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Plant-based foods and M&A in play for Hormel - investor day takeaways 16 Oct 2019

Column: In the spotlight

Hormel Foods outlined its growth plans at an investor day held at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Simon Harvey looks at the talking points.


New products - Dairy giant Muller launches Mascarpone Style Yogurt in UK; Agrial exports Florette to Canada; Oatly debuts non-dairy ice cream in UK 16 Oct 2019

Column: NPD Tracker

This week's batch of new products includes offerings from Sweden-based, dairy-alternatives business Oatly and US meat-snacks supplier Jack Link's.


GRH Food bought out of administration by dairy firm Futura Food 16 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

GRH Food Company, a UK-based cheese manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by a local dairy firm. 


Eyeing alternatives - meat companies with stakes in meat-free 15 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area.


Kind eyes new segments through Creative Snacks acquisition 15 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Mars-backed, US snacks business Kind has made its first acquisition, buying a local peer for an undisclosed sum.


Taylor Farms acquires assets of foodservice provider Club Chef in all-US deal 15 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

US-based fresh produce business Taylor Farms has bought the assets of a local foodservice supplier, it has announced.


UK plant-based businesses Rebel Kitchen and Nurture Brands merge  15 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

UK-based alternative-dairy firm Rebel Kitchen has merged with a local peer to create an enlarged business.


New firm London Food Corporation eyes more M&A after Big Oz buy 14 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

London Food Corporation, a new UK firm set up to buy a local gluten-free business out of administration, is considering more M&A.


Australia's Beston sells assets linked to stake in local seafood firm Ferguson 14 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Australia's Beston Global Food Co. has sold assets as part of its plan to dispose of its holdings in a local seafood firm.


Critics of UK's top doctor picking on wrong target 11 Oct 2019

Column: Editor's viewpoint

There's a lot to be said for the recommendations the UK's outgoing chief medical officer has made on how the Government can hit its 2030 target on child obesity, writes Dean Best.


Food industry M&A total down sharply year-on-year, says GlobalData 11 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Research and analysis organisation GlobalData has revealed total global food industry M&A volumes for August and for the year-to-date.


New products - PepsiCo debuts Smart50 popcorn in US; UK's Piccolo launches bio-based baby food pouches; Del Monte Foods launches cauliflower-based Contadina Pizzettas 11 Oct 2019

Column: NPD Tracker

US giants Kraft Heinz is among the food companies to have rolled out eye-catching new products this week.


Flora owner Upfield linked with Violife acquisition 10 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Upfield, the Amsterdam-based business which is owned by the private-equity company KKR, has been linked with a deal to acquire a vegan food company.


Valeo Foods emerges as buyer for Matthew Walker Christmas puddings from 2 Sisters 10 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

2 Sisters Food Group has found a buyer for its Christmas puddings operation after putting the business up for sale earlier this year.


Pernigotti investor to back confectioner after asset sale 10 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Pernigotti, the Italy-based confectioner, is to press on with the support of its current investor after selling off a division.


Grupo Bimbo executes deal for UK private-label bakery Mr Bagels 10 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

The UK unit of Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest bakery business, has acquired a local private-label manufacturer.


Aryzta results show mileage still to cover - key takeaways 9 Oct 2019

Column: On the money

A third of the way through a transformation exercise, Swiss-Irish baker Aryzta has made progress, but still needs to make up more ground. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.


Aryzta results show mileage still to cover - key takeaways 9 Oct 2019

Column: In the spotlight

A third of the way through a transformation exercise, Swiss-Irish baker Aryzta has made progress, but still needs to make up more ground. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.


US better-for-you snacks brand Popchips snapped up by PE firm VMG 9 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

A US private-equity firm has bought local snacks brand Popchips for an undisclosed sum, it has been announced.


What do China's high-schoolers want from food? 9 Oct 2019

Column: Eye on China

After weighing up what China's "post-90" consumer wants from food, Peter Peverelli looks at what 12-to 18-year-olds in the country's "post-00" marketing cohort could be demanding.


JBS' business dealings reportedly called into question by US senators 9 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Two US senators have reportedly called for an investigation into business deals struck by Brazilian meat processor JBS.


Hain Celestial sells US brands Arrowhead Mills, SunSpire to Hometown Food Company 8 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

US food group Hain Celestial has sold two domestic brands to the private-equity-backed Hometown Food Company.


Simple Mills sells minority stake to investor Vestar Capital 7 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Simple Mills, a US-based producer of "natural" crackers, cookies and baking mixes, has sold a minority stake to a private-equity investor.


PE-backed halal firm Isla Delice buys Belgian peer 7 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Isla Délice, the France-based supplier of halal meat products, has snapped up a business over the border in Belgium.


Fipso forms ham joint venture with Germany's Sauels 7 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

France-based pork cooperative Fipso has formed a joint venture in its home market for ham products and plans to build a new facility.


New products - Strauss chocolate "first"; Saputo's Vitalite dairy-free cheese; Vegan pizza from Garden Gourmet; Goodbelly "gut-friendly" cereal 4 Oct 2019

Column: NPD Tracker

This week's batch of new products includes a "gut-friendly" breakfast cereal from Cereal Partners Worldwide and Strauss Group claiming a "first" in the chocolate market.


PAI Partners 'in talks to buy Hain Celestial UK arm' 4 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Hain Daniels, the UK-based arm of US food group Hain Celestial, is reportedly being eyed by a major private-equity investor in the food industry.


Popcornopolis attracts investment from NexPhase Capital 4 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Popcornopolis, a US-based producer of "gourmet" ready-to-eat popcorn, has attracted investment from a local private-equity firm.


Shengyuan buys fellow China infant-formula maker Harbin Alfbeta 4 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

Chinese infant-formula firm Shengyuan International Group, trading as Synutra, has acquired a local competitor.


Aryzta finally offloads Picard asset but still left with minority stake 4 Oct 2019

Column: Food M&A

European bakery group Aryzta has agreed to sell the majority of its stake in its French frozen food business.