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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...

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...

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

Cargill-Faccenda JV over one hurdle with Brussels approval 17 Nov 17

Andy Coyne

The planned merger between US agri-food giant Cargill's UK chicken business and British meat producer Faccenda has been given the all-clear by the European Commission.


Australian dairy business Paris Creek sold to investment firm 16 Nov 17

Andy Coyne

Australian organic dairy business B-d. Farm Paris Creek has been acquired by investment company Primary Opinion for AUD34m (US$25.8m).


Dangote sells batch of assets to De United Foods Industries 16 Nov 17

Dean Best

Nigerian food company Dangote Flour Mills has struck a deal to sell parts of its noodle business to local peer De United Foods Industries.


France's Agrial poised to acquire fellow charcuterie maker Tallec 15 Nov 17

Stuart Todd

France's Agrial is poised to make its second acquisition in charcuterie this year with the purchase of Brittany-based family firm Tallec.


Peruvian fruit firm Camposol plans $345m dual share listing 15 Nov 17

Simon Harvey

Peruvian fruit company Camposol Holding is planning a US$345m initial public offering of shares to be listed on both the New York and Lima stock exchanges.


Acquisitive Premium Brands Holdings expects "busy" 2018 15 Nov 17

Dean Best

Canada's Premium Brands Holdings expects to close more acquisitions in the remaining weeks of 2017 - and expects a "busy" 12 months of deal-making next year, the company's president and CEO has said.

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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