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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.

Greggs’s pre-tax profits soar by +40%

High street baker Greggs has claimed its full-year results show “an exceptional step up in performance”, as it reported total sales up 5.5% to £804M and own-shop like-for-like (LFL) sales up by...

Perfect storm thwarting small food and drink firms

There is a perfect storm holding back fast-growing small food and drink firms, according to entrepreneurs celebrated by the government.

Boost product life to cut 250,000t of food waste

Boosting product life by just one day could slash food waste in the grocery supply chain by as much as 250,000t, claims a report from the Waste & Resources Action...

2 Sisters’ 91 Fox’s Biscuits job cuts just the start

2 Sisters Food Group plans to slash jobs across its Fox’s Biscuits division, in addition to the 91 potential redundancies at its site in Batley, West Yorkshire.

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Cake company recreates Richard III’s bones

A specialist cake company in Birmingham has recreated the unearthed bones of Richard III in chocolate and cake.

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Manufacturers back calls to lift UK food output

Food and drink manufacturers have backed calls from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to boost food production, after research showed the nation’s self-sufficiency is due to fall.

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Kingsmill profits will be down – ABF

Intense competition in the UK bakery market will hit Kingsmill’s profits this year, according to the brand’s owner Associated British Foods (ABF).

Bakers’ union BFAWU demands minimum wage hike

The minimum wage should rise to £10 an hour, according to the Bakery Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), which today launched a campaign to drive it up (February 19).

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Gluten-free sector would be hit hard by sugar and fat taxes

Gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers would be hit hard by taxes on high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) content, as calls to make food and drink healthier would leave the sector...

Most loved food and drink brands

Three food brands make up the top five most loved brands by British consumers, according to a poll by advertising agency Isobel.

Asda contract doubles capacity for gluten-free brand

Pork Farms’s gluten-free brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free (NoG) has secured a listing to supply 245 Asda stores.

Food industry slams BMJ sugar row ‘madness’

Food manufacturers and scientists have hit back at “the madness” of British Medical Journal (BMJ), in publishing a survey which claimed the government’s scientific advisers on obesity were swayed by...

Premier Foods has its ‘foot on the gas’ – ceo

Premier Foods will pump up to £25M into its production facilities in a bid to boost output and efficiencies across the UK and bolster its recovery this year, according to...

Cooplands enters administration, as 300 jobs axed

More than 300 jobs are to be lost at the Yorkshire bakery Cooplands, after the business went into administration.

Food industry firms: Good week, bad week (wk 6)

That was the food industry week that was – good for some and bad for others. In our sideways look at the past seven days, we chart the firms with...

Britain’s best biscuits – in pictures

The chocolate Hob Nob is Britain’s favourite biscuit, according to a survey by packaging firm Kernpack.

Hundreds of Cooplands job cuts a ‘devastating blow’

More than 700 jobs are at risk after the bakery firm Cooplands was forced to restructure its business in a last ditch attempt to boost turnover.

Bright Food to eat up all its Weetabix

Weetabix has refused to confirm or deny whether one of China’s largest food companies is preparing to buy out the firm completely, despite city analysts calling the move “inevitable”.

Nairns Oatcakes raises its capacity with a second line

Edinburgh-based biscuit manufacturer Nairns Oatcakes has raised its production capacity with a new fully automated line, which includes a second CW3 combination checkweigher and metal detection unit from Loma Systems....

Kingsmill sources 100% sustainable palm

Kingsmill manufacturer Allied Bakeries (AB) will use 100% sustainable palm oil and derivatives in its products, the bread giant announced on January 30.

Burton’s Biscuits invests £5M in new production line

Burton’s Biscuit Company has invested £5M at its Blackpool factory to build a new production line, boosting capacity.

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Signature Flatbreads to create 200 jobs

Signature Flatbreads aims to create at least 200 jobs and target £100M in turnover within the next three years, joint md William Eid claimed after the company’s launch.

Scientists welcome EU country ruling on GM

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has welcomed a new EU law enabling Member States to decide for themselves whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be approved in their...

Greggs is a 2014 star, as supermarkets struggle

Greggs delivered a strong performance in 2014 with its food-to-go format, underlining the strong growth in convenience channels.