...

Latest Interviews

Interview: John Haugen, Gen Mills' 301 Inc., pt 2 21 Mar 2016

Hannah Abdulla

John Haugen, vice president and general manager of General Mills' investment arm 301 Inc., speaks to Hannah Abdulla about how backing start-ups helps the US food giant shape its future growth portfolio and why the first two companies it is supporting - Rhythm Superfoods and Good Culture - are deemed the perfect fit.


Interview: Bear snacks firm on Lotus Bakeries deal 5 Jan 2016

Dean Best

Urban Fresh Foods, the privately-owned UK firm behind the children's-focused snack brand Bear, said last summer it was looking at ways to expand internationally and suggested it could accept investment. Just before Christmas, the company, set up in 2007, announced it had agreed to a takeover bid from Belgium's Lotus Bakeries. Dean Best speaks to Urban Fresh Foods partner Giles Brook about what the deal means for the business.

Latest News

Eurial, Agrial dairy coops announce merger 29 Apr 16

Katy Askew

French dairy cooperative Eurial plans to merge with the dairy activities of French agricultural cooperative Agrial. 


News of the week - Mondelez, Hershey, MG 29 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International announced a European sale, this time of its biscuit brands, Domino, Jaffa and Fanipala to Fazer. The firm also had its first quarter numbers out this week as did Hershey who, alongside their results, announced the acquisition of BarkThins owner, Ripple Brand Collective. In the movers and shakers news this week, Murray Goulburn MD Gary Helou and CFO Brad Hingle announced their departures and Mondelez exec Mark Clouse joined Pinnacle Foods as CEO.


Mengniu Dairy 'eyeing Australia's Burra Foods' 27 Apr 16

Katy Askew

China's Mengniu Dairy is reportedly eyeing Burra Foods in a deal believed to value the Australian dairy group at more than A$300m (US$228.1m). 


Hormel Foods to sell Diamond Crystal Brands 27 Apr 16

Dean Best

Hormel Foods is to sell Diamond Crystal Brands, a US business that supplies food and drinks to the foodservice industry, to an affiliate of local private-equity firm Peak Rock Capital.


Hershey buys company behind BarkThins brand 26 Apr 16

Dean Best

Hershey has snapped up Ripple Brand Collective, the US firm behind the BarkThins snack brand.


Adam Foods to buy Bimbo Panrico assets in Spain 26 Apr 16

Katy Askew

Spanish food maker Adam Foods has reached an agreement to acquire certain Panrico assets in Spain, Portugal and Andorra from Mexican baker Grupo Bimbo. 

Latest blogs

McCormick in the spotlight over Premier Foods' pension deficit and debt 30 Mar 16

Dean Best

The conference calls companies hold with equity analysts can, on occasion, be relatively tame affairs, with businesses sometimes not pushed on issues and us in the media - allowed to listen only - sitting on the phone and wanting executives to be pressed on their initial answers. Yesterday (29 March), some stiff questions were put to McCormick & Co.'s management over its interest in Premier Foods.


Lactalis's emerging markets push continues 29 Mar 16

Dean Best

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has struck another deal in a promising emerging market for dairy.

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