More automation could offset rising labour costs, says Finsbury boss

Finsbury hit by rising commodity and labour costs

By Noli Dinkovski

A combination of high commodity prices and labour costs are a “constant attrition”, hindering growth at one of the UK’s biggest bakery firms, its group finance director has claimed.

End-of-line automation on the up

End-of-line automation on the up

Automation of end-of-line packaging is increasing as food firms try to cut costs by cutting manual labour and improving product quality and consistency, says Interfood Technology.

Cake Décor's new ready made bags of icing can also be used as a piping bag

Cake firm invests hundreds of thousands

By Laurence Gibbons

Cake Décor has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in new production equipment to help it produce innovative new products.

Coconut covered snowballs have melted the taxman's heart

Coconut snowball tax melts away

By Rod Addy

VAT no longer applies to coconut covered snowballs made by Thomas Tunnock and Lees of Scotland because they are cakes, an Edinburgh tribunal has ruled in a long-running saga.

Clarke's cake mimics all the trimmings of a traditional turkey Christmas dinner

Quirky turkey Christmas cake

By Rod Addy

A cake resembling a Christmas turkey dinner has been created by UK baking ingredients manufacturer Renshaw and a Leicester-based professional cake decorator, in celebration of the festive season.

GR Wright makes a range of cake mixes for consumers

Home baking firm invests in factory expansion

By Rod Addy

Home baking products firm GR Wright and Sons has invested £4.2M in expanding its site at Enfield, Middlesex – a project it expects to complete in October 2013.

Gary Frank, head boy, Fabulous Bakin' Boys

Dream player

By Michael STONES

Gary Frank's dream of donuts took the Fabulous Bakin' Boy on a multi-million pound journey. Mike Stones reports

Are cake pops the new cup cakes?

Are cake pops the new cup cakes?

A US-themed stand at a London Coffee Festival inspired a Welsh bakery to launch US-style chocolate cake pops for the UK's coffee shops and retail outlets.

Celebration cakes helped Finsbury grow its sales

Finsbury reports strong organic sales growth

By Rick Pendrous

Finsbury Food Group, the baker of cakes, bread and gluten-free bakery goods, today (July 24) reported sales of £207M for the year ­- up 9.4%, or £17.8M, on the previous year.

John Duffy: Happy consumers are eating cake...

Finsbury shrugs off dioxin scare as cake growth returns

By Ben Bouckley

Finsbury Food Group chief executive John Duffy says that a turnaround in the firm’s cake division has led to growth in the first half year, as it bids to recoup losses from the egg dioxin scare that struck it in January.

A taste of home

A taste of home

By Hayley Brown

Control of wastage is essential in running an efficient cake-making operation, says Nish Fatania

A test of taste

A test of taste

By Lynda Searby

Free-from foods are finally breaking into supermarkets, but matching the quality of standard products is proving a challenge, reports Lynda Searby


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