November

UK purchases boost Maple Leaf's results

Maple Leaf Foods' UK bakery business was one of the star performers highlighted by senior executives of its parent company, as it announced third-quarter results for the Canadian-based food giant last week.

Centre of Excellence proposed

Bakers are being urged to back a proposed Centre of Bakery Excellence in the UK, to tackle the skills crisis facing the industry. Details of the Centre will be thrashed out over the next five months, culminating in a summit meeting of industry stakeholders at the Baking Industry Exhibition on April 6 to 9 2008, at the Birmingham NEC.

Union takes second Warburtons ballot

Staff at Warburtons are to be reballoted on plans for strike action after their union feared that an initial vote earlier this month had been affected by the postal dispute.

Partial MBO for 'solid' Peter's Food Service

Savoury pastry manufacturer Peter's Food Service was acquired by its management and NBGI Private Equity this week, in a £20 million buyout.

Lesaffre buys into the UK with deal for GBI and BFP

Yeast company GB Ingredients and sister business BFP Wholesale have been bought by French-based yeast group Lesaffre for an undisclosed sum.

Briefs

n Honeytop Speciality Foods has more than doubled its chiller capacity at its manufacturing plant in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, with a £250,000 investment.

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