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UK: Uniq sells former St Ivel site for £19m

3 Aug 2004

UK-based chilled foods group Uniq has announced that it has entered into an unconditional contract to sell the site of its former St Ivel factory at Wootton Bassett to Kingsoak Homes, a Barratt subsidiary, for a cash consideration of £19m (US$34.5m).

UK: Uniq to cut jobs, close two UK plants

25 May 2004

UK convenience food group Uniq has said it will cut more than 700 jobs, close two manufacturing facilities in the UK and transfer some production from Germany to Poland.

UK: Uniq sees 'extremely challenging' conditions

24 May 2004

UK-based convenience foods group Uniq has reported a loss for the year to 31 March and said it expects “extremely challenging” times ahead.

UK: Northern Foods to sell chilled desserts business to Uniq

10 May 2004

The UK’s Northern Foods has said its Convenience Foods subsidiary has agreed to sell its Minsterley fresh chilled dairy products business to Uniq Prepared Foods, a subsidiary of food group Uniq, for a cash consideration of £16.5m (US$29.3m), which will be used to reduce group debt.

UK: Uniq chairman to renew contract

26 Apr 2004

UK-based convenience food group Uniq has announced that chairman Nigel Stapleton is to renew his contract for another three years.

UK: Uniq agrees four-year contract with Muller UK

20 Apr 2004

Convenience food group Uniq has said it has entered into a four-year agreement to contract pack Cadbury chilled desserts for Muller UK, which will be taking on a new licence from UK confectionery group Cadbury.

UK: Uniq completes sale of UK poultry unit

1 Apr 2004

Convenience food group Uniq has said it has completed the sale of its UK poultry business to Sovereign Food Group, a subsidiary of Grampian Country Food Group, for £11.84m (US$21.9m) in cash.

UK: Uniq in talks over sale of UK poultry business

17 Feb 2004

UK food group Uniq has said it is in discussions with a number of interested parties regarding the potential sale of its UK poultry business.

UK/USA: Scottish firms say FDA smoked salmon standards are too high

2 Dec 2003

The US Food and Drug Administration has reportedly condemned 27 imports this year of smoked salmon from Scottish firms as unfit for human consumption.

UK: Uniq reports higher interim profits

11 Nov 2003

UK-based chilled convenience foods group Uniq has reported higher first-half profits, which the company said reflected continued progress by Uniq in delivering better profitability and an acceleration in revenue growth. Operating profit from continuing businesses, before goodwill and exceptionals, was £17.2m for the half year to 27 September, up 65% year-on-year. Profit before tax, goodwill and exceptionals, was £11.4m, up 13% year-on-year.

UK: Uniq sees improved H1 performance

16 Sep 2003

UK-based chilled convenience foods group Uniq has said it is confident of a substantial improvement in performance in the half-year to 27 September and a good overall performance for the year. “The actions that have been taken over the past 18 months to refocus the group, improve margins and generate a higher rate of growth continue to deliver returns above our expectations,” the company said in a statement.

Can functional products revive a mature oils and fats market?

6 Aug 2003

Health concerns and the demise of home-cooked meals have resulted in declining oils and fats sales in most developed markets. Can functional ingredients put a halt to this development? Euromonitor investigates.

UK: Uniq reports Q1 organic sales growth of over 10%

18 Jul 2003

UK-based chilled foods company Uniq has said the organic growth of sales for the first quarter of its fiscal year is more than 10% ahead of the same period last year, helped by currency movements and the timing of Easter. Speaking at Uniq's AGM, chairman Nigel Stapleton said that adjusting for the impact of currency and Easter, sales were up 5%, which was a “considerable improvement” on last year when there was a slight underlying decline.

JUST-FOOD: 2003 New Year's Quiz results

5 Feb 2003

1  In January, which town was named the fattest US city for the second year running?  Houston 2  Which fastfood giant was sued in February by a Canadian consumer claiming to have found two thumbtacks in one of its sandwiches? 

UK: Uniq sells sauces business for £12.15m

9 Jan 2003

Pan-European chilled convenience foods company Uniq has said that it has completed the sale of its UK-based ambient sauces business, Uniqsauces, for £12.15m (US$19.5m) in cash to McCormick UK, a subsidiary of US company McCormick & Company.

UK: Uniq confident of meeting full-year profit forecasts

11 Nov 2002

UK food company Uniq has said that it expects to meet analysts’ full-year profit expectations.

UK: Uniq completes sale of St Ivel spreads to Dairy Crest

1 Nov 2002

Chilled convenience food group Uniq has completed the sale of its UK-based St Ivel spreads business to UK chilled dairy food group Dairy Crest for £86.5m (US$135.2m). This follows Uniq’s sale of the St Ivel Shape yoghurt and dessert brand to Danone on 15 August. For an earlier story on the sale of the St Ivel spreads business, just-food.com members click

UK: Dairy Crest swoops to buy St. Ivel from Uniq

30 Sep 2002

UK chilled dairy food group Dairy Crest has offered £86.5m (US$135.2m) to acquire the St. Ivel spreads business from chilled convenience food group Uniq [formerly Unigate]. The brands up for grab include Utterly Butterly, St. Ivel Gold and Vitalite. The deal also includes the UK licence for Italy’s Carapelli brand of olive oil spreads, as well as a manufacturing facility in Liverpool.

UK: Uniq reports improving sales, Dairy Crest set to buy St Ivel

23 Sep 2002

Pan-European chilled food group Uniq has reported that its cumulative sales for the five-month period ending August 2002 are now ahead of last year. The strengthening of the euro relative to sterling has complemented the improvement in sales. Uniq reports that trading in northern Europe is ahead of last year. In southern Europe, the recovery of Uniq’s Marie St-Hubert business continues, and sales in the chilled division have encouraged sales figures to move ahead of prior year levels. In the UK, the Uniq Prepared Foods division, which includes the St Ivel desserts business, has continued to perform strongly.

UK: Uniq sells Shape yoghurt to Danone - MEMBERS

19 Aug 2002

UK food manufacturer Uniq has sold the Shape yoghurt brand to Danone of France for £32m (US$49m). The deal took analysts by surprise, as Swiss giant Nestlé was widely touted to take Shape, following its acquisition of Northern Foods’ Ski brand earlier this year. Uniq put Shape and other St. Ivel brands such as Utterly Butterly on the market in June as it followed its plan to focus more intensely on chilled convenience foods in the UK and Europe.

A chip off the old block: Smaller companies copy larger rivals’ divestment strategies

10 Jul 2002

Smaller companies are currently not far behind their larger rivals when it comes to divesting brands. But Unilever’s opportunity to concentrate on its favourites is Uniq’s desperate bid to relieve its debt burden. just-food.com’s David Robertson take a look at the plethora of companies rushing to sell off brands.

UK: St Ivel up for grabs as Uniq seeks £100m

14 Jun 2002

UK food manufacturer Uniq has put its St Ivel dairy business on the market with a provisional price tag of £100m (US$147m). The St Ivel division, which makes brands such as Utterly Butterly and Shape yoghurt, is just the latest dairy product unit to go up for sale following Northern Foods’s sale of its Ski brand to Nestlé earlier this year.

UK: Martin Beer named finance director at Uniq

8 May 2002

UK food manufacturer Uniq plc revealed earlier today [Wednesday] that Martin Beer is to be appointed to the company’s board as finance director, effective from 1 June 2002. Beer has been director of finance for the Uniq Group since October 2000. He joined the company in 1990 and worked in a number of financial roles.

UK: Uniq appoints Bill Ronald as CEO

14 Feb 2002

UK convenience food group Uniq will today confirm the appointment of Bill Ronald as CEO. Ronald is expected to join the group late February following the departure of Terry Stannard, who left Uniq in September after a profit warning. Since then, chairman Nigel Stapleton has been acting as CEO, but is keen to get Ronald on board.

UK: Uniq's sale of Malton close to completion, is the rest of the business vulnerable to takeover?

8 Oct 2001

Uniq is set to complete the sale of its struggling pork processing subsidiary Malton Foods to Aberdeen-based Grampian Country Foods for about £20m(US$29.47m). The buyout deal was looking unsteady at the end of last month, but the company revealed that with Grampian back at the table most of the terms have been agreed and a deal will be completed soon.

WORLD: New food product introductions from around the world

27 Jun 2001

Mintel's Global New Products Database has seen many exciting new food product launches from May 2001. Cakes get biscuit & chocolate taste Two brands, from biscuits and confectionery, are being extended into the UK cakes market.  The Galaxy chocolate countline brand from Mars is being added to McVitie's range of cake muffins.  It joins the likes of Jaffa Cakes muffins and M&M's brownie.  Also, Jammie Dodgers biscuits from Burton's Biscuits are coming out in a cake variety distributed by Lowthers Cakes.  It is not the first time the biscuits have been extended.  In the past we have seen Jammie Dodgers fruit gums (back in 1999), and dipping biscuit sticks with a separate jam sauce (in 2000).

UK: Dismal results for Uniq are of a "one off nature" says CEO

5 Jun 2001

Yesterday, UK food manufacturer Uniq posted a substantial pre-tax loss, after the foot and mouth crisis and the weak euro buffeted results for the year to March 2001. Compared to the previous year when it racked up £124.3m, Uniq saw pre-tax profits fall 54% to £57.5m. Operating losses and write-downs at its

UK: Northern Foods and fellow suppliers unfazed by threat of M&S restructure

31 May 2001

Yesterday’s news that struggling high street retailer Marks and Spencer is mulling a reorganisation of its food operations threatened to send shock waves amongst its British suppliers. A similar restructuring effort that has focused on M&S’ beleaguered textiles department since 1998 has seen major cutbacks of its British suppliers in favour of cheaper alternatives overseas. British food suppliers were calm however today, denying that they could be affected by M&S’ latest penny-pinching attempts to boost profitability.

UK: Uniq - foot-and-mouth harms profits - COMMENT

30 Mar 2001

Uniq has announced that foot-and-mouth will cut profits by GBP3.5 million. It's another major blow to Uniq's struggling pig meat processing business, Malton Foods. Losses for the division are now expected to be in the region of GBP12 million. Uniq's plans to refocus on the convenience food sector may be a good idea, but the UK firm's unlikely to get much done until the epidemic is over.

UK: Uniq might go private after demerger from Wincanton

21 Mar 2001

Foods group Uniq ’s plans to demerge Wincanton , its logistics business, could spell the exit of both companies from the UK stock market. Speculation that the logistics business could become a takeover target after the demerger is growing, providing Uniq's management with a chance to take its food business private.

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