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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.

Pork Farms makes chilled savoury pastry products


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, 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.


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