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Wednesday 27 June, 2007

Universe Grp.

Director/PDMR Shareholding

Universe Group PLC
27 June 2007

27 June 2007


             Universe Group PLC ('Universe Group' or the 'Company')

                     Grant of Options / Directors Dealings

The Board of Universe Group announces that it has today granted the following
options to Directors of the Company:

1.       Pursuant to the Universe Unapproved Share Option Scheme, 1,250,000
options exercisable at 8p per share to the Chairman, John Scholes.

2.       Pursuant to the Universe Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme,
1,250,000 options exercisable at 8 pence per share to the Chief Executive
Officer, Paul Cooper.

3.       Pursuant to the Universe Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme,
625,000 options exercisable at 8 pence per share to the Finance Director, Edwin
Paul.

4.       Pursuant to the Universe Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme,
625,000 options exercisable at 8 pence per share to the Operations Director,
Adrian Grinsell.

All options were granted by the remuneration committee on 27 June 2007. All
options are exercisable at any time between 27 June 2007 and 27 June 2017.

In addition the Company announces that it yesterday transferred 274,516 ordinary
shares in the Company from the Long Term Incentive Plan ('LTIP') to certain
directors and employees of Universe Group, satisfying awards under the Company's
LTIP.

Following the grant of the options and the LTIP award, the directors have the
following interests:

Director          Number of     Total number of  % of issued share     Ordinary    Current share    % of issued
                   options       shares under         capital       shares awarded    holding      share capital
                   granted          option                            from LTIP

John Scholes      1,250,000        1,250,000            1.09              -           365,000           0.32
Paul Cooper       1,250,000        1,250,000            1.09              -           215,000           0.19
Edwin Paul         625,000          625,000             0.54            25,451        204,951           0.18
Adrian Grinsell    625,000          625,000             0.54            39,239        196,658           0.17



For further information please contact:

Universe Group plc                Charles Stanley Securities        Tavistock Communications

                                  Nominated Adviser
John Scholes, Chairman            Russell Cook                      John West

Paul Cooper, Chief Executive      Carl Holmes                       Andrew Dunn
Tel: 02380 689510                 Tel: 020 7149 6000                Tel: 020 7920 3150




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