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Pladis chief executive Cem Karakaş steps down

McVitie’s owner Pladis has launched a search for a new chief executive following the exit of Cem Karakaş.

Irwin’s says workers’ strike will not impact operations

Operations at Irwin’s Bakery in Northern Ireland will not be impacted by a workers’ strike over pay, chief executive Michael Murphy has said today (21 September).

Barry Callebaut buys Burton’s chocolate facility

Barry Callebaut has bought Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate production site and entered into a long-term supply agreement with the biscuit manufacturer.

Real Good Food supports Brighter Foods investment

Real Good Food Group, which this month sold Haydens Bakery, says rationalisation and new funding are enabling it to support investment in other parts of its business, such as Brighter Foods.

Bakkavor Bread to recruit 200 staff at bakery sites

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, has launched a recruitment drive to find 200 new staff for its bread division.

Finsbury to invest to meet demand for ‘artisan’ bread

Finsbury Food Group is to invest further to meet demand for artisan-style bread – and said it was committed to growing its business through further acquisitions.

Ormo Bakery teams up with NI brands for NPD

Belfast-based Ormo Bakery, which is part of Hovis, has teamed up with two other Northern Irish brands to develop new products.

Pladis set to extend direct biscuit wheat sourcing

McVitie’s owner Pladis is to extend its ‘Back to Farm’ direct wheat sourcing initiative.

Rich Products to move production to single site

Sweet bakery manufacturer Rich Products UK is to consolidate all production in a new facility at Andover in Hampshire.

Former McDonald’s US chief joins Aryzta board

Aryzta has made new independent board appointments to help turn the business around, and announced that banks have agreed to underwrite plans to raise €800m (£715m) through a new share offer.

Premier Foods staff raise £27,500 for charity Mind

Employees at Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods have raised £27,500 for mental health charity Mind by running and walking along the 22-mile Jurassic Coast in Weymouth.

DIFG secures distribution deal with The Bakeshed

Delicious Ideas Food Group (DIFG) is to distribute The Bakeshed products to contract catering businesses under an exclusive deal.

Pladis targets lunch market with McVitie’s Club cake

Pladis has extended its McVitie’s Cake range with a new product inspired by its orange Club bars, designed to combine cake, biscuits and chocolate in one treat.

Allied Bakeries ups prices to reduce operating loss

Allied Bakeries is continuing to reduce its losses – and will be looking to mitigate the impact of rising wheat prices.

AHDB: Brexit will have major impact on UK milling

A ‘what if’ analysis commissioned by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has shown Brexit will have considerable impact on the UK’s milling industry under a range of trade scenarios.

Aulds to keep its eight remaining stores open

Scottish bakery business Aulds is to retain eight of its stores after last month liquidating its retail division.

Real Good Food sells Haydens Bakery to Bakkavor Group

Real Good Food has sold the Haydens Bakery business – excluding the Chantilly Patisserie operation – to Bakkavor Group for £12m.

Roberts unveils 100% recyclable bread packaging

Roberts Bakery is launching packaging for its bloomer range that can be recycled in household kerbside collection bins.

Huffkins bakery secures first export deal in Japan

Cotswolds bakery Huffkins has secured its first export contract, with its fruitcakes, shortbread and branded going on sale in Japan.

Lomond’s Cake brand unveils cocktail cakes

Glasgow bakery Cake, which is owned by fine foods wholesaler Lomond, has launched a range of cocktail-themed goods.

Finsbury buys free-from bakery business Ultrapharm

Finsbury Food Group has acquired specialist free-from bakery manufacturer Ultrapharm, which supplies Finsbury’s Lightbody Europe business.

Pidy adds new flavour to frozen sponge sheets

Ready-to-fill pastry manufacturer Pidy has expanded its Technipat frozen sponge sheets range with a new flavour.

The Cornish Bakery on business awards shortlist

The Cornish Bakery has been shortlisted for Employer of the Year in The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. 

Prima Bakeries secures first exports after record sales

Cornish baker Prima Bakeries has announced its first export deal following record sales this year.

Pladis and IPP form sustainable partnership

McVitie’s owner Pladis UK & Ireland and pallets supplier IPP have teamed up in a bid to reduce environmental impact across the supply chain.

Lancaster wholesale bakery secures £250,000 funding

A new wholesale bakery business has launched in Lancaster and has its sights set on a £1m turnover target.

Genesis Crafty is sold in pre-pack deal to Tayto boss

Northern Irish firm McErlain’s Bakery – producer of the Genesis Crafty range and own-label cakes and breads – has been sold as a private investment to the boss of snacks supplier Tayto Group.

What does wheat genome decoding mean for bakers?

Scientists have unlocked the genetic code of bread wheat, a breakthrough that could result in more consistent dough and longer shelf lives for baked goods.

Dawn Foods launches range of Layer Cake Mixes

Dawn Foods has launched a range of American Style Layer Cake Mixes, available in three flavours.

New Macpac site to address bespoke packaging needs

UK thermoformed packaging manufacturer Macpac has launched a new website aimed at all levels of business.

Holmes Bakery secures first US export listing

Holmes Bakery in Northern Ireland has won its first business in the US.

Speciality Breads Launches duo of Southern-Style Grillhouse Burger Buns

Speciality Breads has said it is helping the nation’s burger purveyors stay ahead of the latest trends with the launch of its duo of southern-style Grillhouse Burger Buns.

Dawn Foods adds frozen treats for Halloween

Dawn Foods has launched three limited-edition frozen products for Halloween.

Aryzta announces plans to raise £715m in capital

Aryzta is aiming to raise around £715m as part of plans to strengthen its presence in the frozen bakery market.

Mindful baking workshop aims to combat stress

A new workshop is combining bread making with the idea of ‘mindfulness’.

Real Good Food raises £1m with open share offer

Real Good Food has raised £1m with an open share offer that it says had been heavily oversubscribed.

Cake Brands invests £100k in frozen dessert facility

West Sussex-based Cake Brands has expanded its frozen desserts capacity at its premises in Chichester.

Social purpose bakery looks to boost flatbreads

A Bristol bakery that employs young people with learning disabilities hopes to boost the number of lavosh flatbreads it makes when it relocates to new premises this month.

Teenage apprentice joins Edme team

Ingredients supplier Edme has appointed a teenage apprentice.

Aulds liquidates retail arm to focus on wholesale

Family-owned bakery Aulds has placed its retail business into liquidation to focus on its wholesale and production operation.

West Midlands family firm John Dwyer Bakery sold

Family business John Dwyer Bakery has been acquired by Bridgwater Bros, owner of frozen food supplier The UK Foodhall.

Warburtons set to end Stockton bread production

Warburtons is planning to stop producing bread at its Stockton-on-Tees site as a result of the declining wrapped bread market.

Greencore promotes Peter Haden to UK chief exec

Current Greencore group chief operating officer Peter Haden is to become the company’s UK chief executive officer.

Food to go bolsters Q3 performance at Greencore

Food-to-go sales have bolstered Greencore’s UK and Ireland business, resulting in a 1.4% growth in reported revenue in Q3.

Weather hits sales growth and profit at Greggs

Footfall and costs at Greggs have been hit by the weather, with the business reporting a drop in profits.

Elisabeth the Chef losses halved after restructure

Losses at own-label bakery supplier Elisabeth the Chef have fallen from £13.9m to £7.5m in its first accounts filed under new ownership.

Bells Food Group wins health and safety award

Scottish pastry supplier Bells Food Group has been given an award for its health and safety practices.

Bakers urged to use high-fibre alternative flours

Bakers could capitalise on the wellness trend by introducing more fibre-rich flours into their recipes, a registered nutritional therapist has claimed.

Délifrance unveils £4m Viennoiserie expansion

Bakery supplier Délifrance has completed a year-long £4m expansion of its Viennoiserie production facility in Wigston, near Leicester.

Cake study shows sugar cut potential, say campaigners

A new study by health campaigners has found wide variation in sugar and calorie content in the same styles of cakes and biscuits. This, they claimed, showed how it was possible for bakers to reformulate products.