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Premier Foods plc is a UK-based food manufacturing company. Founded by Harry Solomon in 1976, Premier Foods plc is a public company, listed on the London Stock Exchange as PFD. The head office for Premier Foods plc is located in St Albans, England.

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What trends will drive UK food in 2019?

The food industry trends that experts believe we will see in the UK in 2019 reflect concerns across a number of issues, writes Andy Coy...

Premier CEO Darby leaving to mixed reaction

Gavin Darby has proved a controversial chief executive and some in the investment community will cheer his exit from Premier Foods. Others&n...


Ben Sillitoe | 24 Jul 2018

From shoppable recipes, to online marketplace stores and voice technology, Ben Sillitoe looks at the opportunities, challenges and emerging trends for food manufacturers developing online strategies.


Dean Best | 23 Jul 2018

Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby saw off a shareholder revolt this week, winning the vote on his re-election to the role. But any relief over that result will likely be short-lived as the UK manufacturer continues to face the challenge of eking out sales growth from legacy brands in low-growth categories and paying down debts and a hefty pension deficit.


Dean Best | 6 Jul 2018

It would be a surprise Premier Foods' under-fire CEO Gavin Darby is not re-elected at the UK group's AGM on 18 July but activist investor Oasis Management has brought to the fore concerns about the manufacturer's performance. The market will be watching closely if Premier moves forward under its current CEO.


Simon Harvey | 17 May 2018

What a difference twelve months makes as Premier Foods plc recorded its fastest pace of annual revenue growth in five years, a stark contrast to the disappointing results unveiled by chief executive Gavin Darby in 2017. And, at this juncture, the UK's fourth-largest food company is perhaps on a firmer footing to achieve its ongoing, yearly, sales growth target having seen a surge in demand in Australia and, at the same time, witnessed a revival in its Batchelors and Angel Delight brands. Simon Harvey investigates. 

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 30 Oct 2014

With growth hard to come by at home, international markets are an opportunity for UK food group Premier Foods. The Mr Kipling maker exports to around 30 countries but in recent months has set up a specific business unit to develop a sustainable presence overseas. Dean Best spoke to Peter Ellis, the head of division, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to hear about the company's plans.


Katy Askew | 5 Aug 2014

Premier Foods has strengthened its financial position and is building profitability through a focus on cost reduction. However, the UK company is finding the going tougher as it looks to accelerate its sales growth. Chief executive Gavin Darby spoke to just-food about how Premier is adapting to the changing landscape in UK grocery retail.

Latest News

Andy Coyne | 3 Dec 2018

Local authorities have been given advice on what they should do to prepare for Brexit by an organisation made up of food experts and environmental health specialists.


Andy Coyne | 27 Nov 2018

European food giant Nestle has told a hearing of UK politicians about the action it is taking ahead of Brexit next March.


Andy Coyne | 26 Nov 2018

Major dairy companies have been linked with interest in possibly making bids for Premier Foods' up-for-sale Ambrosia custard brand.


Andy Coyne | 14 Nov 2018

The UK's Premier Foods, behind brands such as Oxo stock cubes and Mr Kipling cakes, has revealed that it has taken action to prepare for a 'no-deal' Brexit.


Andy Coyne | 13 Nov 2018

Premier Foods, the UK manufacturer, has revealed this morning (13 November) it plans to sell one of its best-known brands.


Dean Best | 13 Nov 2018

Gavin Darby, the chief executive of Premier Foods, is to step down from the helm of the UK manufacturer after almost six years in the job.


just-food.com | 28 Sep 2018

This week, the more eye-catching new products announced to market include Arla Foods' organic fruit yogurts debut roll out in Germany, a collaboration between Germany's Dr Oetker and UK-based Quorn in pizza, and Nestle introducing the Maggi noodles brand to yogurt dips in India, along with a new snack brand in the UK and Ireland.


Andy Coyne | 25 Sep 2018

Some 90 UK food industry organisations - including producers, manufacturers and retailers - have committed to halving food waste.


just-food.com | 23 Aug 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes Bao Bun kits from London-based School of Wok.


just-food.com | 3 Aug 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Andy Coyne | 18 Jul 2018

Gavin Darby, the CEO of the UK's Premier Foods, has survived an attempt to unseat him by activist investors.


Andy Coyne | 18 Jul 2018

Ahead of its crucial AGM vote today which will determine the future of its CEO Gavin Darby, the UK's Premier Foods has suggested it is open to selling assets.


Andy Coyne | 16 Jul 2018

Under-fire Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby has broken his media silence to say he is "quietly confident" of victory in his re-election vote at the UK company's annual general meeting on Wednesday (18 July).


just-food.com | 13 Jul 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Dean Best | 11 Jul 2018

Premier Foods has said the company's largest shareholder, Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, is to back the UK manufacturer's under-pressure CEO Gavin Darby when he is up for re-election next week.


Andy Coyne | 10 Jul 2018

Oasis Management, the Hong Kong-based activist investor trying to unseat Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby, has doubled its stake in the UK business.


Dean Best | 9 Jul 2018

Two more major Premier Foods shareholders have reportedly indicated they will vote against the re-election of the UK manufacturer's CEO, Gavin Darby, at the Mr Kipling maker's AGM next week.


Andy Coyne | 5 Jul 2018

Oasis Management, the activist investor which is trying to unseat Premier Foods plc CEO Gavin Darby, has opened a new front in its battle with the UK food company.


Andy Coyne | 4 Jul 2018

Oasis Management, the Hong Kong-based activist investor trying to unseat Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby, is asking the UK manufacturer's largest shareholder, Nissin Foods Holdings, to abstain in his re-election vote.


Andy Coyne | 3 Jul 2018

Premier Foods plc remains locked in a war of words with activist investor Oasis Management, the activist investor trying to unseat the UK manufacturer's CEO Gavin Darby.


Andy Coyne | 2 Jul 2018

The UK's Premier Foods has written to shareholders ahead of a crucial annual general meeting stating its support for under fire CEO Gavin Darby.


Andy Coyne | 22 Jun 2018

The UK's Premier Foods has told the London Stock Exchange that one of its major shareholders, activist investor Oasis Management, is to vote against the re-election of Gavin Darby as CEO.

Latest blogs

Andy Coyne | 16 Nov 2018

The only word I have written more than Brexit over the last few weeks is Campbell, writes Andy Coyne.


Katy Askew | 28 Mar 2017

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.

Company research

Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in Ireland

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