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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...

Viewpoint: US health food in play - at a price

General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave...

Focus: Gen Mills turns to M&A to bolster US ops

The US accounts for the bulk of General Mills' business and, with its operations at home under pressure, the food giant has got out the cheq...

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

just-food interview part 2: Agropur CEO 29 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Few food companies, if any, have been as acquisitive as Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur in recent quarters. And the group's M&A activity appears to have picked up since CEO Robert Coallier joined the business in 2012. In part two of the latest just-food interview, Coallier explains the reasons behind Agropur's appetite.


just-food interview: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier 27 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur this month finalised its largest deal to date - its purchase of US cheese and dairy ingredients business Davisco Foods International. In part one of a two-part interview, Dean Best speaks to Agropur CEO Robert Coallier about the company's most recent transaction.

Latest News

WhiteWave to buy dairy-free firm So Delicious 18 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

WhiteWave Foods is to acquire US dairy products manufacturer So Delicious Dairy Free in a US$195m deal.


Dream Foods expands with Casa Mexicana buy 18 Sep 14

Katy Askew

Speciality juice maker Dream Foods International has entered the Hispanic ambient space with the acquisition of the Casa Mexicana brand from Hispanic Specialty Brands.


Slovenian poultry firm Perutnina Ptuj "mulls sale" 18 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Slovenian poultry producer Perutnina Ptuj is reportedly exploring options including a sale of the business.


Timeline: Latest on battle over Chiquita 18 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Chiquita Brands International, which had lined up a merger with fellow banana supplier Fyffes, has become the subject of takeover interest from Brazilian firms Cutrale Group and Safra Group. And that interest is developing into a tussle for the future ownership of the US produce giant. just-food provides a digest of the most significant events so far.


Major Americana investor mulls options 17 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

The main shareholder in Kuwait Food Co., Al Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate Co., has said it is reviewing its portfolio - including its stake in the food company.


Majority stake in Slovenia's Zito up for sale 16 Sep 14

Katy Askew

A consortium led by Slovenian state investment vehicle SDH has placed a majority stake in confectionery-to-frozen food maker Zito on the block.

Latest blogs

Cargill snaps up ADM's chocolate business 2 Sep 14

Dean Best

Five months after Cargill's rumoured interest to buy Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa and chocolate businesses came to nothing, the company today (2 September) announced a deal for part of the assets.


Hillshire CEO Connolly bids farewell as Tyson sale sealed 29 Aug 14

Hannah Abdulla

Tyson Foods has completed its US$8.55bn acquisition of Hillshire Brands, with shares in the Jimmy Dean sausage maker delisted before the market opened today (29 August) - and its CEO leaving the business.

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