Unilever acquires healthy snack brand Graze

LONDON — Unilever P.L.C. has acquired the snack company Graze, which does business in the United Kingdom and the United States. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Accelerating our presence in healthy foods and out of home this is an excellent strategic fit for the Unilever Food & Refreshment business, and a wonderful addition to our stable of purpose driven brands,” said Nitin Paranjpe, president of Unilever Food & Refreshment. “We look forward to working with the Graze team to grow the business, leveraging their tech and e-commerce expertise for our wider portfolio, and offering more consumers the opportunity to snack in a healthier way.”

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Kraft Heinz finalizes acquisition of Primal Nutrition

The Kraft Heinz Co. has finalized its acquisition of Primal Nutrition, L.L.C., the maker of Primal Kitchen branded products, for approximately $200 million. Founded in 2015 by Mark Sisson and Morgan Buehler, Primal Kitchen offers a range of better-for-you condiments, sauces, dressings and snacks. The business is expected to generate approximately $50 million in net sales this year.

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Bellisio’s Buys Frozen Specialties Inc.

Frozen food manufacturer Bellisio Foods has entered into an agreement to buy Frozen Specialties Inc. (FSI), a processor of frozen pizza and related products primarily for private label. Bellisio made a deal to buy FSI, based in Perrysburg, Ohio, from Swander Pace Capital for an undisclosed sum.

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PepsiCo Buys British Snack Maker

PepsiCo has announced plans to acquire a British manufacturer of premium salty snacks.

Pipers, a 14-year-old company based in Lincolnshire, creates kettle chips and pea-based snacks called “Crispeas.” The company distributes its products throughout the United Kingdom, and has sales in Europe and the U.S. PepsiCo says it hopes to expand distribution, especially in export markets.

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Coke acquires Costa Coffee for $5B

The Coca-Cola Company today announced it has reached an agreement for the acquisition of London-based coffee company Costa Limited. The deal, valued at $5.1 billion, is the largest brand acquisition in the company’s history and is expected to close in the first half of 2019. The move represents a new frontier for the world’s largest beverage company, as it moves into brick-and-mortar retail for the first time and takes over a complex global supply chain in coffee, a highly competitive category.

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