Bakery

Burton's defends closure plans as MP launches attack

Burton's defends closure plans as MP launches attack

By Elaine Watson

Burton's Foods has challenged claims made by Labour MP Angela Eagle that it has reneged on promises made to staff at its Moreton biscuits factory in the Wirral and failed to give them access to the data they need to challenge its plans to close the...

Cheese - with 50% less salt

Micro salt: Coming to a supermarket near you ...

By Elaine Watson

The firm behind a new breed of microscopic salt crystals that is helping manufacturers slash sodium and retain their clean-labels has branched out into the retail market with the development of a consumer product called Solti.

Haskins: Boparan must build better customer relations

Haskins: Boparan must build better customer relations

By Elaine Watson

If he does succeed in breaking up Northern Foods’ arranged marriage with Greencore, Ranjit Boparan will need to prove he can build better relationships with supermarkets than the current management to re-build the firm's reputation, according to...

412 jobs at risk but Burtons boss still 'bullish'

412 jobs at risk but Burtons boss still 'bullish'

By Elaine Watson

Burtons Foods boss Ben Clarke says he remains "bullish" about the prospects for the UK biscuit market despite announcing proposals to close one of his firm's four UK biscuit factories with the loss of 342 jobs and make a further 70 staff...

Honeytop: Rapid expansion

Honeytop to open new bakery in India in Q2, 2011

By Elaine Watson

Honeytop Speciality Foods has invested £3m to build a new factory in India that will supply naan bread and chapattis to India and the wider Asian and Australian markets.

Duffy: Loyal and diversified customer base

Finsbury's cake division returns to growth

By Elaine Watson

Finsbury Food Group's larger cake division has returned to growth following last year's decline, posting organic growth of 2.5% in the first 17 weeks of the financial year, bosses have revealed.

BFAWU strike ballot called off at Fox’s Biscuits

BFAWU strike ballot called off at Fox’s Biscuits

By Elaine Watson

A strike ballot called by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) at Fox’s Biscuits’ factories at Kirkham and Batley has been called off due to ‘technical’ glitches.

Cleaner work with cheese

Cleaner work with cheese

Growth in demand for premium speciality breads has created challenges for bakers in terms of both production and costs. Toppings like butter, cheese and garlic can be extremely volatile, and if they drop into the bottom of an oven can become baked onto...

CASH: Muffins contain more salt than a packet of crisps

CASH: Muffins contain more salt than a packet of crisps

By Elaine Watson

Muffins found in high street coffee chains frequently contain more salt than a packet of crisps, according to lobby group CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health), which has blasted the food industry for the seventh time this year, this time for adding...

Greggs unveils ambitious expansion plans

Greggs unveils ambitious expansion plans

By Elaine Watson

Greggs has unveiled ambitious expansion plans, submitting a planning application for a new bakery in Wiltshire and securing permission to build a new bakery in Penrith and a replacement bakery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Duffy: Shoppers are bored with cake fixture

Finsbury: Shoppers want excitement from cake fixture

By Elaine Watson

The trade responded quickly to the downturn, but must now “respond to the upturn” if it wants to inject some excitement back into the cake fixture, Finsbury Food Group has warned.

Mrs Crimble's

Mrs Crimble's makes gluten-free waves across the pond

By Elaine Watson

Hampshire-based Stiletto Foods has made its first foray into the US market after striking a deal with natural foods giant Whole Foods Market that will see Mrs Crimble's free-from products listed in five of Whole Foods Market’s 11 regions in the US.

wheat

Rabobank: Don't panic (yet) over wheat price hike

By Elaine Watson

Global wheat stocks are sufficient to absorb production shortfalls in the short-term, but things could deteriorate rapidly if Russia's winter wheat crop is as bad as its spring crop, according to analysts at Rabobank.

Neil Court-Johnston

Interim manager still in charge at Holland's Pies

By Elaine Watson

Former Holland’s Pies md Neil Court-Johnston is still out of the business almost three months after being suspended in the wake of allegations that he had talked with third parties regarding a management buyout without the consent of company bosses.

Hovis Hearty Oats loaf

Premier Foods: ‘Open-minded’ about disposals

By Elaine Watson

Premier Foods remains ‘open-minded’ about selling off assets to pay off debts, bosses have revealed as the firm released interim results broadly in line with expectations, but warned of rising cost inflation in the second half.

City: Inflationary spike could crank up pressure on bakers

City: Inflationary spike could crank up pressure on bakers

By Elaine Watson

Higher energy and raw material prices coupled with fragile demand and weak retail pricing could put many food manufacturers – particularly bakers – under intense margin pressure this year, analysts are predicting.