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Plant bakeries producing everything from bread to morning goods and cakes face major issues - ranging from overcapacity to reformulation pressures to reduce levels of salt, fat and sugar. Stay ahead of your competitors with the latest piping hot news in the business.

Food and drink industry people on the move

Morrisons’s express check out of five board members leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Anuga FoodTec trends

Mass production moves closer to manual skills

Technology is moving closer to delivering hand-crafted effects on an industrial scale, with innovations such as Fritsch’s Multitwist twisting machine and GEA’s MultiDrum system, winners of International FoodTec Gold Awards...

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Premium boom is a big opportunity for posh SMEs

More high-end food and drink start-ups are taking advantage of a boom in sales of premium products in supermarkets and rising sales in posh retailers such as Waitrose.

2 Sisters Food Group slides further into debt

2 Sisters Food Group’s debt rose in its second financial quarter (Q2) as the business was beset by avian influenza (AI) and IT woes.

Dragons’ Den’s food and drink investments – in pictures

Since its inception in 2005 BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme has constantly invested money in food and drink businesses.

Frank Roberts launches multi-million pound bakery

Frank Roberts & Sons has launched a multi-million pound 3,000m2 greenfield bakery at its Rudheath headquarters in Northwich, Cheshire.

Wrights invests £6M in doughnut and cookie plant

Wrights Food Group has invested £6M in a factory that can make 46.8M doughnuts and 22M cookies a year.

Burton’s Biscuit’s US deal targets sales of £70M

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting almost £70M in sales through a new US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA).

Premier Foods wins analyst support as volumes rise

Premier Foods is set to gain from the growth in volume sales that supermarkets are experiencing and the fall in commodity costs, according to Shore Capital analyst Darren Shirley.

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Premier Foods the next firm to commit to doubling apprentices

Premier Foods has committed to extending its 2014/15 pledge to double the intake of apprentices for a further two years.

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Premier will not suffer from the euro’s turmoil

Premier Foods will not become a victim of the eurozone crisis, its chief executive Gavin Darby has claimed, despite some analysts predicting it would cause rising problems for the UK’s...

Most inspiring food and drink firms in Britain

More than 70 food and drink businesses have been honoured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.


Premier boss reveals recipe for revival

Gavin Darby is using his strongest assets, he tells Nicholas Robinson

Good Week, Bad Week

Good week, bad week (Wk 10)

High street baker Greggs, new food manufacturing roles and Mondelēz International all feature in Good week, bad week; our sideways look at the past seven days in food and drink manufacturing....

Chaucer Foods to create 25 jobs in Hull

Chaucer Foods aims to create 25 jobs in Hull as the company adds a third production line there and looks to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Greggs’s pre-tax profits soar by +40%

High street baker Greggs has claimed its full-year results show “an exceptional step up in performance”, as it reported total sales up 5.5% to £804M and own-shop like-for-like (LFL) sales up by...

Perfect storm thwarting small food and drink firms

There is a perfect storm holding back fast-growing small food and drink firms, according to entrepreneurs celebrated by the government.

Boost product life to cut 250,000t of food waste

Boosting product life by just one day could slash food waste in the grocery supply chain by as much as 250,000t, claims a report from the Waste & Resources Action...

Popcorn production starts at UFP's Lewisher Road factory

Production of popcorn has started at the new Universal Flexible Packaging (UFP) factory at the Lewisher Road, Leicester. The news follows the announcement of its £11M expansion plans in September...

2 Sisters’ 91 Fox’s Biscuits job cuts just the start

2 Sisters Food Group plans to slash jobs across its Fox’s Biscuits division, in addition to the 91 potential redundancies at its site in Batley, West Yorkshire.

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Cake company recreates Richard III’s bones

A specialist cake company in Birmingham has recreated the unearthed bones of Richard III in chocolate and cake.

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Manufacturers back calls to lift UK food output

Food and drink manufacturers have backed calls from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to boost food production, after research showed the nation’s self-sufficiency is due to fall.

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Kingsmill profits will be down – ABF

Intense competition in the UK bakery market will hit Kingsmill’s profits this year, according to the brand’s owner Associated British Foods (ABF).