All articles by Jessica Broadbent

Jess joined Just Drinks and Just Food in 2022 after sub-editing at the Daily Mail. She has written for The Buyer and Bibendum Wine, and has worked in several vineyards.

Jessica Broadbent

Unigrains Italia invests in Vivaldi Group of bakery-item SMEs

CPC Food, Eurodolce, Marper and Nuova-Nue Serpan have joined forces to form Vivaldi Group in an attempt to consolidate the “highly fragmented sector”.

Mondelez settles pricing spat with Belgian grocer Colruyt

Colruyt expects affected Mondelez brands including Oreo, Milka and Philadelphia to return to shelves in the “coming days and weeks”.

Oscar Mayer cedes majority share of UK ready-meal business to asset managers

The shift is part of a group-wide financial restructure that saw debt providers Pemberton Asset Management take an 85% share in the group.

Nestlé names London Stock Exchange Group’s Anna Manz as CFO

Manz will replace François-Xavier Roger, who has held the Swiss food giant’s top finance role for eight years.

Müller “bitter” over ex-FrieslandCampina factory closure

Muller bought a portion of FrieslandCampina’s German assets this year but the German competition authority ruled it could not keep all of them.

Dutch strikes: Perfetti Van Melle deal but Mars, Royal Fassin disputes continue

FNV, the Netherlands’ largest trade union, has reached an agreement with confectionery producer Perfetti Van Melle over pay and working conditions following strike action earlier this month.

Patriot Pickle scoops up US peer First Place Foods

It is the second piece of M&A for the New Jersey-based company in just over a year, having bought Farm Ridge Foods’ pickle assets in 2022.

Peru’s Agrícola Chapi expands avocado and table grape production with cash injection

The fruit export company received $130m from Canadian private-equity firm Cordiant Capital.

More Dutch confectionery strikes planned – union

The Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) said staff are “restless at many biscuit and candy companies”.

Canada’s Sweets From The Earth snaps up gluten-free biscotti maker Tutti Gourmet

Ontario-based Sweets From The Earth plans to focus on NPD following “opportunistic” M&A in the last few years.