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Dunbia-Dawn Meats merger 'secures strategic Brexit hedge' Subscription

26 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Dunbia CEO Jim Dobson will run the jv, with Dawn Meats CEO Niall Browne acting as executive chairman

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McColl's Jonathan Miller 'open to supply deal with Booker' Subscription

25 May 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

McColl’s CEO Jonathan Miller said he would be open to a supply deal with Booker

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia form meat giant in UK with joint venture deal Subscription

24 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Irish meat processors Dawn Meats and Dunbia have agreed a strategic partnership to establish a majority-owned joint venture comprising of the UK operations of both organisations.

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SSP Group shares hit all-time high as BlackRock ups its stake Subscription

23 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

US asset management giant BlackRock has almost doubled its stake in SSP Group to close to 9%, sending shares in the travel food-to-go specialist to record highs.


Cafédirect targets fruit and herbal tea market with London Tea Co acquisition Subscription

22 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Ethical hot beverages producer Cafédirect has expanded its tea portfolio with the acquisition of The London Tea Company from Finlay Beverages for an undisclosed sum


Buoyant Booker defies Tesco deal distraction talk Subscription

19 May 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty, Alec Mattinson

Tesco’s proposed £3.7bn takeover of Booker has not distracted the wholesale giant as it delivered a 15% growth in pre-tax


Whitworths bailed out in £15m takeover by Turkish supplier Subscription

19 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

New Turkish owner Anatolia is “well aware of the challenges facing Whitworths”

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CAMRA concern over Marston’s takeover of Charles Wells Subscription

18 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The consumer group said it was wary of one company increasingly controlling a larger share of the market

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Marston’s buys Charles Wells’ Bedford brewery in £55m deal Subscription

18 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The sale sees ownership of Bombadier, Young’s and McEwan’s go to Marston’s


Whitworths snapped up by Turkish wholesaler Anatolia Subscription

16 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The merger between Anatolia and Whitworths, which creates one of Europe’s largest dried fruit, nut and seeds businesses, is the final step in a trading relationship dating back 38 years.

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Tayto paid £35k for Portlebay popcorn, administrator reveals Subscription

12 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Northern Irish crisps maker Tayto picked up premium popcorn brand Portlebay for just £35,000 in a pre-pack deal

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Seagold seals deal to buy Seachill factory in Grimsby Subscription

11 May 2017 | By Kevin White

Seagold’s Iceland-based owner Samherji promised to restart production and create new jobs

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Just Eat faces CMA in-depth inquiry into £200m Hungryhouse takeover Subscription

10 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The CMA is worried that the loss of competition from the combination of the two companies could lead to worse terms for restuarants who use either of the takeaway services

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Sibberi water brand acquired by mineral salt business Westlab Subscription

08 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Birch water brand Sibberi has been snapped up by Westlab Group as the bath mineral salts business seeks to tap into the growing clean living trend.


Heineken buys out California craft brewer Lagunitas Subscription

05 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Lagunitas founder Tony Magee will remain as executive chairman, taking an “advisory role” to Heineken on craft strategy

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Logista is 'logical' buyer as P&H is put up for sale Subscription

05 May 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Imperial owned Logista delivers both tobacco and non-tobacco products to 300,000 outlets in Europe

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Euro Garages strikes £75,000 deal for Gloucester forecourt Subscription

04 May 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The forecourt operator, whose partner brands include Starbucks and Greggs, has rebranded and reopened the filling station

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Appleby Westward buys four stores in Portsmouth and Southsea Subscription

04 May 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Follows acquisition of 63-strong Gilletts Callington chain last year


Boparan boosts waste creds of 2 Sisters with Crawshaws investment Subscription

28 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Ranjit Boparan is aiming to boost the waste credentials of his 2 Sisters Food Group thanks to a private investment in lossmaking value meat retail chain Crawshaws.

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Booker retailers undecided on merits of Tesco merger Subscription

28 Apr 2017 | By Adam Leyland

The majority of Booker retailers don’t know what to think about the deal

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Young's faces battle with PE to buy Icelandic Seachill Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Kevin White

It is understood Young’s is keen on a deal, and has been looking at the business for several months

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Soulmate Food acquired out of administration Subscription

25 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Online healthy food delivery company Soulmate Food has been bought out of administration by its management, securing all 43 jobs.

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Icelandic Group confirms plan to sell Seachill business Subscription

21 Apr 2017 | By Kevin White

Saucy Fish Co owner is in “great shape”, says CEO Simon Smith

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Post backs British growth potential for Weetabix stable Subscription

21 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

US cereal group Post Holdings has placed a £1.4bn bet on the post-Brexit opportunities for Weetabix

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LDC confirms secondary buyout at Addo Food Group Subscription

20 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but the deal – revealed exclusively by The Grocer last week – is understood to value Addo at upwards of £100m.

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Transfer rumour mill is nothing compared with what's going on in wholesale

05 May 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Will Morrisons buy the Co-op? Will the Co-op buy Nisa and Costcutter? And who will buy P&H?

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Post's purchase of Weetabix shows faith in post-Brexit Britain Subscription

21 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Weetabix is still a fundamentally British company not an international company based in Britain

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Dave Lewis still has work to do to sell the Booker deal Subscription

13 Apr 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco’s planned £3.7bn merger with Booker hung like a huge shadow over what was otherwise a resurgent set of results

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Why Reckitt Benckiser's food sell-off is part of a longer strategic game Subscription

03 Apr 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Fresh on the heels of Unilever’s reported plan to sell its problematic spreads division, Reckitt Benckiser has confirmed it is exploring the sale of its own food division

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'Sprexit' is not enough to satiate demanding Unilever investors Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Reports that Unilever is preparing to sell off its spreads business make sense as the group looks to return cash to shareholders, but ‘Sprexit’ alone won’t be enough to satisfy its increasingly demanding investors.

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Why some brands might benefit from 'foster care'

23 Mar 2017 | By Edwin Bessant

Mergers and acquisitions pose the question of how to maximise the value and growth potential of a portfolio of brands

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Polman must act. And fast. Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Adam Leyland

That was awkward. The barbarians are at the gate. Two days later they’ve sloped home

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Will Warren Buffett and his Kraft-Heinz mob be back? Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

The £115bn bid for Unilever has been called off, but it’s sent shockwaves through the fmcg sector

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Kraft Heinz wash-up will put ‘Persil Paul’ and Unilever growth in the spotlight Subscription

20 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

With the announcement that the offer is off the table from the Americans, we ask where does all this manouvering leave Unilever and Kraft Heinz?

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Unilever board speaks for many with rejection of Kraft Heinz overtures Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever’s strongly worded rejection of Kraft Heinz’s £115bn approach today did not sound like the words of a board about to roll over and accept a slightly higher offer.

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Kraft Heinz moves on Unilever: a sign of desperate times for big food? Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

What happens now? How likely is Kraft Heinz to up its bid price? And will CEO Paul Polman allow the company to slip from his control? 

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Kraft Heinz makes play for Unilever: analyst reactions Subscription

17 Feb 2017

Leading City analysts react to Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever

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