Koenig sets up new turnkey arm

Spotlight on mixing and blending

Koenig sets up new turnkey arm

By Rick Pendrous

Roll plant manufacturer Koenig has set up a new subsidiary to specialise in designing and installing turnkey projects for bakeries and food manufacturers.

Members of the baking industry were recognised at this year's Baking Industry Awards. Pictured: David Wright (left) and Richard Cox

Food manufacturers recognised at Baking Industry Awards

By Gwen Ridler

Cake Shop Bakery owner David Wright was crowned Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) Wednesday night (September 6), while ingredients producer Macphie was named UK Bakery Manufacturer of the Year.

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.

Bakery closure: Avana ceased general production last Friday (Flickr Live4Soccer/(L4S))

Newport bakery closes with 161 job losses

By Noli Dinkovski

A bakery in Newport is to close with the loss 161 of jobs after its owner said market conditions had meant the business was no longer viable.

Anastasia Duncanson was hired as bake officer

Morrisons hires worker to watch The Great British Bake Off

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons has cooked up a “dream job” for keen baker Anastasia Duncanson, who was employed to watch the upcoming season seven of the BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off, and react to the subsequent consumer trends.

Heinz's Wigan factory appeared in BBC Two's Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made

Heinz factory appears in BBC TV documentary

By Matt Atherton

The secret recipe behind Heinz Baked Beanz remains a mystery, after Heinz’s 70-year-old Wigan factory appeared on BBC Two’s ‘Inside The Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made’ last night.

This is Bako North Western's second acquisition

Bako bakery acquisition boosts turnover to £103M

By Nicholas Robinson

Bako North Western’s (BNW’s) turnover will rise to over £100M and its staff to 330, following the acquisition of sister company Bako Northern and Scotland (BNS) for an undisclosed amount.

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.

The firm has re-branded ahead of reformulation

Fabulous Bakin’ boys reveals its new name

By Nicholas Robinson

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, a Daelmans Group-owned manufacturer of branded muffins and flapjacks, has rebranded to the ‘Fabulous Bakers’, ahead of a major marketing push and reformulation project.

Bakeaway makes a range of supermarket own-label pastry products

60 jobs saved as Corby bakery bought

By Rod Addy

60 jobs have been saved at Corby bakery Bakeaway, which supplies supermarket own-label products, thanks to the business being bought out of administration after an eleventh hour rescue bid.

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.

Hovis won the coveted Training Programme of the Year award in the food manufacturing Oscars

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Hovis turns top crust with training programme award

By Michael Stones

Bakery and milling business Hovis has won the coveted Training Programme trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Finsbury is acquiring Fletchers Group of Bakeries in a £56M deal

Finsbury buys Fletchers Bakeries for £56M

By Michael Stones

Finsbury Food Group, the cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer, has acquired the Fletchers Group of Bakeries for £56M from private equity owner Vision Capital.

Martha Collison: star performer on the Great British Bake Off

Great British Bake Off: What Martha did first

By Michael Stones

The Great British Bake Off star Berkshire student Martha Collison – who was interviewed by this website last autumn – is in contention to be crowned Britain’s best baker, after fighting off stiff competition on the hit TV show.

Paul Hollywood, one of the judges and presenters of The Great British Bake Off

Great British Bake Off effect lifts home baking

By Rod Addy

BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off is reviving flagging home baking sales, which have been slumping since the beginning of the year, according to market analyst IRI.

Factory renovation will cost WC Rowe £2M

Blaze costs WC Rowe £2M to renovate

By Nicholas Robinson

Fire damaged pasty manufacturer WC Rowe will have to spend more than £2M on its Falmouth site to bring it back up to standard, the director in charge of the renovation has said.

The debate over sugar has turned people off baking

Sugar debate halts baking’s popularity

By Laurence Gibbons

Demand for baking ingredients and kits is set to crumble as health conscious consumers look to avoid sugar and spend less time in the home, according to a report by Mintel.


Haydens Bakery aims to avoid troubles like Avana

By Nicholas Robinson

Haydens Bakery has restructured its operations by securing more contracts to safeguard jobs and prevent a similar situation to 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site, where 650 jobs were at risk.

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.

Peter's Food Service has increased the product range it produces for Heinz

Heinz extends the licensed production of its brand

By Nicholas Robinson

Welsh chilled food manufacturer Peter’s Food Service has added to the products it makes for Heinz, a year after it first secured a licensing deal to make a range of branded pastry products for the company.

Food waste cut by bakery firm’s shelf-life extender

Shelf-life extender cuts food waste

By Nicholas Robinson

A UK manufacturer and supplier of functional fats and oils to the bakery sector has targeted food waste with the launch of a shelf-life extender.

Park Cakes said winning the new M&S contract would safeguard jobs at the Oldham bakery

Park Cakes rejects union’s bakery cheap labour claims

By Michael Stones

Park Cakes has rejected claims by the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) that its success in winning a multi-million pound contract from Marks & Spencer (M&S) was driving the firm’s bid to cut workers’ pay and conditions at its Oldham...

Clean-label glaze cuts costs and extends shelf-life

Clean-label glaze cuts costs and extends shelf-life

Clean-label starch specialist Ulrick & Short has extended its range of clean-label non-genetically modified glazes, to include Eziglaze C, which is suitable for freshly baked goods and is declarable as wheat.

Carr's Milling opened its Kirkcaldy flour mill for business in September

Carr's Milling eyes acquisitions

By Rod Addy

Carr's Milling Industries is eyeing acquisitions in the UK and overseas for all of its divisions, including its food business, which supplies flour to bakers and baked good manufacturers.

The investment will increase the efficiency of the firm's hot cross bun production

Sheldon Family Bakers invests in jobs

By Laurence Gibbons

Bakery firm GH Sheldon Family Bakers has invested £730,000 into the business in order to meet growing demand for its range of products, creating 40 jobs in the past year.

Nick Law: even plant bakeries with the latest kit will find it very difficult to cope with lower salt levels

Further salt cuts will pose problems

By Gary Scattergood

Even plant bakeries with the latest kit will find it extremely difficult to cope if health chiefs set lower salt levels under the Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD)

Whitworth sugar products had enjoyed 'tremendous progress', said boss Pieter Totté

Brands boost fortunes for Real Good Food Company

By Gary Scattergood

An increasing focus on brands and a revamped management structure have been pinpointed as two reasons why profits at the Real Good Food Company (RGFC) rose by 24% to £10.5M this year.

Enzyme to reduce waste in bakeries

Enzyme makes smoother bread mix

A new enzyme product has been designed to reduce waste in industrial bakeries caused by excessively sticky wheat-mix dough with limited proofing stability.


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