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Beyond Meat hails fast-food deals but shares fall on Q4 results

26 February 2021 | Dean Best

Beyond Meat has struck contracts with two major QSR chains but shares in the US-based meat-free supplier still fell amid Q4 results Wall Street said were weaker than expected. ... read more


Canada's Canyon Creek to expand US soups facility

24 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Canyon Creek Food Co., a Canada-based producer of soups and fresh sauces, is investing to expand production at its sole manufacturing site. ... read more


Freshways, Medina Dairy discuss potential merger

23 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Freshways and Medina are considering a merger between the two UK dairy companies amid challenging market conditions in fresh milk. ... read more


Canada's Crofter's Organic sells stake to PE firm Frontenac

23 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Fruit spreads, jams and preserves producer Crofter's Organic in Canada has sold a controlling stake to a private-equity investor. ... read more


Indonesian plant-based business Green Butcher receives seed funding

23 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Unovis Asset Management, a New York-based investor focused on plant-based and cellular 'meats', has taken part in a seed funding round in Indonesia. ... read more


Japan's Kikkoman takes control of India operation with new subsidiary

19 February 2021 | Andy Coyne

Japan-based soy sauce manufacturer Kikkoman has announced a significant change to its operation in India. ... read more


Boulder Sausage sold to London-headquartered investor MBH Corp

17 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Boulder Sausage, a US manufacturer of sausage and bacon for the retail and foodservice channels, has a new owner. ... read more


Atria to sell Russian meat business Pit Product to unit of Cherkizovo

16 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Atria, the Finnish meat processor and ready-meals maker, has announced it has entered an agreement to sell its loss-making Russian subsidiary. ... read more


UK bakery firm Frank Roberts & Sons to cut jobs

10 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Frank Roberts & Sons, a UK-based bakery firm, has merged its two business units, putting as many as 50 jobs on the line. ... read more


Meat group Olymel to invest in Quebec plant

8 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

The Canada-based pork and poultry processor is to make changes to one of its production sites, it has announced. ... read more


Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

5 February 2021 | Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area. ... read more


Baxters plans to close retail centre in Scotland as pandemic hits foot traffic

3 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Baxters Food Group, the UK-based soups-to-condiments maker, has announced the closure of a project in Scotland due to the pandemic. ... read more


SunOpta invests in plant-based capacity, sells another asset

1 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

SunOpta, a Canadian producer of organic and plant-based food and drinks, has announced a rejig of its manufacturing capabilities. ... read more


Six killed in liquid nitrogen leak at Foundation Food Group's poultry plant

1 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

A liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant owned by Foundation Food Group in the US state of Georgia has resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries. ... read more


Conagra Brands to close Milwaukee plant acquired under Sandwich Bros. deal

1 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

US food major Conagra Brands plans to close a plant it acquired as part of its purchase of Sandwich Bros. ... read more


Cargill acquires US cooked-meats firm ProPortion Foods

27 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

US-based agri-food group Cargill has completed an acquisition in the cooked meats area as it expands in the value-added segment. ... read more


Westfalia Fruits buys majority stake in German peer Hausladen Fruchthandel

26 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

South Africa's Westfalia Fruit Group, a fresh and dried fruit supplier specialising in avocados, has signed a deal to acquire a stake in a European peer. ... read more


Post Holdings takes stake in plant-based meat firm Hungry Planet

26 January 2021 | Andy Coyne

US-based Post Holdings, which owns Weetabix, has taken a stake in a local plant-based meat business, it has announced. ... read more


Jensen Meat to build dedicated plant-based facility in California

25 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

Jensen Meat Co., a US beef processor, is expanding its production capabilities in the meat-free area following an acquisition in 2019. ... read more


Sproud attracts new investment to expand markets for plant-based milk

25 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

Milk-alternative business Sproud in Sweden plans to expand its retail distribution after securing new financing. ... read more


France's Andros plans to acquire pickles maker Spreewaldkonserve

20 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

French food company Andros has its eyes on an acquisition target in Germany in the area of pickled vegetables. ... read more


Van Loon Group enters meals category with Bonfait deal

8 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

Van Loon Group, a Netherlands-based meat products manufacturer, plans to expand its portfolio with a deal for a chilled meals company. ... read more


New Wave Foods lines up plant-based seafood launch after funding round

8 January 2021 | Dean Best

New Wave Foods, a fledgling US firm offering plant-based seafood, is gearing up for its launch onto the market after completing a round of funding. ... read more


OmniPork owner Green Monday Holdings to test UK waters

7 January 2021 | Dean Best

Green Monday Group, the Hong Kong plant-based firm, is dipping its toes in the UK this month with a "soft launch" of its flagship brand. ... read more


Jimmy's Cookies takes artisan bread brand Ecce Panis from Campbell Soup Co.

7 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

US food major Campbell Soup Co. has offloaded another asset, this time in the company's domestic market. ... read more


Bella Bulgaria confirms Marathon Foods asset acquisition

6 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

Bella Bulgaria said it acquired assets from foodservice supplier Marathon Foods in Hungary in 2019, contrary to a previous announcement that it had acquired the company outright. ... read more


Impossible Foods to cut prices on foodservice products

6 January 2021 | Dean Best

With the difference in price between conventional meat and meat-alternative products seen as a brake on the growth of meat-free, one major US supplier is to act. ... read more


Trading through Covid-19 and beyond, daily food industry updates – Wednesday 23 December (free to read)

23 December 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


Unilever takes meat-free patties to new markets in deal extension with Burger King

23 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

Unilever has extended an agreement with fast-food chain Burger King for its meat-free burgers to appear on menus in new markets. ... read more


Olam International buys US chilli business of Japan's Mizkan

22 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

Singapore's Olam International has struck a deal in the US under one of its newly-formed business divisions. ... read more


2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other. ... read more


"We see consumer behaviours evolving in ways we think will stick beyond the pandemic" – General Mills' CEO Jeff Harmening on H1 results

21 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

General Mills reaped rewards from Covid-19 shopping behaviour in its fiscal first half as organic growth picked up. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points behind the results. ... read more


Aryzta to divest North and Latin American operations as Elliott proposal rejected

21 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

Aryzta has rejected a takeover proposal from Elliott Advisors (UK) and at the same time announced an operational decision from a drawn out strategic review. ... read more


Lactalis to acquire Canadian yogurt business Ultima Foods from Agropur

18 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

French dairy group Lactalis has moved to acquire a yogurt business in Canada, along with brands and manufacturing facilities. ... read more


Emmi sells majority stake in Spanish cheese business Lácteos Caprinos

17 December 2020 | Simon Harvey

Swiss dairy company Emmi has said it is selling its interest in a cheese business in Spain for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


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