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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


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


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


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


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


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


Alt-egg firm Eat Just to build Asia factory

20 October 2020 | Dean Best

The US-based of alternative-egg products is teaming up with a private-equity firm to build a production facility in Asia. ... read more


Danone looks for lift after recent woes

19 October 2020 | Dean Best

According to CEO Emmanuel Faber, Danone needs to "reinvent itself again". Dean Best reports on the Alpro maker's quest to get back on track. ... read more


Danone executive shake-up, asset review

19 October 2020 | Dean Best

The French giant is restructuring its management – with the company's CFO deciding to leave – and reviewing its portfolio to adapt to the challenges created by the virus. ... read more


Cheese giant Bel's bold plant-based bid

18 October 2020 | Dean Best

Cheese giant Bel has issued more detail on its plant-based plans – and, as Dean Best reports, could give the fledgling market for cheese alternatives a shot in the arm. ... read more


Danone reveals "plan" amid CFO Cabanis exit talk

16 October 2020 | Dean Best

The French giant is refusing to comment on "rumours" finance chief Cecile Cabanis is planning to leave the Actimel owner. ... read more


McCain Foods to invest in Netherlands production

16 October 2020 | Dean Best

Potato-products giant McCain Foods has started a construction project in one of its markets in Europe. ... read more


Pilgrim's Pride invests in US plant

16 October 2020 | Dean Best

US-based meat major Pilgrim's Pride has outlined plans to invest in a processing facility in its domestic market. ... read more


"We've done the hard part. We're excited about the year ahead" – CEO Abhishek Sinha on outlook for India plant-based meat firm GoodDot

15 October 2020 | Dean Best

GoodDot Enterprises is seen as being the first modern plant-based meat business in India. The Udaipur-based firm has built a nationwide presence and has international ambitions. ... read more


Goya Foods invests in production

15 October 2020 | Dean Best

Goya Foods, the US-based supplier of Hispanic foods, has announced plans to react to increasing demand for its products. ... read more


Meat-free group Livekindly eyes US push with new funding

14 October 2020 | Dean Best

The owner of brands including Oumph, Fry's and LikeMeat is eyeing expansion in the US after raising more funding. ... read more


SalMar looks to float majority-owned unit Icelandic Salmon

13 October 2020 | Dean Best

SalMar has set out plans for a company in which the Norway-based seafood group owns a majority stake to list shares. ... read more


Why might have Ferrero reached into tin for Fox's Biscuits?

9 October 2020 | Dean Best

In buying a clutch of Fox's Biscuits assets, Ferrero has bought a tired brand in a mature category. Might the Italian giant's move be for another reason? ... read more


Big Idea Ventures, Ashika Group launch India alt-protein fund

9 October 2020 | Dean Best

An investment fund has been launched in India to back start-ups offering alternatives to conventional protein products. ... read more


SPC buys majority of Australia frozen-food firm Kuisine Co.

9 October 2020 | Dean Best

SPC, the Australia-based food group formed last year after a buy-out of assets from Coca-Cola Amatil, has snapped up a stake in a manufacturer in its domestic market. ... read more


Eskimo Pie also to be rebranded in Australia

9 October 2020 | Dean Best

After a change of name in the US, Froneri ice-cream brand Eskimo Pie is to also have a new moniker elsewhere. ... read more


Morton Salt brand owner sold

8 October 2020 | Dean Best

The ingredients business behind US grocery retail brand Morton Salt has a new owner, it has been announced. ... read more


Upfield to overhaul Canada production

8 October 2020 | Dean Best

The plant-based dairy business, home to brands including Violife, is shaking up its manufacturing in Canada. ... read more


Meat giant Vion to hire more permanent staff

8 October 2020 | Dean Best

Vion Food Group, the Dutch meat major, has made an announcement concerning jobs over the border in Germany. ... read more


Brexit – Irish food industry calls for Dublin, Brussels cash

7 October 2020 | Dean Best

Ireland's food and drink industry have called on the country's government and on the EU to provide financial support to help manufacturers cope with Brexit. ... read more


Update – Ferrero sees "significant scope" to grow Fox's

7 October 2020 | Dean Best

Ferrero has given a flavour of its confidence in the prospects for the Fox's Biscuits assets the Italy-based sweet-snacks giant has snapped up. ... read more


CSM Bakery Solutions sells ingredients business to Investindustrial

7 October 2020 | Dean Best

CSM Bakery Solutions, the private-equity-owned bakery-products group, has sold a division generated annual sales of around EUR500m. ... read more


2 Sisters sells clutch of Fox's Biscuits assets to Ferrero

7 October 2020 | Dean Best

UK manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group this morning (7 October) announced the sale of part of its Fox's Biscuits business to Italian sweet-snacks giant Ferrero. ... read more


"It's going to be a marathon and it’s going to be worth it" – weighing up the prospects for plant-based meat in India

6 October 2020 | Dean Best

What is the opportunity in a country where meat consumption is relatively low and the quality of many of the meat-free products on sale has been deemed to be mediocre? ... read more


Czech fund Emma Capital confirms interest in Greek group Vivartia

6 October 2020 | Dean Best

A European private-equity firm has registered interest in Vivartia, the Greece-based food manufacturer that's already the subject of a takeover bid. ... read more


General Mills 'weighs up Yoplait disposal'

2 October 2020 | Dean Best

The US food giant is reportedly considering the sale of a majority stake in its brands, close to a decade after buying the shareholding. ... read more


French organic oil business Le Groupe Emile buys gluten-free firm La Fabric Sans Gluten

2 October 2020 | Dean Best

La Fabric Sans Gluten, a French supplier of gluten-free products, has been sold to a local peer, it has been announced. ... read more


US biscuit maker Dewey's Bakery sells stake to French fund Eurazeo

2 October 2020 | Dean Best

Dewey's Bakery, a US biscuit and cracker maker, has sold a minority stake in its business to an investment fund based in Europe. ... read more


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