Factories up for grabs

The former United Kingdom bakery processing facilities at Sara Lee Bridlington and Heinz Foods Grimsby are up for sale. Pro Auction Limited organised an auction tender of the entire contents of food processing machinery located at the former confectionery manufacturer Sara Lee – a world-renowned manufacturer of baked goods and confectionery in addition to the […]

INGREDIENTS NEWS: Organic chocolate made to measure

Tailor-made organic chocolate offers manufacturers an innovative, customised solution to respond to increasing consumer demand for a wider range of organic products. Organically grown, the cocoa beans are processed by ADM Cocoa at its plant in Hull and the resulting cocoa products are then transported to ADM Classic in Liverpool, where the chocolate is manufactured. […]


PROCESSING: Machinery first for bakery

As part of a £1 million investment programme, a Milton Keynes bakery is the first in the UK to install Kanig’s new concept low stress bread line. The machinery has been by bought by Giles Foods, for its rapidly expanding Pain Artisan bakery which produces frozen, chilled and ambient baked and part-baked speciality breads and […]

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INGREDIENTS: Tastes like…

Fayrefield Foods Ireland has launched Butter-Like – the ultimate butter extender replacer. Butter-Like has the buttery flavour essential for pastry, biscuits, shortbreads and quality laminated pastry products. Developed to replicate the physical properties of butter in every way, Butter-Like delivers these properties at a significant discount to the cost of butter. Its similarity to butter […]

Mr Bagels launches Hi Energy Bars

Bagel producer Mr Bagels has launched a range of health conscious bagels – low in fat and high in fibre. Hi Energy Bagel Bars are available in two flavours, Bran and Seed and Bran, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed. The latter contains less than 3g fat each. The bars can be enjoyed straight from the pack, […]


Healthy trends show in top 100 grocery brands

UK consumers have made significant efforts to improve their diets with sales of healthier products rocketing brands up the top 100 grocery brands league table, according to a Nielsen report. “Health has dominated the consumer’s agenda. Many manufacturers and retailers have fundamentally changed their products to provide a healthier offering which has lead to phenomenal […]


£3 million quiche investment for Thomas Food

Quiche manufacturer Thomas Food Group (TFG) is embarking upon a new development programme targeting the premium end of the market. In particular, the company is developing a new range of premium quiches aimed at the rapidly expanding food-to-go market. A £3 million (£4.4m) investment programme is currently underway at its two production sites in Milton […]


Traditional Baker Perkins goes independent

APV Baker, a leading supplier of process equipment and services to the food industry worldwide, has been acquired from Invensys plc by private investors John Cowx and Brian Taylor. The new company will trade as Baker Perkins. The business, based in Peterborough, UK and Grand Rapids, Michigan US, is a leader in process technology for […]

Firms sever sugar sites as EU laws loom

Dutch firm CSM is debating the sale of its sugar division as new reforms for EU exports come into force in July. The changes will affect both the sugar industry and beet growers, particularly as EU agriculture ministers have agreed to cut the price for sugar by 36% in November. CSM Sugar produces up to […]

FIG in the pastry mix

The Food Investment Group (FIG) has acquired two bakery businesses specialising in the production of savoury pastry products such as quiches and flans. Under the umbrella of the newly created Pastry Group, Thomas Foods based in Sheffield supplies Morrisons and Waitrose, while the Giles Foods pastry operation located in Milton Keynes supplies Asda, Morrisons and […]

Rich invests in UK sites

Following its acquisition of David Powell Bakeries last year, Rich Products is spending around £1 million (£1.45m) to increase production at both its Worcestershire and Fareham bakeries. At Fareham, in addition to relocating the bread bakery and refurbishing all the ovens, the investment covers the purchase of new bread chillers and provers and the installation […]

Pecan Deluxe ups production

Yorkshire-based Pecan Deluxe Candy is completing a major investment programme in new facilities that will provide more streamlined production. The latest investment will provide a self-contained nut production zone, a fifth nut production line, an increased capacity bakery operation, and a large storage area for finished products. Nut production is now segregated from other areas […]

Homemade trade could try Dubai

A report from market development consultancy Food from Britain (FfB) divulges significant opportunities for UK food and drink exporting to the Middle East. Indications are that prospects are ripe for manufacturers of bakery, confectionery, breakfast cereals and tea. The study, entitled The British Ex-pat & Tourist Market in the Gulf States, reveals Dubai as a […]

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