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United Biscuits has launched ad push for McVitieComment: United Biscuits sale unlikely in the near-term

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.

ISM: Innovation round-up from ISM 2014

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.

UK: United Biscuits sale not on cards - sources

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.

just-food's review of 2013: the trends that shaped 2013 M&A

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.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

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.

UK: Intersnack to consolidate KP nut production

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.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

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.

Deal or no deal: UK crisp firm Tyrrells could attract snack majors

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.

UK: Langholm "puts crisp firm Tyrrells up for sale"

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.

UK: Former Iglo chief Glenn to take helm at United Biscuits

12 April 2013

United Biscuits has appointed former Iglo Group chief executive Martin Glenn as its CEO.

Deal or no deal: The likely suspects to acquire Burton's Biscuit Co.

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.

IFE: All Good looks to develop premium tortilla category

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.

just-food review of 2012: M&A revival but caution hinders big deals

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.

UK: United Biscuits outlines biscuit, cake NPD plans

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.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

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.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

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.

Interview: Intersnack marketing chief ter Glane on UB snacks acquisition

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.

UK/GERMANY: Intersnack acquires United Biscuits salty snack brands

5 December 2012

Intersnack has reached a deal to acquire the snack unit of United Biscuits for an undisclosed sum.

UK: Intersnack "close" to United Biscuits snack deal

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.

On the move: UB's Bunker appointment adds to M&A talk

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.

UK: United Biscuits snacks auction "set for after summer"

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.

UK: New lines in relaunched Percy Dalton's nut range

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.

UK: Kellogg silent on United Biscuits snack "interest"

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.

Deal or no deal: Who is in the running for United Biscuits' salty snacks?

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.

GERMANY/UK: Intersnack UK arm names Wilson marketing chief

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.

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