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UK: United Biscuits unveils palm oil deal

30 Oct 2009

United Biscuits, the UK group behind McVitie's and Jacob's, has become the latest in a growing line of food manufacturers and retailers to announce a deal on sustainable palm oil.

UK: UB launches price-marked packs

20 Oct 2009

United Biscuits has launched a range of savoury snacks in GBP0.35p (US$0.57) price-marked packs.

UK: United Biscuits margins dip in 2008

12 Oct 2009

UK snack firm United Biscuits has admitted its margins dipped in 2008 as the McVitie's maker reported "modest" profit growth.

UK: Tyrrells to launch "Great British" crisps

14 Sep 2009

Tyrrells, the private-equity backed UK crisp maker, is set to launch a trio of "Great British" flavours next week, the company told just-food today (14 September).

Kraft and Cadbury - what's next?

7 Sep 2009

After a dearth of major M&A in the food industry in recent months, the prospect of a mega-deal involving US food giant Kraft Foods and renowned UK confectioner Cadbury has got people talking. Cadbury has rebuffed Kraft's initial approach but the Milka and Toblerone maker is unlikely to give up easily. Dean Best looks at the twist and turns that could lie ahead.

UPDATE: BELGIUM: Lotus focuses inwards after McVitie's loss

2 Sep 2009

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium-based bakery group, said today (2 September) it would look to drive sales of its brands after losing a UK supply contract with United Biscuits.

BELGIUM: Lower costs, better sales buoy Lotus

2 Sep 2009

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium-based baker, has reported a 22% jump in half-year profits thanks to lower financial costs and rising sales.

UK: United Biscuits expands Go Ahead range

9 Jun 2009

United Biscuits has expanded its Go Ahead biscuit range in the UK.

UK: UB yet to receive union Liverpool proposals

20 May 2009

United Biscuits today (20 May) insisted that it had yet to receive alternative plans to restructure a UK site from trade union officials opposing the proposed move.

UK: United Biscuits set for union talks over India plans

13 May 2009

A UK trade union said today that it will hold “crisis talks” tomorrow with United Biscuits over the UK snack maker's proposals to move jobs to India.

UK: "No decision" made on UK revamp - United Biscuits

1 May 2009

United Biscuits today (1 May) insisted that “no decision” had been made on whether to restructure a site in the UK city of Liverpool.

UK: McVitie’s launches strawberry Jaffa Cakes

24 Apr 2009

United Biscuits has launched strawberry McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes for the UK market.

UK: United Biscuits expands McVitie’s ‘breakfast’ offering

20 Apr 2009

United Biscuits has expanded its McVitie’s ‘morning goods’ offering in the UK with the launch of mini croissants.

UPDATE: UK: United Biscuits slams union claims

17 Apr 2009

United Biscuits has today (17 April) slammed "inaccurate" trade union claims over the future of jobs at a site in Liverpool.

UK: United Biscuits staff protest over "jobs-to-India move"

17 Apr 2009

Workers at a United Biscuits site in the UK city of Liverpool have started a petition to drum up opposition against rumoured plans that the McVitie’s maker plans to move 170 jobs to India.

UK: United Biscuits appoints UK sales boss

30 Mar 2009

UK snack maker United Biscuits has promoted Paul Graham to UK sales director, effective from 2 April.

UK: UB launches cake ranges

17 Mar 2009

United Biscuits has launched cake ranges under the Jacob’s Club and Crawford’s biscuit brands in the UK.

UK: Union anger at United Biscuits "restructuring"

13 Mar 2009

United Biscuits is to implement a restructuring programme at a UK site that could see 125 jobs moved to India, local trade union Unite has claimed.

UK: United Biscuits expands McCoy’s range

11 Feb 2009

United Biscuits UK has expanded its McCoy’s crisp range with the launch of a limited edition variant.

Premier in a pickle

13 Jan 2009

Shares in Premier Foods gained today (13 January) after the UK’s largest food manufacturer posted a jump in full-year sales and announced that progress was being made in its drive to cut debt. However, to some extent, this news was overshadowed by question marks over how Premier intends to raise capital. Katy Humphries reports.

UK: McVitie’s 50% less fat message launched

6 Jan 2009

United Biscuits UK has launched a GBP1.2m (US$1.8m) television campaign to promote a 50% reduction in the saturated fat contained in its McVitie’s Digestives.

UK: Premier in talks with investors to cut debt

15 Dec 2008

Premier Foods plc has moved to reassure investors over the company’s high level of debt by confirming that it is reviewing a “range of options” to raise capital.

FRANCE: United Biscuits to invest in BN brand

12 Dec 2008

United Biscuits plans to invest EUR4m (US$5.4m) in an attempt to revitalise sales of its BN biscuit brand in France in 2009.

UK: Heinz stays mum on Premier talks

9 Dec 2008

HJ Heinz has refused to comment on reports it is in talks with Premier Foods to acquire its Sharwood’s Asian sauces unit.

UK: McCoy’s crisps gets revamp

8 Dec 2008

United Biscuits (UBUK) has revamped its McCoy’s crisps range with the addition of a new flavour.

UK: United Biscuits revamps Phileas Fogg range

8 Dec 2008

United Biscuits has relaunched its Phileas Fogg snacks brand.

SPAIN: SOS “shortlists two companies” in biscuit sale

2 Dec 2008

Spanish food group SOS Cuetara has reportedly shortlisted two companies, including Spanish bakery Panrico, as possible buyers in the sale of its biscuit business.

UK: Premier "would consider non-core sale"

19 Nov 2008

Premier Foods would consider selling some of its non-core businesses despite the fact that it has already turned down “a number” of approaches, the heavily-indebted UK food group has told just-food.

UK: Premier rejects UB Kipling bid

18 Nov 2008

Premier Foods today (18 November) confirmed that it has rejected an approach from rival UK food group United Biscuits for its Mr Kipling brand.

UK: Watchdog raps UB’s McVitie’s ad

17 Oct 2008

United Biscuits has faced criticism from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for "misleading" consumers with its McVitie’s advert.

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