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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.

Delay Nestlé pension changes, urge unions

Nestlé should put its controversial pension changes on hold in order to safeguard up to 7,600 workers losing thousands of pounds in retirement income, both Unite and the GMB unions...

Food and drink ‘havoc’ after minimum wage rise

Implementing the National Living Wage could wreak havoc across the UK’s food and drink industry, the credit rating agency Moody’s warned before several major UK manufacturers raised their concerns....

Food-on-the-go helps Greggs to strong first half

Strong food-on-the-go sales helped high street baker Greggs to a 6.4% rise in total sales to £398M in first half results for the 26 weeks to July 4.

‘Newcastle should be … sausage rolling Greggs’

“Newcastle should be toasting, or is that sausage rolling Greggs today, after another impressive update,” is how city analyst Shore Capital summed up the high street baker’s half-year results....

Premier Foods sales hit by early Easter

Premier Foods has reported sliding sales in its first quarter results to July 4, due to this year’s early Easter, ahead of its annual general meeting yesterday.

Finsbury Food to ‘outperform profit expectations’

Finsbury Food Group predicts its profit performance will “outperform expectations”, according to its latest financial update on trading for the full-year to June 27.

SACN report

Sugar intake should be halved, says SACN report

The government should halve the recommended daily intake of sugar, an influential committee of nutrition experts has advised in a widely anticipated report.

Premier Foods visit reveals growth potential

An investors' tour of Premier Foods’s sweet treats facility at Carlton, near Barnsley has revealed significant investment potential, reports City analyst Shore Capital.

New gluten-free launch

Europe’s largest gluten-free firm Dr Schär will launch its range of Schär products in the UK this September, boosting the number of gluten-free food options on supermarket shelves for consumers....

Carr's Kirkcaldy mill ‘helps lift margins’

Flour supplier Carr’s Group’s Kirkcaldy mill in Scotland has helped the food, agriculture and engineering group lift margins, according to leading City analyst Investec.

New fat database aims to cut cost and food waste

A new bakery fat database developed by New Britain Oils (NBO), in conjunction with the UK pastry producer Pork Farms, can cut wastage and downtime, NBO claims.

Greencore wins Marks & Spencer Silver Accreditation

Greencore’s Grocery division has won Marks & Spencer (M&S) Silver Accreditation for its Evercreech site in Somerset.

Food manufacture excellence awards

Manufacturing Oscars: previous top winners

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards has crowned a Company of the Year for the past 15th years to recognise the best of the best in British food manufacturing.

Me and my factory

Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

Good Week, Bad Week

Premier Foods, fraud and recalls lead week’s headlines

Premier Foods creating 80 jobs with the opening of its new £20M production line, Freeza Meats’s conviction on food fraud offences and food safety recalls dominated last week’s headlines.

Asda loses £500,000 a week as bread sales fall

Asda is losing £500,000 a week in plant bread sales, as consumers continue to turn away from the traditional sliced loaf, according to the retailer’s senior category buying manager Emily...

Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv

Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research...

Cereal firm invests to boost jobs and capacity

Cereal ingredient producer Silvery Tweed Cereals has invested £1.5M in new equipment at its Berwick-upon-Tweed site, creating four new jobs.

Premier Foods opens £20M line and creates 80 jobs

Premier Foods has opened its £20M production line at its Mr Kipling bakery in Carlton, Barnsley today (July 3) – creating 80 new jobs.

Top food trend: Mexican food

Mexican food has knocked Chinese food off the top spot as the nation’s favourite foreign cuisine, according to research organisation Future Thinking.

Morrisons boasts largest sales growth of big four

Morrisons boss David Potts has boosted the ailing retailer’s sales and market share for the first time since December 2011, after heading the business for just four months.   

Ukraine and Russia to be Europe’s GM springboard

Ukraine and Russia are likely to become the bridgehead for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the rest of Europe, according to the ceo of the French agricultural...

Fox's launches new sharing containers

A new range of Chunkie cookies from Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, has been specially packed to be easy to share, thanks to their custom-designed container developed...

Coming soon:‘UK’s first dedicated gluten-free factory’

Food coatings firm Bowman Ingredients will make a ‘multi-million pound’ investment in the UK’s first dedicated production facility for gluten-free products, it has claimed.

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.