Biscuits

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's Toll Cross factory in Glasgow makes products under the McVitie's brand

United Biscuits’ 202 job cuts ‘devastating’

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) plans to cut 202 jobs at its McVitie’s factory in Glasgow have been branded as ‘devastating’ by trades union GMB, having been revealed just weeks before Christmas.

The deal means UB can have a much more secure supply of cocoa beans and chocolate

United Biscuits crafts cocoa supply pact with Cargill

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits (UB) has clinched a three-year partnership with international food conglomerate Cargill ensuring dedicated cocoa and chocolate supplies for products such as Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives.

Emma Blackery's YouTube channel has more than 830,000 subscribers

YouTube Oreo ‘lick race’ ads banned

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned several YouTube adverts for Oreos following a BBC Newsround investigation, ruling that their commercial nature was not immediately clear to viewers.

The Aintree factory makes Jacob's Cream Crackers

Jacob’s strike on at United Biscuits plant

By Rod Addy

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s factory faces a six-day strike, starting this Sunday (November 23), after last-minute talks to resolve a dispute over sick pay and outsourcing collapsed.

Mondelēz resolves French retailer backlash over wholesale price hikes but loses some distribution in the process

French trade dispute dents Mondelēz Q3 earnings

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mondelēz International third-quarter earnings fell 11% compared to last year due to disputes with French retailers over wholesale pricing changes and 'soft' developed market demand.

Tim Tams, infant drink among ‘shonkiest’ products of 2014

Australia

Tim Tams, infant drink among ‘shonkiest’ products of 2014

By RJ Whitehead

An iconic biscuit and a range of junior milk drinks were among the winners—or losers—of Choice’s annual Shonky Awards roll call, which sets out to uncover companies peddling "sneaky, slippery, unscrupulous and sometimes unsafe" goods and services.

Sugar-sweetened beverages do not easily fit within a healthy diet, says Anderson

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

Domestic biscuit maker Jiashili aims to keep pace with the might of Mondelēz's Oreo with an initial public offering

China

Chinese biscuit maker Jiashili in $48m IPO

By Oliver Nieburg

China’s sixth largest biscuit firm Jiashili Group has successfully listed on Hong Kong stock exchange and aims to innovate to grow its market share.

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.