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UK: Food industry claims success on road miles

8 Oct 2008

The UK’s leading food and consumer goods companies have today (8 October) claimed success in reducing the environmental impact of transporting their goods across the country.

UK: UB takes on mince pies in Xmas launch

30 Sep 2008

United Biscuits has launched a McVitie's Christmas cake range, claiming that consumer appetite for traditional festive cakes like mince pies is on the wane.

UK: United Biscuits relaunches McVitie’s Boasters

27 Aug 2008

United Biscuits has relaunched its McVitie’s Boasters with new packaging and two new variants.

UK: United Biscuits adds to Penguin range

11 Aug 2008

United Biscuits UK (UBUK) has extended its Penguin chocolate biscuit bar brand with two new additions.

UK: New look for McVities impulse cake sector

29 Jul 2008

UK biscuit maker McVities, part of United Biscuits, is spending GBP27m (US$53.6m) on a redesign of its impulse snack cakes range.

UK: United Biscuits appoints sales director

21 Jul 2008

Biscuits and bagged snacks producer United Biscuits (UBUK) has appointed Dave Pickup as sales director.

UK: United Biscuits revamps KP Nut range

3 Jul 2008

United Biscuits is revamping its iconic KP Nuts packaging and logo and rolling out a range of new products.

UK: Premier names ambient boss

9 Jun 2008

Premier Foods has named Will Carter as managing director of its ambient grocery division.

UK: UBUK relaunches Multigrain Hula Hoops

19 May 2008

United Biscuits (UBUK) is relaunching Multigrain Hula Hoops this month with a new recipe, new packaging and new flavours.

UK: United Biscuits relaunches McCoy’s tortilla

1 May 2008

United Biscuits has revealed plans to relaunch its McCoy’s Tortillas range. The company will also be adding an additional two new flavours – Hot Chilli and Nacho Cheese.

UK: McVitie’s animated TV push

4 Feb 2008

The UK’s United Biscuits is launching a GBP5m (US$9.9m) TV campaign to support its biggest brand, McVitie’s Digestives.

UK: United Biscuits unveils environment plan

14 Jan 2008

UK snack group United Biscuits has unveiled plans to reduce the impact its operations have on the environment.

UK: McVitie’s Digestives get makeover

19 Dec 2007

Biscuits and snacks producer United Biscuits is to overhaul its McVitie’s Digestives biscuit range in the UK.

UK: United Biscuits adds to McCoy's range

19 Dec 2007

Biscuits and snacks group United Biscuits is adding to its McCoy’s crisps range in the UK with the launch of several limited-edition offerings and new pack sizes.

UK: United Biscuits adds to Go Ahead! range

18 Dec 2007

United Biscuits has added two ranges, one sweet and one savoury, to its Go Ahead! better-for-you snacks line in the UK.

UK: United Biscuits extends KP range

18 Dec 2007

United Biscuits is launching a range of seasoned nuts under its KP brand in the UK.

UK: Wholegrain focus in McVitie's cake launch

18 Dec 2007

United Biscuits has launched a raft of products to add to its McVitie’s cake portfolio.

UK: United Biscuits issues recall in metal wire scare

2 Nov 2007

United Biscuits has recalled batches of Crawford's Bourbon Cream biscuits due to the possible presence of small pieces of thin metal wire.

UK/US: Walkers Shortbread names US chief

3 Jul 2007

Walkers Shortbread, the US subsidiary of the Scottish shortbread manufacturer of the same name, has appointed Steve Dawson as its president and CEO.

UK: UB eyes growing biscuit sales with launch of new pack formats

27 Mar 2007

Biscuits and snacks group United Biscuits has changed the format for its McVitie’s Minis range and McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Grab & Go pack, with the launch of a new 40g pack size. The move, the company said, is designed to grow biscuit sales by filling a niche in the market.

UK: UB dominates biscuit market

5 Mar 2007

The UK biscuit market has seen a turbulent year, the latest report from research and consultancy firm Leatherhead International has suggested, with major acquisitions and consolidation from United Biscuits allowing the company to dominate the sector.

UK: Hula Hoops get healthy makeover

20 Feb 2007

Hula Hoops, the salty potato snack produced by KP Snacks, a division of United Biscuits, are emphasising their health credentials in an effort to boost sales.

UK: UB eyes biscuit growth with health campaign and product launch

19 Feb 2007

UK biscuit and snack manufacturer United Biscuits has pinned its hopes for increased sales in the constricting biscuit market on an advertising campaign designed to promote its McVitie’s brand as a healthy snack alongside new product development.

SPAIN: Cookie maker Gullon hungry for European growth

23 Jan 2007

Spain’s fourth-largest cookie maker Gullon is set to expand its presence in Europe, particularly Greece, Italy and France, institutional relations director Eva Lamalfa told just-food on Monday.

Premier looks to take RHM star brands forward

11 Dec 2006

The acquisition of RHM by Premier Foods was greeted enthusiastically by analysts but while the GBP1.2bn deal gives Premier some prestigious brands, Katy Humphries believes questions remain over Premier’s plans for RHM’s non-branded milling and baking operations.

UK: Rachel’s Organic appoints marketing director

24 Nov 2006

Rachel’s Organic has appointed Steve Clarke as its new marketing director.

EU: Deadline set for United Biscuits sale decision

13 Nov 2006

The European Commission has said that it will rule on the proposed acquisition of United Biscuits by private equity firms Blackstone and PAI by 12 December.

UK: Blackstone and PAI acquire United Biscuits

25 Oct 2006

Private equity partners the Blackstone Group and PAI partners have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire United Biscuits for a purchase price in excess of GBP1.6bn (US$3bn).

US: Kraft posts 2.3% revenue growth in Q3

24 Oct 2006

US food group Kraft Foods has reported third quarter net revenue growth of 2.3% to US$8.2bn, attributing the growth to improved product mix and solid earnings gains driven by higher gross margins, restructuring savings and share repurchases. But Kraft's CEO Irene Rosenfeld conceded that the results were "mixed".

UK: United Biscuits may stop sale – report

25 Sep 2006

Private equity groups who have put United Biscuits on the block may suspend the company’s sale indefinitely following the withdrawal of Premier Foods from the auction, the UK press has reported.

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