Bakery

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m in plant

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m in plant

By Ben Bouckley

Border Biscuits is investing a further £2.5 million to increase manufacturing capabilities and plant capacity over the next 18 months as the Scottish biscuit maker targets a 50% turnover increase over the next few years.

Warburtons slices prices to maintain market share

Warburtons slices prices to maintain market share

By Ben Bouckley

Despite rising wheat and energy prices, Warburtons says it was forced to keep a check on bread prices and increase promotions during 2010 to “maintain its market share”.

Raid on flatbread factory finds illegal immigrants

Raid on flatbread factory finds illegal immigrants

By Graham Holter

Six employees have been arrested at Honeytop Speciality Foods, the naan and flatbreads producer, after a UK Border Agency (UKBA) raid discovered that they were illegal immigrants.

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

Monopoly pie in sky for Princes after Premier sale

By Ben Bouckley

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering undertakings from Princes and Premier Foods to avert monopoly concerns about canned pie supply, which the body said would leave UK consumers with “extremely limited choices”.

Strike action looming at Kingsmill site?

Strike action looming at Kingsmill site?

By Ben Bouckley

Distribution and transport staff are set to vote on strike action at Allied Bakeries’ West Bromwich distribution centre, Unite has confirmed, but the firm says it is "extremely disappointed" by the union's stance.

FIR compromise cuts pressure on UK food firms

FIR compromise cuts pressure on UK food firms

By Ben Bouckley

A food law expert says he is surprised by a new compromise on the EU Food Information Regulation that removes the need for food firms to provide front-of-pack nutrient data, but warns that enhanced Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) could still raise...

Steve’s Cakes wound up

Steve’s Cakes wound up

By Anne Bruce

Asda supplier Steve's Cakes is being liquidated by Belfast insolvency company FGS McClure Watters.

Pioneering micro salt hits UK high street

Pioneering micro salt hits UK high street

By Ben Bouckley

UK micro salt pioneer Eminate has confirmed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it is now supplying its Soda-Lo product to a large food manufacturer for use in bread sold via a major UK retailer.

Jackson’s Bakery plans £5.5m investment

Jackson’s Bakery plans £5.5m investment

By Ben Bouckley

Hull based Jackson’s Bakery has announced plans to spend £5.5m on two new buildings and complementary machinery at its existing site, potentially creating up to 40 new jobs.

Holland’s Pies efficiency drive sees jobs cut

Holland’s Pies efficiency drive sees jobs cut

By Ben Bouckley

Holland’s Pies has confirmed that 10 manufacturing staff will leave the Accrington firm as it bids to become “more efficient and competitive in the marketplace”.

Real growth lies in retail, says Lees Foods boss

Real growth lies in retail, says Lees Foods boss

By Ben Bouckley

Despite his firm's successful push to boost foodservice sales over the past year, Lees Foods ceo Clive Miquel believes the retail sector is where the “real growth lies” , as the company looks to extend its brands into complementary product areas.

EC calls for new aspartame action

EC calls for new aspartame action

By Ben Bouckley

The European Commission (EC) has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to conduct a wholesale review of the safety of the world’s most widely used sweetener, aspartame.

Fourayes in bid to double turnover

Fourayes in bid to double turnover

By Anne Bruce

Fruit supplier Fourayes has installed jam and fruit purée production facilities as it bids to double its turnover to £20m within five years.

Burton's Foods revises Moreton closure plans

Burton's Foods revises Moreton closure plans

By Anne Bruce

Local MP Angela Eagle has slammed Burton's Foods as "disloyal" after it announced today that it was going ahead with closing its biscuit factory in Moreton.

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

Northern Foods proposes Leeds head office closure

By Ben Bouckley

Northern Foods is proposing to close it Leeds office and move the majority of staff to its ‘shared service centre’ in Wakefield, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt, as owner Ranjit Boparan starts restructuring his new acquisition.

Allied Bakeries invests in Burgen brand

Allied Bakeries invests in Burgen brand

By Ben Bouckley

Bakery and bakery product supplier Allied Bakeries is investing £200,000 in its healthy bread brand Burgen, following recent category sales growth.

Nestlé to expand York R&D centre

Nestlé to expand York R&D centre

By Graham Holter

Nestlé has revealed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it is planning a significant extension to its confectionery and biscuit product technology centre (PTC) in York.

Give us this day our daily bread: Mark Fairweather is calling on retailers to pay bakers more for bread

Allied Bakeries boss warns of bread price rises

By Rick Pendrous

Mark Fairweather, chief executive of Allied Bakeries, has called on retailers to accept inevitable bread price rises due to rising input costs, and specifically pressure arising from global speculation on wheat.

Eaton demands just desserts for Uniq

Eaton demands just desserts for Uniq

By Ben Bouckley

Uniq ceo Geoff Eaton says retailers cannot continue to demand bespoke desserts for rock-bottom prices, following his firm’s recent review of this arm of its business.

Greencore cool on Uniq rumours

Greencore cool on Uniq rumours

By Ben Bouckley

Greencore has refused to comment on rumours that it has appointed bankers to explore a possible £100m takeover of chilled food group Uniq, while Brookes/Avana may also be on the firm's radar after Premier Foods said it is willing to consider offers...

Let them eat vegetable cakes

Let them eat vegetable cakes

Star of Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin, Harry Eastwood, has teamed up with the American entrepreneur Ashley Maddox to launch Petit Pois: a range of cakes that have been baked using vegetables to replace the butter and some of the sugar.

Pidy expands to become ‘one-stop’ product shop

Pidy expands to become ‘one-stop’ product shop

By Lorraine Mullaney


Belgian pastry specialist Pidy is widening its portfolio to include more non-pastry-based lines and plans to have launched more than 100 new products by the end of this year.