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General Mills this week announced another acquisition, following up its move for Brazilian yoghurt maker before Christmas with a deal for US meat snacks firm Epic Provisions. Ahead of the holiday period, speculation emerged UK company 2 Sisters Food Group was seeing what interest there is in the market for its biscuits unit Fox’s, although the talk was cooled this week. Elsewhere, Danone said it would end production at two plants in Russia, PepsiCo was upbeat about the prospects for Doritos in India and the US reacted to the release of the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

General Mills buys US meat snacks maker Epic Provisions
General Mills has snapped up US-based meat snacks company Epic Provisions, the group’s second acquisition in two weeks.

Talk of Fox’s biscuits sale played down
The prospect of a sale of UK biscuit brand Fox’s by owner Boparan Holdings has been played down by sources familiar with the matter.

Quote, unquote – reaction to US Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The US government outlined new dietary guidelines yesterday (7 October) that will inform healthcare professionals, consumers and – significantly policy-making over the next five years. The response has – predictably – been mixed. Health campaigners and lobbyists have praised the government’s findings. Food sector lobbyists were pleased that the guidelines watered down prior discussions, particularly on issues such as taxation and sustainability. However, the recommendations were not roundly welcomed in all quarters.

Danone to end production at two Russia plants
Danone is to end production at two of its dairy factories in Russia during the first quarter of the year.

The European Candy Group acquires German peer Sula
Dutch confectionery firm The European Candy Group has acquired Misa Deutschland, the holding company of sugar-free confectionery manufacturer, Sula.

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