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Pladis has appointed Nick Bunker as its UK and Ireland md. McVitie's Hobnobs image by Flickr user Stuart Webster (CC BY 2.0)

Pladis hires new UK and Ireland md

By Gwen Ridler

McVitie’s brand owner Pladis has appointed former KP Snacks ceo Nick Bunker as the new md of its UK & Ireland business, effective from November 6.

Butterkist manufacturer Tangerine Confectionery has appointed Anthony Franchettere as its new ceo

Tangerine Confectionery appoints new ceo

By Gwen Ridler

Butterkist popcorn manufacturer Tangerine Confectionery has appointed Anthony Francheterre as its new ceo effective from today (June 13).

Prince Charles discusses clean-up efforts with factory workers in Carlisle

Flood-hit factory restarts production line

By Alice Foster

United Biscuits has restarted production of McVitie’s Gold biscuit bars at its Carlisle factory after the site was devastated by floods.

United Biscuits' McVities brand hopes to boost sales in the Chinese market

United Biscuits eyes China as a key market for McVities

By Rick Pendrous

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that its total UK exports have rocketed 50% over the past three years and it expects this figure to rise a further 50% by 2020, as demand grows from countries such as China for its British brands.

Storm Desmond has devastated urban areas and threatened food production

United Biscuits factory hit by Storm Desmond

By Michael Stones

A United Biscuits factory alongside thousands of other businesses and private homes have been hit by Storm Desmond, which delivered record rainfall to north west England and Scotland.

Nearly 50 firms were involved in M&A activity in 2014, according to the new report

M&A deals to remain strong in 2015

By Nicholas Robinson

More than £20.2bn was exchanged in food and drink business mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in 2014, according to figures from Catalyst Corporate Finance (CCF).

United Biscuits makes Jacob's Cream Crackers at the Aintree plant

Strikes on hold at United Biscuits’ Aintree factory

By Rod Addy

Strikes have been suspended at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s Cream Cracker factory at Aintree while members of trades union GMB and management seek to repair relations with each other.

UB makes a host of brands, including McVitie’s Hobnobs

Final bids for United Biscuits laid down

By Rod Addy

The bidding war for United Biscuits (UB) has come down to three players: Kellogg, Burton’s Biscuit Company and Turkish food producer Ulker Biskuvi Sanayi, which have all now submitted final bids.

UB's advisors are exploring bidders for the company, as well as a potential stock market flotation

United Biscuits bid: Kellogg strong contender

By Rod Addy

A trade buyer looks set to acquire United Biscuits (UB) if a sale is decided upon, with Kellogg a strong contender among three core bidders, according to an industry expert.

UB makes a range of products under the McVitie's brand

UB targets 157 job cuts at Stockport factory

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits’ factory cuts continue, with the firm behind Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Twiglets and Jaffa Cakes confirming plans to cut up to 157 jobs at its McVitie’s factory in Manchester.

United Biscuits quiet on stock-float rumours

United Biscuits quiet on stock market float rumours

By Nicholas Robinson

United Biscuits’ joint-owners PAI Partners and Blackstone have neither denied nor confirmed rumours they are preparing to float the biscuit heavyweight on the stock market, despite analysts welcoming the idea.

United Biscuits has confirmed the loss of 76 jobs

United Biscuits confirms loss of 76 jobs

By Michael Stones

United Biscuits has confirmed the loss of 76 jobs, as part of a restructuring that would create “a more streamlined, competitive and focused company”, it said.

KP Snacks makes a range of snack products for on-trade and off-trade markets

KP Snacks and Intersnack in £16M nut consolidation

By Rod Addy

KP Snacks and parent company Intersnack UK aim to invest £16M in closing their Haverhill factory in Suffolk and consolidating nut processing and packing operations in Rotherham, Yorkshire.

United Biscuits won the environmental award by cutting carbon emissions by 35%, achieving zero waste to landfill, slashing road miles by 20M and switching to 100% sustainable palm oil

Food manufacturing excellence awards

United Biscuits wins top environmental award

By Michael Stones

United Biscuits has won the coveted title Environmental initiative of the year in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Students toured CCE's Edmonton plant, before quizzing top executives about food and drink industry careers

Food firms support ‘See inside manufacturing’ plan

By Mike Stones

Nestlé, Mondelēz International and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) have joined other food and drink manufacturers to invite more than 1,600 students, teachers and careers advisors to visit their businesses this month as part of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’...

United Biscuits has slashed its fat content

Fat fighters

By Lynda Searby

Industry's strides to slash fat and salt appear to have gone unnoticed. Reports Lynda Searby

Certain KP Snacks brands are seen as ripe for development, such as Phileas Fogg, Nik Naks and Wheat Crunchies

For sale soon: United Biscuits snacks

By Rick Pendrous

United Biscuits' (UB's) snacks business KP Snacks will be sold off as soon as a suitable private equity buyer can be found, according to a prediction from a leading corporate finance expert.

McMoy's is the fourth largest salted snack brand in the UK

UB quiet on salty snacks sale as sector rises

By Freddie Dawson and Mike Stones

Jaffa Cakes maker United Biscuits (UB) has dismissed reports that it is preparing for the sale of its salty snacks business – ascribed a £500M price tag by some commentators – as “market speculation”.

UB are staying silent on rumours of a split and possible sale of the firm

United Biscuits silent on split rumours

By Dan Colombini

Snacks giant United Biscuits has refused to comment on continuing rumours of a split at the firm which could lead to a possible sale of its snack and biscuit divisions.

The restyled Burton's Biscuit Company is said to be

Burton's Foods rebrand challenges United Biscuits

By Thomas Chandler

Jammie Dodgers maker Burton's Foods is rebranding its business to Burton's Biscuit Company, in a move that “puts it on the heels” of biscuit giant United Biscuits, according to one analyst.

United Biscuits announces McVitie’s job losses

United Biscuits announces McVitie’s job losses

By Ben Bouckley

United Biscuits (UB) has announced plans to shed around 85 jobs at its McVitie's biscuit factory in Glasgow, and has begun a consultation with staff and unions in a bid to ensure voluntary rather than compulsory redundancies.

Benoit Testard to take helm at United Biscuits

Benoit Testard to take helm at United Biscuits

By Elaine Watson

United Biscuits has appointed UK md Benoit Testard as its new group chief executive as current boss executive chairman David Fish moves into a non-executive role.

Preparation and reaction

Preparation and reaction

I remember my days at United Biscuits; one of our core values was 'stretch' - an 'attribute to inspire others' by showing the amount you can stretch...


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