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FRANCE: Dairy firm Candia names Schiratti CEO

12 Mar 2013

French dairy group Candia has named former Bakkavor and Bonduelle executive Giampaolo Schiratti as its new CEO.

IRELAND: Greencore reports higher Q3 sales

31 Jul 2012

Convenience food group Greencore has reported a rise in third-quarter sales, boosted by growth across its business.

IRELAND: Greencore claims "strong start" to year

9 Feb 2012

Ireland-based food maker Greencore today (9 February) it has had a "strong start" to its financial year after enjoying rising sales.

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.

UK: Greencore seeks London exchange listing

20 Dec 2011

Ireland-based own-label food maker Greencore is to cancel its listing in Dublin and seek a place on the London FTSE UK index series.

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.

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.

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

10 Oct 2011

Two of the UK's largest retailers, Tesco and Sainsbury's, gave an update on their trading this week and the former's new promotional campaign remained a talking point. Another subject of fierce debate was Denmark's new fat tax, which the country's food manufacturers have described as a "bureaucratic nightmare". Click on the links for more.

UK: TMI names Binney head of food innovation

14 Sep 2011

TMI Foods, a UK manufacturer of cooked bacon, sausages and roasted vegetables, has named Christian Binney as head of food innovation.

UK: Uniq to stop yoghurt production at Minsterley

20 Jul 2011

UK own-label firm Uniq will stop making yoghurt at its Minsterley site next year, blaming falling margins in the sector.

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.

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.

UK: Uniq 2011 trading "in-line" with expectations

17 Jun 2011

Trading at UK food group Uniq has been "in-line with expectations" in the first 21 weeks of the year, the company's board of directors has said.

Best bits: Business victims as E. coli mistakes rock consumers

6 Jun 2011

So, now it appears that bean sprouts are the cause behind the E. coli outbreak that has rocked Europe's produce sector and killed - at the latest count - 22 people.

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.

UK: Uniq's new majority shareholder looks for buyers

1 Apr 2011

The trustees of Uniq's pension fund is looking to sell at least part of its 90.2% stake in the UK convenience food maker - shares they only acquired days ago.

UK: Uniq jobs under threat at Minsterley

23 Mar 2011

Uniq has said today (23 March) that some 85 management and production jobs could go at its factory in Minsterley.

UK: Pension watchdog clears Uniq deficit plan

10 Feb 2011

The UK's pensions watchdog has given its approval to Uniq's plans to solve a pension deficit that dwarfs the value of the UK desserts-to-sandwich maker.

UK: Uniq in desserts sales blow

20 Jan 2011

UK food group Uniq today (20 January) revealed that it is set to lose business worth GBP10m (US$15.9m) in sales from its desserts division.

UK: Food-to-go growth boosts Uniq Q4

12 Jan 2011

UK private-label food group Uniq has booked an increased in fourth-quarter sales boosted by growth in the firm's food-to-go business and despite the recent poor weather.

FRANCE: Bakkavör appoints French MD

19 Oct 2010

Bakkavör Group has appointed Giampaolo Schiratti as managing director of Bakkavör France.

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

30 Jul 2010

Two UK household food brands found new owners this week, with the sales of the Rachel's organic dairy business and canned tuna maker John West. In France, frozen-food retailer Picard was snapped in another deal involving private equity. just-food this week carried three major interviews with senior directors at Uniq, Danisco and stevia supplier PureCircle.

UK: Uniq shares climb as H1 losses narrow

22 Jul 2010

Shares in Uniq rose this morning (22 July) after the UK convenience group reported smaller half-year losses and said it was holding talks with pension trustees and regulators over its pension deficit.

UK: Uniq pensions blow hits shares

19 Jul 2010

Shares in UK convenience food group Uniq tumbled this morning (19 July) after the company's proposals to pay off its pension deficit was rejected by the country's pensions regulator.

COMMENT: Uniq faces challenges ahead

16 Apr 2010

Uniq's, well, unique way of dealing with its pension deficit promises a brighter future for the UK food group, which, by its own admission has had a challenging few years.

Top stories on just-food this week

16 Apr 2010

UK retail was somewhat shaken this week by the news that Asda boss Andy Bond will step down as its CEO. Just three days on, Bond, who is staying at the UK arm of Wal-Mart, outlined ambitious growth plans for the market over the next five years.

UK: Uniq interim chairman gets job full-time

14 Apr 2010

UK convenience food group Uniq has asked interim chairman John Warren to take the job on a full-time basis, it was announced today (14 April).





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