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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.

Sources and analysts say Premier wants £100M for its Hovis business

Three buyers in the running for Premier’s Hovis bakery

By Rick Pendrous

Premier Foods’ plans to sell its troubled Hovis plant bakery business should become clearer over the coming months, as news emerged towards the end of last year that a shortlist of three candidates were interested in buying or investing in the business.

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.

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.

Lyle's Golden Syrup now has US owners

M&A round-up: The good, bad and ugly deals of 2010

By Elaine Watson

There were some sizeable deals in the food sector in 2010, from the Kraft-Cadbury takeover at the start of the year to Pepsi’s acquisition of Russian dairy and juice giant Wimm‐Bill‐Dann at the tail end.

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

Sweet deliverance

Sweet deliverance

Derbyshire-based chocolatier Thorntons reported a 10.4% rise in profit before tax in the 28 weeks to January 8, despite appetite for its luxury...


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