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SmartSweets sells majority stake to TPG

27 October 2020 | Dean Best

The Canada-based supplier of lower-sugar confectionery has a private-equity firm as its new majority shareholder. ... read more

Trading through Covid-19 and beyond, daily food industry updates – Tuesday 27 October (free to read)

27 October 2020 | just-food.com

Daily updates on how Covid-19 is affecting the world's packaged food sector – and how executives see the market and consumer behaviour taking shape in the months ahead. ... read more

Cooke-owned True North buys up Mariner Seafood

27 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Cooke Inc., a seafood processor in Canada, has acquired a fellow seafood business in the US via one of its local divisions. ... read more

Lactalis eyes closure of France cheese plant in "modernisation" project

27 October 2020 | Dean Best

The French dairy giant said its cheese business is implementing a strategy of "industrial modernisation" at its factories to make its soft-cheese business more competitive. ... read more

New products – US snack-bar firm Kind eyes energy segment; Danone trials make-at-home yogurt kits in France; General Mills adds to Fibre One range in UK

27 October 2020 | just-food.com

This week's batch of new products that caught the eye include home-made yogurt kits from Danone and General Mills launching a version of its Fibre One Protein bars in the US. ... read more

Simply Good Foods to consolidate logistics as sales boosted by Quest

27 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

The Simply Good Foods Co. saw a sales benefit from last year's acquisition of Quest Nutrition but its weight-management business suffered from the effects of the pandemic. ... read more

B&G Foods acquires Crisco brand from J.M. Smucker

27 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

B&G Foods, the US-based manufacturer, has snapped up a brand and an associated production facility in its domestic market. ... read more

Ferrero announces new emissions targets

26 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Italian confectionery giant Ferrero has revealed new goals to reduce its carbon footprint after earlier committing to new sustainable packaging targets. ... read more

France urges Middle Eastern countries not to boycott French products

26 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

France has urged countries in the Middle East not to boycott the country's goods following comments from President Emmanuel Macron in relation to a school teacher's beheading. ... read more

KP Snacks brings Popchips production in-house

26 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

KP Snacks in the UK is moving production of its better-for-you Popchips brand in-house to a new manufacturing facility. ... read more

Aryzta takeover talks with Elliott Advisors conclude without any offer put on table

26 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Swiss-Irish bakery group Aryzta has said talks with a potential takeover party have ended without any offer being made. ... read more

Oscar Mayer to close plant in Somerset, putting 860 staff out of work

23 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

UK-based private-label supplier Oscar Mayer has taken a decision to close one of its three plants as Covid-19 hits demand for ready-meals. ... read more

European Parliament decision sanctions use of veggie burger branding

23 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

The European Parliament has ruled on whether branding such as vegetable 'burger' or 'cheese alternative' can be used to describe plant-based meat and dairy alternatives. ... read more

Verde Farms closes funding round, adds Johnsonville CEO to board

23 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Verde Farms, a US supplier of organic beef products, has completed a Series A funding round from external investors with the addition of a new capital injection. ... read more

Danone's nutrition unit Nutricia acquires special needs business Real Food Blends

23 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

The specialised nutrition division of French dairy behemoth Danone has acquired a US business producing meals for people with special needs. ... read more

New products – Impossible Foods developing milk alternative; Chobani takes oat drink blend to Australia; Banza moves into frozen pizza; Laird Superfood enters snacks category

23 October 2020 | just-food.com

The week's stand-out product moves include dairy-free alternatives from Impossible Foods and Chobani, and meat-free pork pies from Addo Food. ... read more

Orkla subsidiary Easyfood reveals expansion plans

23 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

Nordic food manufacturer Orkla has revealed expansion plans for Easyfood, the Danish snack food business in which it has a majority stake. ... read more

Dutch meat firm Group of Butchers gets new private-equity owners

23 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Group of Butchers, a Dutch supplier of meat and mince-based products to the retail and foodservice channels, gets a new majority owner. ... read more

UK brings in new rules to protect iconic food types post-Brexit

23 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

The UK government has taken action to protect iconic food names such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies after the end of the Brexit transition period. ... read more

Cooperl warns plants would close if cartel fine stands

22 October 2020 | Stuart Todd

Cooperl, the France-based pork-processing major, has issued a warning about the possible fate of parts of its production network. ... read more

Unilever hints at "creative" deal-making on M&A

22 October 2020 | Dean Best

With the FMCG giant gearing up for the unification of its joint Anglo-Dutch structure, the company's management was asked for detail today (22 October) on its M&A plans. ... read more

Europe plant-protein market set for 10% annual growth but still small beer – study

22 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

A new report from Dutch bank ING has forecast the size of the plant-based meat and dairy alternatives food market in Europe in 2025. ... read more

Former Blue Bell Creameries boss Paul Kruse charged in relation to listeria outbreak

22 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

A former senior executive of US ice cream business Blue Bell Creameries has been charged in connection with a 2015 listeria outbreak linked to the company's products. ... read more

Natural Order Acquisition Corp. aims to beat record for plant-based IPO

22 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

A new US shell company with ambitions to acquire a business in the plant-based food area is aiming to raise a record amount from an initial public offering (IPO). ... read more

French group LSDH snaps up foodservice suppliers

21 October 2020 | Dean Best

French food group Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l'Hôtel (LSDH) has acquired two local businesses supplying the foodservice market. ... read more

Gathered Foods takes Good Catch plant-based seafood brand to Canada

21 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

US alternative-seafood firm Gathered Foods, which has attracted funding from General Mills and Maple Leaf Foods, has added another new international market to its roster. ... read more

ADM-Princes venture Edible Oils invests to meet demand

21 October 2020 | Dean Best

The UK producer of packaged oils including Crisp 'n' Dry is to invest in its production to meet demand. ... read more

BrightFarms secures funding to expand US vertical-farming network

21 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

US-based vertical-farming business BrightFarms has secured a new round of funding to support its expansion across the country. ... read more

Gebroeders Kramer acquires fellow Dutch fish processor Fishmasters

21 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Gebroeders Kramer, a Netherlands-based seafood processor, has acquired a local peer in value-added fish products. ... read more

Nestle raises guidance as third-quarter sales beat market estimates

21 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé has raised its full-year organic growth guidance to the top-end of a previously flagged range amid a "broad-based" business improvement. ... read more

Aryzta board said to be split over Elliott takeover bid

21 October 2020 | Andy Coyne

A newspaper report is suggesting a potential takeover bid for Swiss-Irish bakery group Aryzta is getting a mixed reaction from its board. ... read more

Abergavenny Fine Food streamlines cheese portfolio

21 October 2020 | Simon Harvey

The Abergavenny Fine Food Co., a UK-based dairy and snacks producer, is simplifying its cheese portfolio to focus on the value-added portion of the business. ... read more

Update – Saputo confirms interest in Australia's Lion Dairy & Drinks

20 October 2020 | Dean Best

Saputo, the Canada-based dairy major, has confirmed it is mulling a move to buy another asset in Australia. ... read more

Barilla buys factory from Italian peer Pasta Zara

20 October 2020 | Dean Best

Barilla, the Italy-based food group, has snapped up a manufacturing facility from a domestic peer, it has confirmed. ... read more

Saputo wants to buy Lion dairy unit – Australian watchdog

20 October 2020 | Dean Best

Saputo, the Canada-based dairy major, wants to buy another asset in Australia, according to the country's competition watchdog. ... read more