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Burton's is aiming to get a foothold in the healthy eating market, according to reports

Burton’s battles it out for Nakd

By Lynda Searby

Burton’s Biscuit Company is reportedly fighting off stiff competition for Natural Balance Foods, as private equity firms and other food companies battle it out to buy the Nakd and Trek bar manufacturer.

M&A in the manufacturing sector is at a six-year high

Manufacturing M&A hits six-year high

By Laurence Gibbons

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity reached its highest level in six years in the last quarter amongst UK manufacturing firms, a report from Experian Corpfin and law firm Irwin Mitchell claims.

Weetabix is responding to a changing market

Weetabix could cut pay and working hours to save jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Weetabix has confirmed it has started a consultation with its UK staff to cut pay and working hours in response to increasing pressure from supermarket own-label products and the discounters.

Premier Foods could be forced to settle for a joint venture partner for its troubled bread business

Premier Foods ‘may be forced into Hovis joint venture’

By Rick Pendrous

Premier Foods may have to settle for a joint venture (jv) partner for its troubled Hovis bread business if it fails to secure an outright buyer, as it tries to reduce its mountain of debt and avoid the prospects breaching banking covenants.

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Pork Farms owner fishes for buyer

By Rod Addy

Pork Farms owner Vision Capital is fishing for prospective buyers for the chilled savoury pastry manufacturer, FoodManufacture.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Reports suggest Lucozade is exciting interest from several private equity bidders

Former Premier Foods' boss linked with Lucozade sale

By Gary Scattergood

Former Premier Foods boss Michael Clarke may play a pivotal role in the future of Lucozade and Ribena after reports linked him to a firm believed to be considering a bid for the brands.

Up for sale? M&S’s UK food business was performing well, according to Shore Capital

Marks & Spencer sale rumours resurface

By Mike Stones

Bid speculation surrounding upmarket retailer Marks & Spencer has resurfaced after a Sunday newspaper linked the business to an £8bn offer from finance group Qataris, the state-owned Quatar Investment Authority.

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is reported to be preparing a bid for M&S

Marks & Spencer quiet on bid speculation

By John Wood and Mike Stones

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has refused to confirm or deny whether it had received expressions of interest from private equity firm CVC Capital Partners about acquiring its business.

Sarson's is one of Premier's non-core brands attracting interest

Premier Foods’ brands sought by private equity firms

By Dan Colombini

The acquisition of up-for-sale Ragu manufacturer Symington’s could be the key to unlocking the success of Premier Food’s non-core brands, according to city analysts, after reports of private equity interest in the businesses.

A private equity business is the most likely source of any interest in Greencore, according to analysts

Greencore could attract more private equity interest

By Dan Colombini

A private equity firm remains the strongest candidate for a bid for chilled foods giant Greencore, according to city analysts, as the firm prepares to switch over to the FSTE 100 next month.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice currently employs former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy as a senior advisor

Greencore silent after US link to mystery suitor

By Dan Colombini

Greencore is remaining tight-lipped on the identity of its mystery suitor following press reports that US private equity firm Clayton Dubilier and Rice (CD&R) is in talks with the Irish food supplier.

Boparan is unlikely to make a move for Greencore after acquiring Northern Foods in March

Boparan Greencore bid would ‘amaze’ analysts

By Dan Colombini

As the search for the mystery suitor of Greencore continues, experts have ruled out food magnate Ranjit Boparan as a potential buyer saying there is “absolutely no possibility” that the 2 Sisters boss could be a contender.

Blackstone Group realises Tangerine dream

Blackstone Group realises Tangerine dream

By Ben Bouckley

US private equity firm Blackstone Group has bought a majority stake in Blackpool-based Tangerine Confectionery, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands, while management has also reinvested in the firm.

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...

Management buyout of Northumbrian Fine Foods

Management buyout of Northumbrian Fine Foods

By Ben Bouckley

Managers at Northumbrian Fine Foods have bought the company off private equity owners and plan to invest in the business in a bid to push turnover above £12m in 2011.

Ranjit Boparan: holds pole position for Northern but Greencore still in race

Race for Northern Foods could go to wire

By Ben Bouckley

The battle between food titans Greencore and Ranjit Boparan to take over Northern Foods could still go right to the wire, despite the expiry today of a deadline set by the latter for Northern's shareholders to formally accept his bid.

Deal or no deal

Deal or no deal

By Elaine Watson

As confidence returns to the industry and vendors release their assets, mergers and acquisitions activity will rise in 2010, according to analysts' predictions. Elaine Watson reports

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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