The maker of some of Britain’s favourite snacks such as Jaffa Cakes, Twiglets, McVitie’s Digestives and Penguins, United Biscuits reckons it is Britain’s biggest biscuit manufacturer and No 2 in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Ireland. Blackstone and PAI Partners, which bought the company for £1.6 billion in 2006, failed in their attempts to sell it for a reported £2 billion last year. They have since reshuffled the management, promoting Benoit Testard to the position of chief executive, with David Fish moving to non-executive chairman. Sales reached £1,268m in 2010.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank31
CompanyUnited Biscuits
ActivityBranded snack manufacturer
LocationWest London
Sales £m1,268
Profit £m231
Year endDec 10
Principal shareholdersPAI Partners (45%), Blackstone (45%), management (10%)
Staff8,323
Founded1948
Websitewww.unitedbiscuits.co.uk

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