Mergers And Acquisitions

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.

Beechdean Group has acquired 50% of ice cream manufacturer Lovingtons

Beechdean scoops up ice cream firm

By James Ridler

Beechdean Group has acquired 50% of ice cream manufacturer Lovingtons, in a joint venture designed to grow investment and boost the manufacturing capabilities of the company. 

Food and drink sector mergers and acquisitions are predicted to rise this year

Food and drink M&As predicted to rise in 2017

By Noli Dinkovski

A competitive environment and the increasing bargaining power of major retailers is putting food producers under growing pressure – which in turn is driving mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity – a trade credit insurer has found.

Food Manufacture’s top mergers and acquisitions of 2016

Top mergers and acquisitions of 2016

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters Food Group, Krispy Kreme and Mondelēz International featured in the Food Manufacture Group’s top 10 mergers and acquisitions of 2016.

Brexit could derail mergers and acquisitions activity in the UK

Brexit could block food firm consolidation

By Noli Dinkovski

Brexit could derail mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the months ahead, despite the UK food industry being ripe for consolidation, a business advisory firm has warned. 

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