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Plenty to ponder as Mondelez changes CEO

One of the longest tenures at the top of a major food multinational is set to come to an end, with Irene Rosenfeld, the chairman and CEO of...

Focus: McCormick's spicy move for Reckitt's sauces

McCormick & Co. this week emerged as the buyer of Reckitt Benckiser's food assets, which include French's mustard and Frank's RedHot sauce....

Comment: Change was already on way at Nestle

Activist investors putting pressure on food companies is not new, especially not in recent years, although Nestle's stature in the industry...

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...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Intersnack on move for Butterkist 25 Jul 2017

Andy Coyne

Germany's Intersnack, already the second-largest savoury snacks supplier in the UK, has sought once again to expand its position in its largest market outside its own backyard through M&A. Last week, Intersnack, which owns UK crisp and nut business KP Snacks, announced a deal to buy the Butterkist popcorn brand from the private-equity-backed Tangerine Confectionery. just-food's Andy Coyne caught up with KP Snacks sales director Andy Riddle to find out more about the rationale for the company's move for Butterkist.


Danone CEO on "manifesto" and corporate moves 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.

Latest News

Brexit - UK proposes "no hard border" with Ireland 16 Aug 17

Dean Best

The UK today (16 August) announced it wants to see "no hard border in the movement of goods" between the country and Ireland, setting out its position on one of the thorniest Brexit issues.


US produce distributor IF&P bought by PE firm 16 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

Private-equity firm Rotunda Capital Partners has acquired US produce distributor IF&P for an undisclosed sum.


Smithfield Foods snaps up Kansas City Sausage Co 15 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

Smithfield Foods, the US meat processor owned by China's WH Group, has announced the full acquisition of Kansas City Sausage Company.


US activist investor Corvex 'buys stake in Danone' 15 Aug 17

Dean Best

US-based fund Corvex Management has reportedly emerged as a shareholder in Danone, with the activist investor said to believe the Activia and Alpro maker is undervalued.


Mars to buy Tasty Bite owner 15 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

Mars has signed an agreement to buy US ethnic cuisine business Preferred Brands International, which manufactures and sells Indian and Asian food products sold primarily under the Tasty Bite brand.


B&G hires ex-Amira CFO to strategy role 14 Aug 17

Andy Coyne

US-based B&G Foods, which owns the Green Giant range of products, has brought in Bruce Wacha as executive vice president of corporate strategy and business development.

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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