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Reuters reports that in a speech to the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week, Kantar Retail Americas Chief Executive Ken Harris said that he expects the pace of mergers and acquisitions in the food industry to pick up in the next six to 12 months. The improving economy is creating an atmosphere that will be more friendly to deals in both the manufacturing and retailing sectors, he said.

• Gustavo Valle, CEO of Dannon, told the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit that his company expects “double-digit percentage dairy sales growth in the United States over the long-term and aims to double per capita consumption in that market within four years,” according to a Reuters story.
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