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Hatching new ideas – Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

11 Jan 2021

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.

The top 20 most-read just-food news stories in 2020

23 Dec 2020

Which stories from just-food's news pages got you and your peers clicking throughout 2020? Here's a list of the top 20.

Bega Cheese confirmed as Lion Dairy & Drinks' new owner

26 Nov 2020

Australia's Bega Cheese wins the day in a long-running episode to acquire a local business in food and beverages. 

Lion Dairy sale to Bega Cheese not done deal, says Kirin

24 Nov 2020

Japan's Kirin Holdings has responded to speculation its Lion Dairy & Drinks business in Australia is to be sold to Bega Cheese.

Bega Cheese 'agrees deal for Australia's Lion Dairy & Drinks'

23 Nov 2020

Australia's Bega Cheese has reportedly emerged as the buyer of the local dairy and beverages business of Japan's Kirin Holdings.

Saputo 'no longer in running for Lion Dairy & Drinks'

20 Nov 2020

Dairy giant Saputo is reportedly out of the running to buy another asset in one of the Canada-based group's main overseas markets.

Saputo amongst three would-be buyers linked to Lion Dairy and Drinks deal

12 Nov 2020

A report from Australia has suggested the owner of Lion Dairy and Drinks has received three bids for the business, including one from North America.

Update – Saputo confirms interest in Australia's Lion Dairy & Drinks

20 Oct 2020

Saputo, the Canada-based dairy major, has confirmed it is mulling a move to buy another asset in Australia.

Saputo wants to buy Lion dairy unit – Australian watchdog

20 Oct 2020

Saputo, the Canada-based dairy major, wants to buy another asset in Australia, according to the country's competition watchdog.

Kirin 're-starts sale of Lion dairy unit'

2 Sep 2020

The Japanese group has reportedly made a decision on the future of the Lion dairy business that had been set for sale to China's Mengniu before the deal was scrapped.

Food feels impact of China-Australia tensions

31 Aug 2020

What started in technology and was further fuelled by Covid-19 is now starting to impact Australia's agri-food sector, Dean Best writes.

Bega Cheese would consider move for Lion dairy assets

28 Aug 2020

Bega Cheese has given its reaction to the end of Mengniu Dairy's move to buy the remaining dairy assets of Australian food and beverage group Lion.

China Mengniu Dairy pulls out of Lion deal

25 Aug 2020

China Mengniu Dairy Co. and Kirin Holdings have made announcements regarding the future of a deal for the former to buy the latter's Lion Dairy & Drinks business in Australia.

China Mengniu Dairy's Lion deal under threat as Australia-China spat rumbles on

21 Aug 2020

China Mengniu Dairy Company's previously announced deal to buy an Australian business may be under threat.

2019 - The year in food industry M&A

11 Dec 2019

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2019.

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.

China Mengniu Dairy Company strikes deal for Lion Dairy & Drinks

25 Nov 2019

China Mengniu Dairy Company has struck a deal to buy another business in Australia, just months after moving to acquire local infant-formula supplier Bellamy's Australia.

Saputo-Lion cheese deal green-lighted by Australian competition watchdog

26 Sep 2019

Australia's competition watchdog has ruled on the proposed acquisition by Canadian dairy company Saputo of the Lion speciality cheese business.

Japan’s Kirin eyes "functional" food push with Fancl investment

16 Aug 2019

Kirin Holdings, the Japanese drinks major, is looking to develop functional foods after buying a 30% stake in a local peer.

Australia's competition body raises concerns over Saputo's deal for Lion Dairy

8 Aug 2019

Australia's competition watchdog has raised concerns about the acquisition by Canadian dairy company Saputo of speciality cheese assets owned by an Japan's Kirin Holdings. 

Saputo to acquire Lion Dairy speciality cheese business in Australia from Kirin

26 Apr 2019

Canada's Saputo has emerged as the winner in the battle to buy an Australian-based speciality cheese business which has been on the market since October.

Freedom Foods declares itself out of Lion Drinks and Dairy race

25 Mar 2019

Australia's Freedom Foods Group has made an announcement following speculation it might make a bid for Kirin's locally-based food and beverage unit Lion Drinks and Dairy (LDD).

Coca-Cola Amatil shuts down Lion Dairy speculation

18 Mar 2019

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has commented on speculation linking it to the purchase of Kirin's Australia-based food and beverage unit.

Saputo coy on Kirin's sale of Lion's dairy business

5 Nov 2018

Saputo, the Canadian dairy giant, has refused to be drawn on whether it is looking to acquire the dairy assets of Lion, the Australian food and drinks group.

'Saputo, Yili in running for Kirin's Australian dairy business'

24 Oct 2018

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., one of China's largest dairy companies, is reportedly among potential bidders in the race to buy Kirin Holding's Australian food and beverage business.

Kirin confirms plan to sell off Lion's dairy arm

19 Oct 2018

Japan's Kirin Holdings is to sell the dairy division of Lion, its Australia-based food and beverage subsidiary.

Australia's Lion could sell dairy arm

11 Sep 2018

Japan's Kirin Holdings may sell the dairy division of Lion, its Australia-based food and beverage subsidiary.

A2 Milk's legal spat with Lion settled 

7 Dec 2017

A dispute between New Zealand dairy and infant formula business A2 Milk and Australian food and beverage group Lion has been resolved without recourse to further legal action.

Australia's Lion launches "start-up accelerator"

19 Jun 2017

Lion has launched a "start-up accelerator", a move the Australian food and drinks manufacturer said would help speed up its "innovation agenda".

Lion brings Asia dairy unit into wider dairy business

5 Aug 2016

Lion, the Australian food and beverage group, is to place its stand-alone Asian dairy business into its dairy and drinks division in a bid to put the region at the centre of the company's decision-making.



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