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United Biscuits ("UB") is a Britishmarker 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, and Twiglets. The Company was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index 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 fast food restaurant chain between 1977 and 1989. It also acquired the chilled food company Ross Young's in 1988.

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 million.

In July 2006 it sold its Southern European biscuits business to Kraft Foods, which in turn left the owner syndicate.

In October 2006 the Company was sold to a consortium made up of the Blackstone Group and PAI Partners. The deal was completed in December 2006.


The core of the business is in the United Kingdommarker, 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, and Twiglets.

The company manufactures in a number of countries across Europe, such as the Netherlandsmarker, Francemarker and Belgiummarker.

The company's headquarters are in Hayesmarker, Middlesex. The company's main UK distribution centre is at Ashby-de-la-Zouchmarker, where it also has a factory manufacturing KP Snacks.

United Biscuits Network

The 'United Biscuits Network', a radio network serving their factories across the UK which folded in 1979, spawned the career of UK radio presenter Steve Allen and TV 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 biscuits.

See also


  1. " Information on Wimpy's Franchise",Caterer Search. Retrieved on 2008-01-29.

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