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UK: TMI names Binney head of food innovation

14 Sep 2011

TMI Foods, a UK manufacturer of cooked bacon, sausages and roasted vegetables, has named Christian Binney as head of food innovation.

UK: Uniq to axe jobs after desserts review

23 Aug 2011

Own-label chilled foods firm Uniq is set to jettison its unprofitable everyday desserts business with the loss of 350 jobs.

UK: Uniq to stop yoghurt production at Minsterley

20 Jul 2011

UK own-label firm Uniq will stop making yoghurt at its Minsterley site next year, blaming falling margins in the sector.

Best bits: Brasil Foods and Premier look to the future

18 Jul 2011

The largest food manufacturers in Brazil and the UK can look ahead with more certainty than they could a week ago, Dean Best writes, but doubts still hang over the future of Latin American country's biggest retailer.

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

15 Jul 2011

Premier Foods' appointment of Kraft's Mike Clarke as its new CEO this week was a surprise move but one welcomed by the market. Investors in Brasil Foods were also cheered by the news that the 2009 merger that created the company was cleared by Brazil's competition watchdog. However, a plan to combine Brazil's largest retailer, CBD, with Carrefour's local operations was halted amid continued opposition from Casino, which prompted the country's national development bank to pull planned funding for the deal. Click on the headlines for more.

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

15 Jul 2011

In an eventful week, the plan to merge Brazil's largest retailer with Carrefour's local operations was called off, new CEOs were appointed at Premier Foods plc and Fonterra and Greencore made an offer to buy UK private-label firm Uniq. Click on the links for more coverage of the stories.

In the spotlight: Uniq shows Greencore still has appetite for M&A

12 Jul 2011

Despite its bid for Northern Foods failing earlier this year, Greencore has not lost its appetite for M&A with the announcement of a bid for food-to-go and desserts manufacturer Uniq. But, with the many challenges facing Uniq, and the UK private-label sector on the whole, is it a good investment? Petah Marian reports.

IRELAND/UK: Greencore set to buy Uniq

12 Jul 2011

Irish food group Greencore looks set to buy Uniq after tabling a GBP113m (US$178.8m) takeover offer for the UK desserts-to-sandwiches maker.

IRELAND: Greencore convenience growth continues in Q3

12 Jul 2011

Greencore said today (12 July) that the "momentum" of its convenience food business continued in the company's third quarter, with sales up 9%.

UK: Uniq 2011 trading "in-line" with expectations

17 Jun 2011

Trading at UK food group Uniq has been "in-line with expectations" in the first 21 weeks of the year, the company's board of directors has said.

Best bits: Business victims as E. coli mistakes rock consumers

6 Jun 2011

So, now it appears that bean sprouts are the cause behind the E. coli outbreak that has rocked Europe's produce sector and killed - at the latest count - 22 people.

UK: Greencore, Samworth "eye Uniq"

3 Jun 2011

Greencore, the Ireland-based own-label group, and Ginsters pasty maker Samworth Brothers are reported to be among the first-round bidders for UK desserts-to-sandwich firm Uniq.

IRELAND/UK: Greencore coy over Uniq rumours

3 May 2011

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore today (3 May) refused to comment on a report linking the business to a potential bid for Uniq, the UK sandwich and desserts maker.

UK: Desserts recovery sees Uniq FY losses narrow

26 Apr 2011

Falling losses at Uniq's desserts business - and a jump in earnings from the UK firm's sandwich and salads operations - improved the company's bottom line over the last 12 months.

UK: Uniq's new majority shareholder looks for buyers

1 Apr 2011

The trustees of Uniq's pension fund is looking to sell at least part of its 90.2% stake in the UK convenience food maker - shares they only acquired days ago.

UK: Uniq jobs under threat at Minsterley

23 Mar 2011

Uniq has said today (23 March) that some 85 management and production jobs could go at its factory in Minsterley.

UK: Uniq pension plan gets court clearance

21 Mar 2011

Uniq's capital reorganisation plan has become effective, a move set to solve the pension deficit that dwarfs the value of the UK chilled convenience company.

UK: Uniq pension deal a "way forward"

28 Feb 2011

Uniq has insisted that handing over 90% ownership of the company to its pension fund was the “best option” to tackle its GBP436m (US$640.7m) pension deficit.

UK: Pension watchdog clears Uniq deficit plan

10 Feb 2011

The UK's pensions watchdog has given its approval to Uniq's plans to solve a pension deficit that dwarfs the value of the UK desserts-to-sandwich maker.

FRANCE: Senior Marie exec leaves LDC-owned food maker

27 Jan 2011

The managing director of French convenience food firm Marie Frais, Christophe Fenart, has quit his post at short notice.

UK: Uniq in desserts sales blow

20 Jan 2011

UK food group Uniq today (20 January) revealed that it is set to lose business worth GBP10m (US$15.9m) in sales from its desserts division.

UK: Food-to-go growth boosts Uniq Q4

12 Jan 2011

UK private-label food group Uniq has booked an increased in fourth-quarter sales boosted by growth in the firm's food-to-go business and despite the recent poor weather.

The just-food management briefing - how to green your supply chain - part I

25 Oct 2010

Sustainability is a buzzword including in many a corporate brochure and its ubiquity can attract cynicism about a company's policies to mitigate their impact on the environment. However, food makers and retailers are building the issue into how they interact.

UK: Uniq launches fresh attempt to solve pension deficit

20 Oct 2010

UK private-label food group Uniq today (20 October) unveiled its latest plan to solve a pension deficit that dwarfs the value of the business.

FRANCE: Bakkavör appoints French MD

19 Oct 2010

Bakkavör Group has appointed Giampaolo Schiratti as managing director of Bakkavör France.

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

30 Jul 2010

Two UK household food brands found new owners this week, with the sales of the Rachel's organic dairy business and canned tuna maker John West. In France, frozen-food retailer Picard was snapped in another deal involving private equity. just-food this week carried three major interviews with senior directors at Uniq, Danisco and stevia supplier PureCircle.

The just-food interview - Geoff Eaton, Uniq

26 Jul 2010

For a company called Uniq, it is perhaps pretty apt that things are rarely conventional at the business.

UK: Uniq shares climb as H1 losses narrow

22 Jul 2010

Shares in Uniq rose this morning (22 July) after the UK convenience group reported smaller half-year losses and said it was holding talks with pension trustees and regulators over its pension deficit.

UK: Uniq pensions blow hits shares

19 Jul 2010

Shares in UK convenience food group Uniq tumbled this morning (19 July) after the company's proposals to pay off its pension deficit was rejected by the country's pensions regulator.

Best bits: Food firms to shine spotlight on consumer confidence

19 Jul 2010

"We are in a very competitive environment," General Mills CFO Don Mulligan warned just over two weeks ago as the US food giant issued its annual results.






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