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United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

United Biscuits bid: Kellogg strong contender

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....

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United Biscuits to axe 157 jobs amid sales speculation

UK firm United Biscuits plans to cut up to 157 jobs at its Manchester plant as rumors of a potential sale to Ülker, Kellogg or Burton’s mount.

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United Biscuits invests $33m in India operation

UK-based United Biscuits will up its investment in India from £30m ($49m) to £50m ($82m).

UB acquisition by Kellogg makes sense, says expert

Kellogg buying United Biscuits would make sense, according to an expert with prior senior history at UB, as media speculation over the possibility of such a deal intensified.

United Biscuits’ private equity owners coy on flotation

United Biscuits joint owners Blackstone and PAI partners have refused to comment on speculation that they are preparing the company for a public flotation.

Savoury biscuits assault launched by UB

United Biscuits aims to invest £3.5M in its plants at Aintree, near Liverpool, and Harlesden in north west London as it prepares to boost its savoury biscuits market share.

Unrest at United Biscuits may be wider issue

Union unrest at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) McVitie’s Cake Company factory at Halifax is a reaction to issues that have also been raised at other plants, according to sources.

United Biscuits invests in booming Nigerian biscuits market with A & P Foods buy

United Biscuits has acquired a stake in biscuits company A & P Foods, bolstering its position in the booming Nigerian biscuits market.

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United Biscuits confirms loss of 76 jobs

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.

United Biscuits sails overseas hoisting the British flag when appropriate

The global number four biscuits player United Biscuits (UB) is growing rapidly in international markets where it plays up its British heritage accordingly, but rarely adapts the formulation.

Confectionery industry shirking palm oil responsibilities with RSPO: Greenpeace

Many confectioners are sidestepping responsibilities on sustainable palm oil by only ensuring products meet ‘inadequate’ RSPO standards, according to Greenpeace.

The Trick to Treat Sales Series: Halloween 2013 lineups

What are the leading confectioners serving up this Halloween? ConfectioneryNews explores the latest additions to Halloween lineups from big players such as Mars, Hershey and Nestlé.

Special edition: Sustainable sourcing

SPECIAL FEATURE: In conversation with the WWF: The rocky road to sustainable palm oil

The good news: Around 15% of global palm oil produced in the past year was certified by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The bad news: Only half...

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United Biscuits appoints ex Birds Eye chief as new CEO

The UK’s leading biscuits firm United Biscuits has appointed Martin Glenn, the former head of Birds Eye, as its new CEO.

United Biscuits pumps big bucks into 2013 NPD after KP Snacks sale

United Biscuits has injected huge efforts into new product development (NPD), range extensions and flavor variants as it heads into 2013 minus its flagship snacks arm KP Snacks.

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 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).

Kraft and Premier Foods eye United Biscuits

US food giant Kraft is partnering with Britain's Premier Foods to launch a bid for United Biscuits, according to industry insiders.

Healthy eating: United Biscuits leads by example

Staff at one of the UK's leading biscuit and snack manufacturers have been challenged to walk 10,000 steps every day as the company highlights a link between healthy bodies and...

United Biscuits hit by tough UK trading

Currency translation effects and tough trading conditions in the UK kept first half sales at Britain's United Biscuits in line with those seen a year earlier, despite an increased share...

United Biscuits ready to close Fontaneda

United Biscuits, the UK biscuit and snack group, has warned that it will simply close its Fontaneda subsidiary in Spain if an agreement cannot be...

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