Review of the Year: Part 2
23 December, 2015
Sadly, 2015 could not all be about good news. It was a tough year for craft bakeries and even mighty brands like Hovis found themselves needing to cut costs. This was also the year the health debate around sugar erupted, with the full effect perhaps yet to be felt in 2016.
New Gallery 2015/12/23 Cooplands - In February, craft bakery Cooplands went into pre-pack administration. The company’s 39 stores, head office and bakery, closed for the loss of 303 jobs, though the pre-organised sales of leasehold sites and sandwich vans saved another 259 originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM height 350 width 550 orientation 1 camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14 Firkins - Finkins bakery was liquidated in June, following the closure of its production site and the redundancy of 40 staff in May. However, the bakery’s 33 shops were saved, employing around 189 staff as part of the Oliver Adams bakery chain originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 550 height 350 Forfars Bakers - Forfars Bakers entered voluntary liquidation in October, making over 40 staff redundant. It followed a turbulent period for the company, which closed its Burgess Hill and Horsham stores in July. Picture copyright Damon Hart-Davis cameramake SONY height 350 orientation 1 flash 16 originaldate 9/2/2004 7:19:53 PM width 550 cameramodel DSC-F828 General Mills - General Mills announced it was to close its Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. At the time of the announcement in November, the factory employed 256 people but it could now close as soon as Autumn 2016 originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 550 height 350 Gunstones Bakery - Bakers at 2 Sisters Food Group-owned Gunstones Bakery went on strike in June and July, claiming the company backtracked on a pay rise to fund 427 redundancies. The dispute was settled with a one-off payment and 2% payrise to staff flash 16 cameramake Canon height 350 orientation 1 camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14 originaldate 2/29/2012 5:00:49 PM width 550 cameramodel Canon EOS 50D Harris + Hoole - The Tesco-backed Harris + Hoole had a dire year, with founding trio the Tolley siblings resigning from management and Tesco beginning the long process of exiting the business by moving to acquire the outstanding stake flash 16 cameramake Apple height 350 dir: 208 alt: 55 lat: 51.594667 long: -0.383167 orientation 1 camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14 originaldate 2/7/2013 4:26:10 PM width 550 cameramodel iPhone 5 Hovis - Hovis made 40 staff redundant at the end of July after it closed a bread production line at its Wigan bakery. Fresh woes came in November when it was announced a further 111 Wigan jobs were at risk, with the first redundancies due next March cameramake Hasselblad height 350 orientation 1 camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14 originaldate 3/20/2012 5:14:35 PM width 550 cameramodel Hasselblad H3D-39 National Living Wage - In July, the Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that business would be forced to pay the National Living Wage, which will see wages rise to £9 an hour by 2020, but offered little to help businesses bear the extra cost originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM height 350 width 550 orientation 1 camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14 Sugar - Sugar had a bad year, with a report by Public Health England linking it to obesity. Calls came in from all angles, including from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, for a tax on the sweet stuff though no action has yet been taken by the government cameramake NIKON CORPORATION height 350 orientation 1 camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14 originaldate 4/10/2012 4:14:05 PM width 550 cameramodel NIKON D40 Tate & Lyle - A change from E341 to maize starch as an anti-caking agent in Tate & Lyle’s icing sugar angered bakers who said the new product produced a grainy texture in icing. The company said the change improved the sugar’s keeping quality originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 550 height 350