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Euro Garages completes takeover of 1,100 Italian Esso sites Subscription

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Last week Euro Garages agreed a £2.2bn deal for Kroger’s 800-strong US convenience store network

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Danone to reduce its 21.3% stake in Yakult Subscription

14 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Danone has announced it is to sell part of its 21.3% stake in Japanese probiotic yorhurt producer Yakult.

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SHS Group acquires Meridian and Rocks owner 3V Natural Foods Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Northern Irish consumer goods company SHS Group has acquired a majority stake in nut butter brand Meridian to add to its growing portfolio of brands, as tipped by The Grocer last month.

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William Reed and Valassis to offer NCS visitors exclusive deals Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

The partnership comes after William Reed bought the trademark Pro-Retail from PwC last month

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Nestlé acquires plant-based brand Terrafertil Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Nestlé has made further strides into the plant-based food sector with the acquisition of a majority stake in Latin American brand Terrafertil, which has a growing presence in the UK health market.

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Arla invests in organic with Yeo Valley dairy business deal Subscription

09 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Arla Foods has acquired the licence for Yeo Valley’s milk, cheese and spreads division in a “multimillion-pound” deal…

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Arla acquires Yeo Valley dairy business in bid to drive organic growth Subscription

08 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The deal gives farmer-owned dairy co-operative Arla the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads and cheese under an intellectual property licence

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Halewood buys Cornish rum brand Dead Man's Fingers Subscription

06 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The blend of Caribbean rums has an “exceptionally smooth taste” according to the brand’s founder Neythen Hayes…

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Euro Garages reveals US ambition with $2.2bn acquisition of Kroger convenience store network Subscription

05 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Petrol forecourt operator Euro Garages has snapped up the 800 strong convenience store network of retail giant Kroger for $2.2bn to gain access to the world’s largest fuel convenience market for the first time.

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Raisio mulls feed business sale and focus on healthy eating Subscription

02 Feb 2018

The group announced this week it was considering a sale of its cattle and fish feed businesses

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Time runs out for sale of Connect Group book division Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

Terms of the deal required completion by 31 January at the latest

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Total Produce buys 45% stake in Dole Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Dole is market leader for bananas in North America

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Food & drink M&A already building on value spikes of 2017 Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

A flurry of sizeable food and drink deals in the first weeks of 2018 is building on the momentum of last year, which saw a sharp spike in values driven by mega-deals involving FTSE 100 giants Tesco, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.

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Sainsbury's takes Nectar in-house with Aimia UK acquisition Subscription

01 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

The deal allows the supermarket group full and independent operation of the Nectar loyalty programme in the UK

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Raisio starts talks over feed business sale as part of wider restructure Subscription

31 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Finnish food group Raisio is plotting the sale of its feed business as part of a wider restructure of the struggling business to focus on healthy foods.

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Keurig Green Mountain swallows Dr Pepper Snapple for $19bn in biggest ever soft drinks deal Subscription

30 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Consumer group JAB Holding has agreed to acquire Dr Pepper Snapple for almost $19bn (£13.5bn) to merge the soft drinks giant with its own Keurig Green Mountain coffee business.

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Faccenda and Cargill unveil Avara Foods poultry joint venture Subscription

30 Jan 2018 | By Kevin White

Business will be owned equally between Cargill and Faccenda

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Fairfields Farm bags crisps and popcorn brand Ten Acre Subscription

26 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Potato grower Fairfields Farm has taken over crisps and popcorn manufacturer Ten Acre as it plans to ramp up expansion overseas.

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Bacardi snaps up posh tequila Patrón in $5.1bn deal Subscription

23 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Bacardi said the deal would make it ‘the number one spirits player in the super-premium segment in the US’…

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Candy Kittens sells stake to German confectionery giant Katjes Video Subscription

23 Jan 2018 | By Julia Glotz

Candy Kittens, the UK sweets startup co-founded by Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, has sold a “significant” minority stake to German confectionery company Katjes Fassin.

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SHS Group tipped to be closing in on Meridian Subscription

19 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Nut butter brand Meridian is close to a £50m takeover, with SHS Group poised to win the highly competitive auction.

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Sysco Corporation agrees deal to take over Kent Frozen Foods Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

The acquisition of KFF is subject to Competition & Markets Authority approval…

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Birds Eye owner Nomad swoops for Goodfella's Pizza in £200m deal Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Birds Eye owner Nomad Foods has agreed to acquire Goodfella’s Pizza from 2 Sisters Food Group for €225m (£199m) to expand its frozen food empire.

Refresco

Refresco provisionally cleared for Cott acquisition after UK factory sale pledge Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Bottling giant Refresco has been given the provisional green light to complete its acquisition of fellow bottling firm Cott after offering to sell a UK factory.

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Henderson deal for five McColl's stores examined by CMA Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

Interested parties have until 26 January to submit their comments to the CMA

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Goodfella's sale plots new course for 2 Sisters Subscription

19 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

2 Sisters’ dastardly plot to corrupt MPs with a packet of biscuits may have caused some embarrassing headlines this week, but the sale of its Goodfella’s pizza brand to Nomad is a genuinely significant moment in the evolution of the UK’s second-largest food business.

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Seismic fmcg portfolio shifts loom in 2018

17 Jan 2018 | By Warren Ackerman

The speed of change in fmcg is forcing companies to try to ascertain where they will still have competitive advantages…

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Shares hold steady in a 2017 dominated by M&A activity Subscription

04 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The economic and political fallout from Brexit and a Trump White House reverberated throughout last year

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2017's mega-deals in review - Akeel Sachak

22 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

As 2017 draws to a close, we can wave goodbye to another buoyant year for M&A activity, says Akeel Sachak, the global head of consumer for Rothschild.

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Five key deals to sum up food and drink M&A in 2017

21 Dec 2017

Catalyst Corporate Finance directors Simon Peacock and Charles Lanceley identify five of the year’s most significant deals, each illustrating trends underpinning M&A activity in food and drink during 2017.

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A bleak Christmas for opponents of the rubberstamped Tesco-Booker deal Subscription

21 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

For bitter opponents, reading the CMA’s verdict must feel like an untimely dose of the norovirus

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An interesting year for food & drink M&A - Shaun Browne

21 Dec 2017

The underlying performance of many UK food manufacturers has been mixed, with many companies not achieving the ambitious targets they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Despite this, the quantum of M&A activity in the sector has been broadly consistent with 2016.

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Does Casino mean Ocado's hi-tech gamble has paid off? Subscription

05 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The investment at Andover now looks prescient rather than risky

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Is the Waitrose of the north about to become just that? Subscription

05 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Rumours over a Booths sale have put both John Lewis and Amazon in the frame, but stores are no longer such hot property

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Nisa agrees to £137m Co-op bid: Nisa members react Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Paul Cheema, Roger Higgins and Kishor Patel share their thoughts on today’s historic vote

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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?…

Whole Foods

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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