British stalwarts Branston Pickle, Sun-Pat peanut butter and Rowntree's jelly have been hoovered up by Texan investment giant Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst for an undisclosed sum. The brands have been on the market since January after parent company Nestlé decided to focus on categories such as chilled dairy. The deal marks the first major expansion of Premier International Foods, acquired by Hicks in November 1999 and formerly known as Hillsdown Holdings. London-based Premier said the new brands complemented its own strong ambient portfolio, which includes Typhoo tea, Cadbury's drinking chocolate and Chivers marmalade. The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions in the food sector by Hicks, which also has a 21% share of the UK biscuit market through Burton's Foods. {{NEWS }}