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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.

Finsbury Food’s UK sales fall 2.9% as pound drops

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group reported “solid trading” in its half-year financial update, despite UK sales falling by 2.9%.

2 Sisters denies Brexit-related job losses at The Pizza Factory

2 Sisters has denied union claims that Brexit was to blame for the planned 280 job losses at The Pizza Factory.

The Apprentice winner’s cake firm re-brands

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.

Greggs posts 7% sales boost after strong Christmas

High street baker Greggs reported its 13th consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth after a strong festive period, as full-year sales increased by 7% in its latest trading update.

Maggot found ‘alive’ inside wrapping of Cadbury biscuit

Mondelēz International has launched an investigation, after a live maggot was found in one of its Christmas biscuit selection boxes.

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Morrisons recalled batches of cupcakes for undeclared allergens last week, ahead of a recall of illegally repackaged frozen fish and chicken products in Scotland.

Warburtons launches gluten-free crumpet

Bakery manufacturer Warburtons has launched a new gluten-free crumpet, following calls from its customers to produce more free-from products.

Premier Foods’s 5% price rise plan slated by union

Brexit-related food price rises must not be used as an excuse to exploit workers and customers, the GMB union urged, after Premier Foods revealed it was in talks with retailers...

Addo Food Group plans to cut nearly 50 jobs

Almost 50 jobs could be lost at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery, after the pastry manufacturer proposed to restructure its shift system.

Ministry of Cake stake sold to French firm

Private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has sold its stake in dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake to French counterpart Mademoiselle Desserts, for an undisclosed sum.

Warburtons joins new gluten-free association

Warburtons, Genius Foods and Northumbrian Fine Foods are founder members of the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA), formed in response to the growth of the market for gluten-free products.

Samworth Brothers acquires Cornish pasty company

Samworth Brothers has acquired the West Cornwall Pasty Company for an undisclosed sum, expanding the manufacturer’s pasty market share in Britain.

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Foodservice leads Macphie’s sales growth

Scottish bakery ingredients supplier Macphie has reported a 7% rise in sales to £47.6M in its financial results for the year to March 2016 released today (December 23).

Food and drink appointments – photogallery

December has been a busy month for people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry, with Coca-Cola, Tate & Lyle and Bakkavor making changes to their senior...

Bells Food Group expects festive sales boost

Bells Food Group is set for festive success, after it revealed its Christmas turnover was forecast to top £2.5M.

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Bakery fillings firm bought by Dutch giant

Lancashire-based bakery ingredients maker James Fleming & Co is to be sold to Dutch firm Zeelandia at the turn of the year.

2 Sisters’ biscuit factory in second blaze

Firefighters battled a second blaze at 2 Sisters’ Fox’s Biscuits factory in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire last week (December 15), less than two weeks after attending a fire at the premises.  

Cake maker wins £250k after The Apprentice win

Premium cake maker Alana Spencer earned a £250,000 investment for her Narnas cake manufacturing business from Lord Alan Sugar, after winning BBC’s The Apprentice 2016 last night (December 18).

Avana Bakeries plans to close doors and cut 150 jobs

Avana Bakeries plans to close at the end of January, with the potential loss of about 150 jobs, the bakery has revealed.

Single Market access ‘unlikely’ due to migration talks

Food and drink manufacturers should prepare to lose free access to the EU’s 500M consumers, because of the government’s insistence on controlling immigration, Walkers Shortbread md James Walker has claimed....

More than 90 jobs to be axed at biscuit manufacturer

More than 90 jobs at biscuit manufacturer Rivington Biscuits are to be axed, after the falling value of the pound plunged the company into administration.

Food and drink product launches – in pictures

Famous Grouse puddings and edible glitter lead this month’s festive photogallery of new product developments from food and drink manufacturers.

Meet the Food Manufacture Oscar winners 2016

It was a Venice-themed evening at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last month, as hundreds of guests put on their best bib and tucker to celebrate the leading lights of...

Bakery ingredients firm acquired by Lesaffre

Baking ingredients firm LFI Tollblend has been acquired by French multi-national Lesaffre for an undisclosed sum.

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Pie maker ‘hit with £7,000 equipment compensation’

Pastry maker Andrew Jones Pies (AJP) has allegedly agreed to pay £7,000 in compensation for using another firm’s equipment for transporting its products without permission.