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2017 - the year in food industry M&A

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector du...

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Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2015

With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green Giant and Bonduelle's existing business is a natural one and the move would significantly step up the French group's presence in North America. However, Green Giant has seen lacklustre sales and its market share decline. Would Bonduelle move for a turnaround story? Katy Askew investigates.

Dean Best | 6 Apr 2011

Marks and Spencer's chief executive Marc Bolland has suggested that the UK retailer's positioning has allowed it to buck industry trends - and insisted that its offer has been well received in the face of decreased consumer confidence.

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Dean Best | 4 Oct 2017

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings and in which it struck a major acquisition - that of US produce group Ready Pac Foods. Dean Best spoke to Bonduelle CFO Grégory Sanson about the numbers, the company's outlook for the 2017/18 financial year and why it is ready for more M&A.

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2015

In early 2012, Bonduelle struck three deals in eight weeks, acquiring businesses in Russia, Hungary and the US. Aside from snapping up a plant in Canada from local retailer Sobeys in 2014, the French vegetables giant has kept its powder dry, instead integrating the trio of assets it bought three years ago. In part two of the just-food interview, CFO Gregory Sanson says Bonduelle is ready for more deals, reflects on missing out on Green Giant and explains where the group is looking to pounce.

Latest News

Andy Coyne | 20 Feb 2018

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle is acquiring the Canadian Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable business from Conagra Brands for CAD43m (US$34m). | 9 Feb 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know. | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Simon Harvey | 3 Aug 2017

Bonduelle Group, a French processed vegetable company, has reported annual turnover of more than EUR2bn (US$2.4bn) for the first time, partly reflected by the recent acquisition of Ready Pac Foods.

Katy Askew | 14 Jun 2017

Ready Pac, the US salad business that was recently acquired by France's Bonduelle, is expanding in the fresh prepared meals category with a new brand, Fresh Prep'd.

Dean Best | 4 May 2017

France-based vegetable products supplier Bonduelle has reported a 2% rise in its underlying turnover for the first nine months of its financial year, helped by a "sharp upturn" in its business in eastern Europe.

Katy Askew | 2 Mar 2017

Bonduelle today (2 March) reported lower margins for the first half of its financial year as "difficult" harvest conditions in France, Russia and the US dented the vegetable processor's results.

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2017

Bonduelle, the France-based produce supplier, has struck a deal to acquire US peer Ready Pac Foods from private-equity firm H.I.G. Capital.

Katy Askew | 2 Feb 2017

Bonduelle, the French vegetable processor, saw sales slow in its second quarter but stressed its first-half top line performance remains "in line" with its objectives. 

John Shepherd | 9 Jan 2017

French canned and frozen food group Bonduelle has launched a service enabling consumers in its domestic market to have the company's products delivered to their homes together with help in making the most of cooking.

Katy Askew | 3 Nov 2016

French vegetable processor Bonduelle saw first-quarter sales growth lifted by a strong performance of its businesses outside the Eurozone. 

Katy Askew | 4 Oct 2016

Bonduelle booked lower full-year profits this morning (4 October) as currency exchange and price pressure offset like-for-like sales growth at the French vegetable company.

John Shepherd | 9 Sep 2016

French vegetables Bonduelle is expanding its range of organic products in North America beyond freezer cabinets and into cans.

John Shepherd | 4 Aug 2016

Bonduelle, the French canned and frozen food group, today (4 August) booked a dip in annual sales - but said underlying sales exceeded its expectations.

Katy Askew | 4 May 2016

French vegetable processor Bonduelle booked "virtually unchanged" sales for the first nine months of the year as growth outside Europe offset softness within the EU and the negative impact of currency exchange. 

Dean Best | 6 Apr 2016

Riberebro, the Spanish vegetable supplier, has been fined over EUR5m by the European Commission after the company took part in fixing prices of canned mushrooms.

Katy Askew | 1 Mar 2016

Bonduelle has said the French vegetable processor's diverse geographic base, focus on brands and widespread availability of its products enabled it to navigate an "unpredictable" environment in the first half of its fiscal year. 

Katy Askew | 4 Feb 2016

French vegetable group Bonduelle is selling its 50% stake in Spanish vegetable group Ultracongelados de la Ribera (UCR) to its joint venture partner Ardo Group. 

Katy Askew | 4 Feb 2016

Bonduelle, the French vegetable processor, said today (4 February) its sales accelerated in the second quarter of its financial year thanks to a step-up in international growth. 

Katy Askew | 1 Feb 2016

Bonduelle is launching a line of five vegetable soups in Italy, called Le Zuppe!

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2016

Bonduelle has launched a line of bagged salads in Italy the company says can be paired with specific foods.

Dean Best | 26 Jan 2016

Bonduelle has set out plans to shut at a canned vegetables plant in France as the company adapts to what it called a "price war" in the European market.

Dean Best | 19 Jan 2016

Bonduelle has opened a research and development centre focusing on the French vegetable group's fresh products business.

Dean Best | 16 Dec 2015

2015 was another year of insightful interviews with a wide range of senior executives in the international food sector. Here we present the most-read interviews on just-food this year. Click on the headlines for more.

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