RUSSIA: SMAK builds new production site

According to Russian media, the Russian large-scale bakery SMAK plans to build a new production facility. The new plant will be built near Koltsovo near Ekaterinburg with construction planned to start in the summer of 2019. The 40,000 m² bakery is scheduled to go into operation in autumn 2021.

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24.05.2019 bakerymirror

Croatia: Mid Europa buys Mlinar

Mid Europa Partners is to acquire a majority stake in the Croatian bakery chain Mlinar. Company founder Mato Mato Škojo will, according to the investor group, continue to have a stake in the company. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. Mlinar operates around 220 of its own stores and franchise stores in ten countries in Croatia and Slovenia.

24.05.2019 bakerymirror

USA: Panera Bread has a new CEO

According to the magazine Lebensmittel Zeitung, the US bakery chain Panera Bread has a new CEO. Niren Chaudhary is set to take over from Blaine Hurst, who will become Vice Chairman of the company's Supervisory Board. Chaudhary comes from the US donut chain Krispy Kreme, where he has been the Chief Operations Officer since 2017, according to the newspaper.

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Marché Mövenpick: Market feeling in Indonesia

Marché Mövenpick opened a new restaurant in the Lippo Mall Puri in Jakarta, Indonesia at the beginning of May. It is as usual for Marché, set up according to the marketplace concept. Visitors go from market stall to market stall to individually arrange their meal.

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Marie Blachère: First store in the USA

The French Boulangerie Marie Blachère opened its first store in the USA. The shop is located in Great Neck on Long Island. A second store on Long Island will follow later this year. According to French Morning, a total of 30 new outlets are planned within the next five years and the report also claims that Marie Blachère owns 500 stores in France.

24.05.2019 bakerymirror

Ukraine: Investments in frozen bakery products

According to information from GTAI Germany Trade & Invest, production of bread and bakery products in the Ukraine fell by 4.8% in the first eleven months of 2018. Investments are now being made in the frozen bakery products segment. In spring 2018, Kulinichi (website: kulinichi.com) began construction of a plant near Kharkiv for EUR 50 million.

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Gerard Nelson rejoins the Baker Perkins biscuit business

Baker Perkins continues to strengthen its team serving the biscuit, cookie and cracker industry worldwide with the appointment of Gerard Nelson as International Sales Manager.  He has chosen to return to Baker Perkins after eight years working for other companies in the industry.

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Coppenrath & Wiese continues to increase

With its parent company Dr. Oetker at the back of the TK manufacturer, Coppenrath & Wiese continues to expand its capacity to keep up with its growth, as reported by the Lebensmittel Zeitung. Around EUR 120 million will flow into six new lines for bread rolls, cakes and pies, with two lines already in operation.  When the other lines come into operation over the next 1-2 years, capacity will increase by about a quarter to about 180,000t .  "We are the clock for frozen bakery products," said Managing Director Peter Schmidt to the newspaper. The turnover for 2018 is estimated at 400 million EUR, and for 2019 the company is targeting a turnover of 420 million EUR. The report also states: While the overall market for frozen bakery products is growing by 6%, according to market researchers, Coppenrath & Wiese had managed by the end of February to increase its growth by 14.5%.  According to Schmidt, "Our plan is to grow by 5 to 7 percent every year." Coppenrath & Wiese is using Dr. Oetker's sales network and is now moving abroad more strongly, having previously been active in the German-speaking countries and the UK. Coppenrath & Wiese now also have a presence in Italy, Spain, some Scandinavian countries and, more recently, Canada. Schmidt also stated that the export rate is actually no higher than 25%, which is due to strong growth in Germany. Cakes are becoming more and more significant, but the most important product is still the wheat bread. The Lebensmittel Zeitung reports, relying on Nielsen figures, that Coppenrath & Wiese 2018 reached a market share of 54% in the baked goods segment with all other brand manufacturers accounting for around 10% with the remainder being private labels.

06.05.2019 bakerymirror

Too Good To Go

More and more bakeries in Germany are using a software app that anyone can download for free. With the Too Good To Go app, restaurants, bakeries and other businesses can sell excess food or groceries cheaply. The provider puts the offer on its website, and interested parties register their interest with the products picked up shortly before the end of business hours.  Meals are usually priced between 1-4 Euros, paid by credit card or PayPal, so there is no cash handling. The size of a serving is fixed, and Too Good To Go provides the restaurants with their own To-Go boxes made of cane or Bioplastic. A proportion of the fee goes to Too Good To Go.

06.05.2019 bakerymirror

UK: No merger of Sainsbury and Asda

The UK Antitrust Authority has stopped the Sainsbury supermarket chain from taking over the Walmart subsidiary Asda. The merger would restrict competition and increase prices in food retail and online commerce, argues the rationale of the competition guardians. According to Handelsblatt information, both supermarket chains in the UK have a market share of 15% each. Together, their aim was to overtake the market leader Tesco.

06.05.2019 bakerymirror

Switzerland: Minoteries reports decline in sales

The mill group Minoteries SA recorded a decline in sales for the 2018 financial year to CHF 138.7 million (2017: CHF 141.2 million). Net income rose slightly from CHF 5.8 million to CHF 6 million. By concentrating production on two main production sites, and the addition of two complementary specialty meal sites, has allowed Minoteries to further reduce costs. The market environment is persistently difficult. While baked goods imports - boosted by the exchange rate between the EUR and the CHF - have risen sharply, in contrast Swiss bakery industry exports have decreased by one third between 2010 and 2018.

06.05.2019 bakerymirror

No more eggs from caged hens

The Finnish bakery group, Fazer has announced that from 2024, eggs from caged hens will no longer be used in its productions in Scandinavia and the Baltics. A share of 30% is targeted for 2020, and 70% for 2022. Fazer produces baked goods, sweets, biscuits, vegetable meals and milk substitutes, and also has cafes. Whole eggs are used for all these products, as well as liquid eggs and egg powder and according to Fazer, it is not a straightforward task to change all of these products.

06.05.2019 bakerymirror

Südback taking a new direction

The bakery fair Südback, the most important fair for craft bakeries in Austria, Switzerland and Germany apart from iba will be held 21-24 September in Stuttgart. This year, the fair has a new concept with added space for additional exhibitors and shorter walking distances for visitors. There will a dedicated area for snacks and out-of-home bakeries, as well as space for various start- ups, ice cream and coffee businesses. At this year’s fair, more than 700 exhibitors will be attending the fair, which covers ​​65,000 m2 in six exhibition halls, with approximately 37,000 visitors from Germany and abroad expected.

06.05.2019 bakerymirror

Iglo no longer able to use the Nutri-Score label in Germany

Developed in France many years ago, Nutri-Score is labeling on the front of the pack giving information about the nutritional value of food. Details about nutrients are shown on a scale of 5 colors labelled from A to E indicating protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and nutrients such as energy, saturated fatty acids, sugars and salt to a limited degree. It is a simple labeling system and has been accepted in certain countries such as France, Spain and Belgium and other countries including Portugal and Luxembourg have already signaled their intent to use the system. Some German companies have also started to use the label on their products including frozen food companies Iglo and bofrost® as well as bread producer Mestemacher. However, a German court has now stopped Iglo from using the Nutri-Score system. The injunction is backed by an association called, "Schutzverband gegen Unwesen in der Wirtschaft eV" from Munich but doesn’t give any more information about the members of the association. Hony soi qui mal y pense.  

06.05.2019 bakerymirror