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United Biscuits, the UK's largest biscuit maker, has set out how it believes the sector in the country can grow sales by GBP500m by 2020. Af...

Can Yildiz's new snacks unit match its ambitions?

Yildiz Holding is restructuring its confectionery and biscuit businesses, uniting the likes of United Biscuits, Ülker and Godiva under a sin...


Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio during a conference call with analysts this week. However, this does not mean the US snacks group's management is closed to the idea of the company shopping itself. Katy Askew takes a look at the possibility of a deal and who could be interested in a punt for the Kettle Chips maker.


Dean Best | 3 Nov 2014

Yildiz Holding today (3 November) announced it had won the race to buy UK-based biscuit maker United Biscuits. In doing so, the privately-owned Turkish food group has moved once more to buy a major Western food brand.


Katy Askew | 5 Sep 2014

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are progressing with plans to offload UK Jacob's-to-McVitie's manufacturer United Biscuits. The question on everyone's lips is whether the business will be floated or sold. Katy Askew reports.


Dean Best | 29 Oct 2010

If you're looking to forge a business in the world's emerging markets, there is plenty of promise beyond the BRICs.

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Dean Best | 4 Jul 2018

Pladis, the UK-based, international snacks arm of Turkey's Yildiz Holding, is looking to scale up quickly in North America, a market that accounts for just 6% of sales and where it is doing battle with some major competitors. Dean Best spoke to regional CEO Brian Blanchard to find out more about the plans the McVitie's and Godiva owner has for the market.

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just-food.com | 20 Jul 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.


Dean Best | 5 Jul 2018

Pladis, the UK-based, international snacks arm of Turkey's Yildiz Holding, is looking at plans to significantly build its business in Mexico.


just-food.com | 29 May 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.com | 17 May 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.


Andy Coyne | 24 Apr 2018

Pladis, the UK-headquartered biscuit and confectionery arm of Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding, has appointed Dmitry Ivanov to the newly-created, global position of chief commercial officer.


Andy Coyne | 20 Mar 2018

Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding to refinance as much as US$7bn of debt.


Andy Coyne | 12 Feb 2018

Turkish biscuit and confectionery heavyweight Yildiz Holding has requested the largest ever loan from Turkish banks, according to news agency Bloomberg.


Andy Coyne | 16 Nov 2017

Top cocoa-producing nations Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and major confectionery companies have agreed to take action to help eliminate deforestation.


Andy Coyne | 25 Sep 2017

Turkish food group Pladis, the owner of Godiva chocolate and McVitie's biscuits, has ruled itself out of making a bid for Nestle's US confectionery arm.


Simon Harvey | 4 Sep 2017

Pladis has launched its Godiva Masterpieces range of chocolates in the UK, the latest market in a push to build the brand's presence in mainstream retail.


Andy Coyne | 29 Aug 2017

Turkey's biscuit giant Yildiz Holding is planning to strengthen its UK arm and looking to expand further overseas.


Dean Best | 21 Aug 2017

UK-based snacks business Pladis has named GlaxoSmithKline executive Luigi La Corta its new CFO.


Andy Coyne | 20 Jul 2017

Pladis has confirmed its UK snack range Jacob's Oddities is to be axed after six years.


Dean Best | 1 Jun 2017

Pladis, the international snacks arm of Turkish group Yildiz Holding, has made clear it plans to expand the distribution of McVitie's Digestives in the US and roll out sweet biscuits from the range into the market.


Dean Best | 30 May 2017

Pladis, the international snacks arm of Turkey-based food group Yildiz Holding, has struck a sales and product development deal with Chinese e-commerce platform JD.com.


Dean Best | 25 May 2017

Snacks maker Pladis is planning to launch its biscuit brand McVitie's in North America next year.


Helen Arnold | 22 May 2017

Turkish food conglomerate Yildiz Holding has appointed Beanstalk as its brand extension agency for its McVitie’s, Godiva, Flipz and Turtles brands in some of its key markets


Dean Best | 31 Mar 2017

Pladis, the UK-based snacks group, has expressed confidence its local biscuits business can meet the voluntary sugar-reduction target outlined by the country's government.


John Shepherd | 30 Mar 2017

Pladis, the UK-based snacks group subsidiary of Turkey-based Yildiz Holding, has launched a tablet chocolate range, Godiva Masterpieces, initially on sale in North America, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.


John Shepherd | 14 Mar 2017

UK-based snacks group Pladis has announced plans to double its chocolate sales and increase its biscuit sales by 50% as the company targets revenues of GBP3.2bn (US$3.9bn) over the next two years.


Dean Best | 21 Feb 2017

Ülker Bisküvi is in talks to take on a business in Saudi Arabia owned by United Biscuits, one of the Turkey-based snacks group's sister companies under the ownership of Yildiz Holding.


John Shepherd | 27 Jan 2017

Pladis-owned United Biscuits has launched McVitie's Digestives Thins in the UK in a move aimed at attracting "younger consumers".


John Shepherd | 23 Jan 2017

Pladis, the UK-based subsidiary of Turkish food conglomerate Yildiz Holding, has said it is not among firms reportedly lining up to take control of Weetabix, the UK-based breakfast cereal business owned by China's Bright Food.

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Katy Askew | 20 Nov 2015

That politicians are selective with the truth is pretty much a given. But it did make this pundit chuckle to hear UK Chancellor George Osborne describe United Biscuits as a "great British company"... Er, yes... one that is owned by Turkish multinational Yildiz Holding.


Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2015

With market talk rumbling on over whether Diamond Foods is up for sale, attention has now turned to if the company could be preparing to sell its snack food brands separately having failed to secure a buyer for the business as a going concern.



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