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 […]

Delicate subject for PFM

A new ange of in-line multihead weighers offers low drop height for fragile goods and new control software for improved accuracy at higher speeds, according to Italian manufacturer PFM Packaging Machinery. The MBP C4 Series of weighers is available with up to eight weighing heads and is aimed in particular at delicate products such as […]


Northern Foods sells Dalepak

Northern Foods has sold its Dalepak grills and burgers division in order to concentrate on other brands such as Fox’s biscuits and Goodfella’s pizza. Irish Food Processors is paying £6.4m (€7.7m) for Dalepak, which is based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Dalepak products include Chinese Style Ribsteaks, Vegetable Fajita Fingers and Ross Beef Tender Grillsteaks. Northern […]


Baby food sugar content slammed

Just over half the foods specifically targeted at babies and toddlers have a high sugar content and are far too sweet, according to a Canadian study. Researchers analysed a wide range of ‘toddler’ foods from puréed dinners and desserts to cereals, biscuits and yogurts to find out how healthy they were for youngsters. But the […]


New saturated fat guidelines from FSA

Chocolate makers selling products in the UK will have to cut the saturated fat in their filled bars by 10% by the end of 2012, as a result of new recommendations from food watchdog the Food Standards Agency. The voluntary guidelines, unveiled after a public consultation with industry and health professionals last summer, also recommend […]

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Sustainable palm oil coup for Lipsa

Spanish oils and fats company Lipidos Santiga (Lipsa) is now certified to process and supply sustainable palm oil in the Segregation category as specified by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) criteria. Lipsa says it’s the first Spanish company to obtain such certification, and one of the first in Europe. Its first shipment of […]


Premier Foods’ figures disappoint City

Shares in Premier Foods, Britain’s biggest food producer, plummeted this week after it announced that full-year pre-tax profits would be at the lower end of expectations. Despite strong sales of brands such as the relaunched Hovis and Loyd Grossman cooking sauces, the firm’s expected trading profits of £320 million (£362m) disappointed the City, and sent […]

Job loss fears as Northern Foods plans factory closure

Northern Foods is planning to close its factory in Hull, Yorkshire, with the threat of 349 redundancies. The firm says the UK site is no longer viable after it lost a contract to make own-brand ready meals for its main customer – supermarket chain Morrisons. The company, which makes Goodfella’s pizzas and Fox’s biscuits, says […]

UK snack food firm sells loss-making subsidiary

UK snack food and confectionery firm Zetar has sold a loss-making snacks business to the unit’s chief executive in a deal worth almost £2.7 million. The Baked Snacks Company Ltd (BSC) has gone to Mobeen Mehdi, following a management buy-out by his team. Mehdi has paid £590,000 up front, with the balance due over the […]

INGREDIENTS: Tastes like…

Fayrefield Foods Ireland has launched Butter-Like – the ultimate butter extender replacer. Butter-Like has the buttery flavour essential for pastry, biscuits, shortbreads and quality laminated pastry products. Developed to replicate the physical properties of butter in every way, Butter-Like delivers these properties at a significant discount to the cost of butter. Its similarity to butter […]

Kraft completes acquisition of Danone’s Biscuit Business

Kraft Foods completes the multi billion acquisition of Groupe Danone’s biscuit business. The addition of Danone’s leading biscuit business will transform Kraft’s growth strategy by strengthening its lead in the company’s fastest growing global segment, and plans to significantly expand its presence in both developed and emerging markets. Sanjay Kholsa, president of Kraft International comments,“In […]

Cakes & biscuits – changing inside and out

The cake and biscuit sector has clearly responded to the growing demand for better-for-you snacks. In August 2006 the total biscuit category was worth £120 million (£176m). The healthier biscuit sector has been showing growth and was worth £24 million in August 2006, compared to £20 million in August 2004. Malachy McReynolds, managing director of […]


Huge expansion in range of fairtrade products

The range of fairtrade products is growing at a huge rate, expanding far beyond tea, coffee and chocolate. Two new own-brand all natural nut products can now be bought at Tesco – a chopped brazil nut and dried apricot mix and a peanut, cashew and dried mango mix. More fruity products have also become available. […]


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