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New Products - Divine Chocolate to launch new organic bars using Sao Tome cocoa; Aimia Foods links up with Levi Roots; General Mills extends Fibre One, Nature Valley ranges in UK; PepsiCo's Quaker moves into chilled section with Morning-Go kits

17 Aug 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes PepsiCo taking Quaker into the chilled aisle in the US and Aldi's latest NPD offensive in the country.

Briefing: 2015 preview: How to get better deal for main-street M&A sellers in 2015

2 Jan 2015

Upward pressure is continuing in food industry M&A transactions, as demonstrated by some large public deals in 2014. However that has not fed through to smaller, non-public deals, which make up the bulk of M&A deals. Stefan Kirk draws attention to one potential driver of higher-equity values, and thus higher transaction volume, in so-called main-street M&A - changes in valuation methodology, forced over the line by long-term low interest rates.

Food industry news of the week: Kellogg, JBS, bird flu

21 Nov 2014

Kellogg this week made a move for Bisco Misr after private-equity firm Abraaj tabled an offer for the Egypt-based snacks group.

Mizkan announces restructure, 87 UK jobs at risk

21 Nov 2014

Mizkan is planning to cut 87 jobs in the UK, with the Japanese food group pointing to "challenging" trading conditions in the country.

Mizkan brings Branston chutneys to UK

13 Nov 2014

Japanese food producer Mizkan has introduced a line of chutneys under the Branston brand in the UK.

Comment: Multinationals face local challenge in BRICs

27 May 2014

Food companies in developed markets are increasingly looking to cash in on the potential offered by high-growth emerging markets. But as data published by just-food in partnership with Kantar Worldpanel suggests, multinationals are coming up against some stiff local competition.

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

27 May 2014

Japan's Mizkan Group got out the chequebook again this week, with the acquisition of Unilever's North American pasta sauces business. The deal followed its 2012 purchases of brands including Branston and Haywards from Premier Foods in the UK. Elsewhere, we ran interviews with the CEOs of UK pork processor and dairy group Adams Foods.

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

23 May 2014

This week saw further evidence of the growing international focus evident from Japanese food powerhouses who are being forced to look overseas for growth to offset weak consumption trends at home when Japan's Mizkan purchased Ragu and Bertolli from Unilever.

In the spotlight: Mizkan furthers global ambitions with Ragu, Bertolli buy

22 May 2014

Japanese condiments maker Mizkan Group has set out a clear growth agenda to grow overseas sales and globalise its operations in order to offset soft domestic consumption patterns. The company announced today (22 May) it has struck a deal to acquire the Ragu and Bertolli in North America from Unilever. While the move strengthens Mizkan's presence in North America, operating in the US pasta sauce category is not without its challenges. Katy Askew reports.

Quote, unquote: Innovation and trends in UK food

22 May 2014

Dairy Crest, Alpro, Mizkan Group, Asda and Sainsbury's were among the manufacturers and grocers that attended a conference in London to discuss the challenge of developing a food product that sticks in the UK grocery market.

US: Mizkan buys Unilever's Ragu, Bertolli brands

22 May 2014

Japanese condiments maker Mizkan Group has agreed to acquire Unilever's Ragu and Bertolli sauce brands in North America.

JAPAN: Mizkan sales, earnings driven by overseas growth

22 May 2014

Mizkan Group, the Japan-based food company, booked a jump in 2013 sales and earnings this week, as growth overseas propelled top line gains.

UK: Premier in talks with Mizkan over US deal

31 Oct 2012

Japanese condiment group Mizkan has confirmed to just-food it is in talks with Premier Foods plc over a potential manufacturing deal in the US.

UK: Mizkan offers plant sale to win OFT backing for Premier buy

26 Sep 2012

Japanese conglomerate Mizkan has offered to offload its Burntwood production facility in the UK in a bid to win competition clearance for its acquisition of Premier Foods' pickles and vinegars business.

In the spotlight: China a factor in Itochu interest in Dole

14 Sep 2012

A chunk of Dole Food Co.'s business could end up in the hands of one of Japan's largest trading houses it was announced this week - and China appears to be central to the potential deal.

UK: Mixed City reaction to latest Premier sale

23 Aug 2012

Premier Foods' latest planned disposal - the sale of its spreads business to Hain Celestial - has been met by a mixed reaction from analysts, with concern remaining over the UK food group's future.

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

23 Jul 2012

While the row over UK farmgate milk prices rumbled on this week, elsewhere first-half results hit the just-food news desk. Safeway sounded an upbeat note on the performance of its loyalty programme and the group's dominance in retail personalisation for consumers. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Mizkan EuroAmericas president Craig Smith who spoke about the firm's plansfor the business long-term.

UK: Premier sells Elephant Atta ethnic flour arm to ABF

6 Jul 2012

Premier Foods plc has sold ethnic flour business Elephant Atta to UK rival Associated British Foods, the latest disposal in its move to cut debts.

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

18 Jun 2012

Tesco and Sainsbury's reported first-quarter trading updates this week and both UK retailers faced questions over their prospects for the rest of the year. US meat giant Smithfield Foods also faced analysts after it posted its full-year results, with CEO Larry Pope arguing Wall Street does not value the company highly enough. Elsewhere, Arla announced a tie-up in China, PepsiCo made Mexico the first market for its global dips venture and UK firm Premier Foods plc offloaded another of its businesses.

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