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McVitie's owner Yildiz reveals expansion plans

29 Aug 2017

Turkey's biscuit giant Yildiz Holding is planning to strengthen its UK arm and looking to expand further overseas.

Ulker Biskuvi eyes purchase of United Biscuits Saudi unit

21 Feb 2017

Ülker Bisküvi is in talks to take on a business in Saudi Arabia owned by United Biscuits, one of the Turkey-based snacks group's sister companies under the ownership of Yildiz Holding.

Pladis, Continental Bakeries quiet on BN brand talk

17 Nov 2016

Pladis, the UK-based biscuits arm of Turkey's Yildiz Holding, is reportedly looking to sell French brand BN and Dutch business Continental Bakeries has been named as a potential buyer - although both companies declined to comment today (17 November) when contacted by just-food.

Yildiz to invest in Turkey as "chocolate base" for Pladis

6 Sep 2016

Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding has announced plans for its domestic market to become the group's "base" for chocolate production and for the manufacture of new chocolate products for its snacks subsidiary, Pladis.

Yildiz plans Pladis IPO to support "aggressive" growth

8 Jun 2016

Yildiz Holding, the Turkish owner of brands including Godiva and McVitie's, has said it plans to list its recently established food unit, Pladis, in London by 2020 as part of a push to become the world's largest snack group. 

Food industry news of the week - Yildiz's snack ambitions, Unilever's 2016 outlook, Scotland proposes sugar tax

22 Jan 2016

Godiva and McVitie's owner Yildiz Holdings has decided to bring its snacks brands under one unit in a bid to drive growth internationally. Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman, sounded a note of caution about trading conditions in 2016. And sugar was once again in the headlines, driving policy agendas in Europe.

Yildiz Holding unifies brands to create global snack giant 

18 Jan 2016

Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding is bringing its global chocolate and biscuit businesses – including Godiva, DeMet's, Ulker and United Biscuits - together in a single umbrella subsidiary, called Pladis.

Yildiz CFO Cem Karakas named deputy executive chairman

15 Oct 2015

Yildiz Holding has promoted CFO Dr Cem Karakas to executive deputy chairman, a position the Turkey-based food giant described as "the top professional position within the group".

Who could swoop for Diamond Foods? 

1 Oct 2015

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio during a conference call with analysts this week. However, this does not mean the US snacks group's management is closed to the idea of the company shopping itself. Katy Askew takes a look at the possibility of a deal and who could be interested in a punt for the Kettle Chips maker.

Food industry quotes of the week: Yildiz, Muller

7 Nov 2014

This week, Turkey's Yildiz Holding struck a deal - said to be over GBP2bn - to buy United Biscuits and the Turkish group's CEO took to Twitter to hail the agreement. Meanwhile, German dairy giant Muller agreed to buy Dairy Crest's liquid dairy business in the second big deal of the week. Elsewhere, quarterly numbers continued to come in, with Mondelez International lifting its forecast for annual earnings.

Higher sales, lower taxes lift Ulker bottom line

7 Nov 2014

Higher sales and lower tax expenses have lifted net profit levels at Turkish biscuit maker Ulker Biskuvi despite a fall in operating income in the first nine months of the year.

Editor's viewpoint: United Biscuits sees Yildiz head West again

3 Nov 2014

Yildiz Holding today (3 November) announced it had won the race to buy UK-based biscuit maker United Biscuits. In doing so, the privately-owned Turkish food group has moved once more to buy a major Western food brand.

United Biscuits names Thomas Cook's Meysman new chairman

21 Oct 2014

United Biscuits, with owners weighing up whether to float or sell the business, has named Thomas Cook chair Frank Meysman as chairman of the UK biscuit manufacturer.

United Biscuits owners "appoint bankers for float"

1 Oct 2014

The private equity owners of United Biscuits, Blackstone Group and PAI partners, have reportedly appointed three banks to oversee a potential float of the McVitie's owner.

United Biscuits "shortlists Kellogg, Burton's, Ulker"

25 Sep 2014

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners have reportedly shortlisted three potential buyers as they look to exit their investment in UK Jacob's and McVitie's maker United Biscuits.

PHILIPPINES: San Miguel submits bid for United Biscuits - report

24 Sep 2014

Philippines food and drink group San Miguel Corp. has reportedly joined the race to acquire UK-based snack maker United Biscuits.

UPDATE: UK: United Biscuits attracts first-round bids over GBP2bn

23 Sep 2014

United Biscuits is understood to have received first-round takeover bids valuing the UK biscuit maker "north" of GBP2bn (US$3.3bn).

UK: Kellogg, Burton's bid for United Biscuits - report

23 Sep 2014

Kellogg and Burton's Biscuit Co. are reportedly among the companies who have submitted first-round bids for United Biscuits.

PHILIPPINES: San Miguel confirms eyeing bid for United Biscuits

10 Sep 2014

Philippines food and beverage group San Miguel Corp. is weighing up a bid for UK snacks firm United Biscuits.

UK: San Miguel Corp., Savola "eye United Biscuits"

9 Sep 2014

Philippines conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and Saudi food group Savola are reportedly considering making moves for United Biscuits.

Deal or no deal: Will United Biscuits owners float or sell?

5 Sep 2014

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are progressing with plans to offload UK Jacob's-to-McVitie's manufacturer United Biscuits. The question on everyone's lips is whether the business will be floated or sold. Katy Askew reports.

TURKEY: H1 sales, profits rise at Ulker

19 Aug 2014

Turkish food group Ulker saw sales and profits rise in the first half of 2014.

US: Ulker promotes Elsarky to Godiva CEO

25 Jun 2014

Turkish snack giant Ulker has confirmed the appointment of Mohamed Elsarky as chief executive of its US-based chocolate business Godiva.

TURKEY: Ulker offloads shares in Gida, Birlesik and Rekor

8 May 2014

Turkish confectioner Ulker Biskuvi has offloaded its share in three local subsidiaries - Istanbul Gida, Birlesik dis Ticaret and Rekor - to parent firm Yildiz Holding in a series of deals worth TRY36m (US$17m).

TURKEY: Ulker Q1 net profit jumps, ups stake in Biskot

8 May 2014

Turkish confectioner and snack maker Ulker has reported bottom line growth of 13% to TRY51m (US$24.6m) despite negative currency effects for the first quarter of 2014.

TURKEY: Hero buys out Yildiz from infant food JV

11 Mar 2014

Swiss food manufacturer Hero Group has acquired Yildiz Holding's stake in Turkish joint venture Hero Gida.

TURKEY: Nissin, Yildiz JV launches instant noodles in Turkey

10 Oct 2013

Japan's Nissin Food Holdings plans to start selling and manufacturing instant noodles in Turkey through its joint venture with local food giant Yildiz Holdings.

TURKEY: Ulker eyes expansion following placement

7 Oct 2013

Turkish food group Ulker aims to grow its revenues by expanding in the Middle East and Africa after attracting "record breaking" interest from investors through its share placement, a senior executive told just-food.

TURKEY: Yildiz sells 20% stake in food arm Ulker

4 Oct 2013

Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding has sold a 20% stake in food arm Ulker - double than it originally planned - to foreign institutional investors.

TURKEY: Ulker owner Yildiz to own 75% of meat firm Aytac

23 Sep 2013

Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding is to buy 75% of local meat processor Aytac Et.

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