Mergers And Acquisitions

Hilton Food Group has high hopes for its joint venture Down Under

Hilton Food in Australian joint venture

By Laurence Gibbons

Meat packing firm Hilton Food Group has announced a new joint venture with Woolworths − Australia’s largest retailer − in its latest trading statement for the 52 weeks to December 30.

A key contributor to last year’s Business Leaders’ Forum was former Uniq boss Geoff Eaton, who is now chief operating officer with Premier Foods

Food manufacturers contribute to three-year M&A peak

By Mike Stones

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector last year helped to set a three-year record for the UK economy, according to information services company Experian.

More mergers and acquisitions are on the way for the frozen bakery sector, said Rabobank

Retailers force frozen bakery mergers: Rabobank

By Mike Stones

The growing power of large retailers is one of the five top challenges that will force consolidation in the frozen bakery industry, warns a new report from Rabobank Food and Agri Research.

Tasty acquisition: Faccenda's take over of Cranberry Foods makes the new business one of the UK's largest food manufacturers

Turkey firm Cranberry Foods acquired by Faccenda

By Mike Stones

The UK’s second biggest turkey producer Cranberry Foods has been acquired by leading poultry producer Faccenda, for an undisclosed sum, to form one of the country’s largest food manufacturers.

The root to growth: mergers and acquisitions will drive growth, according to the Grant Thornton survey

Food manufacturers’ growth driven by acquisitions

By Mike Stones

Growth in the food and drink industry will be driven by further mergers and acquisitions, reveals a survey of private equity and corporate firms in the UK and Ireland conducted by financial advisor Grant Thornton.

'Strong' retailer concerns beset Kerry Foods acquisition

'Strong' retailer concerns beset Kerry Foods acquisition

By Ben Bouckley

Kerry Foods' acquisition of Headland Foods has been referred to the Competition Commission (CC) by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for further investigation after retail customers expressed concerns.

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

By Ben Bouckley

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering undertakings from Princes and Premier Foods to avert monopoly concerns about canned pie supply, which the body said would leave UK consumers with “extremely limited choices”.

Trade buyer could carve-up Uniq, M&A experts

Trade buyer could carve-up Uniq, M&A experts

By Ben Bouckley

Food sector M&A experts believe it is more likely that a trade buyer – rather than a private equity player – could bid for convenience food firm Uniq, after its board announced a "number of indications of interest from third parties" in...

A fair share for all

A fair share for all

In consolidating their food and drink portfolios, private equity companies may face as many competition law issues as the trade, says Kate Newton

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