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In the spotlight

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Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  6 Feb 2018

Our guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses. 


Can Nomad Foods heat up Goodfella's sales? 22 Jan 2018

UK-based, US-listed Nomad Foods - a business with M&A at its very origins – has re-entered the fray after pressure on sales and margins caused the company to focus inwards. The owner of the Iglo and Birds Eye (in the UK) brands has snapped up a clutch of pizza assets from UK group Boparan Holdings. Dean Best reports.


Is the Bell Food Group-Huegli deal a win-win? 19 Jan 2018

Andy Coyne looks at the motives behind Bell Food Group's acquisition of Huegli and asks whether both parties are likely to benefit from this all-Swiss affair?


What next after Ferrero's move for Nestle's US candy assets? 19 Jan 2018

After months of speculation, Italian candy maker Ferrero finally emerged this week as the winner in the race for Nestle's US confectionery assets, reportedly pipping rival Hershey to a business that has largely been sluggish in delivering results. But what lies ahead? Simon Harvey investigates.


Lactalis scandal puts wider French supply chain in spotlight 12 Jan 2018

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal that has engulfed the company. However, the latest revelations have meant retailers have also been criticised and led to questions about the wider supply chain, which could fuel anxiety in export markets.


Campbell's move for Snyder's-Lance is positive but risks lie ahead - analysis 4 Jan 2018

Campbell Soup Co., facing continued pressure on its core soup business in the US, has again used M&A to broaden its range, striking a deal to buy US snacks maker Snyder's-Lance. Snacks will become a larger component of Campbell's sales mix but integrating a business that has had its own issues in recent quarters will be a challenge. Dean Best reports.


What will KKR do with the former Unilever spreads division? 21 Dec 2017

Analysts have been trying to predict what private-equity firm KKR is likely to do with its new asset - the former Unilever spreads division. Andy Coyne picks through their musings.


Does Hershey's acquisition of Amplify Snack Brands make sense? 19 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne looks at the US confectionery giant's latest move to broaden its portfolio and weighs up reaction to the deal.


Tesco/Booker, Co-op/Nisa - how might suppliers be affected? 22 Nov 2017

Two prospective takeovers in the UK grocery retail channel have shaken the sector, with food manufacturers weighing up the consequences. Simon Creasey analyses the possible impact on suppliers.


Should Nestle buy Hain Celestial? 22 Nov 2017

Nestle was this week reportedly said to be eyeing a possible takeover bid for US natural and organic products group Hain Celestial - but would it be a shrewd move for the world's largest food maker? Andy Coyne reports.


Scotland's obesity offensive begs questions - analysis 17 Nov 2017

With health a devolved policy area in the UK, Scotland has come forward with its own plans to tackle obesity in its country. David Burrows looks at the proposals put forward by Edinburgh, how they differ to those announced last year in London and how industry and campaigners have reacted.


From existential threats to working with science - the top takeaways from The International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit 2017 8 Nov 2017

The volatility in commodity prices, the rise of plant-based alternatives, Brexit, Trump - there was plenty for delegates who headed to Belfast last week for the International Dairy Federation's annual World Dairy Summit to chew over. just-food deputy editor Andy Coyne gives us a flavour of the event.


It's not child's play for TreeHouse Foods right now - editor's viewpoint 3 Nov 2017

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tough going in the last 18 months or so. And, worryingly for investors, the latest news coming out of TreeHouse this week did not make for happy reading, Dean Best reports.


Eyeing Asia, Saputo moves for Murray Goulburn - editor's viewpoint 30 Oct 2017

Dean Best weighs up why Saputo has moved to buy the embattled Australian dairy group.


Seachill seen as good catch for UK meatpacker Hilton - analysis 23 Oct 2017

Hilton Food Group's acquisition of Seachill, announced last week, confirmed the UK meat processor's interest in the local seafood group, which raised a few eyebrows in the industry when a deal was first mooted back in August. Andy Coyne analyses why Hilton has moved for the owner of The Saucy Fish Co. and diversified into a new sector.


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