March

In Brief

- British Bakeries plans to create 200 jobs at the former Harvestime (2005) site in Leicester, which it bought out of administration last month. The site is operating at 25% capacity and one plant is fully operational, producing Hovis bread. The baker has already recruited 45 people and plans to gradually increase its capacity at the site.

Northern feels the chill

Northern Foods revealed its bakery and pastry divisions had been seriously hit in the early weeks of 2006, as it announced it is starting a strategic review of its business this week.

IAWS profits from growth in food business

Agri-Food group IAWS has reported a 22.6% increase in pre-tax profits for the six months to the end of January. Group pre-tax profits rose to €49.4 million (£33.9m) on sales up by 13.4% to €715m (£492m).
Sir Michael Darrington, MD
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Rising energy costs and competition hit Greggs

Retail baker Greggs reported it had been hit by a 60% year-on-year increase in energy costs, as it posted its premiminary results for 2005 last week.

Harvestime finds buyer but wrangle continues

A sale of Harvestime (2005)'s Walsall bakery was being delayed by a wrangle over the lease, as British Baker went to press. A buyer is waiting to take over the site, which is in administration. But the deal, which would secure 320 jobs, is being held up by the site's landlord.
(L-R) Employee David Pickles and Jonathan Warburton open the Tuscany Park bakery, Wakefield
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Warburtons extends reach with ‘super bakery’ launch

Warburtons said it is 80% of the way towards national coverage as it launched it £60m "super" bakery in Tuscany Park, Wakefield, this week and revealed it is to install a second bread plant at its Enfield bakery.

TBS offers cream of Continent

A new firm, Tromp Bakery Systems (TBS) (stand J200 at Food & Bake), has been formed to supply bakery and food processing equipment from five specialist European manufacturers to the UK and Irish food industries.

Four shows in one

Bakers looking to broaden their business can kill four birds with one stone by visiting Birmingham NEC on March 19-22. Alongside bakery showcase Food & Bake will be three other shows – Food & Drink Expo, Foodex Meatex and the Convenience Retailing Show.

THE SHOW GOES ON

Continuous baking technology group Auto-Bake (stand B370) will focus on its Serpentine baking oven – a vertical oven process that the company says provides advantages over conventional oven technologies.

THE SHOW GOES ON

Wire Belt Company (stand F602) manufactures Flat-Flex stainless steel conveyor belts. These are built of stainless steel and have an open structure, which increases product exposure and enables the easy removal of debris or washing and draining operations, says Wire Belt.

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