Premier Foods, owner of brands including Branston and Quorn, has admitted that it is eyeing a number of acquisitions.

The food company has recently been linked to a string of acquisitions, including United Biscuits and Campbell Soup Company's UK and Ireland businesses.

In a statement, the company said: “Premier Foods notes the recent speculation regarding its possible interest in a number of potential acquisition opportunities, including certain businesses within the United Biscuits and Campbell Soup Company groups.”

It added: “As Premier has consistently stated, it regards acquisitions as an important part of its strategy. Premier confirms that it is at a preliminary stage in evaluating a number of opportunities which could potentially meet its acquisition criteria for value creation. However, there can be no assurance that any of the opportunities currently under consideration will lead to a transaction.”

Reports suggest that Premier Foods has appointed investment bank NM Rothschild to advise it on a range of possible acquisitions.

In March Campbell Soup Company revealed that it was considering selling its UK and Ireland businesses.