Manufacture

Pladis and Unite link up for engineering apprenticeship

McVitie’s owner Pladis has unveiled an engineering apprenticeship agreement with the UK’s largest union, Unite.

Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker sponsor Great British Bake Off

Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker are to sponsor the upcoming Channel 4 version of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

GroceryAid helps record number of people

GroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund, has revealed that more than 14,000 people turned to them for assistance in the 12 months ending 31 March 2017.

10 steps to ‘best Brexit outcome’ for food industry

Food industry groups including the Federation of Bakers and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers have set out 10 Brexit negotiation priorities to protect the food and farming sector.

Needham expands food-grade printer range

A new range from Needham Coding includes specialist food-grade, ultra-violet, heavy pigment and small character models.

Warburtons helps children learn importance of wheat

Warburtons is helping children learn about wheat and sustainable farming by visiting working farms.

Game of Scones? TV show’s baker launches themed products through Deliveroo

An actor who played an apprentice baker in Game of Thrones has opened a bakery inspired by the TV show.

Tasties of Chester rescued from administration

Food-to-go supplier Tasties of Chester has been rescued from administration in a deal that has saved 188 jobs.

Adelie Foods set to axe 180 jobs at Middlesbrough site

Food-to-go business Adelie Foods has ceased production at its Middlesbrough plant, putting 180 jobs at risk.

Poole Bakery restructure puts jobs under threat

Addo Food Group-owned Poole Bakery has proposed a restructure that could put five jobs under threat.

Tackling industry skills shortage ‘never more urgent’, warns FDF

More support is needed from government to tackle the skills shortage in the food and drink industry, a new report by the Food & Drink Federation has urged.

EXCLUSIVE: How to get YOUR bakery product stocked in Lidl

The four things you need to know if you want to get your product into Lidl, according to Richard Inglis, senior buying manager.

Wessanen to roll out new look for Mrs Crimble’s

Mrs Crimble’s has unveiled new-look packaging designed to highlight the brand’s free-from status and taste.

Welsh bakery business Cake Crew to expand

Wales-based business Cake Crew is expanding to meet growing demand for its cupcakes.

Cole’s unveils new Connoisseur Christmas pudding

Cole’s has extended its festive range with a new pudding infused with cognac and brandy.

Brits eating out could be under threat post-Brexit, says PAPA

Brits could find it more difficult to eat out if the government fails to find a way to fill jobs in the UK after Brexit, according to The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association (PAPA).

NI manufacturer buys London sandwich and snack business

Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has purchased London-based Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group PLC.

Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero respond to faecal bacteria investigation

Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero have pledged to take action following a BBC Watchdog investigation found that their ice contained bacteria from faeces.

Greencore buys Heathrow food-to-go site from Tasties of Chester

Greencore has acquired a manufacturing facility opened by Tasties of Chester 18 months ago.

Warburtons-owned Giles Foods confirms site closure

Giles Foods has confirmed it is to close its bakery in Milton Keynes.

Deli Food sandwiches recalled over wrong use-by date

Deli Food (Scot) has recalled six varieties of sandwiches as they are labelled with the wrong use-by date.

Guenther Bakeries extends partnership with Axis Cleaning

Banbury-based Guenther Bakeries has awarded Axis Cleaning and Support Services with a new five-year cleaning and hygiene maintenance contract.

Heygates acquires flour miller C Marston & Sons in pre-pack deal

Suffolk-based family flour milling company C Marston & Sons has been bought out of administration by Heygates Limited.

Wholebake gets green light for £14m factory plan

Baked snacks manufacturer Wholebake has been given the go-ahead for a £14m factory development in North Wales as it aims to grow its turnover to £40m in the next few years.

Benier UK rebrands and appoints Ashley Morris MD

Bakery equipment supplier Kaak Group has rebranded its subsidiary, Benier UK, to become Kaak Group United Kingdom. It has appointed Ashley Morris as managing director of the Milton Keynes-based company.

Two new sponsors for Claire Clark Academy

The Claire Clark Academy at Milton Keynes College is to be sponsored by De Buyer, a French manufacturer of pastry utensils and cookware, and Chatham-based catering equipment supplier Signature FSE.

Hung parliament: the industry reacts

A hung parliament following the UK general election has led to more uncertainty for the baking industry.

Pecan Deluxe hires Chamber International to combat Brexit export challenges

North Yorkshire ingredients manufacturer Pecan Deluxe Candy has employed overseas trade specialist Chamber International to offset any export challenges following Brexit.

Premier Foods set to drive summer sales with new Mr Kipling cakes

Premier Foods has unveiled four limited-edition Mr Kipling cakes for the summer.

Pork Farms launches major promotional campaign

Pork Farms has launched a new major on-pack promotion that will begin in stores in the upcoming weeks.

Daelmans closes Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ Witney site

Daelmans Group has closed its former Fabulous Bakin’ Boys factory in Oxfordshire, with all staff made redundant.

Walkers rebrands Oven Baked range as part of health trend

Britain’s biggest crisp brand, Walkers, is rebranding its Oven Baked range to highlight its 50% less fat element.

EHL boosts manufacturing capacity by 50% with new Stockport site

Food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients has acquired a new manufacturing site at the Broadstone Industrial Estate, Stockport.

Aryzta names former Glanbia boss as new CEO

Kevin Toland, a former chief executive and president of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, is to replace Owen Killian as CEO of global bakery business Aryzta.

Greggs sales up 7.5% as breakfast demand grows

Demand for Greggs’ £2 breakfast offer has helped drive a 7.5% hike in sales across the business.

Baking Industry Awards 2017: book your place at this year’s shindig!

It’s time to book your tickets for the biggest hoedown in the bakery calendar – British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

New cereal introduced to UK market

Tritordeum, a new natural cereal made by combining durum wheat (Triticum durum) and wild barley (Hordeum chilense), is now available in the UK.

New refrigeration technology unveiled

Italian company Pastorfrigor has launched what it describes as “breakthrough refrigeration technology”.

New sales advisor for Invicta

Steven Lamb has joined Invicta Bakeware as the company’s new field sales and technical advisor.

Hobart given Manufacturer of the Year award

Hobart Warewash has received the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) Manufacturer of the Year award for 2017.

Premier Foods set to renew Cadbury cakes licence with Mondelēz

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has signed an agreement to renew its licence with Mondelēz International to produce and sell Cadbury cakes.

New ‘most future-proof’ metal detector series from Loma

Farnborough-based Loma Systems has introduced the IQ4 series of metal detectors. 

Nestlé axing UK jobs as Blue Riband production shifts to Europe

Nestlé UK is set to axe almost 300 jobs in a shake-up that includes shifting Blue Riband wafer production to Poland.

Warburtons set to close Giles Foods bakery in Milton Keynes

Warburtons plans to close its Giles Foods bakery in Milton Keynes, with the potential loss of almost 220 jobs, British Baker can reveal.

Pork Farms owner Addo Food Group sold

Pork Farms and Wall’s supplier Addo Food Group has been sold in a deal backed by private equity firm LDC.

Bakkavor set to employ 100 new staff at Lincolnshire factory

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 100 new members of staff at its factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Genius Foods axing 115 jobs and ending production of unbranded products

Genius Foods is to make 115 workers redundant as part of plans to end production of non-branded products.  

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Real Good Food acquires majority stake in snack bar firm Brighter Foods

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has acquired a majority share in snack bar manufacturer Brighter Foods.

Pladis reveals biscuits purchased by 99% of UK households

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis has announced that biscuits were purchased by 99% of UK households in 2016 despite a sales plunge in overall performance.

Too Good To Be Gluten Free invests £700k in promotional campaign

Gluten-free brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free has invested £700k in a new promotional campaign that will begin in April 2017.

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