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Bret Hill (left) and Pete Hill discuss their experiences with Hovis' apprenticeship programme

Apprenticeships

Meet the apprentice: Hovis

By James Ridler

Providing a thorough experience of the manufacturing process through hands-on training in the industry is key to moulding highly skilled apprentices at Hovis, according to engineering apprentice Bret Hill and human resources director Pete Hill.

Premier Foods posted a £42.7m loss in its 2018/19 full-year results

‘Zombie’ Premier Foods posts £42.7m loss

By James Ridler

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods remains a zombie company in the minds of analysts, as the business posted a £42.7m loss in its full-year results ended 30 March 2019.

Bakery boss calls for level playing field in obesity battle

Greggs boss: no unlevel playing-field in obesity battle

By Noli Dinkovski

Targeting larger companies only in the out-of-home (OOH) sector, as part of the Government’s drive to combat obesity, risks “squeezing the balloon” in favour of independent operators, the boss of the UK’s largest bakery chain has warned.

Fox's claimed the cookies market is in strong growth

Fox’s Biscuits launches new indulgent cookie

By Helen Gilbert

2 Sisters-owned Fox’s Biscuits has extended its Chunkie Cookie range with what it claims is its most “indulgent flavour” yet, as it seeks to capitalise on the burgeoning market.

Signature Flatbreads reported operating profit of £6.8m in 2018

Signature Flatbreads doubles profits

By James Ridler

Signature Flatbreads has more than doubled operating profit to £6.8m in the 12 months to 31 July 2018, despite a slight fall in turnover for the year.

The Orginal Baker focuses on the deli market and quality products

ME AND MY TEAM

Original thinking from The Original Baker

By Noli Dinkovski

Gill Ridgard, managing director of The Original Baker (pictured centre), explains why her latest venture is firmly focused on quality products for the deli market.

Puratos’s new summer mixes and fillings can be used in a variety of applications

Puratos launches summer-themed cake ingredients

By Noli Dinkovski

Ingredients maker Puratos has unveiled new cake mix flavours and fruit fillings – including the first products to be launched from the former Fruitapeel factory in Liverpool, which it acquired in 2017.

Premier Foods owns brands ranging from Mr Kipling and Ambrosia to Batchelors

Premier Foods review weighs all options

By Helen Gilbert

The wholesale break-up of all Premier Foods brands, including Mr Kipling, is one option it is considering, after hiring advisors at boutique firm d'Angelin & Co to help with its strategic review.

John Prescott visits Lea & Perrins and Soreen his new TV programme

John Prescott visits food manufacturers

By James Ridler

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott explores some of the UK’s biggest food and drink manufacturers in his new television series, airing on Channel 5.

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne talks about the struggles of brings a gluten-free product to the market

Taste is king at Genius Gluten Free

By James Ridler

Creating good-tasting gluten-free food is the key driver behind product development at Genius Gluten Free, according to founder Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne.

An allergic reaction to the unlabelled egg found in Nevis Bakery's biscuits cost the firm more than £6k

Food safety breach costs baker £6k

By James Ridler

Scotland-based Nevis Bakery has been fined £6,000 for food safety breaches, after a boy in Northern Ireland nearly died from an allergic reaction after consuming one of its products.

 British Salt was acquired by Tata Chemicals Europe in 2011

British Salt pumps millions into production

By Rod Addy

British Salt has poured £7.2m into an energy-efficient boiler plant as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and enters the fourth year of an unrelated five-year, £5m investment programme.

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