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Matthew Verity, business unit director - chilled & bakery, Kantar Worldpanel
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BSB puts in final preparation for autumn conference

The British Society of Baking (BSB) has issued a final call for industry members wishing to take part in its autumn conference on 11 and 12 October, as the event is nearly sold out.

Strathmore Foods brand launches exclusive NPD

Strathmore Foods brand, Cone Bakes has released an innovative new food-to-go snack that can be served with hot or cold fillings inside a bread cone.

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.

Lower-fat pasty from Proper Cornish

Cornish pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish has launched a lower-fat pasty aimed at providing great-tasting, nutritional foods as part of a more balanced diet. 

Arla develops healthy snack solution for children

Denmark-based firm Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a suite of protein and calcium snacking solutions for kids that offer a healthier alternative to chocolate bars and other popular children’s snacks.

Scotland takes charge on childhood obesity challenge

Scotland is taking the challenge of tackling childhood obesity into its own hands, after the Scottish government expressed disappointment at the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy, published last week.

Arla Foods launches major breakfast campaign

Denmark-based firm, Arla Foods Ingredients has launched an exclusive breakfast campaign for its £100m commitment to back healthier eating among its consumers.

Destiny Foods launches Christmas line

Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor Destiny Foods has launched its Christmas range.

Which? study highlights ‘unhealthy’ promotion trend

Retailers are being urged to “play their part” in the fight against obesity in light of new research which shows that supermarkets carry more promotions on ‘less healthy’ food and drink.

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.

Full list of BIA 2016 finalists announced

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce the BIA finalists for 2016!

Jobs saved at BFP Wholesale’s Leeds site

Bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has announced that it is to save a number of jobs at its Leeds operation.

First BIA 2016 finalists announced

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce our first batch of BIA finalists for 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. 

New report claims fatty foods are healthy

New advice that eating more fat could be the answer to the nation’s obesity crisis has caused a furious backlash from senior UK nutritionists.

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.

Union to stage protest over Giles Foods

Union GMB is planning to stage a series of protests outside supermarket chains Lidl and Morrisons, over a dispute at Warburtons-owned supplier Giles Foods.

Major shareholder accuses Premier Foods of ‘arrogance’

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

Destiny launches made-without-gluten desserts

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor, has launched a new range of made-without-gluten desserts.

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.

New packaging for Baker Street rolls from Carrs

The Baker Street soft rolls, made by Carrs Foods, now have branded display trays produced by DS Smith.

Premier Foods criticised by leading shareholder

Premier Foods has come under fire from a leading shareholder after McCormick walked away from negotiations to buy the Mr Kipling producer.

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.

Peter Ellis, Mission Foods' new managing director for the UK and Ireland
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Mission Foods appoints new MD

Mission Foods has announced that Peter Ellis is to become its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Premier Foods sells 17.27% stake

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

FDF calls for salt reduction measures

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has highlighted three key measures it says would drive down salt consumption in the UK.

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.

Scottish companies forge gluten-free partnership

A partnership to produce gluten-free biscuits has been announced by Duncan’s of Deeside and Pulsetta Foods.

Defra urges manufacturers to apply for PDOs

UK manufacturers are to be encouraged to apply for protected status for their regional speciality food and drink names, according to Elizabeth Truss, minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Premier Foods appoints new international managing director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Jette Andersen as managing director of its International Business Unit.

Bakers Basco’s GPS brings about legal action

The unauthorised use of bread baskets has cost school food supplier Gilmoor Foods Ltd (GF) in excess of £6,000. 

Bakkavör doubles number of apprentices

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavör is looking for 45 new apprentices to join the business in 2016. 

Sugar is Brit’s biggest health concern, not fat

New research from market analyst, Mintel, has shown that we are more concerned about sugar than fat and calories.

“Significant growth” for Bokomo Foods

Cereal maker Bokomo Foods is now the main supplier to all major supermarkets’ own-brand cereal products.

Fresh Foods fined again

The Hayes sandwich manufacturer has been issued with a £15,220 fine for breaching hygiene regulations, for the second time. 

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.

Destiny Foods Richard Watts, Managing Director, and Cllr. John Hughes
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Destiny Foods expands range

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributer, has expanded its core product range by 20%.

ABF: earnings per share will miss targets

Associated British Foods (ABF), parent company of bakery brand Kingsmill, has warned that earnings per share will be lower than expected for its half year results, due out in April. 

Blackthorn Fudge releases chocolate toffees

Blackthorn Fudge, the Belfast-based fudge and toffee manufacturer, has launched a line of chocolate-covered toffees under its Melting Pot brand.

Free-from market set for strong growth

The UK free-from market could grow 13% to £531m in 2016 and climb to £673m by 2020, a new report by market analyst Mintel has claimed.

Peter’s acquires Mom’s Fabulous Foods

Peter’s Foodservice has acquired the Farnham-based gourmet hot dog business Mom’s Fabulous Foods. 

World Health Organisation backs sugar tax

A new report by The World Health Organisation (WHO) has backed the divisive plans to implement a sugar tax as a method of tackling childhood obesity.

Adelie’s Freshpak acquisition in doubt

Food-to-go giant Adelie Foods agreed in principal to buy sandwich filling supplier Freshpak Chilled Foods last year, but the deal is reported to have been thrown into doubt. 

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.

Food Standards Scotland proposes sugar tax

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has proposed a sugar tax as part of a plan to defuse a “health time bomb”.

Handmade Cake UK to expand after investment

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods, which owns Handmade Cake UK, has secured a £1m investment from NatWest Scotland to expand into new premises.

Dawn Foods' American Bakery campaign to return in 2016

Dawn Foods has unveiled plans to run its successful American Bakery marketing campaign again in 2016.

Blackthorn Foods launches free-from fudge

Blackthorn Foods, the Belfast-based fudge and toffee manufacturer, has launched a range of free-from fudges.

Richard Watts, founder and managing director at Destiny Foods
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Destiny Foods to triple storage with new warehouse

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributer, has bought a 30,000sq ft warehouse which it says will triple its storage capacity.

Dawn Foods expands brownie mix offering

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is set to launch two new dry mixes and a frozen batter for bakers and foodservice operators to create authentic American-style brownies. 

Maxime Michelot, winner of Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest
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Harrods pastry chef wins Christmas log competition

Maxime Michelot, a pastry chef at Harrods, beat off competition from 24 other UK-based chefs to win Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest.

Chris Jenkins, cluster director for the UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods
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New director at Dawn

Dawn Foods, the bakery ingredients producer, has recruited a new boss to head up its business in the UK and Ireland.

Country Style buys up former bagel firm’s assets

Country Style Foods has acquired the assets of the recently collapsed Ixxy’s Bagels for an undisclosed sum.

Genius buys frozen pie producer

Genius Food, the gluten-free bakery, has bought frozen pie-producer Chapel Foods in a £3.5m deal.

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 was named as best bakery at the FMEAs
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Premier Foods scoops food manufacturing award

Premier Foods, which owns Mr Kipling, has scooped the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2015.

New legislation could trigger a flood of cheap sugar
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Liberalised sugar market could lead to a flood of cheap imports

Europe could be flooded by cheap sugar because of plans to liberalise the sugar market, according to a new study.

Ask the Expert: GBBO does alternatives

With free-from foods in growth, The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants take on the challenge of baking with alternative ingredients. Gregg Woodhead, product development manager at British Bakels, passes on his words of wisdom in our Ask the Expert blog.

High-GI diet found to contribute to depression

Research in America has suggested that the consumption of things like sugary foods and white bread are linked with an increased risk of depression in women. 

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.

Mr Kipling
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. 

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.

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.

Free-from supplier expands offer to meet retailer demand

Free-from manufacturer Free’ist has upped its production in response to retailers expanding offerings.

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.

New study prompts cake tax calls

There have been renewed calls for a tax on biscuits, sweets and cakes, as research revealed that fruit and vegetables have tripled in price in the past three decades.

Gluten-free plans for Chaucer Foods

Chaucer Foods, a global ingredients producer, has spoken of its plans to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Dawn Foods
American Sweet Bakery Week dates announced
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Dawn Foods reveals dates for American Sweet Bakery Week

Dawn Foods has launched its National American Sweet Bakery Week for 2015, due to take place from 1 to 7 July. 

Cllr Simon Pickering Chairman with Sarah Mace Primal Joy Foods
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Free-from firm strikes first supermarket deal

A Gloucestershire ‘free-from’ snacks business has won its first supermarket listing after a £3,000 investment from the council.

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.

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. 

Board change at Adam Foods

Adam Foods has announced that CEO Ian Toal, a former managing director of Delice de France, is to leave the company the end of the month.

Lees Foods invests £1.7m after year success

Lees Foods has announced it will invest £1.7m in its Coatbridge factory to better production of its snowball and teacake products.

Hovis marketing director leaves as brand sets for future

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

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.

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.

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