Dean Foods has reportedly become the focus of a possible takeover bid by Chinese beverage giant Wahaha Group.
According to the Financial Times, executives from Wahaha’s Hongsheng Beverage have recently approached several international banks and private equity funds regarding a possible bid. The report cited unnamed sources who stressed that the talks are at an early stage, even as Wahaha was considering other targets too.
Dean Foods has seen its market value fall sharply since 2013, partly due to spin-offs, such as that of WhiteWave Foods. The company remains the largest dairy processor in the US.
Wahaha produces bottled water, milk, and tea drinks, and generated $7.4bn in sales during 2015.
Danone has appointed three deputy CEOs to “better connect categories and regions” and drive the delivery of its ‘Renew Danone’ strategy. The new appointees are Veronique Penchienati-Bosetta, Shane Grant and Juergen Esser. They will report to Danone CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique.
PepsiCo Portugal has announced that it will invest €7.5 million to construct a new biodigester, which will turn organic waste into biogas. As well as helping its Carregado facility to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon emissions, the biodigester will also contribute to reducing gas consumption, allowing the installation to use the biogas produced during the anaerobic digestion process.
Kerry is sponsoring The Kerry Upcycled Food Foundation Fellowship in a new partnership with the Upcycled Food Foundation (UFF), the non-profit subsidiary of the Upcycled Food Association (UFA). The research fellowship is the second initiated by the UFF and will work toward advancing the understanding of the market, consumer perception and technical opportunities of upcycled food.