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Ross Vegetable Products, the United Biscuits frozen vegetable products business, has undergone a £44m management buy-out.
Bernard Matthews is acquiring Bernhard Bartsch, the German maker of cooked pork and turkey products, for £5m.
S Daniels is acquiring Brash Brothers, the tea and coffee processor, for £1.85m.
Albert Fisher, the fresh foods group, is selling its North American distribution business to a management buy-out for £73m.
Brake Bros is to acquire DRV, the French supplier of chilled and frozen foods, for undisclosed terms.
Unigate has sold its remaining US restaurant businesses to CKE Restaurants for $42m.
Compass, the food services concern, is buying the food operations of Service America for £77m, making it the second largest contract caterer in the US.
Bass is acquiring Allied Domecq's 50% stake in Carlsberg-Tetley for £200m, and Carlsberg is putting its 50% stake, as well as £20m, into Bass Brewers in exchange for a 20% stake in the enlarged subsidiary.
Compass, the catering group, is acquiring Service America's dining and vending food service division for $119m.
Denham Holdings is buying Carter Penguin, the confectionery business, from Armour Trust for about £4.3m.
Continental Foods, the snacks and drinks business, is undergoing a £16m management buy-out.
Unigate is buying Kraft Foods International's UK and Italian margarine business for £77m.
Pillsbury, the Grand Metropolitan subsidiary, is buying Frescarini, the Brazilian maker of dough and fresh pasta, for undisclosed terms.
Compass is acquiring Professional Food-Service Management, the Florida-based college caterer, for up to $26m.
Dalgety Produce, the potato business, has been bought from Dalgety by management for £14.3m.
Unigate is buying H Hargrave, the Lincolnshire-based pork processor, for £18m.
Marriott International of the US has bought Russell & Brand, the UK contract caterer, for a price thought to be around £15m.
Cadbury Schweppes has sold its 51% stake in Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages, its soft drinks production joint venture, to Coca-Cola Enterprises for about £700m.
Unigate is selling its Black-eye Pea restaurant business in the US to DenAmerica for $65m.
Hillsdown Holdings is buying Continental Bakeries, the European biscuit maker, from Allied Domecq for £49m.
Warburtons, the bakery group, is selling its retail and pie manufacturing businesses to Lyndale Foods, a management buy-in, for undisclosed terms.
Compass Group is buying Roberts Catering and Payne & Gunter, the sports catering businesses, for £6.5m.
Geest has sold its Necta prepared pineapple operation, which has a factory in Costa Rica, to Pacific Asia Technologies, for up to $6.7m.
CL Marsden Wafers of Wigan has been bought by a management buy-in team and will be renamed Rivington Foods.
Walkers Snack Foods has sold Planters Nuts to a management buy-in team, as Walkers wants to concentrate on core brands.
ED&F Man Group has bought a majority of the assets of Ravioli, the Polish processor of edible nuts and cocoa beans, for £3.7m.
Compass has won shareholder support to acquire a controlling stake in Eurest France, the French contract caterer.
Parkland Foods, the supplier of foods to convenience stores, has bought Dutch Oven, the baker based in Rowley Regis.
Devro International, the maker of sausage casings, is selling its Devro America business to Nitta Gelatin of Japan for $26m.
Cadbury Schweppes' Trebor Bassett subsidiary is acquiring Craven Keiller, the boiled sweets and popcorn company, from Portfolio Foods.
S Daniels, the food ingredients concern, is acquiring Johnsons Fresh Products, the orange juice distributor, for £6.6m, and may follow it up with further acquisitions.
HP Bulmer is buying Inch's, the privately-owned third biggest cider maker in the UK, for £23m.
Global Group is buying Express Caterers for an initial £850k.
Louis Dreyfus, the French commodities concern, has bought Anderson Clayton, the Brazilian oil miller, from Unilever for undisclosed terms.
Hillsdown Holdings' HL Foods subsidiary is to buy the UK canning operations of Groupe Danone's HP Foods, including the North Walsham factory but not the HP Sauce brand.
Yorkshire Food is to sell Scotia Group, its home baking business, to Hallco 63, part of a venture capital group, leaving it to focus on its Californian produce operations.
SeaPerfect, the scallop and clam farmer, is expected to be sold to its largest shareholder, Mr Carlos Celle, to avoid liquidation.
The catering division of Sims Food Group has been bought by a management buy-in buy-out team.
Unilever is acquiring Consorcio Agro Industrial de Malloa, the Chilean food manufacturing group that is the leading tomato paste producer, for £66m.
Unilever has bought a 75% stake in Lyons Irish Holdings, the tea company, from Allied Domecq for £74m.
Allied Domecq is to sell Chacalli de Decker, the duty-free operation based in Antwerp, to Seabourne World Express.
Kerry Group has bought Ciprial, the French maker of fruit-based food ingredients, for £52m.
MD Foods, the Danish-owned dairy concern, is planning a 25% capacity increase in the UK over the next five years.
Matthew Clark has bought Dunn & Moore, the Scottish delivered wholesale concern, for an initial £3.7m.
Hillsdown has bought Nager Holdings, which gives it 91% of Hobson, the food and drink concern.
Heinz has acquired Britwest, the Telford-based maker of single-serve condiments and drinks.
Stateside Foods has acquired St Christopher Foods pizza business, and will transfer production from Skipton to Bolton.
Global Group is buying Mawbeef Manufacturing, the Birmingham meat products company, and Ravencrown, the frozen food distributor.
BOCM Pauls plans to buy Usborne's pig production operation for £7.4m.
Unigate has acquired the Lovell bacon business from Booker for £20.2m.