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.
23-Apr-2014 - Associated British Foods (ABF) has appointed Ruth Cairnie as its new non-executive director, with effect from May 1 2014.
23-Apr-2014 - Consumer choice has been tainted by too few brands dominating the crisp category, the founder of a new crisp brand has claimed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14-Apr-2014 - 100 jobs have been saved at Fabulous Bakin’ Boys as Dutch bakery business Daelmans Group rescued the struggling firm from administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21-Mar-2014 - Bakery Ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has launched a new reduced carbohydrate bread mix.
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.
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.
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.
21-Mar-2014 - Simon Hazlett is taking Boulder Brands’ American dream to the UK’s free-from market, reports Nicholas Robinson
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.
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.