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FRANCE: Private-equity, Grupo Lala, Mengniu "eye Yoplait"

14 Oct 2010

The list of potential suitors for Yoplait grew today (14 October) with a clutch of private-equity firms Mexican food maker Grupo Lala and China's Mengniu Dairy all linked to the French yoghurt maker.

Best bits: Unilever, SOS, Premier next in M&A spotlight

4 Oct 2010

The recent appetite for M&A in the food industry is showing little sign of abating.

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

1 Oct 2010

M&A watchers have been kept busy over the last five days. Wal-Mart made a move into South Africa and Unilever expanded in Greece (and signalled it may sell two UK brands). Meanwhile, speculation over Yoplait and United Biscuits rumbled on and Dairy Crest was the subject of takeover rumours, too. Elsewhere, US food group Campbell Soup Co. and Dutch retailer Ahold announced changes at the top. These were our highlights this week.

GLOBAL: Healthy snacks market to grow by fifth by 2014 - study

28 Sep 2010

Sales of healthy snacks are forecast to rise by more than a fifth by 2014, according to exclusive research from just-food.

CHINA/UK: Bright Food "in talks" to buy United Biscuits

27 Sep 2010

Chinese food group Bright Food is in talks to purchase UK-based United Biscuits, according to reports.

just the facts - Bright Food Group

27 Sep 2010

According to reports this morning (27 September), Chinese food group Bright Food is in talks to purchase UK-based United Biscuits.

Best bits: M&A spotlight shines on McVitie's, Pringles and Yoplait

27 Sep 2010

The battle to buy United Biscuits apparently now has an Eastern flavour.

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

27 Aug 2010

Canadian convenience operator Couche-Tard posted record net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 this week, up 42% against the same period of the previous year. But its efforts to acquire Casey’s General Stores were dealt a heavy blow when the US company completed its latest round of defences in the from of its modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer.

UK: Campbells may bid on United Biscuits

23 Aug 2010

Campbell Soup Company is reportedly considering a GBP1.5bn (US$2.33bn) bid to acquire the majority share of UK food manufacturer United Biscuits.

Best bits: Picard, Rachel's, John West deals all raise questions

2 Aug 2010

Each of last week's three major M&A deals - the sale of French frozen-food retailer Picard to yet another private equity house, dairy giant Lactalis buying UK organic firm Rachel's and MWBrands, the canned seafood group that is home to brands like John West, moving into Thai hands - offered as many questions as they had answers.

Best bits: private equity dining at M&A table

26 Jul 2010

From frozen food to fromage frais, the last seven days have seen an upturn in talk about M&A in the food industry.

Comment: Private equity most likely to bite at United Biscuits

23 Jul 2010

It will come as no surprise to those following the food industry news to learn that two of the top five most-read stories on just-food this week are about the potential sale of UK snack and biscuit maker United Biscuits.

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

23 Jul 2010

Tengelmann's appointment of the second CEO of its US-based A&P chain in the US, its second in six months, piqued our interest, while the potential sale of UK biscuit and snack maker United Biscuits has captured the industry's imagination. Ocado's IPO finally got away, but not without the industry sounding off about its bleak prospects. The future of the Foods Standards Agency was sealed, and as expected, it lost its remit over nutrition and labelling. Here's the pick of what was said this week.

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

23 Jul 2010

The potential sale of UK biscuit and snack maker United Biscuits captured the industry's attention this week. Ocado's IPO finally got away, but not without a great deal of controversy, once again highlighting the difficulties online grocery retailers face trying to build a profitable business model. The future of the Foods Standards Agency was sealed, and as expected, it lost its remit over nutrition and labelling.

UK: United Biscuits board "approves sale plans"

22 Jul 2010

The board of UK snacks and biscuit maker United Biscuits has reportedly given the green light to plans by the company's private-equity owners to sell the business.

UK: United Biscuits owners "ponder sale"

21 Jul 2010

UK-based snacks giant United Biscuits may be put up for sale, reports in the country have said.

UK: United Biscuits unveils McVitie's Medley snack bars

10 May 2010

United Biscuits has launched a range of snack bars in the UK, using the company's McVitie's Digestive and Hobnobs brands.

UK: UB relaunches "impulse" cakes

21 Apr 2010

United Biscuits has relaunched its McVitie's range of muffins, flapjacks and slices in the UK, the company has announced.

FSA sets reformulation challenge for food companies

9 Apr 2010

While the Food Standards Agency’s final recommendations on saturated fat and sugar show that it has been prepared to listen to industry concerns, the agency has set food companies challenging targets for reformulation. Ben Cooper reports.

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

1 Apr 2010

In the run-up to Easter, chocolate fittingly grabbed the headlines, with Supervalu Inc accusing some of the biggest manufacturers of fixing prices in the US. Meanwhile, Barry Callebaut, the world's largest B2B chocolate maker, believes it will benefit from more outsourcing of production in the sector. And another ingredients giant, France's Tereos, sees the world's as its oyster after the creation of a dedicated overseas unit. Here is a snapshot of who said what on the top food news stories this week.

Sustainability Watch - Jeff van der Eems, United Biscuits

31 Mar 2010

United Biscuits recently announced it was ahead of schedule on a number of key sustainability goals. Ben Cooper spoke with chief operating officer Jeff van der Eems about the company’s sustainability strategy and the reasons behind its progress.

UK: United Biscuits launches “jumbo” KP nuts

15 Mar 2010

United Biscuits has launched a range of “jumbo” peanuts under its KP snack portfolio.

UK: United Biscuits teams up with WWF

8 Mar 2010

United Biscuits has teamed up with green campaigners the WWF through a marketing push for its Penguin biscuit brand in the UK.

COMMENT: Kettle buy a long-term jewel for Diamond

1 Mar 2010

Shares in Diamond Foods plummeted on Friday (26 February) in the wake of news that the US snack maker had struck a deal to acquire premium chip company Kettle Foods. However, investor-jitters aside, Katy Humphries suggests the long-term upside of the deal is likely to outweigh the short-term risks.

Top stories on just-food this week

26 Feb 2010

Diamond Foods, the US nut maker, looks set to take a bigger bite out of the snacks market on both sides of the pond after striking a deal to buy crisp firm Kettle Foods. Upmarket snacks is a buoyant category, with, in the UK, United Biscuits and Warburtons among those launching "posh" crisps in recent months - and PepsiCo's Walkers also pushing its Red Sky brand.

US: Kettle Foods receives "second round of bids"

15 Feb 2010

Potential bidders for crisp maker Kettle Foods have reportedly tabled second bids for the US-based business.

Top stories on just-food this week

4 Dec 2009

Once again, Kraft Foods' pursuit of Cadbury grabbed your attention this week and the US food giant has filed its offer documents to the Dairy Milk maker's shareholders. United Biscuits and Nestle have revealed plans to expand further in India, while in another emerging market, Russia, X5 Retail Group defied the country's gloomy economy with its own plans for expansion. Meanwhile, retail giant Delhaize announced a "new game plan", designed to cut costs, boost profits and drive its business in markets from Greece to Indonesia. These are the top ten stories on just-food this week.

UK: Waitrose makes palm oil commitment

3 Dec 2009

UK retailer Waitrose has become the latest retailer to make a commitment to use certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO).

INDIA: United Biscuits gears up to enter India

2 Dec 2009

UK biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits is preparing to enter India, where the group plans to manufacture and market biscuits for Asia's third-largest economy.

UK: Premier defends GreenPalm use

26 Nov 2009

Premier Foods plc, the maker of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis bread, has stood by its decision to use palm oil sourced under the controversial GreenPalm scheme.

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