April

Napier expansion creates 20 jobs

Sugar supplier Napier Brown plans to expand its Normanton factory and open a new distribution centre in Hull as it increases sugar imports from outside the EU.

Groupon launches new selling app

Discounting website Groupon has launched a new online e-booking service, which it says offers businesses an easy way to manage their schedules.

Bpex awards open to bakers

Bakers are being encouraged to enter the Pork and Pastry category for this year’s Bpex Foodservice Pork Product of the Year competition.

Peter’s spices up bakery market

Peter’s Foods has launched a new range of spicy pastries this month, supported by a national marketing campaign.

ABF's CEO George Weston
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ABF’s CEO ranked 10th-richest Briton

Associated British Foods’ chief executive George Weston remains in the top 10 of The Sunday Times’ Rich List.

Bakers in 20% pasty tax Downing Street demonstration

More than 500 bakers protested at Downing Street yesterday over the proposed 20% pasty tax and a petition with more than half a million signatures was handed to the government.

The rally - which was organised by Greggs and the National Association of Master Bakers - heard Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, accuse the government of being out of touch on the matter.

And, a delegation from Greggs and the NAMB visited parliament following the demonstration to voice their concerns with MPs.

In pictures: Say No to pasty tax demo

See yesterday's demo in British Baker's exclusive picture gallery. More than 500 bakers protested outside Downing Street against the proposed 20% pie tax.

New 'coffee shop muffins' for New York Bakery Co

The New York Bakery Co bagel brand has branched out into the muffins market with a new range of products.

Bakery sets children doughnut challenge

Crieff-based Campbell’s Bakery has launched a competition tasking young bakers to ‘Design a Doughnut for Charity’.

Bakers to hand over 'pasty tax' petitions

Petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures apposing the 20% VAT on hot food will be delivered to the Treasury this morning.

McVitie’s new patriotic packaging

United Biscuits (UBUK) has refreshed the packaging of its McVitie’s Digestives biscuits range with a British theme.

Real Bread Campaign steps up anti-GM wheat protest

The Real Bread Campaign has delivered a pledge to the government from more than 350 bakers, millers, farmers and consumers not to sell or buy GM wheat.

Worshipful Company launches Baker’s Marque trial

Peter Gossage, Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, has visited four bakeries taking part in a three-month trial of its Baker’s Marque Warrant.

Premier's power brands boost sales

Premier Foods’ power brands strategy has paid off, with a 3.7% increase in sales for the three months ending 31 March 2012.

Warburtons’ advertising account up for grabs

Warburtons is on the search for an agency to take charge of its £8m advertising account.

S. Edwards
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ABF sees profit decline for ingredients and grocery

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a decline in operating profit for its ingredients and grocery divisions this morning.

In its interim results for the 24 weeks ended 3 March 2012, ABF said its ingredients business, which includes yeast and bakery ingredients manufacturer AB Mauri, saw a £13m decline to £18m. Revenue grew by 2% to £538m.

ABF’s grocery division, including the Kingsmill bread brand, reported a 4% growth in revenue to £1.8bn, but a £34m decline in operating profits to £75m. The company said this was primarily driven by restructuring costs at Allied Bakeries in the UK, in addition to George West Foods in Australia.

Chevler adds non-exec director

Chevler, the rapidly growing South Wales-based manufacturer of baking cases, muffin wraps and printed greaseproof paper, has beefed up its board with the appointment of Mark Hislop as a non-executive director.

Warburtons targets £59m naan bread market

Warburtons is launching a range of Indian speciality bread products in April.

Contract loss burdens Rowe's employees

W.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.

Warburtons makes deal with the French

Warburtons' bread loaves are set to land on supermarket shelves in France this year.

Reids shells out £1m on production

Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.

James Hall strikes bread deal for Spar

James Hall & Co has announced a double partnership deal to supply Hovis and Roberts bread products to Spar stores in the north of England.

Pasty tax amendment defeated

A bid to overturn the changes to VAT charged on takeaway food, dubbed ‘the pasty tax’, was narrowly defeated in parliament last night.

Pasty tax bill amendment backed by BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that would scrap the government’s planned £50m ‘pasty tax’.

Greencore swoops for US firm in $36m deal

Greencore, the Irish producer of convenience foods, has acquired US food company rival MarketFare for $36m (£22.6m).

Tesco UK to invest £1bn in bid to revive profits

Tesco will be focusing on turning around declining UK trading profit with a £1bn investment plan for the next 12 months.

Greggs spends £1m on breakfast drive

Greggs is investing £1m in an integrated marketing campaign to promote its breakfast offering.

Reids shells out £1m on production

Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.

Starbucks UK plans sale of selected stores

Starbucks UK is looking to place 16 of its central London sites on the property market.

Healthy food sales boost M&S’ Q4 results

Healthy food ranges have helped Marks & Spencer gain a 0.8% increase in group sales in its fourth quarter 2011/12.

Invite to BSB golf day

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is hosting a golf day on 28 May at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden, Birmingham.

Hovis’ Farmers Loaf hits shelves

Premier Foods is launching a premium, British-inspired bread product under its Hovis brand this month.

Irwin’s bags new sponsorship deal

Co Armagh-based Irwin’s Bakery has secured a television sponsorship deal in its 100th year of business.

New measures to aid sugar market

A number of new measures to aid the fluidity of the European sugar market were passed at the management committee meeting at the European Commission yesterday (12 April).

Bookings open for dinner and dance

Kingston & District Master Bakers Association is to host a special dinner and dance in honour of the Queen’s 86th birthday, her Jubilee year and Saint George’s Day.

Training course on bread weights

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) is to host a one-day training course on ‘bread weights control’ on Tuesday 8 May.

FSA provides ‘glittergate’ update

In a bid to clear up confusion over the legal use of edible and non-toxic glitters, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed new guidance for food businesses and consumers.

Warning for Premier Foods’ financial health

Premier Foods is one of the lowest-rated financially healthy retail companies in the UK, according to newly compiled research from Company Watch.

Lees Foods in £5.6m acquisition deal

Scottish confectionery group Lees Foods is the subject of a takeover bid by new plc Randotte, in a management buy-out.

March heatwave boosts UK sales

The unusual warm weather in March has helped drive UK retail sales values up by 1.3%, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Morrisons’ ‘cold cross buns’ exempt from tax?

Morrisons could be rebranding its traditional Easter hot cross buns, following the government’s proposed 20% VAT on hot food products.

Ditty’s Bakery strikes US deal

Ditty’s Bakery will see its products listed in US gourmet and speciality food retailer Dean & DeLuca.

Cornish economy to be blighted by pasty tax

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has spoken out about how the 20% tax on hot takeaway food could affect profitability and jobs in the region.

Greenhalgh’s crafts giant hot cross bun

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has baked a giant hot cross bun, which was unveiled last week at the RSPB’s Saltholme wildlife reserve.

Amos to head up Zeelandia

David Amos has been appointed UK managing director for international bakery ingredients supplier Zeelandia.

Possible early Costa demerger, says analyst

Speculation surrounding the possibility of Costa Coffee demerging from the Whitbread Group is mounting, according to a City analyst.

Starbucks UK creates unique London stores

Ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer, Starbucks UK is investing £8m to renovate its stores within the capital.

Tesco launches Everyday Value

Tesco is to replace its Tesco Value range with a more brightly-packaged brand, Everyday Value.

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.

Worshipful Co devises Richemont bakery course

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has organised a prestigious course at the Richemont Bakery School in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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