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Premier Foods secures long-term contract with XPO Logistics

Premier Foods has secured a long-term contract with XPO Logistics that will cover inbound transport, warehousing and outbound distribution to customers throughout the UK.

Gluten-free Mr Kipling cake launched by Premier Foods

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has rolled out a wheat and gluten-free loaf cake range nationally.

Mr Kipling set to launch new Delectable Delights range

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has announced that it is launching the Delectable Delights range as it looks to enter the nibbles and bites sector.

Premier appoints non-exec director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Daniel Wosner as a non-executive director of the company, effective 1 March.

New Cadbury Tarts for Premier

Premier Foods is launching a range of indulgent Choc Tarts this month under the Cadbury Cakes brand. 

Food Utopia ends production at Avana Bakeries

Newport-based business Avana Bakeries has shut its doors for good, with the loss of 161 jobs.

Mr Kipling reveals Valentine’s Day packaging

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has released a seasonal range of packaging designed by agency BrandOpus to help consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Own-label takes bite out of Mr Kipling mince pie sales

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

Premier Foods launches Cadbury Mini Rolls Raspberry variant

Premier Foods has added a new variant to the Cadbury Mini Rolls range, with the introduction of the raspberry twin-pack format.

Premier Foods launches two McDougalls pancake mixes

Premier Foods has unveiled two new McDougalls’ pancake mixes ahead of Shrove Tuesday.

Premier Foods launches McDougalls wholesaler baking competition

Premier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods set to raise prices

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

Premier Foods joins supplier scheme

Premier Foods has become the latest member of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

Premier Foods unveils new Mr Kipling and Cadbury Easter cakes

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

TV’s Gregg Wallace goes inside Premier Foods’ Carlton mince pie factory

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

Premier Foods CEO appointed FDF president

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

Palmer and Harvey launches Bakedirect bread delivery operation

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has expanded its direct van sales operation with the launch of new service Bakedirect to help deliver bread and morning goods across London.

VIDEO: How to make 720 mince pies a minute – and without the ‘air gap’!

Asda innovation development chef Mark Richmond has created a way to remove the ‘air gap’ from his mince pies.

Bakery exports: Bread sales increase 10% year on year

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

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Premier to launch Cadbury Choc Tarts following 4.1% cake sales hike in H1

Premier Foods is to extend its Cadbury range with Cadbury Choc Tarts following another strong performance from its cakes division.

Premier CEO Gavin Darby (centre), with Fiona Bruce and IGD president Andy Clarke
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Premier Foods recognised for charitable activities

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has been awarded for its charitable activities by food and drink charity the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

Premier Foods unveils spooky Halloween range

Premier Foods is set to drive sales during the Halloween period by launching several spooky cakes through its Cadbury Cakes and Mr Kipling brands.

Sweet Treats buck overall trend at Premier Foods

A sixth consecutive quarter of growth in its Sweet Treats division, at 6.4%, bucked the overall sales trend at Premier Foods, which reported a 5.4% fall in total group sales in its second quarter.

Premier launches festive lines

Premier Foods has launched new Christmas products through its Mr Kipling and Cadbury’s Cakes brands.

Hovis records £19m loss in second year of trading

UK baking giant Hovis has recorded a £19m loss in its second year of trading since Premier Foods wrote off part if its investment into the company.

Premier Foods extends variants for Mr Kipling

Premier Foods is set to extend its on-the-go variants for Mr Kipling as part of its efforts to widen the brand’s appeal.

Bakery signs up for food and drink apprenticeship scheme

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has joined a food and drink apprenticeship scheme that aims to regenerate the skills in the food and drink sector.

Cadbury cake drives Premier’s sweet treats

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has delivered sales growth of 1.9% for the 13 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

New Hovis Best of Both Mix

The new Hovis Best of Both Mix from Premier Foods is for those “who enjoy the taste of white bread, but want the benefits of wholemeal bread”, according to Premier Foods. 

Mr Kipling launches limited edition Fancies

Mr Kipling, the cake producer, is aiming to attract new shoppers with the launch of two limited-edition versions of its Fancies.

McCormick was a ‘phantom bid’ says Premier

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods, has said a firm bid from the American spice firm never happened. 

Premier Foods reports £86.1m profits

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has reported a 3.5% rise in pre-tax profits to £86.1m for the year to the start of April.

Major shareholder accuses Premier Foods of ‘arrogance’

A major shareholder has accused Premier Foods of “arrogance” in its handling of US suitor McCormick.

New McDougalls sponge mixes from Premier

Premier Foods has redeveloped its McDougalls Sponge Mix and Reduced Fat Sponge Mix, and they now both contain 30% less fat.

Premier Foods enters into Nissin deal

Premier Foods has officially entered into its previously-announced relationship agreement with Japanese instant noodle firm Nissin.

McCormick drops bid for Premier Foods

US spice brand McCormick has walked away from talks to buy Mr Kipling-maker Premier Foods after examining its books.

Mr Kipling revives ‘exceedingly good’ descriptor

Mr Kipling is returning to its “exceedingly good” strapline with a new £2.5m marketing campaign.

McCormick issues third offer for Premier

US spice brand McCormick has upped its offer on Premier Foods to 65p a share.

Gavin Darby, chief executive at Premier Foods
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Premier Foods under fire for takeover rejection

Premier Foods has been criticised by shareholders for its handling of a takeover offer from US spice brand, McCormick.

Premier Foods sells 17.27% stake

Nissin, a Japanese instant noodle firm, has committed to buy a 17.27% stake in Premier Foods.

Premier Foods’ shares jump after takeover rejection

Shares in Premier Foods jumped to a high of 54.05p yesterday, after the company announced it had rejected a takeover bid by US spice brand McCormick.

Premier Foods writes off Hovis stake

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has revealed it is to write off its £8m investment in Hovis.

Sandwiches and baguettes in top ten dishes, says Premier Foods

New research for the St Albans-based food group by M&C Allegra found that the bread-based meals ranked 9th for dishes enjoyed out of home in 2015.

Premier Foods reports strong Q3 sweet treats sales

Premier Foods, the St Albans-based food group, posted positive Q3 sales growth of 6.5% for its sweet treats division against the backdrop of a virtually static group performance of 0.1% growth.

Premier Foods is to launch a range of baking mixes with Paul Hollywood
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Premier Foods announces Paul Hollywood baking mix range

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced it will launch a range of baking mixes with Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

Premier Foods has reported modest growth in its Sweet Treats division
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Premier Foods shows growth in sweet division

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced slow growth for its Sweet Treats division, with a 0.8% growth from £93.1m to £93.8m for the 26 weeks to 3 October 2015.

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Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods continues to make gains in cake sector
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Premier Foods claims cake share gains, despite slight sales fall

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has reported market share gains in cake and ambient desserts amid a slight decrease in sales in its last quarter. 

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.

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.

Cake sales boost Premier, says analysts

Analysts have praised a ‘good uplift’ in the cake category at Premier Foods, while warning of potential delistings depending on actions of Tesco.

Premier Foods reports full-year losses, due to impairment of sweet sector

Food giant Premier Foods has increased its losses due to impairment charges, largely related to its sweet business, which includes the Mr Kipling brand.

Mr Kipling boosts Premier’s performance

Premier Foods continues to show improved trading performance in Q1 as master brand Mr Kipling “remains the star”.

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Premier Foods: doubling apprentices
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Premier Foods raises apprentice numbers

Premier Foods has committed to double its intake of apprenticeships, just as a group of MPs has spoken about the lack of teenagers in the overall schemes. 

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New frozen pies from Bisto following deal with Peter's Food Service
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Peter’s joins forces with Bisto on frozen pie range

Peter’s Food Service has struck a deal with Premier Foods to manufacture a range of frozen pies for the Bisto brand. 

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Mr Kipling second half 2014 relaunch credited with strong results
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Premier Foods praises Mr Kipling performance in final quarter

Premier Foods has highlighted power brand Mr Kipling as its ‘stand-out performer’ in its latest trading results for the quarter to 31 December 2014. 

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Asda focuses on marketing with new recruit
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Asda appoints new marketing VP

Supermarket giant Asda has recruited a vice-president of marketing from Premier Foods, the company behind Mr Kipling cakes. 

Richard Hodgson joins Premier Food
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Pizza Express boss joins Premier Foods board

Premier Foods has appointed the chief executive of Pizza Express as a non-executive director in the company.

FSB reveals “alarming” levels of supply chain bullying

An investigation by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed what it calls “alarming” levels of unfair dealing, just a week after Premier Foods hit the headlines.

Gavin Darby:
premier foods chief executive reconsiders scheme
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Premier Foods backtracks on ‘pay and stay’ scheme

Premier Foods has promised to ‘simplify’ its controversial investment programme, after it hit the headlines last week. 

Premier Foods: the highs and lows

After the controversy that has emerged around Premier Foods regarding its 'pay and stay' policy, British Baker looks back at the company's highlights and lowlights over the past few years.

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Premier Foods embroiled in controversial payments plan media attention
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Premier Foods' supplier payment plan labelled 'aggressive'

Premier Foods’ decision to strike customers off its supplier list for failing to make payments has been branded “aggressive” by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). 

Premier Foods criticised over controversial supplier payments

Premier Foods, the company behind Mr Kipling cakes, has hit the headlines for asking suppliers to hand over money – or risk losing contracts.

Halloween’s scariest cakes

Bakers around the country have been preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, so we thought we’d round up the most gruesome cakes on Twitter this year. 

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Bob Spooner: Hovis chief executive steps down
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Hovis chief executive to leave business

Chief executive of Hovis Bob Spooner has resigned his post to take up an opportunity abroad. 

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Mr Kipling rebrand delivers market share growth
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Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast

Premier Foods has praised its Mr Kipling relaunch as “delivering encouraging share gains” as it revealed an underlying sales decline of 4.7% in the third quarter. 

IGD:
the convention hosted a line-up of conferences and events about the retail industry
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Simple strategies advocated by food company CEOs

Food company chief executives, speaking at the IGD Convention in London, agreed that keeping business strategies simple is important during a challenging economy.

Premier Foods restructure allowing honed focus on cakes

Premier Foods has announced the restructure of its commercial sector, creating three new Strategic Business Units (SBU’s).

Prime Minister meets food bosses at job summit

Leading food companies and the major supermarkets met with the Prime Minister yesterday to discuss improving the employability skills of the young unemployed. 

Philip Gladman: focusing on Hovis marketing campaign
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Hovis uses ex-Diageo man to kickstart marketing

Hovis has teamed up with a former employee of Diageo Africa to kickstart its marketing agenda and ramp up innovation.

Premier introduces new campaign for Mr Kipling

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has launched a new marketing campaign pushing the idea ‘Life is better with cake’.

Hovis marketing director leaves as brand sets for future

Hovis bakery has announced the departure of marketing director Matt Hunt.

Hovis launches granary Seed Sensations loaf

Hovis has this week launched a granary loaf to its Seed Sensations brand.

Premier Foods sales drop amid Mr Kipling relaunch

Premier Foods, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, has seen sales drop 6.1% in the six months to 30 June 2014 as it plans a relaunch of the famous cake brand.

Premier Foods shares fall on sales warning

Shares in the embattled food group Premier Foods fell by nearly 10% after the company, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, said it had seen falling sales in its so-called ‘Power Brands’.

Premier Foods enters into JV for £16m beverages and desserts business

Premier Foods has entered into another joint venture (JV) to manufacture powdered beverages and desserts worth around £16m.

GE Capital invests £80m in Hovis

GE Capital has provided an £80m facility to finance the future growth of the Hovis brand.

Hovis introduces flavoured loaves

Hovis is to introduce three flavoured sliced loaves to its range as consumers demand innovation.

Hovis joint venture gains EC approval

Premier Foods has been granted competition approval by the European Commission for the deal it struck in January to partly hive off its bread business in a joint venture.

Hovis returns to 100% British wheat

Hovis has returned to using 100% British wheat.

Mr Kipling may lose famous tagline

Premier Foods has issued a print ad following speculation its Mr Kipling brand could drop its ‘Exceedingly Good’ tagline.

Premier Foods to meet unions over Hovis developments

The senior management of Premier Foods is to meet with union bosses to discuss Hovis workers affected by the partial sale of the bread brand. 

Premier Foods launches new Hovis joint venture

Premier Foods this morning revealed it had separated its bread business into a joint venture with The Gores Group.

Gavin Darby appointed chair of food engineering board

Gavin Darby has been appointed chair of the Food Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (FEIAB) for the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.

Premier Foods announces £20m investment

Premier Foods has announced a £20m investment to double capacity at its cake manufacturing site in Carlton, Barnsley.

Strike action on the cards at Hovis Wigan?

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is at loggerheads with Premier Foods over its decision to use agency staff at its Hovis factory in Cale Lane, Wigan.

Premier Foods: limited evidence of turnaround

There is “limited evidence” of a turnaround at Premier Foods, despite its focus on Power Brands, according to a City analyst.

Elephant Atta sale on OFT radar

The proposed sale of ethnic flour business Elephant Atta to Associated British Foods (ABF) has come under the watchful gaze of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

This week, the OFT issued an ‘invitation to comment’ on the move, which would see Premier Food’s Elephant Atta business sold to rival ABF’s Westmill Foods subsidiary for a cash consideration of £34m.

It is considering whether the acquisition has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation, under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, which could potentially result in a less competitive marketplace, in the area of the ‘supply of chapatti flour’.

Premier Foods chairman leaves company

Ronnie Bell, the chairman of under-fire Premier Foods, has stepped down from his role after 21 months.

Speciality Desserts goes French

Wellingborough-based Speciality Desserts has been sold to French manufacturer Européenne des Desserts (EDD).

EAT strengthens management team

EAT, the sandwich shop chain, which was acquired by private equity firm Lyceum Capital last year, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Tony Campbell as its new chairman and Sarah Doyle as its first marketing director.

Former Premier bosses in £1.4m pay-off

Three former bosses of embattled Premier Foods, the company behind the Hovis and Mr Kipling brands, received pay-offs of more than £1.4m, it was revealed yesterday.

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