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Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix

Post Holdings, the US food group, was this week announced as the new owner of Weetabix, the UK-based breakfast cereal business. The GBP1.4bn...

Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?

Danone said yesterday (12 April) its acquisition of natural food company WhiteWave Foods was final. The announcement comes less than two wee...

Column: Unilever may surprise us further down line

Unilever announced the fruits of its business review - convened after the company brushed off interest from Kraft Heinz - yesterday (6 April...

Retail focus: Sprouts, Souq.com, Tesco/Booker

March saw rumours of what called be a significant piece of M&A in the US grocery retail sector, one deal done in the Middle East e-commerce...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Sir Kensington's on sale to Unilever 21 Apr 2017

Dean Best

After shedding a series of food assets – and announcing earlier this month plans to quit spreads – Unilever’s longer-term strategy for the sector is always the subject of debate within the industry. This week, however, the consumer goods giant has made what is for the business a rare move: adding to its foods division through M&A. The Hellmann’s mayonnaise owner has bought fledgling US condiments maker Sir Kensington’s. Dean Best caught up with Sir Kensington’s co-founder Scott Norton to find out more.


Interview, part 2: Sanderson Farms' CFO 22 Feb 2017

Dean Best

The US poultry sector has been under scrutiny in recent quarters, with a number of the largest processors named in a lawsuit alleging companies fixed prices and questions over the use of a key, weekly chicken-price index. Throw in tough market conditions, concerns over the trade priorities of the Trump administration and the rise of meat alternatives and there is much for poultry industry boardrooms to ponder. Dean Best chewed the fat with Sanderson Farms CFO Mike Cockrell.

Latest News

Pioneer Food Group says Zeder talks called off 21 Apr 17

John Shepherd

Talks between South Africa's Pioneer Food Group about an unspecified deal with local agribusiness investment firm - and minority shareholder - Zeder Investments have been broken off.


Sfoglia Torino buys Italian pastry peer Idea Quick 21 Apr 17

Stuart Todd

Sfoglia Torino has taken a further step in its strategy to consolidate Italy's frozen puff pastry sector with the 100% acquisition of counterpart Idea Quick.


Icelandic to sell Saucy Fish Co. owner Seachill 21 Apr 17

John Shepherd

The Icelandic Group is to sell its UK fish products business Icelandic Seachill, owner of The Saucy Fish Co. brand.


Confectioner Delfi strikes new Indonesia venture 21 Apr 17

Dean Best

Singapore-listed candy group Delfi has announced a new venture in Indonesia - its largest market - a month after pulling out of a different tie-up in the country.


Deoleo sells last rice plant to Ebro Foods 21 Apr 17

John Shepherd

Deoleo, the Spain-based olive oil supplier, has sold its last remaining rice business asset in the country to Ebro Foods for EUR1.9m (US$2m).


Cooperl eyes Financière Turenne Lafayette's meats 20 Apr 17

Stuart Todd

French pork processor Cooperl Arc Atlantique is a candidate for the charcuterie and cooked meats business of embattled food industry holdings group Financière Turenne Lafayette.

Latest blogs

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.


FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset 2 Mar 17

Dean Best

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant.

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