Visitors to the iba trade show can look forward to popular highlights as well as new program entries this year. For example, the iba.SPEAKERS AREA will host specialist presentations and discussions with an international focus. The iba.FORUM will provide information on all aspects of the national baking and confectionery industry with a focus on the German bakery craft.
Lidl Ireland signed a EUR 22 million contract with Panelto Foods bakery, which will stock the supermarket with premium baked breads across the island of Ireland, in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Flowers Foods, Inc. reported its Q1 sales increased by 6.9% to a quarter-record of USD 1.534 billion, compared to the first quarter of 2022. The company’s net income decreased by 17.4% to USD 70.7 million and its adjusted net income decreased by 13.1% to USD 80.9 million.
Vicky Foods reported a turnover of EUR 536 million in 2022, a 32.3% growth compared with the results achieved in 2021. Last year, the Spanish group boosted its production volume by 6% – to a total of 203,000 tons.
Hillenbrand announced the acquisition of Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials (FPM), a Blackstone company. FPM specializes in feeding, filtration, baking, depositing, milling, and material handling equipment, among other technologies.
Baker & Baker launched a new cookie range in the UK, designed with quality and convenience in mind – the Brooklyn Coffee Bar cookies. The range consists of two popular flavors (double chocolate and rich chocolate) and each cookie is individually wrapped.
On May 30, AAK is moving its headquarters to the neighboring Hyllie Terrass in Malmö, Sweden. The new premises are in line with the company’s environmental and health-promoting priorities, with a building designed to be climate neutral and enjoy plenty of daylight.
Dutch Bakery, a bakery group specialized in home bake-off bread and snack products, is combining with coolback, a leading German bakery group specialized in bake-off bread. Together, they are creating European Bakery Group, a pan-European bakery platform, according to an announcement made by investor 3i Group plc.
KIT KAT proposes a summer flavor with the launch of its latest limited-edition flavor the KIT KAT® Churro. The new flavor is a homage to the beloved dessert that reminisces summer around the world, pairing the churro taste with the familiar crunch of the bar.
Abel+Schäfer exits the frozen patisserie business in France as it sold its shares in Florepi to the Navigator group. Florepi, based in Guignicourt/Reims, was founded by Abel+Schäfer in 1998 and produces traditional French pastries such as éclairs, choux and tartlets for the frozen segment. With around 150 employees, the company generates annual sales of around EUR 27 million.