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Packaged-food majors see sales spike in pandemic

Big brands may benefit from larger, more secure supply chains

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — General Mills on Monday said it saw record demand for its pantry staples, becoming the latest packaged food maker to see business spike during the COVID-19 pandemic, as homebound shoppers stocked up on comfort foods during lockdowns. The company joins Nomad Foods, Premier Foods, Nestle, Mondelez and other processed food makers, which have […] Read more

Nestle to buy Canadian nutrition firm Atrium

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — Nestle is buying Canadian vitamin and nutritional supplement maker Atrium Innovations for US$2.3 billion, expanding its presence in consumer healthcare as it seeks to offset weakness in packaged foods. The world’s largest packaged food company said on Tuesday it will buy the maker of vitamins, probiotics and meal replacements from a […] Read more

Reckitt cuts the (French’s) mustard with food business sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — U.S. spices maker McCormick and Co. Inc. has won the battle to buy Reckitt Benckiser Group’s North American food business, paying a higher than expected US$4.2 billion to add extra seasonings and sauces. London-listed Reckitt said in April it was reviewing options for the unit, which includes French’s mustard and Frank’s […] Read more

French’s owner kicks off food business sale process

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — The sale of Reckitt Benckiser Group’s North American food business, which could fetch more than US$3 billion, has kicked off with information packages going out to industry players, according to sources familiar with the matter. The sale of the food business is aimed at helping the British consumer goods company pay […] Read more

Post tucks into British breakfast cereal Weetabix

Reading Time: 3 minutes London/Shanghai/New York | Reuters — Post Holdings is buying leading British breakfast cereal brand Weetabix from China’s Bright Food Group for 1.4 billion pounds (C$2.4 billion), giving the U.S.-focused company a European base on which to build. The combination will help Post’s existing brands, which include Honey Bunches of Oats and Grape-Nuts, to expand overseas, […] Read more

Four food firms said preparing bids for Weetabix

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — The third-biggest U.S. cereal company, Post Holdings, and the U.K.’s Associated British Foods are among a group of four bidders vying for British cereal brand Weetabix, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The 84-year-old business could fetch at least 1.5 billion pounds (C$2.48 billion), based on a valuation of more […] Read more

Syngenta sees no sale of ChemChina’s Adama to smooth merger

Reading Time: 2 minutes Davos, Switzerland | Reuters –– Syngenta, the Swiss pesticides and seeds group being taken over by ChemChina, does not expect antitrust regulators to force the Chinese state-owned company to put its subsidiary Adama up for sale, Syngenta’s CEO said on Tuesday. “Adama will not need to be sold. There will be some remedies in both […] Read more

SABMiller investors approve takeover by AB InBev

Reading Time: 3 minutes London/Brussels | Reuters — SABMiller shareholders overwhelmingly backed the brewer’s takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev on Wednesday, clearing the last big hurdle for one of the largest corporate mergers in history. When the deal closes, which AB InBev said Wednesday it expects to happen Oct. 10, the combined group will sell more than a quarter of […] Read more

Investor group launches campaign to curb antibiotic use in food

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Fifty-four large investors managing one trillion pounds (C$1.84 trillion) in assets have launched a campaign to curb the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry used by 10 large U.S. and British restaurant groups. McDonalds and JD Wetherspoon were among those to receive a March 15 letter from institutions including Aviva Investors […] Read more

Labatt’s owner wins over SABMiller at fifth attempt

Reading Time: 4 minutes Brussels/London | Reuters –– The world’s two biggest brewers agreed on Tuesday to create a company making almost a third of the world’s beer after SABMiller received an improved offer worth more than C$130 billion from larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev. If it goes through, the deal would rank in the top five mergers in corporate […] Read more