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.
07-Mar-2014 - Allied Bakeries (AB) will use consumer diet and health concerns in a bid to reverse a predicted 8% sales decline in white plant bread products in the next few years.
05-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods’ real challenge starts now, in the wake of its successful refinancing deal, although the agreement was an important milestone, claims one industry expert.
05-Mar-2014 - Union unrest at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) McVitie’s Cake Company factory at Halifax is a reaction to issues that have also been raised at other plants, according to sources.
04-Mar-2014 - Bakery supplier Zeelandia is backing National Apprenticeship Week by offering an insight into careers in the food industry to girls at Sacred Heart of Mary School in Upminster.
28-Feb-2014 - The threat of industrial action looms over United Biscuit’s (UB's) McVitie’s Cake Company factory at Halifax as trades union members rebel over job cuts, shift pattern changes and potential wage cuts.
27-Feb-2014 - Leading food manufacturers in Scotland are backing a new qualification aimed at nurturing future industry talent in schools and colleges.
27-Feb-2014 - Sustainable palm oil manufacturer New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) has reported “disappointing results”, partly due to difficult weather, concludes City analyst Panmure Gordon, after the firm posted preliminary results for the year ended December 31 2013.
26-Feb-2014 - Greggs is showing encouraging signs of transforming its fortunes by “resurrecting like-for-like sales”, said City analyst N+1 Singer, after the high street baker released preliminary results for the 52 weeks to December 28 2013.
26-Feb-2014 - Desserts business Indulgence Patisserie aims to create 25–30 jobs in the next three years after completing a new factory next to its existing Colchester facility.
24-Feb-2014 - Weak sugar prices will be offset by a strong performance of its budget clothing business Primark, according to Associated British Foods’s (ABF’s) pre-close trading statement, covering the first half of its financial year to March 1 2014.
24-Feb-2014 - A London food firm has been ordered to pay £5,400 after one of its workers suffered serious finger injuries while cleaning a poorly guarded machine.
21-Feb-2014 - A Lancashire bakery has been ordered to pay £6,000, after a pasty-making machine chopped off two finger tips of one of its workers.
20-Feb-2014 - Wanted: British food and drink manufacturing champion to showcase the best of British achievement in bouncing back from recession and investing in the future.
19-Feb-2014 - Tortilla chips firm It’s All Good (IAG) has won £3.5M worth of investment from NVM Private Equity to invest in production and challenge bigger premium brands such as Tyrrells.
17-Feb-2014 - US firms have invested in two British brands so far this year – continuing a growing trend for overseas deals.
14-Feb-2014 - United Biscuits' (UB's) investment in Nigeria's A&P Foods has catapulted the business to its target for international sales to represent 20% of its business three years early.
13-Feb-2014 - Social media is critical for food businesses to communicate with customers, especially for those offering niche products, Boulder Brands UK md Simon Hazlett has claimed.
12-Feb-2014 - Gluten-free food manufacturer Genius Foods has grown its product category by 25%, created 400 jobs and secured two “milestone” contracts, following its acquisition of two Finsbury Food Group production facilities last year.
10-Feb-2014 - Samworth Brothers has acquired Soreen for an undisclosed sum in a deal that has been well received by employees of the high profile malt and fruit loaf firm.
10-Feb-2014 - Park Cakes has rejected claims by the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) that its success in winning a multi-million pound contract from Marks & Spencer (M&S) was driving the firm’s bid to cut workers’ pay and conditions at its Oldham bakery, near Manchester and pave the way for the introduction of cheap agency labour.
10-Feb-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers across the nation are invited to enter the Great British Bounce Back 2014 challenge, designed to showcase firms that are bouncing back from recession and investing in the future of their businesses.
10-Feb-2014 - The loss of a major Marks & Spencer contract, threatening 650 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Avana Bakeries factory in Newport, Wales, is a “kick in the teeth”, according to one union representative.
05-Feb-2014 - A national press advert from Warburtons – stating ‘No.1 Now London's biggest bakers’ – has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after complaints from Premier Foods and Allied Bakeries.
05-Feb-2014 - Napier Brown’s Immingham sugar plant is ready for commissioning and should help the firm offset the negative impact of plunging sugar prices, according to owner Real Good Food Company (RGFC).
04-Feb-2014 - To cash in on the carb-cutting trend, CSM recently launched Arkady Reduced Carb White Bread Mix, which contains 45% less carbohydrate than standard white bread and more than 50% more protein.