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Costa

City snapshot: Whitbread announces Costa spin-off plan Subscription

25 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

Whitbread has announced its intention to demerge Costa following pressure from activist American investors. Plus, on a busy morning, first quarter results from Glanbia, annual figures from butchers Crawshaw, AGM statements from British American Tobacco and Nichols and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

Nisa

City snapshot: CMA clears £137.5m Co-op deal with Nisa Retail Subscription

24 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled on the proposed £137.5m merger of The Co-operative Group with Nisa Retail, which it said did not give rise to competition concerns.

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Real Good Food completes sale of ingredients arm to address losses Subscription

23 Apr 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Cake and decorations specialist Real Good Food has sold its ingredients business Garrett’s as part of its cost-reduction efforts. 

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Co-op's Nisa takeover gets green light from the CMA Subscription

23 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Co-op now expects the deal to be fully completed early next month, after Competition & Markets Authority waved through the £137.5m takeover 

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First Milk to sell off Arran and Campbeltown creameries Subscription

18 Apr 2018 | By Kevin White

The dairy co-op said the two sites were no longer a “strategic fit” for the business, however, the move has raised concerns over the future of dairy farming in the region

Hawkes

BrewDog buys 'urban cider' brand Hawkes for undisclosed sum Subscription

11 Apr 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Hawkes’ founder Simon Wright will remain at its helm and existing staff retain their roles…

Bargain Booze

Conviviality confirms £7.25m retail sale to Bestway Subscription

09 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

Stricken Conviviality has confirmed the £7.25m sale of Conviviality Retail to Bestway, including the Bargain Booze, Select Convenience, Wine Rack and Central Convenience chains.

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Exclusive: Bestway set to acquire Conviviality Retail in £7.25m pre-pack deal on Monday Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Wholesaler’s intervention looks to have saved 2,000 jobs, in knockdown deal set to be rubber-stamped next week

MRH Norwich South-Complete

MRH profits up ahead of Motor Fuel Group takeover Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

MRH has reported a double-digit rise in sales and profits for the year to 1 October 2017

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Single buyer unlikely for Blakemore depots Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Andrew Don

The wholesaler this week confirmed plans to sell its cash & carries, eight months after the story first emerged.

Conviviality

City snapshot: Conviviality confirms C&C Group wholesale deal Subscription

05 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

Conviviality put out a statement after hours confirming it had sold its Conviviality Direct business to C&C Group after putting the division into administration with PWC. Plus, Ahold Delhaize CEO to step down and all the latest news from the City.

Matthew Clark

C&C Group completes Matthew Clark and Bibendum rescue Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Magners owner C&C Group has completed a deal to assume full ownership of the Matthew Clark and Bibendum wholesale businesses belonging to beleaguered Conviviality.

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C&C Group in talks to buy Conviviality's Matthew Clark and Bibendum Video Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

C&C Group, with the support of AB InBev, is in advanced talks to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum from stricken Conviviality for a nominal sum.

Blakemore Wholesale

AF Blakemore confirms plans to sell its cash & carry division Subscription

03 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Rumours of a sale first emerged last August…when the wholesaler appointed KPMG to look into the sale of its cash & carry operation

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Refresco-Cott merger greenlit following offer to sell plant Subscription

30 Mar 2018 | By Andrew Don

The latest categorical acceptance means the CMA will not refer the merger for an in-depth investigation

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Costcutter rejected Bestway proposal after Co-op deal Subscription

29 Mar 2018 | By Adam Leyland, Ronan Hegarty

Sources close to both parties told The Grocer this week that Bestway approached Costcutter in December

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City snapshot: Smurfit spurns International Paper revised offer Subscription

26 Mar 2018

 The board of packaging company Smurfit Kappa has rejected a revised proposal from International Paper and all other news from the City

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Dairy Farm announces partnership with Robinsons Retail Subscription

23 Mar 2018 | By Andrew Don

Pan-Asian retail giant created from partnership between Dairy Farm and Robinsons Retail

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Private equity suitors eye cut-price Tyrrells deal Subscription

23 Mar 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Tyrrells is likely to return to private equity hands in a cut-price deal as new owner Hershey’s looks to sell off the upmarket crisps brand.

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Kerry bets big on plant-based trend with Ojah acquisition

22 Mar 2018 | By Julia Glotz

Dutch-based Ojah makes plant-based meat substitutes using proprietary technology and exports to 21 countries

Monsanto Onions

EU green lights Bayer’s $66bn deal for Monsanto Subscription

21 Mar 2018 | By Andrew Don

The European Union has conditionally approved pharmaceutical behemoth Bayer’s $66bn (£47bn) takeover of agrochemical company Monsanto.

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Signature Flatbreads back in family control after Aryzta exit Subscription

12 Mar 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

UK-based flatbread supplier Signature Flatbreads is back under family control after a deal to buy out joint venture partner Swiss bakery giant Aryzta.

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Freshcut gets growth cash in Perwyn PE deal Subscription

01 Mar 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Fast-growing fresh ingredients supplier Freshcut Foods has sold a majority stake to private equity player Perwyn, The Grocer can reveal.

McColls

CMA explains green light for Hendersons-McColl's deal Subscription

28 Feb 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

CMA found sufficient wholesale and retail competition to discourage Hendersons from worsening its retail offering

MRH Norwich South-Complete-web

Motor Fuel Group agrees £1.2bn deal for MRH Subscription

27 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Private equity-owned Motor Fuel group has announced it has agreed to acquire MRH in a deal valued at £1.2bn to form UK’s biggest forecourt operator.

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As takeover gets go-ahead, Co-op will need swift success to satisfy Nisa members Subscription

23 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Co-op will have to quickly get to grips with dealing with thousands of individual and fiercely independent business owners

First Milk Cows

Scottish sell-off is a landmark moment for First Milk Subscription

18 Apr 2018 | By Kevin White

The dairy co-op said yesterday it was placing its Arran and Campbeltown creameries for sale

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Martin Race of Bestway on its £7.25m swoop for Conviviality Subscription

12 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

As Bestway appears to have landed its very own bargain booze deal with a £7.25m swoop for Conviviality Retail, MD Martin Race talks about the rationale for the deal and plans for the future

Blakemore Wholesale

AF Blakemore's decision to sell is a watershed moment Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The future of cash & carry as a viable option has been a topic of speculation for many years

Bargain Booze

Is it exit stage left for Bargain Booze? Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Adam Leyland, Daniel Woolfson

While C&C Group is set to snap up Matthew Clark and Bibendum, uncertainty remains about the future of the retail side

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The cat’s out of the bag, so who will buy Blakemore’s cash & carry division? Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The key to this is not likely to be the price but rather who will want the sites, and at the moment we are ruling more bidders out than in … 

scotch whisky

As Conviviality administration looms, who are the likely buyers? Subscription

29 Mar 2018 | By Adam Leyland, Daniel Woolfson

Sources close to the situation claim numerous suitors have expressed an interest

Fullers and Friends

Outrage at craft beer buyouts is lazy and unfair Subscription

22 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Fuller’s is a far cry from the ‘purveyors of bland, corporate beer’ the craft world so loves to ridicule - like it or not, brewing is big business now

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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

Akeel Sachak

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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