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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.

Marks & Spencer to test online food service

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has set out plans to trial its own online food shopping service, as it prepares to compete with the industry’s leading online food retailers....

Contract to boost Premier Foods’s distribution

Premier Foods is to consolidate its warehousing operations and boost deliveries, after agreeing a new contract with XPO Logistics, which will create 170 jobs.

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Gluten-free sales can be boosted by ‘worried-well’

Food manufacturers can boost their gluten-free sales by capitalising on the “worried well” – healthy people who make self-diagnoses – a report has found.

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Haydens Bakery launches multi-million pound investment

Haydens Bakery has launched a multi-million pound investment plan to upgrade facilities at its site in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Tax on sugary drinks may be extended after review

The sugar tax on soft drinks, which was passed by parliament on Tuesday [April 25] and will come into force next April, could be extended to a raft of other...

Pastry maker Addo Food Group confirms sale to LDC

Addo Food Group has been sold to private investor Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), following widespread reports of an imminent deal.

ABF sees £171M half-year profits boost

Associated British Foods (ABF) saw a £171M boost to its operating profits in its interim results posted today, boosted by its ingredients and grocery businesses.

Addo Food Group ‘certain to be sold’ for £100M

Addo Food Group will be sold to private investor Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) for about £100M as part of a management buyout, an industry expert has claimed.

Hill Biscuits in management buyout after investment

Premium biscuit manufacturer Hill Biscuits has completed a management buyout for an undisclosed sum, after investment from UK private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC).

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Ammonia leak sparks factory evacuation

Staff at part of Addo Food Group’s Poole factory were evacuated last week, after what the firm described as “a controlled ammonia leak” at the site.

Hand slice injuries cost bakery more than £70k

A bakery firm has been ordered to pay more than £70,000 for health and safety failings, after two workers suffered hand injuries while operating machinery.

Walkers Shortbread worker hospitalised after injury

A Walkers Shortbread worker was admitted to hospital last week (April 6), after he trapped his hand in a dough feeder while carrying out routine cleaning.

New food product development – in pictures

Disney cake kits and Pink Panther biscuit wafers lead Food Manufacture’s latest photogallery of recent food and drink product launches.

Chefs' Choice Awards celebrate foodservice supplier innovation

Professionals from the hospitality, wholesale and food manufacturing sectors gathered at London’s Haymarket Hotel last month to see the winners of the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards unveiled.

Real Good Food acquires Brighter Foods

Real Good Food (RGF), the bakery ingredients company, has paid £9M to acquire an 84% interest in Brighter Foods, based in Tywyn in Wales.

‘The Great British Biscuit Shortage’: 2016 sales fall

Biscuits were bought by 99% of UK households last year, despite a fall in sales driven by ‘The Great British Biscuit Shortage’, says biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis.

Orchard Valley Foods bought by Orkla Food Ingredients

Confectionery firm Orchard Valley Foods has been bought by Norwegian bakery ingredients manufacturer Orkla Food Ingredients, for an undisclosed fee.

Warburtons wins approval for new R&D centre

Bakery giant Warburtons has won planning approval for a new research and development (R&D) hub at its Bolton site in Lancashire.

Pie factory fire forces evacuation

A fire at a pie manufacturer in Shropshire forced the evacuation of the site this week.

M&S soup recalled over chemical contamination

Chemical contamination has forced retailer Marks & Spencer to recall a batch of its own-label chicken and vegetable soup.

‘Filthy’ bakery ordered shut found open a day later

A bakery, which was ordered to close on Tuesday (March 21) over food hygiene concerns – including “filthy” work surfaces and a “mouldy growth” – was found open for business the following day....

Dessert maker Park Cakes sold in management buyout

Premium own-label cakes and desserts manufacturer Park Cakes has been bought by its management team from private equity owner Vision Capital.

New wheat variety ‘to deliver top baking quality’

New milling wheat variety KWS Zyatt will offer millers improved quality, by delivering better dough texture and strength, claims Rank Hovis Milling head of technical Shaun Taylor.

Finsbury profit rises 4% during ‘transformation’

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group reported a 4% rise in operating profit to £8.3M in its half-year trading update, as the business continues to transform “into a diverse,...

Food innovation centre receives £9.36M of funding

North Somerset Council has secured £9.36M of funding to build a food and drink innovation centre, FoodWorksSW, which will create 250 jobs.