December

NEWS REVIEW OF THE YEAR

DECEMBER

Exceedingly good performance for Mr Kipling mince pies

RHM division Manor Bake-ries said “Christmas has come early” for its troubled Mr Kipling brand this year, with record sales of Mr Kipling mince pies.

ABF criticises gas market as energy prices increase

Associated British Foods said the market for gas is not operating as intended, as it

Thomas scoops mince pie vote

Yorkshire family firm Thomas the Baker claims to have captured the secret of the perfect mince pie.

In Brief

- Leicester-based Mayur Foods has achieved British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard Grade A under the new BRC accreditation structure. Mayur Foods, which supplies products

Griffin’s to close as building is sold

Griffin’s Bakery, one of the oldest bakeries in the west of Ireland, looks set to close when the building it occupies in the centre of Galway is sold early next year, writes Hugh Oram.

Warburtons backs filled rolls

Warburtons will start a new TV advertising campaign for its All in One Riddlers filled rolls in the new year.

Polish employee alleges abuse at hands of bakery

A BAKERY company has been accused of a catalogue of abuse towards a former Polish employee, placed through a recruitment agency.

Restructure gives Geary’s growth platform

Leicester-based Geary’s Bakeries blamed rising fuel costs, as it made 18 redundancies last week, and restructured to boost profitability.

Economy bread slumps as grains and seeds see surge

Economy bread sales declined by a dramatic 22.7% over the 12 months to July 2005, and now account for less than 2% of bread sales by value, says the new Warburtons Bakery Review 2005.

Harvestime sale draws close

Administrators are considering a number of offers for Harvestime (2005), after setting a deadline for bids of today (Friday, December 16).

Asda to pilot discount bakery

ASDA is creating a largely own-brand bakery range for a new model “discount convenience store”, to be trialled in Northampton in spring 2006.

Bread Bakeries’ profit up 21.8% says parent RHM

Food giant RHM said its Bread Bakeries division had seen a 21.8% increase in operating profit, as it posted its maiden interim results this week.

Festive fun in BB's stores

Shopping Centre café operator BB’s Coffee and Muffins (Brentford, Middlesex) has developed a cranberry and white chocolate muffin for Christmas.

In Brief

- Colin the caterpillar and other party cakes are among six products being recalled by Marks & Spencer over fears that they could cause choking. The retailer is asking customers to return the cakes after coloured plastic strands from a sieve, used for processing, were found in some lines.

Analyst forecasts record plant profits

Plant bakers are set to see record profits over the next year, top city analyst David Lang from Investec has predicted.

World’s tallest sandwich

More than 500 slices of bread and toast were used to create what is believed to be the world’s tallest sandwich.

Carlisle miller Carr’s grows profit despite obstacles

Carr’s Milling Industries said it has weathered storms and fire as it delivered annual results ahead of expectations last month.

Loan write-off sees loss for Brennans

Joseph Brennan Bakeries, Dublin, had a pre-tax loss of E19.5 million, according to accounts lodged at the Companies Registration Office for the year ended December 31, 2004, writes Ann Marie Foley.

New Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers

Alan Willis (pictured far right) became the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers at the annual Election Banquet, held at the Mansion House in London last week.

Bakery’s double whammy at Scotch Pie competition

The Bon Bon Cake Shop has pulled off a notable double at the 2006 World Scotch Pie Championship, writes Ian Martin. During last week’s prize-giving ceremony at Dunfermline’s Lauder College, the Airdrie-based business was not only named World Scotch Pie Champion for 2006, but also picked up the top award in the bridie section.

Hopes build for Harvestime sale

Administrators hope to get the sale of Harvestime (2005) “wrapped up by Christmas”, as potential buyers start putting offers in.

Further delay on Melton Mowbray pork pie judgement

A HIGH Court judge has reserved his decision in a legal battle over whether Melton Mowbray pork pies should be made only in Leicestershire.

British Bakeries fined £7,000 in Somerfield mice nightmare

British Bakeries has defen-ded its record on pest control, after two dead mice were found in a brown sliced loaf it supplied to Somerfield.

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