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United Biscuits reveals sale possibility as snacks split and ex-Kraft UK head named chief

United Biscuits (UB) has for the first time hinted that the company will be sold as it separates its snacks business as KP Snacks and Kraft UK president Nick Bunker...

United Biscuits in McVitie’s wrapper recycling scheme to plug council collection gap

United Biscuits (UB) has partnered with recycling firm TerraCycle UK to introduce a scheme allowing consumers to post used biscuit wrappers to be recycled into every day goods such as...

United Biscuits cools ‘rumours’ of milk chocolate Jaffa Cakes

United Biscuits has cooled reports that it is developing a milk chocolate version of its traditionally dark chocolate orange-flavoured treat, Jaffa Cakes, casting it off as ‘rumours’.

Firms looking to tap Africa may look to United Biscuits amid fresh sale rumours – analyst

Players looking to capitalise on the growing African market may move for parts of United Biscuits (UB) following speculation of a split ahead of a £500m sale.

Four steps to achieve zero waste to landfill – United Biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) recently became the first major UK food manufacturer to achieve zero waste to landfill at its UK sites. Its sustainability head shares ways other manufacturers can do...

Asian suitors and Kraft may move for United Biscuits as split rumours rife

UK-based United Biscuits (UB) may have attracted bidders from Asia and major companies like Kraft and PepsiCo amid rumours the company has split its operations into a snacks and biscuit...

Canal transport in Northern Europe slashes carbon emissions for United Biscuits

Snacks giant United Biscuits has announced plans to use inland waterway shipping to transport goods in Northern Europe in a move it says will save 31% on CO2 compared to...

United Biscuits break-up denied, source

Reports about the imminent break-up of United Biscuits (UB) are not true, said an industry source.

United Biscuits to encourage more suppliers to use ethical data exchange

United Biscuits’ (UB) is aiming to increase the number of its suppliers signed up to the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) system to 80 per cent by the end of...

United Biscuits announces McVitie’s job losses

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...

News in brief

New bidders sought for United Biscuits

New owners are being sought for United Biscuits after the private equity owners of the firm ended exclusive talks with Chinese food giant Bright Food Group, opening the field to...

Chinese group looks to bright future with United Biscuits, report

In a move that has caught market analysts by surprise, UK based snack and biscuit maker, United Biscuits, is reportedly close to a deal with leading Chinese food group Bright...

Campbell Soup may bite into United Biscuits

Campbell Soup Company is considering making a move on the biscuit arm of the British-based firm United Biscuits, according to press reports.

United Biscuits fined after mixing machine accident

Global snack giant United Biscuits was fined £10,000 last week by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker had two fingers sliced off by a mixing machine.

Wild ingredients companies united under global structure

A new Swiss company has been formed called Wild Flavors GmbH, bringing together the global food ingredients companies that bear the Wild name under a new structure.

United Biscuits' units may split in private equity firm exit: analyst

The snacks and biscuits division of UK manufacturer United Biscuits could be parcelled out to different buyers, according to a research firm's analysis of the market following media reports the...

Special Edition: Sustainable packaging

United Biscuits to switch to rPET for all trays by end of 2010

United Biscuits is aiming to switch to rPET for all its thermoformed trays by the end of 2010 in a bid to scale up the amount of recycled packaging in...

United Biscuits set to 'raise the bar' on green targets

Leading UK manufacturer of biscuits and snacks United Biscuits said it is reappraising its water efficiency, transport carbon emissions, food waste and packaging reduction targets, as its progress to date...

United Biscuits set on expansion in India, report

UK biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits is set to enter the India market through the purchase of a manufacturing plant, according to the Economic Times.

United Biscuits invests over €6m in NPD for saturated fat reduction

As the crusade against saturated fats gains pace, UK snack and biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits has achieved gains in product formulations for a range of its popular biscuit brands.

News in brief

United Biscuits revamps its Phileas Fogg snack range

United Biscuits has relaunched its Phileas Fogg brand of crisps and snacks with a package redesign and a £2 million television advertising campaign.

United Biscuits demonstrates green methods at industry event

United Biscuits, Tate & Lyle and Cadbury Schweppes presented their carbon cutting methods at an industry event focused on developing a greener supply chain.

United Biscuits rolls out healthier crisps

Following its decision to cut saturated fats from top snack lines, European biscuit and crisp manufacturer United Biscuits UK (UBUK) is venturing further into healthier reformulation with the relaunch of...

United Biscuits brands dominate market

The big hitters in the UK biscuit sector have been busy over the past year with consolidation and major acquisitions re-shaping the industry's landscape, according to a new report by...

Blackstone and PAI devour United Biscuits

Blackstone and PAI acquired United Biscuits (UB) from private equity firms Midocean and Civen yesterday, in a deal worth £1.6bn (€2.3bn).

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