Mergers And Acquisitions

Morrisons to face a bidding war, with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice set to jump in the ring

Morrisons bidding war on the horizon

By James Ridler

A bidding war for big four supermarket Morrisons is likely to begin, after reports private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) is poised to launch a counter-bid for the business.

Jim Dobson will step down as CEO of Dunbia before the merger

Dawn Meats takes full control of Dunbia joint venture

By James Ridler

Dawn Meats is to take full control over its joint venture with Dunbia, following the announcement that chief executive Jim Dobson is to retire from Dunbia, 44 years after co-founding the company.

The value of UK food and drink deals was £21.4bn in 2017 and £8.4bn in 2016

Food and drink M&A doubled in 2017

By Rick Pendrous

Last year, the UK’s food and beverage industry brought in a total disclosed deal value of more than double that seen in 2016, according to the latest research from financial adviser Grant Thornton UK.

Raisio has sold its confectionery business to Valeo Foods

Poppets owner to sell off confectionery business

By James Ridler

Finnish food group Raisio, owner of the Poppets and Fox’s Glacier Mints brands, has sold its confectionery business to Ireland-based Valeo Foods in a deal worth €100M (£88.6M).

Top five food and drink deals of 2017: Catalyst

Top five food and drink deals of 2017: Catalyst

By James Ridler

The acquisitions of sports nutrition firm Grenade and cereal brand Weetabix were two of the top five food and drink deals of 2017, featured in this photogallery, according to market analyst Catalyst Corporate Finance.

Faccenda’s planned joint venture with Cargill Chicken UK will lead to scrutiny of overheads, predicted Shore Capital

Cargill and Faccenda deal ‘to prompt cost scrutiny’

By Michael Stones

The poultry joint venture proposed by Cargill Chicken UK and Faccenda will lead to scrutiny of overhead costs, according to City analyst Shore Capital, as Unite the union offered a cautious welcome to the plan.

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