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UK bakers Warburtons, Jacksons ink Co-op bread supply deal

13 Apr 2021

UK bakers Warburtons and Jacksons have signed a deal to supply bread to a major retailer for its own-label range.

2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 Dec 2020

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other.

UK's Euro Foods Brands buys The Food Doctor from William Jackson Food Group

23 Jul 2020

UK healthier-for-you brand The Food Doctor has been sold by local bakery business William Jackson Food Group for an undisclosed sum.

William Jackson Food Group promotes James Watson to CEO

7 Nov 2019

UK-based William Jackson Food Group has promoted James Watson to chief executive of the bread and vinegar supplier.

William Jackson Food Group removes palm oil from Jackson's bread

25 Jul 2019

UK-based bakery business Jackson's Yorkshire's Champion Bread is launching its palm-oil-free range this week. 

William Jackson Food acquires balsamic vinegar maker Belazu

29 Nov 2018

UK-based William Jackson Food Group has acquired the Belazu brand of Mediterranean products for an undisclosed sum. 

Nomad Foods raises guidance on back of Aunt Bessie's deal

9 Aug 2018

Nomad Foods has raised its 2018 guidance following the acquisition of fellow frozen foods business Aunt Bessie's last month.

UK's William Jackson Food Group buys local ingredients firm Wellocks

18 Jun 2018

UK manufacturer William Jackson Food Group has sought to make further inroads into the country's foodservice sector with the acquisition of ingredients supplier Wellocks.

Nomad Foods snaps up UK frozen-food brand Aunt Bessie's for EUR240m

4 Jun 2018

Nomad Foods is paying EUR240m (US$281.6m) for fellow frozen food manufacturer Aunt Bessie's as the UK firm's acquisition trail continues.

William Jackson 'Boxed' frozen meals hit Tesco; Kraft Heinz rolls out breakfast brand; Freedom Foods Group to launch A2 line in Australia's Own push; Arla organic milk enters Saudi Arabia

2 Mar 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

just-food in 2017 - our most-read news this year

21 Dec 2017

The news stories that got you clicking over the last 12 months.

William Jackson Food Group bread arm to build second plant

14 Dec 2017

UK-based William Jackson Food Group has set out plans for its domestic bakery business Jacksons to build its second bread plant.

Florette buys MyFresh unit from William Jackson

17 Aug 2017

Florette has acquired part of UK firm MyFresh from William Jackson Food Group in a move the France-based salads supplier said would help it target the country's convenience and foodservice customers.

Aunt Bessie's targets low-carb appetites with new vegetable chips

3 Mar 2017

Aunt Bessie's, part of the UK's William Jackson Food Group, says it is responding to demand for low carb foods by extending its frozen foods range to include Vegetable Chips.

Aunt Bessie's serves up new ice cream range for summer

14 Jul 2016

Aunt Bessie's, part of the UK's William Jackson Food Group, is launching a new selection of ice creams inspired by some of the brand's range of desserts that are based on traditional British puddings.

Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puddings range expand into chiller

14 Jul 2016

Aunt Bessie's is taking its range of Yorkshire puddings – a staple ingredient of traditional roast dinners in the UK – into the chilled category.

William Jackson Food Group buys The Food Doctor

18 Apr 2016

William Jackson Food Group, the UK company behind Aunt Bessie's frozen food and organic food retailer Abel & Cole, has struck a deal to buy health-focused business The Food Doctor.

Aunt Bessie's makes cake aisle debut

8 May 2015

William Jackson Food Group is taking its frozen food brand Aunt Bessie's into the cake aisle.

Heinz UK site faces axe after end to Aunt Bessie's deal

9 Oct 2014

A Heinz production plant in the UK is set to close after the end of the US food group's licence to manufacture Aunt Bessie's frozen potato lines.

UK: Aunt Bessie's launches chilled products with Pork Farms

11 Jun 2013

UK food group Aunt Bessie's has entered the country's chilled sector through a tie-up with pie manufacturer Pork Farms.

In the spotlight - William Jackson takes on challenge of Abel & Cole

18 Oct 2012

The deal by William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) to purchase organic food group Abel & Cole has garnered a mixed reaction from industry watchers, some of whom were surprised by the deal and others more confident of the fit.

UK: William Jackson Food Group buys online organic firm Abel & Cole

11 Oct 2012

William Jackson Food Group, the company behind Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire puddings, has acquired UK online organic firm Abel & Cole.

UK: Fire halts production at Heinz's Aunt Bessie plant

12 May 2011

A fire at a Heinz site in the UK that produces Aunt Bessie's frozen potato products has halted production.

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