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Lakeview Firms snaps up US peer Simply Fresh Foods

14 December 2018 | Dean Best

US-based dips and desserts manufacturer Lakeview Farms has announced its second acquisition in a week, snapping up another business in the country. ... read more

What could drive food M&A in 2019?

14 December 2018 | Dean Best

2018 looks set to be a year in which M&A activity in the food industry intensified. What could shape the sector's deal-making in 2019? Dean Best reports. ... read more

Raisio cuts 2018 EBIT forecast

14 December 2018 | Dean Best

Benecol-to-Elovena manufacturer Raisio has lowered its forecast for a key profitability metric for 2018. ... read more

Mondelez strikes Middle East, Africa cheese deal with Arla

13 December 2018 | Dean Best

Mondelez International and European dairy giant Arla Foods today (13 December) announced a deal over a clutch of the snacks major's cheese assets in the Middle East and Africa. ... read more

UK watchdog issues warning after Sainsbury's, Asda merger request

12 December 2018 | Dean Best

The UK's competition watchdog has reacted to a request from Sainsbury's and Asda for more time to respond to the investigation into their proposed merger. ... read more

The challenge of getting a "stealth small brand" to stick

12 December 2018 | Dean Best

Earlier this year, in a popular article on just-food, our US columnist Victor Martino coined the phrase "stealth small brand" - a product developed by Big Food but designed to look like it comes from a start-up. Mars has demonstrated how difficult it can be to get such a brand to stick.... read more

Plant-based firm Just to explore "cultured" Wagyu

11 December 2018 | Dean Best

Just, the US plant-based firm formerly known as Hampton Creek, is looking to add another lab-grown or "cultured" food to its portfolio. ... read more

Chile's Agrosuper finalises move for Salmones Friosur

11 December 2018 | Dean Best

Chile-based food manufacturer Agrosuper has sealed the acquisition of a local salmon business, its latest deal in the sector. ... read more

Unilever's 2018 investor day - six things to learn

11 December 2018 | Dean Best

Last week, Unilever's senior management was in the Indian city of Mumbai for the company's annual investor day. just-food presents what you need to know from the two-day event. ... read more

The future of cannabis in food and drinks - why you need to act

11 December 2018 | Dean Best

The future of cannabis in the food and beverage industries will be worth billions, according to the latest report from FUTURES - the new insights service from just-food and sister site just-drinks. ... read more

UK watchdog clears Valeo's purchase of Tangerine Confectionery

10 December 2018 | Dean Best

UK competition officials have issued their ruling on Valeo Foods Group's move to buy local candy maker Tangerine Confectionery. ... read more

German meat giant Toennies buys UK firm Riverway Foods

10 December 2018 | Dean Best

Tönnies, the Germany-based meat giant, has added to its business in the UK through the acquisition of a local sausage maker. ... read more

Why did Unilever buy GSK's Horlicks-led assets?

10 December 2018 | Dean Best

Some question the future of Unilever's presence in food and drinks. Why did the FMCG giant snap up GSK's consumer-nutrition assets, at the centre of which was Horlicks? ... read more

Unilever talks up prospects for foodservice arm

7 December 2018 | Dean Best

Unilever has outlined how it believes it can grow the division of the consumer-goods giant that supplies the foodservice sector. ... read more

JD.com enters food production

6 December 2018 | Dean Best

Chinese retail giant JD.com has made its first foray into food production through a tie-up with Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi. ... read more

November M&A deal volumes dip but still fuel 2018 growth - data

6 December 2018 | Dean Best

As strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on the competition, just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector monitors activity each month. ... read more

Takeover of AGT Food and Ingredients moves nearer

5 December 2018 | Dean Best

The potential takeover of AGT Food and Ingredients has moved a step nearer after a bid for the Canada-based business led by its management won the backing of independent directors. ... read more

Ebro Foods to build another factory in Spain

5 December 2018 | Dean Best

Ebro Foods has confirmed it is looking to invest in the production of convenience foods in its home market of Spain. ... read more

Raisio sets out sales target

4 December 2018 | Dean Best

Finland's Raisio, the manufacturer behind brands including Benecol and Elovena, has outlined the level of sales it expects to hit in 2021. ... read more

Unilever's new CEO Alan Jope sticks to sales, margin targets

4 December 2018 | Dean Best

Unilever's incoming CEO, Alan Jope, is to maintain two key financial targets introduced by predecessor Paul Polman. ... read more

Europastry buys Portuguese baker Confeitaria Torres

4 December 2018 | Dean Best

Spain-based bakery-products supplier Europastry has announced an acquisition of a smaller peer in Europe. ... read more

What could feature on to-do list of new Unilever CEO Alan Jope?

30 November 2018 | Dean Best

Paul Polman's departure from Unilever will mark the exit of one of the food sector's most high-profile CEOs. But how could his successor Alan Jope shape the FMCG giant? ... read more

Coca-Cola Amatil to sell food business SPC

30 November 2018 | Dean Best

Coca-Cola Amatil, the Australia-based food and beverage business, has announced the results of its strategic review of its food arm SPC. ... read more

Kraft Heinz to buy US condiments maker Primal Kitchen

29 November 2018 | Dean Best

Kraft Heinz has struck a deal to buy a US maker of condiments and snacks, part of the ketchup giant's bid to work with or acquire brands that "disrupt the food industry". ... read more

Campbell 'eyes ex-Pinnacle boss Mark Clouse as new CEO'

28 November 2018 | Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co. reportedly has its sights on a prominent US food-manufacturing executive to fill the vacant CEO position at the under-scrutiny soup maker. ... read more

Campbell, Third Point end feud and strike deal

26 November 2018 | Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co. and a key shareholder today (26 November) announced a deal that should bring the US food manufacturer respite from a critical activist investor. ... read more

Conagra Brands to launch Gardein in UK

26 November 2018 | Dean Best

Sainsbury's is to introduce another overseas plant-based brand into the UK market, with listings starting next year. ... read more

Hero Group signs "strategic" deal with German baby-food firm

23 November 2018 | Dean Best

Switzerland's Hero Group, the owner of US baby-food business Beech-Nut, has announced a "strategic partnership" with a firm in the same sector in Germany. ... read more

London confirms transport ban on junk-food ads

23 November 2018 | Dean Best

London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed what his office is calling a "groundbreaking" ban on advertising 'junk food' on the UK capital's transport network.... read more

France's LDC in talks to buy poultry peer Ramon

22 November 2018 | Dean Best

France-based poultry giant LDC has announced it is in talks to acquire a local processor in its domestic market. ... read more

Tiger Brands to offload stake in seafood firm Oceana Group

22 November 2018 | Dean Best

Tiger Brands, the South Africa-based food and drinks group, is to offload a minority stake in a local seafood business. ... read more

Orkla to buy pizza restaurant chain Kotipizza

22 November 2018 | Dean Best

European food manufacturer Orkla today (22 November) announced a move to acquire the owner of a chain of pizza restaurants. ... read more

Focus turns to US soup at Campbell in flux

21 November 2018 | Dean Best

With Campbell Soup Co. looking to offload assets, its US soup arm will grow even more in importance, writes Dean Best. ... read more

Mondelez 'hires advisers to weigh move for Campbell assets'

19 November 2018 | Dean Best

Mondelez International, the Cadbury and Oreo owner, has again been reported to be interested in two snacks assets outside the US that are up for sale. ... read more

RSPO palm-oil certification unveils changes

16 November 2018 | Dean Best

A major - and at times controversial - certification for palm oil has announced changes to the standards the underpin the programme. ... read more