Unite calls for assurances following biscuit maker’s sale

Unite calls for assurances following biscuit maker’s sale

03 November 2014

Britain’s largest union, Unite called for assurances over the future of United Biscuits following today’s (Monday 2 November) news of its sale by private equity group, Blackstone to Turkey’s largest food and beverage company, Yildiz Holdings.

Unite, which represents workers across all seven UK sites of the maker of Hob Nobs and Jaffa Cakes, called on the owners to invest in the company to ensure United Biscuits remained a market leader. 

Commenting, national officer for Unite Rhys McCarthy said: “Today’s news ends a period of speculation over United Biscuits and we trust will lead to a future of certainty for the workforce that makes some of the nation’s favourite biscuits.

“Over the coming weeks we will be seeking assurances from the new owners about the workforce and new investment to ensure that United Biscuits remains a market leader. 

“We will also be seeking assurances that there will be no change in the respectful relations we have with management and that the new Turkish owners recognise the important role that independent trade unions play at United Biscuits.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.  

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.