United Biscuits


New course will fuel the food economy

The food and drink manufacturing industry has welcomed the first entrants onto the country’s first ever MEng Food Engineering degree programme, offered by Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. The four-year master’s level course which began Monday 29 September has been developed for the industry by the industry and will create a pool of specialist […]

‘Leading by example’

Alice Cadman was recently appointed head of business development and marketing at 
Leatherhead Food Research. Here, she explains why the food industry must continue to improve its understanding of the more distant and less sustainable aspects of the food supply chain…

Leatherhead appoints new head of business development & marketing

Leatherhead Food Research has appointed Alice Cadman as head of Business Development & Marketing. She has held a number of senior commercial and marketing roles at United Biscuits and spearheaded their Health & Nutrition programme, resulting in significant reformulations in the savoury snacks and biscuits categories and numerous industry awards for United Biscuits. Leatherhead Food […]


United Biscuits scoops FDF award

United Biscuits received the top accolade at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards, at a ceremony which celebrated the successes and positive contribution of food and drink businesses, held at London’s Vinopolis. The company was commended by FDF president Jim Moseley for its success in exports, for which it also won the Exporter of […]

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‘Chocolate is in my blood’!

Mondelēz InternatDave Shepherdional’s associate director for research, development and quality Dave Shepherd talks innovation, brand combinations and why he loves the food industry

Crumbs! Students go behind the scenes at top biscuit factory

UK students this week went behind the scenes at United Biscuits’ McVitie’s factory in Manchester – the home of the Jaffa Cake – as part of the See Inside Manufacturing scheme. The government initiative to get young people interested in careers in manufacturing saw students tour the factory and see how brands such as Jaffa […]

Biscuit firm to axe jobs

BISCUIT firm McVitie’s has announced plans to axe 85 jobs at its factory in Scotland. Shocked staff were given the news as they arrived for work at the plant in Tollcross, Glasgow. Bosses told them 12 per cent of the 700-strong workforce would be laid off. However, a spokesman for McVitie’s owners United Biscuits said […]

United Biscuits talks crumble

Talks to sell the maker of Hula Hoops crisps and Carr’s water biscuits to a Chinese food and dairy group have stalled, according to sources close to the discussions. United Biscuits has been controlled by private equity majors PAI Partners and Blackstone Group for four years, and both want to recoup more than the £1.6 […]

China sweet on deal with United Biscuits

Jaffa Cakes, Twiglets and Mini Cheddars could be made by a Chinese firm in future, as a Shanghai-based company holds talks with United Biscuits. China’s Bright Food group is understood to be negotiating with UB’s private equity owners, US firm Blackstone and French PAI Partners, about a deal worth in the region of £2 billion […]

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