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CMA vows to investigate Tesco-Booker impact on P&H Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The CMA has received complaints from a number of third parties about the potentially crushing impact…

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KP debuts in popcorn with vow to restore growth to Butterkist Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

KP Snacks CEO Mark Thorpe is confident of reigniting strong growth at Butterkist

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Unilever spreads & Dairy Crest combo 'attractive to PE' Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White, Edward Devlin

Could a private equity-led merger of the Unilever spreads business and Dairy Crest be on the cards later this year?…


Hefty McCormick deal for Schwartz stuns analysts Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Schwartz herbs and spices manufacturer McCormick swooped to buy the Reckitt Benckiser food division for a “staggering” $4….


GlaxoSmithKline announces plans to sell Horlicks in UK Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

GSK said it would also sell its MaxiNutrition division, which manufactures the Maximuscle brand

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Bristows and Tuckers bonbon maker fails again with 52 redundancies Subscription

19 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The future of the Bristows and Tuckers confectionery brands hang in the balance after a failed turnaround bid sent the business under for the second time in less than a year.

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Stock Spirits acquires £16m stake in Quintessential Brands Irish whiskey division Subscription

17 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

London-listed Stock Spirits Group has struck a deal to acquire a 25% stake in the Irish whiskey division of Quintessential Brands Group for up to up to €18.3m (£16m) in cash.

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Unilever acquisition of Reckitt Benckiser food brands would be a strategic misstep - analysts Subscription

17 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

A £2bn-plus Unilever approach for the food business of Reckitt Benckiser, made up of French’s Mustard and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, would be ‘surprising’, ‘disappointing’ and strategically inconsistent, according to City analysts.

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KP Snacks acquires Butterkist to break into popcorn market Subscription

17 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Butterkist’s manufacturing site in West Yorkshire and its 140 employees will become part of the KP Snacks business following the acquisition.


Kennelpak picked up by PE firm Endless' Enact fund Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Kennelpak is headquartered in Nottingham, where it employees 275 staff, and generated sales of more than £23m in the year ended 31 March 2017.


Nisa members 'wait and see' over Sainsbury's takeover Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Exclusive new research for The Grocer reveals more Nisa retailers are in favour of a deal than against it, but still all to play for

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Chivas Brothers sells Glenallachie distillery and brands Subscription

13 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Pernod Ricard said the disposal was “in line with its strategy to focus on its priority spirits and wine brands”

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Tasties of Chester rescue deal saves 188 jobs as former Adelie CEO takes over business Subscription

12 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Almost 200 jobs have been saved at food-to-go operator Tasties of Chester after former Adelie Foods CEO Gavin Cox put together a rescue deal with administrators.


Food and drinks manufacturing deals slump by a quarter in 2016 Subscription

10 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

M&A activity in the UK food and drinks manufacturing sector slumped last year as the fallout from Brexit squeezed profits and put off buyers, according to a new report.

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Ocado: Amazon-Whole Foods deal to 'drive partnership demand' Subscription

06 Jul 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

CEO Tim Steiner insists the bricks-and-mortar tie-up will drive other retailers to develop an online presence

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Wyke Farms and Omsco form jv and plan organic cheese brand Subscription

05 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Deal will allow the two businesses to ‘capitalise on the growth of the organic market on a global scale’

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Applegreen gets go-ahead for Topaz Energy deal Subscription

05 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Ireland’s compeition watchdog finds 50% stake won’t substantially lessen competition

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Sainsbury's-Nisa deal 'risky' without McColl's renewal Subscription

04 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Analyst says McColl’s is in “strong strategic position” as it contract with Nisa comes up for renewal.

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Sally Abbott made managing director of Weetabix UK & Ireland Subscription

03 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Her previous position has been filled by Francesca Davies, now marketing director for UK & Ireland

Around Noon

Around Noon expands UK presence with Chef in a Box deal Subscription

03 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The purchase of Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group will allow Around Noon to gain a strong foothold in greater London and provide a platform for further UK expansion.

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Ole & Steen set for UK roll-out under new ownership Subscription

03 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Danish bakery chain Ole & Steen, which opened its first international store in London at the end of 2016, has been acquired by a new private equity owner for an undisclosed sum.

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Carlsberg UK buys London Fields Brewery Subscription

03 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand will be run as a joint venture between Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery

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‘Business as usual’ for Premier Foods despite merger claims Subscription

30 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The Mr Kipling owner responded yesterday to the WSJ’s claim it was exploring radical options

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MBO team at Thomas J Fudge's moves on following review Subscription

30 Jun 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The management team behind a buyout at Thomas J Fudge’s Remarkable Bakery have sold their stakes and left the brand amid a shake-up by private equity backer Livingbridge, The Grocer can reveal.

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City snapshot: Tesco/Booker request swift move to in-depth competition investigation Subscription

29 Jun 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco and Booker have requested that the Competition and Markets Authority fast track its investigation into deal to a more in-depth phase 2 investigation. Plus Greene King raises revenues despite “demanding backdrop”, DS Smith swoops for US packaging firm and all the rest of the latest news from the City

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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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Judgment day now looms for Tesco-Booker Subscription

30 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Now it is time for the industry to respond with its observations and objections

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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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