The trend for US food majors to spice up their growth prospects with the acquisition of smaller brands continued this week with ConAgra Foods moving for sauces-and-salsa group Frontera Foods. Meanwhile, further south in Brazil, it emerged Nestle could be close to clearing anti-trust concerns over its acquisition of chocolate maker Garoto in 2002 and finalising the deal. Our financial pages included analysis of the annual results of bakery giant Aryzta, which reported declining earnings.