Uniq plc

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Uniq plc (formerly Unigate plc) was a British food manufacturer.wikipedia
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Cow & Gate

West Surrey Central Dairy CompanyDried Milk Products
The company was formed in 1959 by the merger of the UK's largest dairy products company United Dairies, with Cow & Gate, earlier known as the West Surrey Central Dairy Company, forming Unigate.
It merged in 1959 with United Dairies to form Unigate plc, which today is known as Uniq plc.

St Ivel

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It also developed St Ivel cheese spreads and Utterly Butterly.
The company was taken over by Unigate Dairy Company in 1960.

Greencore

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Listed on the London Stock Exchange and once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, it was taken over by Irish foods conglomerate Greencore in 2011.
On 12 July 2011, Greencore announced it intended to buy Uniq plc.

Utterly Butterly

It also developed St Ivel cheese spreads and Utterly Butterly.
St Ivel Utterly Butterly is a British brand of dairy spreads, created by Unigate and sold in April 2000 to Dairy Crest, as part of the milk and cheese division.

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Listed on the London Stock Exchange and once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, it was taken over by Irish foods conglomerate Greencore in 2011.

United Dairies

United Dairies LtdWiltshire United Dairies
The company was formed in 1959 by the merger of the UK's largest dairy products company United Dairies, with Cow & Gate, earlier known as the West Surrey Central Dairy Company, forming Unigate.
The union was completed in 1959, with the new listed company Unigate emerging.

Casa Bonita

In 1982, the company (including Taco Bueno fast food restaurants) was sold to Unigate (now Uniq plc).

Dairy Crest

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But by the late 1990s, the decline in doorstep deliveries and price pressure from supermarkets led to mounting losses, and in 2000 the milk and cheese division was sold to Dairy Crest.
In July 2000, it acquired the dairy and cheese products division of Unigate in London and in November 2002, it acquired the St Ivel spreads company which had been based in Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire.

Wincanton plc

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In 2001, it demerged Wincanton, its logistics subsidiary, by way of an initial public offering.
Wincanton was founded in 1925, as Wincanton Transport & Engineering Ltd, a subsidiary of the West Surrey Central Dairy Company, a company which has since been known as Cow & Gate, Unigate and then Uniq.

Minsterley

Minsterley Hall
The company has sites in Spalding (Smedley's Salads prepared salads), Northampton, Evercreech (former St Ivel site), Minsterley in Shropshire (former site of Northern Foods until May 2004) and Paignton (produces all of Cadbury's chilled desserts such as chocolate mousses).
It is home to a large dairy which came under Müller ownership in January 2013 (previously it was owned by Uniq Foods) and a meat canning factory, Rea Valley Foods part of Zwanenberg Food Group UK.

Black-eyed Pea (restaurant)

Black-eyed Pea
In early 1997, DenAmerica purchased the Black-eyed Pea restaurant chain from Unigate plc, a British food manufacturer and distributor.

Marks & Spencer

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The Northampton site produces most of Marks & Spencers' and Morrisons' prepared sandwiches.
Orders from M&S accounted for more than half of Uniq's food product supplies to UK retailers in 2010 after several years service as a major M&S food product supplier.

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Listed on the London Stock Exchange and once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, it was taken over by Irish foods conglomerate Greencore in 2011.

Milkman

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On merger, aside from its extensive milk home delivery network, its range of food products included Cow & Gate baby foods (now part of Royal Numico) and Farmer’s Wife cream.

Restaurant

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It began by buying up grocery stores and restaurants, and by the 1970s bought supermarket chain Kibby's, Quids-In clothing shops, Uni-Wash laundrettes, and some Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises.

KFC

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It began by buying up grocery stores and restaurants, and by the 1970s bought supermarket chain Kibby's, Quids-In clothing shops, Uni-Wash laundrettes, and some Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises.

List of Italian cheeses

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In 1973 it acquired Scot Bowyers, a meat-processing company, in 1975 United States-based Italian cheese manufacturer Frigo, and in 1978 US specialty cheesemaker, Gardenia.

Saputo Inc.

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In 1973 it acquired Scot Bowyers, a meat-processing company, in 1975 United States-based Italian cheese manufacturer Frigo, and in 1978 US specialty cheesemaker, Gardenia.

Gardenia

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In 1973 it acquired Scot Bowyers, a meat-processing company, in 1975 United States-based Italian cheese manufacturer Frigo, and in 1978 US specialty cheesemaker, Gardenia.

Nutricia

NumicoMilupaRoyal Numico
On merger, aside from its extensive milk home delivery network, its range of food products included Cow & Gate baby foods (now part of Royal Numico) and Farmer’s Wife cream.

Kraft Foods

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In September 1996 Unigate paid £77.25 million for the UK and Italian margarine and spreads business of Kraft Foods International, including Vitalite.

Vitalite

In September 1996 Unigate paid £77.25 million for the UK and Italian margarine and spreads business of Kraft Foods International, including Vitalite.

Premier Foods

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In May 1998 the company attempted an unsuccessful £1.59 billion takeover of diversified conglomerate Hillsdown Holdings.

Initial public offering

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In 2001, it demerged Wincanton, its logistics subsidiary, by way of an initial public offering.