Blog: Dean BestJohn West, Rachel's Organic join M&A merry-go-round

Dean Best | 28 July 2010

The M&A merry-go-round continues to spin with two more notable deals involving some household brands.

This morning (28 July), private-equity firm Trilantic Capital agreed to sell MWBrands, the owner of brands including John West tuna, to Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF) for EUR680m.

The deal, once it closes, will see TUF become one of the world's largest seafood processors and have a larger presence in Europe. The region will now account for 30% of sales, rather than just 11%.

A few hours later, US dairy giant Dean Foods confirmed to just-food that it had agreed to offload Rachel's Organic, the UK organic dairy business.

Lactalis, one of Europe's largest dairy processors, will be Rachel's new owner, adding the brand to a stable that includes Seriously in the UK and global labels like President and Galbani.


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