Bakery

British Bakels has a major product launch next month

British Bakels invests at its Bicester site

By Rod Addy

British Bakels is targeting substantial growth as it invests more than £1.5M at its site in Bicester, Oxfordshire, and introduces its biggest launch in decades on to the market.

Former Kellogg's UK md Greg Peterson: pastures new

Kellogg's UK md steps down

By Ben Bouckley

Kellogg's UK md Greg Paterson has stepped down, with the food manufacturer appointing a temporary successor until it finds a suitable long-term replacement.

Burton's will consider Moreton closure alternative

Burton's will consider Moreton closure alternative

By Ben Bouckley

Burton’s Foods bosses have promised to give “detailed consideration” to Unite plans aimed at preventing the closure of their Moreton site, after the union presented an “alternative, costed plan” for sustaining production to them last Friday.

Full force of the law

Full force of the law

By Lynda Searby

January marked the end of the two-year transition period for flavouring regulation EC 1334/2008, which means firms are expected to have completed any changes necessary to comply with the new law.

Solbar: All about a soy

Solbar: All about a soy

By Rod Addy


Solbar plans to launch naturally fortified soy powders this summer, made using soy protein isolates combined with other ingredients for inclusion in meat analogue products.

Santa Maria gears up for boom in Mexican food

Santa Maria gears up for boom in Mexican food

By Freddie Dawson

Mexican is becoming a favourite ethnic cuisine in the UK, according to Sweden-based manufacturing group, Santa Maria, which is gearing up to cash in on the trend.

Management buyout of Northumbrian Fine Foods

Management buyout of Northumbrian Fine Foods

By Ben Bouckley

Managers at Northumbrian Fine Foods have bought the company off private equity owners and plan to invest in the business in a bid to push turnover above £12m in 2011.

Soaring commodity prices and energy costs are a major problem for the bakery sector

McGhee's liquidates Fords Bakery

By Anne Bruce

McGhee’s Bakery Group put its Fords Bakery business into liquidation on 20 March, following continued trading losses, less than a year after it bought the business from administrator KPMG.

Real Good Food braves bitter-sweet year

Real Good Food braves bitter-sweet year

By Ben Bouckley

Real Good Food Company (RGFC) chairman Pieter Totté said he hoped the “difficult years” for sugar were over after the firm saw a slight increase in 2010 pre-tax profits, but warned that it would look abroad for stocks after sharp UK price rises.

‘Whither now for Northern Foods?’ ask unions

‘Whither now for Northern Foods?’ ask unions

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

Union leaders have expressed concerns about Ranjit Boparan’s intentions after he completes his £342m takeover of Northern Foods and begins to identify cost savings that could mean office closures or job losses.

Soaring costs turn bakeries to toast

Soaring costs turn bakeries to toast

By Graham Holter

The bread and bakery industry is facing costs that are “spiralling out of control”, despite the fact that the UK is effectively self-sufficient in wheat, according to a new report.

John Duffy: Happy consumers are eating cake...

Finsbury shrugs off dioxin scare as cake growth returns

By Ben Bouckley

Finsbury Food Group chief executive John Duffy says that a turnaround in the firm’s cake division has led to growth in the first half year, as it bids to recoup losses from the egg dioxin scare that struck it in January.

Abbeydale Foods saves two firms from administration

Abbeydale Foods saves two firms from administration

By Ben Bouckley

Two food firms that closed in early March have been bought out of administration, with new owner Abbeydale Foods re-employing around 80 former staff in a bid to restart production as quickly as possible.

Ranjit Boparan: Rasing the Northern stakes

Game, set, match Boparan?

By Ben Bouckley

Ranjit Boparan is one step closer to taking over Northern Foods after announcing yesterday that he now controls over 70% of the convenience food group’s shares, although one analyst said the industrial logic of a tie-up with Greencore would have been...

Greggs bakeries rising nicely

Greggs bakeries rising nicely

By Ben Bouckley

Greggs has confirmed its new bakery in Balliol Park in Newcastle will open in the second half of 2011, where it forms part of a £60m capital expenditure plan this year.

New Britain Palm Oil bids for totally tropical future

New Britain Palm Oil bids for totally tropical future

By Ben Bouckley

New Britain Palm Oil (NBPOL) says UK food firms now recognise that tropical oils are the only viable alternative to less healthy fats, as it announces plans to build a new £9m processing plant dedicated to bakery and foodservice products.

Boparan: Sitting pretty in bid for Northern

Greencore calls time on Northern romance

By Ben Bouckley

Greencore said this morning that it does not intend to make a revised offer for Northern Foods to rival Ranjit Boparan’s 73p/share offer, which means the Midlands businessman is one step closer to tying the knot with Northern shareholders by March 16th.

Robert Schofield

Own-label woe puts Premier jobs at risk

By Ben Bouckley, Graham Holter and Anne Bruce

Premier Foods plans to close its distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire as it rationalises its south coast operations, while the firm has also rebuffed rumours of a management change.

Ranjit Boparan: holds pole position for Northern but Greencore still in race

Race for Northern Foods could go to wire

By Ben Bouckley

The battle between food titans Greencore and Ranjit Boparan to take over Northern Foods could still go right to the wire, despite the expiry today of a deadline set by the latter for Northern's shareholders to formally accept his bid.

A bigger slice of   the artisan pie

A bigger slice of the artisan pie

By Interview by Rod Addy

Oliver James Foods’ pie factory must fulfil a tough brief to commercialise the delivery of artisan-style, quality products

Sugar beet crop

English weather subdues ABF trading

By Ben Bouckley

Associated British Foods (ABF) has issued what stockbroker Shore Capital describes as a “rather subdued” trading update, following a disastrous UK beet sugar harvest

Ranjit Boparan: Could his 11.4% stake in Northern Foods prove decisive?

Pressure on Greencore to up stakes in Northern bid

By Ben Bouckley

Greencore is under pressure to table a viable counter-bid by March 2 to beat Ranjit Boparan in the struggle to takeover Northern Foods, but still has advantages on its side if it does do so, says one City analyst.

United Biscuits announces McVitie’s job losses

United Biscuits announces McVitie’s job losses

By Ben Bouckley

United Biscuits (UB) has announced plans to shed around 85 jobs at its McVitie's biscuit factory in Glasgow, and has begun a consultation with staff and unions in a bid to ensure voluntary rather than compulsory redundancies.

Hovis workers could face redundancy at Avonmouth

Hovis workers could face redundancy at Avonmouth

By Ben Bouckley

A considerable number of workers at Hovis's bakery in Avonmouth could face redundancy as a result of plans to invest £4-5m in automating site processes, the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has confirmed.

Results in bread have been particularly impressive

Hollow salty balls from Blighty impress the Yanks

By Elaine Watson

More than 40 food and drink manufacturers in the US and Canada are experimenting with a new breed of microscopic salt crystals from UK-based firm Eminate enabling firms to slash sodium and retain their clean-labels.

Benoit Testard to take helm at United Biscuits

Benoit Testard to take helm at United Biscuits

By Elaine Watson

United Biscuits has appointed UK md Benoit Testard as its new group chief executive as current boss executive chairman David Fish moves into a non-executive role.