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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.

Burton’s Biscuit Company invests £14.75M in snack tech

16-Apr-2014 - Burton’s Biscuit Company, maker of brands such as Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has announced a £14.75M investment in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

200 jobs saved at Cornish pasty firm

16-Apr-2014 - A last minute cash injection has saved 200 jobs and 35 shops at West Cornwall Pasty Company after it hit hard times and called in the administrators.

Tough market threatens 150 Kerry Foods jobs at Poole

16-Apr-2014 - Rising raw material costs have endangered 150 jobs at Kerry Foods’ savouries and pies factory at Poole, Dorset, in what trades union Unite calls “a major blow” for the area.

Overspend led Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to administration

14-Apr-2014 - Cupcakes to flapjacks firm Fabulous Bakin’ Boys (FBB) fell into administration after overspending on equipment and taking its eye off brand investment, according to new md Richard Cooper.

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

14-Apr-2014 - Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager has said.

100 jobs saved as bakery firm escapes administrators

14-Apr-2014 - 100 jobs have been saved at Fabulous Bakin’ Boys as Dutch bakery business Daelmans Group rescued the struggling firm from administration.

Carr’s Milling targets NPD as investment pays off

14-Apr-2014 - Carr’s Milling will target home baking as a core area for flour development as its investment in plant and equipment brings burgeoning benefits for the sector, according to ceo Tim Davies.

Carr’s Milling acquires Chirton Engineering for £2.7M

09-Apr-2014 - Food, agriculture and engineering firm Carr’s Milling has acquired precision engineering subcontractor Chirton Engineering for an initial payment of £2.7M.

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Maclean’s Highland Bakery invests in jobs and production

09-Apr-2014 - Maclean’s Highland Bakery is boosting its workforce and doubling its packing capacity thanks to funding from Clydesdale Bank, with plans to take on an additional 12 staff.

Horsegate caused by ‘more for less’ culture: Warburtons

07-Apr-2014 - The horsemeat scandal was caused by “a more for less” culture in the food supply chain, which highlights the benefits of manufacturing branded products compared with own-label, said Warburton’s boss Jonathan Warburton.

Weetabix could cut pay and working hours to save jobs

07-Apr-2014 - Weetabix has confirmed it has started a consultation with its UK staff to cut pay and working hours in response to increasing pressure from supermarket own-label products and the discounters.

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British Bakels wins British Bounce Back champion crown

02-Apr-2014 - British Bakels has won the coveted title Great British Bounce Back champion, in a competition organised by Foodex to mark the achievement of food and drink manufacturers who are recovering from recession and investing in the future of their businesses.

Savoury biscuits assault launched by UB

02-Apr-2014 - United Biscuits aims to invest £3.5M in its plants at Aintree, near Liverpool, and Harlesden in north west London as it prepares to boost its savoury biscuits market share.

£100k boost adds 20 jobs at Johnstone’s Bakery

28-Mar-2014 - Scottish firm Johnstone’s Bakery is recruiting 20 workers after getting a £100k helping hand from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE), a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

People on the move in the food and drink sector – in pictures

24-Mar-2014 - Euan Sutherland’s decision to quit as boss of The Co-operative Group leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink sector.

Granulate gives seeds sticking power to cut ingredient loss

21-Mar-2014 - Kampffmeyer Food Innovation's new clean-label granulate is said to keep seeds, kernels and decorative toppings safely attached to dough pieces, minimising ingredient loss and improving plant hygiene.

Bread mix is bang on low carb trend

21-Mar-2014 - Bakery Ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has launched a new reduced carbohydrate bread mix.

New cake coatings fly the colours of the US

21-Mar-2014 - Bakery ingredients company Renshaw has developed a new range of coloured compound coating products for cakes that are inspired by US trends.

Sweet gluten-free treats

21-Mar-2014 - Global confectionery launches with a ‘gluten-free’ positioning increased by 46% in 2013 from 2012, according to the Innova Database. While this indicates growth in gluten-free claims, gluten-free product launch activity is still relatively niche for confectionery, with only 7% of confectionery product launches tracked in 2013 taking this positioning, according to Carmit Candy.

Shelf-life extender cuts food waste

21-Mar-2014 - A UK manufacturer and supplier of functional fats and oils to the bakery sector has targeted food waste with the launch of a shelf-life extender.


US food firm plots UK gluten-free market invasion

21-Mar-2014 - Simon Hazlett is taking Boulder Brands’ American dream to the UK’s free-from market, reports Nicholas Robinson

Largo Foods to close site with 140 job losses

18-Mar-2014 - Leading Irish snack manufacturer Largo Foods is to close one of its production sites in the Republic of Ireland with the loss of 140 jobs.

Gluten-free growth has shelf-life

17-Mar-2014 - The UK’s gluten-free (GF) market could mature in the next two years, following US statistics suggesting the market there has already started to slow.

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Warburtons wins permission for Burnley factory

12-Mar-2014 - Warburtons has secured planning permission to build a £20M factory in Burnley, Lancashire, dedicated to its sandwich alternatives lines, including Wraps and Sandwich Thins, plans for which it announced in January.

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Double appointment for Greggs

10-Mar-2014 - High-street baker Greggs has appointed Peter McPhillips and Sandra Turner as independent non-executive directors.

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