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The three variants of Hovis Breakfast Bakes will be made at Fox's Biscuits plant in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

2 Sisters and Premier Foods strike deal

By Rod Addy

2 Sisters Food Group has forged a licensing agreement with Premier Foods for the production, distribution, sales and marketing of its Hovis Breakfast Bakes range of breakfast biscuits.

Here are your favourite news articles from last year

Top food manufacturing news of 2011 - in pictures

By Mike Stones

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.

Holland’s Pies efficiency drive sees jobs cut

Holland’s Pies efficiency drive sees jobs cut

By Ben Bouckley

Holland’s Pies has confirmed that 10 manufacturing staff will leave the Accrington firm as it bids to become “more efficient and competitive in the marketplace”.

Greencore cfo insists business is not for sale

Greencore cfo insists business is not for sale

By Ben Bouckley

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 proposes Leeds head office closure

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

By Ben Bouckley

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.

Chicken king: Before wooing Northern shareholders, Ranjit Boparan made his money in poultry

Chicken magnate serves up Northern delist

By Ben Bouckley

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.

‘Whither now for Northern Foods?’ ask unions

‘Whither now for Northern Foods?’ ask unions

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

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: Rasing the Northern stakes

Cash in on my offer: Boparan tells Northern investors

By Ben Bouckley

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...

Boparan: Sitting pretty in bid for Northern

Greencore calls time on Northern romance

By Ben Bouckley

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.

Should Greencore walk away from Northern Foods?

Should Greencore walk away from Northern Foods?

By Elaine Watson

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.

Haskins: Boparan must build better customer relations

Haskins: Boparan must build better customer relations

By Elaine Watson

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...

Turnover at 2 Sisters is now approaching £1bn

Deal or no deal: Will Boparan spoil the wedding party?

By Elaine Watson

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.

Union accepts revised pay offer from Northern Foods

Union accepts revised pay offer from Northern Foods

By Elaine Watson

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.

BFAWU strike ballot called off at Fox’s Biscuits

BFAWU strike ballot called off at Fox’s Biscuits

By Elaine Watson

A strike ballot called by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at Fox’s Biscuits’ factories at Kirkham and Batley has been called off due to ‘technical’ glitches.

Northern Foods: Pay offer at Fox's Biscuits is fair

Northern Foods: Pay offer at Fox's Biscuits is fair

By Elaine Watson

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...

Widdowson: Degree-level training centre

Northern Foods to build on skills pedigree

By Rod Addy

Northern Foods plans to build on its credentials as a food industry skills champion by upgrading its operations academy to form a degree-level training centre.

Stefan Barden

Job losses loom at Northern Foods' Swansea factory

By Elaine Watson

More than 230 staff face redundancy at Northern Foods’ ready meals plant in Swansea because bosses have failed to reach “mutually agreeable” terms with Sainsbury, its biggest customer.

I Robot ...

I Robot ...

By Elaine Watson

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.

Northern Foods still struggling in frozen

Northern Foods still struggling in frozen

By Rod Addy

Northern Foods is still working to address declining profitability in its frozen foods division, the company announced as it unveiled its full-year...

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