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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...

How Nestle's US candy review has divided analysts

Confectionery, particularly chocolate, is one of Nestle's flagship businesses and has often been the subject of speculation among industry w...

Analysis: Stonyfield race not yet run

Chinese dairy giant Yili has declared its interest in buying Stonyfield but just-food columnist Victor Martino contends there could be more...

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Interview: US snacks firm Beanfields gets backing 12 May 2017

Dean Best

Powerplant Ventures, the US private-equity firm formed two years ago to back companies "reinventing the food system", has made its latest investment, leading a consortium that has acquired a majority stake in local tortilla chip business Beanfields Snacks. Mark Rampolla, the man behind coconut water brand Zico, is one of the founders of Powerplant Ventures and will be co-chairman of Beanfield. He talked to Dean Best about Powerplant Ventures' investment strategy, plans for Beanfield and how a US gang intervention programme is involved in the deal.


Interview: D's Naturals on General Mills backing 1 May 2017

Katy Askew

D's Naturals has developed rapidly from its inception just two years ago. Today, the US plant-based protein bar maker generates around US$10m in sales and has attracted investment from General Mills investment arm, 301 Inc. Founder Daniel Katz – or D as he is also known – spoke to just-food's Katy Askew about the development of the business and its prospects.

Latest News

Nestle sets out growth priorities 28 Jun 17

Dean Best

Nestle has outlined where it plans to focus its resources on trying to drive growth, including in the consumer health sector, just days after an activist investor bought a stake in the world's largest food maker and called on the business to shake up its "staid culture".


Fresh Del Monte, Del Monte Pacific in chilled JV 28 Jun 17

Dean Best

US-based Fresh Del Monte and Asia-based peer Del Monte Pacific have settled legal action between the two businesses and moved to form a joint venture to market chilled products in the retail sector.


Greencore buys UK sandwich factory 28 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore has acquired a factory from UK firm Tasties of Chester, the makers of the Street Eats brand, for an undisclosed sum.


US firm Stampede Meat sold to private-equity firm 28 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

US private-equity company Wynnchurch Capital has acquired local meat processing business Stampede Meat for an undisclosed sum.


Scandi Standard acquires Ireland's Manor Farm 27 Jun 17

Katy Askew

Nordic poultry group Scandi Standard has struck an agreement to buy Manor Farm in a cash-and-shares deal that values Ireland's largest chicken processor at about EUR94m (US$105.2m).


Nestle feels heat from activist investor 26 Jun 17

Katy Askew

Third Point, a US hedge fund controlled by Daniel Loeb, has taken a CHF3.28bn (US$3.38bn) stake in Nestle - equivalent to about 1% of shares - and called for a strategy shake-up at the Swiss food giant.

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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