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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...

just-food's three top tips for M&A deals in 2016

just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk runs the rule over the potential deals that could be struck in the food industry in 2016 - and puts forw...

General Mills must tread carefully with Epic

Either side of Christmas, General Mills turned to M&A to try to inject some growth into its business. On 23 December, the company announced...

Why L Catterton will stir interest in M&A circles

A striking transaction has been announced in the private-equity world, with US buy-out house Catterton to join forces with the investment ar...

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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.


Interview: How American Halal rides ethical wave 12 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

US frozen entree-to-broth maker American Halal Co. recently made its first acquisition, snapping up local lentil snacks business Mediterranean Snacks. The firm is hoping to deliver around US$$30m in sales for fiscal '15, and in the next three-to-five years, CEO Adnan Durrani is eyeing sales of between $70-100m. Here he talks to Hannah Abdulla about how the company's focus on antibiotic-free, non-GMO and organic foods will win points with the millennial consumer and help achieve that goal.

Latest News

Seviroli Foods acquires D'Orazio Foods 12 Feb 16

Hannah Abdulla

US pasta manufacturer Seviroli Foods has announced the acquisition of fellow US-based Italian food maker D'Orazio Foods.


Quotes of week - PepsiCo, Kellogg, Quorn 12 Feb 16

Hannah Abdulla

There were a flurry of companies reporting their results for 2015 and looking into 2016. Among them, PepsiCo said it beat its own expectations for last year but sounded a note of caution on macro-economic conditions for the year ahead. Kellogg, meanwhile, pointed to progress with its core US cereal business but admitted domestic problems with snacks. Elsewhere, Chobani confirmed it had rejected takeover offers and just-food interviewed Richelieu Foods CEO Tim O'Connor. Here is the week in quotes.


Snack group Zola in private-equity buy-out 11 Feb 16

Katy Askew

US snack-to-beverage group Zola has been acquired by private equity firm KarpReilly in a deal the Fruits of the World maker said would accelerate growth. 


L.B. Maple Treat sold to consortium 11 Feb 16

Dean Best

Canadian maple syrup supplier L.B. Maple Treat has been sold to a group of investors including investment firm Champlain Financial Corporation and the founder of Cirque du Soleil.


AccelFoods to invest US$20m in food start-ups 10 Feb 16

Katy Askew

US investment firm AccelFoods has established a fund, AccelFoods Fund II, that will invest a total of US$20m in food start-ups. 


Bell acquires salad maker Eisberg 10 Feb 16

Katy Askew

Swiss meat processor Bell Group is expanding in the produce sector through the acquisition of local convenience salad maker Eisberg Group.

Latest blogs

What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra? 2 Feb 16

Katy Askew

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.


Could Diamond Foods sell itself piecemeal? 6 Oct 15

Katy Askew

With market talk rumbling on over whether Diamond Foods is up for sale, attention has now turned to if the company could be preparing to sell its snack food brands separately having failed to secure a buyer for the business as a going concern.

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