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Demand for "premium", healthy snacks drives UK sales

12 May 2011

Sales of sweet and savoury snacks in the UK continued to rise in 2010, underpinned by demand for premium brands and products beneficial to health, writes Euromonitor International's Anastasia Alieva. Innovation is focusing more on reformulation and the creation of nutritionally-balanced indulgent snacks, which will pave the way for future growth.

UK: UB launches McCoy's curry promo

9 May 2011

UK snack maker United Biscuits UK has launched an on-pack promotion in conjunction with the British Curry Club to stimulate sales of its McCoy's crisp brand.

On the move: Critics line up as Premier's Schofield announces exit

28 Apr 2011

The markets aren't always right but perhaps it was indicative of the City's opinion of Premier Foods plc's chief executive Robert Schofield that shares in the UK's largest food maker rose when he announced his plans to retire earlier today (28 April).

Focus: India - healthy market with bright future

21 Apr 2011

Demand for healthier food is a mainstay of the industry landscape in markets like the UK but it is increasingly gaining traction in emerging markets. Euromonitor International's Mickael Dominguez analyses the growth of the health and wellness category in India.

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

15 Apr 2011

Flowers Foods, Supervalu Inc and Kraft Foods gave the top just-food headlines a distinctly American flavour this week. Flowers struck a deal to buy Tasty Baking, Supervalu, one of the largest grocers in the US, announced its annual results and Kraft said it was giving some of its smaller brands a marketing push. On this side of the pond, issues of reformulation and functional foods remained high on the industry's agenda. Click on on the headlines to find out more.

Quote, unquote: Food and Drink Innovation Dialogue - reformulation, functional foods and EU health claims

12 Apr 2011

This year's Food and Drink Innovation Dialogue, held in the UK town of Windsor this week, has heard what factors are affecting NPD in our sector. The likes of Heinz, United Biscuits, Baxters Food Group and Mead Johnson Nutrition have headed to the event to discuss issues including reformulation and the EU health claims legislation. Here are some of the more notable soundbites.

UK: United Biscuits extends McVitie's range

11 Apr 2011

United Biscuits has announced plans to extend its McVitie's range with a breakfast muffin and a line of fruit loaves.

Best bits: The BRIC markets are still emerging

21 Mar 2011

just-food's BRICs and beyond column aims to highlight the risks - and rewards - of operating in the world's emerging markets. The interest in markets like Brazil and Russia remains intense and, due to the demographic, geographic and economic differences between the four countries - as well as their potential for growth - the clamour for information on what makes each market tick grows by the day.

BRICs and beyond: Foreign firms face fight for India's biscuit market

18 Mar 2011

Kraft Foods' recent move to launch its Oreo biscuit brand into India has drawn attention to what is a growing sector in the country. India's biscuit market is attracting growing multinational interest but powerful domestic players already dominate the market and the jury is out over whether foreign companies can easily grab market share. Mini Pant Zachariah reports for just-food from Mumbai.

UK: United Biscuits launches "indulgent" McVitie's Temptations

7 Mar 2011

United Biscuits is set to launch a line of "indulgent" chocolate biscuits under its McVitie's range in the UK.

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

25 Feb 2011

The annual CAGNY investment conference, where leading US food manufacturers meet Wall Street analysts to discuss company performance and outlook, dominated our coverage this week - but the likes of US retailers Wal-Mart Stores, Safeway Inc and Maple Leaf Foods grabbed the headlines with their 2010 results. Elsewhere, Kerry Group indicated it could be interested in Danisco's ingredients assets and United Biscuits announced plans to cut jobs in the UK. Click on the headlines for more.

UK: United Biscuits to shed jobs at McVitie's site

21 Feb 2011

United Biscuits has confirmed that it plans to restructure its manufacturing operations at its McVitie's production site in Glasgow.

UK: United Biscuits appoints UK boss Testard as chief executive

16 Feb 2011

UK biscuit and snack producer United Biscuits has appointed Benoit Testard, the head of its domestic business, as group chief executive.

INDIA: Parle Products unruffled about PepsiCo "biscuit launch"

27 Jan 2011

The general manager of Indian biscuit major Parle Products is unconcerned about reports that PepsiCo is preparing to enter the country's INR110bn (US$2.41bn) biscuit market.

UK: United Biscuits "prepares to auction biscuits division"

17 Jan 2011

The owners of United Biscuits is reportedly looking to auction its biscuits division for around GBP1.5bn (US$2.39bn), after China's Bright Food walked away from acquiring the whole company.

The just-food management briefing - M&A - the prospects for 2011

21 Dec 2010

2010 closed with a growing amount of M&A activity with business becoming more confident and lending conditions becoming more favourable. But what will 2011 hold for buyers and sellers in the food industry?

The just-food management briefing - M&A in 2010 - a year in review

20 Dec 2010

Kraft Foods' move to buy Cadbury in January failed to spark a burst of M&A activity in the food industry, as economic conditions continued to dampen attitude to risk. As the year progressed, however, and confidence returned, the pace of acquisitions picked up. But as Dean Best reports, the nature and rationale behind the deals has altered significantly.

The just-food management briefing - M&A in 2010 - a timeline

20 Dec 2010

There have been over 640 stories in just-food's M&A section since April this year covering everything from industry-changing mergers to bolt on acquisitions and brand disposals. This section to the briefing tracks the major moves through the year by looking at all the deals that were put under scrutiny in our insights section.

The just-food management briefing - M&A in 2010 - a timeline, part II

20 Dec 2010

As we headed into September, there was uncertainty about the prospects for M&A activity, with analysts at KPMG suggesting the value of deals in the food, drink and consumer goods space in the second quarter stood at just under US$19bn - down from the $49bn of deals recorded in the first three months of the year. However, the last months of 2010 saw a number of key pieces of M&A - notably the merger of Greencore and Northern Foods - and deals signed to see PepsiCo buy Wimm-Bill-Dann and a private-equity consortium by Del Monte Foods.

UK: United Biscuits extends go ahead! and McVitie's ranges

6 Dec 2010

UK manufacturer United Biscuits has revealed a series of new products set to go sale from its sweet biscuits division, with new varieties for go ahead! and McVitie's.

UK: United Biscuits updates crisps ranges

6 Dec 2010

UK snacks manufacturer United Biscuits will launch a series of new lines, change product recipes and update packaging on more brands in 2011.

The just-food management briefing - healthy snacking - the big picture

29 Nov 2010

During most of the last decade, health has emerged as one of the main drivers within the global snack foods market, mainly as a result of more people paying greater attention to their diets. Suppliers of snack foods are also facing increasing pressure from government and other regulatory bodies, keen to encourage people to improve their dietary habits and lead healthier lifestyles so as to reduce healthcare costs.

The just-food management briefing - healthy snacking - NPD

29 Nov 2010

Given the highly competitive nature of the snack foods market, levels of innovation and new product activity have traditionally been on the high side.

UK: United Biscuits sale "opens up"

19 Nov 2010

The owners of United Biscuits has ended exclusive talks with China-based Bright Food to sell the UK biscuit manufacturer and are opening the possible GBP2bn (US$3.21bn) sale to new bidders, according to reports.

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

29 Oct 2010

This week was a bit of a mixed bag, with Premier Foods providing a fairly miserable outlook for the rest of 2010, and seeing rising wheat prices impact prices, while both the US and Canada (separately) announced new nutrition labelling programmes. Emerging markets returned to fore, with Japanese retailers looking to their neighbours for growth, while McCormick revealed expansion plans in Turkey and North Africa. Here's the best of what was said this week:

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

29 Oct 2010

The pressure of rising commodity costs has grabbed the headlines this week as manufacturers wrestle with higher raw-material bills. Elsewhere, just-food took an in-depth look at the US cereal sector, the moves Japan's largest grocers are making in China and we interviewed a senior executive at Swiss dairy giant Emmi.

UK: Warburtons director to join Genius Foods

28 Oct 2010

Warburtons commercial director Roz Cuschieri is set to move to Genius Foods in the role of director for the gluten-free bread firm.

Focus: What now for United Biscuits?

27 Oct 2010

Has Bright Food, the Chinese food group, decided not to p-p-p-p-pick up Penguin biscuit owner United Biscuits?

CHINA/UK: Bright Food's bid to buy United Biscuits "nears collapse"

27 Oct 2010

Talks to sell UK-based snack group United Biscuits to China's Bright Food are "effectively dead", the Wall Street Journal has reported.

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.

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