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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

"There is no quick fix in this business," Kellogg CEO John Bryant conceded last week after reporting another challenging quarter for the US...

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...

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...

Latest Interviews

Interview: United Biscuits international chief 7 Aug 2014

Andrew Don

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 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.

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Food industry quotes of week: BRF, UB, Raisio 21 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

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 20 Nov 2014

Dean Best

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 14 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

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 11 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

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 7 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

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.

Latest blogs

Burton's could return Cadbury biscuit brand to Mondelez in UB takeover 10 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

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.


Kellogg shows willing but is it enough to secure UB? 3 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

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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