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just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read interviews

19 Dec 2013

2013 was a bumper year for senior executive interviews on just-food and your top ten most-read pieces included our meetings with the CEOs of Nestle, Unilever and Greencore.

Deal or no deal: 2 Sisters touted prime Bernard Matthews bidder

20 Jun 2013

Bernard Matthews Farms has admitted it may look for outside investment and 2 Sisters Food Group is reportedly considering a bid for the business. Industry watchers believe the UK food giant is the prime candidate to acquire the poultry processor. Michelle Russell reports.

UK: Stein to retire as Samworth Brothers CEO

2 Mar 2012

Brian Stein will step down as CEO of UK own-label manufacturer and Ginsters pasties owner Samworth Brothers at the end of the month.

UK: Boparan Holdings cautious on margins

26 Jan 2012

UK food manufacturer Boparan Holdings has warned stubbornly high commodity costs and increased competition over Christmas has weighed on its margins in recent weeks.

UK: Northern Foods stands by industry pledge on battery eggs

17 Jan 2012

Northern Foods has said that it is fully compliant with a voluntary agreement set up by the UK government urging manufacturers and retailers to abstain from using battery eggs.

UK: Hunter turns down Premier to take Tangerine CEO role

16 Jan 2012

2 Sisters Food Group executive Graham Hunter, who was set to join Premier Foods plc as MD of its grocery operations, is to become CEO of UK sweets maker Tangerine Confectionery.

GERMANY/UK: Intersnack UK arm names Wilson marketing chief

13 Jan 2012

The UK arm of Germany-based snack maker Intersnack has named former Northern Foods executive Dave Wilson to the new role of marketing director.

The most-read comment articles on just-food in 2011

23 Dec 2011

Our comment pages in 2011 looked at Tesco's challenges in the US, the uncertainty that surrounded the country's largest dairy processor, Dean Foods, the disposals made by the UK's largest food manufacturer, Premier Foods plc, and the price war that developed between Australia's two largest retailers, Woolworths Ltd and Coles.

2011 in review - M&A activity fails to meet expectations

22 Dec 2011

A year ago, there was consensus that M&A activity would pick up in 2011. As we look back on the last 12 months, there were some major deals but concern over the economy meant the numbers of deals fell short of expectations. Dean Best reports.

IRELAND: Greencore reports drop in FY profits

6 Dec 2011

Irish food group Greencore today (6 December) reported a drop in annual profits as costs linked to its aborted merger with Northern Foods hit the company's bottom line.

Best bits: Kerry, Hain Celestial, Greencore put M&A back in headlines

2 Nov 2011

After a few months of relative calm, the food industry has, in the last week or so, seen a number of takeovers - signed or speculated - hit the headlines.

UK: Premier shakes up management team

31 Oct 2011

Premier Foods plc chief executive Michael Clarke has revamped the UK manufacturer's management structure as he presses on with plans to revitalise the company.

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

31 Oct 2011

We had this week that M&A activity in the food industry - at least in the UK - had slowed in the third quarter of the year but the final three months has seen deal-making return to the headlines with Hain Celestial's takeover of Daniels Group and rumours around the future of Greencore. Click on the headlines for more.

Focus: Greencore becomes a takeover target

26 Oct 2011

It's been quite a year for own-label supplier Greencore. A plan to merge with UK rival Northern Foods was gazumped by poultry magnate Ranjit Boparan. Greencore then licked its wounds and acquired UK desserts and sandwich maker Uniq. Now, however, the company is the subject of a takeover approach. Dean Best reports.

UK: Lorman to lead Mars ice cream arm

15 Aug 2011

Mars Inc has named Tony Lorman as general manager of its ice cream business in the UK.

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

15 Jul 2011

Premier Foods' appointment of Kraft's Mike Clarke as its new CEO this week was a surprise move but one welcomed by the market. Investors in Brasil Foods were also cheered by the news that the 2009 merger that created the company was cleared by Brazil's competition watchdog. However, a plan to combine Brazil's largest retailer, CBD, with Carrefour's local operations was halted amid continued opposition from Casino, which prompted the country's national development bank to pull planned funding for the deal. Click on the headlines for more.

UK: Allen named 2 Sisters chairman

12 Jul 2011

Charles Allen, the former chief executive of UK broadcaster ITV, has been named chairman of 2 Sisters Food Group.

UK: 2 Sisters posts net profit decline

11 Jul 2011

UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group has reported a decrease in annual profits despite seeing turnover rise over the period.

UK: Intersnack's UK arm appoints Robinson MD

13 Jun 2011

The UK arm of snacks firm Intersnack has confirmed the appointment of former Northern Foods executive Richard Robinson as managing director.

UK: Greencore, Samworth "eye Uniq"

3 Jun 2011

Greencore, the Ireland-based own-label group, and Ginsters pasty maker Samworth Brothers are reported to be among the first-round bidders for UK desserts-to-sandwich firm Uniq.

On the money: Greencore looks to future growth

24 May 2011

Greencore has insisted it expects its full-year earnings to meet "market expectations" despite the Irish convenience group earlier today (24 May) reporting mixed half-year results.

UK: Northern plays down Boparan link to Hyslop exit

12 May 2011

Northern Foods has played down claims that executive Ed Hyslop left the business due to changes instigated by new owners Boparan Holdings.

UK: Northern, Boparan executives set to leave

11 May 2011

Senior executives are to leave Northern Foods and the UK food group's new owner Boparan Holdings.

UK/IRELAND: Regulators clear Boparan's takeover of Northern Foods

7 Apr 2011

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided not to refer Boparan's takeover of Northern Foods to the Competition Commission.

Best bits: Greencore pulls plug on Northern; Quorn Foods is born

14 Mar 2011

So, what now lies ahead for Greencore, the Ireland-based convenience food group?

UK: UK meat co-op ANM creates processing unit

14 Mar 2011

UK-based farmer co-op ANM Group has brought together its three different meat processing companies into one business unit, ANM Meat Division.

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

11 Mar 2011

Perhaps the biggest M&A story in the UK food sector this week reached the final chapter when Ireland's Greencore gave up on its pursuit to buy UK rival Northern Foods.

In the spotlight: Boparan outfoxes Greencore in bid for Northern

11 Mar 2011

Ranjit Boparan looks set to seal control of Northern Foods next week, having trumped the merger offer made by Irish food group Greencore late last year. Ben Cooper reports.

UK: Boparan builds Northern stake

10 Mar 2011

Boparan Holdings is preparing to raise its stake in Northern Foods to almost 50% as the UK poultry-to-fish group continues its pursuit to acquire the maker of Goodfella's pizza.

UPDATE: IRELAND: Greencore coy over Northern as it mulls options

3 Mar 2011

Greencore has remained coy about its intentions for Northern Foods, insisting only that it is considering its options after rival suitor Boparan Holdings revealed it had secured a third of the UK food company.

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