4 February 2014
Much media attention has focused on whether the private-equity owners of United Biscuits are preparing to sell off the UK biscuit maker. However, Katy Askew suggests, a sale is unlikely to be on the agenda in the near term.
29 January 2014
Confectioners have gathered from all over the world to attend sector-specific trade show ISM in Cologne this week. Many companies are showcasing some of their most recent innovations, providing an indication of the latest trends in global confectionery markets. Here is a selection of some NPD that caught our eye.
15 January 2014
The private-equity owners of United Biscuits are not preparing for an imminent sale of the UK biscuit group, industry sources have indicated.
6 January 2014
M&A levels remained relatively subdued in 2013. Growing private-equity interest and something of a shift in capital flows to mature markets have been significant trends shaping the M&A landscape. While gaining routes-to-market in emerging economies has remained key for strategic buyers. Katy Askew examines some of the stand-out deals of the past 12 months.
9 December 2013
Unilever CEO Paul Polman last week met analysts to explain how the consumer goods giant is changing its business amid slowing sales, moves that are set to include 2,000 jobs being cut.
2 December 2013
Intersnack, the owner of KP Snacks, plans to consolidate its UK nut processing and packing to remove over-capacity from its network and to lower fixed costs.
28 May 2013
Plum Organics this week joined Happy Family and Ella's Kitchen as three organic baby food brands set to have new, multinational owners. Campbell Soup Co. is to buy Plum, joining Danone and Hain Celestial as three food majors that have looked to invest in the growing category in just a month.
23 May 2013
Private-equity firm Langholm Capital was this week reported to have put UK crisp group Tyrrells on the market. Langholm has declined to comment on the reports but the investment firm are said to have put a GBP100m (US$151.9m) price tag on the company.
20 May 2013
Langholm Capital, the owner of UK crisp group Tyrrells, has declined to comment on reports it has put the company up for sale.
12 April 2013
United Biscuits has appointed former Iglo Group chief executive Martin Glenn as its CEO.
8 April 2013
The private-equity owners of Burton's Biscuit Co. are "considering options" for the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, a process that could lead to an eventual sale. Katy Askew takes a look at the players for whom an acquisition of Burton's could hit the sweet spot.
19 March 2013
UK snack maker All Good hopes to develop a premium market for tortilla chips in the country through the expansion of its high-end brand Manomasa.
19 December 2012
There were, despite continued economic uncertainty in many Western markets and concerns over slowing growth in the East, signs that M&A activity rebounded in the food sector this year. However, a look at just-food's M&A coverage this year shows there have been few big-ticket, transformational deals.
11 December 2012
United Biscuits, which last week agreed the sale of the bulk of its salty snacks, has set out the new products it will add to its biscuits portfolio in 2013.
10 December 2012
The week's two major stories broke within hours of each other on Wednesday - Tesco admitted it was "likely" to leave the US and Germany's Intersnack snapped up United Biscuits' salty snacks business. Elsewhere, ex-Tesco CEO Terry Leahy led a private-equity buy-out of UK discounter B&M Retail and Canada's Saputo agreed to buy Dean Foods' Morningstar arm. Meanwhile, Singapore agribusiness giant Olam International found its finances under scrutiny and we interviewed the head of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa.
10 December 2012
Tesco's decision to potentially exit the US market shared the headlines with Intersnack's acquisition of United Biscuit's salty snacks unit. just-food spoke with Intersnack's MD Bernd ter Glane about the deal. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with FrieslandCampina's boss Cees Ruijgrok and the chief executive of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa, Ian Donald.
5 December 2012
Intersnack announced this morning (5 December) that it has reached an agreement to purchase the snacks arm of United Biscuits, KP Snacks. The news ended months of speculation over who would acquire the unit after it was put on the block by its private-equity owners, Blackstone and PAI Partners. Intersnack international marketing director Bernd ter Glane spoke to Katy Askew about the German company's plans for the group.
5 December 2012
Intersnack has reached a deal to acquire the snack unit of United Biscuits for an undisclosed sum.
4 December 2012
German savoury snacks giant Intersnack is understood to be close to signing a deal to acquire the salty snacks business of United Biscuits.
7 August 2012
Speculation over the potential sale of United Biscuits' salty snacks division will start up again this week following the appointment of Kraft Foods' Nick Bunker as CEO of the unit.
20 July 2012
The owners of United Biscuits will reportedly start the process to sell the UK firm's salty snacks business after the summer period.
12 July 2012
Intersnack has developed new lines as part of its relaunched its range of Percy Dalton's snack nuts on sale in the UK.
28 May 2012
Cereal giant Kellogg has declined to comment on reports that it is considering launching a takeover bid for the salty snacks division of UK food manufacturer United Biscuits.
28 March 2012
The private-equity owners of United Biscuits are considering offloading the salty snacks side of the business may come as little surprise, with the UK group set to be split in two. With the auction process expected to begin in several months time, Katy Askew takes a look at the likely suitors for the Hula Hoops maker.
13 January 2012
The UK arm of Germany-based snack maker Intersnack has named former Northern Foods executive Dave Wilson to the new role of marketing director.