Nestlé has been linked as a possible bidder for Heinz's vegetarian range Linda McCartney.

Reports suggest that Nestlé has expressed an interest in the brand, which Heinz is selling along with the rest of its European frozen foods business.

A spokesman for Nestlé declined to comment on “market rumours”, while a spokesman for Heinz added: “We continue to explore options to maximise the value of the frozen foods business.”

Reports also suggest that Israel-based Tivall is also interested in Heinz's frozen foods business.