Manufacture

Orchard Valley
Orchard Valley's new hub in Leominster is up and running
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Investment pays off for cake ingredients company

Orchard Valley, the cake decoration and ingredients firm, has seen turnover rise 35% year on year for two consecutive years following investment. 

Scottish confectionery firm gains £1.6m boost

Scottish fudge company Mrs Tilly’s Confectionery has secured a £1.6m finance package to extend its market.

Cadbury
More than 400 million Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons are produced at the Bournville site daily
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Mondelēz extends Cadbury production

A new Cadbury production line has opened at Mondelēz International’s site in Birmingham as part of a £75m investment. 

Ministry of Cake
Ministry of Cake is struggling to fill long-standing vacancies
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Somerset cake factory struggles to recruit workers

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has blamed good employment rates and the stereotype against factory work for ongoing vacancies at the company. 

New distribution facility for cake ingredients firm

Cake decoration and ingredients company Orchard Valley Foods has today opened a new 42,000sq ft distribution hub in Herefordshire.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Pudding
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Ministry of Pudding storms through production targets

Ministry of Pudding, the Torbay-based pudding manufacturer, is halfway to achieving five-year trading targets in its first year of opening.

Pat the Baker
Pat the Baker has bought part of Irish Pride
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Irish Pride ‘sold’ to Pat the Baker

The sale of the majority of Irish Pride Bakeries’ assets to Pat the Baker has reportedly been agreed for around €7m (£4.9m). 

Walnuts
Cottage Kitchen recalled products that did not state the presence of walnuts
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NI bakery recalls traybakes after incorrect labelling

A Northern Ireland bakery has recalled a product after incorrect labelling neglected to state the presence of walnuts. 

Genius
Genius has taken "corrective actions" following its June Bathgate bakery gluten contamination
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Genius takes 'actions' after contamination

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said “corrective actions” have been undertaken by gluten-free brand Genius following its product contamination crisis in June this year. 

Lotus Bakeries buys majority stake in Nākd

Belgian biscuit and cake company Lotus Bakeries has taken over a majority stake Natural Balance Foods, the company behind the Nākd and TREK brands.

The Fabulous Bakers outlines growth plans

The Fabulous Bakers has spoken of ambitions to grow into Europe in the near future.

Hovis introduces ‘Good Inside’ loaves

Hovis has tapped into government guidelines that the UK needs more fibre by launching its new Hovis Good Inside range.

SSP acquires 32 bakery outlets in Germany

SSP Group has agreed to acquire 32 German bakery outlets from confectioner Wiener Feinbäckerei Heberer, for a cash consideration of ‘approximately’ £5m.

Aryzta scoops up Irish foodservice firm

Bakery specialist Aryzta has acquired Dublin’s La Rousse Foods, as it continues its “ambitious” growth plans in Ireland.

CSM relocates headquarters to US

Bakery Ingredients firm CSM Bakery Solutions is relocating its global headquarters to the US from Amsterdam.

Frank Roberts
Mike Roberts collects the award
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Roberts Bakery picks up Made in the UK Award

Cheshire bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has won a manufacturing award following a year that saw its market share rise from 2.95% to 3.44% [Nielsen w/e 20 June 2015].

The 'Not in our bread' campaign has been fired up by The Soil Association
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Bread industry hits back at 'misleading' pesticide campaign

A campaign to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has been branded ‘misleading’ for targeting bread. 

Bakkavör sells off pizza firm

Bakkavör Group has completed the sale of its remaining pizza business to Dreamfood.

Acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast set for patent

A Canada-based global ingredients company has developed a non-GMO acrylamide-reducing (AR) baker’s yeast.

Fire crews attend the blaze at British Bakels in Bicester
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Production unaffected by blaze at Bakels

British Bakels is back in full production following a fire in its powder plant.

Royals open Welsh Baking Academy

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened a new £4m Baking Academy and Innovation Centre built by the Village Bakery at Wrexham Industrial Estate yesterday.

Gunstones bakery workers to strike

Eleventh-hour talks at Gunstones bakery have failed to avert secondary strike action, after the union dubbed a proposed pay offer from management “unacceptable”.

Maltings firm welcomes students on food science project

Edme has hosted several groups of students at its Mistley-based maltings, as it continues to support education in food science.

Premier invests millions in Mr Kipling snack pack line

Premier Foods has unveiled a new £20m cake line in Barnsley, to double production of Mr Kipling snack packs.

Hovis drives premium loaves in landmark campaign

Hovis is relaunching its Seeded and Granary ranges, in what it calls its biggest campaign since the new ownership.

Irish Pride Taghmon site
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Potential deal for Irish Pride Bakeries on cards

It is rumoured that a rescue-deal for Irish Pride Bakeries is under way, after it went into receivership last month.

Gunstones bakery ‘last-ditch’ talks continue

Union leaders have said ‘as of yet’ further strikes at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery will still go ahead.

Jon Gatfield has left Rank Hovis after just five months
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Rank Hovis boss departs

The managing director of flour miller Rank Hovis has left the business just five months after joining.

Gunstones bakery to enter final pay talks

Final efforts to end the pay dispute at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery in Sheffield will take place next week.

Start-up Irish biscuit firm makes €15m investment

New biscuit manufacturer The East Coast Bakehouse is to invest €15m (£10.7m) in its manufacturing facility in Drogheda, Ireland.

2 Sisters to invest in biscuits

Food giant 2 Sisters Food Group is investing in biscuit and pizza categories, it has revealed in its Q3 results.

£12k-worth of Burton's biscuits stolen in Wales

A trailer full of biscuits worth £12,000 has been stolen from Burton’s Biscuits factory in Wales.

Genius: highs and lows

Since the launch of the brand in 2009, Genius has come a long way, expanding its product range and customer base and becoming one of the UK’s biggest gluten-free brands.

Workers strike over pay at 2 Sisters bakery

Bakers at Gunstones Bakery, Sheffield, have gone on strike today (15 June) over a pay freeze.

Irish Pride goes into receivership

Irish Pride Bakeries, one of Ireland's biggest plant bakeries, has confirmed that it has gone into receivership.

gluten free
The free from category has plenty of growth left
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Gluten-free set for more aggressive growth

The meteoric rise of gluten-free is set to continue for at least three years before starting to plateau. 

Schär gluten-free brand launches in UK

Dr Schär has launched gluten-free brand Schär, which is well known in Europe, in the UK with nine new products.

Subway moves cookie production from US to Germany

Subway has moved the production of its cookies to Europe - the first time they have been produced out of the US - as it chases European expansion.

Genius
Genius social media hit hard over contaminated products fall-out
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Genius faces consumer backlash on social media

‘Gluten-free’ brand Genius is facing the backlash as consumers say their piece following the recall of 25 products made at its Bathgate bakery. 

Genius
Genius gluten-free crumpets were one of 25 products to be contaminated
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Genius recalls five more lines over contamination fears

Five more supermarket own-label products have been recalled by gluten-free label Genius following a contamination issue revealed earlier this week. 

The Kingsmill 50/50 loaf was dropped from Morrisons in March
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Morrisons drops Kingsmill 50/50 loaves

Allied Bakeries has suffered another blow to its Kingsmill brand, as British Baker can reveal Kingsmill 50/50 loaves have been dropped from Morrisons.

Barry Callebaut buys American Almond

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is to acquire the assets of nut products company American Almond Products.

Proper Cornish factory delayed

Proper Cornish’s new £4m factory in Bodmin has been “slightly delayed” from its earmarked June opening.

Daily Mail highlights Greencore sandwich-making practices

Workers at sandwich manufacturer Greencore have been pictured filling sandwiches with ingredients using their bare hands.

Genius crumpets
Genius crumpets are one of the items recalled following gluten contamination
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Genius 'gluten-free' products recalled by supermarkets

A number of Genius-branded and own-label gluten-free products have been recalled after it was found they are contaminated with gluten. 

Pan'Artisan
Chefs were hands on with the dough
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Pan'Artisan launches new kitchen

Pan’Artisan has launched a new kitchen facility by hosting a workshop with the Craft Guild of Chefs. 

Geary's
Geary's Bakery has a successful contract with Aldi
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Geary's plans new bakery site

Loughborough based Geary’s Bakery is planning another factory after outgrowing its current site. 

Hovis
Hovis is the second-best selling bread brand in the UK
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Jobs "at risk" at Hovis bakery

Hovis has confirmed that almost 50 jobs are “at risk” at its crumpet and bread factory in Wigan. 

Greencore
Greencore invests millions in Worksop site
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Greencore makes 'multi-million' investment at Worksop site

Convenience giant Greencore has made a multi-million pound investment at its Worksop sandwich distribution hub. 

McGhee's
McGhee's Scotch pies
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McGhee’s plans £3m bakery extension

Glasgow-based McGhee's Bakery is investing £3m to extend its bakery, it has been revealed. 

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