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UK: Premier Foods ends UB talks

14 Sep 2006

Premier Foods today (14 September) revealed that talks to acquire the UK and Ireland biscuits and snacks business of United Biscuits have collapsed.

US: Kraft completes acquisition of UB’s Iberian businesses

7 Sep 2006

Kraft Foods yesterday (6 September) completed the acquisition of United Biscuits' Iberian operations, including the recovery of the rights to Nabisco trademarks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The deal sees important brands, including Oreo, Ritz and Chips Ahoy! returned to Kraft’s portfolio.

UK: Premier confirms interest in United Biscuits

6 Sep 2006

Premier Foods has confirmed that it intends to make an offer for United Biscuits (UB), the privately owned UK maker of popular brands such as McVitie’s, Jaffa Cakes and KP.

UK: Blackstone silent on UB rumour

5 Sep 2006

US-based investment bank Blackstone has remained silent on rumours that it is preparing a bid for privately owned United Biscuits.

EU: Kraft UB acquisition given green light

29 Aug 2006

European competition authorities yesterday (28 August) gave the go-ahead to Kraft’s proposed EUR840m (US$1.076bn) purchase of United Biscuit’s Iberian units. The move is set to considerably strengthen the US food group’s presence in Spain and Portugal.

US: Kettle Foods bought by UK’s Lion Capital

9 Aug 2006

The US premium crisp (potato chip) maker Kettle Foods has agreed to be bought by UK buyout firm Lion Capital for an undisclosed sum.

UK: Premier Foods pre-tax profit soars 123.2%

7 Aug 2006

Premier Foods today (7 August) reported soaring first half profits, with profit before tax increasing by 123.2% year-on-year from GBP12.5m (US$23.86m) to GBP27.9m, boosted by healthy trading in its core grocery business and the first full half of contributions from its Quorn and Cauldron units.

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