Northern Foods reveals Christmas pudding plans

first_imgNorthern Foods said in its annual report for the year to 31 March that it would test market the “definitive Christmas Pudding” this year.The pudding will draw on nearly 120 years of experience and original Victorian recipes. A successful test will result in a full launch in 2008.Northern Foods owns the Matthew Walker pudding brand and claims to make two thirds of Christmas puddings in the UK.Reduced factory costs will result from offering the brand to smaller trade customers, who currently have their own bespoke recipes at high cost to both partners, it said.Northern Foods said last year was one of “real progress”, following a restructure in 2006, which saw it sell off 40% of its businesses, including bakery operations.last_img

Scone company invests for export

first_imgBarnsley-based scone specialist Haywood & Padgett has invested over £2m in its production facilities as part of a drive to increase exports.The company, which currently exports to Australia, France, Portugal and Spain, and plans to expand into the US and Asia, has installed a 40-metre-long, £600,000 oven as part of the expansion. Founded in 1987 as a one-man business by managing director Wayne Padgett, Haywood & Padgett now delivers to Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Aldi and Lidl. The bakery employs 120 staff, making a million scones a day, and has a £13m turnover.Funding for the expansion has come from the Yorkshire Bank. “The funding is helping us expand our current business and invest in new machinery. This will make us more efficient and double our production capacity, so we can create more jobs for the local community,” said Padgett.last_img read more