Biscuit International to extend European leadership position with acquisition of Continental Bakeries

NETHERLANDS –  Biscuit International is seeking to reinforce its position in the European private label biscuit and bread substitute market through the acquisition of Continental Bakeries from its majority shareholder, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  The two companies share numerous synergies, both being leading European manufacturers of private label goods like biscuits, bread replacements and toast.  “The proposed acquisition of Continental Bakeries is a game changer for Biscuit International,” said Giampaolo Schiratti, chief executive officer of Biscuit International.   “Continental Bakeries is a very well-established company in Europe, and its addition to our group will…

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Nigerian manufacturing major Mamuda Group commences operations on newly built confectionary factory

NIGERIA – Mamuda Group, one of Nigeria’s leading manufacturing company has inaugurated its multi-billion Naira confectionery factory, under its subsidiary Mamuda Foods Company. The factory built in Kano State will undertake production of biscuits and chocolates, promoting local manufacturing. According to an insider’s report, Bosch Thermotechnology, the leading manufacturer of energy-efficient heating products, provided the firm with a 3-ton boiler. For its energy requirements, Mamuda is leveraging on its recently launched 22.5 megawatts gas power plant. The powerplant has an installed cryogenic storage tank with a capacity of 110M and…

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Mondelēz snack unit takes Parle to court for ‘copying’ design of Oreo cookie

INDIA – Mondelez snack unit, Intercontinental Great Brands LLC, has moved to the Delhi High Court against Parle Products, alleging that the design of the Indian firm’s Fabio biscuits is “deceptively similar” to that of Oreo. Economic Times India reported that the high court has since fixed April 12 as the next date of hearing of the trademark infringement case filed by the maker of world famous Oreo cookie. In its hearing on February 9, the court declined the request of the US firm’s lawyers to advance the hearing to…

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Platinum Equity acquires European private label biscuits maker Biscuit International

EUROPE – Platinum Equity has acquired Biscuit International, a leading European manufacturer of private label sweet biscuits, for an undisclosed amount. Headquartered in Paris, France, Biscuit International was created in 2016 by the merger of Groupe Poult and Banketgroep and grew through the acquisitions of a number of companies across Europe. Over the past the past three years, the biscuits maker acquired A&W Feinbackwaren in Germany, Northumbrian Fine Foods in the UK, Stroopwafel & Co and Aviateur in the Netherlands, and Arluy in Spain. The company markets a wide range…

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Olam’s Nutrifoods debuts Perk Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit in Ghana

GHANA – Nutrifoods Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Olam Ghana and a market leader in the production of top-grade biscuits, has debut the first locally made strawberry shortcake biscuit, ”Perk Strawberry Shortcake” under its Perk brand. The Perk Strawberry Shortcake biscuit launched under the theme ‘’The Pink Experience’’ was in response to consumer research on new Perk biscuit flavours and varieties undertaken by the manufacturer adding to its Perk Milk and Perk Choco shortcake biscuits. “Perk is a vibrant, youth engaging and fun brand. Our consumers love trying anything new…

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Biscuit maker Britannia eyes India’s salty snacks market in expansion strategy

INDIA – Britannia industries, leading manufacturer of biscuits and snacks in India, has unveiled plans of diversifying into the salty snacks market in the country as part of its expansion strategy. According to a reports by ET Retail, the group plans expanding into the non-biscuits segments through the launch of salty snacks under its existing brand, Time Pass. Varun Berry, managing director at Britannia Industries, unveiled that the group will capitalise on its high production capacity in the production of the new variants. “It will be a differentiated product range…

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Barry Callebaut signs long-term supply agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company

UK – The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has signed an agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company, the UK’s second biggest biscuit manufacturer, for the long-term supply of over 12,000 metric tons of chocolate and compound per year. According to Barry Callebaut, it will acquire the chocolate manufacturing assets at Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate factory in Moreton, Wirral, near Liverpool, UK. Barry Callebaut would continue producing chocolate at the Moreton site. All employees currently engaged in the manufacture of chocolate at the Moreton…

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Britannia to invest US$58.2m by next year for capacity and product development

INDIA – Britannia Industries, India’s second-largest listed packaged food company plans to invest between US$58mn to US$72.81 million by next year for expansion of capacity and new product development. ET Retail has reported part of the investment including US$43.70m will be used to set up a dairy plant whose site may be relocated from Maharashtra to Andhra Pradesh. Britannia Industries chairman Nusli N. Wadia said the relocation remains in waiting pending Maharashtra government’s report on the incentives for the dairy project. He said that the company will not enter fresh milk…

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Olam’s joint venture Nutrifoods launches first premium oats digestive biscuits

GHANA – Nutrifoods Ghana Limited, a joint venture between Olam and Sanyo Foods has launched its first premium oats digestive biscuit under its adult health segment brand, Nutrisnax, a GNA report reveals. The Premium Nutrisnax Oats Digestive biscuit is made from oats and whole wheat, high in fibre and totally devoid of trans-fat. It will be available in a premium Mono Carton box pack of 105g which has two convenient snack packs of 52.5g each. Mr Jay Anjaria, the Marketing Head (Packaged Food) at Nutrifoods, some of the factors attributed…

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Kenafric Industries opens US$1m biscuit plant in Nairobi

KENYA – Beverages and food company Kenafric Industries has opened a Sh100.7 million ($1 million) biscuit manufacturing line at its Baba Dogo factory. The company has already hit the market with Goodie Bakers brand of biscuits, distributing it among small shops, supermarkets and kiosks in the country. “We have invested in new machinery for the biscuit manufacturing. We bought equipment that produces about 20 tonnes a day and we have also expanded our warehousing,” said Kenafric Industries chief executive Mikul Shah in an interview. The company is currently using about…

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