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Kerry Group's asset-sale talks with Kerry Co-Operative Creameries suspended

16 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kerry Group, the Ireland-based consumer foods and ingredients supplier, said talks with an interested party over the potential sale of some of its dairy assets have been suspended. ... read more

SunOpta buys plant-based brands from Hain Celestial

16 April 2021 | Dean Best

Dream is one of the early brands in the plant-based dairy market, launched almost 40 years ago and with a presence in the US and Europe. ... read more

Dairiboard plan to merge with Zimbabwe rival Dendairy still in discussion

15 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

A merger between Dairiboard Holdings and Dendairy in Zimbabwe is still under discussion between the two parties. ... read more

How to avoid your FDI project turning into a nightmare

15 April 2021 | Douglas van den Berghe

Dreaming of an international expansion for your company? Consider these cautionary tips from FDI consultant Douglas van den Berghe first. ... read more

US plant-based meat firm Atlast to expand after cash raise

15 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Atlast Food Co., a US plant-based start-up producing whole cut plant-based 'meat', has detailed expansion plans following a funding round. ... read more

Granarolo takes full control of Italian cheese venture Mulino Formaggi

15 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Italian dairy firm Granarolo has announced that it has upped its stake in a local cheese venture to take full ownership of the business. ... read more

Lithuanian dairy firm Vilvi Group buys Latvia's SIA Baltic Dairy Board

15 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Lithuania-based dairy firm Vilvi Group has acquired a 70% stake in a Latvian ingredients business for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

France's Avril to offload assets under new strategic focus

15 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

French agri-food group Avril plans to dispose of some of its business units under a new strategic focus for the business. ... read more

LDC to sell poultry assets held by Ronsard to comply with regulator

15 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Poultry processor LDC has agreed to sell assets in order to comply with a takeover ruling, it has been revealed. ... read more

Italy's Granarolo eyes M&A targets at home and abroad

13 April 2021 | Dean Best

Granarolo, the Italy-based dairy group, has businesses on its radar to potentially acquire at home and overseas after a year when Covid-19 hit sales but profits rose. ... read more

Hatching new ideas – Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

13 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand. ... read more

US honey producer Sweet Harvest Foods taken over by Blue Road Capital

13 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

US honey and natural sweeteners producer Sweet Harvest Foods has fallen into the hands of a new private-equity owner. ... read more

Allergen-free foods firm Kirsty's sets out plans to triple revenues

9 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kirsty's, a UK business producing allergen-free chilled ready meals and frozen pizza, has outlined its plans for revenues and new product development. ... read more

Faux fish firm Gathered Foods eyes Europe push after new funding

9 April 2021 | Dean Best

The US-based maker of Good Catch has announced more funding, which included backing from one of the world's largest ag businesses. ... read more

Spain's Chocolates Valor buys Portuguese peer Imperial Produtos Alimentares

9 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

The private-equity owners of Portugal-based chocolate maker Imperial Produtos Alimentares have agreed to sell the business to a company in Spain. ... read more

Lactalis buys milk assets in Brazil from Cativa

8 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

French dairy major Lactalis has acquired milk assets in Latin America and has also signed a supply agreement with the local partner. ... read more

Vibrant Foods extends M&A spree with ethnic-food maker Fudco

8 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Vibrant Foods, an investor-backed Asian-style food business, has struck yet another UK deal in the same category. ... read more

France's Charles & Alice in management buyout as PE firm Equistone exits

8 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Charles & Alice, the France-based fruit- and plant-based desserts business, has revealed a change in its ownership structure. ... read more

"We want to replicate the taste of meat in the healthiest way" – Brazilian plant-based protein firm The New wants to stand apart as market builds

7 April 2021 | Dean Best

The New is a fledgling plant-based protein business based in beef-loving Brazil. We hear from co-founder Bruno Fonseca about the company's ambitions domestically and overseas. ... read more

Kraft Heinz hires workers to address ketchup shortage

7 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Kraft Heinz has taken on additional workers in its US factories amid increased demand for condiments during the pandemic. ... read more

Italian baker Dolciaria Acquaviva buys local firms Unigel, Dolce Milano 

7 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Dolciaria Acquaviva, an Italy-based manufacturer of frozen baked goods, has acquired a local peer, it has announced. ... read more

Nestle's new plant-based facility in Malaysia comes on-stream

7 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé has opened a new manufacturing facility in south-east Asia to supply the regional market with animal-free products. ... read more

Vegan honey start-up MeliBio secures pre-seed funding

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

US start-up MeliBio, a company producing honey without the need for bees, has attracted early-stage investment. ... read more

Germany's Frostkrone Food Group adds Abergavenny Fine Foods to stable

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Germany's Frostkrone Food Group has taken on another UK business through M&A, adding to last year's deal for Innovate Foods. ... read more

US firm Carolina Foods lures private-equity investment

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Carolina Foods, a baked goods manufacturer in the US state of North Carolina, has attracted private-equity investment. ... read more

Pure Foods Tasmania continues M&A with move for The Cashew Creamery

6 April 2021 | Dean Best

Pure Foods Tasmania (PFT), which listed on the Australian Securities Exchange last April, has made another acquisition. ... read more

Latvia's Dobeles Dzirnavnieks to acquire AB Baltic Mill

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Latvian food company Dobeles Dzirnavnieks has struck a deal for a pasta and grains business in Europe. ... read more

US pancake maker De Wafelbakkers snapped up by PE firm Brynwood

6 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

US-based pancake, waffle and French toast manufacturer De Wafelbakkers has been acquired by an investment firm for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

French agri-food co-op Agrial in talks to buy meats maker Salaisons du Mâconnais

6 April 2021 | Dean Best

Agri-food co-op Agrial has said it's in exclusive talks to buy a majority stake in a business making and selling salami in its home market of France. ... read more

Campbell sells Plum Organics baby-food brand to Sun-Maid

1 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

US food giant Campbell Soup Co. has sold a baby-food brand to a local snacks business for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

Raisio acquires Beanit owner Verso Food

1 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Finnish food group Raisio has made an acquisition in Europe, extending its presence in the plant-based category. ... read more

"We can lead the movement to make plant-based living the new norm. And many people agree" – Kees Kruythoff on The Livekindly Collective's latest funding and growth plans

31 March 2021 | Dean Best

Acquisitive meat-free supplier The Livekindly Collective has announced more funding. Dean Best speaks to bullish CEO Kees Kruythoff about the group's growth plans. ... read more

Leerdammer deal shows M&A strategies can be as different as chalk and cheese

31 March 2021 | Dean Best

One of western Europe's most prominent brands of cheese, Leerdammer, is set to change hands. Dean Best looks at the possible rationales buyer and seller may have for the deal. ... read more

Eurazeo Brands invests in pet-food firm Ultra Premium Direct

31 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Eurazeo Brands, a Paris-based investor-owned business, has taken a stake in a pet-food company in France. ... read more

US bar firm Simple Botanics acquired by Brand Holdings

31 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Simple Botanics, a Chicago-based bar maker, has been acquired by a company focused on buying direct-to-consumer (D2C) e-commerce businesses. ... read more