A Windmill Bakery director has received a suspended prison sentence for misusing Bakers Basco’s equipment

Suspended jail sentence after bread basket misuse

By Gwen Ridler

A Coventry baker has been handed a suspended prison sentence and fined £3,000, after breaching injunctions not to use equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its shareholders.

Thermal transfer overprinting solves Irwin's Bakery bottlenecks

Labelling and printing spotlight

Thermal transfer overprinting solves Irwin's Bakery bottlenecks

By Rick Pendrous

Irwin’s Bakery, based at Portadown in Northern Ireland, which makes a variety of loaves, biscuits and other baked goods, has overcome a coding system production bottleneck, thanks to the installation of more than 20 Domino V230i thermal transfer overprinting...

Two poultry processors were ordered to pay Bakers Basco for misusing its bakery equipment

Chicken firms to pay £19,216 for equipment misuse

By Matt Atherton

Two chicken processing businesses have been ordered to pay almost a combined £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment maker Bakers Basco, for using its equipment without permission.

A Bristol bakery was fined more than £5,000 for using Bakers Basco's bread baskets without consent

Bakery pays £5,250 for bread basket misuse

By Matt Atherton

Bristol-based Anstee’s Bakery had to pay more than £5,000 in costs and damages to Bakers Basco, after using its bread baskets without permission.

Greggs's restructuring could put 100 jobs at risk in Scotland, a union claimed

Greggs to cut 100 more jobs claims union

By Matt Atherton

Greggs could cut 100 jobs in Scotland, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) has claimed, after the high street baker confirmed a nationwide restructuring plan earlier this week, which unions claimed could threaten up to 120 jobs...

Greggs has revealed plans to cut more than 90 jobs at its Treforest factory, a union claimed (Flickr/Paul Robertson)

Greggs cuts at least 91 jobs in Wales

By Matt Atherton

High street baker Greggs has revealed plans to cut between 91 and 120 jobs in a Welsh factory, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has said.

Gilsons bakery installs new sprial freezers from Starfrost

Gilsons bakery installs spiral freezers

By Rick Pendrous

UK bakery Gilsons, based at Kettering in Northamptonshire, has invested in two spiral systems from freezing and chilling equipment manufacturer Starfrost to help it introduce new products and boost capacity on two bread lines.

Entry-level sleeve and carton coder is launched

Entry-level sleeve and carton coder is launched

By Rick Pendrous

The Celtic Bakers, a north London baker of hand-crafted breads, cakes and patisserie, has become one of the first users of Rotech’s new RF-Lite sleeve and carton coder.

Sainsbury warned customers that bread may contain pieces of metal

Sainsbury recalls bread over metal fears

By Alice Foster

Sainsbury recalled bread that may contain metal pieces and Iceland recalled frozen ribs with incorrect storage instructions this week. 

Ulrick & Short: new emulsifiers will mean up to a day's additional shelf-life

Starches add to bread shelf-life

By John Wood

Two starches that are claimed to increase the shelf-life of loaves significantly and enhance the height and softness with no detriment to taste or texture, have been launched by clean label ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short.

A nutty taste with no nuts

French maize firm offers a nut taste without the need for nuts

By Nicholas Robinson

A novel maize product which gives products a nutty flavour without the use of nuts, will be launched by Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) at next month’s IBA bakery trade fair, which takes place in Munich from September 12 to 17.

Is bread dead or dying? Plant bread sales fell by 4.5% to £1.6bn

Asda loses £500,000 a week as bread sales fall

By Nicholas Robinson

Asda is losing £500,000 a week in plant bread sales, as consumers continue to turn away from the traditional sliced loaf, according to the retailer’s senior category buying manager Emily Peck.

Bakery skills bonus: Susan Gravill, John Emes, md, Adrian Barnard, bakery manager, and Sharon Callaghan sales manager

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

By Michael Stones

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.

Sustain is calling for a full declaration of artificial additives on supermarket bread labels

Campaigners renew call for fresh supermarket bread

By Rod Addy

Campaigners have renewed calls for tougher regulation of supermarket bread after Australian supermarket Coles was fined AU$2.5M (£1.3M) for making misleading claims about its par baked bread.

Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations

Finsbury Food Group to post profit rise

By Michael Stones

Cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations, thanks to market promotions and cost cutting, according to its pre-close trading statement for the year to June 28.

Same mouthfeel, no palm oil

Bakels rethinks palm oil

The introduction of the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR) in December 2014 will mean food and drink businesses will have to identify the source of the vegetable oils they use in their products.

Rumours suggest Premier Foods might sell Hovis: one of its power brands

Mixed blessings as Hovis strike ends

By Rick Pendrous

Premier Foods’ senior management must have had mixed feelings following the agreement reached with the Bakers, Food and & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) towards the end of last month.

Lise Madsen, md, Honeyrose Bakery

My recipe for success

By Gary Scattergood

Honeyrose Bakery is delivering in own-label while staying true to its brand principles, boss Lise Madsen tells Gary Scattergood

Premier Foods plans to cut 900 jobs from its bread division with the closure of two bakeries

Premier Foods to cut 900 jobs and two bakeries

By Mike Stones

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer has unveiled plans to close two bakeries and four distribution centres with the loss of 900 jobs from its bread division.


Warburtons averts nationwide strikes

By Anne Bruce

Strike action seems to have been averted at baker Warburtons’ sites nationwide, after the company come up with a “no strings attached” pay offer for staff.

Greggs: going for growth with 90 new stores a year

More retail space key to Greggs’ growth strategy

By Mike Stones

Britain’s biggest high street baker Greggs, with its “strong balance sheet”, is poised for significant growth, based on acquiring up to 25% more space, according to City analyst Shore Capital.

Best buns: Greggs has won the title Specialist Sandwich Chain of the Year

Greggs crowned sandwich chain of year

By Mike Stones

High street baker Greggs has fought off stiff competition from Pret A Manger, Subway and O'Briens to win the title ‘Specialist Sandwich Chain of the Year’.

Fresh in store: Morrisons will open its new in-store bakeries by the end of the month

Morrisons revamps in-store bakeries

By Mike Stones

Morrisons’ revamped in-store bakeries are to offer customers a wider product range and a “more artisian experience”, according to the firm.

CSM workers will learn more about the security of their jobs after a shareholders' meeting on July 3

CSM bakery sell-off puts 400+ UK jobs at risk

By Freddie Dawson

The plans by Dutch-owned bakery ingredients group CSM to sell parts of its European and American bakery supplies business puts far more jobs at risk than the 400 previously reported, a union official has told


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