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Kraft appoints new legal head

Kraft appoints new legal head

Food giant Kraft Foods has appointed Gerhard "Gerd" W. Pleuhs to lead its global legal team after its current head plans to leave in April.

Kingdom Bakers: 135 jobs under threat

Kingdom Bakers: 135 jobs under threat

By Dan Colombini

A total of 135 jobs at Scottish bakery Kingdom Bakers hang in the balance after the firm’s receivers announced that it has received six enquiries from potential buyers.

Something to smile about: Pom-Bear sales have reached about £15M

Intersnack's seven figure investment in UK snacks

By Rod Addy

European giant Intersnack is challenging PepsiCo and United Biscuits brands in the UK as it prepares to dramatically increase its profile, with a seven-figure investment in UK production.

Zetar establishes French subsidiary

Zetar establishes French subsidiary

By Oliver Nieburg

UK-based confectionery and snacks firm Zetar has established a French subsidiary to leverage its position in continental Europe.

Photo Credit: Finsbury Foods

Export boom boosts growth for Finsbury Foods

By Oliver Nieburg

UK-based bakery firm Finsbury Foods has announced improved sales in a first quarter (Q1) trading driven by significant gains in its export business, but high commodity prices continue to squeeze profit margins.

The firm posted strong financial results for the first quarter of 2011 and is confident it will turn around the fortunes of Brookes Avana

2 Sisters to restore Brookes Avana within two years

By Dan Colombini

2 Sisters Food Group’s chilled food business Brookes Avana, acquired from Premier Foods last year, will be returned to profitability within two years, according to its new owners.

Monument Foods is renting its new site from Sunderland City Council

Monument Foods to open Sunderland bakery

By Freddie Dawson

Monument Foods expects to open a new Sunderland bakery “within the next few weeks”, its director Tracy Lyons told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

Ralcorp board approves Post cereals spin-off

Ralcorp board approves Post cereals spin-off

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Ralcorp has outlined the shape of the company after it spins off its Post cereals business, four years after it bought the maker of Grape-Nuts, Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats from Kraft Foods for $1.65bn.

600 jobs to go at Premier Foods

600 jobs to go at Premier Foods

By Oliver Nieburg

UK-based Premier Foods has announced that 5% of its 12,000 man workforce will be axed as the company sets larger cut targets.

Maple Leaf's West Midlands bakery is to close with the loss of 236 jobs

Maple Leaf cuts 236 jobs at Walsall bakery

By Tom Chandler

Canadian firm Maple Leaf has confirmed that it plans to close its West Midlands bakery, after failing to find a buyer for the site, with the loss of 236 jobs.

Clarke has been praised by city analysts for his performance since taking over at Premier in august last year

Premier boss Michael Clarke backed by city

By Dan Colombini

Premier Foods boss Michael Clarke has received a resounding vote of confidence from city analysts, six months into his role, as he continues his plan to guide the firm out of trouble.

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Wonder bread and Twinkies maker Hostess Brands has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to allow it to restructure, but does not expect to stop producing or delivering any of its products during the process, the company said on Wednesday.

Burton's export deal will put Cadbury Fingers on sale in more than half Loblaw's Canadian outlets

Burton's biscuit firm signs export deal

By Tom Chandler

Burton's Biscuit Company has signed a deal with Canada's largest supermarket firm Loblaw in a move that will boost its total exports by £70M over the next two years.

Greggs performed ahead of analysts expectations for the year

Greggs rises on strong Christmas results

By Dan Colombini

Bakery retailer Greggs has performed ahead of analyst’s expectations during the festive season after posting “excellent” results for the period ending January 7.

In a jam? Premier's sale of its Irish Brands led analyst Graham Jones to question its cash generating ability

Premier Food’s Irish brands sale raises cash fears

By Mike Stones

The £34.7M sale of Premier Foods’ four Irish brands, Chivers, Gateaux, McDonnells and the Erin licence, to the Boyne Valley Group underline worries about the food giant’s ability to generate cash, one leading analyst has warned.

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