>>grampian strengthens convenience agenda with St Merryn foods…ABF tames blue dragon…kerry buys hibernia plants...

DateBuyerTargetDescriptionDeal Turnover valueof target
Nov 03Grampian St Merryn St Merryn Foods produces a wide range of beef and lamb products. The acquisition CountryFoodsbuilds on Grampian’s position as one of Britain’s largest meat producers and Food Grouphelps to accelerate its convenience foods agendan/a£296m
Nov 03Cooks ThreeAn MBI team led by Geoff Peppiatt and Derick Martin acquired Three Cooks, Cooksa retail bakery chain with over 250 stores, which had previously been owned by RHMn/a£46m
Nov 03Premier AmbrosiaAmbrosia, which produces a range of milk-based ambient desserts, including Foodscustard and rice pudding, was previously owned by Unilever. Premier Foods also acquired the Brown & Poulson cornflour brand£105m (est)£60m
Nov 03Latimer WeetabixLatimer Acquisitions, a vehicle controlled by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, acquired AcquisitionsWeetabix, which previously traded on OFEX. Hicks, Muse owns Premier Foods£642m£362m
Nov 03Bestmeat Nordfleisch Nordfleisch operates 10 cattle and pig slaughterhouses and four meat processing (N’lands)(Germany)factories. Bestmeat is looking to build its position in the European fresh meat marketn/aE1.6bn
Dec 03ABFG CostaCosta owns the Blue Dragon brandn/a£52m
Dec 03Maiden Northern Maiden, a new company formed by Irish tea producer Barry’s Tea and Bank of AcquisitionFoods (Ireland)Scotland (Ireland), acquired NFIL, which manufactures brands such as CompanyBatchelors, Squeez, Picnic and Lustre in Ireland€62mE76m
Dec 03MC298DonatantonioMC298 is a vehicle established by Sheila Donatantonio (current MD of the business). Donatantonio is a manufacturer and importer of Italian foods£12m£14m
Dec 03Kerry GroupThree Hibernia Kerry bought the Brains Faggots plant and two large factories making ready meals plantsand chilled desserts from the receivers of Hibernian/ana
Jan 04Inter LinkHoppers Hoppers manufactures own label, branded and licensed cake and pastry productsFoodsFarmhouse Bakeries £5m£12.5m