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Dean Foods left with little wiggle room after ruling out sale 11 Sep 2019

Seven months after launching a strategic review, US dairy giant Dean Foods is to go it alone under a new chief executive rather than engage a buyer. Simon Harvey takes a look.


Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  10 Sep 2019

Kraft Heinz is the latest food major to have used its in-house venture-capital unit to invest in an up-and-coming firm in a niche area. Here's our guide of notable VC arms.


Pilgrim's Pride latest UK purchase presents challenges 4 Sep 2019

Pilgrim's Pride, the US meat processor, has acquired another UK-based company. We look at the opportunities the acquisition presents – but also the challenges facing the business.


Why Ebro and Hain struck deal over Tilda 3 Sep 2019

Five years after losing out on buying Tilda to Hain Celestial, Spain-based Ebro Foods has acquired the UK rice business. Dean Best explores the reasons behind the deal.


New guard at Premier Foods but same old battles to win 3 Sep 2019

Premier Foods removed some uncertainty last week after installing a new chairman and permanent CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the road ahead.


Why Simply Good Foods' move for Quest looks appetising 28 Aug 2019

Two years after the formation of The Simply Good Foods Co., the US company that's home to the Atkins brand has made its second acquisition. Dean Best weighs up the move.


PepsiCo's Pioneer-led Africa push may face challenges 22 Jul 2019

Andy Coyne looks at PepsiCo's plans in sub-Saharan Africa after the US giant announced it is to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group.


Innovation "critically important" as General Mills' legacy business flounders 12 Jul 2019

After a challenging year, General Mills wants to achieve "balanced" sales and profit growth. We looks at the key takeaways from this week's annual investor day.


TreeHouse sells snacks for peanuts - but disposal welcomed 10 Jul 2019

TreeHouse Foods has sold its snacks arm for US$90m - a business the US private-label supplier bought for $860m five years ago. But Wall Street has welcomed the move.


What could be rationale for Karro, Young’s joining forces? 3 Jul 2019

A year after Young's Seafood was put up for sale, the company is to combine with another UK firm, pork player Karro Food Group, under the auspices of CapVest Partners. Why?


Conagra Brands looks to plant-based amid legacy challenges 2 Jul 2019

Conagra Brands seeks to seize opportunities in the meat-alternative market which is fast gaining traction among a wide spectrum of consumers. Simon Harvey assesses the landscape.


The takeaways from Tyson Foods' investor day 24 Jun 2019

Hot on the heels of Tyson Foods' entry into the alternative-proteins category, the global meat giant hosts its annual investor day. Simon Harvey looks at the highlights.


Who stands to gain from China's African swine fever crisis? 17 Jun 2019

China's farming industry has seen African swine fever sweep across the country, with mass culling of pigs and rising prices. But which countries could benefit?


Should Nestle sell US frozen-food division? 12 Jun 2019

Nestlé's position in the US frozen-food market has been the subject of debate for a number of years amid a chequered performance in the category. And question marks persist.


Will Orkla investors get what they want from incoming CEO? 7 Jun 2019

With Orkla's organic growth just about ticking over, investors will be keen to see more concrete guidance from the incoming chief executive. Simon Harvey takes a look.


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