United Biscuits ("UB") is a
British multinational food manufacturer,
makers of the BN biscuits, McVitie's biscuits, KP
Nuts, Hula Hoops, The Real McCoy's crisps, Phileas Fogg snacks, Jacob's Cream Crackers,
The Company was listed
on the London Stock Exchange
and was once a constituent of the FTSE
but in December 2006 it was acquired by a consortium
of Blackstone Group
and PAI Partners
United Biscuits was formed in 1948 from the merger between McVitie
& Price and MacFarlane Lang.
In 1972, it acquired Carr's of Carlisle
, makers of the
eponymous Table Water biscuits
The Company owned the Wimpy Bar
food restaurant chain between 1977 and 1989. It also acquired the
chilled food company Ross Young's
The Company was acquired in May 2000 by Finalrealm, a consortium of
financial investors, as well as Nabisco
Holdings Corporation: as part of the transaction, UB acquired
Nabisco's European businesses.
The Company sold Young's Bluecrest
in 2001, in order to concentrate on the sweet biscuit sector.
In September 2004 the Company bought the UK portion of Groupe Danone's
Jacob's Biscuit Group for £240
In July 2006 it sold its Southern European biscuits business to
, which in turn left the
In October 2006 the Company was sold to a consortium made up of the
and PAI Partners
. The deal was completed in
of the business is in the United Kingdom, where it produces biscuits, crisps and other
snacks under a number of brand names including: McVitie's biscuits, KP
Nuts, Hula Hoops, The Real McCoy's crisps, Phileas Fogg snacks, and Jacob's Cream Crackers,
company manufactures in a number of countries across Europe, such
as the Netherlands, France and Belgium.
company's headquarters are in Hayes,
Middlesex. The company's main UK distribution centre is
at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, where it also has a factory manufacturing KP Snacks.
United Biscuits Network
The 'United Biscuits
', a radio network serving their factories across the UK
which folded in 1979, spawned the career of UK radio presenter
and radio personality Dale Winton
On 2 November 2007, United Biscuits issued a recall on its
Crawford's Bourbon Cream biscuits. The reason for the recall was
the possible presence of small pieces of thin metal wire in the
- " Information on Wimpy's Franchise",Caterer
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