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Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds 15 Jan 2020

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.


What’s next after Post, TreeHouse rip up cereal deal plan? 15 Jan 2020

Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods have called time on their proposed breakfast-cereal transaction amid opposition from US competition officials. What are their options now?


Chinese dairy giant Mengniu turns again to Australia 27 Nov 2019

Why has Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, moved to make another acquisition of an Australian business? We look at its deal for Lion Dairy & Drinks.


Is Premier Foods leaning toward maintaining the status quo? 13 Nov 2019

Premier Foods is nearing completion of a long-awaited strategic review. Simon Harvey takes a look at the latest developments, including a new management team and its earnings.


Nestle may soon show how rules of game have changed in China 31 Oct 2019

Nestlé's business in China may be set for significant changes. If they materialise, what would it signify for the world's largest food maker's operations in the market?


Why cheese giant Bel sees opportunities in plants 23 Oct 2019

Best known for processed cheese, the new, plant-forward business strategy of France's Bel Group has garnered mixed reactions. Sophie Kevany reports.


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

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.


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

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.


What faces Tesco's new CEO - and suppliers? 2 Oct 2019

Dave Lewis, the man at the top of the UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco, picked an opportune moment to step down as CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the new chief's challenges. 


Is 3D printing the future for meat alternatives? 30 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne looks at 3D printing technology and considers its ramifications for the meat - and meat-alternative - industries.


Mengniu’s Bellamy’s takeover could benefit both in competitive Chinese market 18 Sep 2019

Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, has moved for Australia's Bellamy's to bolster its ambitions in its infant formula. Both companies could do with the help.


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.


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.


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