Unga Holdings seeks to offload assets of bakery unit to cold chain logistic firm BigCold

KENYA – Unga Group, a Kenyan-based holding company with investments in flour milling and manufacturing of human nutrition products and animal feeds has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Bigcold Kenya Limited for its subsidiary Ennsvalley Bakery Limited. The leading milling and baked goods company has indicated that the transaction is subject to meeting certain conditions prior to completion. Unga group first acquired a 52% stake in the baked goods company in 2015 for about Ksh 54O million (US$5 million) from Kenya’s sole inflight caterer NAS Holdings. The transaction…

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UAC Restaurants expands its retail unit with launch of modern Mr Bigg’s bread bakery

NIGERIA – UAC Restaurants Limited, subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc, a leading diversified company operating in the food & beverage, animal feed and Quick Service Restaurant sector, has opened a state-of-the-art bread bakery in Amuwo Odofin, local government area of Lagos State. The launch of the new outlet was done in collaboration with CEESAM International Limited, a UAC Restaurants’ franchisee. It is aimed to expand the company’s retail segment and readily avail its Mr Bigg’s Family bread nearer to consumers. The outlet will leverage on the traffic from its…

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Aspire Bakeries to expand US baking plant to meet rising demand for Otis Spunkmeyer cookies

US — Aspire Bakeries, formerly Aryzta North America, is expanding its baking plant in the United States to meet the increasing demand for its Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.  Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough is sold to foodservice, retail, and convenience operators in frozen packs and baked fresh on-site.  The expansion will see a new the addition of a new frozen cookie dough line at the Aspire Bakery in Newark, California.  “Our Newark bakery is expanding following a surge in demand for our delicious Otis Spunkmeyer cookies,” said Laura Shannon, chief operations officer of Aspire Bakeries.  In…

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Kaak’s baking equipment solutions to operate under one brand name as company celebrates 175 years

NETHERLANDS – Kaak, an international leader in stand-alone machines and complete bakery lines, is bundling all specializations in the organization within one brand name: Kaak in line with its vertical integration strategy.   In a statement, the Dutch family-owned company noted that the decision to bring all its operations under one name represents the desired focus of the internal organization.  “We are pleased to inform you that all bakery-related entities within our group will be rebranded in order to facilitate our vision of one Kaak organization,” Kaak said.  “This vision will enable us to continue…

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Dawn Foods acquires Icopa to strengthen position in Portuguese bakery market

PORTUGAL – Dawn Foods, an American wholesale manufacturer and distributor of breads and baked goods, is acquiring distributor of bakery products Icopa to strengthen its position in the Portuguese market.   Icopa has three distribution centers in Portugal and offers a portfolio of bakery products such as bread mixes, packaging, utensils, and decorating supplies.  Under the terms of the deal, Dawn Foods will gain access to these distribution centers, including one located directly next to its ingredient manufacturing plant in Palmela.  Dawn Foods will as a result expand its overall distribution capabilities in Europe, ensuring bakeries have access to all the products and…

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Löfbergs opens new coffee roastery in Sweden as Mondelēz invests US$59m in modernization of French bakery plant

EUROPE – Swedish family-owned coffee company, Löfbergs, has opened a whole bean roastery in Karlstad, Sweden to meet the rising demand for whole beans.   The new site built at a cost of US$23.3 million comes 115 years after the company was founded and follows a two-year building project.  According to a statement from the company, the new roastery has a capacity of 10,000 tons per year, with the potential to double production in the future.  The new facility will use a slow-roast method, with all the roastery’s energy supply coming from green sources, the company said. …

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Namib Mills launches training hub to enhance Namibians’ culinary skills

NAMIBIA – Namib Mills, the largest grain processing company in Namibia has launched a new culinary concept space dubbed Kitchen 82. Kitchen 82 is a professional environment where the public can be trained and educated about baking and cooking techniques to expand their culinary skills. According to reports by Namibian Sun, the platform is aimed to offer interactive dining experiences and cooking classes for foodies of all ages and skill levels. “As our tagline ‘for the love of food’ states, we want to give the public a space in which…

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Competition Authority of Kenya raises red flag on bread makers issuing misleading information to consumers

KENYA – Bread manufacturers in Kenya are on the radar of the Competition Authority of Kenya, after the authority found that some bakers are not meeting the provisions of the Competitions Act and other relevant standards. In pursuant to its consumer protection mandate, CAK undertook investigations targeting bread manufacturers in the country. In a statement containing findings from the investigations, the competition regulator has established unfair and misleading market conduct by some actors. CAK revealed that some of the bakers were not providing the manufacturing date/month on their bread wrappers…

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Aryzta North America changes its name to Aspire Bakeries

US – Aryzta North America, which earlier this year was acquired by private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg for US$850 million, has changed its name to Aspire Bakeries, a decision that reflects the company’s aim to “continue to move upwards.” The company revealed that the name Aspire Bakeries emerged as the winning name from among 150 ideas submitted by some of the company’s 4,500 employees. Alex Gillis, a bakery supervisor at the bakery in Brantford, Ont., recommended the name Aspire, saying, “as we aspire to be the best bakery in North…

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German food ingredients solutions provider Mühlenchemie to open Technology Center in Kenya

KENYA – Mühlenchemie, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of flour treatment is seeking to set base in the East African region. The food ingredients solution provider has announced that it will open a new Technology Center in Kenya this year. The move will enable the company to be closer and better serve its customers in the region by availing a wide range of services “Being close to our customers is something we consider very important. It is extremely significant for us to understand how we can…

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