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Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

Wimbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges.

Belfast miller Neill’s Flour expands operations

Miller Neill’s Flour is expanding its operations into a 16,000sq ft unit in the Titanic Quarter at Belfast’s Channel Commercial Plant.

Aryzta announces profit warning and £175m cuts

Bakery business Aryzta has cuts its forecast earnings and announced plans to slash costs by £175m over the next three years.

US woes take toll on profit growth at Greencore

Greencore profit growth has been dented in a “challenging” half year by problems in the firm’s US operation.

Video: how apprentices saved one bakery £38,000 a year

British Baker met with members of trade body Scottish Bakers to talk about the value of apprenticeships to the baking industry.

Warburtons aims to score with football packaging

Warburtons is rolling out football-themed packaging ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Thomas the Baker unveils the Flat Cap sandwich

Thomas the Baker is giving sarnies a regional twist with the launch of a Yorkshire Flat Cap Sandwich.

United Bakery Equipment joins Federation of Bakers

US equipment supplier United Bakery Equipment (UBE) has become an associate sponsor of the Federation of Bakers.

Bells Food Group makes four new appointments

Scottish pie and pastry manufacturer Bells has expanded its senior team with four new appointments.

Northumbrian Fine Foods acquired by European firm

Gluten-free biscuit manufacturer Northumbrian Fine Foods has been acquired by European own-label firm Biscuit International from CriSeren Foods.

Premier branded cake sales down 3% across the year

Sales of branded cakes at Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes supplier Premier Foods have fallen more than 3% year on year.

Warburtons sourdough to be trialled in south east

Warburtons is aiming to tap rising demand for handmade artisan breads with the launch of three sourdough loaves.

Délifrance invests in sites and brand refresh

Délifrance is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the UK with investment in new and existing sites, a design refresh and a restructure of its brands.

Hovis looks into substance abuse claims among staff in Glasgow factory

Hovis has launched an investigation into claims that workers at one of its manufacturing sites were under the influence of alcohol or drugs on-site.

Newly Weds Foods opens gluten-free facility

Global ingredients supplier Newly Weds Foods has opened a dedicated gluten-free plant.

Pladis appoints Scott Snell to lead new customer team

McVitie’s owner Pladis has appointed former Mondelēz director Scott Snell to head up a new customer team.

Real Good Food secures further £8.2m funding

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has secured a further £8.2m financing – and stated that, without this, there was a “significant risk” it would not be able to trade.

Samworths’ Brooklands Bakery site facing closure

The Brooklands Bakery, previously part of the Euphorium bakery business owned by Tesco, is facing closure.

AB Mauri acquires Holgran from Rank Hovis Milling

Bakery ingredients suppliers Holgran and Fleming Howden, parts of the Rank Hovis Milling business, are to be acquired by AB Mauri.

Manchester bakery chain closes following robbery

Dawsons Bakery, which operated four shops in the Manchester area, has entered administration following a robbery at one of its sites.

Just days left to enter the Baking Industry Awards!

The closing date for entries to the 2018 Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching.

M&S launches craft beer brewed with stale bread

Marks & Spencer has teamed up with Adnams brewery to sell a range of beers made from discarded bread crusts.

Cake Brands names Rachel Clark accounts manager

Baked goods supplier Cake Brands has appointed Rachel Clark as national accounts manager for its Sussex-based More Food business.

Speakers and topics for FOB conference announced

Health, the economy and food safety are to be the key themes of this year’s Federation of Bakers conference.

What could Sainsbury’s/ Asda deal mean for bakers?

News of Sainsbury’s proposed merger with Asda – to create a £51bn-a-year retail behemoth – has caught much of the grocery world unawares.

Lantmännen invests £4.4m in Milton Keynes factory

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake is to invest £4.4m in its Milton Keynes factory following growth in the burger market.

Petrow Food Group installs £850k processing line

Ingredients supplier Petrow Food Group has invested £850,000 in a new fruit processing line at its Haverhill production facility in Suffolk.

Insurance business joins Federation of Bakers

Food and drink supply chain insurance specialist NFU Mutual has joined The Federation of Bakers.

Just Desserts targets indies with vegan cake range

Shipley-based manufacturer Just Desserts has launched a vegan cake range aimed at independent cafés, coffee shops and delis.

Bells Food Group revamps steak pie range packaging

Bells Food Group is rolling out new-look packaging for its steak pies.

Earth Day: how bakeries are making a difference

Millions of people across the world celebrated Earth Day yesterday (22 April) – a global initiative that aims to educate communities about environmental issues and take action to reduce humankind’s impact upon the planet.

Aryzta names new Europe CEO as Murphy steps down

Former Friesland Campina chief operating officer Gregory Sklikas has been appointed CEO of Aryzta’s European business.

Graze packs turn pink to support Race for Life

Snack supplier Graze has partnered with Tesco to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this summer.

Vegan egg replacer wins Free From Food Awards

A vegan egg replacer from Australian supplier Orgran has won the top prize at the UK’s Free From Food Awards this week.

Lees summons unicorn to promote its Macaringues

Teacakes and meringues supplier Lees of Scotland has promoted its pastel-coloured Macaringues meringue shells by summoning a unicorn to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.

Lantmännen names Richard Stowey operations director

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has appointed Richard Stowey to head its UK site operations.

Adelie Foods to distribute Addo products to convenience stores

Adelie Foods is rolling out a direct-to-store delivery service for c-stores that will see it distribute pastry products made by Addo Food Group alongside its Urban Eat range.

Foodhaven sourdough declared Britain’s Best Loaf

A White Seeded Sourdough Loaf produced by Sussex-based Foodhaven has been declared Britain’s Best Loaf 2018.

Kent Foods to buy Garrett Ingredients from RGF

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food is selling its Garrett Ingredients business to Kent Foods Limited.

How Iceland has axed palm oil from its baked goods

Iceland has removed palm oil from across its baked goods range as part of a pledge to end the use of the controversial ingredient in all its own-label food by the end of 2018.

Bakeries commit to cutting loaf surplus

Ten bakeries have pledged to reduce food waste at their sites as part of the Real Bread Campaign’s No Loaf Lost commitment.

Nairn’s drives convenience sales with new hire

Oatcake manufacturer Nairn’s has hired Scott McPherson as a national account manager to help drive sales in the convenience and wholesale sector.

UK launch for Nestlé’s ruby chocolate KitKat

Nestlé is launching a KitKat made with ruby chocolate in the UK next week.

Waffle machine firm to ramp up overseas business

Waffle machine supplier The Malted Waffle Company is aiming to increase its overseas business after securing funding from Santander.

FOB: wholemeal bakers have done nothing wrong

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) says manufacturers have not contravened the Bread & Flour Regulations by using other flours in their wholemeal breads.

Warburtons unveils new Bistro Deli Buns range

Warburtons is rolling out a range of flatbread-style buns baked with ‘premium’ ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, grains, seeds and honey.

Bakkavor seeks 30 staff for Cheshire bakeries

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 30 new members of staff at its sites in Nantwich and Crewe in Cheshire.

Real Good Food secures £4m additional funding

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has secured additional funding to ease pressure on its cashflow.

International approval for Campden quality system

A method developed by Campden BRI to objectively analyse the quality of bread has gained international approval.

More Food to launch direct sales wholesale service

Ambient and frozen cake supplier More Food is ramping up its wholesale presence with the launch of a new website.