Manufacture

Nick Bunker to lead Pladis UK as Eggleton steps down

Former KP Snacks and Cadbury boss Nick Bunker is to lead McVitie’s owner Pladis in the UK.

Bakery equipment firm EPP in management buyout

Bakery equipment supplier European Process Plant (EPP) has completed a management buyout led by managing director Steve Merritt.

Bells Food Group invests £500k in cake bakery expansion

Bells Food Group has spent £500k to create a dedicated cake bakery at a former council depot in Shotts, Scotland.

Real Good Food to move HQ and review costs as margins take hit

Real Good Food has announced it is to move its HQ and that it now expects to make a loss in the current financial year.

Strike action threat at Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill site

Allied Bakeries faces strike action at its depot in West Bromwich in a pay row with drivers and engineers.

Barry Johnson to represent UK in 2018 World Chocolate Masters final

London Southbank Bakery College lecturer Barry Johnson has won the UK and Irish national selection of the World Chocolate Masters competition.

Brace’s Bakery emphasises premium sliced bread with revamp

Newport-based family business Brace’s Bakery has unveiled a brand revamp.

Bakkavor reveals plans for £100m flotation

Prepared food giant Bakkavor is aiming to raise around £100m through a stock market flotation.

Rational UK expands head office with Centre of Excellence

Oven manufacturer Rational UK has opened a new Centre of Excellence as part of an expansion of its UK head office.

Finsbury confirms closure of Grain D’Or operation

Finsbury Food Group has confirmed it is to close premium baked goods business Grain D’Or, which employs 250 staff.

Real Good Food: Currency and costs drive £5.8m loss

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has made a loss of almost £6m – admitting it has had poor control over its central costs.

Allied Bakeries planning to close Norwich depot

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries is set to close its Norwich distribution depot.

Video: Brioche Pasquier plans further production lines in UK

Following the opening of a second production line at its Milton Keynes site, Brioche Pasquier’s UK managing director Olivier Ripoche tells British Baker the plans for the plant.

Puratos’ 'Virtual Innovation Center' to give customers 24-hour advice

Puratos has launched a ‘Virtual Innovation Center’, offering features including live chats with technical advisors and 24-hour assistance.

Aryzta’s UK business hit by weak pound and soaring butter costs

Rising butter costs and the impact of weakened sterling have taken their toll on Aryzta Food Solutions’ UK business in the past year.

Brioche Pasquier opens second UK production line

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has unveiled a second production line at its site in Milton Keynes.

Fipronil: More shoppers want manufacturers to always use British eggs

Consumer demand for the use of British egg in products has increased in the wake of the fipronil contamination scandal, according to British Lion Egg Processors.

Pladis renames R&D centre after biscuit figurehead

Pladis has renamed its research and development (R&D) centre in High Wycombe after Lord Hector Laing, the long-time chairman of United Biscuits, and the grandson of Alexander Grant, who first produced the Digestive biscuit at McVitie’s.

Bristol-based Pinkmans Bakery and 19 jobs saved in pre-pack deal

Pinkmans Bakery in Bristol has been rescued out of administration in a pre-pack deal.

Puratos UK rolls out new website

Puratos UK has become the first country in the Puratos Group to launch its new website.

Real Good Food vows to shake up financial reporting

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has said it is committed to improving its corporate governance and reporting after failing to fully report details of payments made to directors.

Bells launches dedicated pastry supply division

Bells Food Group has created a new arm of the business dedicated to the manufacture and supply of pastry.

Pre-pack deal saves Sussex cake firm and 150 jobs

Sussex-based handmade cake business More Foods – which supplies retailers including Waitrose and Budgens – has been rescued in a pre-pack deal.

You’ve had dark, milk and white – now Barry Callebaut unveils ruby chocolate

Barry Callebaut has launched ruby chocolate, claiming it is the fourth type after dark, milk and white.

Fipronil scandal: now trade cake mixes are withdrawn

Trade packs of cake mixes from suppliers including Domson and Bako have been withdrawn over fears they may be contaminated with fipronil.

Premier agrees expanded Cadbury licensing deal with Mondelēz International

Premier Foods has secured an expanded licensing deal with Mondelēz International to produce Cadbury-branded cakes and ambient desserts.

Herald eyes expansion as sales of printed cases soar

Cake cases manufacturer Herald is to expand its Barking facilities following a 20% increase in sales of bespoke bakery products over the past year.

AB Mauri given AA accreditation in BRC audit

AB Mauri has secured AA accreditation in its latest British Retail Consortium audit.

Finsbury Foods set to close Grain D’Or business

Finsbury Food Group is planning to close premium baked goods business Grain D’Or, with the potential loss of 250 jobs.

Real Bread Campaign to launch #SourdoughSeptember

The Real Bread Campaign will be running its annual #SourdoughSeptember campaign for its fifth successive year.

CSM partnership to bring 3D printing to bakers

CSM Bakery Solutions has teamed up with 3D Systems Corporation to develop, sell and distribute 3D printers and products for the food industry.

Wrights Food Group acquires bread supplier Premier Catering

Wrights Food Group is to acquire Stoke-on-Trent bakery Premier Catering, which has been supplying it with bread for more than 30 years.

Real Good Food agrees £2m overdraft to plug funding gap

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has secured a £2m overdraft facility with Lloyds Bank after discovering a shortfall in its finances.

New guidance published on ‘wholegrain’ labelling

Healthgrain Forum, a group of cereal science and nutrition experts, has published new guidelines recommending when products can be labelled ‘wholegrain’.

Campden BRI calls on bakery firms to join bread softness project

Food and drink advisory service Campden BRI is urging businesses to get involved with a new bread softness research project.

Genius axes 68 jobs with closure of Hull factory

Genius Foods is to close its production facility in Hull with the loss of 68 roles - just months after announcing another 115 redundancies across the business.

Bakels to launch bakery demos on Facebook Live

Ingredients supplier Bakels is set to launch a live broadcast series of bakery demonstrations on its Facebook page.

Founder and finance director leave in shake-up at Real Good Food

Real Good Food – which last week saw its shares plunge following a profit warning – has announced the departure of its founder and its finance director.

Union challenges McVitie’s on Glasgow plans

McVitie’s has been urged to reassure workers over its long-term commitment to production at its Glasgow factory.​

Synergy may have the solution to butter shortage issue

Flavouring specialist Synergy has created a range of dairy solutions that can enhance mouthfeel and dairy notes in bakery products where butter may have been reduced.

Parkside launches Ooh-la-la biscuits packs made from eucalyptus trees

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has developed a new share bag packaging range, manufactured with a substrate eucalyptus tree.

Pladis to feature on BBC’s Inside the Factory

McVitie’s-owned Pladis is to appear on the BBC Two series of Inside the Factory, broadcast from 8pm tonight (1 August).

Paterson Arran scoops Gold award for health & safety performance

Biscuit manufacturer Paterson Arran has been recognised for its health & safety performance by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) after receiving a gold award at the 2017 Health and Safety Awards.

Pladis and Unite link up for engineering apprenticeship

McVitie’s owner Pladis has unveiled an engineering apprenticeship agreement with the UK’s largest union, Unite.

Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker sponsor Great British Bake Off

Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker are to sponsor the upcoming Channel 4 version of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

GroceryAid helps record number of people

GroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund, has revealed that more than 14,000 people turned to them for assistance in the 12 months ending 31 March 2017.

10 steps to ‘best Brexit outcome’ for food industry

Food industry groups including the Federation of Bakers and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers have set out 10 Brexit negotiation priorities to protect the food and farming sector.

Needham expands food-grade printer range

A new range from Needham Coding includes specialist food-grade, ultra-violet, heavy pigment and small character models.

Warburtons helps children learn importance of wheat

Warburtons is helping children learn about wheat and sustainable farming by visiting working farms.

Game of Scones? TV show’s baker launches themed products through Deliveroo

An actor who played an apprentice baker in Game of Thrones has opened a bakery inspired by the TV show.

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