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Bernard Matthews lining up bid for troubled Banham Poultry

5 Oct 2018

UK turkey producer Bernard Matthews is among parties looking to acquire beleaguered Banham Poultry, an independent family-owned business based in Norfolk, in eastern England.

Jobs to go at UK turkey group Bernard Matthews, says union

6 Apr 2017

UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews is to axe 128 jobs at its Great Witchingham headquarters in Norfolk, eastern England and "cease all-year-round chicken production" at the facility, union leaders claimed today (6 April).

UK turkey group Bernard Matthews eyes job cuts

8 Feb 2017

UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews could be set to cut 150 jobs in a bid to make the business "fit for future growth".

Competition watchdog clears Bernard Matthews deal by 2 Sisters chief Ranjit Boparan

13 Jan 2017

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared last year's acquisition of turkey processor Bernard Matthews by the private investment vehicle of Ranjit Singh Boparan, the CEO of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group.

Probe starts into Bernard Matthews deal by 2 Sisters chief Ranjit Boparan

19 Oct 2016

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into the acquisition of turkey processor Bernard Matthews by the private investment vehicle of Ranjit Singh Boparan, the CEO of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group.

What next for UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews?

23 Sep 2016

There is hope the embattled UK turkey processor can be revitalised under the stewardship of Ranjit Singh Boparan, the UK businessman with extensive interests in poultry. However, there are questions about what will happen to the pensions of Bernard Matthews' staff, while the company's commercial performance is in need of improvement.

Bernard Matthews sale to 2 Sisters chief puts focus on pension scheme

21 Sep 2016

The UK's Pension Protection Fund (PPF) said today (21 June) it is set to start assessing the pension scheme of turkey producer Bernard Matthews, which was acquired last night by the private investment vehicle of Ranjit Singh Boparan, the chief executive of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group.

2 Sisters chief Ranjit Boparan buys Bernard Matthews

21 Sep 2016

Europe's largest turkey producer, Bernard Matthews, has been acquired by the private investment vehicle of Ranjit Singh Boparan, the chief executive of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group.

UK regulator "in contact" with Bernard Matthews' pension fund trustees

20 Sep 2016

The UK's pensions regulator has confirmed it is "in contact" with trustees of the Bernard Matthews pension fund over reports Europe's largest turkey producer is about to be sold – with Boparan Holdings-owned 2 Sisters Food Group understood to be one of two potential buyers.

MP calls for pensions probe into Bernard Matthews "deal"

20 Sep 2016

A senior UK MP has called for the country's pensions regulator to investigate the "imminent sale" of Europe's largest turkey manufacturer, UK-based Bernard Matthews.

Union calls for Bernard Matthews talks as "second suitor" emerges

19 Sep 2016

The UK's biggest trade union, Unite, today (19 September) called for urgent talks with the management of Europe's largest turkey manufacturer, UK-based Bernard Matthews, after the union said a second potential buyer for the company had emerged.

Bernard Matthews owner silent on talk of imminent sale to 2 Sisters

19 Sep 2016

The majority owner of Europe's largest turkey manufacturer, Bernard Matthews, has declined to comment on reports that an announcement of the sale of the business to Boparan Holdings-owned 2 Sisters Food Group is imminent.

Bernard Matthews owner 'transferring pension liability'

12 Sep 2016

Fresh uncertainty has been raised over the future of Bernard Matthews, with reports suggesting that the company's owners could be preparing to transfer the company's pension liability to the Pension Protection Fund. 

Bernard Matthews selling German operations

6 Jul 2016

Europe's largest turkey manufacturer, Bernard Matthews, said today (6 July) it had exchanged contracts to sell its German subsidiary, Bernard Matthews Oldenburg (BMO), to Germany's Sprehe Gruppe.

UPDATE: Bernard Matthews sale "worrying time" for workers – union

30 Jun 2016

Unite, the union representing workers at the UK's largest turkey producer Bernard Matthews, has called for clarity over the company's future after it emerged the business' private-equity owners are consulting with advisers on a possible sale. 

Turkey group Bernard Matthews for sale 

30 Jun 2016

The owners of Europe's largest turkey manufacturer, Bernard Matthews, are considering selling the business. 

Bernard Matthews boosts capacity at Norfolk site

8 Jan 2015

Turkey processor Bernard Matthews is to increase production capacity at its Norfolk site.

UK: Poor turkey sales see Bernard Matthews close plant

8 May 2014

Bernard Matthews is preparing to close its Grainthorpe factory in Lincolnshire - a move which sees 80 jobs at risk.

UK: Bernard Matthews runs up GBP20m loss

13 Nov 2013

UK poultry producer Bernard Matthews has booked a loss of over GBP20m in its latest financial accounts.

Interview: Investor Rutland to help put Bernard Matthews "back on the map"

4 Sep 2013

Turnaround specialist Rutland Partners has taken a stake in the UK's largest turkey brand, Bernard Matthews. Rutland managing partner Paul Cartwright is undaunted by the challenges that the company faces and - with a fresh injection of funds - Rutland believes it can help put Bernard Matthews "back on the map". Katy Askew spoke to Cartwright to find out more about what attracted the generalist investor to the struggling poultry processor.

Deal or no deal: 2 Sisters touted prime Bernard Matthews bidder

20 Jun 2013

Bernard Matthews Farms has admitted it may look for outside investment and 2 Sisters Food Group is reportedly considering a bid for the business. Industry watchers believe the UK food giant is the prime candidate to acquire the poultry processor. Michelle Russell reports.

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

28 May 2013

Campbell Soup Co. became the third major multinational to invest in the buoyant organic baby food sector in a month with a deal to buy US firm Plum Organics. Danone is another of the three food giants to do business in organic baby food - and this week it continued its investment in faster-growing categories and markets with a fresh attempt to crack China's booming yoghurt sector.

UK: Asda launches “biggest price rollback” for decade

5 Jan 2010

UK retailer Asda has announced a raft of price cuts across its stores in what it claims is its biggest price rollback for a decade.

UK: Bernard Matthews sees upswing; namesake signals retirement

30 Oct 2009

UK meat group Bernard Matthews Holdings has returned an operating profit on continuing operations in 2008, thanks in part to falling costs, despite a fall in annual turnover.

UK: Bernard Matthews rapped over promo error

12 Jun 2009

Bernard Matthews has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a complaint against a recent on-pack promotion.

UK: Bernard Matthews Farms appoints UK MD

8 Jun 2009

Bernard Matthews Farms has appointed Jeff Halliwell managing director of its UK business.

UK: Bernard Matthews axes 130 jobs

15 Jan 2009

UK turkey producer Bernard Matthews has announced plans to cut 130 jobs at its Norfolk production facility.

UK: BFFF, Carbon Trust launch “green” initiative

11 Nov 2008

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) and the Carbon Trust have joined forces to launch a project for the European frozen food industry.

Top stories on just-food this week

17 Oct 2008

The spectre of the economy continues to loom large of the consumer goods industries this week. Job cuts at PepsiCo and Cadbury, slowing sales at Hershey and the prospect of a food shortage crisis in Iceland. Elsewhere, Heinz has been bucking the trend of bad news whilst Nestle has turned its wrath on global biofuels policy. Read on for more of the stories that grabbed our readers' attention this week.

UK: Bernard Matthews loses brand value in 2008 poll

13 Oct 2008

Following last year’s bird flu health scares, Bernard Matthews lost 28% of its brand value, according to a survey listing the top 100 brands in the UK.


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