Manufacture

UK cake exports crash by almost £24m this year

Exports sales of cakes have fallen 12.5% in the first nine months of 2018 – a decline of £23.9m year on year.

Walkers launches crisp packet recycling scheme

Walkers has launched a nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets.

David Roberts receives BSB lifetime achievement award

Former Roberts Bakery boss David Roberts has been recognised with a Lifetime Honorary Award from the British Society of Baking (BSB).

How to get your bakery ready for Christmas

Christmas is coming and while many are focused on the big day, there’s much to do before the celebrations begin.

Good Grain Bakery seeks £150k via crowdfunding

Free-from baker Tara Taylor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure £150,000 investment for her Good Grain Bakery business.

French Village Bakery invests £850k in expansion

French Village Bakery has invested £850,000 to expand its current operations and develop its catering division.

Kerry to market Acryleast acrylamide-reducing yeast

Kerry has secured a licence agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to supply acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme Acryleast to food and beverage manufacturers from next year.

Greencore eyes ‘significant’ UK growth opportunities

Food-to-go giant Greencore has set its sights on “significant” growth through expansion and acquisition in the UK following the disposal of its US division.

Wheat plantings forecast to reach five-year high

High prices this year have encouraged growers to increase wheat plantings for the 2019 crop.

Country Choice adds B’Break Snacking Breads

Country Choice has unveiled a new range of breads designed to tap demand for on-the-go snack products.

Gluten-free sugar replacer launched by Ulrick & Short

Ulrick & Short has unveiled a gluten-free sugar replacer for cakes, muffins and other baked goods. 

Signature bosses named joint entrepreneur of year

Signature Flatbreads bosses Charles and William Eid have triumphed in an awards ceremony that celebrates outstanding individual achievement.

FSA reassures bakers over selling well-fired bread

Bakers can sell well-fired loaves as long as they follow acrylamide mitigation steps, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has stated.

Bakels MD elected Master of Worshipful Company

British Bakels managing director Paul Morrow has been elected as the new Master of The Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Bakels opens new £10m Bicester distribution centre

Ingredients supplier British Bakels has opened a new £10m distribution centre in Oxfordshire.

CSM revamps Arkady range following customer survey

CSM Bakery Solutions has revamped its Arkady bread ingredients range following the results of a bakery customer survey.

Greencore to focus on UK after completing US sale

Greencore Group has this weekend completed the sale of its entire US operation to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions.

Aryzta first-quarter organic revenue edges up 0.3%

Frozen baked goods supplier Aryzta has reported modest organic revenue growth in its first quarter – and said this reflects the ongoing stabilisation of the business.

Cake Box revenue and profits rise more than 40%

Sales at egg-free cake supplier Cake Box – which this year listed on AIM – have risen 44% year on year to £8.3m in the six months to 30 September.

Carrs Foods launches Paul Hollywood sourdough rolls

Carrs Foods has extended its Paul Hollywood ready-to-bake range with a sourdough roll and secured nationwide listings in Sainsbury’s.

Arla Foods unveils high-protein Whey Pro Biscuits

Arla Foods has unveiled a high-protein biscuit, which it claims taps into demand for healthy indulgence.

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Greenpeace protests use of ‘dirty’ palm oil in Oreos

Greenpeace is calling on Oreo manufacturer Mondelēz International to drop ties with palm oil producers that they claim are destroying rainforests.

Cake Décor targets artisan bakers with new pack sizes

Decorations supplier Cake Décor has launched its sprinkles range in smaller pack sizes aimed at the artisan bakery and foodservice markets.

Warburtons sourdough range rolls out to Morrisons

Warburtons is rolling out its new artisan-style breads to Morrisons stores.

Aryzta €800m share offer attracts 97.4% take-up

Frozen bakery giant Aryzta has raised almost €800m through a share offer.

WRAP unveils roadmap to reduce plastic waste

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published a roadmap outlining the key steps UK businesses need to take to reduce plastic waste.

Brioche Pasquier unveils new layered dessert bar

Brioche Pasquier has added a new flavour to its range of entremets.

Margaret Hall deal to kick-start craft bakery group

Wholesale manufacturer Margaret Hall has been bought by a business aiming to build a craft bakery group through further deals.

Evron set for expansion following Bama investment

UK bakery business Evron Foods Group is set to expand following investment by US baked goods manufacturer Bama Companies.

Premier cakes business hit by logistics problems

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has revealed its cake business has been hit by issues with its new warehousing operation.

Premier Foods chief exec Gavin Darby to step down

Gavin Darby is to step down as boss of Premier Foods less than four months after he saw off a bid to oust him from the role.

Euro Catering adds Sagi refrigerators for bakers

Euro Catering has introduced a range of refrigeration equipment for bakers, supplied by Italian manufacturer Sagi.

Central Foods launches vegan US-style pancakes

Frozen food distributor Central Foods has extended its free-from range with the launch of a new vegan pancake.

Pidy adds new flavour to sponge sheets range

Pidy has expanded its Technipat frozen sponge sheet range with a raspberry joconde variant.

Barry Callebaut sales grow ahead of chocolate market

Chocolate and cocoa products supplier Barry Callebaut has increased its sales volumes by 6.3% in the past year – ahead of the 1.8% increase in the overall chocolate confectionery market.

‘Unacceptable’ losses at Allied Bakeries, reports ABF

Losses at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries have remained “unacceptable” in the past year, according to parent company Associated British Foods (ABF).

Aryzta shareholders approve €800m funding

Frozen bakery giant Aryzta has secured approval for an €800m fundraising plan by a narrow margin.

Planglow rolls out colourful compostable packs range

Packaging supplier Planglow has unveiled a new range of colourful and compostable packaging and labelling designed to attract younger consumers.

Eaton’s Patisserie aims to double turnover to £6m

Cake and desserts supplier Eaton’s Patisserie is aiming to double its turnover after moving to a new site.

Samworth Brothers to buy 2 Sisters sandwich factory

Food manufacturing company Samworth Brothers is to acquire 2 Sisters Food Group’s Manton Wood sandwich business.

Macphie creates vegan-certified cake mixes

Ingredients manufacturer Macphie has unveiled a range of vegan-certified cake and muffin mixes on World Vegan Day (1 November).

FDF sees fall in pre-Brexit business confidence

Business confidence among British food and drink manufacturers has plummeted ahead of Brexit, latest research from the Food and Drink Federation has revealed.

More bakeries sign pledge to cut out loaf surplus

Almost 20 small bakeries across the country have signed up to the Real Bread Campaign’s No Loaf Lost pledge to reduce surplus loaves.

National Bakery School students visit Synergy HQ

Synergy Flavours welcomed staff and students from the National Bakery School (NBS) to its High Wycombe headquarters this week. 

Government to launch consultation on mandatory folic acid fortification

A consultation is to be launched next year on mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

US/China row having major impact on grain market

Trading difficulties between the US and China, and drought in key growing areas, are having a serious impact on the grain market.

Warrens Bakery to acquire and re-open franchise sites

Warrens Bakery has acquired three former franchise stores and is to re-open them as company-managed sites.

Redistributing surplus food saves £51m per year

Redistributing food that would otherwise go to waste saves the UK economy around £51m a year, according to a new study released by charity FareShare.

Five lessons we learned at the autumn BSB conference

Dozens of bakers and their suppliers gathered at the Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire yesterday (18 October) for the British Society of Baking’s autumn conference.

Pidy reveals plans to grow its presence in the UK

Ready-to-fill pastry manufacturer Pidy has advised customers to stock up in case of Brexit-related shortages – and has unveiled plans to grow its presence in the UK.

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