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Yildiz to list 45% of AK Gida

16 Mar 2015

Yildiz Holdings has applied to the Turkish Capital Markets Board to list 45% of its dairy unit, AK Gida.

United Biscuits CEO Martin Glenn set for FA role

6 Mar 2015

United Biscuits CEO Martin Glenn is to leave the McVitie's maker to become CEO of the English Football Association.

Food industry quotes of the week: United Biscuits, Pioneers, Arla

6 Mar 2015

A week of some small but notable M&A transactions included Hain Celestial's purchase of US fresh food group Empire Kosher Foods and the race for Egypt's Arab Dairy being won by investment fund Pioneers Holding. Elsewhere, our latest management briefing included a look at how packaged food groups in the US could tap into the country's food service channel.

Food industry news of the week: MOM Brands, Krave jerky

30 Jan 2015

In the first of the week's big deals, Post announced the acquisition of MOM brands, a fellow US breakfast cereal manufacturer. Post said the buy would cement its position as the third-largest cereal maker in the US.

Yildiz prepares to list dairy arm AK Gida

27 Jan 2015

Turkey's Yildiz Holding has confirmed plans to list its local dairy subsidiary, AK Gida.

United Biscuits launches DeliChoc biscuits in UK

8 Jan 2015

United Biscuits has launched DeliChoc biscuit brand, on sale in France and Belgium, in the UK.

2014 in review: the year's most-read interviews on just-food

18 Dec 2014

Our interviews with senior United Biscuits executives - in the year the company's owners agreed to sell the UK snack maker to Turkey's Yildiz Holding - featured highly on the list of 2014's most-clicked interviews on just-food. Interviews with the CEOs of the UK's Premier Foods and Canada's Agropur, as well as the CFOs of Arla Foods and Brazil's BRF were also popular as we continued to gain access to some of the industry's leading lights.

2014 in review: the year's most-read news stories on just-food

15 Dec 2014

The takeover battles for Chiquita Brands International and for Hillshire Brands were among the stories that grabbed your interest in 2014.

United Biscuits to cut jobs at UK plant

28 Nov 2014

United Biscuits is to axe jobs at its McVitie's plant in Glasgow, the company confirmed today (28 November) as the snacks group makes "major changes" at the site.

Food industry quotes of the week: BRF, United Biscuits, Raisio

21 Nov 2014

This week, we published interviews with senior executives from Brazilian food giant BRF as it embarks on international expansion. Elsewhere, staff at United Biscuits' Aintree factory in Liverpool pushed forward with strike action and Finnish group Raisio secured control of Benecol in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

United Biscuits UK plant to start strike action

20 Nov 2014

Workers at a United Biscuits plant in the UK are to take industrial action - with the first stoppage on Sunday - amid what union officials called a "management culture of disrespect and bullying".

Food industry quotes of the week: Daiya Foods, Danone, Unilever

14 Nov 2014

This week, Unilever filed a lawsuit against egg-free "mayo" maker Hampton Creek, alleging the US firm's Just-Mayo product is a fraud. In France, a food major was on the receiving end of legal action after French ice cream maker Dagniaux started proceedings against Danone.

United Biscuits halts sick pay at Aintree factory as workers threaten strike

11 Nov 2014

A threatened staff strike at United Biscuits' facility in Liverpool arising from a dispute over worker terms and conditions has resulted in the UK snacks maker temporarily halting sick pay.

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.

Food industry news of the week: United Biscuits, Dairy Crest

7 Nov 2014

United Biscuits is set for a new owner - Turkey's Yildiz Holding. The UK-based snacks maker announced this week brands including McVitie's and BN would join Godiva chocolate in the Yildiz portfolio. The M&A spotlight was firmly on the UK last week, with German giant Müller striking a deal to buy Dairy Crest's liquid milk assets - competition approval pending.

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 sold to Yildiz Holding

3 Nov 2014

United Biscuits' private-equity owners, Blackstone Group and PAI Partners, have agreed to sell the UK biscuit maker to Turkey's Yildiz Holding, the owner of chocolate brand Godiva.

On the money: Kellogg stands firm on cereal plans

3 Nov 2014

"There is no quick fix in this business," Kellogg CEO John Bryant conceded last week after reporting another challenging quarter for the US group's breakfast cereal business. However, with sales still under pressure, analysts are asking why Kellogg should be investing more in cereal than it is in snacks.

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.

Live blog: IGD Convention 2014

7 Oct 2014

Good morning from a busy - and an ever-busier - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, just across the Thames from Parliament, where this year's IGD Convention is taking place. just-food will post live updates here throughout the day, with the latest news and views from the event.

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.

UK: Jobs to go at United Biscuits site

19 Sep 2014

United Biscuits has said moves to restructure its plant in Manchester may lead to the loss of 157 jobs.

UK: Burton's Biscuit Co. "eyeing" United Biscuits merger

15 Sep 2014

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan-owned Burton's Biscuit Co. is reportedly eyeing a merger with UK snack peer United Biscuits.

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

15 Sep 2014

M&A was once more a focus on just-food as consolidation of the food sector continued. US natural and organic food group Annie's was snapped up by General Mills.

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.

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