Manufacture

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.

Chaucer Foods develops range of baked snacks in new partnership

Bread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has announced a partnership with olive oil brand Filippo Berio to develop a new baked snacks range.

Mr Kipling set to launch new Delectable Delights range

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has announced that it is launching the Delectable Delights range as it looks to enter the nibbles and bites sector.

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.

Warburtons gets planning permission for Bolton R&D centre

Warburtons has been given the go-ahead to build a research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton.

VIDEO: BSB plans to work closer with bakery students

British Society of Baking (BSB) chairman Paul Turner has unveiled plans for the organisation to work more closely with bakery students in the future.

Is soft wheat crisis looming for cake and biscuit bakers?

Britain’s biscuit manufacturers face wheat sourcing issues as the quantity of soft wheat plantings continue to fall.

Scottish food and drink industry aims to double turnover by 2030

An ambitious new strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry has been unveiled by Scotland Food & Drink.

Muffin Break introduces Hot Cross Muffin

Muffin Break has launched a new cinnamon and sultana Hot Cross Muffin.

Walkers Shortbread and Macphie praised as top rural employers

Walkers Shortbread has been crowned winner in the Rural Employer of the Year category at the Scottish Rural Awards, with ingredients manufacturer Macphie named runner-up.

Tate & Lyle announces global distribution deal with Sweet Green Fields

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has collaborated with Sweet Green Fields to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.

Nairn’s opens £6.5m gluten-free factory in Midlothian

Edinburgh-based oatcake and biscuit manufacturer Nairn’s Oatcakes has opened its new gluten-free manufacturing operation in Newtongrange, Midlothian following an investment of more than £6.5m.

Melton Mowbray pork pie wins British Pie Awards

The Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery has taken the supreme champion title at the British Pie Awards.

Wrights partners with Uttoxeter racecourse

Wrights Food Group has agreed to sponsor the grandstand at Uttoxeter racecourse as part of a three-year deal.

EFSA proposes simplified approach for bakeries on food safety

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has proposed a simpler approach to food safety management in bakeries.

Walkers factory closure to cost 380 jobs

A Walkers factory in Peterlee County Durham is set to close, which could put 380 jobs at risk.

Bosch launches packaging site for bakers

Bosch Packaging Technology has rolled out a microsite designed to help producers find the right machinery systems. 

Packaging provider to benefit from £2m investment

Thermoformed packaging product provider DMD 2000 is to continue its expansion following a new £2 million investment.

New MD for West Cornwall Pasty Co

Samworth Brothers-owned West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has appointed Tony Keating as its new managing director.

Costello’s invests £150k in new production facility

Yorkshire-based business Costello’s Bakery has announced that it will invest £150k in a production facility in Malton, which is set to open by March 2017.

TasteTech to drive innovation with Bakery Laboratory

Flavourings and ingredients developer TasteTech has opened a bakery laboratory at its Bristol HQ.

Record quantity of wheat milled in first half of season

Britain’s milling industry used a record amount of wheat between July and December last year.

KernPack becomes GSP’s sole UK distributor

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive UK and Ireland sales and distribution agreement with General System Pack (GSP).

New sharing pork pie for Valentine’s

Leicestershire-based Dickinson & Morris has launched a Valentine Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in time for the season of love.

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