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UK: Symington's launches Gourmet Tonight sauce line

25 Nov 2013

Symington's has added a premium sauce line to its Chicken Tonight range following a redevelopment of the brand last year.

UK: Symington's takes Ainsley Harriott range into soup

11 Nov 2013

Symington's is to launch a line of soups under the Ainsley Harriott brand in the UK.

AUS/NZ: Symington's signs Unilever licencing deal

1 May 2013

UK food group Symington's has signed a licensing deal with Unilever that will see the firm expand its reach to Australia and New Zealand.

UK: Symington's brings noodle production in-house

15 Mar 2013

Symington's has announced plans to invest GBP15m (US$22.7m) to establish a noodle production facility in Leeds.

UK: Chicken Tonight firm Symington's to launch Turkey Tomorrow sauce

7 Dec 2012

UK food producer Symington's has confirmed plans to launch a Turkey Tomorrow sauce.

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

6 Aug 2012

Much of the talk for manufacturers on the release of their first-half and second-quarter results last week was focused on weakness in Europe and the knock-on effect from the impact of the US drought on corn prices. Elsewhere, Haribo said it would not appeal a decision by Germany's competition watchdog over a fine for sharing sales information with rivals, and the CEO of Fresh Del Monte insisted the company is looking at building a business that focuses not just on produce and not just on the developed markets of the West.

UK: Symington's plans to close Victoria Foods plant

1 Aug 2012

UK food group Symington's has announced plans to close its recently-acquired Victoria Foods plant.

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

25 Jun 2012

The top stories on just-food this week had a distinctly French flavour. Danone issued a profit warning, with Spain's problems affecting the Activia maker. Meanwhile, French retail giant Carrefour's new CEO Georges Plassat made his first public appearance since taking the job, with the industry keen to hear how he planned to revitalise the world's second-largest retailer.

UK: Symington's buys baking firm Victoria Foods

21 Jun 2012

Symington's has acquired fellow UK baking business Victoria Foods, a company that supplies products under licence for Nestle and Weight Watchers.

UK: Management takes majority stake in Symington's

1 Jun 2012

Senior directors at Symington's have snapped up a majority stake in the UK food group in a private-equity backed management buy-out.

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

1 Jun 2012

The headlines had a European flavour this week with the ongoing uncertainty over the future of French poultry giant Groupe Doux and the takeover of Metro Group's UK cash-and-carry division by food wholesaler Booker. Elsewhere, we talked to Swiss manufacturer and retailer Migros about its sustainability, published a management briefing on fat reformulation and took an in-depth look at the UK's challenging milk sector.

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

1 Jun 2012

The global food industry has seen a raft of M&A activity this week with Flowers Food's purchase of Lepage Bakeries, Olam's acquisition of Usina Açucareira Passos, and Booker's deal to buy the local cash-and-carry assets of German retail giant Metro Group.

UK: Intermediate Capital Group silent on possible Symington's deal

31 May 2012

UK investment fund Intermediate Capital Group has declined to comment on reports it is in talks to buy a "significant minority stake" in UK food manufacturer Symington's.

UK: Power brands boost Premier Foods Q1 sales

25 Apr 2012

Premier Foods plc has booked an increase in first-quarter sales, boosted by the performance of its 'power brands'.

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

10 Apr 2012

A potential merger combining Symington's and Premier Foods plc's brands was a hot topic for analyst speculation this week. Elsewhere, Australian wholesaler Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer remained optimistic despite announcing 470 job cuts.

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

10 Apr 2012

M&A in the UK food sector was again a hot topic this week as news emerged that private equity investors could be preparing to merge Premier Foods' unwanted brands with fellow UK food group Symington's.

UK: PE "mulls merger" of Premier brands, Symington's

3 Apr 2012

Competing private-equity investors are reportedly vying to acquire the non-core brands of Premier Foods plc and UK food manufacturer Symington's, with an eye to merging the groups into one entity.

UK: Symington's in veggie launch with TV chef Rimmer

6 Feb 2012

UK food manufacturer Symington's has joined forces with television chef Simon Rimmer to launch a range of vegetarian meals.

In the spotlight - Question marks over Unilever's food unit return

3 Feb 2012

Unilever's food division has been under the microscope in recent months, with a series of disposals and growth in many categories slow, lagging behind its more buoyant non-food businesses As Michelle Russell writes, this week, as Unilever reported its 2011 results, the scrutiny returned.

Promo Tracker: Sainsbury's ramps up promos in November

7 Dec 2011

Sainsbury's intensified its promotional activity in November, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

UK: Symington's, Seabrook launch crisps made from bread

25 Nov 2011

UK food manufacturer Symington's and local snacks maker Seabrook Crisps have launched a range of crisps made from bread.

UK: Unilever likely to sell staple food brands - Fitch

15 Nov 2011

Ratings agency Fitch has said it expects consumer goods group Unilever to offload individual food brands and focus on its fast-growing personal care business.

UK: Symington's extends Aunt Bessie's dessert range

28 Sep 2011

UK food manufacturer Symington's has extended its Aunt Bessie's dessert range with the launch of a series of home baking products.

UK: Symington's launches instant hot snacks

28 Sep 2011

UK food manufacturer Symington's has launched a range of instant hot snacks under The Food Doctor brand.

Best bits: Ralcorp stands firm as ConAgra ups ante

15 Aug 2011

ConAgra Foods, keen to tap into the growing private-label market in the US, has made a higher bid for Ralcorp Holdings. Its takeover target, however, has again rejected the company's advances.

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

12 Aug 2011

There were a series of deals this week, from Symington's move to buy two brands from Unilever and Valeo Foods Group's acquisition of fellow Irish food maker Jacob Fruitfield Food Group to the latest move by Sara Lee to restructure its business and sell a North American unit to US company Ralcorp Holdings. Click on the headlines for more.

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

12 Aug 2011

Following last week's shock news of Kraft Foods' spin off, corporate restructuring and M&A remained the theme, with Sara Lee agreeing to sell its North American refrigerated dough business to Ralcorp Holdings and announcing plans to sell its French and Spanish bakery divisions. Irish food company Valeo Foods Group struck a deal to buy local rival Jacob Fruitfield Food Group and Symington's acquired two food brands from Unilever. Here's the best of what was said this week:

UPDATE: UK: Symington's hails Chicken Tonight, Ragu acquisitions

8 Aug 2011

The chief executive of Symington's today (8 August) called the company's acquisition of cooking sauce brands Chicken Tonight and Ragu a "significant step" for the privately-owned UK food group.

UK: Unilever sells Chicken Tonight, Ragu to Symington's

8 Aug 2011

Unilever has sold the UK and Irish rights to its Chicken Tonight and Ragu cooking sauces brands to local firm Symington's.

UK: Campbell's condensed soups return to UK shelves

3 Aug 2011

Campbell Soup Co. has relaunched its condensed soups in the UK, three years after the products were last on sale.


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