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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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Comment: Premier has more to ponder than Brexit

This week's profit warning from Premier Foods plc dismayed the market with analysts expressing concern about the UK group's ability to pass...

What Premier CEO Gavin Darby thinks about Brexit

"I've been to several meetings on this particular subject, most of which have ended up in a feeling of great depression, where I think suici...


Dean Best | 20 Apr 2016

Just a week after dropping its interest in Premier Foods, McCormick & Co. announced the acquisition of Australian chilled herbs firm Botanical Food Co. When the US herbs and spices giant's interest in Premier emerged, McCormick said it had a "pipeline" of targets and industry watchers expect the company to continue to look to M&A for growth.


Dean Best | 14 Apr 2016

Three weeks after Premier Foods revealed McCormick & Co.'s interest in buying the UK group, its US suitor has, after seeing three proposed offers turned down, decided to walk away from the table. Premier insists it has a "strong future" as an independent company. Dean Best reflects on a tumultuous 21 days and considers what lies ahead for the Mr Kipling maker.


Dean Best | 14 Apr 2016

Here just-food presents rolling coverage and analysis of the takeover interest in Premier Foods from McCormick & Co. Premier rebuffed three proposals from the US spices and seasonings group, while Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, which outlined a "co-operation agreement" with the UK group in areas such as innovation and distribution, built a stake in the Mr Kipling maker. McCormick has decided against pursuing its interest in the UK group.


Hannah Abdulla | 20 May 2015

Rationalisation of SKUs and innovation will continue to form a big part of Premier Foods plc's focus for 2015, CEO Gavin Darby has said.

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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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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.


Helen Arnold | 5 Jul 2017

Premier Foods plc, the UK group, has launched a range of sauces aimed at children under the Homepride brand, which are said to be inspired by some of the country's most popular ethnic and Italian dishes.


Dean Best | 30 Jun 2017

Premier Foods, the UK company behind brands from Mr Kipling cakes to Bisto gravy, has played down reports claiming the company has embarked on a "strategic review".


Dean Best | 16 May 2017

Premier Foods today (16 May) indicated it would up its focus on controlling costs and generating cash after the UK group reported its annual results in a "challenging year" for the industry - and one in which its revenue and operating profit rose but its underlying sales and net earnings fell.


John Shepherd | 8 May 2017

Premier Foods, the UK group, has renewed its licence to produce and market Cadbury-branded cake and ambient dessert products, replacing a 12-month rolling deal with a five-year agreement.


John Shepherd | 26 Apr 2017

Premier Foods is launching a line of wheat- and gluten-free cakes under its Mr Kipling brand in the UK, in a bid to eat into the growing free-from market.


Dean Best | 18 Jan 2017

Premier Foods, the UK group behind brands including Mr Kipling cakes and Ambrosia custard, today (18 January) warned annual profits could be 10% lower than it expected, in part due to its struggles in passing on Brexit-linked cost increases.


Dean Best | 10 Jan 2017

Premier Foods, the UK group behind brands including Bisto and Mr Kipling, is in talks with retailers over the possibility of raising prices on its products to cover increased costs in the wake of Brexit.


Dean Best | 16 Nov 2016

Premier Foods has indicated it wants a longer-term deal for the Cadbury cake licence the UK group holds from brand owner Mondelez International on a 12-month, rolling basis.


Katy Askew | 15 Nov 2016

Premier Foods plc today (15 November) reported declines in first-half underlying revenues and in profits as the UK group saw a fall in like-for-like sales in the second quarter, higher marketing spend and tax expenses weigh on its half-year results.


Dean Best | 15 Nov 2016

Premier Foods plc today (15 November) outlined three ways in which the UK company and Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings will join forces in the coming months.


Katy Askew | 12 Oct 2016

Premier Foods plc has booked a 5.4% fall in revenue for the second quarter of its financial year, with the UK group saying the warm weather in September hitting categories such as gravy mixes and desserts.


Dean Best | 4 Oct 2016

Rhodes Food Group, the South African company, said today (4 October) it plans to buy local spices and condiments business Pakco.


Katy Askew | 30 Sep 2016

The chairman of the Premier Foods plc board, David Beever, has signalled his intention to stand down from his post. 


John Shepherd | 15 Aug 2016

Premier Foods plc has added a premium Sensational Stuffing line to its Paxo stuffing range.


Dean Best | 12 Aug 2016

Premier Foods has developed ready-to-use gravy sauces under the Bisto brand in the UK in a bid to target consumers wanting more convenient products.


Katy Askew | 21 Jul 2016

Premier Foods reported continued positive progression on its sales this morning (21 July), when it delivered its fourth consecutive quarter of revenue growth. 


Helen Arnold | 13 Jul 2016

UK food maker Premier Foods plc is working to grow sales of gluten-free snacks to capitalize on the rising number of consumers who are cutting gluten from their diets.


John Shepherd | 29 Jun 2016

US spice and condiments maker McCormick & Co has announced the appointment of Michael Smith as executive VP and CFO with effect from 1 September 2016.


Katy Askew and Dean Best | 24 Jun 2016

UK voters have spoken: Britain will leave the European Union. With the vote tally now reporting 51.9% of people back leaving commentators are turning to the future with uncertainty. What will Brexit mean for the food sector? 

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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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