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Germany's Fuchs Group spices up portfolio with acquisition of Bart Ingredients Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Bart Ingredients has been acquired by Germany’s largest spice producer for an undisclosed fee.

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Refresco enters talks with PAI over £1.4bn takeover bid Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Soft drinks bottler Refresco has entered negotiations with PAI Partners after weighing up a renewed €1.6bn (£1.4bn) takeover bid from the French private equity giant earlier this month.

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Hippeas bags $10m backing from US investor scale expansion Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Chickpea snack maker Hippeas has secured $10m (£7.6m) from specialist US food and drink investment firm CAVU Venture Partners to accelerate its global expansion and turn the brand into a household name.


P&H would need to "restructure" if it lost Tesco contract Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The delivered wholesaler made the admission during a hearing with the Competition & Markets Authority


Wholesaler Kitwave leaves Sugro to join Today's Group Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

Leicester-based cash & carry operator Gilsons Foods is also rejoining Today’s

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Burton's mulls Fox's tie-up as sales plunge Subscription

13 Oct 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

With a long-mooted tie-up with Fox’s Biscuits in an IPO reportedly back on the cards, newly filed accounts for Burton’s Biscuits show sales and underlying profitability has fallen once again.

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Just Eat shares jump as CMA paves way for £200m Hungry House takeover Subscription

12 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Shares have soared more than 6% at takeaway delivery service Just Eat after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) gave the £200m takeover of Hungry House the all clear.

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Co-op’s £143m bid for Nisa to be put to the vote by members Subscription

10 Oct 2017 | By Adam Leyland

It’s up to members now to decide as Nisa recommends Co-op’s offer

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Wholesalers unite to urge CMA to block Tesco-Booker deal Subscription

06 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Wholesalers warn merger would harm suppliers and result in higher prices

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Sandpiper deal for iQ approved by Channel Islands authority Subscription

06 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The music and computer retailer operates in both Jersey and Guernsey

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PAI makes revised offer for Refresco

06 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Soft drinks bottler Refresco is weighing up a renewed €1.6bn (£1.4bn) takeover bid from private equity giant PAI Partners

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Innis & Gunn adds three to its board in wake of private equity sale Subscription

02 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Scottish craft brewer has added three directors to its board following the completion of its minority sale to global private equity house L Catterton last month.


Departure of Nisa CEO Nick Read 'will not impact Co-op bid' Subscription

02 Oct 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Nisa confirmed on Saturday that Read was stepping down at a crucial time for the buying group

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia merger receives regulatory green light Subscription

29 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Dawn Meats and Dunbia have completed the merger of their UK businesses after receiving the go-ahead from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

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MRH buys Dorset-based Peregrine Retail's five forecourts Subscription

28 Sep 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The petrol station operator acquires the sites in Kingsclere, Wellington, Blackhorse, Windmill and Bridgwater


Meridian eyes PE cash to fuel nut butter sales Subscription

28 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Spreads business Meridian has hired corporate advisors to explore sale options

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Metcalfe's Skinny owner Kettle Foods acquires Cornpoppers popcorn brand Subscription

26 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Snack producer Kettle Foods has expanded its popcorn footprint with the acquisition of Cornpoppers for an undisclosed price.

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KK Fine Foods to invest in jobs and growth after acquisition by Belgian ready meal firm Subscription

18 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Fast growing chilled and frozen ready meal supplier KK Fine Foods expects to double turnover and create 200 jobs after the sale of a 90% majority stake to a Belgian firm.

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SHS Group completes acquisition of Standard Brands Subscription

18 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The deal sees Zip firelighters join the SHS portfolio

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Innis & Gunn shareholders approve £15m minority sale to PE firm Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Shareholders at Innis & Gunn have waved through the £15m sale of a significant stake in the Scottish craft brewery to private equity house L Catterton.


Brookfield and Carlyle in frame to buy P&H Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty, Edward Devlin

According to Sky News the two firms are among a number of parties who have tabled offers for P&H


Moy Park sold to Pilgrim's in speedy related-party deal Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Under-fire JBS shocked the industry – and Moy Park management – in June when it revealed it was off-loading the business

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Whey Box secures £250k growth funds to tap protein boom Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The business started trading a year ago to tap booming demand in the sports nutrition market

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Armitage Pet Care snapped up by Rutland Partners Subscription

13 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Premium pet food and accessories group Armitage Pet Care has been taken over by private equity firm Rutland Partners for an undisclosed price.

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Motor Fuel Group snaps up Manor Service Stations Subscription

13 Sep 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The deal for an undisclosed fee will complete on 3 October


Aspall Cyder and Molson Coors: a sign of cider's promise? Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

What do rumours of a high-profile buyout say about the brands and the increasingly consolidated cider market?…

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Whole Foods price cuts just the beginning Amazon vows Video Subscription

01 Sep 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

How much should we read into early Whole Pay Check price cuts?

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You are wrong, wrong, wrong on Tesco-Booker, CMA!

17 Aug 2017 | By Steve Parfett

I am furious that, even at this second stage, the CMA has completely and utterly failed to grasp the key issues

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All you need to know about the B&M takeover of Heron Foods Subscription

10 Aug 2017 | By Edward Devlin

What is the rationale behind the latest convenience shake-up?


Goodnight Irene. And good riddance

04 Aug 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Irene Rosenfeld’s legacy in the UK is the personification not only of vulture capitalism but corporate inauthenticity

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The merits of cooperation

20 Jul 2017 | By Steve Parfett

Competition in the grocery trade is notoriously fierce, and rightly so

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OC&C Global 50: M&A lever yet to be pulled Subscription

07 Jul 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Forecasts of 3G Capital’s rivals reacting to its deal-making with large-scale consolidations of their own have come to very little as Global 50 M&A slumped last year

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What the Whole Foods tie-up will mean for Amazon Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Amazon’s food armoury had lacked crucial weapons. Not any more

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Sainsbury's closes in on Nisa but will members say yes? Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Sainsbury’s is now in a one-horse race to buy Nisa – but could still lose


Nisa sale: what you need to know Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

It’s talking to interested parties, so why is it up for sale, who’s in the running, and what of the mutuality question?

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Learn from Weetabix in China

08 Jun 2017 | By Arnold Ma

The recent sale of Weetabix to US company Post Holdings reminds us of how Weetabix struggled to gain share in China

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Dawn Meats-Dunbia deal: the big questions answered Subscription

02 Jun 2017 | By Edward Devlin

What does the alliance mean for rivals, for the meat industry and for consumers? And what Brexit factors are at play?

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