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"It does add some complexities" – General Mills' John Haugen on backing challenger brands as Covid-19 upends consumer habits

5 May 2021 | Dean Best

John Haugen, the head of General Mills' VC-style arm 301 Inc., talks to Dean Best about his unit's investment strategy and how Covid-19 has shaped what the US giant is looking for. ... read more

Laird Superfood buys US peer Picky Bars

4 May 2021 | Dean Best

The US-based drinks, creamers and protein-powder business has bolstered its position in the snacks market with the acquisition of a local supplier. ... read more

Three plant-based firms set for sale to Canadian investor Rockshield

28 April 2021 | Dean Best

The publicly-listed, Canada-based investor has signed a binding letter of intent to buy three plant-based companies spanning ingredients to CPG products. ... read more

CVC makes Dodoni latest Greek dairy deal

26 April 2021 | Dean Best

CVC Capital Partners is to acquire a majority stake in another Greece-focused dairy business, four months after acquiring Vivartia. ... read more

Private-equity-backed Bur Distribution buys French peer Accent Bio

26 April 2021 | Dean Best

The manufacturer and trader of deli products has snapped up a business in France supplying dried-fruit products. ... read more

US firm McLovin's Pet Food gets new owner

19 April 2021 | Dean Best

The California-based pet-food supplier has agreed to a takeover bid from a NASDAQ-listed holding company looking to acquire "consumer goods businesses". ... read more

China D2C dairy business Adopt A Cow gets KKR backing

19 April 2021 | Dean Best

The buy-out house said the Chinese firm had a "disruptive strategy to change the way dairy is produced, marketed and sold to customers". ... read more

Kerry's dairy plans curdle – but probably only for now

16 April 2021 | Dean Best

A possible deal for Kerry Group's dairy assets has been put on ice but it's unlikely to be a complete souring of the Irish company's moves away from consumer foods. ... read more

Sweden's Bayn Europe makes clutch of acquisitions

16 April 2021 | Dean Best

Bayn Group, which has snapped up a number of businesses offering reduced-sugar foods in the last year, has continued its M&A push. ... 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

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

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

"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

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

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

"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

Fipso wants to buy cured-meats assets from fellow French co-op Maisadour

30 March 2021 | Dean Best

French agri-food cooperative Fipso wants to expand with a move to buy a clutch of meat assets from a local peer. ... read more

Cell-fish firm Bluu Biosciences eyes prototype launch after seed round

30 March 2021 | Dean Best

The Berlin-based start-up, which claims to be Europe's first company specialising in cell-based fish, has closed a round of seed funding. ... read more

Brazil meat-free firm The New gets investment

29 March 2021 | Dean Best

The New, a Brazil-based supplier of meat-alternative products, has announced more investment amid "heavy demand" for its products. ... read more

Lustucru 'eyes move for pasta peer Panzani'

26 March 2021 | Dean Best

The future of Panzani, the France-based pasta business owned by Spain's Ebro Foods, is the subject of reported takeover interest. ... read more

Louis Dreyfus sells Imperial Sugar to U.S. Sugar

26 March 2021 | Dean Best

The agribusiness giant has offloaded its US-based sugar asset to another business in the field in that country. ... read more

Italy's Newlat eyeing "sizeable" M&A in 2021

22 March 2021 | Dean Best

The Italy-based food manufacturer wants to get to EUR1bn in revenues by the end of 2022 and sees M&A helping the company on its way. ... read more

Lactalis in talks to buy Leerdammer from Bel

19 March 2021 | Dean Best

Lactalis is looking to snap up a cheese brand sold across Europe from French rival Bel Group, the companies have announced. ... read more

Fast-food group Yum China invests in poultry supplier Sunner

17 March 2021 | Dean Best

Yum China Holdings, the operator of fast-food chains KFC and Pizza in the Asian country, has bought a stake in one of the largest poultry suppliers in the market. ... read more

French organic firm Natimpact buys condiments maker Le Coq Noir

17 March 2021 | Dean Best

The France-based firm has snapped up another business, with its latest acquisition a supplier of chutney, condiments and sauces. ... read more

Spain's Angulas Aguinaga nets cod-and-salmon supplier Copesco & Sefrisa

12 March 2021 | Dean Best

The Spain-based seafood group, controlled since last autumn by multinational private-equity firm PAI Partners, has landed an acquisition. ... read more

Stonewall Kitchen buys US spices-and-sauces firm Urban Accents

12 March 2021 | Dean Best

The US food group, majority-owned by private-equity firm Audax, has snapped up another business in its domestic market. ... read more

Japan online grocer Oisix invests in US upcycled-food firm ReGrained

10 March 2021 | Dean Best

ReGrained, the fledgling US firm supplying upcycled ingredients to food manufacturers and a seller of branded products, has attracted fresh investment. ... read more

General Mills 'to offload European Yoplait rights to Sodiaal'

8 March 2021 | Dean Best

General Mills has co-owned the yogurt business for almost a decade but a report in France says the US company has decided on a deal for part of the business. ... read more

US grocer Kroger wants to back upcycling firms

3 March 2021 | Dean Best

One of the largest food retailers in the US has a fund set aside to support companies set up to "manufacture, process or distribute upcycled consumer food products". ... read more

Dairy group Sodiaal issues shares to "accelerate investment"

3 March 2021 | Dean Best

The France-based co-operative, home to brands including Candia and Entremont, has announced two new investors to help "accelerate investment". ... read more

Australia's Select Harvests gauging interest in brands

2 March 2021 | Dean Best

After a review, the nut products, snacks and muesli supplier is looking for buyers for a processing facility and its consumer brands division. ... read more

Ebro weighing-up sale of Ronzoni brand

26 February 2021 | Dean Best

The Spanish food group is considering offloading another brand, following the sale of pasta assets in the US and Canada in the last five months. ... read more

McCain Foods again backs vertical-farmer Goodleaf Farms

25 February 2021 | Dean Best

The frozen-food giant has again invested in a Canadian vertical-farming business, becoming the firm's largest shareholder in the process. ... read more