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UK: Quorn to focus ad spend on dieters

10 Jun 2011

Quorn Foods plans to focus its marketing budget on educating consumers about the range's health benefits.

On the move: Critics line up as Premier's Schofield announces exit

28 Apr 2011

The markets aren't always right but perhaps it was indicative of the City's opinion of Premier Foods plc's chief executive Robert Schofield that shares in the UK's largest food maker rose when he announced his plans to retire earlier today (28 April).

Best bits: Greencore pulls plug on Northern; Quorn Foods is born

14 Mar 2011

So, what now lies ahead for Greencore, the Ireland-based convenience food group?

just the answer - Kevin Brennan, Quorn Foods CEO

11 Mar 2011

Premier Foods plc's decision to sell its meat-free business was seen as a move to reduce a debt pile at the UK's largest food group that, last summer, reached over GBP1.3bn. The unit, renamed Quorn Foods, is now in the hands of Exponent Private Equity. Dean Best spoke to Kevin Brennan, the former Kellogg executive that Premier appointed to run its meat-free operations, and who is now CEO of the new firm.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

11 Mar 2011

Perhaps the biggest M&A story in the UK food sector this week reached the final chapter when Ireland's Greencore gave up on its pursuit to buy UK rival Northern Foods.

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

11 Mar 2011

This week featured the surprise news that Morrisons acquired a stake in US online grocer Fresh Direct, while Greencore was outfoxed in its bid to acquire Boparan. Meanwhile just-food attended the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum. Here's the best of what was said this week:

UK: Quorn Foods created as Premier seals meat-free sale

7 Mar 2011

Premier Foods plc has completed the sale of its meat-free unit to Exponent Private Equity, which has created Quorn Foods, a company with the aim of developing the world's "leading meat-alternative business".

On the money: Schofield sets out Premier's stall for growth

15 Feb 2011

Premier Foods plc CEO Robert Schofield today (15 February) insisted the UK's largest food group would have a "greater focus on growth" in 2011 after a year in which the company reshaped its structure and sought to improve its financial position.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week

28 Jan 2011

After months of speculation, this week Sara Lee finally decided upon its future - and it involves a split of the business. Uncertainty continues to surround the future of the UK's Northern Foods, while local rival Premier Foods took a step to cut its debt pile with a key disposal. Elsewhere, cocoa prices soared after Cote d'Ivoire's president-elect called for an export ban and France's food makers, facing commodity pressure, called on Nicolas Sarkozy to help.

Comment: Quorn sale unlikely to be last Premier Foods disposal

24 Jan 2011

The news this morning (24 January) that Premier Foods plc has sold its meat-free business, ends months of speculation over the future of the business, which includes the Quorn and Cauldron brands.

UK: Premier Foods sells meat-free division to private-equity firm Exponent

24 Jan 2011

Premier Foods plc, the UK's largest food maker, has sold its meat-free business to Exponent Private Equity for GBP205m (US$328m).

Best bits: Uncertainty over Northern; Premier sells Quorn; Wal-Mart's health kick

24 Jan 2011

It had gone 7pm on Friday night when, at last, UK poultry and fish supplier Boparan Holdings showed its hand in the battle to buy Northern Foods.

UK: Premier to roll out New Year Quorn campaign

22 Dec 2010

Premier Foods plc is to launch a "multi-million pound" television advertising campaign for its Quorn brand in the UK.

The just-food management briefing - M&A - the prospects for 2011

21 Dec 2010

2010 closed with a growing amount of M&A activity with business becoming more confident and lending conditions becoming more favourable. But what will 2011 hold for buyers and sellers in the food industry?

Comment: Only disposals will truly allay fears over Premier's future

8 Dec 2010

The management merry-go-round at the UK's largest food group, Premier Foods plc, continued today (8 December) with the company announcing the creation of yet another new role.

UK: Premier creates senior marketing role as shake-up continues

8 Dec 2010

The executive shake-up at Premier Foods plc has continued, with the UK's largest food group creating a new role of group marketing director.

Best bits: PepsiCo's possible new targets, Premier's probable Quorn sale

6 Dec 2010

PepsiCo led the M&A news in food last week with the announcement of its plan to buy Russia's largest dairy group, Wimm-Bill-Dann. Who could be next on PepsiCo's radar?

UK: Premier in "advanced" talks with two Quorn suitors

3 Dec 2010

Premier Foods plc, the UK's largest food maker, has revealed it is in "advanced" talks with two suitors interested in buying its meat-free business, which includes the Quorn brand.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

3 Dec 2010

Russia grabbed the political (Wikileaks), sports (World Cup) and business headlines all in the space of 24 hours on Thursday this week. The business headline involved PepsiCo's move to buy Wimm-Bill-Dann, Russia's largest dairy processor, in the US giant's quest to expand in the dairy sector. The deal capped a fresh round of M&A news this week while, elsewhere, the UK government outlined plans to tackle obesity, there was talk from the EU that states would agree on origin labels and Carrefour's woes in Brazil deepened.

UK: Premier silent on "Quorn talks" with Nestle

2 Dec 2010

UK food group Premier Foods plc has refused to be drawn on a report that claims it is in talks to sell its meat-free brand Quorn to Nestle.

UK: Hain Celestial lines up Linda McCartney marketing push

12 Nov 2010

Hain Celestial is set to start a marketing campaign for its Linda McCartney vegetarian range in the UK, a push that includes the brand's return to the country's TV screens.

On the money: Premier can "contain" commodity-cost hike

28 Oct 2010

Premier Foods plc chief executive Robert Schofield today (28 October) insisted the UK's largest food group can "contain" the jump in wheat prices seen this year.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

8 Oct 2010

Three of UK grocery's largest retailers issued trading updates this week - and all were relaxed about the prospect of public-spending cuts on consumer confidence. Northern Foods, supplier to UK retailers, has launched its latest restructuring plan, as has Maple Leaf Foods, over in Canada. PepsiCo, meanwhile, is to set a dedicated "nutrition unit" and is eyeing fruit and veg, dairy and functional foods.

UK: Premier receives bids for Quorn meat-free business

4 Oct 2010

Premier Foods plc, the UK's largest food maker, has confirmed it has received interest for its meat-free business, which includes the Quorn brand.

Promo Tracker: Baby food and snacks "most-promoted category"

4 Oct 2010

Baby food and snacks was the most-promoted category in the UK in September, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

Best bits: Unilever, SOS, Premier next in M&A spotlight

4 Oct 2010

The recent appetite for M&A in the food industry is showing little sign of abating.

UK: Premier Foods sees net losses widen

4 Aug 2010

Premier Foods plc today (4 August) posted widening half-year net losses due to higher mark-to-market losses on swap contracts but the UK's largest food producer said it remained on track to generate GBP100m cash flow for the year.

In the spotlight - what lies ahead for Premier Foods?

17 Feb 2010

After a tumultuous few years, Premier Foods claims it is now ready to focus on organic growth. The UK food group, owner of brands like Hovis, Mr Kipling and Quorn, has drawn a line under years of restructuring and now wants to use its brands to drive sales and earnings growth. However, some industry watchers remain anxious about the future of the business. Dean Best reports.

On the money: Premier reveals focus on key brands

16 Feb 2010

Premier Foods plc chief executive Robert Schofield today (16 February) outlined how the UK's largest food group plans to drive growth in the years ahead - with a focus on five "drive" categories.

UK: Premier looking for price hikes

21 Aug 2009

UK food group Premier Foods, facing continued increases in commodity costs, is looking for price hikes from its retail customers.

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