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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.

‘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.

More than 500 suppliers apply to Morrisons

Hundreds of food producers from across the UK have responded to Morrisons’ search for the best local food, in a bid to boost British supply on shelves across the retailer’s...

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Gluten-free growth is creating new markets: Edme

Bakery growth is continuing to be driven by premium, indulgent and artisanal products, but the ever-increasing popularity of gluten-free is enabling opportunities in new markets.

New agribusiness group to give united Brexit voice

A new agribusiness group – The Agri-Brexit Coalition – representing tens of thousands of members has been formed to focus agricultural supply chain expertise, ahead of the UK’s Brexit talks...

Warburtons’ £2M fine shows the ‘new norm’

A £2M fine imposed on Warburtons after one of its workers sustained life-changing injuries is the “new normal” for cases of this kind, following the imposition of tougher sentencing guidelines,...

Penarth Bakery fined £10k for hygiene breaches

A Glamorgan bakery was fined more than £10,000 for 36 food hygiene offences, including placing unfit food on the market, failure to protect food from contamination and failing to control rodents.

Sayers’ bakery fined more than £160k for infestations

Bakery retailer Sayers was fined more than £160,000 last week for 13 food safety breaches, after cockroach and mice infestations were identified at its Poundcafe in Liverpool.

Riverside Bakery to axe 44 jobs ‘for long-term future’

Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery plans to cut 44 jobs to ensure the company’s long-term future, it claimed.

Greggs profits rise 10% as food-to-go sales rise

High street baker Greggs reported a 10% rise in profits to £80.3M in its full-year financial update, driven by consumers’ growing demand for food-on-the-go, alongside plans to restructure its manufacturing operations.

Warburtons ranked best food company to work for

Warburtons has been named the best food manufacturing employer in The Sunday Times’s list of The 30 Best Big Companies to work for 2017.

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Palm oil body reveals conservation boost

An increase in conservation areas, support to smallholders, and the phasing out of the herbicide paraquat were the highlights of the annual impact report from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm...

Bakery goods kept fresher longer by enzyme

An enzyme system designed to keep packaged cakes and baked goods fresher for longer has been introduced by German firm DeutscheBack.

Food and drinks jobs created in 2017 – in pictures

Food and drink supply chain firms have revealed plans to create more than 5,000 jobs since the beginning of this year, as reported by this website.

Gluten-free market to grow faster than ever

The gluten-free market is predicted to grow at a faster rate than ever before, and be worth $5,279M by 2022, a research body has claimed.

Export success for pork pie producer

A Yorkshire bakery has secured export success down under, after sending its first order of pies to foodstores in New Zealand.

Food polythene firm fined after agency worker injury

A polythene film manufacturer, which supplies the food and agricultural industries, has been fined £6,000 after an agency worker’s hand was trapped in machinery.

Job cuts in the food and drink industry – in pictures

More than 2,000 job cuts have been proposed in the food manufacturing industry since the beginning of this year. 

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.