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Private equity firm KKR wins auction for Unilever’s spreads business

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Private equity firm KKR wins auction for Unilever’s spreads business

By Elaine Watson

Unilever has received a binding offer from US buyout fund KKR to purchase its global spreads business for €6.825bn ($8bn) following an auction in which it saw off competing bids from CVC Capital Partners, Apollo Global Management, Clayton Dubilier &...

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Unilever's spreads arm attracts PE suitors

By Katy Askew

The race is heating up for Unilever’s spreads business, which includes brands such as Flora and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, with a number of bids purportedly coming in from private equity interests.

Rumours persist that the Al Kharafi family wants to sell its 66.8% stake in Americana

Americana dodges sale rumours

By Eliot Beer

Kuwait’s Americana may be considering buyout bids from up to six firms in a potential US$5bn deal, but the food giant is denying the reports.

Apax Partners snaps up French private label snacks maker Europe Snacks

Europe Snacks changes hands

By Oliver Nieburg

France’s leading private label snack maker Europe Snacks has been sold by private equity firm IK Investment Partners to another private equity company Apax Partners.

Sarson's is one of Premier's non-core brands attracting interest

Premier Foods’ brands sought by private equity firms

By Dan Colombini

The acquisition of up-for-sale Ragu manufacturer Symington’s could be the key to unlocking the success of Premier Food’s non-core brands, according to city analysts, after reports of private equity interest in the businesses.

M&A round-up: July/August

M&A round-up: July/August

The summer season is traditionally not a time when much ink gets spread along the dotted line. But that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill working over time, with reports that Danisco may receive a bid from Apax and speculation over potential buyers of National...

Job cuts at Purac

Job cuts at Purac

Job losses at leading lactic acid supplier Purac are on the cards
as the firm's owner, bakery ingredients supplier CSM, continues its
restructuring programme to strengthen core activities.

Ahold completes Spanish sale

Ahold completes Spanish sale

Ahold has completed the sale of another of its international units,
in Spain, adding €685 million to its bank balance as it continues
its restructuring in the wake of a €1 billion fraud scandal,
writes Chris Jones.

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