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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.

2 Sisters’ food donations welcomed by charities

Tonnes of food donated by 2 Sisters Food Group to a children’s charity programme – supported by Prince Harry – has been welcomed by its organisers.

Genius Foods confirms factory closure: 68 jobs lost

Gluten-free bakery company Genius Foods has confirmed its Hull production factory will close, with 68 job losses.

Motorway closed after flour truck crash

Motorists were left stranded over the weekend, after a collision between a lorry and a caravan in the early hours of Saturday morning left 24t of flour strewn across the...

RGF founder resigns after share value drops

Bakery ingredients manufacturer Real Good Food’s (RGF’s) founder Pieter Totté has resigned from the company, a week after issuing a profits warning as the company’s shares fell to their lowest...

Geary’s Bakery receives £4.5M investment

Leicestershire-based Geary’s Bakery has received £4.5M in investment from NatWest to support the construction and fit-out of a new, larger factory.

‘Future assurances needed’ for 500 McVitie’s workers

The GMB union has urged McVitie’s to give urgent assurances to more than 500 workers at its factory in Glasgow, after fears the site wouldn’t receive future funding.

Real Good Food shares fall after profits warning

Cake ingredients maker Real Good Food’s (RGF’s) shares fell to its lowest value since 2010 this week, after it issued a profits warning on August 1.

Greggs posts 15th consecutive quarter of rising sales

High street baker Greggs recorded its 15th consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth, after reporting a 7.3% sales boost to £453M.

Scottish nationalists protest at Tunnock’s factory

Protestors descended on biscuit manufacturer Tunnock’s last week, after reports that the biscuit maker was to remove Scottish branding from its exported products.

Spring malting barley could succeed brewing standard

A high-yield spring malting barley has been hailed as a potential successor to the industry standard after receiving approval for malt distilling from the Institute for Brewing & Distilling (IBD).


Are gluten-free diets harmful for non-coeliacs?

Gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye and barley – is recognised to cause well-documented adverse clinical effects in people with coeliac disease.

Palm oil firms unite to protect endangered orangutans

Some of the world’s largest palm oil companies have committed to an alliance with conservation experts and the Orangutan Land Trust to better manage orangutans and other wildlife in palm...

Suspended jail sentence after bread basket misuse

A Coventry baker has been handed a suspended prison sentence and fined £3,000, after breaching injunctions not to use equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its shareholders.

Premier Foods’s sales hit by weather and promotions

Premier Foods reported a 3.1% drop in sales in its first-quarter trading update, as desserts sales were hit by warm weather and changes to promotions.

Reports from IFT17

GM food: ‘where industry went wrong ...’

Focusing genetically modified (GM) technology first on pesticides, rather than directly on food, has soured the debate about GM and blighted its future, says food science film maker Trace Sheehan.

Finsbury sales drop 1.1% after industry deflation

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a 1.1% fall in like-for-like sales, in constant currency, during its financial year to July 1, after deflation in the...

The Cake Crew seeks workers after £500k loan

Cake manufacturer The Cake Crew will expand its production capacity and recruit more staff after a £500,000 loan from investment firm Finance Wales.

Addo restructure plans could put jobs at risk

Jobs could be at risk at savoury pastry producer Addo Food Group, following plans to restructure its Poole bakery.

Acrylamide limits considered for potato, cereal and bakery goods

Food manufacturers may soon be forced to alter the way they make fried potato, cereal and bakery products after the EU drew up proposals to limit the levels of acrylamide...

Packaging product file

Dual-lane biscuit packer launch

Innovation in biscuit packaging was a highlight of Bosch’s stand at the recent Interpack show held in Düsseldorf. It came in the form of a dual-lane version of its ‘two-in-one’...

Labelling and printing spotlight

Thermal transfer overprinting solves Irwin's Bakery bottlenecks

Irwin’s Bakery, based at Portadown in Northern Ireland, which makes a variety of loaves, biscuits and other baked goods, has overcome a coding system production bottleneck, thanks to the installation...

News in brief

New cake whipping agent for warmer weather

A whipping agent suitable for warmer temperatures is now on the market from Dutch firm FrieslandCampina Kievit.

Bakery firm acquired by Nordic Capital

Artisan bakery and foodservice chain Lagkagehuset has been acquired by holding company Nordic Capital from its majority shareholder FSN Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Warburtons fined £1.9M for trapped arm

Warburtons has been fined £1.9M for safety failings, after a worker’s arm was trapped against a running conveyor belt – its second fine of more than £1M this year.

2 Sisters is top-ranked privately owned food firm

2 Sisters Food Group is the top-ranked food or drink firm in this year’s The Sunday Times list of the 100 private companies in the UK with the biggest sales....

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