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Maspex prominent on the buy-side in M&A in CEE - M&A practitioners and observers interested in food products in the CE region will know that Maspex is one of the groups that generates a lot of M&A activity in the region. That trajectory will continue for many years to come; the key question being whether regional spread or domestic dominance, in grocery, will be the group's priority. We look at a couple of potential targets. Read More
Divestments in CEE after Orkla buys Rieber - the valuation is relatively high, it reflects strong synergies. More interesting is the prospect of secondary divestments in non-core geographies in Read More
Bolt-on options after Hain buys ambient spreads from Premier - valuation seems justifiably low; Hain needs the incremental revenue and established brands; bolt-on acquisitions in UK ambient foods may follow. Read More
McCormick pays full price for Poland's Kamis - We comment on the buyer's rationale, the competitive context for Kamis in Poland, and the valuation on a comparative Read More
Agros Nova asset sale options after private equity buy-out - IK's upside options in FJND going forward, and potential to sell 'low -hanging' assets in the short -term Read More
Potential partners for Ajinomoto’s Japanese food business overseas - Ajinomoto's authentic Japanese foods portfolio could fit the ethnic brands strategy of major food groups like Heinz, ABF or McCormick. Read More
Heinz acquisition points to French ethnicity as attractive for M&A - French ethnicity, however unfashionable, has a lot of underlying quality and potential in grocery products. Future branded acquisition candidates, in that space, include Bonduelle, Fleury Michon and Saupiquet. Read More
Grupo SOS achieves breakthrough into global status with Bertolli acquisition - SOS has gained a strong platform for further acquisitions, especially in Europe and the US, that support its mission of bringing the famed Mediterranean diet to consumers. Sectors are mainly edible oil, rice and biscuits Read More
Saudi's Savola set to become international edible oils acquiror - Is Savola spear-heading a new trend in food M&A ? There are several factors in favour of this scenario, and no shortage of target companies especially at the national level. Read More
Where and what will Heinz acquire? - It’s well known that Heinz is looking for acquisitions, around the world, and a significant deal is long overdue. It's likely they’ll try to pick up brands that are very profitable, but modestly priced. Read More
Latest deals show valuations are low in commodity -sensitive categories globally - There are now strong brands on sale, at attractive prices, in categories which are most sensitive to high raw materials costs. Dairy, meats, ready meals and biscuits are all very sensitive to that. Read More
Unilever could solve its Bertolli dilemma by selling it to Barilla - Better to keep things simple, and sell the whole business to an authentically Italian or Mediterranean player like Barilla. Read More
Lawry’s sale by Unilever’s points to merits of brand deals for valuation accord - ‘Brand deals’ can be truly ‘win-win’, in the sense that the seller receives a high price but, at the same time, the buyer is getting good value because they are buying only incremental, and not stand-alone, EBITD Read More
Orkla Foods begins divestments in central Europe with cheap sale of Graal in Poland - Other businesses in Orkla Foods’ central European portfolio, notably in the Czech Republic and Romania, may be next on the block. Read More
Who will buy Lawry’s seasonings brand from Unilever ? - If Pinnacle emerges as the winner, which it should from a strategic rationale perspective, then a strong signal will be sent that private equity is still a force to be reckoned with. Read More
Blackstone’s acquisition of Pinnacle Foods gives a positive example of secondary buy-outs - After a restructuring, private equity sells this business at 2,5 times their original money, to another private equity player with the clear potential to achieve something similar. This supports secondary buy-outs as a l Read More
Secondary divestment candidates after Premier Foods’ acquisition of RHM - There are likely to be some divestments of non –core brands and categories, once the profile and priorities of the enlarged group emerges; most likely is fresh foods and, ultimately, the whole breads division of RHM. Read More
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