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April 15, 2013

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

3G Capital, the private-equity firm soon to own Heinz, last week turned to another investment - Burger King - for the US food giant's new CEO. In the UK, R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream supplier bought a local rival it said would boost its branded stable. Europe was shook by more horsemeat revelations. Meanwhile, we interviewed Sainsbury's on multichannel, Canada's Dare Foods and took a look at the possible suitors for Burton's Biscuit Co.

By Dean Best

3G Capital, the private-equity firm soon to own Heinz, last week turned to another investment – Burger King – for the US food giant’s new CEO. In the UK, R&R Ice Cream, Europe’s largest own-label ice cream supplier bought a local rival it said would boost its branded stable. Europe was shook by more horsemeat revelations. Meanwhile, we interviewed Sainsbury’s on multichannel, Canada’s Dare Foods and took a look at the possible suitors for Burton’s Biscuit Co.

On the move: Heinz’s new owners bring in their own
The owners-elect of Heinz have effectively brought in their own man to run the US food giant. Dean Best looks at what the appointment of Burger King boss Bernardo Hees could mean for the ketchup maker.

Interview: R&R chief: We can be “real alternative” to Unilever
James Lambert, CEO of UK-based R&R Ice Cream, has suggested the company’s plan to buy local rival Fredericks Dairies will give retailers a “real alternative” to market leader Unilever.

HORSEMEAT: Dutch authorities recall 50,000 tonnes beef
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has recalled around 50,000 tonnes of meat sold as beef across Europe that could potentially contain horsemeat.

On the money: Integration focus for Barry Callebaut
Barry Callebaut plans to focus more on integrating recent acquisitions and supply deals this year than buying businesses or striking more supply deals, the chocolate group’s CEO has told just-food.

Comment: Emmi maintains focus on international with Swiss buy
Emmi announced yesterday (9 April) it has acquired Swiss speciality cheese maker Käserei Studer. While the majority of Käserei Studer’s sales are generated domestically, the move should nevertheless be viewed in the context of Emmi’s drive to expand internationally, Katy Askew suggests.

Deal or no deal: The likely suspects to acquire Burton’s Biscuit Co.
The private-equity owners of Burton’s Biscuit Co. are “considering options” for the UK’s second-largest biscuit maker, a process that could lead to an eventual sale. Katy Askew takes a look at the players for whom an acquisition of Burton’s could hit the sweet spot.

Interview: Nectar central to Sainsbury’s multichannel ambitions
The Sainsbury’s loyalty programme Nectar, set up over a decade ago, is central to the UK grocer’s push to further develop as a multi-channel business.

just the answer: Dare Foods chairman Bill Farrell
Canadian biscuit, cracker and confectionery manufacturer Dare Foods has a clear sense of ambition and a well-thought out expansion strategy. Michelle Russell talks to Dare Foods’ chairman Bill Farrell about how the company will achieve this growth, where it sees opportunities internationally and the challenges it faces.

SWITZ: Danone Activia health claim approved
Danone has gained approval for a health claim on Activia yoghurt in Switzerland.

CHINA: Natra opens Hong Kong office to grow Asia business
Spanish chocolate group Natra has opened a commercial office in Hong Kong as part of its strategic plan to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific markets.

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