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In the largest M&A deal in the US packaged food sector in 2017, on Tuesday (19 September) Post Holdings announced the acquisition of bacon,...

Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix

Post Holdings, the US food group, was this week announced as the new owner of Weetabix, the UK-based breakfast cereal business. The GBP1.4bn...


Dean Best | 31 Jan 2017

Almost five years after Bright Food snapped up a majority stake in Weetabix, the state-backed Chinese group is said to be looking to offload its shares in the UK-based breakfast cereal business. Speculation started before Christmas and, although Bright Food sought to cool the chatter, the rumours have intensified, with four bidders apparently preparing to table offers. Dean Best surveys the purported runners and riders.


Katy Askew | 27 Jan 2015

Since it span off from Ralcorp Holdings three years ago, Post Holdings has followed an aggressive M&A strategy. Deal-making has focused on diversifying its portfolio to gain access to on-trend categories. Given this drive, perhaps yesterday's (26 January) announcement of Post's acquisition of MOM Brands - a move that will deepen its exposure to the struggling US cereal category - could seem a curious tactic. Katy Askew investigates.


Dean Best | 26 Nov 2014

Post Holdings has undergone significant change in the last two years through a spate of M&A. While there are questions about the outlook for some of the newly-acquired assets - and for its core cereal business - the US group this week expressed confidence about its outlook.


Katy Askew | 13 Jun 2014

Gluten-free is currently a bright spot of strong growth in the largely stagnant developed markets of the US and western Europe. However, as the category matures it is becoming an increasingly crowded space. As such, many forward-looking gluten-free specialists have an eye on fresh markets that will offer the next phase of growth for the sector. Russia is one such market. Katy Askew reports.

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Dean Best | 10 Aug 2017

After almost five years under the ownership of China's Bright Food, Weetabix is a month into life as part of US-based Post Holdings, which acquired the UK breakfast cereal business in July in a deal worth GBP1.4bn (US$1.83bn). Weetabix's UK and Irish division also has a new managing director, Sally Abbott, previously the group's global marketing director. Dean Best caught up with Abbott as she gets to grip with running Weetabix's largest unit under a new owner.


Dean Best | 28 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

Latest News

Simon Harvey | 19 Sep 2017

US-based breakfast cereal, sports nutrition and eggs supplier Post Holdings is to buy local chilled and frozen food maker Bob Evans Farms in a deal worth US$1.5bn.


Dean Best | 4 Aug 2017

Post Holdings has booked higher third-quarter sales, pushing its top line higher over the first nine months of its financial year, in a set of broadly positive quarterly results for the US food group.


Helen Arnold | 25 May 2017

Post Holdings is launching a plant-based PowerBar in the US to try to cash in on growing interest in vegetarianism.


Dean Best | 9 May 2017

Post Holdings, the US cereal-to-eggs supplier, has maintained its forecast for underlying earnings despite a fall in its second quarter.


Dean Best | 18 Apr 2017

Post Holdings' takeover of Weetabix will provide the US group with more opportunities to make further acquisitions, its president and CEO Rob Vitale said today (18 April) after announcing the GBP1.4bn (US$1.79bn) purchase of the UK business.


Dean Best | 18 Apr 2017

Post Holdings, the US group behind breakfast cereal brands Grape-Nuts and Honey Bunches of Oats, this morning (18 April) confirmed it has struck a deal to buy UK business Weetabix in a deal worth GBP1.4bn (US$1.76bn).


Katy Askew | 18 Apr 2017

Post Holdings has reportedly sealed a deal to acquire UK cereal business Weetabix from its Chinese owners, Bright Food Group, for US$1.76bn. 


John Shepherd | 28 Mar 2017

US breakfast cereal business Post Holdings is reportedly set to buy UK peer Weetabix, with a GBP1bn-plus (US$1.2bn) deal that could be announced this week.


Dean Best | 9 Mar 2017

Post Holdings, the US breakfast cereal business, is reportedly one of two bidders left in the race to buy UK peer Weetabix.


Dean Best | 3 Feb 2017

Post Holdings, the US breakfast cereal-to-peanut butter group, has narrowed its forecast for annual adjusted EBITDA, alongside first-quarter results that included flat sales and earnings affected by one-off items.


John Shepherd | 9 Dec 2016

US food group Post Holdings has reached an agreement to settle anti-trust class action claims against its Michael Foods unit.


Dean Best | 22 Nov 2016

Post Holdings, the US breakfast cereal, eggs, cheese and sports nutrition business, has indicated it is looking for acquisition targets that are closer to its existing assets after a series of deals in different categories.


Dean Best | 17 Nov 2016

Post Holdings, the US food group, today (17 November) booked lower annual losses on the back of higher sales but the company saw its top line decline in the fourth quarter.


Dean Best | 1 Sep 2016

Post Holdings, the owner of US egg business Michael Foods, has moved to add to the business by acquiring domestic peer National Pasteurized Eggs.


Dean Best | 5 Aug 2016

Post Holdings, the US breakfast cereal, eggs and protein shakes group, has recorded a 4% fall in underlying third-quarter net sales amid what it called "an anticipated decline" from the company's Michael Foods Group division.


John Shepherd | 2 Aug 2016

Post Holdings has added a new range of Clean Whey protein bars and drinks to its PowerBar range as part of a move to relaunch the brand.


Katy Askew | 26 Jul 2016

US-based consumer packaged goods company Post Holdings raised its outlook for annual underlying EBITDA yesterday (25 July) but reported sales below analyst expectations. 


John Shepherd | 13 Jul 2016

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in the US has launched a legal challenge against Shredded Wheat maker Post Foods over the manufacturer's description of the cereal as "natural".


Katy Askew | 22 Jun 2016

Post Holdings reportedly held talks with ConAgra Foods over a possible merger with the Chef Boyardee's potato business, Lamb Weston. 


Katy Askew | 17 May 2016

Post Holdings' arm Attune Foods is expanding its Peace Cereals brand into the US granola category with five non-GMO granolas.


Dean Best | 6 May 2016

Post Holdings, the US food group, has reported higher second-quarter underlying EBITDA on the back of sales from last year's acquisitions of local cereal business MOM Brands and egg supplier Williamette Egg Farms, as well as savings from its consumer business.


Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2016

Innovative Bites, the UK-based American food wholesaler, has acquired UK confectioner Bonds of London in a deal that will double the firm's turnover. 

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Katy Askew | 4 Jun 2014

The free-from sector is witnessing strong growth in developed markets from Europe to the US and beyond.


Hannah Abdulla | 16 Apr 2014

US food manufacture B&G Foods has joined the campaign for non-GMO by relaunching a non-GMO version of its spreadable fruit Polaner All Fruit.

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