This company produces many of Britain’s favourite snacks, including McVitie’s Digestives, Jaffa Cakes and Penguins. United Biscuits sells its products in more than 100 countries and is now looking to tap the vast potential of the Indian market after the purchase of a manufacturing unit there last year. Blackstone and PAI Partners backed a £1.6 billion secondary buyout of the company in late 2006 led by executive chairman David Fish and chief operating officer Jeff van der Eems. Sales in 2009 were £1,262m.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank29
CompanyUnited Biscuits
ActivityBranded snack manufacturer
LocationWest London
Sales £m*1,262
Profit £m*223
Year endDec 09
Principal shareholdersPAI Partners (45%), Blackstone (45%), management (10%)
Staff8,367
Founded1948
Websitewww.unitedbiscuits.co.uk

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