Bakery

Finsbury has felt the sting of the closure of foodservice during COVID-19 lockdown

Foodservice success for Finsbury Food Group

By Gwen Ridler

Specialist cake and baked goods manufacture Finsbury Food Group has posted a robust set of results despite COVID-19 difficulties, according to financial advisors at Panmure Gordon and Company.

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Food industry trends

Food industry trends for 2021

By Jerome Smail

Key industry figures predict where the challenges and opportunities will be found in 2021.

The Real Good Food Renshaw Academy. Pic: Real Good Food

Revenue up at Real Good Food

By Jerome Smail

Real Good Food has reported strong single digit revenue growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2020, driven by progress at cake decorating business JF Renshaw and food ingredients operation Brighter Foods.

Gatenby: 'Exciting innovations'

Vale of Mowbray hails new boss and NPD push

By Rod Addy

Pie manufacturer Vale of Mowbray has promoted Mark Gatenby to managing director, replacing his father John in the role, and is investing £250k in rebranding as it prepares for 2021 new product development.

BFAWU members have voted to reject a proposed pay rise from  Greencore

Bakers union in Greencore Northampton pay dispute

By Gwen Ridler

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) at Greencore’s Northampton factory have rejected a ‘divisive’ pay rise, claiming staff there have not been recognised as key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bakkavor is to create 127 new jobs in Highbridge

Bakkavor to create 127 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Desserts manufacturer Bakkavor is to create 127 new jobs at its Highbridge site as it gears up for the busy Christmas period.

The Hovis brand is 134 years old

Analysis

Hovis acquisition builds Endless bakery portfolio

By Rod Addy

Endless LLP's acquisition of Hovis builds its bakery presence, with the bread brand joining cake manufacturer Bright Blue Foods in the private equity firm's portfolio and opportunities for synergies, one financial adviser claims.

Function ingredients have seen a sales boost thanks to the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns

Ingredients and NPD

Functional agenda: Healthy ingredients receive boost during pandemic

By Michelle Perrett

Vegan ingredients, fruits and traditional cakes are just a few of the products benefiting from the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted increased consumer focus on health, indulgence, provenance and functional ingredients.

Consumer demands have placed pressure on bakery processors to invest in new equipment at their factories

Oven-ready strategy

By Michelle Perrett

Demand for quantity and quality has forced high-volume artisan producers and larger plant bakers to upgrade equipment, while driving up efficiency and cracking down on waste.

Hovis employs 2,800 people in eight bakeries, one flourmill and three distribution centres across the UK

Newlat Food confirms bid for Hovis

By Rod Addy

Italy's Newlat Food has confirmed its proposed acquisition of Hovis, following a Sky News report flagging the move, with Newlat claiming a successful bid would enable it to reach sales of €1bn within 24 months.

Greggs factory has been temporarily closed due to a

Coronavirus cases at Greggs factory halts production

By Michelle Perrett

Greggs has temporarily halted production and sent 300 staff home from its factory near Newcastle after a “small number” of coronavirus cases were confirmed among staff working at the site.

Fatherson's Halloween range

Fatherson Bakery: business after Food Manufacture awards win

By Rod Addy

Laurence Smith, managing director of Fatherson Bakery, shares its progress since winning Small Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the 2020 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards and new product development plans in this podcast.

The finished frozen vegan range includes brownies, muffins and cookies

Dawn Foods expands vegan bakery range

By Rod Addy

Dawn Foods has significantly expanded its vegan portfolio, with the launch of easy-to-use vegan bakery mixes and fully baked frozen vegan sweet bakery products.

Mark Mitchell has taken the role of general manager at Genesis' Magherafelt bakery

Genesis Bakery appoints new general manager

By Gwen Ridler

Northern-Ireland based Genesis Bakery has appointed a new general manager as part of an ongoing recruitment campaign to strengthen its business with the Republic of Ireland.

A number of food and drink firms have announced recruitment plans in the past week

Food and drink recruitment round-up

By Gwen Ridler

New jobs at a bakery rebuilt after a blaze, 400 roles at a food logistics specialist and vacancies at fresh produce supplier AMK Fresh feature in this food and drink recruitment roundup.

Pladis said it had cut the sugar content in nine of its best selling McVitie’s biscuits last year

Pladis boosts profit and sales amid nutrition drive

By Rod Addy

Biscuits and snacks firm Pladis Foods, which makes brands such as McVitie’s, has reported significant annual growth in international profits and sales and outlined efforts to promote nutrition and healthy eating.