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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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Hovis job cuts? ‘Same old story’ industry insider tells us

News of more than 200 job cuts at the Hovis bakery in Leicester should surprise no one, a key industry insider has told this website.

Hovis bakery to close with loss of 200 jobs

The Hovis bakery in Leicester is to close by next January with the loss of 204 jobs.

United Biscuits quiet on stock market float rumours

United Biscuits’ joint-owners PAI Partners and Blackstone have neither denied nor confirmed rumours they are preparing to float the biscuit heavyweight on the stock market, despite analysts welcoming the idea.

Delice de France hones in on deskilled kitchens

Bakery giant Delice de France has restructured its bakery manufacturing operation in response to the drain of skills in some hotels and restaurants.

Genius Gluten Free targets French expansion

Gluten-free specialist Genius is stepping up exports to France’s rapidly growing gluten-free market.

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Doves Farm Foods announces major investment

Doves Farm Foods will invest millions of pounds in a new packing and processing operation, co-founder Michael Marriage has revealed.

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Pasty factory fire won’t affect customers: WC Rowe

A fire that left WC Rowe’s Falmouth pasty factory scorched and sooty will not affected delivery to its customers, the company has claimed.

Finsbury Food Group to post profit rise

Cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations, thanks to market promotions and cost cutting, according to its pre-close trading...

Frank Roberts and Sons bakery invests to expand

Frank Roberts and Sons aims to expand its 1,858m² bakery to increase capacity, following healthy pre-tax profits of £9.6M.

Obesity quotes chart wide ranging webinar

Nearly 1,300 people registered for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots of Britain’s obesity crisis and its remedies. Here, we capture a flavour in quotes...

Hovis contract loss threatens 40 jobs at logistics firm

40 jobs are threatened at logistics firm Swansea Bakeries Limited (SBL) amid proposals to shift its contract to handle logistics for Premier Foods’ Hovis brand to Hovis’ Avonmouth depot.

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Grupo Bimbo ceo to invest in UK arm

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo believes the UK arm of Canada Bread - the business it bought in May - together with Spanish and Portugese divisions can strengthen European sales after further investment....

2 Sisters Corby plant a management buyout target

2 Sisters Food Group’s Solway Foods plant is the target of a management buyout by the same company formed to take over its Avana Bakeries facility: Utopia Foods.

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months, FoodManufacture.co.uk...

2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries sale offers staff hope

The sale of 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site has offered hope to workers who faced losing their jobs because of its previously announced closure, although concerns remain about its future.

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Crumbs – who stole the shortbread lorry?

Police in Aberdeenshire are appealing for help to discover who stole a lorry-load of shortbread, valued at about £16,000.

Supermarket sales fall £55M after England footie fail

Food and drink sales dropped by £55M after England’s dismal performance in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, having risen initially when the tournament first began, according to IRI data.

Warburtons’ offsets difficulties to secure growth

Sales of wraps, sandwich thins and gluten-free products have helped Warburtons offset “difficult” trading conditions to increase turnover and operating profit in the 52 weeks to September 28 2013.

Still time to register for free obesity webinar tomorrow

There’s still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots and remedies to Britain’s obesity crisis, taking place tomorrow at 1100 GMT tomorrow...

Inkjet printer adds date codes on flow wrap

Traditional Scottish craft baker JG Ross has installed a small character continuous inkjet coder for the application of date codes and batch information to pre-printed flow wrap for its new...

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FMEAs open for entries

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at www.foodmanwards.co.uk

A brighter paste idea

Renshaw will introduce eight new summer colours to its modelling paste range at the end of July, in response to market demand for ready-colour applications.

Ancient meets modern

A range of ancient gluten-free grains have been led into the 21st century by ingredients firm Glanbia Nutritionals (GN), to cash in on the growing free-from trend.

Greggs ‘on front foot’ as strategy pays off

Greggs’s strategy is paying off, according to Sahill Shan, analyst at N+1 Singer, as the food-to-go chain disclosed strong half-year (H1) figures, ahead of interim results next month.

Acrylamide is a bigger cancer risk, says EFSA

Acrylamide poses a bigger cancer risk to consumers – particularly children – than previously thought, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has warned.