Greggs has revealed further shake-ups in its manufacturing structure following news it is to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

An unnamed business has made an approach to acquire Fox’s Biscuits.

High street bakery chain Greggs has revealed plans to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

Parsons Bakery is to re-open eight former Bath Bakery shops closed after the business ceased trading.

Warburtons is planning to create a campus-style research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton as it aims to become “Britain’s best food business”.

WD Systems has unveiled a modular spiral conveyer system that it claims eliminates issues around cleaning and maintenance.

Ginsters owner Samworth Brothers has acquired West Cornwall Pasty Co (WCPC) from private equity investor Endless LLP, British Baker has learned. 

2 Sisters-owned The Pizza Factory has confirmed the loss of a major contract just weeks before a supply deal with Tesco ends.

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Premier Foods’ Barnsley factory has featured in a Christmas edition of BBC TV show Inside the Factory.

Coughlans opens 25th store

16 December, 2016

Surrey-based family baker and confectioner Coughlans Bakery opened its 25th store this week, in Lingfield.

Portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller has unveiled its most versatile cookie dough depositor machine to date - the Uni-X Extruder.

Newport-based business Avana Bakeries is set to close at the end of January, with the potential loss of 150 jobs.

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at the Fox’s biscuit factory in Uttoxeter.

Prewett’s brand owner Northumbrian Fine Foods has increased its baked output by almost a third following a £1.2m investment.

Allied Bakeries owner ABF Grain Products is to build a new bakery in Lincolnshire.

High street bakery chain Greggs has worked with project management firm Clegg Food Projects to open up a 4,645sq m distribution centre in Enfield, North London.

Fulton Limited has marked 50 years of manufacturing heat transfer solutions in the UK by hosting a ceremony at the M-Shed museum in Bristol.

Wenzel’s the Bakers has revealed ambitions to expand to 100 stores in the next few years.

Doncaster-based craft bakery business Cooplands has been saved in a pre-pack administration deal.

Workers at the Tangerine confectionery factory in York will today (Tuesday 8 November) begin the first of four days of strike action after members of the GMB union voted to reject a pay offer.

Biscuit company Tunnock’s has been granted permission by council chiefs to build a multi-million-pound extension to its Lanarkshire factory in Uddingston, Glasgow.

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie is set to open another store in Belfast, which will create 20 new jobs.

Unifiller launches iPump

31 October, 2016

Portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller has launched iPump, which it says can transfer product without compromising on quality or production space. 

Mono has unveiled an Integrated Deck Loader designed to take the strain out of manually loading each oven deck. 

HRH The Princess Royal this week officially opened a £6m Wrights Food Group factory in Crewe.

Allied Bakeries has welcomed 29 primary school children from Carryduff, Northern Ireland for a guided tour of its bakery and a pancake decorating demonstration.

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has been presented with an environmental and social sustainability award by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW).

Eight young Derby County FC fans picked up prizes from Roberts Bakery in Ilkeston, which they won through its Fuel your Skills app.

2 Sisters to help unemployed

21 October, 2016

Birmingham-based 2 Sisters, which owns Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, is providing young unemployed people with practical skills “that will help them find the right job”.

The clown craze sweeping the nation has hit the baking industry, as three men dressed as clowns attacked a member of staff at a sandwich factory in Bolton last week. They escaped with its safe.

Last week, British Baker conducted an exclusive interview at the Signature Flatbreads factory in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, with joint MDs Charles and William Eid.

Upmarket cheesecake company Rhokett, which supplies Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, has opened its third factory in Kent after securing £1.5m in bank fundings.

Ingredients supplier and manufacturer Edme is ramping up sales of its new Wholesoft concept in a bid to counteract declining sales of bread and bakery products and appeal to millennial consumers.

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has created two new innovations for its Multitex4 bread moulder, enabling it to enrobe standard loaves with seeds or grains and/or create swirled loaves.

Tate & Lyle expands oats plant

21 September, 2016

Speciality ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has expanded capacity at its oats ingredients manufacturing facility in Kimstad, Sweden.

New CFO for Greencore

20 September, 2016

Convenience food and cakes and desserts manufacturer Greencore Group has appointed Eoin Tonge as chief financial officer and as a director of the group with effect from 3 October 2016.

British Baker has learnt that Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new 100% wholly owned subsidiary business, Renshaw US Inc. and opened a warehouse facility in Rockaway, New Jersey.

The Barry Callebaut Group is to acquire and integrate the chocolate production facility of Mondelēz International in Halle, Belgium, resulting in a long-term supply agreement between the two companies.

Real Good Food has confirmed that it has created a new 100% wholly-owned subsidiary business in the US, under the name Renshaw US Inc.

Cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has enjoyed a near 25% rise in group revenue for the financial year ended 2 July 2016, according to preliminary results from the company.

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has presented a Cheshire scout group with a special commemorative hamper as part of the company’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

Manchester wholesale bakery GH Sheldon’s saw a sharp drop in profits in the year to the end of February, according to its recently filed annual accounts.

Planning permission is set to be granted for almost 300 new homes to be built on the former Burton’s biscuit factory site in Moreton, Wirral.

Roberts Bakery has embarked on a second major investment programme within a year at the firm’s Ilkeston site.

Agriculture, food and engineering group Carr’s has announced the disposal of its food division, Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, to flour milling business Whitworths Holdings Limited (Whitworths) for a gross consideration of £36m.

The palletising of artisanal loaves has been revolutionised by the new system at Speciality Bread (SB)’s £3m state-of-the-art Margate bakery. 

California-based baking supplier Bellarise has developed an organic gluten substitute that it says can replace 25% to 50% of gluten used by bakers.

Commercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat has introduced a new partnership scheme for dealers - the Select Partner programme, which was launched at the company’s purpose-built manufacturing facilities in Lincoln.

French analysts have revised down their expectations for the country’s milling wheat harvest, but UK traders are eyeing export opportunities to North Africa.

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