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Why latest Tyrrells takeover is no major surprise

UK-based savoury snacks business Tyrrells is getting its third owner in two years - but the latest deal is no surprise, writes Dean Best....

Big Food's VC-style funds: the investments so far

Our guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses....

Food industry M&A eases again in April - data

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as c...

Sainsbury's-Asda deal - the impact on suppliers

The news that Sainsbury's and Asda, two of the UK's 'big four' supermarkets, are to merge, creating a new entity with a 30%+ market share, i...

Latest Interviews

Bonduelle "ready for more M&A" - interview with CFO Gregory Sanson 4 Oct 2017

Dean Best

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings and in which it struck a major acquisition - that of US produce group Ready Pac Foods. Dean Best spoke to Bonduelle CFO Grégory Sanson about the numbers, the company's outlook for the 2017/18 financial year and why it is ready for more M&A.


"We can really make a dent in the food industry" - Chris Laidlaw, CEO of Sanitarium's Life Health Foods UK, on new growth strategy 29 Aug 2017

Dean Best

Life Health Foods UK, a venture part-owned by Australian major Sanitarium, is embarking on a new strategy that has M&A at its centre and could see the business broaden its breakfast-portfolio into other categories. Dean Best spoke to Chris Laidlaw, the ex-Diageo executive recently-appointed to take the helm at Life Health Foods UK about the venture’s plans to be a European "house of foods".

Latest News

Comvita says potential acquisition deal from unnamed third party called off 21 May 18

Simon Harvey

Comvita said a potential acquisition of the New Zealand-based manuka honey supplier from an unnamed party has been called off due to differences over price.


French poultry firm Doux set for sale to LDC consortium 18 May 18

Stuart Todd

A French commercial court has chosen a consortium led by French poultry group LDC to take over ailing chicken processor Groupe Doux.


FrieslandCampina links up with Veris to invest in Ethiopia's Holland Dairy 18 May 18

Simon Harvey

Netherlands-based dairy giant FrieslandCampina has joined forces with Veris Investments in an undisclosed cash injection into Ethiopia's Holland Dairy.


Arla Foods' proposed Yeo Valley acquisition probed by UK competition watchdog 17 May 18

Simon Harvey

European dairy giant Arla Foods' proposed acquisition of part of UK dairy firm Yeo Valley is being examined by the country's competition watchdog.


Meat specialist Jean Caby attracts takeover interest that may safeguard future 17 May 18

Simon Harvey

France-based cooked meats specialist Jean Caby has received last-minute takeover interest that may ensure its survival having been under court protection since the end of last year.


Intersnack snaps up Tyrrells crisp brand from Hershey 17 May 18

Simon Harvey

Germany's Intersnack is acquiring Hershey's UK-based crisps business Tyrrells for an undisclosed sum, with ambitions to grow sales across international markets.

Latest blogs

Sainsbury's-Asda merger - UK watchdog sets wheels in motion 18 May 18

Dean Best

It was certain The UK's Competition and Markets Authority would look into the ramifications of the biggest corporate development in the country's grocery sector for more than a decade - and today (18 May) the watchdog sent out an invitation to comment.


Nestle strikes coffee tie-up with Starbucks 7 May 18

Dean Best

A year ago, Nestlé said coffee would be one of four "high-growth food and beverage categories" in which it would focus its "capital spending". Today (7 May), the Nescafé owner and world's-largest food maker announced a notable deal with Starbucks.



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