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

15 Jul 2011

In an eventful week, the plan to merge Brazil's largest retailer with Carrefour's local operations was called off, new CEOs were appointed at Premier Foods plc and Fonterra and Greencore made an offer to buy UK private-label firm Uniq. Click on the links for more coverage of the stories.

On the money: ConAgra eyes acquisitions, and Ralcorp

23 Jun 2011

ConAgra has told investors that it is looking to add to the company's portfolio both organically and internationally, and that it remains interested in purchasing Ralcorp.

US: Ralcorp silent on Post sale rumours

20 May 2011

Ralcorp Holdings has remained silent on reports that it is looking for a buyer for its Post Foods unit as part of attempts to fend off a US$4.9bn takeover approach from ConAgra Foods.

US: Ralcorp joins with Old Navy in Post marketing drive

20 May 2011

Ralcorp Holdings has joined forces with a variety of non-food businesses, including Old Navy, as it looks to drive sales of its Post brands.

Best bits: ConAgra's Ralcorp ambitions; Sainsbury's faces questions

9 May 2011

Last week's column featured news of takeover interest in Ralcorp Holdings, the US food group behind a swathe of private-label products and the Post cereals brand - and since then, ConAgra Foods has declared its hand.

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

6 May 2011

This week has been marked by some high profile acquisition plays with ConAgra Foods making its desire to acquire Ralcorp Holdings known and DuPont making its final offer for Danisco. Meanwhile, the UK recovered from the four-day hangover of the Royal Wedding and May bank holiday, a period, which retailer Morrisons said provided it with its two largest trading days of the year so far

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

6 May 2011

This week has been marked by some high profile acquisition plays with ConAgra making its desire to acquire Ralcorp known, and Dupont made its final offer for Danisco. Meanwhile, the UK recovered from the four-day hangover of the Royal Wedding and May bank holiday, a period, which Morrisons said provided it with its two largest trading days of the year so far. Here's the best of what was said this week:

US: Ralcorp turns down ConAgra takeover bid

5 May 2011

US food maker Ralcorp Holdings has turned down ConAgra Foods' US$4.9bn takeover bid for the business.

US: ConAgra unveils Ralcorp offer

4 May 2011

ConAgra Foods today (3 May) unveiled a revised US$4.9bn offer to acquire Post cereals maker Ralcorp Holdings.

Ralcorp: the hunter becomes the hunted?

3 May 2011

Shares in Ralcorp Holdings have rocketed since the company was linked to a takeover approach by an unnamed suitor - rumoured to be ConAgra Foods - with the possibility mooted that a financial buyer could also make a move for the US cereal-to-pasta group. While Ralcorp has knocked back the offer, speculation is currently centred on the possibility that further interest in the company could emerge. Katy Humphries reports.

US: Ralcorp rejects takeover approach

3 May 2011

Ralcorp Holdings, the US maker of Post cereals, indicated late on Sunday (1 May) that it received and rejected a takeover approach from an unnamed bidder in March.

Best bits: Premier, PepsiCo, Ralcorp grab attention amid Q1s

3 May 2011

After consecutive four-day weekends here in the UK, this column again arrives on a Tuesday, adding to the 'what-is-the-day-today?' feeling here at just-food Towers today.

US: Ralcorp's Post adds to Honey Bunches of Oats stable

17 Mar 2011

Ralcorp Holdings' branded cereals arm Post Foods has added to its Honey Bunches of Oats portfolio, with a product "perfect for raisin lovers".

Best bits: Manufacturers look to manage margins as commodities rise

14 Feb 2011

"It does feel a bit like mountain climbing."

On the money: "Iconic" brands will help Kraft battle input costs - CEO

11 Feb 2011

Kraft Foods chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld has insisted that the US food giant's "very, very strong, iconic brands" and its marketing plans will help the company convince retailers to increase prices in the face of rising input costs.

US: Ralcorp to "accelerate" price hikes to offset input costs

9 Feb 2011

US cereal-to-pasta group Ralcorp Holdings is aiming to "accelerate" the rate at which it pushes through price increases to offset soaring commodity costs.

The just-food management briefing - M&A in 2010 - a timeline

20 Dec 2010

There have been over 640 stories in just-food's M&A section since April this year covering everything from industry-changing mergers to bolt on acquisitions and brand disposals. This section to the briefing tracks the major moves through the year by looking at all the deals that were put under scrutiny in our insights section.

US: M&A costs hit Ralcorp Holdings Q4 profits

10 Nov 2010

Costs linked to a series of acquisitions hit the bottom line of US private-label group Ralcorp Holdings during its fourth quarter.

In the spotlight - Competition in the US cereal sector

29 Oct 2010

The US cereal industry has been highly price sensitive in recent years and, as the country's economy continues to stagnate, competition has intensified. How are Kellogg and General Mills faring in the battle for breakfast lovers in the US?

US: M&A specialist added to Ralcorp board

26 Oct 2010

Post cereals maker Ralcorp Holdings has appointed two more board directors, including an M&A specialist from investment bankers George K. Baum & Co.

US: American Italian Pasta boss Kelly to leave company

2 Aug 2010

The chief executive of US pasta supplier American Italian Pasta Co. has decided to leave the business following the company's US$1.2bn sale to Ralcorp Holdings.

US: Ralcorp creates cereal products president role

29 Jul 2010

US private-label food group Ralcorp Holdings has appointed Ronald Wilkinson to the newly-created position of president for its Ralcorp cereal products business.

US: Ralcorp note offering to fund AIPC pasta buy

22 Jul 2010

US private-label food group Ralcorp Holdings is to offer US$450m in notes to help fund its planned acquisition of pasta maker American Italian Pasta Co.

US: Acquisition costs, lower sales hit Ralcorp profits

20 Jul 2010

US food group Ralcorp Holdings has booked falling third-quarter profits after acquisition costs and a drop in sales ate into earnings.

US/CANADA: Ralcorp buys Sepp's Gourmet Foods

28 Jun 2010

US food group Ralcorp Holdings has bought Canadian frozen breakfast food manufacturer Sepp's Gourmet Foods for an undisclosed sum.

Top stories on just-food this week

25 Jun 2010

The UK's austerity budget was always likely to dominate headlines and the food sector was no different. Outside of the economic sphere there was plenty of news from the UK's retail trade, particularly overseas. Further afield there was trouble for the US's Ralcorp.

US: Ralcorp commences cash tender offer for AIPC

24 Jun 2010

US food group Ralcorp Holdings has commenced a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of American Italian Pasta Co. (AIPC) for US$53 per share.

In the spotlight - Ralcorp Holdings

22 Jun 2010

What kind of acquisition has Ralcorp Holdings, the US food group behind cereal brand Post, delivered to its shareholders with its deal to buy American Italian Pasta Co.?

UPDATE: US: American Italian Pasta silent on Ralcorp investigations

22 Jun 2010

American Italian Pasta Co. (AIPC) has declined to comment on investigations by a number of law firms over the fairness of its deal with Ralcorp on shareholders.

US: American Italian Pasta faces legal probes over Ralcorp deal

22 Jun 2010

A number of law firms have started investigations into concerns over the financial impact of Ralcorp Holdings’ plan to buy American Italian Pasta Co. (AIPC) on the pasta supplier’s shareholders.

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