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Can Conagra-Pinnacle weather shifting trends?

Conagra Brands finally reached a deal this week to acquire Pinnacle Foods, creating a leading player in the US frozen food category with com...

New activist investor may put Pinnacle in play

Pinnacle Foods has often been touted as a possible acquisition target - and now activist investor Jana Partners has taken a position in the...


John Shepherd | 5 Apr 2017

Reckitt Benckiser, the UK consumer goods group behind brands including Durex condoms and Flash bleach (and, soon, Enfamil infant formula) looks set to sell off its food division. The company this week announced it would hold a "strategic review" on the "non-core" unit, which contains brands including French's mustard and Frank's Red Hot sauce. If RB parts company with the unit, a move analysts regard as a consequence of the group's focus on "consumer health", which companies may be interested in its condiments? John Shepherd looks at which suitors could be keen as mustard - and why.


Dean Best | 30 Nov 2015

There has been more consolidation in the US food industry, with another big player largely focused on stagnant categories moving for a business in a growing area of the sector. Pinnacle Foods, the business behind the Birds Eye brand in the US, as well as products like Duncan Hines baking mixes and Wish-Bone salad dressings, has struck a deal to buy Boulder Brands - a business in gluten-free but one that has struggled in recent quarters. Dean Best reports.


Dean Best | 8 Sep 2015

The starting gun on the race for Quorn Foods is to be fired this week and interest in the UK meat-free business is likely to be high.


Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal for much of Findus Group's assets. The UK-listed company is eyeing opportunities in the US. Stefan Kirk, just-food's M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, puts forward some possible targets for Nomad.

Latest Interviews

Katy Askew | 22 Mar 2016

Boulder Brands, the US free-from business recently acquired by Pinnacle Foods, has seen mixed fortunes of late, with its brands delivering a patchy performance. Even with the ink on the Pinnacle deal still drying, the owner of brands including Udi's and Glutino nevertheless has a clear strategy to grow and attract new consumers through innovation and marketing. Katy Askew spoke to Wendy Acheson, Boulder Brands' vice president and general manager of sales, at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in California to find out more. 


Dean Best | 29 Apr 2015

Canada's Garden Protein International - the company behind the meat-free brand Gardein - has enjoyed rapid growth and is hoping for more of the same under the ownership of US giant Pinnacle Foods, which bought the business last year. Yves Potvin, the founder and president of the Vancouver-based firm, has stayed on with Pinnacle and he spoke to Dean Best about expansion, competition and the outlook for the meat alternatives category.

Latest News

Simon Harvey | 27 Jun 2018

Conagra Brands today (27 June) confirmed it has reached a deal to buy fellow US manufacturer Pinnacle Foods for US$10.9bn.


Andy Coyne | 27 Jun 2018

US food group Conagra Brands has agreed to buy peer Pinnacle Foods according to a report in the UK's Financial Times newspaper.


Dean Best | 26 Jun 2018

Conagra Brands is reportedly in advanced talks to buy US peer Pinnacle Foods - and it is said a deal could be announced this week.


Dean Best | 22 Jun 2018

Major US manufacturers Conagra Brands and Pinnacle Foods have reportedly kick-started discussions over combining their businesses.


Andy Coyne | 21 May 2018

A report in the US suggests Pinnacle Foods has hired investment bank Evercore Partners to explore strategic alternatives.


Andy Coyne | 8 May 2018

US food group Conagra Brands has ended its cooperation agreement with activist investor Jana Partners.


just-food.com | 27 Apr 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Andy Coyne | 20 Apr 2018

Activist investor Jana Partners has taken a 9.1% stake in US company Pinnacle Foods.


Andy Coyne | 2 Mar 2018

Pinnacle Foods, which owns the Birds Eye frozen food brand in the US, is hoping product innovation will add fuel to its sales growth in 2018.


just-food.com | 2 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Simon Harvey | 30 Jan 2018

Pinnacle Foods is said to be on the radar of activist investor Daniel Loeb whose Third Point fund is reportedly "taking a position'' in the US food group.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


just-food.com | 10 Nov 2017

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Simon Harvey | 10 Aug 2017

US group Pinnacle Foods has entered into an agreement to buy a frozen warehouse and vegetable packaging facility from Ryder Integrated Logistics to support growth in its Birds Eye brand.


John Shepherd | 5 Jun 2017

Conagra Brands has reportedly ended talks aimed at a possible takeover of US peer Pinnacle Foods after the two sides were said to have failed to agree on the terms of a deal.


Katy Askew | 1 Jun 2017

Reckitt Benckiser is apparently targeting strategic buyers as it kicks off the sale of its food business.


John Shepherd | 1 Jun 2017

Conagra Brands today (1 June) declined to comment on a report it has made an approach to buy US peer Pinnacle Foods.


John Shepherd | 1 Jun 2017

Food group Conagra Brands has reportedly made an approach to US peer Pinnacle Foods with a view to a possible takeover.


John Shepherd | 8 May 2017

Pinnacle Foods said today (8 May) it is pulling "certain low-margin and non-strategic" frozen breakfast products from its Aunt Jemima range following a voluntary recall over possible listeria contamination.


John Shepherd | 3 May 2017

Pinnacle Foods is expanding the Veggie Made line of its Birds Eye brand in the US and introducing a Superfood Blends and Organic Vegetables range.


Katy Askew | 27 Apr 2017

Pinnacle Foods, the maker of brands including Bird's Eye and Duncan Hines, was able to report higher first-quarter sales as growth in the group's grocery business offset declining revenue from its frozen brands. 


John Shepherd | 21 Mar 2017

Pinnacle Foods said today (21 March) it is expanding its Duncan Hines brand in the US to include a microwaveable line of mixes to produce "freshly-baked treats" - Perfect Size for 1.

Latest blogs

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Dec 2014

The meat-free protein sector could be in for a popularity boost as more and more research points to the damaging effect livestock production is having on the environment.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Mar 2014

Pinnacle Foods' Birds Eye brand has teamed up with Disney in the US in a bid to slash obesity rates by getting kids to explore healthier foods.



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