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Who could swoop for Diamond Foods? 

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio dur...

United Biscuits sees Yildiz head West again

Yildiz Holding today (3 November) announced it had won the race to buy UK-based biscuit maker United Biscuits. In doing so, the privately-ow...

On the money: Kellogg stands firm on cereal plans

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Nov 2014

"There is no quick fix in this business," Kellogg CEO John Bryant conceded last week after reporting another challenging quarter for the US group's breakfast cereal business. However, with sales still under pressure, analysts are asking why Kellogg should be investing more in cereal than it is in snacks.

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

Katy Askew | 5 Sep 2014

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are progressing with plans to offload UK Jacob's-to-McVitie's manufacturer United Biscuits. The question on everyone's lips is whether the business will be floated or sold. Katy Askew reports.

Comment: Online sales good news for big brands

Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2014

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.

Comment: United Biscuits sale not imminent

Katy Askew | 4 Feb 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.

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Interview: United Biscuits international chief

Andrew Don | 7 Aug 2014

While speculation over the future ownership of United Biscuits intensifies, the UK snack maker is making strides beyond its domestic market, with a significant proportion of its growth coming from developing economies – Africa, the Middle East, India and China in particular. Jeff van der Eems, chief executive of UB's international business, speaks to Andrew Don about the company's international ambitions.

Interview: United Biscuits driving UK growth

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.

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Meiji in McVitie's Japan relaunch

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Aug 2015

Japanese food manufacturer Meiji Holdings has announced the relaunch of McVitie's biscuits in the country.

Leclerc to contest ruling on supplier payments

Stuart Todd | 6 Jul 2015

French retailer E.Leclerc is to contest a decision by the Paris Appeal Court ordering it to reimburse EUR61.3m to 48 of its suppliers.

Jacob's Cracker Crisps launched in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 14 May 2015

United Biscuits has announced the launch of Jacob's Cracker Crisps in the UK, bolstering its range of savoury bagged snacks in the country.

United Biscuits adds to McVitie's breakfast range

Hannah Abdulla | 13 May 2015

United Biscuits has announced the launch of two products as part of a relaunch of its McVitie's breakfast biscuit range in the UK.

Yildiz to list 45% of AK Gida

Katy Askew | 16 Mar 2015

Yildiz Holdings has applied to the Turkish Capital Markets Board to list 45% of its dairy unit, AK Gida.

United Biscuits CEO Martin Glenn set for FA role

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Mar 2015

United Biscuits CEO Martin Glenn is to leave the McVitie's maker to become CEO of the English Football Association.

Food industry quotes of week: UB, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Mar 2015

A week of some small but notable M&A transactions included Hain Celestial's purchase of US fresh food group Empire Kosher Foods and the race for Egypt's Arab Dairy being won by investment fund Pioneers Holding. Elsewhere, our latest management briefing included a look at how packaged food groups in the US could tap into the country's food service channel.

Food industry news of week: MOM Brands, Krave

Dean Best | 30 Jan 2015

In the first of the week's big deals, Post announced the acquisition of MOM brands, a fellow US breakfast cereal manufacturer. Post said the buy would cement its position as the third-largest cereal maker in the US.

Yildiz prepares to list dairy arm AK Gida

Katy Askew | 27 Jan 2015

Turkey's Yildiz Holding has confirmed plans to list its local dairy subsidiary, AK Gida.

United Biscuits launches DeliChoc biscuits in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Jan 2015

United Biscuits has launched DeliChoc biscuit brand, on sale in France and Belgium, in the UK.

2014's most-read interviews on just-food

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2014

Our interviews with senior United Biscuits executives - in the year the company's owners agreed to sell the UK snack maker to Turkey's Yildiz Holding - featured highly on the list of 2014's most-clicked interviews on just-food. Interviews with the CEOs of the UK's Premier Foods and Canada's Agropur, as well as the CFOs of Arla Foods and Brazil's BRF were also popular as we continued to gain access to some of the industry's leading lights.

2014's most-read news stories on just-food

Dean Best | 15 Dec 2014

The takeover battles for Chiquita Brands International and for Hillshire Brands were among the stories that grabbed your interest in 2014.

United Biscuits to cut jobs at UK plant

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Nov 2014

United Biscuits is to axe jobs at its McVitie's plant in Glasgow, the company confirmed today (28 November) as the snacks group makes "major changes" at the site.

Food industry quotes of week: BRF, UB, Raisio

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Nov 2014

This week, we published interviews with senior executives from Brazilian food giant BRF as it embarks on international expansion. Elsewhere, staff at United Biscuits' Aintree factory in Liverpool pushed forward with strike action and Finnish group Raisio secured control of Benecol in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

United Biscuits UK plant to start strike action

Dean Best | 20 Nov 2014

Workers at a United Biscuits plant in the UK are to take industrial action - with the first stoppage on Sunday - amid what union officials called a "management culture of disrespect and bullying".

Food industry quotes of week: Danone, Unilever

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Nov 2014

This week, Unilever filed a lawsuit against egg-free "mayo" maker Hampton Creek, alleging the US firm's Just-Mayo product is a fraud. In France, a food major was on the receiving end of legal action after French ice cream maker Dagniaux started proceedings against Danone.

UB halts sick pay as Aintree staff threaten strike

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Nov 2014

A threatened staff strike at United Biscuits' facility in Liverpool arising from a dispute over worker terms and conditions has resulted in the UK snacks maker temporarily halting sick pay.

Food industry quotes of week: Yildiz, Muller

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 2014

This week, Turkey's Yildiz Holding struck a deal - said to be over GBP2bn - to buy United Biscuits and the Turkish group's CEO took to Twitter to hail the agreement. Meanwhile, German dairy giant Muller agreed to buy Dairy Crest's liquid dairy business in the second big deal of the week. Elsewhere, quarterly numbers continued to come in, with Mondelez International lifting its forecast for annual earnings.

Food industry news of week: Yildiz, Dairy Crest

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2014

United Biscuits is set for a new owner - Turkey's Yildiz Holding. The UK-based snacks maker announced this week brands including McVitie's and BN would join Godiva chocolate in the Yildiz portfolio. The M&A spotlight was firmly on the UK last week, with German giant Müller striking a deal to buy Dairy Crest's liquid milk assets - competition approval pending.

Higher sales, lower taxes lift Ulker bottom line

Katy Askew | 7 Nov 2014

Higher sales and lower tax expenses have lifted net profit levels at Turkish biscuit maker Ulker Biskuvi despite a fall in operating income in the first nine months of the year.

United Biscuits sold to Yildiz Holding

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Nov 2014

United Biscuits' private-equity owners, Blackstone Group and PAI Partners, have agreed to sell the UK biscuit maker to Turkey's Yildiz Holding, the owner of chocolate brand Godiva.

United Biscuits names Meysman new chairman

Dean Best | 21 Oct 2014

United Biscuits, with owners weighing up whether to float or sell the business, has named Thomas Cook chair Frank Meysman as chairman of the UK biscuit manufacturer.

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Yildiz "eyes silver" in global snacks

Katy Askew | 19 Mar 2015

Yildiz Holding reportedly wants its snacks business to overtake Kellogg and become the world's second-largest snack manufacturer.

Burton's could return Cadbury biscuit brand to Mondelez in UB takeover

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.

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