Burnley bakery prosecuted

24 February, 2014

A Lancashire bakery has been fined more than £6k by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker lost the tips of two fingers in a pasty-making machine.

Breadstead, a micro-business set up to offer a UK alternative to brotforms and bannetons shipped from overseas, has now produced its first run of baking bowls

Non-refining sugar distributor Napier Brown has made a complaint "alleging an abuse of a dominant position by British Sugar", to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Doughnuts were the fastest-growing snack in the out-of-home sector last year, according to new research from The NPD Group.

In a desperate attempt to save its Rogerstone bakery from closure, Avana Bakeries is actively seeking new business after it lost a multi-million-pound contract with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Following a two-year stint in Australia, cake-maker and decorator Victoria Forward is back in the UK and planning to set up a new business.

Geordie Bakers has grown sales in its business almost 100%, and has taken on new staff, since it was acquired by Minhoco 21 in May 2013.

Government health ministers are to decide whether bread will be subject to mandatory fortification with folic acid, when the results of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey have been analysed, it has been reported.

The global wheat harvest area is forecast to increase by 2.5%, to 224.2 million hectares (Mha), according to the International Grains Council (IGC).

Irwin’s Bakery has been increasing listings for its new brand Joeys, with plans also in place to develop the product range.

Mark Sheath is to leave his post as technical sales manager at Rich Products UK at the end of February, to run his own craft bakery in West Sussex.

Two employees from Roberts Bakery have jetted off on a trip to Kenya in order to teach bread-making to youngsters at a local school.

Following the introduction of a new EU regulation, restricting the use of sodium aluminium phosphate (SALP), Kudos Blends has developed an alternative product for bakers.

Nineteen-year old student chef Ricky Matonti came second in the 10th Délifrance Sandwich World Cup last week.

Kingsmill has launched a range of snack products, called Mini Toasts, as it looks to diversify into new markets.

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is calling for the mandatory introduction of labelling, detailing the production method and country of origin of egg products.

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has developed a new product aimed at health-conscious consumers.

Wholesale bread supplier Bread Du Jour has secured a number of new distribution partnerships as it looks to roll out its expanding range.

As many as 650 jobs are at risk at 2 Sisters business Avana Bakeries, following the loss of a major contract with Marks and Spencer (M&S).

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has completed a £22 million refinancing package in order to help it achieve its goals for long-term business growth.

A series of new television adverts for Ginsters are to launch on 12 February, in a bid to bring men back to the brand.

Peter’s Food Service has made a number of new appointments at its pie business.

Gourmet biscuit business Grace’s, has gained a new contract to supply El Corte Inglés, an upmarket Spanish department store.

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has reported mixed trading conditions, during its third-quarter trading period, with the lowering of prices in the sugar market affecting profitability at Napier Brown.

It seems the national press have gone crazy for posh toast, naming it a new food trend.

Truly (UK) has been appointed UK distributor for Chinese decorations company Quality Sprinkles, through its Twist Ingredients brand.

Cute little animals are the focus of United Biscuits’ new £12m multi-media advertising campaign for masterbrand McVitie’s, which aims to convey the ‘sweet’ appeal of the category.

William Jackson & Son Limited posted a profit after tax increase of 8.3% to £9.82m, for the full year to 27 April 2013.

Having traditionally worked with metal, Invicta Bakeware is expanding its business with the launch of a new trading division - Food Industry Supplies.

Wrexham manufacturer The Village Bakery has unveiled a new look to coincide with its 80th anniversary year.

Cooplands Quality Bakers has successfully worked to renegotiate its business rates, which could see the firm save in excess of £153,000.

Revenue increased by 6.9%, to £305.6m, in Greencore’s Convenience Foods division, for the 13 weeks to 27 December 2013.

Entries into the British Pie Awards 2014 are now being accepted, in what the organisers hope is the biggest contest yet.

French bakery manufacturer Délifrance has announced that 19-year-old student chef Ricky Matonti is to represent the UK in its international sandwich competition.

Henllan Bread has been growing its customer base in the USA, and is currently in talks with a major American supermarket chain.

The United Kingdom has been named winner of the European Pastry Cup, and will now go forward to compete in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in 2015.

Revenue has fallen 2.1% in Finsbury Food Group’s continuing UK operations, with the manufacturer still under pressure from cost inflation.

Surbiton boulangerie and patisserie The French Tarte has revealed ambitions to open five outlets in Surrey before 2017.

A range of Pieminister pies can now be found in 38 Tesco stores in the south of England, following a deal with the retailer.

Independent retailer Booths has been experiencing increasing sales across its in-store bakery range, thanks to some new initiatives.

Bakery manufacturer Bright Blue Foods has proposed the closure of its production facility in Manchester, with 57 jobs at stake.

Clayton Park Bakery has rebranded its packaging, with a new look being rolled out across its lines over the coming months.

Flexible Level 4 Food Safety Courses are now being offered for food manufacturers by the Society of Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT).

The retail industry witnessed strong growth last month, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Zeelandia’s cholesterol-lowering bread Liv has been given the stamp of approval by Heart UK - a cholesterol charity.

Saltcoats bakery The Kandy Bar has taken the title of World Scotch Pie Champion 2014.

Sales volumes at Barry Callebaut have increased by 19.5%, following the acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Singapore-based Petra Foods last summer.

The potential sale of United Biscuits is again under the spotlight, after rumours surfaced about foreign interest from a private equity firm.

Danish bakers have been asked to make sure the amount of cinnamon they use falls within EU rules, after a survey found that 50% of products contained levels above the limit.

Cupcake emporium The Hummingbird Bakery is to open its sixth branch in Richmond next month - its first outside central London.

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