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just-food's outlook for 2013: Mega deals unlikely as consolidation continues

31 Jan 2013

There may be caution over the prospect for blockbuster deals in a dilapidated economic environment, but the food sector mergers and acquisitions table still has plenty to whet the appetite.

just-food review of 2012: M&A revival but caution hinders big deals

19 Dec 2012

There were, despite continued economic uncertainty in many Western markets and concerns over slowing growth in the East, signs that M&A activity rebounded in the food sector this year. However, a look at just-food's M&A coverage this year shows there have been few big-ticket, transformational deals.

The top ten analysis articles on just-food in 2012

18 Dec 2012

Looking behind the headlines is just-food's signature dish and this year we looked at the major stories in-depth, including the possible suitors for United Biscuits' salty snacks business; the work ahead for China's Bright Food after it bought Weetabix and the prospects for the two companies created by Kraft Foods' split in two.

UK: Premier forms two grocery business units

18 Dec 2012

Premier Foods, which owns brands including Ambrosia custard and Bisto gravy, has restructured its grocery operations and set up two business units.

UK: United Biscuits outlines biscuit, cake NPD plans

11 Dec 2012

United Biscuits, which last week agreed the sale of the bulk of its salty snacks, has set out the new products it will add to its biscuits portfolio in 2013.

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

10 Dec 2012

The week's two major stories broke within hours of each other on Wednesday - Tesco admitted it was "likely" to leave the US and Germany's Intersnack snapped up United Biscuits' salty snacks business. Elsewhere, ex-Tesco CEO Terry Leahy led a private-equity buy-out of UK discounter B&M Retail and Canada's Saputo agreed to buy Dean Foods' Morningstar arm. Meanwhile, Singapore agribusiness giant Olam International found its finances under scrutiny and we interviewed the head of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa.

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

10 Dec 2012

Tesco's decision to potentially exit the US market shared the headlines with Intersnack's acquisition of United Biscuit's salty snacks unit. just-food spoke with Intersnack's MD Bernd ter Glane about the deal. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with FrieslandCampina's boss Cees Ruijgrok and the chief executive of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa, Ian Donald.

Interview: Intersnack marketing chief ter Glane on UB snacks acquisition

5 Dec 2012

Intersnack announced this morning (5 December) that it has reached an agreement to purchase the snacks arm of United Biscuits, KP Snacks. The news ended months of speculation over who would acquire the unit after it was put on the block by its private-equity owners, Blackstone and PAI Partners. Intersnack international marketing director Bernd ter Glane spoke to Katy Askew about the German company's plans for the group.

UK/GERMANY: Intersnack acquires United Biscuits salty snack brands

5 Dec 2012

Intersnack has reached a deal to acquire the snack unit of United Biscuits for an undisclosed sum.

UK: Intersnack "close" to United Biscuits snack deal

4 Dec 2012

German savoury snacks giant Intersnack is understood to be close to signing a deal to acquire the salty snacks business of United Biscuits.

UK: Leahy takes leadership role as CD&R acquires B&M Retail stake

4 Dec 2012

Former Tesco CEO Terry Leahy will take up the post of chairman at B&M Retail after private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice acquired a majority stake in UK discount retailer.

UK: Calbee "late entrant" in United Biscuits snacks auction

21 Nov 2012

Japanese snacks group Calbee is understood to be a late entrant in the auction of the salty snacks business of United Biscuits.

UK: Food industry makes palm oil pledge

30 Oct 2012

UK food manufacturers have pledged to work towards using only "sustainable" palm oil in their products by 2015.

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

8 Oct 2012

Kraft Foods officially completed its split into two companies last week: high-growth global snacks firm Mondelez International and Kraft Foods Group, a North American grocery powerhouse. Tesco and Sainsbury's updated the market on their first-half results, highlighting the uphill struggle facing the larger Tesco as it looks to improve its UK performance. Also in UK retail, Morrisons indicated that it is preparing to step up its drive into convenience. Meanwhile, just-food brought live coverage from the GMA/FMI Sustainability Summit in Washington DC.

UK: Leahy "leading bid" for United Biscuits snacks unit

4 Oct 2012

Former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy is understood to be leading a bid by private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) for the salty snacks business of United Biscuits.

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

24 Sep 2012

A selection of the best quotes from this week's news.

UK: United Biscuits salty snacks unit receives "good level of interest"

20 Sep 2012

United Biscuits has claimed there is "a good level of interest" for its salty snack business after the company sent out sale documents to prospective buyers.

UPDATE: CHINA: Analysts see packaged food, sourcing deals for Wahaha

14 Sep 2012

The decision by Wahaha to look at acquisitions for overseas growth has come as little surprise to some analysts who believe the Chinese food and drink firm may look at packaged food or sourcing deals.

CHINA: Wahaha eyeing global acquisitions

14 Sep 2012

Chinese food and beverage group Wahaha has said it will look at global acquisitions in a bid to expand overseas.

UK: Sainsbury's, United Biscuits execs take Premier marketing roles

5 Sep 2012

Premier Foods has poached executives from UK snack manufacturer United Biscuits and retail giant Sainsbury's to bolster the marketing team behind its "power brands".

UK: Wahaha "frontrunner" in UB snack sale

21 Aug 2012

Chinese food and beverage group Wahaha has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner in the bidding process for the snack unit of United Biscuits.

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

13 Aug 2012

Nestle reported its half-year results last week and said innovation was vital to growth in developed markets, where doing business at the moment is, it said, "no walk in the park". Produce giant Chiquita's first-half numbers included plans for a new strategy, while at US dairy group Dean Foods, it announced a move to list its soy and organics unit alongside its figures. In the retail sector, UK grocer The Co-op announced chief executive Peter Marks was to retire.

UK: Kraft promotes Brusadelli to head UK, Irish arms

8 Aug 2012

Kraft Foods has appointed a replacement for Nick Bunker as head of its operations in the UK and Ireland.

On the move: UB's Bunker appointment adds to M&A talk

7 Aug 2012

Speculation over the potential sale of United Biscuits' salty snacks division will start up again this week following the appointment of Kraft Foods' Nick Bunker as CEO of the unit.

UK: Kraft UK chief Bunker to lead United Biscuits snacks unit

6 Aug 2012

Nick Bunker, the head of Kraft Foods' businesses in the UK and Ireland, is to become CEO of United Biscuits recently-separated snacks unit.

UK: United Biscuits snacks auction "set for after summer"

20 Jul 2012

The owners of United Biscuits will reportedly start the process to sell the UK firm's salty snacks business after the summer period.

Fat reformulation - sat fats in baked goods

31 May 2012

Dairy processors have been at the forefront of fat reformulation but bakers and snack makers have not made as much ground. Those in the sector argue they can go no further but, as Ben Cooper writes in the final part of just-food's management briefing, others believe further progress can be achieved.

UK: Kellogg silent on United Biscuits snack "interest"

28 May 2012

Cereal giant Kellogg has declined to comment on reports that it is considering launching a takeover bid for the salty snacks division of UK food manufacturer United Biscuits.

UK: United Biscuits' McVitie's Digestives to sponsor AC Milan

24 May 2012

United Biscuits has secured a sponsorship deal with Italian football team AC Milan for its McVitie's Digestives brand.

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

8 May 2012

Bright Food, the Chinese food group, was full of confidence this week about the prospects for UK cereal firm Weetabix, its first investment in Europe after missing out on companies including United Biscuits and Yoplait. Elsewhere, Orkla explained why its CEO had resigned from the Norwegian consumer goods group, German retailer Metro Group insisted its sales were improving after it reported a quarterly loss and UK peer Morrisons said it would not chase unprofitable volumes despite a fall in like-for-like sales.









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