Mergers and acquisitions in fmcg and retail

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Mike Coupe and Roger Burnley Sainsbury's-Asda merger

Coupe and Burnley take a battering – but will the CMA take notice? Subscription

The pair suffered the mother of all grillings at the hands of MPs today, but it remains to be seen what impact the hearing will have on the deal’s competition clearance

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Poundland offers Poundworld staff guaranteed job interviews

18 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

It has set up a dedicated email address for affected Poundworld workers to contact it about vacancies


City snapshot: Coca-Cola mulls £3bn swoop for GSK’s Horlicks Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Coca-Cola is reported to be one of the clutch of multinational fmcg firms lining up to bid for Horlicks after GlaxoSmithKline decided to sell the 145-year old business. Plus, packaging firm DS Smith posts strong rise in sales and profits, Heineken to invest £40m in UK pubs and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Sainsbury's letter promises suppliers great opportunities Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s letter to suppliers promises ‘opportunity to streamline’ and to develop differentiated product ranges


Booths abandons sale plan in favour of driving recovery Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The chain, which has 28 stores, appointed investment bank Rothschild in November to examine options including a sale

Real Pork Crackling

Tayto expands again with buyout of The Real Pork Crackling Co Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The Northern Irish snacking group has purchased the company from owner Chris Cunliffe for an undisclosed sum.

Asda's Roger Burnley and Sainsbury's Mike Coupe

MPs to grill Asda and Sainsbury's chiefs over merger plans Subscription

13 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The supermarket bosses will appear before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee next Wednesday

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Flurry of deals in petfood reflects category gentrification Subscription

12 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Deals like Mars’ acquisition of AniCura show the gentrification of the petcare category has truly begun in earnest, says food & drink editor Daniel Selwood

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Poundworld collapses into administration Subscription

11 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Talks with potential buyer RCapital collapsed over the weekend, putting around 5,100 jobs at risk

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William Jackson Food Group pledges to reinvest Aunt Bessie's cash Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

William Jackson Food Group has pledged to plough cash back into the business after agreeing a bumper £210m sale of its key Aunt Bessie’s brand to Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods

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Poundworld buys time with intention to appoint administrators Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The process gives the chain 10 working days’ protection from creditors, after which an administrator will be appointed


CMA launches phase one inquiry into MFG's takeover of MRH Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

The CMA’s decision on whether to wave the deal through or proceed to a more in-depth phase two inquiry is expected by 6 August.

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Prospective buyer of Poundworld reported to have withdrawn Subscription

06 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Alteri Investors pulled out of negotiations within the last 24 hours, according to Sky News


Tulip buys Netherlands-based bacon producer Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Danish meat giant Tulip Food Company has agreed to acquire Dutch bacon producer Baconspecialist Zandbergen.

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Toilet and kitchen paper manufacturer WEPA buys private label supplier Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Toilet paper and kitchen roll manufacturer WEPA has bought out its Northwood & WEPA joint venture

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Nomad agrees €240m deal to buy Aunt Bessie’s from William Jackson Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods has announced it has agreed to buy frozen potato and Yorkshire puddings brand Aunt Bessie’s

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Nestlé acquires Welsh bottled water company Princes Gate Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Nestlé Waters, which is known for its Buxton and Pure Life brands, has acquired a majority stake in Princes Gate Spring Water Ltd

Soulmate Food

Soulmate Food bought out of administration by Kettlebell Kitchen Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Online healthy food delivery company Soulmate Food has been bought out of administration by health food supplier Kettlebell Kitchen, saving around 20 jobs


Pret a Manger takeover: what the £1.5bn JAB deal means

04 Jun 2018 Updated: 05 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

MCA executive director and ex-Pret senior operations manager Simon Stenning explains how JAB’s acquisition will affect the UK food-to-go chain

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Gressingham Foods buys Yorkshire Game in administration rescue deal Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Wild meat producer Yorkshire Game has been bought by Gressingham Game after entering administration, saving 23 jobs


Pret a Manger readies US push after £1.5bn JAB deal Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The deal will see JAB assume control of Pret after a decade of ownership by private equity group Bridgepoint



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