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2017 - the year in food industry M&A

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector du...

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....

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

Unilever accepts KKR offer for spreads unit 15 Dec 17

Dean Best

Unilever has accepted an offer for its spreads arm from private-equity firm KKR.


Snyder's-Lance said to be on Campbell Soup's acquisition radar 15 Dec 17

Simon Harvey

US snacks firm Snyder's-Lance is said to have hired an investment bank to look into an offer to buy the company from food peer Campbell Soup Co.


Kraft Heinz offers disposals for Cerebos deal OK 15 Dec 17

Dean Best

Kraft Heinz has put forward a range of assets it is willing to offload to secure regulatory clearance in New Zealand for its planned acquisition of a clutch of local brands from Japanese giant Suntory.


Unilever signs deal to manufacture food in Iran 14 Dec 17

Dean Best

Unilever plans to set up a joint venture in Iran to make and market food in the country.


Danish Crown's acquisition of Easey Holdings green-lighted by UK competition watchdog 14 Dec 17

Andy Coyne

The acquisition of UK pig producer Easey Holdings by Tulip, a British subsidiary of Denmark meat giant Danish Crown, has been approved by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).


South Africa's Pioneer buys Lizi's granola owner The Good Carb Food Company 13 Dec 17

Simon Harvey

South Africa's Pioneer Food Group has made another acquisition in the UK, snapping up The Good Carb Food Company, which owns granola brand Lizi's.

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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