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Mondelez, Burton's look ahead after Cadbury deal

Last month, after some speculation earlier in the summer, Mondelez International confirmed it was buying the licence to manufacture, market...

Deal or no deal: Will UB owners float or sell?

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are progressing with plans to offload UK Jacob's-to-McVitie's manufacturer United Biscuits. The question o...


Dean Best | 1 May 2014

Morrisons today (1 May) gave the first significant details on its plan, announced in March, to lower prices across the store in a bid to stem and revitalise the UK grocer's falling sales.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Feb 2014

The blame game continues to escalate as to who is responsible for the obesity crisis in the UK. While some point the finger at the Government for not being convicted enough in its approach to tackle the problem, the finger is often pointed back at the food industry for failing to co-operate. Hannah Abdulla explores the complex issue.


Katy Askew | 19 Nov 2013

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the Canadian pension fund, has taken majority ownership of Burton's Biscuit Co., ending months of speculation over who would walk away with the UK firm. The news provides clarity over the likely direction Burton's will take - confirming a focus on power brands and international expansion, Katy Askew suggests.


Burton's Biscuit Co., the UK firm behind brands including Maryland cookies and Jammie Dodgers, is up for sale. The first round of bidding has been completed and rumoured suitors include private-equity firms Apax Partners and CapVest, Canadian fund Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Fox's biscuits owner 2 Sisters Food Group. Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden suggests another private-equity firm, Bridgestone, which has just bought a biscuit business in Poland, should look at Burton's, too.

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Katy Askew | 3 Feb 2014

United Biscuits has embarked on a strategy it believes will grow UK biscuit sales over the next three years. The company is unifying its offering under two "master brands" - McVitie's and Jacob's - as well as stepping up investments in production and marketing. Jon Eggleton, MD for United Biscuits' UK business, spoke to just-food about the group's domestic expansion drive.


Katy Askew | 2 Apr 2013

Burton's Biscuit Co. is the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, producing iconic brands from Jammie Dodgers to Wagon Wheels and Maryland Cookies. Earlier this month, it emerged that the company's private equity owners, Apollo Management and CIBC, have hired advisors to look at options for the business, including potential sale. Apollo and CIBC took ownership of Burton's in 2011 and, since then, the company has focused its operations, developed its strategic initiatives to drive growth and shaken up its manufacturing base to improve profitability. Burton's chief marketing officer Stuart Wilson spoke to just-food about how management plans to drive continued growth in the biscuit sector.

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John Shepherd | 4 Jan 2017

UK-based Burton's Biscuit Co. has moved into the sharing segment with the launch of bite-sized cookies under its Maryland brand.


Katy Askew | 19 Sep 2016

Thirty additional companies, including Burton's Biscuit Co. and Dairy Crest, have joined the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in a bid to reduce the resource intensity of the UK's food sector. 


John Shepherd | 30 Aug 2016

UK-based Burton's Biscuit Co. has announced CEO Ben Clarke is stepping down after seven years in the post.


John Shepherd | 15 Aug 2016

UK-based Burton's Biscuit Co. has said it is set to launch a "transformational growth plan" across its core brands, following the sale of its Cadbury biscuit licence to Mondelez International.


John Shepherd | 12 Aug 2016

Mondelez International said today (12 August) it had agreed terms to buy the licence to manufacture, market and sell Cadbury-branded biscuits around the world from UK-based Burton's Biscuit Co.


John Shepherd | 21 Jul 2016

The owners of Burton's Biscuit Co. have declined to comment on reports that the firm has been approached by Cadbury owner Mondelez International in a move to buy back the license to produce biscuits under the Cadbury brand. 


John Shepherd | 21 Jul 2016

The owners of Burton's Biscuit Co. have declined to comment on reports that the firm has been approached by Cadbury owner Mondelez International in a move to buy back the license to produce biscuits under the Cadbury brand. 


Katy Askew | 7 Mar 2016

Burton's Biscuit Co. is reportedly closing in on a GBP330m takeover of Boparan Holdings-owned biscuit brand Fox's in a deal that could see the company sell off its Cadbury licence. 


Dean Best | 17 Feb 2016

Boparan Holdings has reportedly started talks with fellow UK group Burton's Biscuit Co. over the possible sale of Fox's Biscuits.


Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium-based biscuit maker, has bought a majority stake in Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.


Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium-based biscuit maker, has bought a majority stake in Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.


Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Belgium-based biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.


Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Belgium-based biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Natural Balance Foods has confirmed its shareholders are "considering options" for the business in the wake of speculation it has received takeover bids for the business.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Natural Balance Foods has confirmed its shareholders are "considering options" for the business in the wake of speculation it has received takeover bids for the business.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co., Kellogg and Hain Celestial have all declined to comment on media speculation they have submitted bids to acquire Natural Balance Foods, the maker of Nakd and Trek health food bars.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co., Kellogg and Hain Celestial have all declined to comment on media speculation they have submitted bids to acquire Natural Balance Foods, the maker of Nakd and Trek health food bars.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co. has rolled out a new product under its Maryland brand in the UK.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co. has rolled out a new product under its Maryland brand in the UK.


Dean Best | 23 Feb 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co. has launched Jammie Bakes in the UK, a Jammie Dodgers line aimed at adult consumers.


Dean Best | 23 Feb 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co. has launched Jammie Bakes in the UK, a Jammie Dodgers line aimed at adult consumers.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jan 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co. is debuting American-style soft cookies to the UK biscuit aisle - "a first" it claims - under its Maryland brand.

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Katy Askew | 10 Oct 2014

If Burton's Biscuit Co. is successful in its bid to take control of peer United Biscuits, the UK biscuit maker could return the Cadbury brand to Mondelez International in a bid to settle competition concerns.


Katy Askew | 3 Oct 2014

Kellogg CEO John Byrant has reportedly flown to London to meet with United Biscuits as part of the US company's bid to seal a deal for the UK biscuits group.

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