Lantmännen Unibake Consolidating European Bakery Operations, Closing 3 Bakeries

Danish bakery Lantmännen Unibake has announced plans to close bakeries in Poznan, Viborg and Budapest, the move follows a business review evaluating the efficiency...

French Group Le Duff Invests EUR 250 Mln in A New Premium Bread Plant

Le Duff plans to increase its bread-baking capacity, near its headquarters in Western France, by building a new plant in Brittany for Bridor, one...

Barilla Plans EUR 70 Mln. of Investment in France

Barilla has reportedly announced that it would be investing EUR 70 million in its French network over the next three years, according to local...

La Boulangère & Co. Opens New Baked Goods Factory in France

French baked goods company La Boulangère & Co. has opened its 7th factory in the northwestern town of La Chaize-le-Vicompte, according to local press...

Orkla Latvia Invests in Laima Facility

Orkla Latvia has invested EUR 800 thousand in equipment at its Laima production facility. The investment will go towards oven facilities to bake wafer...

Symrise Invests EUR 3 Mln Expanding Innovation Centre in Indonesia

Symrise has invested EUR 3 million expanding its Jakarta innovation centre significantly expanding the laboratory capacity for taste as well as fragrance and care. The...

Valeo Foods Buys 2 Sisters Christmas Puddings Business for GBP 67 Mln

2 Sisters Food Group can confirm it has entered into a binding contract for the sale of its Matthew Walker Christmas puddings business to...

Grupo Bimbo Buys Cerealto Siro Foods Paterna Bread Business

Bakery Iberian Investments, a Grupo Bimbo subsidiary, has reached an agreement to acquire Paterna, including the plant, from Cerealto Siro Foods. No financial details...

Vester Capital take Minority Stake in Clean-Label Brand Simple Mills

Vestar Capital Partners today announced that it is has entered into an agreement to make a minority investment in Simple Mills, the number one...

UK: Warburtons Bakery Almost at the Point of Compostable Packaging

In a radio interview with BBC Radio 5 Live Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, revealed the company is almost at the point of being...

Unilever Completes Sale of Alsa

Unilever announced today that, further to the announcement made on 9th February 2018, it has completed the sale of Alsa

UK: Dr. Oetker Acquires Cake Craft World

Dr. Oetker has acquired UK specialist baking company Cake Craft World for an undisclosed amount. It is understood on completion of acquisition Cake Craft...

Bridor Invests USD 40 Mln Expanding Bakery Plant

Quebec based baked goods manufacturer Bridor is investing USD 40 million doubling the area of its Boucherville bakery, increasing production capacity by 80%. Bridor manufactures...

Grupo Bimbo Reorganising Spanish Unit to Adapt to Market Demand

Barcelona based Bimbo Donuts Iberia is set to move forward with a reorganisation plan that includes redundancy, citing economic, organisational and production reasons, local...

Campbell Completes Sale of Kelsen Group

Campbell Soup Company announced today that it has completed the sale of Kelsen Group to a Ferrero affiliated company for a purchase price of...

Fairfield Gourmet Food Corporation Acquires Foxtail Foods

Since 1986, Foxtail Foods has been known for its high quality desserts and is an exclusive supplier to Perkins Restaurant & Bakery and Marie...

USA: Flowers Bakery to Close Alabama Facility

Flowers Bakery is set to stop production at its Opelika, Alabama facility in December due to production inefficiencies and reduced volume, according to local...

Cake And Bread Manufacturer Finsbury Says Looking At UK Sources For Products Ahead Of...

Finsbury Food Group PLC: * FY pre-tax profit rose 203 percent to 13.6 million STG * FY revenue rose 3.8 percent to 315.3 million STG * FY...

ACH Food Companies Acquires Anthony’s Goods

11 September 2019- ACH Food Companies, the arm of Associated British Foods which owns US branded staples such as Fleischmann’s Yeast, Karo corn syrups,...

Global Bakeries Continues SoCal Expansion With Purchase of Better Baking Co.

10 September 2019- The Better Baking Co. is now part of Global Bakeries, a fellow southern California-based commercial bakery after an acquisition which closed...

Orkla Buys Dutch Bakery Ingredient Manufacturer Vamo

03 September 2019- Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sonneveld Group B.V. ("Sonneveld") Orkla Food Ingredients has signed and completed an agreement to purchase the Dutch...

Better-For-You Snack Company Expanding Production to Pennsylvania

04 September 2019- New Jersey-based snack company That’s How We Roll, LLC is expanding production to Pennsylvania with an investment of USD 4.4 million...

Frozen Dough Company Delorio Foods Gets New Owner

Frozen pizza dough and breadstick manufacturer Delorio Foods has been sold to Rudolph Capital. The transaction closed in July, no financial details were disclosed. New...

Burton’s Biscuits Builds Capability With Acquisition Of Paterson Arran

Burton’s Biscuit Co. is strengthening its capability and broadening its product portfolio with the acquisition of Paterson Arran, one of Scotland’s independent food companies. The...

Neuhauser Doubles Size of Filled Donuts Manufacturing Site

Neuhauser has doubles the size of its Les Gourmandises de Broceliande site in France to add a third high-capacity line with a view to...

NI: Genesis Crafty Bakery Invests GBP 750,000 into the Business

Northern Irish bakery Genesis Crafty is set to invest over GBP 750,000 into the business and create 35 jobs, local press reports. It is...

Hershey to Acquire ONE Brands, Extending Better-For-You Brand Portfolio

The Hershey Company strengthened its position as a snacking leader today, announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ONE Brands,...

Mintel: Permissible Indulgence a Key Opportunity for US Cookie Industry

Flexible and balanced diets are gaining traction among US consumers who are striving to combine healthy eating regimens with occasional treats. Occasional indulgence has...

US: Rich Products Acquires Christie Cookie Company

Privately-owned, gourmet cookie company helps expand Rich’s cookie portfolio. Rich Products recently announced that it has acquired Christie Cookie Company, based in Nashville, TN. Christie...

Univar Solutions to Distribute Novozymes Bakery Portfolio in Russia

Univar LLC, a subsidiary of Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, today announced...

Domty Signs USD 3 Mln Deal to Install New Bakery Line

Arabian Food Industries Co (Domty) had signed a deal with US-based manufacturer of high-speed commercial bakery equipment AMF Bakery Systems to purchase and install...

Campbell Sells its Australian Snacks Unit Arnott’s and Some International Operations to KKR for...

Campbell Soup Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of Arnott’s and certain of Campbell’s International operations to...

Hostess Brands to Sell Superior Cake Products, Inc. to Sara Lee Frozen Bakery

Hostess Brands, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Superior Cake Products, Inc. (“Superior”) in-store bakery business...

Oreo Maker Mondelez Raises Sales Forecast as Emerging Markets Fuel Growth

Mondelez International Inc raised its 2019 sales forecast on Tuesday, benefiting from several years of tailoring its chocolates and cookies to cater to consumer...

Kellogg Company Closes Sale of Keebler Cookies and Related Businesses to Ferrero

Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) announced today that it has closed the sale of Keebler cookies and other selected businesses to the Ferrero Group and...

N. Ireland: Linwoods to Close Armagh Bakery

Linwoods is set to close its Armagh bakery, according to press sources, the company cites an ongoing decline in market demand as the reason. Linwoods,...

Emmi Acquires Italian Desserts Company Pasticceria Quadrifoglio

Swiss dairy group Emmi has acquired Italian desserts company Pasticceria Quadrifoglio for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is subject to approval of the relevant...

Dr. Oetker Acquires Brazilian Decorative Confectionery Company

Dr Oetker Brazil has bought Brazilian confectionery company Mavalerio for an undisclosed amount. Albert Christmann, CEO of the Oetker Group said, "We have been successful...

KKR Devours Tim Tam Biscuits Maker in $2.2 Bln Deal with Campbell

* KKR says its offer for Arnott's was accepted by Campbell * No deal value given; Media report puts deal value at $2.2 bln * Campbell...

UK: Warburtons Plans to Close Newcastle Bakery

Family owned British bakery Warburtons has said it plans to close its traditional bakery in Newcastle, local press reports. As well as the traditional...

Campbell Signs Agreement for Sale of Kelsen Group for USD 300 Mln

Campbell Soup Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of Kelsen Group to a Ferrero affiliated company for...

Cerealto Siro Sells Baby Food and Pastry Businesses as it Refocuses on Cereal

11 July 2019- Spanish food manufacturer Cerealto Siro has announced the divestment of two of its businesses and an investment in its production capacity...

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Opens New R&D Center

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery has opened a new 10,000 square foot R&D innovation centre and test kitchen. The new facility, located at its Chicago...

US: Denali Ingredients Opens New Facility Producing Baked Inclusions

Denali Ingredients is investing in and expanding its food ingredients manufacturing capabilities with the opening of an additional 98,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located at 16725...

AUA Private Equity Acquires Snack Food Manufacturer TruFood

AUA Private Equity Partners has acquired the assets of snack food contract manufacturer TruFood, no financial details have been disclosed. Founded in 1985, TruFood manufactures...

Ardenton Invests in UK Food Business for the Home Baking and Retail Market.

Ardenton Capital Corporation has announced its strategic partnership and equity investment in Manchester-headquartered Food Innovations Baking Group (“Food Innovations”), a manufacturer of specialist products...

Kellogg to Cut Jobs, Take $35 Mln Pretax Hit on North America Unit Revamp

Kellogg Co said on Tuesday it would cut about 150 jobs and take a $35 million hit to trim its North American operations following...

Mondelez Invests USD 6 Mln Developing Chocolate , Biscuit and Candy Products

Mondelēz International announced today it is investing $6 million in its Reading Science Centre in the UK to support the development of new chocolate,...

Biscuit International Acquires Dutch Cake and Pastries Company

European manufacturer of private label biscuits Biscuit International is set to acquire Dutch company Aviateur, local press reports. It is understood both companies have agreed...

Chocolate Brand Godiva Expands into Baking Aisle, Partners with General Mills

03 June 2019- Artisan chocolate company Godiva is partnering with General Mills and expanding its footprint into the baking aisle producing “premium” baking mixes. Caroline...

ABF Set to Enter Yeast and Bakery Ingredients Joint Venture in China

3 June 2019 – Associated British Foods plc (ABF: LN) and Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited (SGX:...

Agrofert Given the Go Ahead to Acquire United Bakeries

31 May 2019- The Czech competition authority has given its approval to Agrofert to acquire United Bakeries though Penam with conditions. In order to get...

F&N Enters Retail Coffee Segment, Acquires Starbucks Thailand

28 May 2019- Singapore food and beverage conglomerate Fraser and Neave has entered into an agreement to acquire Starbuck Coffee Thailand through Coffee Concepts...

Edita Food Industries Installs New Wafer Line

Egyptian baked foods manufacturer Edita Food Industries has announced the installation of a new wafer production line at its E08 facility, with an investment...

Premier Foods: Mr Kipling Sale Would Be Exceedingly Good

** Premier Food shares up ~1 pct at 36.3 pence ** Media reported over weekend co looking to sell Mr Kipling cakes brand, paving way...

Ardent Mills Investing in Its Denver Mill

28 May 2019- Milling and ingredients company Ardent Mills is set to invest in its Denver Colorado mill to support The Annex, a business...

Flowers Foods Announces Executive Promotions

27 May 2019- US bakery foods company Flower Foods made a number of changes to its executive team, effective as of last week. Bradley K....

2 Sisters Making Major Investment in Fox’s Biscuits and UK Poultry

21 May 2019- 2 Sisters Food Group is today announcing a series of actions as part of its accelerating transformational strategy to turnaround the...

UK: Leicester Bakery to Invest GBP 8 Mln Expanding Manufacturing

21 May 2019- Family owned Leicester Bakery Ltd is set to move across town and set up a new 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The...

B&G Foods Acquires Baking Ingredients Company

15 May 2019-  B&G Foods, Inc.  announced that effective today it has acquired the Clabber Girl Corporation, a leader in baking products, including baking...

Vegan Sausage Rolls Rake in the Dough for Greggs

14 May 2019-  Rising demand for Greggs Plc's vegan sausage rolls prompted the British baker to raise its annual forecast for the second time...

Mr Kipling Makeover Helps Boost Premier Foods Profit

14 May 2019 - A relaunch of its venerable Mr Kipling cake brand helped Premier Foods Plc to report higher annual profit on Tuesday...

US: McKee Foods Purchases Prairie City Bakery

03 May 2019- Mike McKee, president and CEO of Collegedale, Tenn.-based McKee Foods, and Bill Skeens, CEO of Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Prairie City Bakery,...

Orkla’s Acquisition of Easyfood A/S Completed

30 April 2019- In its press release of 21 December 2018, Orkla announced that it had entered into an agreement to purchase 90 per...

Danone Buys Majority Stake in France’s Michel et Augustin

Danone Manifesto Ventures has boosted its stake in French bakery and snacks business Michel et Augustin to 95%, up from a minority stake in...

Mid Europa Acquires Croatian Bakery Mlinar

10 April 2019 – Private Equity firm Mid Europa Partners has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in bakery retail and...

Orkla Acquires Bakery Ingredients Supplier in Sweden

09 April 2019- Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkla Food Ingredients AS, Orkla has entered into an agreement to purchase Zeelandia Sweden AB, a supplier...

Italian PE Firm Invests in Clean-Label Bakery

A controlling stake in Italian private label bakery Dino Corsini has been acquired by private equity firm Consilium. It is understood that the Corsini family...

Mondelez’s Offer for Campbell Soup’s Arnott’s Biscuits too Low – CNBC

8 April 2019 - Mondelez’s plans to acquire Campbell Soup’s international brands which include Arnott’s Biscuits, have hit a hurdle, reports CNBC. Referring to people...

Kellogg Close to Selling Off Cookies and Snacks Business

01 April 2019- Kellogg is nearing a deal to sell its Keebler, Famous Amos and fruit snacks businesses to Ferrero, CNBC reports. It is understood...

Mondelez in Talks to Buy Campbell’s International Business

01 April 2019- Mondelez International is in advance talks to acquire Campbells international brands, Bloomberg reports. It is understood the companies are in advanced discussions...

Délifrance Opens Pastry Production Line Making 1.5 Million Items Daily

27 March 2019- Bakery and deli foods firm Délifrance last week opened a fourth production line for frozen pastry in Romans-sur-Isère, adding production capacity...

Corbion to Buy Granotec do Brazil in $45 mln Deal

25 March 2019- Dutch food ingredients company Corbion said on Monday it plans to acquire Granotec do Brazil for $45 million to expand its...

UK: Carrs Foods Secures Investment and Announces Rebranding

22 March 2019- Following a GBP 6.7 million investment from British Growth Fund (BGF) bakery business Carrs Foods has rebranded as St Pierre Groupe,...

UK: 2 Sisters Announces Job Cuts at Fox’s Biscuits Factory

21 March 2019- Owners of Fox’s Biscuits, 2 Sisters Food Group, has announced up to 250 jobs are at risk at its loss making...

Fazer to Close Oulu Bakery

11 March 2019- The collaboration negotiations concerning Fazer’s bakery in Oulu have been concluded. Fazer Bakeries will close the production in Oulu. The bakery...

AAK Invests in its China Facility to Support Growth in Special Nutrition and Bakery...

11 March 2019- Eighteen months after inaugurating its production facility in Zhangjiagang, China, AAK has decided on some significant add-on investments to increase capacity...

US: Global Bakeries Acquires Bubbles Baking

04 March 2019- Global Bakeries, LLC (“Global Bakeries”) closed its acquisition of California’s Bubbles Baking Co. (“Bubbles”) lead by Surge Private Equity with The...

Ferrero Still in Race for Arnott’s Cookies, Bids by March 20 – Report

01 March 2019 - Italian confectioner Ferrero and two other bidders are left in the race to buy Arnott's biscuits and other international assets...

UK: Burton’s Acquires Dorset based Thomas Fudge’s Biscuit Business

07 February 2019- Burton’s Biscuit Company has acquired sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer, Thomas Fudge’s from Livingbridge private equity investors. No financial details have...

US: Hudson River Foods Acquires Dancing Deer Baking Company

05 February 2019- Hudson River Foods had acquired Boston based baked goods company Dancing Deer from Ironwood Capital. No financial details have been disclosed. Dancing...

C.H. Guenther & Son Acquires German Bakery Wback

04 February 2019- C.H. Guenther & Son LLC (CHG) announced it has acquired Wback GmbH (Wback). Headquartered in Bönen, Germany, Wback is one of...

US: Aryzta Extending Cookie Line at Minnesota Bakery

31 January 2019- Aryzta North America is adding a frozen cookie dough line to its bakery in Chaska, Minnesota. Due to be up and running in March, the additional line is expected to increase production output by more than 40%.

Lotte Confectionery Acquires Bakery Company L&M Mayson

31 January 2019- South Korean confectionery company Lotte Confectionery has announced it has acquired an 80% stake of Myanmar’s L&M Mayson for around EUR...

Finland: Fazer Considers Closing its Oulu Bakery

14 January 2019- Fazer has evaluated the efficiency of its bakery network and plans on closing the Oulu bakery and transferring its operations to other Fazer bakeries.

Using Bran for Softness in Rye Bread

A composition comprising: (a) a cereal bran comprising oat bran, rye bran or a mixture thereof; and (b) an enzyme composition comprising a cellulase enzyme, a glucanase enzyme, a xylanase enzyme or a mixture thereof; is disclosed. Methods of preparing the composition and its use in food compositions, especially its addition to flour compositions for making baked products such as bread, are also disclosed.

Orkla Acquires Supplier of Bread-Based Convenience Products

21 December 2018- Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkla Foods Danmark A/S, Orkla has entered into an agreement to purchase 90 per cent of the shares in Easyfood A/S, a Danish producer of bread-based convenience products for the out-of-home channel.

InVivo Looks to Pesticide-Free Food, French Bread for Future Growth

18 December 2018 - French agricultural cooperative InVivo said on Tuesday it wants to invest heavily in new farming techniques to support pesticide-free food and is considering making bread as it seeks new growth drivers after the sale of its animal nutrition unit.

Flowers Foods Completes Acquisition of Canyon Bakehouse

14 December 2018- Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Canyon Bakehouse LLC, a privately held, gluten-free baking...

South African Competition Authority Approves Sale of RCL Facility

17 December 2018- The South African Competition Commission has approved, without conditions, In2Foods's acquisition of the assets of the Bronkhorstspruit facility from RCL Foods.

Egypt: Dompty’s to Get USD 4 mln Bakery Production Line

10 December 2018- Arabian Food Industries Co (Domty) has signed a deal with the US-based AMF Bakery Systems to supply and install new bakery production line.

Barry Callebaut Closes Transaction with Burton’s Biscuit Company UK

10 December 2018- Closing of transaction

Poland: Mondelez Expands its Global Technical Centre to Include Gum and Candy

05 December 2018- Mondelez has invested a further $5 million in its Global Technical Centre in Wroclaw, Poland to expand the R&D activities to include gum and candy innovation.

Aryzta’s Quarterly Overall Revenue Growth Declined 5.2%

26 November 2018- ARYZTA AG Q1 - ongoing organic revenue stability; ARYZTA expects mid-to-high single-digit organic EBITDA growth for FY2019.

Lancaster Colony Acquires Assets Of Omni Baking Company for USD 25 mln

19 November 2018- Lancaster Colony Corporation (Nasdaq: LANC) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, T. Marzetti Company, has acquired all the assets of Omni Baking Company LLC ("Omni Baking") for a purchase price of $25 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

PE Firm Acquires Artisan Baker Bäckerhaus Veit

15 November 2018- Swander Pace Capital, a leading private equity firm specializing in investments in consumer products companies, has acquired Bäckerhaus Veit, Ltd., a leading producer of artisan, European-style breads, rolls, buns and soft pretzel products for top-tier retail and foodservice customers across North America.

UK Bakery Evron Set to Expand Following Investment

14 November 2018- Independent bakery Evron Foods is reportedly set to expand after US baked goods company Bama Companies bought a stake in the business.

Lantmannen Unibake to Acquire Australian Pastry Manufacturer

08 November 2018- The international bakery group Lantmännen Unibake has signed an agreement to acquire the Australian pastry manufacturer Bakery du Jour. The acquisition is an important step to expand Lantmännen Unibake's global footprint.

US: Flowers Foods to Acquire Canyon Bakehouse for USD 205 mln

08 November 2018- Packaged baked goods company Flowers Foods has announced a definitive agreement to acquire gluten-free baking company Canyon Bakehouse for around USD 205 million.

Flowers Foods’ Q3 Sales down 1%

07 November 2018- Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, Dave's Killer Bread, and other bakery foods, today reported financial results for the company's 12-week third quarter ended October 6, 2018.

US: Hearthside Foods Acquires Kellogg Production Facility

05 November 2018- Hearthside Foods Solutions has bought Kellogg's baking facility in Seelyville, Indiana. The deal adds opportunity to expand its cookies, crackers and bars capacity. No financial details have been disclosed.

TreeHouse Foods Q3 Revenue down 7.5%

01 November 2018- TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS) today reported third quarter GAAP earnings per fully diluted share of $0.10 compared to a GAAP earnings of $0.50 reported for the third quarter of 2017. The Company reported adjusted earnings per fully diluted share1 of $0.62 in the third quarter of 2018 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.67 for the third quarter of 2017.

Baker Aryzta Wins Shareholder Approval for Capital Increase

01 November 2018 - Swiss-Irish bakery company Aryzta will go ahead with a 790 million euro ($898 million) capital hike after its shareholders on Thursday narrowly approved the plan.

US: Bakkavor Opens Two Factories as Part of its Strategic Growth Plans

02 November 2018- Bakkavor Group plc, the leading provider of fresh prepared food, has formally opened two new factories in the US as part of its strategy to accelerate its international expansion.

US: Corbion to Open New Ingredients Research and Application Facilities

29 October 2018- Corbion will open its new regional headquarters and laboratory facilities on Monday the 5th November. The new facilities are located just blocks from its current location in Lenexa, Kansas.

Bakery Ingredients Company Zeelandia acquires 100% stake in Indonesian Business

29 October 2018 – Dutch bakery ingredients company Royal Zeelandia Group has acquired a 100% stake in their Indonesian business. Since 1977 Zeelandia has operated in a joint venture with PT Prambanan Kencana.

Tereos Opens R&D Centre in Singapore

29 October 2018- Tereos has expanded its services and research capabilities opening an Asia Pacific R&D Centre in Singapore. The Asia R&D centre aims to leverage the groups portfolio of products and address regional demand for noodles, bakery products, confectionery, teas, sauces, snacks and beverages, the company said.

AAK Operating Profit Rises 11% in Q3

25 October 2018- AAK's Interim report for the third quarter 2018.

US: Empire Bakery Commissary Plans USD 10.4 mln Expansion

23 October 2018- Baked goods manufacturer Empire Bakery Commissary is planning to double production, investing USD 10.4 million expanding its Franklin County, Virginia, facility.

Aryzta Shareholder Cobas Demands Halving Planned Capital Hike

15 October 2018 - Aryzta's biggest shareholder, Cobas Asset Management, on Monday called for an extraordinary general meeting to discuss what it called a better funding plan for the Swiss-Irish baker.

DuPont Introduces Ascorbic Acid Alternative for Bakery Products

10 October 2018- DuPont has unveiled its Hexose Oxidase that can be used as an alternative to ascorbic acid for bakery products.

Colombia: Sweegen and Ingredion get Regulatory Approval for Non-GMO Reb D Stevia

9 October 2018- Sweegen, a nature-based sweetener company, and Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, announced today that the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Procurement (SEAB), has approved Sweegen's next-generation, non-GMO Reb D sweetener derived from the stevia leaf for use as a tabletop sweetener and added it to food and beverage categories already approved by Codex for steviol glycosides.

UK: Hovis to Sell Two Flour Mills and Close a Third

3 October 2018- Hovis Ltd, makers of Hovis bread, is set to sell two of its flour mills and close another, it is understood the move follows a strategic review by Hovis.

Dr. Oetker Completes Acquisition of Wilton US Cake Decorating and Baking Brand

2 October 2018- The Bielefeld-based, family-owned company Dr. Oetker has successfully closed the acquisition of Wilton, the leading US brand for cake decorating and baking. Dr. Oetker is thus strengthening its position in the large and interesting US market for baking and decorating.

Orkla Acquires UK Fudge and Chocolate Manufacturer

1 October 2018- Through its wholly-owned subsidiary NIC Enterprises Limited ("NIC"), Orkla Food Ingredients has signed and completed an agreement to acquire the British chocolatier and confectioner County Confectionery Ltd. ("County's").

Brenntag Exclusive Distribution Partner for Cargill’s Cocoa and Chocolate in Central Eastern Europe

1 October 2018- Brenntag (WKN A1DAHH) and Cargill have reached an agreement, making Brenntag the exclusive distribution partner for Cargill's industrial cocoa and chocolate in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region.

Aryzta Q4 and FY in Line with Expectations, Revenue Decrease of 9.5%

1 October 2018 – ARYZTA AG announces results for the financial
year ended 31 July 2018 and provides further details on planned Euro 800m capital raise.

Corbion Looking to Drive Innovation in Bakery, Sweet & Savory, and Meat & Poultry...

24 September 2018- Corbion has appointed three strategic innovation directors to help drive innovation for customers in the Bakery, Sweet & Savory, and Meat & Poultry segments.

Finsbury Food Group’s Preliminary FY Group Revenue Down 3.4%

17 June - Finsbury Food Group Plc (AIM: FIF), a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for the retail and foodservice channels, is pleased to announce its preliminary results for the financial year ended 30 June 2018.

US: Puratos Group Opens New Headquarters and Innovation Centre

14 September 2018- International food group Puratos is continuing to expand in the US with its new Headquarters and Innovation Centre in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

UK: Bakkavor Bread Expanding to Meet Customer Demand

14 September 2018- Bakkavor Bread is recruiting for up to 200 jobs at its Crewe and Nantwich factories. In a statement the company said it is to meet the ongoing consumer demand for its bread products.

McDonald’s Buns Maker Aryzta Strikes Deal with Banks Ahead of Capital Hike

11 September 2018- One of the world's largest bakery companies, Aryzta, has agreed an underwriting deal with five banks, setting the stage for raising 800 million euros ($928.48 million) in new capital to strengthen its balance sheet.

Dr. Oetker to Acquire US Cake Decorating and Baking Brand

11 September 2018- Dr. Oetker has said it plans to acquire US baking, cake decorating and candy making company Wilton. No financial details have been disclosed. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions but is expected to complete by the end of 2018.

ABF Expects Ingredients’ Revenues to Be Ahead of Last Year

10 Sep - Associated British Foods plc issues the following update prior to entering the close period for its full year results for the 52 weeks to 15 September 2018, which are scheduled to be announced on 6 November 2018.

France: Mademoiselle Desserts Buys Michel Kremer Pastry

7 September 2018 - French frozen bakery company Mademoiselle Desserts has reportedly acquired Michel Kremer Pastry for an undisclosed amount.

Bakkavor Group Acquires UK-based Haydens Bakery for £12m

6 Sep - Bakkavor Group plc ("Bakkavor" or "the Group"), the leading provider of fresh prepared food, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Haydens Bakery Limited ("Haydens") from Real Good Food PLC.

Zimbabwe: Baker’s Inn to Invest in Bread Production

28 August 2018- Baker's Inn is planning to invest approximately USD 55 thousand to add an additional plant at its Bulawayo and Harare factories next year, according to local media sources.

Enzymatically Modified Xyloglucan In Sweet Bakery Fillings

A method for making a baked food containing a sweet filling. The method comprises incorporating into a sweet filling formulation at least 15 wt% sugars and from 0.1 to 2 wt% enzymatically modified xyloglucan.

Bimbo Invests USD 20 mln to Increase Plant Capacity

21 August 2018- Grupo Bimbo has invested USD 20 million adding four new production lines at its San Fernando Plant. The new lines will produce precooked frozen baguettes for both local consumption and export.

ADM Opens Technical Innovation Center for Food in Shanghai

16 Aug - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today celebrated the opening of its new regional office and state-of-the-art flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center in Shanghai, China. The opening of the space was announced at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Aryzta to Raise EUR 800 mln to Ease Debts

14 August 2018- Aryzta has announced that it plans to raise EUR 800 million (USD 911 million) of equity capital to primarily reduce debt and implement its business plan.

Olympus Acquires Rise Baking Company

9 Aug - Stamford, CT based private equity firm Olympus Partners has acquired Rise Baking Company ("Rise"), from private equity firm Arbor Investments. Rise is the preeminent manufacturer of premium cookies, dessert bars, artisan breads, and flatbreads. Rise's impressive track record of product innovation, consistent high quality service, and food safety has made them a premier supplier to the in-store bakery, foodservice and convenience channels in North America.

Tyson Foods to Sell Pizza Crust Business to Equity Firm Peak Rock Capital

9 Aug - Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has reached an agreement to sell its pizza crust business to an affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital, the company announced today. Terms were not disclosed; however, the two companies hope to complete the deal in September.

Flowers Foods’ Q2 Sales Grew 1.6%

8 Aug - Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, Dave's Killer Bread, and other bakery foods, today reported financial results for the company's 12-week second quarter ended July 14, 2018.

C.H. Guenther & Son Acquires Cookietree Bakeries

06 July 2018- C.H. Guenther & Son (CHG) today announced it has acquired Cookietree Bakeries (Cookietree), a leading producer of premium thaw-and-serve cookies, bake-and-serve cookie dough, brownies and scones. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Naturally Splendid Expands Production Capability and Increases R&D with Newly Branded Bar Maker Division

30 July - CFN Media Group (“CFN Media”), the leading agency and financial media network dedicated to the North American cannabis industry, today announced publication of an article covering Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. (TSX-V: NSP) (OTCQB: NSPDF) (FRK:50N). The company has made tremendous strides in building out its snack business over the past couple of years including the acquisition in late-2017 of Prosnack Natural Foods Inc. Investors should take note of the robust trends in the healthy snacks and nutritional bar categories. To capitalize on this growing market, the company recently announced a rebranding of Prosnack to, “The Bar Makers”. The company continues to do 'the heavy lifting behind the scenes' and focus on executing the company's strategic business plan and driving long-term shareholder value.

UK: Delifrance USD 5.2 mln Expansion to Viennoiserie Production Facility

30 July 2018- Delifrance has invested GBP 4 million (USD 5.2 million) upgrading its Leicestershire Production Facility according to local press sources.

Mondelez Q2 Net Revenues Increased 2.1%

25 July - Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) today reported its second quarter 2018 results.

DuPont Nutrition & Health to Open an Innovation & Application Center in Japan

DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) today announced the opening of its new innovation center in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, later this summer.

UK: Delicious Ideas Acquires Barnack Confectionery

25 July 2018- Peterborough based distributor and packer company Delicious Ideas Food Group has acquired Barnack Confectionery for an undisclosed amount, according to multiple media reports.

$25 Mln Food Production Capacity Now at US Highland

20 July - US Highland (OTC:UHLN), a franchise development company that builds and acquires franchise concepts, as well as other related businesses, throughout the United States and International markets, is rapidly developing new business plans to deploy millions of dollars of food production assets that US Highland (CRUZANI) acquired from Supreme Sweets on June 29th.

Holista Foods Inc. to Manufacture and Distribute “Clean-Label” Gluten-Free Flour Blend into USA and...

20 July 2018- Holista CollTech Ltd (Holista)(ASX Code: HCT) is pleased to announce its indirect subsidiary, Holista Foods Inc., has secured exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a unique clean-label (natural) gluten-free flour blend in North America - the largest market for gluten-free products which is projected to grow to US$7.6 billion globally by 2020 according to market researcher, Statista 2016.

Finsbury Food Group’s UK Bakery Division Grew 2.8% in FY

16 July - Finsbury Food Group Plc (AIM: FIF), a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for both the retail and 'out of home eating' foodservice channels, is today providing an update on trading for the full financial year, ended 30 June 2018, prior to entering its close period.

Dr. Oetker Announces Completing Takeover of Tag El Melouk

13 July 2018- Dr. Oetker has closed the takeover of Egyptian bakery products and dessert company Tag El Melouk, neither company disclosed the purchase price.

Lesaffre Acquires Bakery Ingredients Company Delavau Food Partners

13 July 2018- Lesaffre has announced it has acquired North American bakery ingredients company Delavau Food Partners. The transaction closed on the 11 July for an undisclosed amount.

INTERVIEW: Soozy’s Co-founder and CEO Susan Chen on Delivering Healthy Tasty Baked Goods with...

12 July 2018- Last month baked goods company Soozy's secured USD 2.5 million in funding. Launched in 2017 Soozy's offers a line of quality baked muffins that deliver the same taste profile, texture and appeal of conventional products, while also providing all of the health benefits by eliminating grains, gluten, dairy, peanuts and soy.

FLEXNEWS caught up with Susan Chen, co-founder and CEO of Soozy's, to hear more about the company, its mission and its future plans.

Smucker to Sell its U.S. Baking Business for USD 375 mln

10 July 2018- The J M Smucker Company has signed an agreement to sell its US baking business to private equity firm Brynwood Partners in a transaction valued at USD 375 million.

Everfoods Acquires Cookie Man

06 July 2018- Everfoods, packaged foods platform controlled by the Everstone Group, has signed an agreement to acquire Cookie Man (Australian Foods India Private Limited). The acquisition is through Everfood's subsidiary Modern Food Enterprises Pvt., no financial details have been disclosed.

Flowers Foods Appoints Ryals McMullian Chief Operating Officer

02 July 2018- Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, Dave's Killer Bread, and other bakery foods, today announced the appointment of Ryals McMullian to the newly created role of chief operating officer (COO), effective June 27, 2018. McMullian, who had been serving as chief strategy officer, will continue to report to Allen L. Shiver, Flowers Foods' president and CEO.

General Mills’ Quarterly Net Sales up 2%

27 June - General Mills (NYSE: GIS) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended May 27, 2018, that were in line with the company's most recent fiscal 2018 outlook.

Corbion Range Enables Nimbleness and Consistency for Bakers

21 June 2018- Portfolio of mixes, bases and concentrates makes it easy for bakers to deliver consistent, on-trend products in a complex and ever-changing market.

Dr. Oetker to Take Over Egyptian Baking Ingredient and Desserts Company

14 June 2018- Dr Oetker has announced it is to take over Egyptian company Tag El Melouk. Both companies have signed an agreement, no financial details have been disclosed.

US: Baked Goods Start Up Soozy’s Secures USD 2.5 mln Seed Funding

8 June 2018- American baked goods manufacturer Soozy's has announced it has closed on USD 2.5 million seed funding lead by BIGR Ventures and AccelFoods.

Tyson to Sell Sara Lee and Van’s Businesses

4 June 2018- American food company Tyson has announced it has entered an agreement to sell its Sara Lee Frozen Bakery and Van's businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg and Company. No financial details have been disclosed.

Britannia Industries to Build a Food Manufacturing Unit in Ranjangaon

22 May 2018- Britannia is to set up an Intergrated Food Park at Ranjangaon, India and a Greenfield plant in Nepal which, the company reports, will be its fourth country with local manufacturing.

Campbell’s Quarterly Net Sales up 15%

18 May - Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today reported its third-quarter results for fiscal 2018.

Particulate Mixture For Forming A Food Product, Food Product Prepared Therefrom And Method Of...

The present invention provides a high protein bakery product containing low amounts of sugar and wheat flour, which may be gluten-free if required. The bakery product is suitable to be cooked in a microwave. There is also provided a method of forming the bakery product.

Flowers Foods Q1 Sales Increased 1.6%

16 May - Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, Dave's Killer Bread, and other bakery foods, today reported financial results for the company's 16-week first quarter ended April 21, 2018.

Dawn Foods Acquires Lakeside Bakery Supplies, Expands Footprint in Southern California

14 May 2018- Global bakery manufacturer and ingredients supplier Dawn Food Products, Inc. announced today that is has reached an agreement to acquire Lakeside, Calif.,-based Lakeside Bakery Supplies. This strategic business decision expands Dawn's reach across Southern California, helping deliver the innovative thinking, products and bakery expertise that Dawn is known for to Lakeside's customers.

Lesaffre Opens New Baking Center in Egypt

4 May - On Thursday 3rd of May 2018, in the presence of The French Embassy in Egypt, Mr. Antoine Baule, CEO of Lesaffre and Walid Nasef – General Manager of Lesaffre Egypt, officially opened the new Baking Center(TM)of Lesaffre Egypt in Cairo.

ABF Adapts to Increased Private Label Bakery Sales; Sees Success in Twinnings Ovaltine

19 April 2018- “Allied bakeries suffers from and benefits from a shift to own-label bread sales in the U.K,” explained owner Associated British Food's CEO George Weston in a Q2 conference call this week. Although the company has a chance to win back those volumes via its private label activities, the changing sector dynamics have required increased attention to the media support for Allied Bakeries' own brands, including market leader Kingsmill, whose television campaign was highlighted by Mr. Weston in the call.

UK: Real Good Food Sells Non-Core Ingredients Business for GBP 1.8 mln

16 April 2018- Real Good Food has agreed to sell of part of its ingredients business, Garrett Ingredients, to Kent foods for GBP 1.8 million. The company said that the funds raised would be used to cut debt.

High-purity Steviol Glycosides

Methods of preparing highly purified steviol glycosides, particularly rebaudiosides A, D and M are described. The methods include utilizing recombinant microorganisms for converting various staring compositions to target steviol glycosides. In addition, novel steviol glycosides reb D2 and reb M2 are disclosed, as are methods of preparing the same. The highly purified rebaudiosides are useful as non-caloric sweetener in edible and chewable compositions such as any beverages, confectioneries, bakery products, cookies, and chewing gums.

Lesaffre Acquires Majority Shareholding in Yeast Producer Rayen Food Industries

12 April 2018- Lesaffre has announced the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the company Rayen Food Industries in Tunisia, specialised in the production of baker's yeast. This acquisition is in line with Lesaffre's goal of strengthening its presence on the African continent and ensuring greater proximity to its clients.

Panera Bread’s Website Leaks Customer Records -KrebsOnSecurity

2 April 2018- Bakery-cafe chain Panera Bread's website leaked customer records for at least eight months, cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity reported on Monday.

Puratos Group to Acquire Plange Bakery Ingredient Business

26 March 2018- Belgian food production company Puratos has reached an agreement with Premium Mühlen Gruppe (PMG) to buy its Plange Bakery Ingredient Business.

Tate & Lyle Doubles Size of Food Application Laboratory in Shanghai, China

22 March - Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has doubled the size of its food application laboratory in Shanghai and added new customer-facing facilities to help manufacturers meet growing consumer demand for great tasting, healthier food and beverages. Tate & Lyle has done this by moving to a new office and laboratory within Shanghai's Caohejing Hi-Tech Development Zone.

Aryzta to Sell 50% Stake in Signature Flatbreads

14 March 2018- The Swiss- Irish baked goods maker Aryzta has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Signature Flatbreads to its joint venture partner. According to the company the proceeds of the sale will go towards paying off debt.

Aryzta H1 2018 Results Revenue down 6.3%

12 March 2018 – ARYZTA AG announces financial results for the six month period ended 31 January 2018

Tate & Lyle Expands Singapore Food Application Centre

7 March - Tate & Lyle PLC ('Tate & Lyle'), a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, is pleased to announce the completion of a major expansion of its laboratory in Singapore, transforming it into a leading-edge hub for food and beverage formulation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bakery: Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Expands Production Facility in Georgia

27 Feb - H. J. High Construction recently commenced construction on a substantial expansion and addition for Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.® at their production facility in Valdosta, Georgia.

Bakkavor Group’s FY17 Revenue up 5.4%

28 Feb - Bakkavor Group plc ("Bakkavor", "the Group" or "the Company"), the leading provider of fresh prepared food, today announces its full year unaudited results for the 52 week period ended 30 December 2017.

Dr. Oetker Acquires Minority Stake in InterNestor

21 February 2018-- Dr. Oetker, through one of its affiliate companies, has acquired a 49% stake in the German cake and pastry company InterNestor.

BakeMark Acquires Multifood to Expand Manufacturing Footprint

February 15, 2018 – BakeMark, the recognized market leader in the baking industry as a manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients, products and supplies, announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire the Multifoods® brand and two manufacturing facilities from CSM Bakery Solutions. The acquisition includes the Multifoods brand, product portfolio as well as CSM's two manufacturing facilities located in Elyria, OH and Spartanburg, SC. These acquisitions come within six months of BakeMark's most recent acquisition.

Grupo Bimbo Announces An Agreement To Acquire Mankattan In China

12 February 2018- Grupo Bimbo today announced an agreement to acquire Mankattan Group, a key player in the baking industry in China, which will advance the company's global growth strategy in highgrowth segments and markets.

Lotus Bakeries 6% Sales Growth in Second Half of Year

9 February 2018- 2017 annual results Lotus Bakeries surpasses record year of 2016 after a strong second half.

- Sales growth of 6% in second half of year despite negative exchange rate effects
- Recurrent operating profit grows by more than 6% in 2017
- Net Financial debt reduced by almost 40% due to strong cashflow in 2017
- Proposal to increase the gross dividend by 20% to EUR 19.5 per share

Flowers Foods Claims SKU Rationalization Did Not Result in Lost Sales; Touts Upcoming Innovation

09 February 2018- Flowers Foods claims the company came through a recently-completed SKU rationalization without ultimately ceding much ground. “We basically didn't lose any shifts based on allocation with regard to the SKU rationalization, and basically the impact was minimal when you look at sales performance in the quarter,” explains Steve Kinsey, CFO, during a conference call with investors this week. The executive team is in fact optimistic that the move may even prove beneficial to sales if it helps the company get Flowers Foods products onto more shelves. To quote Allen Shiver, CEO, “Space is usually allocated based on turns per linear foot, and the adjustment that we've made in our product line should generate better turns from a retailer standpoint looking at their shelf space allocation.”

Orkla Strengthens Its Production Capacity in the Breakfast Category

1 February 2018- Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkla Foods Sverige, Orkla has signed and closed an agreement to purchase the Danish bakery Struer Brød A/S ("Struer"). Struer produces breakfast cereals and breadcrumbs, and Orkla is its most important customer.

Bakery: Aryzta Sells Troubled Cloverhill Factories and Brand

01 February 2018- Swiss bakery Aryzta will be selling legacy Cloverhill facilities in the US.

Bright Blue Foods to Acquire Cakes and Desserts Facility from Greencore PLC

30 Jan - Bright Blue Foods Ltd (BBF) has agreed to acquire the Cakes and Desserts Facility in Hull from Greencore PLC for an undisclosed sum. BBF was acquired in September 2015 by the private equity investor, Endless via its fourth fund. Completion of the sale is expected in early February 2018 following a TUPE consultation process with Greencore Hull employees.

Jordan Ends Bread Subsidy, Doubling Some Prices, to Help State Finances

26 January 2018 - Jordan said a decision to end subsidies on staple pitta bread that will lift its prices by between 60 and 100 percent will take effect on Saturday, the first such step in over two decades to ease the country's budget woes.

Lancaster Colony Having Difficulty Keeping up with Demand for Garlic Bread After Plant Fire

26 January 2018 - The CEO of Lancaster Colony - a US manufacturer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets- David Ciesinski informed analysts yesterday that retail supply during the company's latest quarter was constrained because of a fire at a third-party co-manufacturing facility where New York bakery frozen garlic bread is made.

Canada: New $17.5Mln Agri-Food Innovation Centre Officially Opens in Saskatchewan

25 Jan - Today, Saskatchewan's agri-food industry celebrated the grand opening of the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre (AFIC), a 43,000-square foot facility that will diversify the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre's (Food Centre) capacity to develop and process products from concept to commercialization.

ADM Opens Food Innovation Center in Singapore

24 Jan - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today celebrated the opening of a cutting-edge flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center at the Biopolis research hub in Singapore. The opening of the 8,900-square foot (825-square meter) space was announced at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

Cargill and ARASCO Open Corn Milling Facility for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

22 Jan - Through a joint venture between Cargill and ARASCO, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has a new corn milling facility to meet the growing demand of the region's food and beverage industry. The Middle East Food Solutions Company (MEFSCO Corn Milling Facility), inaugurated today in Al-Kharj, is Cargill's first investment in KSA. The investment marks the company's commitment to the Middle Eastern economy and support for the region's food and beverage manufacturers.

Thailand: DKSH Expands and Upgrades its Food and Beverage Innovation Center

22 Jan – DKSH's Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading ingredients and specialty chemicals distributor and provider of Market Expansion Services, has made a major investment in its food and beverage business by expanding and upgrading its innovation center in Thailand to brand new and state-of-the-art facilities in Bangkok.

Almarai’s Q4 Revenue Down 2.6%

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UK: Samworth Brothers to Merge Cornish Bakery Operations.

18 January 2018- UK's Samworth Brothers, owners of Ginsters and Walker Pies, has confirmed plans to merge the Tamar and Lynher bakery operations in Callington to create a new Savoury Pastry Centre of Excellence.

Haas is Now a Member of the Bühler Group

10 Jan – The Haas Group, the global market leader in the field of wafer, cookie, and confectionary production systems, is now part of the Bühler Group. After obtaining the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the transaction was closed in the first week of January 2018. Whereas this strategic acquisition enables Bühler to complete its Consumer Foods product portfolio, Haas now benefits from the resources of the global Bühler organization, in particular its approximately 100 service stations and its innovation network. “This means we are opening a new chapter in the Consumer Food market, and we feel confirmed by the broad approval that we have received from many customers and employees,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber.

Australia: DuPont Nutrition & Health Relocates Production Site to Erskine Park, New Food Ingredient...

9 Jan - DuPont Nutrition & Health, one of the world's leading food ingredient suppliers has relocated its existing production site in Botany to Erskine Park, New South Wales. The expansion and relocation show DuPont Nutrition & Health's continued commitment to meet the increasing demands from the food industry.

Kantar: Bumper Christmas as Shoppers Spend £1 Bln More

9 Jan - The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks to 31 December 2017, show that the average household shrugged off economic worries to spend a record £1,054 on groceries over the three months including the Christmas period. Despite tightening household budgets, shoppers continued to trade up to more expensive options: a record £469 million was spent on premium own label lines in December alone with chilled items, fresh meat and bakery featuring prominently.

UK: William Jackson Food Group Invests £40m in New Bakery

14 Dec - We're really excited to announce news that we're investing £40 million in a second bakery to support growth at our bakery Jacksons.

NZ: Rangatira Investments Acquires a 50% Shareholding in Bakery Firm Mrs Higgins

13 Dec - Mrs Higgins is delighted to announce that Rangatira Investments acquired a 50% shareholding in the company. The remaining 50% is retained by current owners Markus and Bronwyn Hasler.

France: Poppies Berlidon Investing in Donut-Making Capacity

12 December 2017- Belgian pastry company Poppies Berlidon is reportedly investing EUR 10 million in a donut production site in Laudun-L'ardoise in southern France, according to French media sources.

Dr. Oetker Acquires Belgian Frozen Baked Goods Firm Diversi Foods

11 December 2017- Germany's Dr. Oetker has announced the acquisition of Belgian company Diversi Foods, maker of premium frozen baked goods for foodservice and in-store bakeries.

Food Ingredients Europe: Mintel Announces The Ingredients to Watch in 2018

27 Dec - With the doors once again swinging open for Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) in Frankfurt today (Tuesday 28th November), Mintel reveals a hunger for new ingredients across Europe.

Fazer Claims World First in Bringing Insect Bread to Grocery Stores

23 November 2017- One of the most spoken-about food revolutions is here. Fazer will be the first in the world to introduce insect bread to grocery stores. The novelty is called Fazer Sirkkaleipä (Fazer Cricket Bread). The first hand-baked cricket breads will become available in eleven Fazer in-store bakeries in Finland on Friday 24 November.