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2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 Dec 2020

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other.

UK bakery business Hovis sold to PE firm Endless

6 Nov 2020

UK bread maker Hovis has ended months of speculation by revealing this morning (6 November) the winning bidder for the business.

Hovis 'in advanced talks to sell to PE firm Endless'

5 Nov 2020

Hovis is reportedly negotiating a deal with a private investor to acquire the bread maker, pushing Italy's Newlat down the pecking order.

Newlat wants exclusive Hovis talks

4 Nov 2020

Newlat, the Italy-based food manufacturer, today (4 November) provided an update on its interest in UK bakery business Hovis.

Italy's Newlat lodges bid for UK bakery firm Hovis

5 Oct 2020

A European food producer has joined the race to acquire UK bakery business Hovis from its private-equity owners.

'Interest lodged in UK bread maker Hovis'

14 Sep 2020

Around half a dozen potential suitors have reportedly registered their interest in Hovis, the UK bakery business controlled by private-equity firm The Gores Group.

Beyond Covid-19 – will consumer interest in immunity endure?

6 Aug 2020

Covid-19 has pushed immunity claims up the NPD agenda. Andy Coyne asks whether the claims stack up and whether this is a trend here to stay once the dust settles on the virus.

New products – Kalahari branches out into beef crisps; Lactalis adds to hot-cheese push; Lindt vegan chocolate; Conagra's multiple product launches

10 Jul 2020

This week's new product offerings include a vegan chocolate range from Lindt and a plant-based push from Spanish meat major Noel Alimentaria.

Hovis owners remain tight-lipped over sale talk

10 Jun 2020

Speculation about the future of UK bread brand Hovis, partly owned by Premier Foods, has arisen in a UK news story.

New products - Hormel's Applegate Farms debuts Well Carved blended meat and veg line; The Meatless Farm makes first foray into frozen; Lantmannen shifts Americana brand into retail

11 May 2020

This week's new product launches that caught the eye include vegan cheese from Norseland, a vegan pie from Holland's Pies and a high-fibre loaf from Hovis.

Two Hovis mills sold, another could be closed

1 Oct 2018

UK bakery group Hovis has struck a deal to sell two of its mills and outlined plans to close another.

More signatories to 2025 UK industry waste pledge

7 Dec 2017

Meat supplier ABP Food Group and bakery business Hovis are among the latest organisations to sign up to to cut food and drink waste in the country by a fifth by 2025.

Hovis launching "reduced carbs" bread range

16 Jun 2017

UK bread maker Hovis is launching a range of loaves containing fewer carbohydrates.

UK bread firm Hovis ran up GBP19m loss in 2015

3 Oct 2016

Hovis, the UK bread maker, has booked a loss of GBP19m for 2015, with the company, controlled by US private-equity firm Gores Group, pointing to a "highly competitive" category that hit its sales.

Hovis launches Farmhouse loaves range

18 Jul 2016

Hovis, the UK bakery business, has introduced a range it believes will give its customers the freshness and quality they are looking for.

Hovis names Nish Kankiwala third CEO in 18 months

19 Apr 2016

Hovis Ltd, the UK bakery group, has named executive chairman Nish Kankiwala its new CEO after Martyn Wilks decided to leave the business after a year in the role.

Hovis claims UK market first with chia bread

23 Feb 2016

Hovis Ltd is launching a variety of chia bread in the UK in partnership with The Chia Co.

Hovis plans job cuts amid concerns over UK bread demand

27 Nov 2015

Hovis Ltd, the UK bread maker, has set out plans to cut over 100 jobs in the face of falling demand in the country.

Food industry news of the week - Boulder Brands, Chicken of the Sea, Unilever

27 Nov 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.

Hovis latest UK baker to enter "thins" segment

2 Oct 2015

Hovis has joined UK bread makers Associated British Foods and Warburtons in the sandwich alternatives segment, launching thins and flatbreads.

Hovis tries to win over health-conscious with latest NPD

10 Aug 2015

UK baker Hovis is looking to convince shoppers turning away from bread with a range baked in wheatgerm and containing omega 3.

Hovis "mulls Irish Pride Bakeries takeover"

2 Jul 2015

Irish Pride Bakeries is reportedly an acquisition target for Gores Group-owned Hovis, after the firm went into receivership last month.

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