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Should Nestle buy Hain Celestial?

Nestle was this week reportedly said to be eyeing a possible takeover bid for US natural and organic products group Hain Celestial - but wou...

Suppliers mull Booker and Nisa takeovers

Two prospective takeovers in the UK grocery retail channel have shaken the sector, with food manufacturers weighing up the consequences. Sim...

Focus: Eyeing Asia, Saputo buys Aussie dairy giant

Dean Best weighs up why Saputo has moved to buy the embattled Australian dairy group....

Seachill a good catch for UK meat firm Hilton

Hilton Food Group's acquisition of Seachill, announced last week, confirmed the UK meat processor's interest in the local seafood group, whi...

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

Dutch group Izico buys UK vegetarian foods maker Goodlife 24 Nov 17

Simon Harvey

Dutch frozen snack company Izico Food Group has added to its business in the UK with the acquisition of vegetarian foods supplier Goodlife Foods.


Lotte Confectionery to buy India's Havmor Ice Cream 24 Nov 17

Dean Best

South Korea's Lotte Confectionery has struck a deal to buy India-based Havmor Ice Cream.


BerryWorld and Beekers merge following lengthy JV 24 Nov 17

Andy Coyne

BerryWorld Group, the UK based soft fruit specialist, and Beekers Holdings from The Netherlands are to merge after a ten-year joint venture.


Neerlands Glorie Vegetable and Fruit buys majority of Foodeko 24 Nov 17

Dean Best

Neerlands Glorie Vegetable and Fruit - the Dutch holding company behind vegetables, beans and applesauce business HAK, has acquired a 51% stake in German distributor Foodeko for an undisclosed sum.


Canada's Premium Brands Holdings unveils more acquisitions 22 Nov 17

Dean Best

M&A-hungry, Canada-based food manufacturer Premium Brands Holdings has snapped up two more businesses and invested in another.


Danish Crown buys into South African foodservice sector 22 Nov 17

Andy Coyne

Danish Crown has acquired a majority stake in the South African foodservice business Overberg Food Distributors. 

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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