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Carrefour's Indian exit highlights challenges

Carrefour's move to exit India underlines the ongoing challenges international retailers and food manufacturers face in the market where res...

Comment: Online sales good news for big brands

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key gr...

Comment: United Biscuits sale not imminent

Much media attention has focused on whether the private-equity owners of United Biscuits are preparing to sell off the UK biscuit maker. How...

Analysis: UB sets sights on Middle East growth

United Biscuits has signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Saudi snacks business Rana Confectionery Products. The deal, the UK snacks...

Latest Interviews

Interview: United Biscuits driving UK growth 3 Feb 2014

Katy Askew

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.


Interview: Intersnack marketing chief on UB buy 5 Dec 2012

Katy Askew

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.

Latest News

United Biscuits pushes relaunched BN brand 8 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

United Biscuits is increasing its investment behind the recently relaunched BN brand in the UK.


United Biscuits seeks to make Jacob's "relevant" 2 Apr 2014

Katy Askew

United Biscuits is unifying its portfolio of savoury crackers under the Jacob's "master brand" and launching a fresh drive to increase relevance and deliver incremental category growth.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 17 Feb 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle and Mondelez International were among the major food manufacturers reporting 2013 results last week, although perhaps the most notable financial update was ConAgra Foods' second profit warning in five months. Elsewhere, there was speculation over the future ownership of UK grocer Morrisons and United Biscuits continued its international expansion with an investment in Nigeria.


United Biscuits invests in Nigerian biscuit firm 12 Feb 2014

Dean Best

United Biscuits has continued its international expansion with a move to buy a stake in Nigerian snacks group A&P Foods.


Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food 10 Feb 2014

Katy Askew

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, caused a stir when it lowered its full-year forecasts this week due to pressure on US sales. Retail sales in the country have entered an upward trajectory and close competitor Target Corp has been hit by a data breach scandal - but Wal-Mart has apparently failed to capitalise. Likewise, Kellogg missed market expectations when it reported fourth-quarter numbers due to an accelerating decline in North American revenues. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Latest blogs

How Nestle plans to grow in Nigeria 6 May 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle is reportedly planning on upping its presence in Nigeria. In the past six years, the world's largest food manufacturer has injected US$400m into its Nigerian business and has plans to spend $70m this year.


Jacob's goes crackers in "British hall of fame" 4 Apr 2014

Katy Askew

United Biscuits relaunched Jacob's as a "master brand" this week, bringing the group's classic cream crackers together with the likes of Mini Cheddars and Oddities. How to celebrate the heritage of an iconic UK brand that has been trading since 1885? Make a "great British hall of fame" - from the crackers themselves - of course!

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