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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.

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

11 Aug 2014

Russia dominated the headlines after President Vladimir Putin announced a ban on agri-food imports from the EU, US, Australia, Norway and Canada in retaliation for the sanctions that have been imposed on it. Arla Foods, for one, is making job cuts to adjust operations in the wake of the ban. Elsewhere Weetabix announced redundancies following a five-month consultation process and Associated British Foods announced it would be closing a plant in London. Kellogg was silent on rumours it was mulling a purchase of United Biscuits. Here is the week in quotes.

Interview: United Biscuits international chief Jeff van der Eems

7 Aug 2014

While speculation over the future ownership of United Biscuits intensifies, the UK snack maker is making strides beyond its domestic market, with a significant proportion of its growth coming from developing economies – Africa, the Middle East, India and China in particular. Jeff van der Eems, chief executive of UB's international business, speaks to Andrew Don about the company's international ambitions.

UK: Kellogg mum on United Biscuits interest

6 Aug 2014

Kellogg has declined to comment on reports that it is preparing a GBP2bn (US$3.4bn) bid for UK McVitie's-to-Jacob's biscuit maker United Biscuits.

UK: United Biscuits pushes relaunched BN brand

8 Jul 2014

United Biscuits is increasing its investment behind the recently relaunched BN brand in the UK.

UK: United Biscuits seeks to make Jacob's "relevant"

2 Apr 2014

United Biscuits is unifying its portfolio of savoury crackers under the Jacob's "master brand" and launching a fresh drive to increase relevance and deliver incremental category growth.

Comment: Growth of online channel good news for big brands

6 Mar 2014

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.

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

17 Feb 2014

Nestle and Mondelez International were among the major food manufacturers reporting 2013 results last week, although perhaps the most notable financial update was ConAgra Foods' second profit warning in five months. Elsewhere, there was speculation over the future ownership of UK grocer Morrisons and United Biscuits continued its international expansion with an investment in Nigeria.

NIGERIA: United Biscuits invests in local biscuit firm

12 Feb 2014

United Biscuits has continued its international expansion with a move to buy a stake in Nigerian snacks group A&P Foods.

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

10 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, caused a stir when it lowered its full-year forecasts this week due to pressure on US sales. Retail sales in the country have entered an upward trajectory and close competitor Target Corp has been hit by a data breach scandal - but Wal-Mart has apparently failed to capitalise. Likewise, Kellogg missed market expectations when it reported fourth-quarter numbers due to an accelerating decline in North American revenues. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Comment: United Biscuits sale unlikely in the near-term

4 Feb 2014

Much media attention has focused on whether the private-equity owners of United Biscuits are preparing to sell off the UK biscuit maker. However, Katy Askew suggests, a sale is unlikely to be on the agenda in the near term.

Interview: United Biscuits driving UK growth - MD

3 Feb 2014

United Biscuits has embarked on a strategy it believes will grow UK biscuit sales over the next three years. The company is unifying its offering under two "master brands" - McVitie's and Jacob's - as well as stepping up investments in production and marketing. Jon Eggleton, MD for United Biscuits' UK business, spoke to just-food about the group's domestic expansion drive.

UK: United Biscuits aims to grow McVitie's into "global mega brand"

3 Feb 2014

United Biscuits wants to establish McVitie's as a GBP500m (US$820m) "global mega brand" by 2017, CEO Martin Glenn has said.

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

27 Jan 2014

Mondelez International last week announced Nelson Peltz is set to join the company's board. The activist shareholder's investment fund disclosed the US billionaire has turned his focus away from campaigning Mondelez to merge with PepsiCo - and encourage the cola and crisps group to split in two.

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

27 Jan 2014

Last week, the race to buy Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory took a decisive turn when Murray Goulburn - and WCB investor - accepted the bid from rival suitor Saputo's takeover bid in what has been an ongoing saga. ConAgra Foods and US retailer Trader Joe's were accused of breaking competition law, while Cargill settled discrimination claims out of court. There were rumours French meats firm Jean Caby was undergoing a restructure and that United Biscuits could either float or be sold. And there were job losses at Kellogg, UK baker Bright Blue and US meat giant Tyson Foods. Here is the week in quotes.

UK: "No process" to sell or list United Biscuits - sources

20 Jan 2014

United Biscuits' joint owners Blackstone and PAI Partners are not preparing to dispose of the UK biscuit maker, just-food understands.

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

20 Jan 2014

US group Hain Celestial swooped again in the UK last week, snapping up UK rice business Tilda. Meanwhile, obesity grabbed UK headlines with warnings forecasts for the condition could have under-estimated the problem. Fonterra issued another product recall, Saputo received a boost in its bid to buy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, while our first just-food interview of 2014 saw us meet Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan.

UK: Tangerine names former UB chief Testard as CEO

16 Jan 2014

UK-based confectionery company Tangerine has appointed former United Biscuits CEO Benoit Testard as its new chief executive.

UK: United Biscuits sale not on cards - sources

15 Jan 2014

The private-equity owners of United Biscuits are not preparing for an imminent sale of the UK biscuit group, industry sources have indicated.

UK: United Biscuits to shed 76 jobs

2 Dec 2013

United Biscuits has confirmed that it plans to cut a total of 76 head office and manufacturing jobs.

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

25 Nov 2013

Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan made another investment in the UK with the acquisition of Burton's Biscuit Co. In Australia, grocery retailing giants Woolworths and Coles signed up to a code of conduct governing their relationship with suppliers. And we ran our latest just-food interview, with Patrick Coveney, CEO of private-label convenience food group Greencore.

BRICs and beyond: United Biscuits sets sights on Middle East growth

21 Nov 2013

United Biscuits has signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Saudi snacks business Rana Confectionery Products. The deal, the UK snacks firm says, will allow it to grow and establish a strong position in Saudi Arabia but also the wider Middle East region with its brand portfolio. Michelle Russell reports.

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

4 Nov 2013

UK industry moves to lower saturated fat were met last week with criticism in campaign circles. Health issues have also made headlines in Mexico, where the country's Senate has backed plans for a snacks tax. Elsewhere, Sainsbury's plans to take retail rival Tesco to a judicial review, while there were more twists in the battle to buy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.

UK/SAUDI: United Biscuits to buy stake in Rana Confectionery Products

31 Oct 2013

United Biscuits is set to buy a majority stake in Saudi snacks business Rana Confectionery Products.

India briefing: Foreign, domestic FMCG firms fight for share

31 Oct 2013

India presents significant potential to overseas FMCG firms - and some, like PepsiCo, Cadbury and United Biscuits have built big businesses in the market. However, India has its own domestic titans while there are smaller firms that can compete by offering products that are different to bigger foreign brands. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.

UK: United Biscuits expands McVitie's Digestives line

20 Jun 2013

United Biscuits has expanded its McVitie's Digestives line in the UK with the launch of Cheesecake Creams.

Deal or no deal: UK crisp firm Tyrrells could attract snack majors

23 May 2013

Private-equity firm Langholm Capital was this week reported to have put UK crisp group Tyrrells on the market. Langholm has declined to comment on the reports but the investment firm are said to have put a GBP100m (US$151.9m) price tag on the company.

UK: Former Iglo chief Glenn to take helm at United Biscuits

12 Apr 2013

United Biscuits has appointed former Iglo Group chief executive Martin Glenn as its CEO.

Deal or no deal: The likely suspects to acquire Burton's Biscuit Co.

8 Apr 2013

The private-equity owners of Burton's Biscuit Co. are "considering options" for the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, a process that could lead to an eventual sale. Katy Askew takes a look at the players for whom an acquisition of Burton's could hit the sweet spot.

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