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.

Iceland has avoided a ban on an advert for its luxury bread range

Iceland bread ad escapes ban from watchdog

By Gwen Ridler

Frozen food retailer Iceland has avoided a ban on one of its adverts, after the Advertising Standards Authority dismissed a claim it was misleading.

The mix can be combined with different flour varieties to create a range of seeded breads

New ancient grain mix for healthier bread

By Noli Dinkovski

Growing consumer demand for healthier bakery products is being met with the launch of a new multiseed concentrate containing ancient grains.

Mondelēz and 2 Sisters lead our latest people on the move photogallery

People on the move in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

Mondelēz International’s new ceo and the resignation of 2 Sisters’ meat boss lead our latest gallery of people moving to new food and drink jobs.

Geary’s Bakery has secured £4.5M in funding from NatWest

Geary’s Bakery receives £4.5M investment

By Gwen Ridler

Leicestershire-based Geary’s Bakery has received £4.5M in investment from NatWest to support the construction and fit-out of a new, larger factory.

The latest food and drink hires feature in this gallery

Food and drink industry appointments photogallery

By Gwen Ridler

Appointments by speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group and FoodDrinkEurope feature in our latest gallery of people moving to new roles in the food and drink industry.

Finsbury Food Group reported a 4% rise in operating profit

Finsbury profit rises 4% during ‘transformation’

By Matt Atherton

Speciality cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group reported a 4% rise in operating profit to £8.3M in its half-year trading update, as the business continues to transform “into a diverse, multi-channel” bakery group.

Tweedy mixer now makes pizza dough

Tweedy mixer now makes pizza dough

A broad range of doughs for a diverse range of bakery products can now be made on the Baker Perkins’ Tweedy mixer, which is most usually associated with high-speed, high-energy mixing in plant-scale tin bread bakeries.

Mecatherm's Modular Vertical System

Automatic line ensures 'first-in, first-out'

By Rick Pendrous

The Modular Vertical System (MVS) is an automatic bakery production line that combines modularity and intelligence in the design of the equipment, according to its French manufacturer Mecatherm.

The Multitex4 bread moulder

Bread seed enrober reduces waste

By Rick Pendrous

Loaves can now be enrobed with seeds or grains and made into swirls, thanks to the latest innovations from Baker Perkins.

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.

Pomace: Researchers are looking at introducing it into cereal products, including bread, muffins and biscuits

Blackcurrant pomace has fibre-enriching potential

By Noli Dinkovski

A food producer has joined forces with the University of Huddersfield as part of an international project to test the viability of a fruit by-product that has the potential to enrich the fibre content of bread by 15%.

Speciality Breads installs turnkey pack line

Speciality Breads installs turnkey pack line

By Rick Pendrous

Artisan baker Speciality Breads has opened a new £3M 3,000m2 factory in Margate, which features a fully automated turnkey packaging line producing around 1,000 cases of product a day.

Destiny has boosted its product range by 20%

Destiny Foods completes expansion

By Laurence Gibbons

Manchester-based dessert and speciality food manufacturer Destiny Foods has completed its 30,000m2 expansion at its site, boosting its product range by 20%.

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. 

Dough mixers get more hygienic

Easier cleaning on dough mixers

The Baker Perkins range of Tweedy bread dough mixing systems has been extensively re-engineered to ensure more hygienic operation, easier maintenance and lower noise levels.

William (left) and Charlies Eid have ambitious plans

Signature plans to open 20 bakeries in India

By Rick Pendrous

Signature International, which already has a production facility built to European standards in the city of Nashik – 200 miles north of Mumbai – has plans to build 20 flatbread manufacturing plants across the Indian subcontinent within the next five to...

Délifrance UK's £30M investment has included a new stone-baked bread line

Délifrance UK invests in £30M premium rustic bread line

By Rick Pendrous

Premium rustic breadmaker Délifrance UK has unveiled the results of a £30M investment programme at its west London bakery, which has boosted its capacity for supplying frozen products to foodservice and retail.

Own-label manufacturing has brought many benefits for Genius

Genius feels benefits of own-label manufacturing

By Laurence Gibbons

Manufacturing own-label products alongside its branded free-from bakery items has helped Genius Foods build stronger relationships with retailers, according to the firm’s boss.

Ultrasonics used to portion Soreen malt loaf

Ultrasonics used to portion Soreen malt loaf

Portioning and cutting using ultrasonic technology from Telsonic UK offers a solution to the problem of producing the desired qualityand appearance of soft and delicate products, which are sometimes difficult to achieve with mechanical cutting blades.

Burger buns are important to Jacquet Brossard

French get taste for sliced bread

By Rick Pendrous

While sales of plant bread are falling in the UK, in France they are up as consumers seek better shelf-life over baguettes, as Rick Pendrous discovers

The £31M investment is the biggest the site has seen in its 40 year history

Me and My Factory

In Allied Bakeries’ new bakehouse

By Nicholas Robinson

Allied Bakeries’ Stevenage site has come to the end of a £31M investment, Russell Zaple tells Nicholas Robinson all about it.

The Kirkcaldy mill had helped lift margins, said Investec

Carr's Kirkcaldy mill ‘helps lift margins’

By Michael Stones

Flour supplier Carr’s Group’s Kirkcaldy mill in Scotland has helped the food, agriculture and engineering group lift margins, according to leading City analyst Investec.

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.

Rock bottom prices for bread in supermarket price wars

Bread is ‘price war casualty’ – FoB director

By Nicholas Robinson

Bread is one of the biggest casualties of the supermarket price war, as retailers keep dropping its price to rock bottom levels in a bid to entice shoppers, according to Gordon Polson, Federation of Bakers’ (FoB’s) director.

EDME primes for business-boosting investment

EDME pumps £2M into Essex site

By Nicholas Robinson

Bakery ingredients supplier EDME is pumping over £2M into its manufacturing facilities in a turnover-boosting bid to modernise and diversify its operations.

Sharing platters are 'massive' in popularity, Baker claimed

Upmarket food a growing trend for foodservice

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturers supplying the foodservice market should focus on a growing trend for upmarket on-the-go and sharing products driven by the popularity of US-style street food, according to industry representatives.

GEA's MultiDrum machine can recreate hand-crafted breaded chicken products at high volumes

Anuga FoodTec trends

Mass production moves closer to manual skills

By Rod Addy

Technology is moving closer to delivering hand-crafted effects on an industrial scale, with innovations such as Fritsch’s Multitwist twisting machine and GEA’s MultiDrum system, winners of International FoodTec Gold Awards at Anuga FoodTec 2015.

Left to right: Charles Eid, Aryzta vice-president of finance Neil Woods and William Eid

Signature Flatbreads to create 200 jobs

By Rod Addy

Signature Flatbreads aims to create at least 200 jobs and target £100M in turnover within the next three years, joint md William Eid claimed after the company’s launch.