This week, there was fresh speculation about the future of some of Mondelez International’s confectionery assets in Europe, while, in the seafood sector, industry giant Thai Union Group canned its planned move for US company Bumble Bee Foods. Two companies – Brazilian meat behemoth BRF and Swiss dairy Emmi – did conclude deals. And Russia revealed the foods it was banning from Turkey.

Mondelez International ‘eyeing European candy disposals’
Mondelez International has reportedly hired advisers to help with the potential sale of confectionery assets in Europe.

Thai Union calls off Bumble Bee sale 
Thai Union Group’s planned acquisition of US seafood canner Bumble Bee Foods has been terminated with the company believing it will be unlikely to get regulatory clearance for the deal.

Russia publishes list of banned Turkey food imports
Russia has decided to block imports of meat products, fresh produce items and salt from Turkey as part of Moscow’s sanctions against the country after the downing of a fighter jet last week.

BRF buys UK’s Universal Meats and Dutch group Eclipse Holding
BRF, the Brazil-based meat processor, has snapped up Dutch group Eclipse Holding Cooperatief and UK foodservice distributor Universal Meats.

Danone invests EUR240m in European infant formula facility 
Danone has announced an investment of EUR240m (US$255m) that will see it construct an infant formula facility in Cuijk in the Netherlands.

Emmi expands in US with Redwood Hill Farm acquisition 
Emmi is expanding in the “attractive niches” of goat’s milk products and “sustainable foods” such as organic and lactose-free through the acquisition of US-based dairy Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery.

FrieslandCampina cuts 140 jobs in restructuring move
Frieslandcampina has announced plans to restructure production at three of its operating companies in a move that will cut 140 jobs in the Netherlands.

2 Sisters Food Group “in talks” for S&A Foods Derby plant
2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed it is in talks to acquire ethnic food maker S&A Foods’ manufacturing plant in the English town of Derby.