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Timmy's Pies has launched a crowdfunding campaign
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Timmy’s Pies launches crowdfunding campaign

Timmy’s Pies, the luxury pie producer, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund growth plans.

Asian snacks firm gains funds for new production centre

An Asian sweets specialist has set up a manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing a six-figure funding package from Barclays.

Bakkavör increases workforce as sales rise

Bakkavör Desserts is to hire 160 extra staff members to help meet demand following an increase in sales.

Almondy produces gluten-free cakes
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Almondy bought by Danish bakery

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has been acquired by the Danish group Givesco Bakery.

Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, with Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Cake
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Ministry of Cake relaunches factory shop

Cake and desserts manufacturer Ministry of Cake has relaunched its factory shop after a £60,000 investment.

Greencore fined £40,000+ after worker severs fingers

Greencore Food To Go has said it “deeply regrets” an incident last April where a worker had two fingers severed by a mixing machine at its Spalding site. 

Barry Callebaut posts profit dip, warns on year ahead

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut has warned about a “challenging” year ahead – after it saw its net profit decline by 5.9% to CHF240 million (£157m).

ABF profits and revenues hit by commodity deflation and currency woes

Revenues and profit fell at Associated British Foods – the parent company of Kingsmill – as it was hurt by commodity deflation and currency difficulties.

General Mills looks set to close Northumberland plant
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General Mills to axe Northumberland Jus-Rol plant

USA-based food group General Mills is to close its Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

Irish Pride collapse recriminations

A new independent accountant’s report has suggested that Irish bakery Irish Pride, which is shortly due to be sold out of receivership, could have been saved by taking the examinership option in June.

Wrights targets ‘on-the-move’ market with new slice

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has introduced a new Meatball Marinara Lattice to its food-to-go range.

Lantmännen Unibake UK's new head of marketing, Ian Harris
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Lantmännen Unibake announces new head of marketing

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has named Ian Harris as its new head of marketing. 

Délifrance unveils £30m investment and new bread line

Délifrance UK has unveiled a new £30m investment to its bakery in London which has already seen the installation of a state-of-the-art stone baked bread line.

Top five stories in past seven days

A week is a long time in bakery – or so it seems. But you can catch up here with our round-up of the biggest stories of the past seven days.

Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack
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CyBake trialled by M&S

Bakery management software CyBake is being trialled by clothing and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) across a selection of its in-store bakeries.

Left: finance and operations director, Ian Tatchell. Right: sales and procurement director, Graham Davenport
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Petrow opens Suffolk facility

Dried fruit and nuts supplier Petrow Food Group has opened an 80,000sq ft factory and warehouse at Haverhill, Suffolk.

LPQ bemoans rents rise

Le Pain Quotidien has become the second major bakery chain to say that the cost of rents is a major downside of running a business in central London.

United Biscuits suffers profit tumble

United Biscuits (UB) has seen pre-tax operating profits fall 47.5% to £54.7 million in the year to 3 January 2015, according to newly filed Companies House accounts.

Wrights backs bid for World’s Strongest Man

It’s not every day a Wrights Food delivery van is used as a weight, but that’s precisely what happened when the UK’s Strongest Man deadlifted a 2.5 tonne vehicle. 

Managing director of Speciality Breads Peter Millen
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Speciality Breads to open new £3m bakery

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, is to open a new £3m bakery as it revealed it is seeing 30% year-on-year growth and is nearing a £6m turnover.

Kerry Group launches innovation centre

Kerry Group, the global ingredients company, has opened a new €1bn technology and innovation centre in Dublin.

Wilf Lewis, managing director of Lewis Pies
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Lewis Pies agrees deal with NISA

Lewis Pie & Pasty Company, based in Swansea, Wales, has secured a distribution agreement with the National Independents Supermarket Association (NISA).

Staff turnover hits industry hard

Up to 17% of manufacturing and 24% of front-of-house staff leave their jobs every year, a new survey has claimed.

Innovation rife at IBA

A staggering 77,000 people went through the doors at last month’s IBA exhibition in Munich, Germany.

Bakery fat up by a third at New Britain Oils

Liverpool-based New Britain Oils has increased its bakery fats production capacity by 30% to cope with increasing demand for traceable, segregated palm-based products.

RedBlack and Toolbox reveal baking software collaboration

RedBlack Software, the York-based bakery software company, has announced a new partnership with a German firm.

Tripp has left Soreen
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Exclusive: Soreen managing director leaves business

Paul Tripp, the managing director of malt loaf manufacturer Soreen, has resigned, British Baker can reveal.

Ulrick & Short launches shelf-life boosting starches

Ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched two starches that it claims increase shelf-life and enhance the height and softness of the loaf with no detriment to taste or texture.

Innovate to succeed, says foodservice research company Horizons

Operators must offer food from breakfast to bedtime with everything in between or they will be left behind by their competition, according to foodservice research company Horizons.

Hovis scales back production at Wigan

Unions have confirmed that 40 jobs were lost at the end of July, when Hovis closed down a bread production line at its Wigan bakery.

Ultrasonic cutter on display at the IBA.
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Brook Food launches ultrasonic cake cutter

Brook Food has introduced the Reach Food Systems Ultrasonic Cake Cutter to the UK bakery market.

Gunstones back to business as normal

Union leaders have confirmed that a settlement has been reached in a pay dispute at Gunstones Bakery in Sheffield.

Mike Roberts and Lindsay Occleston of Roberts alongside Val Custance, Mayor of Erewash
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Roberts Bakery celebrates £2m upgrade

Frank Roberts & Sons Bakery has opened its £2m-plus upgrade of the former Aldreds the Bakers bakery, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, featuring a state-of-the-art sandwich thins line.

Active Families, Happy Families with Soreen
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Soreen launches active families campaign

Samworth Brothers-owned Soreen has launched a partnership with charity Youth Sport Trust called Active Families, Happy Families.

Real Good Food: a special report

Martyn Leek takes a closer look at the recent presentation by the Real Good Food board to its shareholders at its annual general meeting

Nina Bakery has launched a new pita
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Nina Bakery launches “no tear” pita

Artisan pita bread company Nina Bakery is launching its new range of ‘no tear’, stone oven pitas in the UK, suitable as sandwich carriers.

Shares dip at Real Good Food

Shares in Real Good Food (RGF) fell by nearly 2% – as the company announced revenue was down as it entered its new financial year.

Managing director of Village Bakery Robin Jones
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Welsh baker sets sights on Japan with crumpets

Wrexham baker Village Bakery is planning to launch its sourdough crumpets in Japan.

Marketing director to leave Allied Bakeries

Jon Wilson, marketing director at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries, is to leave the business, British Baker can reveal.

Bardwell Mill Bakery
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Former chef reopens father’s windmill bakery

A former chef has restarted his father’s bakery on the site of the under-restoration windmill at Bardwell Mill, Suffolk.

Finsbury: analysing the results

Finsbury Food Group unveiled revenue and profit growth yesterday – but what were the drivers for the increases? Here British Baker analyses the performance of the bakery group in greater detail.

John Duffy, chief executive of Finsbury Food Group
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Finsbury shares up on preliminary results

Shares in Finsbury Food Group, the large bakery manufacturer and supplier, rose 25% yesterday after the company announced pre-tax profits had grown by 76% to £11.4m last year.

Charlotte Marrifield, Harrogate Cake Company and Jon Haw, Royal Bank of Scotland
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Pastry expert buys Harrogate Cake Company

Top pastry chef Charlotte Marrifield has bought the Harrogate Cake Company with funding support from the Royal Bank of Scotland for an undisclosed sum.

Profits and sales rise at ‘transformational’ Finsbury Food Group

Finsbury Food Group saw profit before tax soar by 76% to £11.4m last year, it revealed this morning.

Video: Baking Industry Awards

The Baking Industry Awards may have been and gone for 2015 - but you can relive the glamour of the fabulous evening thanks to our exclusive video.

Cupcakes take over the internet

National Cupcake Week took the internet by storm last week, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

CSM adds new topped and filled muffins

A four-strong range of topped and filled muffins is on the way from CSM Bakery Solutions.

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Pork Farms Food has launched a new corporate name
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Pork Farms Group rebrands as Addo Food Group

Pork Farms Group, the chilled food producer, has rebranded as Addo Food Group, following the acquisition of the chilled savoury pastry business Kerry Foods. 

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BFP appoints Ed Rowlands as operations director
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Exclusive: BFP appoints new ops director and invests £1m in fleet

Bakery supplier BFP Wholesale has appointed a new operations director as it also revealed it had replaced 75% of its transport fleet at the cost of £1m. 

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