|Founders||McVitie & Price
|Key people||Martin Glenn (CEO)
Jeffrey Van Der Eems (COO)
David Fish (Chairman)
Gold Bar, Carr's, Tasties, Delacre, Verkade, go ahead!, Wing Dings, Flipper Dipper
Happy Faces, Twiglets, Water Biscuits, Jacob's Oddities
Ginger Nuts, Digestives, Hob Nobs, BN, Rich Tea, Penguin (biscuit), Taxi, Lyle's, Cheddars, Mini Cheddars, Mini Rolls
|Revenue||£1,142.3 million (2007)|
|Operating income||£141.7 million (2007)|
|Net income||£24.0 million (2007)|
|Owners||The Blackstone Group (50%)
PAI Partners (50%)
United Biscuits ("UB") is a British multinational food manufacturer, makers of McVitie's biscuits, 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 by a merger of two Scottish family businesses: McVitie & Price and MacFarlane Lang.
In 1962, William Crawford & Sons, best known for its shortbread, was acquired for £6 million. In 1965, William MacDonald & Sons was acquired for £2.8 million, and brought the Penguin brand to the group.
Keebler was sold for $500 million in 1995.
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.
In December 2012 UB agreed the sale of its KP Snacks business to Intersnack.
Modernisation and Employee Redundancies
In December 2013 McVities announced their intention to change the terms and conditions of shop floor employees at the Harlesden plant. This change meant a move from a 5 day 8 hour operation, to a 7 day 12 hour operation. This change happened in mid 2014.
In June 2014 McVities announced their intention to make 157 shop floor roles redundant at their Manchester manufacturing facility. This redundancy announcement was also due to the modernisation agenda of the company and also involves a move from an 8 hour 5 day operation, to a 7 day 12 hour operation. .
United Biscuits Network
The United Biscuits Network, a closed-circuit radio network serving their factories across the UK which was active from 1970 to 1979, spawned the career of UK radio presenter Steve Allen and TV and radio personality Dale Winton.
In popular culture
In his 2009 book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton chronicles his tour and brief experiences with employees of United Biscuits as they launched the "Moments" biscuit line.
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