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.
22-May-2013 - Britain’s leading bakery brand owner Warburtons has completed the purchase of speciality bread and pastry manufacturer Giles Foods, for an undisclosed sum.
22-May-2013 - Bread bakers should be prepared to face further reductions in salt levels when new limits are set by the Department of Health (DH) later this year – despite hitting their 2012 targets and reducing levels by 40% over the past decade.
20-May-2013 - Family-owned Roberts Bakery is investing £10M in building a third new bakery at its Northwich site to meet expected growth in demand for its plant bread.
14-May-2013 - A new non-genetically modified (non-GM) ‘superwheat’ developed for growing in the UK, which yields 30% more than traditional wheats, could be of a quality suitable for breadmaking, according the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).
10-May-2013 - Bakery ingredients firm British Bakels is splashing out £2.5M on new plant, equipment and premises at its Bicester site, bosses have revealed.
03-May-2013 - Border Biscuits is expanding its factory as it continues to experience year-on-year growth. The growth is, in part, aided by the introduction of the company’s first automated line, which bosses conceded was a "huge culture shock" for the Lanark business.
30-Apr-2013 - German baking ingredients manufacturer Ireks has launched a new bread mix for the UK bakery trade that contains the increasingly popular chia seeds.
30-Apr-2013 - Authentic taste, clean-labels and cost cutting must all be constituents of modern baking, reports Alyson Magee
30-Apr-2013 - Britain has some bright young bakers, according to Ben White, sales director at Marshfield Bakery
30-Apr-2013 - Building a business on quality has won awards for Border Biscuits, reports Gary Scattergood
29-Apr-2013 - Bad weather and the pressures of the high street have hit Greggs’ sales, leading the retail baker to issue a profits warning.
28-Apr-2013 - The Scottish government is working with the British Standards Institute to develop a new Scottish marketing and advertising standard covering foods high in fat, salt and sugar.
26-Apr-2013 - Work for Pret A Manger and save yourself £27,000 in university fees was the message from ceo Clive Schlee, as the sandwich chain rolls out a school leaver programme and announces 500 new UK jobs.
23-Apr-2013 - An international study into food allergies has been launched which hopes to establish a standardised approach to allergen management for companies involved in food manufacturing.
23-Apr-2013 - Allied Bakeries is on target to commission its largest bread plant, with a capacity of 10,000 loaves an hour, at Walthamstow in East London this summer.
19-Apr-2013 - A furious union official has accused Premier Foods of “holding a gun to the head of workers” who are being made redundant at the Garretts Green Hovis bakery in Birmingham.
16-Apr-2013 - Burton’s Biscuit Company is investing £13.5M in its manufacturing operations to enhance production, support new product development, and meet growing demand for its biscuits.
10-Apr-2013 - Fletchers Group of Bakeries has opened a £7M production facility at its Sheffield site following a multimillion pound land-sale to Sainsbury.
09-Apr-2013 - Cargill and Arasco are creating a new starches and sweeteners joint venture in Saudi Arabia to meet growing demand in the confectionery, bakery and juice sectors in the region.
09-Apr-2013 - A biscuit manufacturer has secured a loan of £276,000 from the Manchester Investment Fund to expand its business and create more than 45 jobs.
08-Apr-2013 - British farmers are facing “a perfect storm” of low cereal yields and high feed costs, which could affect food manufacturing, warns the National Farmers Union (NFU).
08-Apr-2013 - The boss of a British bakery firm is taking on Danish and French apprentices because she claims there is little interest or support from colleges or government to devise schemes for British youngsters.
03-Apr-2013 - The British Sandwich Association (BSA) has launched a quest to identify the nation’s favourite sarnie.
02-Apr-2013 - A Swiss vacuum cooling system designed to cut energy costs and baking times is now available in the UK and Ireland from Epsom-based European Process Plant (EEP).
02-Apr-2013 - TNA has designed a one-piece solution for a range of wet and dry seasoning and flavourings.