Uniq set to cut its desserts unit

UNIQ, the food manufacturer, revealed plans to close its struggling everyday desserts business next year, cutting around 350 jobs, in order to focus on its premium desserts for clients like Muller and Cadbury.

Uniq, which changed name from Unigate when it sold its dairy empire to Dairy Crest 11 years ago, was bought by its larger Irish rival Greencore last month for £113m.

The everyday desserts sales being exited are worth around £36m.