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KK Fine Foods

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

Innis & Gunn

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

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Moy Park sold to US chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride in $1bn deal Subscription

11 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Moy Park has been sold by its scandal-hit Brazilian owner JBS to Pilgrim’s Pride, the second biggest poultry producer in the US

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Tulip expands UK base with acquisition of Easey Holdings Subscription

11 Sep 2017 | By Kevin White

Danish Crown-owned Tulip completed the acquisition on 8 September, subject to CMA approval


City snapshot: ABF buys Italian balsamic vinegar producer Acetum Subscription

11 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Associated British Foods has acquired Acetum, an Italian producer of balsamic vinegar of Modena, as it upgrades its full-year earnings forecast due to the weak pound.

Sweet Earth

Nestlé hopes to tap vegan boom with Sweet Earth acquisition Subscription

08 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Nestlé is the latest global fmcg giant to snap up a plant-based food business as it hope to re-energise flagging sales by tapping booming consumer demand for vegetarian and vegan products.

Nisa sale players

Nisa members would prefer Sainsbury's deal to Co-op Subscription

08 Sep 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Nisa members would prefer a sale to Sainsbury’s than the Co-op, an exclusive new poll for The Grocer has found

Sebastian Pole and Tim Westwell

Unilever snaps up fast-growing tea brand Pukka Herbs Subscription

07 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The deal for an undisclosed sum ’came down to scale and sustainability’ said Pukka

Orange soft drink

Refresco shareholders approve £1bn takeover of Cott's bottling operations Subscription

06 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Refresco shareholders have given the Dutch soft drinks bottler and contract packer the green light for its $1.3bn (£1bn) takeover of the bottling operations of Canadian drinks manufacturer Cott.

Waitrose home-baking

150 jobs saved as Waitrose cake maker More Food acquired in pre-pack deal Subscription

05 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

A rescue deal at Waitrose and Budgens cake supplier More Food has saved 150 jobs after rising commodity prices following the Brexit vote and substantial costs related to a move to new facilities squeezed the business.

Innis & Gunn brewery

Innis & Gunn seeks green light to sell £15m stake to US private equity firm Subscription

05 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Innis & Gunn has followed in the footsteps of fellow Scottish craft brewer BrewDog and attracted the interest of a US private equity firm

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Forecourt operator MRH buys Chartman Retail Subscription

05 Sep 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

MRH said the deal was part of its plans to expand into the south west of the UK…

McBride factory

McBride swoops for £10.8m Danish firm Danlind Subscription

04 Sep 2017 Updated: 05 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Private label household goods manufacturer McBride has bought Danish dish-wash and laundry products firm Danlind for a cash consideration of £10.8m.

Michael O'Loughlin

Michael O'Loughlin to lead acquisitions at Motor Fuel Group Subscription

04 Sep 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

O’Loughlin left Applegreen in December 2016, after eight years as managing director of its UK business

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C&C Group takes stake in pub group Admiral Taverns Subscription

04 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Magners and Tennent’s brewer C&C Group has bought a 47% stake in UK pub group Admiral Taverns as part of its acquisition by US investment fund Proprium Capital Partners.

L'Or and Carte Noire

JDE recoups £12.4m Carte Noire loss with L'Or instant success Subscription

01 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

L’Or instant racked up £12.6m in value sales in its first six months

Little Dish founder Hillary Graves and CEO Dean Brown

Little Dish heads to US in £17m deal with Profile Capital Subscription

01 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Profile Capital has acquired a majority stake in Little Dish valuing the healthy children’s food brand at $21.5m (£17m)

Kraft Heinz

Warren Buffett rules out second Kraft Heinz approach for Unilever and says 'no' to Mondelez bid Subscription

31 Aug 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Kraft Heinz backer Warren Buffett has ruled out a second tilt at Unilever and quashed rumours that the food conglomerate’s next target is a reunification with Mondelez.

amazon fresh

Amazon adds range of Whole Foods Market lines to UK site

30 Aug 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Nearly 450 products have appeared on AmazonFresh shortly after Whole Foods lines went live on US sites


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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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

Heron foods

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

Steve Parfett

The merits of cooperation

20 Jul 2017 | By Steve Parfett

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

OCANDC Global 50 mergers

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

Whole Food Market

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

nisa store of the future

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?

Arnold Ma

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

Dunbia meat

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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