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Early Recovery in UK Food and Beverages to Boost M&A Activity

    Early Recovery in UK Food and Beverages to Boost M&A Activity

69% of senior executives at UK-based food and beverage producers expect M&A activity to increase in the next 12 months, according to a report by Grant Thornton UK LLP which

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Unilever Acquires Greek Ice Cream Brands

    Unilever Acquires Greek Ice Cream Brands

Unilever is acquiring EVGA’s Greek ice cream brands (including Scandal, Variete and Karabola) and distribution network for an undisclosed amount. EVGA, which helped pioneer the Greek ice cream industry, will

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Morpol Expands UK Salmon Business

    Morpol Expands UK Salmon Business

Poland-based Morpol, which is one of the world’s leading salmon processors, has expanded its UK operations with the acquisition of Brookside Products for less than £1m. Based in Cumbria, Brookside

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Unilever Strengthens Personal Care Business With $3.7b Acquisition

    Unilever Strengthens Personal Care Business With $3.7b Acquisition

Unilever is strengthening its personal care business by acquiring US-based Alberto Culver Company for $3.7b in cash. Alberto Culver generated sales approaching $1.6b and EBITDA of over $250m for the

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Dairy Consolidation in Scotland

    Dairy Consolidation in Scotland

Graham’s, Scotland’s leading independent dairy company, is acquiring Claymore Dairies for an undisclosed price. Claymore Dairies was sold earlier this year by Arla Foods and North Milk Co-op to a

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Consolidation in UK Vending Machines Market

SnackTime, one of the UK’s largest national operators of snack and chilled drink vending machines, has acquired Vendia UK for a maximum consideration of £10.98m. Vendia UK’s core operation is

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Atlantic Grupa Focusing on Integrating Droga Kolinska Acquisition

Atlantic Grupa, Croatia’s biggest food and healthcare company, is focusing on integrating its recent acquisition of Droga Kolinska, the largest branded food company in Slovenia. The Eur382m deal created one

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Campari Acquires Liqueur Brands From William Grant For €128 Million

    Campari Acquires Liqueur Brands From William Grant For €128 Million

Italian drinks producer Gruppo Campari is acquiring the Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist brands from William Grant & Sons, the Scotch whisky distiller. The acquisition reinforces Campari’s position as a

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German Bakery Sale

German retail baker Kamps is selling a production unit and a chain of 100 stores in Hamburg to Nur Hier (formerly called Allworden) for an undisclosed price. Nur Hier is

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Kerry Group’s €33m Offer For Irish Cheese Maker Accepted

Global ingredients, flavours and consumer foods manufacturer Kerry Group has had its Eur33m offer for Newmarket Co-operative Creameries, the Irish cheese producer, accepted. Located in North Cork, Newmarket Co-operative has

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Consolidation in Irish Consumer Foods Market

    Consolidation in Irish Consumer Foods Market

Origin Enterprises, the Irish agri-nutrition and food business, and private equity firm CapVest have joined forces to create Valeo Foods Group, a new Eur200m turnover Irish consumer foods company. Valeo

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William Grant Establishes Global Marketing Office in Dublin

    William Grant Establishes Global Marketing Office in Dublin

Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distiller, William Grant & Sons, has established its new global marketing office in Dublin. Employing 17 people, this office will manage the entire

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Sodiaal’s Acquisition of Entremont Gains French Approval

    Sodiaal’s Acquisition of Entremont Gains French Approval

The French Competition Commission has approved dairy group Sodiaal’s acquisition of Entremont Alliance, the loss making French cheese producer. The deal will create the fourth largest dairy group in Europe

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Solid First Half Performance By Emmi

    Solid First Half Performance By Emmi

Helped by rising international sales, Swiss dairy group Emmi has increased net profit by 21.5% to SFr39.9m (Eur31m) on sales down by 0.5% to SFr1.27b for the first half of

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Strong Showing From Heineken

    Strong Showing From Heineken

Global brewer Heineken has produced a strong first half performance but remains cautious on the development of beer consumption in Europe and the US due to continued weak consumer spending

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Lactalis Acquisition of Puleva Dairy Cleared

    Lactalis Acquisition of Puleva Dairy Cleared

The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by the French group Lactalis of Spanish group Ebro Puleva’s dairy business. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede

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Emmi Strengthens US Cheese Business

    Emmi Strengthens US Cheese Business

Swiss cheese producer Emmi has expanded its international business with the acquisition of US cheese specialist Cypress Grove Chevre. Based in California, Cypress Grove is well known in the US

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Approval For Vion’s Proposed Acquisition of Weyl

    Approval For Vion’s Proposed Acquisition of Weyl

The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Weyl by Vion, two Dutch producers of meat products. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition

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Danone Purchases French Smoothie Maker

Danone has acquired Immedia, the third largest smoothie manufacturer in France, for an undisclosed sum. Immedia generated sales of Eur4m last year.

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Refresco to Acquire Soft Drinks International

    Refresco to Acquire Soft Drinks International

Netherlands-based Refresco, Europe’s leading manufacturer of private label soft drinks and fruit juices, is to acquire Soft Drinks International, a German producer of soft drinks and water, for an undisclosed

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Aryzta Makes Strategic Investments in North America, Latin America and Asia

    Aryzta Makes Strategic Investments in North America, Latin America and Asia

International speciality bakery group Aryzta is acquiring Tim Horton’s 50% share in Maidstone Bakeries, a Canadian joint venture between Aryzta and Tim Horton, for C$475m (Eur349m). The Maidstone facility was

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Danone to Dispose of Stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods

    Danone to Dispose of Stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods

Danone has agreed to sell its 18.4% stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods to the Russian food group for a total consideration of $470m. The agreement follows the recent announcement of the

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Kerry Group Confirms Offer For Newmarket Co-operative Creameries

  Kerry Group Confirms Offer For Newmarket Co-operative Creameries

Kerry Group, the international ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group, has confirmed the terms of its offer to acquire Irish

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Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

  Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

UK convenience foods producer Northern Foods has agreed to sell Dalepak Frozen Foods to the Irish Food Processors Group, one

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CVC Capital Partners to Acquire Autobar Group

Private equity group CVC Capital Partners is acquiring a majority stake in Autobar Group from Charterhouse Capital Partners, which will

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Cadbury Acquisition Drives Profit at Kraft Foods

  Cadbury Acquisition Drives Profit at Kraft Foods

The acquisition of Cadbury has helped Kraft Foods to report higher than expected second quarter profit despite a decline in

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Belgian Brewer Expands Through Acquisition

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat is expanding its portfolio of speciality beers with the acquisition of Antwerp-based Brouwerij De Koninck for

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Nestle Enters Clinical Nutrition Products Market

  Nestle Enters Clinical Nutrition Products Market

Nestle has completed the acquisition of Vitaflo, a Liverpool-based global provider of clinical nutritional products which has enjoyed double-digit growth

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Lactalis Acquires Rachel’s Organic

  Lactalis Acquires Rachel’s Organic

French and international dairy group Lactalis has extended its UK interests with the acquisition of Rachel’s Organic, the Welsh company

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Simply Fresh Foods Acquired by Morrisons

  Simply Fresh Foods Acquired by Morrisons

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group, has expanded its manufacturing division with the acquisition of Simply Fresh Foods, a

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EBRD Supports Atlantic Grupa’s Expansion

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting regional corporate consolidation in south-eastern Europe and the development of

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Unilever Sells Findus Italy to Birds Eye Iglo for €805m

  Unilever Sells Findus Italy to Birds Eye Iglo for €805m

Unilever is selling its Italian frozen food business, Findus Italy, to Birds Eye Iglo, which is owned by private equity

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Greencore to Dispose of Dutch Convenience Food Business

  Greencore to Dispose of Dutch Convenience Food Business

Greencore Group is selling its Netherlands-based convenience foods business, Greencore Continental, to Convenience Foods Europe, a subsidiary of Parcom Buy

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La Martiniquaise Set For Liqueur Acquisition

French spirits group La Martiniquaise is reported to be the only bidder left for Belvedere’s Marie Brizard liqueur brand following

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Aryzta Completes Acquisition of Fresh Start Bakeries

  Aryzta Completes Acquisition of Fresh Start Bakeries

Aryzta, the Switzerland-based speciality bakery group with operations in Europe, North America, South East Asia and Australia, has received all

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Cott Extends Private Label Beverages Leadership With $500m Acquisition

Cott Corporation, the world’s largest retailer brand soft drinks company, is acquiring Cliffstar Corporation, the leading private label manufacturer of

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CEDC Withdraws From Ukrainian Vodka Acquisition

  CEDC Withdraws From Ukrainian Vodka Acquisition

Warsaw-based Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC), the world’s largest vodka producer with annual sales exceeding 270m litres, has decided not

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Kraft Foods to Sell Cadbury’s Romanian Business

Kraft Foods is selling its Cadbury’s Kandia-Excelent chocolate, soft cake and sugar confectionery business in Romania to Oryxa Capital, an

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Tate & Lyle Disposes of EU Sugar Operations For £211m

  Tate & Lyle Disposes of EU Sugar Operations For £211m

Tate & Lyle is selling its EU sugar refining operations to American Sugar Refining, the largest cane sugar refiner in

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Newly Weds Foods Strengthens International Business With Acquisition of Witwood Food Products

US-based Newly Weds Foods, the producer of food coatings, seasonings and functional ingredients for the food processing and food service

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Lantmannen Unibake Continues International Expansion With Hungarian Acquisition

  Lantmannen Unibake Continues International Expansion With Hungarian Acquisition

In line with its international expansion strategy, Lantmannen Unibake, , which is one of Europe’s leading frozen bakery products suppliers,

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Hain Celestial Acquires Churchill Foods

  Hain Celestial Acquires Churchill Foods

US-based natural and organic products company Hain Celestial Group has acquired Churchill Food Products, a manufacturer and distributor of food-to-go

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Danone and Unimilk to Create Leading Dairy Business in Russia and the CIS

Global food giant Danone is to merge its fresh dairy products business in the CIS area with Unimilk, Russia’s second

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