(AUST >> FOREIGN) National Foods (owned by Japanese alcohol and pharmaceuticals giant Kirin) bought Australian Co-operative Foods, which trades as Dairy Farmers, for A$910 million in Nov 2008. Kirin bought National Foods last year, and already owns 46% of brewer Lion Nathan. National Foods owns the Pura Milk and Berri juice brands, while Dairy Farmers makes its own branded milk, Coon cheese and Ski yoghurt.
In Nov 2008, Belgium based brewing giant InBev bought USA brewing giant Anheuser-Busch for US$52 billion, creating the world’s largest brewer with nearly 25% global market share and one of the world’s top five consumer products companies. Brands include Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s. [source]
(FOREIGN >> AUST) Hans Smallgoods has been sold to Australian smallgoods company P&M Smallgoods, owners of the Primo brand. Hans was placed into receivership by it’s previous owners Japan Tobacco. [source]