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News in brief

Blaze battled at Yorkshire pudding factory

A blaze at a Yorkshire pudding factory in south Wales was attended by four fire engines this morning, after a fire started in an industrial oven.

Barley collaboration project displays its naked ambition

A type of barley that was last grown in the UK 80 years ago is available commercially again after a project to revive it proved a success.

New product developments in the food and drink industry – in pictures

A range of gluten-free cake mixes and the launch of Tyrrells’ festive varieties of its crisps lead this month’s photogallery of new product developments.

Make food manufacturing ‘a sexy business’ to recruit staff

Bakers should do more to promote themselves as “sexy” to attract greater numbers into the sector, the boss of a Scottish pie and pastry maker has claimed.

Warm September causes Premier Foods sales fall

A warmer than average September has been blamed for a 5.4% fall in Premier Foods’s second quarter sales in the company’s trading update released today.

Brexit: top three challenges for food manufacturers

Food manufacturers will face three key challenges after the UK quits the EU, reveals research by farm business consultant Andersons.

Baker’s insect cakes bake up a storm

A bakery in Edinburgh has launched cakes made from insects to boost their reputation as alternative sources of protein.

Me and My Factory

Bells Food Group boss: how £3.6M investment will boost sales

Scottish pie and pastry maker Bells Food Group is set to grow sales throughout the UK and beyond after completing phase one of a £3.6M investment, according to its md...


Bells Food Group: ringing in the new

Investment at Bells Food Group is set to herald a sales boost, says md Ronnie Miles.

Doughnut maker Krispy Kreme UK sold to US parent

Krispy Kreme UK has been bought by its US parent group the company confirmed on Wednesday (October 5), in a deal worth an estimated £200M.

Greggs’s sales rise 5.6% after summer menu boost

Greggs reported a 5.6% rise in third-quarter sales, boosted by its healthier range and breakfast selection.

News in brief

Bakkavor masterclass trains bakers of the future

Bakkavor has hosted a baking masterclass to teach young people from the Prince’s Trust how to bake the perfect cake last week (September 29).

Jus-Rol factory stops production with loss of 265 jobs

Production at the Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed ended on September 22, with the loss of 265 jobs.

Palletisation of artisan loaves is 'revolutionised'

Speciality Breads is said to have revolutionised the palletising of artisan loaves with the installation of a second-user robotic system from Pacepacker.

Exclusive interview

PM ‘intends to protect’ EU national workers already here, after Brexit

The prime minister “absolutely intends” to protect the right of up to 100,000 non-UK EU nationals already working in the British food and drink sector to remain in this country after Brexit,...

Kellogg appoints new md for UK and Ireland

Cereal and snacks manufacturer Kellogg has appointed Dave Lawlor as the new md of its UK and Irish business.

Real Good Food rebrands Europe division

Food ingredients manufacturer Real Good Food (RGF) is restructuring its businesses in Europe and North America to boost sales.

Finsbury profits grow by over £4M

Finsbury Food Group’s pre-tax profits soared by 40% in the 53 weeks to July 2 2016, driven by acquisitions and strong sales.

ABF posts growth ahead of end of year results

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods’s (ABF’s) operating profits will be ahead of last year, according to its trading update released today (September 12).

Puratos opens £1.27M bakery innovation centre

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has opened a new £1.27M (€1.5M) world class innovation centre in Oxfordshire.

Global savoury snacks sales to hit £103bn by 2020

Global savoury snack sales are predicted to top £103bn ($138bn) by 2020, as the ‘snackification’ trend continues to grow, according to new research from consumer insights firm Canadean.

Bakery fined £36,000 for safety failings

Bakery company Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd has been fined £36,000 for safety failings, linked to failure to comply with improvement notices.

Sandwich maker hit with £7k bread basket fine

A Wolverhampton-based sandwich maker has been hit with a £7,000 fine after global positioning system (GPS) technology showed it had been using bread baskets belonging to another firm without permission.

Samworth Brothers buys Tesco Weybridge bakery

Samworth Brothers has bought a bakery in Weybridge from Tesco – its second acquisition within a week – as it continues to grow its operations.

The latest food innovations – photogallery

Pasta made from seaweed and Marmite-flavoured biscuits lead our photgallery of the latest food innovations.