Manufacture

Fudges makes appointment for growth

Fudges Bakery has appointed a new member to its sales team in a bid to move the firm from local producer to key category supplier.

Jonathan Warburton leaves beverage board

Jonathan Warburton has stepped down from his role as non-executive director at beverage firm AG Barr.

New jobs on cards as Yorkshire Baker expands

Yorkshire Baker could create up to 300 new jobs as part of an expansion plan, according to the latest reports.

Hovis retains skeleton staff at Eastleigh site

A Hovis production facility in Hampshire, which was due to close in June, could continue to operate until the end of the year.

UB begins search for snacks business buyer

Representatives from United Biscuits’ (UB) snacks business have talked to a handful of potential buyers, according to the latest reports.

Kingsmill lines up new breakfast items

Kingsmill has targeted the breakfast category with the launch of a new line of products.

United Biscuits targets Halloween

United Biscuits (UB) has created a new line of Halloween and Bonfire Night-themed products under its McVitie’s Cake Company (MCC) business.

Jobs saved at The Cake Crew

Around 100 jobs at The Cake Crew were under threat following an incident at its north Wales site this week.

Campden BRI hosts food legislation courses

Campden BRI has launched a series of training workshops designed to keep those in the food industry aware of the latest and most up-to-date legislation.

Brace’s sponsors toast artist’s exhibition

Brace’s Bakery has partnered with a local food artist to showcase a number of bread-based creations.

Global summit to promote UK food exports

A global summit and a showcase of food and drink was held yesterday in a bid to highlight the UK success story in exports.

Bagel Factory bought by Italian food operator

An Italian foodservice operator has bought Bagel Factory in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £2m.

Ballot for industrial action at Park Cakes

Union members at Park Cakes are currently being balloted for industrial action, following a dispute over pay.

Premier’s bread division sees revenue plunge

Revenue contributed from Premier Foods’ Bread division has dropped by 27% in the half-year to 30 June 2012.

United Biscuits separates snack business

United Biscuits (UB) has finally announced it has separated its snacks business, after steadily denying the related rumours over recent weeks and months.

Canada Bread sees sales up in frozen

Lower overhead costs and an improved product mix at Maple Leaf Bakery UK has helped boost parent company Canada Bread’s frozen bakery sales.

Peter’s secures Cardiff City FC sponsorship

Peter’s Food Service has struck up a new two-year sponsorship deal with Cardiff City Football Club.

Greencore revenues rise almost 50%

Greencore has revealed a 46.9% rise in revenue growth for the 13 weeks to 29 June 2012.

Sales up, profits down at Grupo Bimbo

Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bread baker, saw its second-quarter sales soar by 43.4% from the same period last year.

Allied's investment could reap dividends

Allied Bakeries' investment in its plants and equipment could help position it as one of the most efficient UK plant bread manufacturers, according to a leading City analyst.

Speedibake MD raises funds for prostate charity

Peter Jones, managing director of Speedibake, has completed a 177-mile walk to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

New guidance for sustainable businesses

UK businesses can highlight their corporate sustainability credentials in a simple way thanks to new guidance released yesterday.

Reports of UB snacks business auction

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) is rumoured to be putting its snacks business up for auction at the end of the summer, according to Dow Jones.

Finsbury reports positive bread and cake sales

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 9.4% rise in total sales to £207m.

Campden highlights importance of gluten-free

Independent food research firm Campden BRI will host a two-day conference for bakers and food manufacturers to examine the technological challenges associated with gluten-free baking.

Call for better salt labelling to cut cancer risks

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has called for better traffic light labelling on products such as bread in a bid to reduce the number of stomach cancer cases linked to salt consumption.

Greencore defends itself against Unite attack

Greencore has again hit back at accusations by union Unite that it has breached employment law.

Warburtons faces opposition over wind turbine

Warburtons’ plans to build a single wind turbine at its Severn Beach site has reportedly been met with strong opposition from locals.

Fletchers Group bags top foodservice award

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has scooped the Frozen Food Supplier of the Year title for its Kara foodservice brand.

Wet weather sees Poole’s pie sales soar

Poole’s Pies has seen an 11% increase in its year-on-year pie sales this summer, as the wet weather drives consumers towards comfort food.

Limits near for salt reduction levels

Food manufacturers are reaching their limits in salt reduction, according to the latest research.

Bakeries make shortlist for FDF awards

Three biscuit manufacturers have been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Community Partnership Awards (CPA).

TV star presents new Poole’s Pies website

Poole’s Pies has enlisted the help of TV presenter Stuart Hall to launch a brand new website.

Campden launches food management trio

Campden BRI, the independent food research company, is to run a number of courses for the proper management and control of systems in food production.

Greencore accused of attack on workers’ rights

Greencore has been accused of an attack of its workers’ rights by union Unite, as 236 staff face redundancy.

Room for progress on health deal

Progress been made, but there is still a long way to go on the pledges made by bakeries as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

The Worshipful Company of Bakers

has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at Bakers' Hall in London. Pictured left to right with the Master, Peter Gossage (centre), are Graham Duckworth, industrial ingredients specialist at Puratos and the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees' competition chairman, and Simon Jeffreys, chief operating officer for global charity Wellcome Trust.

ABF’s ingredients see drop in revenue

Associated British Foods' (ABF) ingredients division has seen a 2% reduction in revenue, despite an 11% growth in overall group revenues for the year-to-date.

Perfection Foods expands in UK

Walsall cake manufacturer Perfection Foods will launch a series of new brands in the UK during the next 12 months.

Bookings open for ‘lean manufacturing’ conference

Campden BRI and the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) will be hosting a conference to look at ways of improving manufacturing efficiency in the food and drink sector.


Garth Bakery moves into Tesco

Garth Bakery has agreed to supply 35 Tesco stores in South Wales with nine of its bakery lines as part of a new contract.

United Biscuits reveals environmental progress

United Biscuits (UB) has claimed 2011 was its most environmentally friendly year. According to the company, it sent no waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites during 2011, reduced water usage by up to 12%, and reduced carbon emissions by 6%, meeting its self-imposed sustainability targets.

Four new liverymen at Worshipful Company

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at the Bakers’ Halls.

Premier sells ethnic flour business to ABF

Premier Foods has signed a deal to sell its Elephant Atta ethnic flour business to Associated British Foods (ABF) for a cash consideration of £34m.

The firm announced the news this morning and said the move to sell its ethnic flour business to ABF’s Westmill Foods subsidiary would include the Elephant Atta, Elephant Chakki Gold and Fassal brands, predominantly manufactured and packed at the firm’s Southampton-based mill.

Government publishes response to pasty tax U-turn

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a document of the responses it received during the consultation period on its proposals to add 20% VAT on hot takeaway food.

UCB sues conveyor belt makers for £6.8m

United Central Bakeries (UCB) has taken legal action against two machinery manufacturers after a fire set alight a heatproof conveyor belt in 2006.

Amber Foods named Barking Business of the Year

An Essex bakery firm has been named Business of the Year at this year’s Barking & Dagenham Business Awards.

Cornish bakery fined by HSE

Crantock Bakery has been fined £14,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a cleaner got caught-up in the unguarded machinery of a moving conveyor belt at its factory.

RGFC sees strong EBITDA growth

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has posted strong results, with EBITDA up 62% to £9.1m in the 12 months to December 2011.

United Biscuits highlights manufacturing job appeal

United Biscuits (UB) has invited students from Parrs Wood High School to go behind-the-scenes at its McVitie’s factory as part of a new government initiative.

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