In Short
Published:  14 August, 2009

== Finsbury's flat cakes ==

Finsbury Foods has announced a group revenue growth of 8% in its latest trading update. But like-for-like growth in its cake, division continues to be "flat". Its bread & free-from division saw like-for-like growth of 14%, and sales in its cake division rose 2% "in absolute terms" versus last year.

== Maple Leaf consistent ==

Bagel and speciality bread manufacturer Maple Leaf UK, part of Canada Bread's Frozen Bakery division, achieved a performance consistent with last year, according to the parent firm's second-quarter statement. The Rotherham-based manufacturer has restored sales of its bagels to similar levels achieved before an oven fire at its plant in early 2008.

== Uniq reports a loss ==

European chilled convenience food group Uniq has seen increased losses for the six months to 30 June 2009, despite comments from the firm that it is progressing well. The supplier of sandwiches to Marks & Spencer (M&S) reported a pre-tax loss of £12.8m compared to £2.6m for the same period last year.

== Chevler adds to kit ==

Baking cases producer Chevler has installed a specially designed reel-fed machine, capable of producing over 250,000 muffin and cupcake cases an hour. It forms part of an ongoing investment programme for the recently formed South Wales-based firm, enabling it to cope with increased demand from bakers and food manufacturers.

== Livwell gains listings ==

Sainsbury's is to list three new free-from lines from gluten-free bakery Livwell, part of Finsbury Foods. A Victoria sponge, a chocolate sponge and a four-pack of crumpets are now available at the supermarket.




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