Northern Foods has dismissed press reports it is planning to sell its £300 million turnover bakery division as “pure speculation”. A report in the Sunday Times on April 23 said Northern Foods’ board would discuss a potential sale of the division at a meeting this week. The division includes premium cake and pastry supplier Park Cakes, Fox’s biscuits, Christmas puddings company Matthew Walker and the Smiths flour milling business.In March, Northern Foods announced a strategic review, saying its bakery and pastry divisions had been seriously hit in the early weeks of 2006 (British Baker, March 17, pg 4). Biscuit sales were down 12% year-on-year and pastry sales down 11% in January and February, it said.The results of the review will be revealed at the company’s AGM on May 31.
There has been significant interest shown in the Kingdom Bakers business, according to RSM Tenon. The independent Kirkcaldy-based bakery firm, which employees 135 staff, went into receivership last Friday (27 January), with its entire workforce facing redundancy. Recievers RSM Tenon said that, as of Monday (30 January), it had received six enquiries from interested parties seeking more information about the business and assets that are for sale.RSM Tenon is now preparing sales packs, which will be circulated later this week, and will look to arrange site visits quickly thereafter. Commenting, Tom MacLennan, head of recovery with RSM Tenon in Scotland, said: “We are pleased with the interest, but would urge any other interested parties to make contact with us this week.”Kingdom Bakers supplies numerous baked products to UK supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.Interested parties should call RSM Tenon on 0131 221 8820.>>Kingdom Bakers goes into receivership
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man has been accused of trying to break down a Roosevelt woman’s door with a pitchfork, fleeing on a stolen bicycle and being caught with marijuana.Nassau County police said Michael Brown tried to break into the Forest Avenue home of the 58-year-old victim using the landscaping tool shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday.Police noted that the two know each other, but did not disclose the nature of their relationship.Officers responded and quickly apprehended the 39-year-old suspect riding a bicycle that had been reported stolen earlier the same day, police said.He was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana at the time.The pitchfork was recovered and no injuries were reported.Brown was charged with attempted burglary, unlawful possession marijuana and criminal possession of stolen property.He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.