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Interview: US snacks firm Beanfields gets backing 12 May 2017

Dean Best

Powerplant Ventures, the US private-equity firm formed two years ago to back companies "reinventing the food system", has made its latest investment, leading a consortium that has acquired a majority stake in local tortilla chip business Beanfields Snacks. Mark Rampolla, the man behind coconut water brand Zico, is one of the founders of Powerplant Ventures and will be co-chairman of Beanfield. He talked to Dean Best about Powerplant Ventures' investment strategy, plans for Beanfield and how a US gang intervention programme is involved in the deal.


Interview: D's Naturals on General Mills backing 1 May 2017

Katy Askew

D's Naturals has developed rapidly from its inception just two years ago. Today, the US plant-based protein bar maker generates around US$10m in sales and has attracted investment from General Mills investment arm, 301 Inc. Founder Daniel Katz – or D as he is also known – spoke to just-food's Katy Askew about the development of the business and its prospects.

Latest News

Lactalis set to acquire German dairy Omira 23 May 17

John Shepherd

French dairy giant Lactalis is set to acquire German dairy group Omira for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today (23 May).


Ireland chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's 'for sale' 23 May 17

John Shepherd

Ireland chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's has reportedly been put up for sale with a price tag of up to EUR50m (US$56m).


Danone leaning on WhiteWave "synergies" for growth 19 May 17

John Shepherd

French dairy group Danone said yesterday (18 May) it is relying on synergies from its acquisition of US food and beverage group WhiteWave Foods to help lift its recurring operating margin above 16% of sales in 2020.


Ex-Doux chief spearheads bid for William Saurin 18 May 17

Stuart Todd

Business rescue specialist Arnaud Marion, who was largely responsible for the turnaround of major French poultry firm Doux, is spearheading a bid by New York-based investor Sandton Capital Partners to acquire French ready meals brand William Saurin from embattled food holdings group, Financière Turenne Lafayette (FTL).


Grupo Lala 'joins race' to bid for Stonyfield 18 May 17

John Shepherd

Mexican dairy group Grupo Lala has reportedly emerged as "the lead bidder" for US organic dairy business Stonyfield from French dairy giant Danone.


Kraft Heinz mum on Colgate-Palmolive bid reports 18 May 17

Helen Arnold

US-based peanuts-to-ketchup maker Kraft Heinz has declined to comment on reports that it is preparing to mount a takeover bid for consumer giant Colgate-Palmolive.

Latest blogs

UK M&A deal volumes slide in early months of 2017 22 May 17

Dean Best

Fresh data from Grant Thornton indicates the number of mergers and acquisitions in the UK food and drink sector fell to the lowest level for over two years in the first quarter of in 2017 - but the accountancy and advisory firm has insisted the amount of M&A activity remains "healthy".


Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield? 13 Apr 17

Katy Askew

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player.

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