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PepsiCo to launch van sales division after P&H talks fail Subscription

12 Dec 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

A further 400 P&H staff have been made redundant taking the total to 2,850…

Redwell

Norwich craft brand Redwell Brewing rescued with buyout from private investors Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Company founders Amy Hancock and Patrick Fisher have left the business after the administrators were called in

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Musgrave to buy La Rousse Foods from Arytza Subscription

06 Dec 2017 | By Emily Bright

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, is subject to approval by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

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SSP Group buys 25 travel concessions across Germany Subscription

06 Dec 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Last year the outlets in Germany recorded €30m worth of sales

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City snapshot: Nestlé buys Canadian supplement company Atrium for $2.3bn. Subscription

06 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Nestlé (NESN) has agreed a deal to buy privately-held nutritional health products producer Atrium Innovations to expand its global consumer goods business. Plus Poundland owner Steinhoff’s shares plunge amid accounting irregularity, £3.4bn European shopping centre merger, supermarket shares surge and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Euro Garages picks up 1,000 German Esso service stations Subscription

04 Dec 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The deal means EG Group will operate about 3,500 stations across Europe…

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Hain Celestial buys UK sweetener producer Clarks Subscription

04 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Hain Celestial has announced it has agreed to acquire Welsh sweetener supplier Clarks to sit within its wholly-owned Hain Daniels UK business.

Pots & Co

City snapshot: Pots & Co sells stake for £4.6m Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Fast growing desserts supplier Pots & Co has sold a minority stake valuing the business at £36m. Plus a look at what else is in this week’s edition of The Grocer and all the latest news from the City.

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Heineken snaps up 49% stake in Brixton Brewery

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Dutch brewing giant’s undisclosed investment will go towards moving the four-year-old Brixton Brewery to a new site

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City snapshot: Booths hires Rothschild to find a buyer Subscription

27 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Upmarket northern supermarket chain Booths has reportedly hired Rothschild to lead a sales process that could be worth up to £150m. Plus a look ahead to events in the City this week, including results from Greencore, Britvic and Cranswick, and all the rest of the latest finance news.

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson criticises anti-merger 'little island' wholesalers

24 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Rivals would have to up their game to succeed, Wilson told The Grocer in an exclusive interview

Meridian

Nestlé target Hain out of running for Meridian stake Subscription

24 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

Hain Celestial is understood to be out of the running for nut butter brand Meridian as the wider group becomes a multi-billion dollar target for Nestlé.

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Yo Sushi eyes retail move after completing Bento Sushi deal Subscription

24 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Yo Sushi is understood to be plotting a move into UK branded retail after buying a multi-platform Canadian contemporary

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BerryWorld in merger with Beekers Subscription

23 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

The merger will provide a base for BerryWorld’s European arm to grow retail markets in central, eastern and southern parts

British Organic

Wyke Farms and Omsco reveal organic dairy joint venture Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

First products are expected to be introduced in early 2018, as the partners aim to become the ‘world’s largest organic cheese supplier’

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Yo! Sushi snaps up Canadian sushi brand Bento Subscription

20 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

UK restaurant chain Yo! Shushi has acquired Canadian multi-platform sushi brand Bento Sushi in a deal worth CAN$100m (£59m).

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Groceries Adjudicator calls on Booker to be signed up to GSCOP Subscription

20 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Suppliers fear the Tesco-Booker merger could see it circumvent the code in its buying arrangements with wholesale

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Protein energy brand Bounce seeks buyer to drive global growth Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Protein energy ball brand Bounce Foods is seeking external investment to help continue its international rollout

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CMA ruling on Tesco Booker 'bodes well' for Co-op Nisa deal Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Co-op won 75.79% of Nisa members’ votes in favour of its acquisition proposition at a meeting this week

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Pipers hires advisers to lay ground for sale Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Fast-growing premium snack brand Pipers Crisps is eyeing up potential acquisition targets

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Holland & Barrett merges with Swedish retailer Hälsa för alla Subscription

16 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The deal will see H&B quadruple its portfolio in Sweden from four to 16 stores

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City snapshot: CMA inquiry included Aldi and Lidl after Tesco-Booker pressure Subscription

15 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The CMA backtracked amid pressure from Tesco and Booker to take the rise of the discounters into consideration in delivering its verdict on their proposed merger, The Grocer can reveal. Plus, Nissin partnership boosts first half performance at Premier Foods after strong second quarter and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Nisa members accept £137m Co-op bid in historic vote

14 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Of the 615 shareholders that voted, 494 were in favour of the bid

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Bestway out of picture for Nisa as wholesaler dubs value crazy Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Bestway is categorically not working on a counter offer for Nisa as valuation is “crazy”, says Zameer Choudrey

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Co-op Nisa deal still in the balance as decision day looms Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

As the deadline for Nisa members to vote on the Co-op’s £137m bid looms, the outcome is too close to call, say experts

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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

Aspall

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

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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?

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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

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