In another eventful year for M&A in the food sector, Hormel Foods‘ move for US nut butter firm Justin’s, General Mills‘ decision to turn innovation arm 301 Inc into a fund backing start-ups and Amplify Snack Brands’ acquisition of UK crisp maker Tyrrells caught your eye – but it was one deal that didn’t happen that topped the list. Click on the links for more.

Mondelez International fails in bid to buy Hershey

Hershey rebuffed two offers from Mondelez this summer, pouring cold water on the Cadbury owner’s plans to create the world’s largest chocolate maker.

What next for Mondelez International and Hershey? – just-food analysis

Hormel Foods to acquire US nut-butter product maker Justin’s

Hormel Foods, the owner of brands from Spam canned meat to Skippy peanut butter, struck a deal in May to buy US nut-butter product maker Justin’s.

How Hormel Foods can benefit from the acquisition of Justin’s – just-food analysis

Kellogg’s Kashi acquires Pure Organic bars

In June, Kellogg made its first acquisition in the US for four years, buying snack bar maker Pure Organic through its own Kashi Company arm.

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Kellogg uses Kashi to belatedly join the fray – editor’s viewpoint

Nestle, R&R Ice Cream finalise joint venture plans

In April, Nestle and R&R Ice Cream announced the formation of Froneri, an ice cream joint venture operating in over 20 countries.

How Nestle stands to benefit from Froneri ice cream JV with R&R Ice Cream – just-food analysis

Lactalis strikes deal for Anik Industries dairy business in India

Lactalis, the French dairy giant, made another acquisition in an emerging market in March with a deal to buy the dairy business of Indian conglomerate Anik Industries.

McCain Foods takes majority stake in Dutch frozen snacks maker Van Geloven

McCain Foods also moved in March, snapping up a majority stake in Dutch frozen convenience snacks supplier Van Geloven.

Ajinomoto acquires Turkey’s Orgen from Yildiz

In November, Japanese food giant Ajinomoto continued its overseas push with the acquisition of Örgen Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret, a Turkish food manufacturer that produces the Bizim Mutfak brand.

General Mills invests in US cottage cheese maker Good Culture

General Mills invested in US cottage cheese maker Good Culture through 301 Inc., the food giant’s fund that backs start-ups, in March.

General Mills’ John Haugen on the strategy behind investment arm 301 Inc. – interview

Wessanen acquires UK gluten-free baker Mrs Crimble’s

In July, Dutch food group Wessanen acquired UK gluten-free bakery business Mrs Crimble’s for an undisclosed sum.

Wessanen’s Patrick Cairns on the plans to grow Mrs Crimble’s – interview

Amplify Snack Brands buys UK crisp maker Tyrrells

US-based Amplify Snack Brands struck a deal in August to buy UK crisp maker Tyrrells from Bahrain-based private-equity firm Investcorp in a cash-and-shares deal worth GBP300m (US$392m).

What could Tyrrells’ sale to Amplify Snack Brands mean for both businesses? – just-food analysis

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