Finsbury Foods has said continued investment will help it address commodity cost inflation, but has warned it may also have to raise prices.

Lotus Bakeries UK founder Paul Hunter has become managing director of healthy snacks business Urban Fresh Foods (UFF).

Premier Foods’ branded cakes sales fell in the last quarter of 2016 as mince pies volumes shifted from Mr Kipling to own-label products.

Greggs says its “growing strength” in food-to-go has contributed to a 4.2% hike in like-for-like sales through its company-managed stores in the past year.

Winter wheat plantings for the coming year are the second-lowest ever recorded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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”.

Trade groups including the British Sandwich Association have set out plans for foodservice staffing in post-Brexit Britain.

Premier Foods, owner of a raft of household brands including Mr Kipling, is preparing to increase the price retailers pay for its products.

Supermarkets have had their best Christmas trading in four years thanks to a late surge in sales.

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

Premier Foods is expanding its recently launched ‘whole cakes’ range as part of its seasonal Easter line-up.

Forty-six jobs are at risk at Spalding Bakery after the business revealed plans to shake up its shift system.

Irwin & Sons back in profit

06 January, 2017

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin & Sons returned to profit in 2016 after reporting a loss the previous year.

Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.

Dentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.

Convenience food firm Greencore has completed its acquisition of US business Peacock Foods

As the year draws to a close, we present the 10 stories that attracted the largest audience among subscribers to British Baker’s e-newsletter in 2016.

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

Supermarket sales of Christmas cakes and puddings – and many other festive favourites – are currently trailing last year’s.

Ingredients supplier Macphie has reported a hike in sales and profit in its full-year results, driven by a strong performance in foodservice.

Crumpets have come under fire from health campaigners Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), who found a single Warburtons’ Giant Crumpet contains more salt than three bags of ready salted crisps.

Today’s Group has developed an NPD scorecard designed to help its members and suppliers determine the likely success or failure of new products.

Integrating research with practice is vital to the future of UK crop production, delegates at the tenth AHDB Agronomists’ Conference have heard.

Ingredients supplier EHL has predicted chickpea flour will be a major trend for the coming year.

Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth – who is also an aerospace engineer – has helped to engineer the perfect Christmas gingerbread house.

Former Genius Gluten Free boss Roz Cuschieri has been appointed chairman of snack brand Emily Crisps.

Premium own-label ranges have been star performers in Britain’s supermarkets in the past quarter, according to data from analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

A single-serve cake designed to be eaten with a spoon has been highlighted as a ‘breakthrough’ product launch in a new study.

Warburtons has said it is hoping to reinvigorate the sandwich thins market following a sharp drop in overall category sales.

Real Good Food is to ramp up activity targeting amateur bakers after identifying them as a growth market.

Health campaign group Action on Sugar – which has previously lambasted products including breakfast biscuits  has now turned its guns on the cake market.

Businesses have been invited to comment on a new three-year strategy for cereals and oilseeds published this month by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Bakkavör has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors – including McDonald’s veteran Denis Hennequin.

Ingredients supplier Dawn Foods has teamed up with Oxford University psychology professor Charles Spence to examine why consumers buy certain bakery items.

Local sourcing, quality of customer experience and a flexible approach to retailing will be key to success in the foodservice market in 2017, according to analysts.

Bread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has been acquired by Japanese firm Nagatanien.

UK food businesses have put the brakes on promotions – with activity declining more here than in other European markets.

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.

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has secured an agreement with Paul Hollywood to open a new bakery concept called Knead.

Sales at Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings have topped £100m for the first time as the business continues to grow its chain of bakery stores and cafés.

Bakers are being given a chance to have their say on the introduction of new regulations in England to enforce EU rules on the labelling of gluten-free foods.

Global bakery business Aryzta has reported a decline in revenues in its European and North American divisions.

Export sales of bread have grown 10% year on year – in line with the overall increase in overseas sales of UK food and drink.

Cake manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a 4% slump in UK bakery revenue in the face of retail price deflation and rising costs.

Morrisons is to resurrect the Safeway brand as a range of ‘hundreds’ of products, including bread and baked goods, which will be available to independent retailers.

Food-to-go sales will grow by more than £5bn in the next five years, according to grocery research and training charity IGD.

The level of Nabim Group 1 varieties hitting the high-quality bread wheat specification has hit a 13-year high this season.

Mincemeat and fillings supplier James Fleming & Co has been acquired by Zeelandia.

Boulder Brands – owner of the Udi’s gluten-free brand – has pulled out of the UK market.

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