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Hovis job cuts? ‘Same old story’ industry insider tells us

News of more than 200 job cuts at the Hovis bakery in Leicester should surprise no one, a key industry insider has told this website.

Hovis bakery to close with loss of 200 jobs

The Hovis bakery in Leicester is to close by next January with the loss of 204 jobs.

Genius targets in-store bakeries for French expansion

UK gluten-free major Genius has rolled products in French in-store bakeries – a move it says should normalize gluten-free for consumers.

Bimbo Bakeries USA notes ‘surprising’ decline in private label

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) saw a 7% dip in US private label packaged bread sales in its Q2 results.

Grain Millers working on fully-sprouted oats

Grain Millers is developing fully-sprouted oats but says industry needs to clarify the definition of ‘sprouted’ to differentiate between fully and partially-sprouted grains.

Financials brief

Q2 ‘wrap’: Grupo Bimbo sharp profit rise, PepsiCo profits dip

Grupo Bimbo’s Q2 net profit surged 72.6% on the previous year as sales rose slightly, whereas PepsiCo’s net profit dipped 2% despite steady sales.

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

Maverick Innovations bets British to secure US expansion

UK flavor house Maverick Innovations will set up a US manufacturing hub in the next five years; bolstering its presence with British flavors like banana and custard, its CEO says.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

What do women want (from bread)?

Manufacturers should look to develop breads tailored to women’s nutritional needs, according to a Datamonitor researcher.

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to market without compromising on texture and taste.

Finsbury Food Group to post profit rise

Cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations, thanks to market promotions and cost cutting, according to its pre-close trading...

News in brief

Corbion Caravan introduces dough conditioner without ADA

Corbion Caravan offers ‘Im-Prove 200 No ADA’ dough conditioner for bakeries looking to eliminate Azodicarbonamide (ADA) from their dough.

A family affair: Genesis Crafty set to grow throughout the UK

Genesis Crafty, a Northern Irish bakery business owned by six brothers, is set to grow by 25% over the next year, according to its CEO Brian McErlain.

Nearly 2/3 UK bread contain pesticide residues, report claims

A report from lobby group Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) claims nearly two thirds of UK bread tested between 2000 and 2013 contained pesticide residues, but DEFRA says there is...

Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorian firm Supan

Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is set to acquire Ecuadorian company Supan – its first buy in the region.

Hovis contract loss threatens 40 jobs at logistics firm

40 jobs are threatened at logistics firm Swansea Bakeries Limited (SBL) amid proposals to shift its contract to handle logistics for Premier Foods’ Hovis brand to Hovis’ Avonmouth depot.

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its chia seeds – deeming them sufficiently ‘equivalent’ to those already...

Action on Sugar removes bread from high-sugar hit list: 'We acknowledge it was not accurate'

Anti-sugar lobby group Action on Sugar has removed bread from its initial list of products containing ‘large amounts of sugar’.

Sugar prices to blame for ABF's poor sugar revenues

Associated British Foods (ABF) has blamed lower sugar prices and weak EU sales volumes for its poor sugar revenues in an interim management statement today (July 10).

Bread measurement boosted by Stable Micro Systems

Stable Micro Systems has added calculations to its non-contact laser-based volume measurement instrument to respond to industry needs.

News in brief

Allied Bakeries Kingsmill launches Great White Rolls

Kingsmill launches Great White Rolls following the release of Kingsmill Great White - loaves with as much fibre as wholemeal - back in March. 

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread,...

DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART II

Protein rush: Grain-based products must catch up, says Ardent Mills

The grain-based industry is late to the protein game and they need to catch up because opportunities are vast, says Ardent Mills’ director of consumer insights.

ESA on acrylamide safety concerns: 'We’ll be seeking clarity and clear categorization'

The European Snack Association (ESA) says it welcomes EFSA’s recent draft opinion on acrylamide in food, but will push for greater clarity on safe levels and product categorization in the...

Fazer closes 2 factories in industrial to in-store shift

Finnish firm Fazer has announced the closure of two of its bakeries – a move it said was unavoidable considering a market shift from pre-packed bread to in-store baked. 

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