Hatches, matches and dispatches dominated the food manufacturing news in 2011. In the second of our two-part series, we showcase the most five most popular news articles of the year published on FoodManufacture.co.uk.
Greencore cfo Alan Williams has told FoodManufacture.co.uk that he can "categorically confirm the business is not for sale", following a news report that said the €850m turnover convenience foods group had held talks with private equity firms...
Northern Foods is proposing to close it Leeds office and move the majority of staff to its ‘shared service centre’ in Wakefield, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt, as owner Ranjit Boparan starts restructuring his new acquisition.
Midlands businessman Ranjit Boparan today served notice of his intention to delist Northern Foods from the stock exchange as he declared his £342m bid wholly unconditional and edges towards taking the company private.
Union leaders have expressed concerns about Ranjit Boparan’s intentions after he completes his £342m takeover of Northern Foods and begins to identify cost savings that could mean office closures or job losses.
Ranjit Boparan today urged Northern Foods shareholders to accept his offer for the firm “as soon as possible” after Greencore pulled out of the running, and revealed that he has now acquired, agreed to acquire or has valid acceptances for 48.25% of Northern’s...
Greencore said this morning that it does not intend to make a revised offer for Northern Foods to rival Ranjit Boparan’s 73p/share offer, which means the Midlands businessman is one step closer to tying the knot with Northern shareholders by March 16th.
Greencore is still not ruling itself out of the bidding for Northern Foods, but City analysts believe it may be better off walking away now than leveraging itself up to the hilt in order to trump Ranjit Boparan's 73p/share cash offer.
Implementing lean practices established at Greencore across Northern Foods sites could generate additional cost savings that have “not yet been fully quantified” were the two to merge, Greencore has argued.
If he does succeed in breaking up Northern Foods’ arranged marriage with Greencore, Ranjit Boparan will need to prove he can build better relationships with supermarkets than the current management to re-build the firm's reputation, according to...
As City analysts and hacks alike wait with baited breath to see if chicken tycoon Ranjit Boparan comes up with a serious offer for Northern Foods, Elaine Watson assesses his chances and takes a look at what other businesses could change hands in 2011.
It hasn’t generated quite as many column inches as the impending nuptials of Kate and Wills, but the prospect of two of the biggest players in the UK chilled convenience market tying the knot is big news for the food industry.
Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at the Fox’s Biscuits factories at Kirkham and Batley have accepted a revised pay offer from Northern Foods, ending the threat of industrial action.
Northern Foods has defended its pay offer to staff at Fox's Biscuits as "very competitive in the current climate" following news that the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) is balloting members at the Kirkham and Batley biscuit...
Bakkavör, Kerry Foods or Premier Foods could all be in the running to produce Sainsbury’s Chinese ready meals following Northern Foods’ decision to close the factory that currently makes them, say City analysts.
Northern Foods has pumped £7-8m into robotics and automation projects at its Fox's Biscuits factory in Batley and will invest more cash over the next year as part of a group-wide automation initiative.