Due Diligence

Cybersecurity Must Be Part of the M&A Process, says Eric Feldman, CIO of the Riverside Co.
The Yahoo data breach, coming in the midst of Verizon’s acquiring the struggling Internet company, provides a moment of reflection on cybersecurity


The Weekly Wrap: Bravo Sports, Pritzker Brothers, US Foods
Bravo Sports buys Nutcase; Pritzker Brothers acquire ProAmpac; US Foods purchases Save on Seafood

Private Equity

PE Firms Fundraising: Apollo Accord, Welkin Captial and Others
Summit Investors is also raising a fund

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Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 25 leading female transaction professionals, including Jeri Harman, founder of Avante Mezzanine Partners

Mid-Market Awards

Mergers & Acquisitions Names Winners of the 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards

Food & Beverage

US Foods Acquires Save on Seafood, as Buying Spree Continues After Sysco Merger Collapses

The buyer previously made deals for Cara Donna, Food Genius and Freshway Foods

Supervalu Sells Save-A-Lot Chain to Onex, as the Grocery Sector Consolidates

Other related purchases have come from Apollo, Haggen and Kroger

Kellogg Buys Brazilian Food Company Parati to Continue Expanding in Emerging Markets

The maker of Froot Loops and Special K previously invested in Multipro

General Atlantic Backs Joe & the Juice, as PE Firms Warm up to “Fast Casual”

Jimmy John’s, Pink Taco and Wetzel’s Pretzels have garnered private equity investments

Palladium’s Investment in Del Real Shows Globalization Drives Interest in Hispanic Foods

Other food buyers include Ajinomoto and Teasdale Foods

Roark Capital’s Stake in Jimmy John’s Reinvigorates PE Interest in Restaurant M&A, Says Duff & Phelps' Josh Benn

Capital-efficient franchise business models, including CiCi’s Pizza, Wetzel’s Pretzels, and PepperJax Grill, have added to the positive sentiment

B&G Deploys Cash Raised in Public Offering to Soak up Seasonings from ACH

The purchase follows other food acquisitions by B&G including Mama Mary’s, Rickland Orchards and Green Giant

Roark Capital Grabs Majority Interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Minority Owner Exits

The target joins Roark’s restaurant portfolio that includes Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Cinnabon

PE Newcomer CenterOak Picks Up Second Investment Following Initial Fund Close

CenterOak's stake in pretzel stand operator Wetzel’s comes as buyers seek chains with national growth potential

Danone’s WhiteWave Purchase and Other Organic Deals Reveal Hidden Gems

Levi Strauss, who made a fortune selling jeans and supplies in the California Gold Rush, provides a good role model, says MHT MidSpan’s Craig Lawson

Cott Beverages Buys S&D Coffee Business

Distribution giant recently acquired Eden Springs coffee machines from Rhone Capital

Jordan-Backed Vantage Specialty Chemicals Adds to Food Ingredients Business with Mallet Acquisition

ConAgra, Platinum Equity, Givaudan and Highlander top the list of recent food ingredients dealmakers

Food Packager Sabert Wraps Up Deal for Mullinix

Seller is PE firm Mason Wells, which recently acquired healthcare plastics components supplier MGS Manufacturing

Pruning Process: 7 Consumer Goods Producers Buy & Sell to Grow

Procter & Gamble sold Duracell and is divesting 40-plus beauty brands; Clorox sold car cleaners and bought Renew Life probiotics; General Mills sold Green Giant and bought Epic Provisions

Evian Owner Danone Buys WhiteWave, Maker of Silk Soy Milk

Other healthy food acquisitions have come from Hain Celestial, Hammond Kennedy and Pinnacle

Alex Gores Breathes New Life Into Hostess Brands

Current investors Apollo Management and Dean Metropoulos will retain a minority stake in the once-struggling maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs

Geneva Glen Buys Dianne’s Fine Desserts, a Former Heinz Carve-Out

Acquisition from Superior Capital follows recent deals by Snow Phipps, Platinum Equity and Dean Foods

Snow Phipps-Backed Teasdale Stays Active, Adds Tortilla Maker Mesa Foods

Teasdale previously purchased Bruce Foods’ Mexican brands, Casa Fiesta and Jardine’s Foods

ConAgra Sells Food Ingredient Distributor JM Swank, Trims Slow-Growing Lines

ConAgra recently agreed to sell Spicetec, is in the process of spinning off Lamb Weston and sold the private label division

Cott Expands Beyond Private-Label Beverages to Add Coffee Machine Maker

Cott bought DS Services in 2014 as part of the company’s growth strategy

PE-Backed Wendy’s Japan Acquires Rival Fast-Food Chain

The purchase of First Kitchen follows deals for Barteca, Krispy Kreme and Pink Taco

ConAgra Divests Spicetec, as Consumer Products Giants Clean House

To focus on fast-growing Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National, Hunt's and Slim Jim, ConAgra is selling Lamb Weston and other slower-growing brands

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