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How's sustainability influencing food M&A?

Ben Cooper looks at how sustainability considerations are influencing food industry mergers and acquisitions....

Nestle 2017 Investor Day - 5 things to learn

Nestle’s 2017 investor day had been much anticipated – and it did not disappoint. The event in London was the first of Nestle's annual inves...

Why did Post Holdings buy Bob Evans Farms?

In the largest M&A deal in the US packaged food sector in 2017, on Tuesday (19 September) Post Holdings announced the acquisition of bacon,...

Signs of changing M&A priorities at Nestle?

Nestle's investment in US coffee roaster and retailer Blue Bottle is another sign of a change in the food giant's M&A strategy since the arr...

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

Cedrob gets all-clear to buy Polish meat peer Silesia 20 Oct 17

Dean Best

Polish meat group Cedrob has been given regulatory clearance to acquire local processor Zakladami Miesnymi Silesia.


Arla merges with Swedish dairy Gefleortens 20 Oct 17

Dean Best

European dairy giant Arla Foods, which counts Sweden as among its largest markets, has struck a deal that will see local co-op Gefleortens merge into the business.


Germany's Fuchs Group acquires UK’s Bart Ingredients  19 Oct 17

Andy Coyne

Fuchs Group, Germany’s largest spice producer, has bought UK herbs and spices company Bart Ingredients. 


Italian confectioner Ferrero to buy US candy firm Ferrara 19 Oct 17

Andy Coyne

Italian confectionery business Ferrero has announced it is to acquire US firm Ferrara Candy Co. via an affiliated company.


Kraft Heinz to buy assets from Japan's Suntory 19 Oct 17

Dean Best

Kraft Heinz has struck a deal to acquire a range of food brands marketed in Australia and New Zealand, including Saxa salt and Gravox gravy, from Japan's Suntory Food & Beverage.


Savencia Fromage & Dairy takes majority stake in Russian cheesemaker Belebey 18 Oct 17

Stuart Todd

France's Savencia Fromage & Dairy has taken a majority stake in Russian cheese maker OAO Belebey, a subsidiary of the Neral Group.

Latest blogs

How are you feeling about 2018? 16 Oct 17

Dean Best

The food industry is going through a period of change not seen for generations - and we'd like to know how you plan to continue trying to navigate this state of flux next year.


Could Nestle be weighing up major M&A move outside food? 12 Oct 17

Dean Best

Pfizer has this week announced it is reviewing the options it has for its consumer healthcare business. Might Nestle be interested?

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