August: Smithfield Foods & Oaktree Capital Management acquire Sara Lee Corp's European meat business for £311m

August: Premier Foods purchases the UK and Irish business of Campbell Soup Company for £444m

September: Altria Group (Kraft) acquires the Spanish and Portuguese biscuit operations of United Biscuits UK for £563m

November: Permira snaps up Unilever's European frozen food business for £1.17bn


January: Dairy Crest acquires French and Italian spreads company Saint-Hubert from Uniq for £251m

January: Finnish meat and poultry producer HK Ruokatalo Oyj acquires Swedish sausage and convenience foods producer Swedish Meats AB for £208m

March: Premier Foods buys RHM for £1.2bn

March: US-based private equity firm Duke Street Capital acquires Burton's Foods for £200m