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Focus: McCormick's spicy move for Reckitt's sauces

McCormick & Co. this week emerged as the buyer of Reckitt Benckiser's food assets, which include French's mustard and Frank's RedHot sauce....

Comment: Change was already on way at Nestle

Activist investors putting pressure on food companies is not new, especially not in recent years, although Nestle's stature in the industry...

Focus: Bimbo's India entry could spark more deals

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based business that is the world's largest bakery products group, has moved into a new emerging market. Bimbo has mu...

Amazon's move for Whole Foods will focus minds

"Every so often an event occurs that shakes the industry to its core. Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods is one of those." So said one US r...

Latest Interviews

Danone CEO on "manifesto" and corporate moves 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.


Danone CEO on need for CSR "mindset" change 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has declared an "Alimentation Revolution". The France-based food and beverage giant has urged the industry to join a "movement" that aims to "nurture the adoption of healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking habits". Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, made the call at the Consumer Goods Forum in Berlin, an annual event where the sector’s leading lights to discuss strategy and outline their vision for the industry. Dean Best caught up with Faber after his speech to find out more about Danone’s "manifesto", how it is defining the company’s actions and why the industry should join them.

Latest News

Grupo Bimbo to buy East Balt Bakeries 21 Jul 17

Katy Askew

Grupo Bimbo has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based foodservice supplier East Balt Bakeries for a US$650m.


Unilever prepared to strike more M&A in food 21 Jul 17

Dean Best

Unilever, which in the second quarter of 2017 made two investments in food companies, is eyeing further acquisitions in the sector, CEO Paul Polman has indicated.


Japan's Marubeni to enter US beef market 21 Jul 17

Dean Best

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp. has struck a deal to acquire US beef and pork supplier Creekstone Farms Premium Beef from an affiliate of private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners.


GSK set to hold Maxinutrition sale talks 21 Jul 17

Andy Coyne

Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline has confirmed it wants to offload its MaxiNutrition arm in the UK and it is understood talks with a potential buyer or buyers are set to start imminently.


McCormick to buy Reckitt Benckiser food arm 19 Jul 17

Dean Best

McCormick & Co. has struck a deal to buy Reckitt Benckiser's food division in a transaction valuing the French's and Frank's RedHot sauces business at US$4.2bn.


Arlon Group invests in Brazilian dairy Betânia 19 Jul 17

Katy Askew

Arlon Group, food and agriculture investment firm, has acquired a minority stake in CBL Alimentos (Betânia), the largest dairy in the north eastern region of Brazil.

Latest blogs

Amazon Whole Foods - industry reacts 16 Jun 17

Dean Best

In one of those stories that shakes the sector, Amazon today (16 June) announced a move to buy US-based natural and organics retailer Whole Foods Market. Here's how a range of stakeholders have reacted to the US$13.7bn, all-cash deal.


Reckitt Benckiser clears final Mead Johnson hurdle 13 Jun 17

Dean Best

The final regulatory approval needed for the UK-based consumer goods giant's takeover of the US infant formula maker has been received, with the US$17.9bn deal set to be completed on Thursday (15 June).

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