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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.

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New Britain Oils invests £250,000 in bakery

New Britain Oils (NBO) has pumped £250,000 into its bakery division and created several key roles in a bid to bolster its sales in the sector.

Voakes Free From pork pie wins top award

Voakes Free From nailed the top prize at the FreeFrom Food Awards 2015 for its Traditional Raised Pork Pie.

Election 2015

When political food fails – in pictures

What do a bacon sandwich, a sausage roll and a hot dog have in common? You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is that they are all tasty snacks consisting...

Fat-burning pizza to sexy lollies: latest innovations

A fat-burning pizza, sexy lollipops, lemon cupcake popcorn and chorizo and pumpkin ravioli all feature in our list of the latest food and drink innovations.

Fox’s Biscuits factory faces engineers’ strikes

Imminent engineers’ strikes at Fox’s Biscuits’ Batley factory, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group, in West Yorkshire, could disrupt production, trades union Unite has claimed.

News in brief

Bakkavor sells remaining Italian pizza business

Bakkavor has sold the remainder of Italpizza, its Italian pizza manufacturing outfit to Dreamfood, following the initial sale of a 40% share in it last year.

Carr’s boss voices concern over bread range cuts

Supermarkets pruning bread ranges will hit the wider bakery supply chain, according to Tim Davies, ceo of Carr’s Group, who said the situation was worrying.

60 jobs saved as Corby bakery bought

60 jobs have been saved at Corby bakery Bakeaway, which supplies supermarket own-label products, thanks to the business being bought out of administration after an eleventh hour rescue bid.

Campaigners renew call for fresh supermarket bread

Campaigners have renewed calls for tougher regulation of supermarket bread after Australian supermarket Coles was fined AU$2.5M (£1.3M) for making misleading claims about its par baked bread.

Hovis’s first convenience director starts work

Former Lindt & Sprüngli and Innocent Drinks man Tim Stoller officially took over as the first ever convenience director at Hovis last week, according to media reports.

How to avoid a supermarket delisting

Food and drink manufacturers must ensure their products continue to meet the needs of retailers and consumers or they risk a Kingsmill-style delisting, according to category management specialist Bridgethorne.

Greggs’s Northern Ireland move backed by analyst

Greggs’s first foray into Northern Ireland offers the food-to-go and bakery chain “good medium-term expansion potential”, according to one leading food industry analyst.

Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bosch launches speedy carton machine

Breakfast cereal manufacturers and frozen pizza suppliers have access to cartoning technology that can slash changeover times and maintain consistently high yields, courtesy of Bosch Packaging Technology.

Finsbury pre-tax profit rockets 95% after acquisition

Finsbury Food Group, the cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer, has posted pre-tax profits up by 95% to £4.1M for the six months to December 27 2014 – boosted by...

Real Good Food considers selling Napier Brown

The Real Good Food Company is considering selling its sugar subsidiary Napier Brown, it has confirmed.

Food and drink industry people on the move

Morrisons’s express check out of five board members leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Anuga FoodTec trends

Mass production moves closer to manual skills

Technology is moving closer to delivering hand-crafted effects on an industrial scale, with innovations such as Fritsch’s Multitwist twisting machine and GEA’s MultiDrum system, winners of International FoodTec Gold Awards...

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Premium boom is a big opportunity for posh SMEs

More high-end food and drink start-ups are taking advantage of a boom in sales of premium products in supermarkets and rising sales in posh retailers such as Waitrose.

2 Sisters Food Group slides further into debt

2 Sisters Food Group’s debt rose in its second financial quarter (Q2) as the business was beset by avian influenza (AI) and IT woes.

Dragons’ Den’s food and drink investments – in pictures

Since its inception in 2005 BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme has constantly invested money in food and drink businesses.

Frank Roberts launches multi-million pound bakery

Frank Roberts & Sons has launched a multi-million pound 3,000m2 greenfield bakery at its Rudheath headquarters in Northwich, Cheshire.

Wrights invests £6M in doughnut and cookie plant

Wrights Food Group has invested £6M in a factory that can make 46.8M doughnuts and 22M cookies a year.

Burton’s Biscuit’s US deal targets sales of £70M

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting almost £70M in sales through a new US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA).

Premier Foods wins analyst support as volumes rise

Premier Foods is set to gain from the growth in volume sales that supermarkets are experiencing and the fall in commodity costs, according to Shore Capital analyst Darren Shirley.