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Village Bakery creates jobs at new gluten-free site

Village Bakery is seeking 20 extra staff for its new gluten-free site, which is set to open in December. 

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Manchester baker Trove opens city centre store

Trove has opened its second bakery-café store in Ancoats, Manchester.

Shareholder challenges €800m Aryzta funding plan

Plans by frozen bakery giant Aryzta to raise €800m are being challenged by its largest shareholder.

Cake Box expects 40% hike in half-year turnover

Egg-free cake specialist Cake Box is expecting to report a 40% increase in revenue to £8.3m for the first half of its financial year.

Greencore selling US arm to focus on UK market

Greencore Group is to sell its entire US business to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions in a $1bn (£817m) deal.

Hughes bakery gets £600k funding ahead of rebrand

Shipley-based Hughes Bakers has secured a £600,000 loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Patisserie Holdings share offer raises £15.7m for crisis-hit business

A share offer has raised £15.7m to help Patisserie Holdings continue trading in the face of a crisis sparked by serious financial irregularities.

Patisserie Holdings reveals £25m plan to save business

Patisserie Holdings is launching a share offer and has admitted it needs a £20m capital injection to avoid calling in administrators.

Patisserie Holdings finance chief arrested and bailed

Patisserie Holdings finance director Chris Marsh has been arrested, according to the crisis-hit business.

Patisserie Holdings needs cash injection to continue trading in current form

Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has said it cannot continue to trade in its current form unless it gets an immediate cash injection.

Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur and his wife Amy at the Supreme Court
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Court rules in favour of bakery in ‘gay cake’ case

The Supreme Court has ruled that a bakery did not discriminate against a customer by refusing to make a cake supporting gay marriage.

Patisserie Holdings shares suspended amid fraud fears

Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has launched an investigation into what it has described as serious – and potentially fraudulent – accounting irregularities.

Focaccia-style pizzas help drive 7.3% Greggs growth

A strong summer performance in the breakfast market and from new products including focaccia-style pizzas have contributed to sales growth at Greggs.

L-r: TPBI CFO Kamol Borrisuttanakul, CEO Somsak Borrisuttanakul, Intelipac's John Wilkinson and Duncan Edwards
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Thai firm snaps up UK’s Intelipac

Thai packaging company TPBI is to enter the paper packaging market for the first time after inking a deal to acquire stakes in UK firm Intelipac – the business that resurrected bakery packaging supplier Reynards last year.

Fry’s launches vegan baked goods into Sainsbury’s

Vegan food company The Fry Family Food Co is launching a range of chilled meat-alternative products exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

Union fears over wider impact of Hovis mill closure

A proposal to close the Hovis flour mill in Southampton has put logistics jobs in Hampshire and Yorkshire under threat.

AI start-up targets waste reduction in bakeries

A technology start-up is seeking five bakeries to take part in a pilot scheme using artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce surplus.

Hovis disposes of three mills to focus on baking

Hovis is selling two of its flour mills to Whitworth Bros and closing a third as it looks to focus on its core baking business.

Aryzta underlying profit crashes more than 70%

Aryzta has reported steep declines in profit and earnings – but insists the business is well placed for future growth.

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Jacksons’ £40m sandwich bread factory opens

Jacksons has opened a new £40m bakery that can produce 10,000 loaves of sandwich bread an hour.

Irwin’s strike postponed as firm makes union new offer

A strike due to start today (26 September) at Irwin’s Bakery in Northern Ireland has been postponed after the company made another offer to workers.

Bakery giants pledge to halve food waste by 2030

Hovis, Warburtons and Premier Foods are among 90 of the UK’s biggest food retailers and suppliers to pledge to halve food waste by 2030 as part of a “ground-breaking” industry roadmap.

Hovis launches sourdough bloomer and seeded batch

Hovis is looking to tap the growing premium bread market with the launch of a white bloomer baked with sourdough and a seeded batch loaf.

Pladis chief executive Cem Karakaş steps down

McVitie’s owner Pladis has launched a search for a new chief executive following the exit of Cem Karakaş.

Irwin’s says workers’ strike will not impact operations

Operations at Irwin’s Bakery in Northern Ireland will not be impacted by a workers’ strike over pay, chief executive Michael Murphy has said today (21 September).

Barry Callebaut buys Burton’s chocolate facility

Barry Callebaut has bought Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate production site and entered into a long-term supply agreement with the biscuit manufacturer.

Real Good Food supports Brighter Foods investment

Real Good Food Group, which this month sold Haydens Bakery, says rationalisation and new funding are enabling it to support investment in other parts of its business, such as Brighter Foods.

Bakkavor Bread to recruit 200 staff at bakery sites

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, has launched a recruitment drive to find 200 new staff for its bread division.

Finsbury to invest to meet demand for ‘artisan’ bread

Finsbury Food Group is to invest further to meet demand for artisan-style bread – and said it was committed to growing its business through further acquisitions.

Mash Direct's Lance Hamilton, Trevor McCrum from Hovis Ireland and LacPatrick Dairies' Brendan Lappin
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Ormo Bakery teams up with NI brands for NPD

Belfast-based Ormo Bakery, which is part of Hovis, has teamed up with two other Northern Irish brands to develop new products.

Pladis set to extend direct biscuit wheat sourcing

McVitie’s owner Pladis is to extend its ‘Back to Farm’ direct wheat sourcing initiative.

Rich Products to move production to single site

Sweet bakery manufacturer Rich Products UK is to consolidate all production in a new facility at Andover in Hampshire.

Former McDonald’s US chief joins Aryzta board

Aryzta has made new independent board appointments to help turn the business around, and announced that banks have agreed to underwrite plans to raise €800m (£715m) through a new share offer.

Premier Foods staff raise £27,500 for charity Mind

Employees at Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods have raised £27,500 for mental health charity Mind by running and walking along the 22-mile Jurassic Coast in Weymouth.

Will Rhys-Davies with DIFG foodservice controller Chris White
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DIFG secures distribution deal with The Bakeshed

Delicious Ideas Food Group (DIFG) is to distribute The Bakeshed products to contract catering businesses under an exclusive deal.

Pladis targets lunch market with McVitie’s Club cake

Pladis has extended its McVitie’s Cake range with a new product inspired by its orange Club bars, designed to combine cake, biscuits and chocolate in one treat.

Allied Bakeries ups prices to reduce operating loss

Allied Bakeries is continuing to reduce its losses – and will be looking to mitigate the impact of rising wheat prices.

AHDB: Brexit will have major impact on UK milling

A ‘what if’ analysis commissioned by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has shown Brexit will have considerable impact on the UK’s milling industry under a range of trade scenarios.

Aulds supplies Scotmid stores and independents through its wholesale division
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Aulds to keep its eight remaining stores open

Scottish bakery business Aulds is to retain eight of its stores after last month liquidating its retail division.

Real Good Food sells Haydens Bakery to Bakkavor Group

Real Good Food has sold the Haydens Bakery business – excluding the Chantilly Patisserie operation – to Bakkavor Group for £12m.

Roberts unveils 100% recyclable bread packaging

Roberts Bakery is launching packaging for its bloomer range that can be recycled in household kerbside collection bins.

Huffkins bakery secures first export deal in Japan

Cotswolds bakery Huffkins has secured its first export contract, with its fruitcakes, shortbread and branded going on sale in Japan.

Lomond’s Cake brand unveils cocktail cakes

Glasgow bakery Cake, which is owned by fine foods wholesaler Lomond, has launched a range of cocktail-themed goods.

Finsbury buys free-from bakery business Ultrapharm

Finsbury Food Group has acquired specialist free-from bakery manufacturer Ultrapharm, which supplies Finsbury’s Lightbody Europe business.

Pidy adds new flavour to frozen sponge sheets

Ready-to-fill pastry manufacturer Pidy has expanded its Technipat frozen sponge sheets range with a new flavour.

The Cornish Bakery on business awards shortlist

The Cornish Bakery has been shortlisted for Employer of the Year in The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. 

Head baker Ross Buist putting pasties in the oven
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Prima Bakeries secures first exports after record sales

Cornish baker Prima Bakeries has announced its first export deal following record sales this year.

Pladis and IPP form sustainable partnership

McVitie’s owner Pladis UK & Ireland and pallets supplier IPP have teamed up in a bid to reduce environmental impact across the supply chain.

Lancaster wholesale bakery secures £250,000 funding

A new wholesale bakery business has launched in Lancaster and has its sights set on a £1m turnover target.

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