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  1. April 20, 2014

    Private equity acquires controlling stake in NFT

    Private equity group EmergeVest has acquired a controlling stake in NFT Distributions Operations, the UK’s leading...

  2. February 4, 2013

    Premier Foods executive leaves company

    Premier Foods, the heavily indebted maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis bread, has lost its second-in-command just a week...

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  1. June 21, 2012

    Hain Celestial leads field for Hartley’s

    Hain Celestial, the US-based natural and organic food group, is leading the race to acquire Hartley’s jams and spreads...

  2. May 11, 2012

    Private equity firms in bid for Iglo

    A clutch of private equity firms have submitted first-round bids for Birds Eye Iglo, the frozen foods business bought out of...

  3. April 12, 2012

    India’s IHC buys food producer Adelie

    Indian leisure company India Hospitality Corp has bought the UK’s Adelie Food Holding, a ready-made food producer, for just...

  4. March 19, 2012

    Squeezing suppliers: Pragmatic approach defuses tensions in complex relationship

    As companies continue to grapple with a weak economic recovery, the temptation to squeeze suppliers can be strong. For many...

  5. January 17, 2012

    Premier Foods announces 600 job cuts

    Analysts downgraded their forecasts for ailing Premier Foods after it unveiled 600 job cuts and said financial results would...

  6. December 18, 2011

    United Biscuits split planned

    The private equity owners of United Biscuits, maker of Jaffa Cakes and Hula Hoops, are planning to split the UK’s biggest...

  7. December 8, 2011

    Premier Foods sells lossmaking business

    Embattled Premier Foods has succeeded in ditching its lossmaking chilled foods business, selling Brookes Avana to 2 Sisters...

  8. December 6, 2011

    Greencore bolstered by sandwich demand

    Food producer Greencore, whose planned merger with Northern Foods last autumn was scuppered by chicken magnate Ranjit Singh...

  9. October 25, 2011

    Hain swallows New Covent Garden Soups

    The maker of New Covent Garden soups has been bought by Hain Celestial Group, the US maker of chichi teas and Linda...

  10. October 25, 2011

    Greencore attracts takeover approach

    Greencore, which failed to pull off a merger designed to create the UK’s biggest chilled foods manufacturer last year, has...

  11. October 20, 2011

    Debenhams plans to return cash to shareholders

    Shares in Debenhams rose more than 7 per cent on Thursday after the department store group announced plans for a share...

  12. July 12, 2011

    Greencore agrees £113m Uniq takeover

    Uniq, the convenience food group that was put up for sale by its pension fund this year, is to be bought by Irish rival...

  13. July 12, 2011

    Deutsche abuzz on Jain successor

    With Anshu Jain about to be elevated to the helm of Deutsche Bank, the chatter in London is about his successor for the...

  14. June 3, 2011

    Food groups eye sandwich maker Uniq

    Greencore and Samworth Brothers are among the first-round bidders for Uniq, the maker of Marks and Spencer sandwiches put up...

  15. May 24, 2011

    Greencore profits hit by abandoned merger

    Greencore saw its profits fall in the first half after racking up €13m in transactional fees for its abortive merger with...

  16. May 9, 2011

    Concern over delistings amid lack of IPOs

    Romag, Eaga and Wellstream – suppliers of photovoltaic glass, domestic insulation and flexible pipelines – are all...

  17. April 13, 2011

    United memories for Hester

    Royal Bank of Scotland chief Stephen Hester was in Manchester on Wednesday to launch a service for small businesses, which...

  18. April 11, 2011

    EU dishes up a treat for the Cornish pasty

    Success for the humble Cornish pasty in winning the coveted status of a European Union-endorsed PGI food has given local...

  19. April 1, 2011

    Uniq pension fund puts company up for sale

    Uniq’s pension fund has put the company up for sale, after acquiring control of the maker of Marks and Spencer sandwiches....

  20. March 9, 2011

    Small caps: Sirius Minerals to be centre stage

    Sirius Minerals will be in focus on Thursday morning. According to rumours in the City late on Tuesday night the potash...

  21. March 9, 2011

    Greencore abandons bid for Northern Foods

    Greencore has ended its pursuit of Northern Foods, clearing the way for a rival £342m takeover of the UK convenience food...

  22. FT Alphaville

    March 9, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Wednesday, - Rolls-Royce and Daimler launch joint bid for Tognum; offer pitched at €24 a share —...

  23. March 3, 2011

    Boparan moves closer to securing N Foods

    Ranjit Singh Boparan has moved a step closer to securing control of Northern Foods after winning support from shareholders...

  24. FT Alphaville

    February 18, 2011

    Greencore eyes N Foods bid

    Greencore, the Irish food group, has  teamed up with an unnamed private equity partner about pursuing a potential bid for...

  25. February 17, 2011

    Small caps: Drilling plans boost Encore

    Encore Oil added 2.5 per cent to 122.3p after the explorer and its partners said they were about to start drilling three...

  26. February 16, 2011

    Greencore hires new finance chief

    Dublin-listed convenience food group Greencore has hired a new finance director, in a move that seems to signal it is...

  27. February 15, 2011

    Write-off chill for Premier division

    Premier Foods is launching chilled foods under its own brands, including Mr Kipling and Loyd Grossman, after taking a £125m...

  28. FT Alphaville

    February 9, 2011

    LSE/TMX - a defensive merger?

    The London Stock Exchange does not have a great track record of consummating deals (remember the proposed Deutsche Borse...

  29. FT Alphaville

    January 31, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Monday, - Ryanair posts third-quarter loss of €10m – statement. - Lagardere to sell...

  30. January 26, 2011

    London small caps: Pursuit Dynamics bounces back

    Pursuit Dynamics bounced back from recent weakness as the company moved to refute claims made in a dossier that has been...

  31. January 25, 2011

    London small caps: fundraising talk hits Chaarat

    Chaarat Gold Holdings was in focus on Tuesday. Shares in the Aim-listed company, which operates in the Kyrgyz Republic,...

  32. January 25, 2011

    Boparan increases stake in Northern

    Ranjit Singh Boparan has increased his stake in Northern Foods in a move that will further limit the chances of a counterbid...

  33. January 25, 2011

    Taste for bigger fish to fry

    Ranjit Boparan, Boparan Holdings The battle for Northern Foods has placed Ranjit Boparan firmly on the map of Britain’s...

  34. January 24, 2011

    Churchill Mining in focus

    Churchill Mining was in focus on Monday. Its shares rose 5.9 per cent to 111¾p on the back of reports that claimed the...

  35. FT Alphaville

    January 24, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Monday, - Greencore ‘considering its options’ after Northern Foods recommends Boparan bid...

  36. FT Alphaville

    January 24, 2011

    Greencore eyes sweetener for Northern

    Greencore is considering a cash sweetener to its proposed all-paper merger with Northern Foods as it vies for the UK food...

  37. FT Alphaville

    January 24, 2011

    Weekend catch-up

    In case you missed it: weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, -       UK banks face ring-fence for...

  38. January 23, 2011

    Greencore looks to sweeten Northern bid

    Greencore is considering a cash sweetener to its proposed all paper merger with Northern Foods to wrestle the food...

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