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Why Heinz-Kraft merger could herald more deals

The US food industry is going through a period of significant change and the major names have struggled to come up with the answers to meet...

Analysis: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food s...

Comment: US legacy brands still have pulling power

Up-and-coming categories and companies are increasingly setting the pace in the US food sector. Demand for natural, healthy, fresh and susta...

Green Giant talk underlines pressure at Gen Mills

General Mills is reported to be considering putting its canned and frozen vegetable business Green Giant on the block. The US food group has...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Quorn CEO focuses on further growth 13 Mar 2015

Dean Best

There is speculation over the future ownership of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods. It is hardly surprising. Quorn has been owned by a private-equity firm since 2010 and is a business enjoying continued solid growth in a challenging industry. Dean Best spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan about the sale rumours and his plans for the business this year.


The just-food interview: Bega Cheese CEO 26 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Bega Cheese has had a whirlwind couple of years. Seeking greater consolidation of the Australian dairy industry, it made a play for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter in 2013, kicking off a takeover battle, in which Canada's Saputo emerged the victor. In a two-part interview, just-food catches up with Bega CEO Aidan Coleman, to find out why it gave up on the takeover dream and whether it is eyeing any other opportunities.

Latest News

Mondelez coy on Philadelphia sale rumours 30 Mar 15

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International has declined to comment on speculation it is planning on offloading the Philadelphia cheese brand, which it owns outside the US and Canada.


UPDATE: Zito owners in talks with two bidders 30 Mar 15

Dean Best

The consortium of investors looking to sell a majority stake in Slovenian food group Zito is still in talks with two bidders, one of the shareholders told just-food today (30 March).


Podravka "set to buy Slovenia's Zito" 30 Mar 15

Dean Best

Croatia-based food group Podravka is reportedly set to acquire control of Zito, Slovenia's largest food manufacturer, in a deal said to be worth EUR60-65m.


Food industry news of week: Kraft-Heinz, Senagral 27 Mar 15

Dean Best

One story dominated the headlines this week - the plans by Heinz and Kraft Foods Group to join forces and create the world's fifth-largest food and drinks group. Elsewhere, French co-ops Agrial and Eurial said their plans to combine their dairy businesses had been put on hold. There was also sad news from the French food sector with news of a fatal explosion at desserts firm Senagral.


Food industry quotes of week: Kraft-Heinz, ConAgra 27 Mar 15

Katy Askew

The mega-merger between HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group took the US sector by storm this week. Elsewhere, ConAgra's results continued to show the cracks and Fonterra lowered its outlook on milk pricing. Here is just-food's week in words.


Gehl Foods sold to PE firm Wind Point 27 Mar 15

Katy Askew

Private-equity investor Wind Point Partners has acquired US aseptic dairy group Gehl Foods for an undisclosed sum.

Latest blogs

Yildiz "eyes silver" in global snacks 19 Mar 15

Katy Askew

Yildiz Holding reportedly wants its snacks business to overtake Kellogg and become the world's second-largest snack manufacturer.


Unilever investors want spreads to be sold 2 Mar 15

Hannah Abdulla

It's no secret Unilever's spreads arm has been suffering for some time and, as CFO Jean-Marc Huët pointed out when he reflected on the company's 2014 performance in January, declining demand for its brands was dragging down the performance of the rest of its food business.

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