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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.

Top-five food-to-go trends for 2017

The top-five food-to-go trends – led by health and wellness – will influence the future of the convenience food sector, according to grocery think-tank IGD. 

Bakery creates jobs at £150k production site

Costello’s Bakery is to create up to 10 new jobs, after it revealed plans to launch a £150,000 production facility in North Yorkshire.

Bakery pays £5,250 for bread basket misuse

Bristol-based Anstee’s Bakery had to pay more than £5,000 in costs and damages to Bakers Basco, after using its bread baskets without permission.

Bakery supplier in £1.5M caramel line spend

A range of “true caramel” toppings and fillings to suit a variety of uses has been launched by an ingredients firm after it invested £1.5M in a new production line.

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Food allergens: the cost of inaccurate reporting

The rapid change in consumer expectations when it comes to product labelling has had a palpable effect on retailers and is changing the way the food and drinks manufacturing industry...

Newport bakery closes with 161 job losses

A bakery in Newport is to close with the loss 161 of jobs after its owner said market conditions had meant the business was no longer viable.

Warburtons fined £2M for worker’s fall

Warburtons has been fined £2M for health and safety failings, after a worker was hospitalised after sustaining life changing injuries following a fall from a mixing machine.


Healthy reformulation: how products measure-up

Reformulation of regular products, rather than better-for-you alternatives, is helping food firms meet ever-tougher targets.

Greggs to cut 100 more jobs claims union

Greggs could cut 100 jobs in Scotland, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) has claimed, after the high street baker confirmed a nationwide restructuring plan earlier this...

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Apprenticeship Levy under fire at the Business Leaders’ Forum

The Apprenticeship Levy came under fire from Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, at the Business Leaders’ Forum yesterday (January 24).

2 Sisters owner confirms Fox’s Biscuits takeover bid

2 Sisters owner, Boparan Holdings, has received an offer for its Fox’s Biscuits business by a mystery bidder, it revealed last week (January 19).

Greggs cuts at least 91 jobs in Wales

High street baker Greggs has revealed plans to cut between 91 and 120 jobs in a Welsh factory, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has said.

Chocolate and cocoa: top 2017 trends revealed

Indulgent, premium, healthy, and sustainable and clean, are the four leading trends driving growth in cocoa and chocolate, according a new report.

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.

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.

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.