The news stories that got you clicking over the last 12 months.

Nestle to buy Garden of Life owner Atrium Innovations

Nestle has followed its pledge to invest in building its presence in the consumer-health sector by moving to buy Canada-based vitamins and supplements group Atrium Innovations.

Lactalis faces worldwide recall of products in salmonella scare

French officials have ordered the global recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by the country’s dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria.

Ambitious German private-equity firm Deutsche Beteiligungs to buy food makers Abbelen, Oscar Mayer

Deutsche Beteiligungs, the Germany-based private-equity firm, has set out its plan to create “a European market leader” in chilled convenience products after acquiring local private-label supplier Abbelen and UK own-label business Oscar Mayer.

EU Court of Justice rules against dairy names for vegan products

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today (14 June) purely plant-based products cannot be labelled as “milk”, “cream”, “butter”, “cheese” or “yogurt” – even if the label states the item does not contain animal products.

Barilla to invest in expanded pasta sauces production

Italian pasta group Barilla is to invest “in excess” of EUR50m (US$53.2m) in the expansion of its pasta sauces plant in Rubbiano, in Italy’s Parma province.

Australian dairy group Murray Goulburn “reviewing assets” after H1 loss

Australian dairy processor Murray Goulburn has declined to comment on reports it is preparing to close up to four of its processing plants, but has confirmed that a “review of its assets and distribution network” is under way.

Unilever eyes possible sale of Flora-to-Becel spreads arm

Unilever this morning (6 April) announced plans to “exit” the spreads category and part with its struggling Flora-to-Becel division, one of a series of ways the consumer goods giant believes it can “transform” the business and improve returns for shareholders.

Florette buys MyFresh unit from William Jackson

Florette has acquired part of UK firm MyFresh from William Jackson Food Group in a move the France-based salads supplier said would help it target the country’s convenience and foodservice customers.

EXCLUSIVE: Jobs at risk as Greencore confirms UK restructure

Irish food group Greencore has confirmed rumours that it is restructuring its UK operations.

Charoen Pokphand Foods acquires UK’s Westbridge Food Group

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods has bought UK-based meat and ready-made products manufacturer Westbridge Food Group (WFGL) in a deal worth around GBP60m (US$75m).