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New Chief Executive For Separated KP Snacks

    New Chief Executive For Separated KP Snacks

United Biscuits has appointed Nick Bunker as the new chief executive of its recently separated snacks business, which is to be re-named KP Snacks. Nick Bunker joins the UB Group with effect from 1 September from Kraft Foods, where he is currently president of Kraft Foods UK/Ireland.
UB’s snacks business is the second largest bagged snack […]

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United Biscuits to be Split Up

    United Biscuits to be Split Up

Private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are reported to be considering splitting their United Biscuits business into two elements – one centred on biscuits and the other on bagged snacks. Blackstone and PAI offered the entire business for sale with a price tag of about £2 billion in 2010 but to no avail, […]

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United Biscuits to be Split Up Prior to Sale

    United Biscuits to be Split Up Prior to Sale

Private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners, which own United Biscuits, are reported to be planning to divide up the UK’s largest biscuit manufacturer in preparation for a sale of the business. It is thought that the biscuits element of United Biscuits, which accounts for about 75% of sales and includes the McVitie’s brand, […]

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UK Food and Grocery Industry Recovers 115,000 Tonnes of Waste

    UK Food and Grocery Industry Recovers 115,000 Tonnes of Waste

Participants in a scheme run by ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) UK are well on the way to achieving targets set last autumn to prevent and recover waste in the FMCG supply chain in the UK. By thinking differently about waste when looking at products, packaging design, range and forecasting, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers have […]

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Bright Food Group Favourite For Yoplait Stake

    Bright Food Group Favourite For Yoplait Stake

Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group is reported to be in pole position in the race to acquire PAI Partners’ 50% stake in Yoplait. Rivals for the shareholding in the French and international yoghurt producer are believed to include Switzerland-based Nestle and General Mills of the US. The other 50% of Yoplait is owned by […]

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New Head at United Biscuits

Benoit Testard, group chief executive of United Biscuits.
United Biscuits, leading European manufacturer of biscuits and snacks, has appointed Benoit Testard as its group chief executive, effective from Monday, 21st February. Formerly, Benoit Testard successfully led the group’s Northern Europe operations and then from 2004 the UK region, which represents 70% of United Biscuits’ business.
Prior to […]

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UK Industry Responds as One in Three Shoppers Want Waste Reduction Prioritised

    UK Industry Responds as One in Three Shoppers Want Waste Reduction Prioritised

Nearly a third of UK shoppers want food and grocery retailers and manufacturers to focus on reducing waste. IGD consumer research shows 29% of shoppers think reducing waste should be one of the main sustainability priorities for the industry.
The findings come as 33 leading food and grocery companies have announced they are voluntarily committing to […]

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United Biscuits Sale Talks End

    United Biscuits Sale Talks End

The exclusive talks to acquire United Biscuits, the British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer, between its owners and Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group are reported to have ended with no formal offer forthcoming. The co-owners of United Biscuits, private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners, have now opened talks with other potential […]

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United Biscuits Sale Talks Close to Collapse

    United Biscuits Sale Talks Close to Collapse

The exclusive talks to acquire United Biscuits, the British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer, between its owners and Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group are reported to have stalled over the asking price of around £2b. United Biscuits was put up for sale earlier this year by its private equity owners Blackstone Group and […]

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Chinese Food Group Eyes United Biscuits

    Chinese Food Group Eyes United Biscuits

Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group is reported to be holding exclusive talks to acquire United Biscuits, the British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer, for more than £2b. Private equity owners Blackstone Group and PAI Partners put United Biscuits up for sale earlier this year.
United Biscuits is one of the world’s leading branded biscuits […]

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UK Food and Drink Processors Make First Step Towards 2020 Water Target

    UK Food and Drink Processors Make First Step Towards 2020 Water Target

Almost 500,000 cubic metres of water have already been saved as 36 of the UK’s leading food and drink manufacturers report their first full year progress on the voluntary Federation House Commitment (FHC) on water efficiency. This marks the sector’s first step towards achieving a 20% reduction in water use by 2020 compared to 2007, […]

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Campbell Considering Bid For United Biscuits

    Campbell Considering Bid For United Biscuits

US-based Campbell, the world’s largest soup company, is reported to be preparing a £1.5b break-up bid for United Biscuits, the British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer. Campbell’s interest is in the biscuits part of United Biscuits, which includes the McVitie’s, Penguin, Jaffa Cakes and HobNobs brands. United Biscuits is also a major snacks manufacturer […]

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Shortlist for 2010 UK Community Partnership Awards

    Shortlist for 2010 UK Community Partnership Awards

The British Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has unveiled the final shortlist for its annual Community Partnership Awards. FDF’s Community Partnership Awards recognise the food and drink chain’s longstanding commitment to the community and provide a showcase for the sector’s widespread activities in corporate social responsibility.
The companies shortlisted for the 2010 Awards are: AF Blakemore […]

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United Biscuits Offered For Sale

    United Biscuits Offered For Sale

Private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are reported to be seeking to sell British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer United Biscuits for £2b or more. In 2009, United Biscuits increased EBITDA by 13.7% to £223.4m on turnover up 5% to £1.26b.
United Biscuits is one of the world’s leading branded biscuits and snacks […]

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