DUBAI Aug 13 Major Saudi food producer Savola Group said on Wednesday it had begun preliminary talks on a potential acquisition of Kuwait Food Co (Americana) .
Savola has attended an investor roadshow held by Americana, which is one of the Middle East's largest food companies, but talks have not yet reached a stage that would require disclosure, the company said in a bourse filing.
Reuters reported in April that the al-Kharafi family, the billionaire majority shareholder in Americana, had hired investment bank Rothschild to explore a possible sale of the business. (Reporting by Nadia Saleem and Azza El Arabia; Editing by Andrew Torchia)
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