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Food & Beverage

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

PE-Backed US Foods Intensifies Acquisition Spree in Wake of Sysco Deal Failure


Since the Sysco merger fell through, the KKR and CD&R-backed buyer bought Cara Donna, Dierks Waukesha and Food Genius

Hormel Grows Grocery Segment with Organic Nut Butter Maker


The addition of Justin’s continues Hormel’s strategy to expand outside of meats, including its purchases of CytoSport and Skippy

Dean Foods Expands Dessert Business with Friendly’s Ice Cream


Clayton Dubilier, Hershey and Peak Rock have also made recent food deals

JAB Subsidiary Buys Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Continue Deal Spree


JAB previously purchased Einstein Noah, Keurig Green Mountain and Master Blenders

CD&R Backs Maker of Sausage Casings Kalle, as Buyers Chew on Food Targets


Hershey, McCormick and Peak Rock have also purchased food companies

Peak Rock Adds to Food Portfolio with Diamond Crystal Brands


Hormel is selling DCB, which makes portion-control and single-serve foods and beverages

Hershey Adds BarkThins Chocolate Pretzels, as Buyers Snack on Food Deals


Clearlake and Hammond Kennedy have made investments in the sector

McCormick & Co. Picks Up Another Herb Maker


The purchase of Gourmet Garden follows McCormick’s acquisitions of Brand Aromatics, Drogheria & Alimentari and One World Foods

AB InBev Offers to Sell Beer Brands for Early EU Approval


The Budweiser owner says it will its Peroni and Grolsch brands

Z Capital Shows Buyers Crave Restaurant Deals with Pink Taco Investment


Barteca Holdings and Greene Turtle have also received PE Interest

Golden State Foods, Supplier to McDonald’s, Acquires Dairy Co. KanPak


Recent food and beverage deals have included purchases made by Clearlake Capital and Apollo

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