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Deal or no deal: General Mills touted as WhiteWave suitor

3 May 2013

Dean Foods has formally given the green light for the spin-off of soy and organic business WhiteWave Foods - and analysts are setting out companies they believe could be interested in the Horizon Organic and Alpro owner.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

8 May 2012

Bright Food, the Chinese food group, was full of confidence this week about the prospects for UK cereal firm Weetabix, its first investment in Europe after missing out on companies including United Biscuits and Yoplait. Elsewhere, Orkla explained why its CEO had resigned from the Norwegian consumer goods group, German retailer Metro Group insisted its sales were improving after it reported a quarterly loss and UK peer Morrisons said it would not chase unprofitable volumes despite a fall in like-for-like sales.

US: DuPont takes control of Solae from Bunge

1 May 2012

US chemicals group DuPont has acquired full ownership of soy ingredients maker Solae from joint-owner Bunge for around US$440m.

The just-food interview - Solae CEO Torkel Rhenman

30 Nov 2011

Increased consumer interest in health and in the impact of their consumption on the environment is driving demand for soy ingredients supplier Solae, according to CEO Torkel Rhenman. He spoke to Dean Best at the Food Ingredients Europe exhibition about the outlook for Solae, which has hit the corporate headlines in recent months due to speculation over its future ownership.

US: DuPont, Bunge "studying options on Solae"

16 Sep 2011

The owners of soy ingredients maker Solae have reportedly started to examine the options for the business.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

29 Jul 2011

just-food's insight pages were full of interviews and analysis this week. As Auchan's Sun Art Retail Group venture listed in Hong Kong, we looked at the growth of China's hypermarket sector. Our food retail coverage did not stop there, with our latest briefing focusing on the challenge of building a successful online operation. And we interviewed executives at two leading dairy processors, Arla Foods and First Milk, about issues from sustainability to promotions. Click on the headlines for more.

US: DuPont silent on rumours of Solae sale

26 Jul 2011

US conglomerate DuPont has refused to be drawn on reports that it and agribusiness giant Bunge are looking to sell their soy products venture Solae.

DENMARK: Danisco CEO, CFO to leave

8 Jun 2011

The chief executive and CFO of food ingredients company Danisco are to leave the Danish firm next week.

UK: City unsure about talk of Bunge bid for Tate & Lyle

2 Jun 2011

Speculation that US agribusiness giant Bunge could be ready to bid for UK ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has been met with uncertainty in the City.

The just-food management briefing - GM - an overview

31 May 2011

This month's management briefing looks at genetically modified food and the debate around the use of GM. Part one presents an overview of the sector, of GM crops, the reasons for their development and the major companies in the biotech sector.

US: New Danisco owner DuPont to form "premier" food ingredients unit

20 May 2011

DuPont, the new owner of Danish food group Danisco, has set out its plan to create a "premier" food ingredients and food safety business.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

20 May 2011

Wal-Mart Stores is still struggling in the US but it has found a bright spark in the positive comparable sales in its food division. Similarly, this week, Carrefour talked up its ability to turnaround the more sluggish aspects of its businessWal-Mart Stores is still struggling in the US but it has found a bright spark in the positive comparable sales in its food division. Similarly, Carrefour talked up its ability to turnaround the more sluggish aspects of its business this week.

US/DENMARK: DuPont wins over Danisco shareholders

16 May 2011

US chemicals group DuPont has secured the backing of Danisco shareholders for its bid to buy the Danish food ingredients group.

US/DENMARK: DuPont's Danisco bid faces fresh challenge

9 May 2011

DuPont's bid to acquire Danisco is facing a fresh challenge after US hedge fund Elliott Associates increased its stake in the Danish food ingredients group above 10%.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

6 May 2011

This week has been marked by some high profile acquisition plays with ConAgra Foods making its desire to acquire Ralcorp Holdings known and DuPont making its final offer for Danisco. Meanwhile, the UK recovered from the four-day hangover of the Royal Wedding and May bank holiday, a period, which retailer Morrisons said provided it with its two largest trading days of the year so far

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

6 May 2011

This week has been marked by some high profile acquisition plays with ConAgra making its desire to acquire Ralcorp known, and Dupont made its final offer for Danisco. Meanwhile, the UK recovered from the four-day hangover of the Royal Wedding and May bank holiday, a period, which Morrisons said provided it with its two largest trading days of the year so far. Here's the best of what was said this week:

US/DENMARK: DuPont tables "final offer" for Danisco

3 May 2011

DuPont has tabled its "final" takeover offer for Danisco after shareholders in the food ingredients maker refused to accept its original bid for the company.

US/DENMARK: US hedge fund Elliott buys stake in Danisco

26 Apr 2011

US hedge fund Elliott Associates has bought a 4.9% stake in food ingredients group Danisco, which is the subject of a US$5.8bn takeover bid from chemicals giant DuPont.

EU: Brussels clears DuPont's move for Danisco

5 Apr 2011

US chemicals group DuPont has secured EU approval for its proposed acquisition of Danisco, the Denmark-based food ingredients maker.

US/DENMARK: DuPont extends Danisco bid deadline as regulators mull deal

31 Mar 2011

US chemicals group DuPont has put back the deadline for Danisco shareholders to accept its US$5.8bn takeover bid as EU and Chinese regulators look at the deal.

CAGE: Kerry Group hints at acquisition plans for 2011

30 Mar 2011

Kerry Group could spend up to EUR1.5bn on acquisitions in 2011, the Irish food maker's CFO has revealed - although he suggested the company would look at deals of "any size" in its sectors.

DENMARK: Danisco ups sales, profit targets after "strong" Q3

17 Mar 2011

Food ingredients group Danisco today (17 March) upped its full-year sales and profit targets after enjoying what its chief executive described as a "strong" third quarter.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

25 Feb 2011

The annual CAGNY investment conference, where leading US food manufacturers meet Wall Street analysts to discuss company performance and outlook, dominated our coverage this week - but the likes of US retailers Wal-Mart Stores, Safeway Inc and Maple Leaf Foods grabbed the headlines with their 2010 results. Elsewhere, Kerry Group indicated it could be interested in Danisco's ingredients assets and United Biscuits announced plans to cut jobs in the UK. Click on the headlines for more.

On the money: Kerry indicates interest in Danisco assets

22 Feb 2011

Kerry Group has indicated that it is interested in some of the ingredients assets owned by Danisco, the Danish company that has accepted a US$5.8bn takeover bid fom US chemicals group DuPont.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

21 Jan 2011

Wal-Mart's healthy-eating drive grabbed the headlines this week and prompted speculation about what impact its plans could have on rival retailers and suppliers. M&A speculation swirled around Cargill and Tate & Lyle, as well as Green & Black's, the organic chocolate business once owned by Cadbury but now owned by Kraft Foods. Elsewhere, Glanbia did seal one deal, buying US sports-nutrition business BSN.

UPDATE: US: Cargill "potential bidder" for Danisco or Tate & Lyle - analyst

19 Jan 2011

Cargill has been named as a potential bidder for Tate & Lyle and Danisco, the Danish food ingredients maker that last week agreed a sale to DuPont, the US chemicals group.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

14 Jan 2011

Rising commodity prices: should we be concerned? That is a key question facing the food industry. Again this week there was much comment on the issue and the possible impact on the sector. Sainsbury's boss Justin King, for instance, warned suppliers they would have to work hard to justify price increases. Meanwhile, the UK retailer, widely seen to have outperformed its rivals over Christmas, issued its festive numbers this week, alongside the likes of Tesco, M&S and Morrisons.

Focus: Tate & Lyle, Kerry could pounce if DuPont sells Danisco assets

11 Jan 2011

The industrial use of enzymes appears to be the central reason for DuPont's planned US$5.8bn takeover of Danisco - but the acquisition, analysts say, could be the catalyst for further deals in the food-ingredients sector.

UPDATE: DENMARK: We will flourish under DuPont, says Danisco

10 Jan 2011

The board of food ingredients group Danisco today (10 January) backed the US$5.8bn takeover bid from US chemicals group DuPont.

DENMARK/US: Danisco set for US$5.8bn sale to DuPont

10 Jan 2011

Food ingredients group Danisco has agreed to a US$5.8bn takeover bid from US chemicals group DuPont.



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