Wessanen, the Dutch group focusing on “sustainable” foods, made another acquisition this week, agreeing to buy Spanish organic firm Biogran. US food giant General Mills announced changes to its organisation in a bid to improve its performance. And Swedish dairy-free business Oatly secured investment from private-equity firm Verlinvest and state-owned China Resources.

Wessanen to buy Spanish organic firm Biogran

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, is to acquire Spanish organic food manufacturer Biogran from local private-equity firm Nazca Capital.

Wessanen looks to unlock Spanish market with Biogran buy – analysis

Dairy-free firm Oatly gets investment from Verlinvest, China Resources

Belgium-based private-equity firm Verlinvest and state-owned conglomerate China Resources have invested in Sweden-based dairy-free business Oatly.

Ferrero private investment vehicle acquires Delacre

The sale of Belgian biscuits maker Delacre to the private investment vehicle of Giovanni Ferrero, the head of the Italy-based Ferrero confectionery group, has been completed, it was announced today (5 December).

General Mills jobs to go in business revamp

Between 400 and 600 jobs at General Mills are set to be affected as the US food giant embarks on a revamp of its business to try to “maximise global scale”.

Hain Celestial appoints Nestle executive Gary Tickle as COO

Hain Celestial has appointed Nestle executive Gary Tickle as its chief operating officer amid a number of senior changes at the US group.

UK extends ban on advertising unhealthy food to children to online media

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced new rules that extend the ban on advertising high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food and soft drink products to children on television to non-broadcast media.

B&G Foods buys US pasta sauce group Victoria Fine Foods

B&G Foods has acquired US pasta sauce maker Victoria Fine Foods from private-equity owners Huron Capital Partners for US$70m in cash. 

Chobani COO Kevin Burns to leave US yogurt maker

US yogurt giant Chobani has confirmed COO Kevin Burns is to leave the company later this month.

Freedom Foods Group set to make acquisitions in Australia, North America

Freedom Foods Group, the Australia-based dairy-to-cereal group, is nearing acquisitions in its domestic market and North America.

Mead Johnson, Murray Goulburn end plans for formula tie-up

US infant formula producer Mead Johnson and Australian dairy group Murray Goulburn have pulled the plug on their plans to work together in Asia Pacific.