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Bakers stage renewed effort to avert 20% VAT

The baking industry is set to meet HM Revenue & Customs' officials for last-ditch talks about the introduction of 20% VAT on hot pie and pasties.

Sales up at Maple Leaf Bakery

Sales were up for Maple Leaf Bakery UK, in a first quarter financial statement which saw parent company Canada Bread’s overall earnings slashed.

Warburtons picks DHL for next five years

DHL Supply Chain has landed a new five-year contract with Warburtons, to oversee the logistics of its daily deliveries.

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Bakers make Profit Track 100 listing

A number of bakery and food manufacturing firms have been included in The Sunday Times’ Profit Track 100 list.

The league table has positioned Noble Foods, based in Tring, Hertfordshire, as part of its top 100 British private firms with the fastest-growing profits, based on the last three years of available accounts.

Bread Factory unveils electric vans

London artisan bakery The Bread Factory revealed its new fleet of electric delivery vans at its base in Hendon yesterday (Monday 30 April).

FDF creates healthy lifestyle toolkit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has developed a new toolkit designed for businesses to promote healthier lifestyles to staff.

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ABF’s CEO ranked 10th-richest Briton

Associated British Foods’ chief executive George Weston remains in the top 10 of The Sunday Times’ Rich List.

Irwin’s celebrates centenary with royal visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Portadown bakery business Irwin’s to help celebrate its 100th birthday.

Peter’s spices up bakery market

Peter’s Foods has launched a new range of spicy pastries this month, supported by a national marketing campaign.

In pictures: Say No to pasty tax demo

See yesterday's demo in British Baker's exclusive picture gallery. More than 500 bakers protested outside Downing Street against the proposed 20% pie tax.

Bakers to hand over 'pasty tax' petitions

Petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures apposing the 20% VAT on hot food will be delivered to the Treasury this morning.

New 'coffee shop muffins' for New York Bakery Co

The New York Bakery Co bagel brand has branched out into the muffins market with a new range of products.

Premier's power brands boost sales

Premier Foods’ power brands strategy has paid off, with a 3.7% increase in sales for the three months ending 31 March 2012.

McVitie’s new patriotic packaging

United Biscuits (UBUK) has refreshed the packaging of its McVitie’s Digestives biscuits range with a British theme.

ABF sees profit decline for ingredients and grocery

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a decline in operating profit for its ingredients and grocery divisions this morning.

In its interim results for the 24 weeks ended 3 March 2012, ABF said its ingredients business, which includes yeast and bakery ingredients manufacturer AB Mauri, saw a £13m decline to £18m. Revenue grew by 2% to £538m.

ABF’s grocery division, including the Kingsmill bread brand, reported a 4% growth in revenue to £1.8bn, but a £34m decline in operating profits to £75m. The company said this was primarily driven by restructuring costs at Allied Bakeries in the UK, in addition to George West Foods in Australia.

Warburtons’ advertising account up for grabs

Warburtons is on the search for an agency to take charge of its £8m advertising account.

Contract loss burdens Rowe's employees

W.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.

Warburtons targets £59m naan bread market

Warburtons is launching a range of Indian speciality bread products in April.

Warburtons makes deal with the French

Warburtons' bread loaves are set to land on supermarket shelves in France this year.

Pasty tax amendment defeated

A bid to overturn the changes to VAT charged on takeaway food, dubbed ‘the pasty tax’, was narrowly defeated in parliament last night.

Reids shells out £1m on production

Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.

Greencore swoops for US firm in $36m deal

Greencore, the Irish producer of convenience foods, has acquired US food company rival MarketFare for $36m (£22.6m).

Pasty tax bill amendment backed by BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that would scrap the government’s planned £50m ‘pasty tax’.

Reids shells out £1m on production

Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.

Hovis’ Farmers Loaf hits shelves

Premier Foods is launching a premium, British-inspired bread product under its Hovis brand this month.

Invite to BSB golf day

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is hosting a golf day on 28 May at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden, Birmingham.

Adelie Foods gains Indian investment

Adelie Foods, parent company of Buckingham Foods and Food Partners Group, looks set to expand after receiving investment from India Hospitality Corporation (IHC) Global Foods.

Irwin’s bags new sponsorship deal

Co Armagh-based Irwin’s Bakery has secured a television sponsorship deal in its 100th year of business.

Warning for Premier Foods’ financial health

Premier Foods is one of the lowest-rated financially healthy retail companies in the UK, according to newly compiled research from Company Watch.

Lees Foods in £5.6m acquisition deal

Scottish confectionery group Lees Foods is the subject of a takeover bid by new plc Randotte, in a management buy-out.

Cornish economy to be blighted by pasty tax

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has spoken out about how the 20% tax on hot takeaway food could affect profitability and jobs in the region.

New dough processing method on the horizon

Significant developments have been made in a new bread manufacturing process, called the Radical Bread Process (RBP), according to Campden BRI.

Former Premier bosses in £1.4m pay-off

Three former bosses of embattled Premier Foods, the company behind the Hovis and Mr Kipling brands, received pay-offs of more than £1.4m, it was revealed yesterday.

Profits up 3% for Maple Leaf Bakery UK

Maple Leaf Bakery UK has reported improved financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with profit up 3%.

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