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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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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. 


Simon Harvey | 20 Nov 2017

Shares in Premier Foods rose on Wednesday (15 November) after the UK group posted second-quarter numbers that cheered the market. However, while group sales picked up, profits through the half year were flat, as were revenues from the mainstay branded division. Analysts, disappointed with Premier’s previous false harvests, are not rushing for the jam pots just yet, Simon Harvey reports.


Dean Best | 19 Jan 2017

This week's profit warning from Premier Foods plc dismayed the market with analysts expressing concern about the UK group's ability to pass on Brexit-linked cost increases, the performance of its brands and its promotional strategy.

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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.

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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.


Dean Best | 26 Apr 2018

Food manufacturers operating in the UK, including Nestle, Unilever and Premier Foods plc, today (26 April) set out a series of pledges on plastics, including ending the use of single-use plastics by 2025.


just-food.com | 18 Jan 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


just-food.com | 5 Jan 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.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Andy Coyne | 17 Oct 2017

UK group Premier Foods is to directly sell its Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes into New Zealand for the first time.


Andy Coyne | 31 Aug 2017

Premier Foods plc and Mondelez International have signed a deal to renew the UK group's long-standing licence to produce and market Cadbury-branded cake and ambient dessert products.


Simon Harvey | 9 Aug 2017

Premier Foods plc, the UK grocery supplier, has named Keith Hamill as the non-executive chairman designate to replace David Beever, who is stepping down from the board after nine years and five years as chair.


Katy Askew | 20 Jul 2017

Premier Foods revealed this morning (20 July) its first-quarter revenue fell by 3.1% as declining sales of the UK group's grocery brands offset the growth of sweet treats and non-branded items.


Andy Coyne | 11 Jul 2017

A frustrated investor has piled pressure on Premier Foods plc with a letter to its chairman bemoaning the way the UK group is run.

Latest blogs

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.


Dean Best | 30 Mar 2016

The conference calls companies hold with equity analysts can, on occasion, be relatively tame affairs, with businesses sometimes not pushed on issues and us in the media - allowed to listen only - sitting on the phone and wanting executives to be pressed on their initial answers. Yesterday (29 March), some stiff questions were put to McCormick & Co.'s management over its interest in Premier Foods.



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