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Does Kraft Heinz want to swallow Unilever whole?

Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Cap...

Focus: Nestle CEO plan to balance sales, earnings

Announcing's Nestle 2016 results today (16 February) newly-installed CEO Mark Schneider revealed growth at the Swiss food giant came in belo...

Why Reckitt Benckiser moved for Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson has been the subject of takeover talk ever since it was spun-off from pharma group Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009. Today's (10 Fe...

Who will have their Weetabix? - analysis

Almost five years after Bright Food snapped up a majority stake in Weetabix, the state-backed Chinese group is said to be looking to offload...

Latest Interviews

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.


Wessanen eyes growth in "resurgent" organic market 21 Feb 2017

John Shepherd

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, enjoyed a solid 2016 and last week forecast stronger growth in sales and operating margins this year. The organic sector is one of Wessanen's key markets and, talking to just-food at last week's Biofach trade show in Germany, executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz set out where the company sees its growth in the category.

Latest News

Mead Johnson acquires Bega Cheese capacity 27 Feb 17

John Shepherd

US-based infant formula business Mead Johnson has agreed to acquire spray drying and finishing capabilities from Australian food group Bega Cheese to strengthen expansion plans for the Chinese market.


Frostkrone gets new private-equity owner 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

Frostkrone, the Germany-based supplier of frozen convenience food, is to get a new, private-equity majority shareholder, after French investment company Ardian sold its interest in the company to buy-out house Emeram Capital Partners.


Morinaga dairy, snacks companies 'to combine' 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

Japanese snacks group Morinaga & Co. and the country's second-largest producer, Morinaga Milk & Co., reportedly plan to integrate their businesses next year.


Hershey to revive chief growth officer role 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

New Hershey CEO Michele Buck has announced her leadership team - which is set to see the return of the role of chief growth officer at the confectionery giant.


Bonduelle to buy US produce group Ready Pac Foods 23 Feb 17

Dean Best

Bonduelle, the France-based produce supplier, has struck a deal to acquire US peer Ready Pac Foods from private-equity firm H.I.G. Capital.


'City institutions behind bid for Fox's Biscuits' 23 Feb 17

Dean Best

The takeover interest lodged in the UK's Fox's Biscuits reportedly came from a group of bondholders, not a rival company.

Latest blogs

Could 3G Capital's next move be in foodservice? 15 Feb 17

Dean Best

Much of the chatter about where 3G Capital could look next has centred on packaged food - but might the private-equity fund be about to extend its foodservice empire?


We wish you a merry Christmas 23 Dec 16

Dean Best

Today (23 December) is just-food's last day before closing for Christmas. We'll return, raring to go on Tuesday 3 January - but of course there's been plenty of top-notch content that has gone live in recent days for you to get you teeth into before then.

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