Hovis resultsNon-branded bakery sales were down 16.5% on the same period last year for Hovis, according to Premier Foods’ statement for the three months to 31 March 2011. Branded sales rose 1.6% in its Hovis division, while its milling arm saw branded sales up 15.2%.Strong rise for UniqChilled prepared food group Uniq has announced continued strong growth in its food-to-go operation, with overall group revenue up 6.8% for the year ended 31 December 2010.Increased sandwich business with Marks & Spencer its share rose to more than 65% helped the division to a 51% profit increase to £11m, with sales up 13% to £157m.Costa breaches £50mCosta Coffee has ramped up its operating profits by 38.4% in the financial year to 3 March 2011, to nudge over the £50m mark. Like-for-like sales were up 7.8%. Parent firm Whitbread announced plans to grow Costa store numbers by 15% around 300 new stores to 3,500 stores worldwide.Change for CoultonsWholesaler Coultons Bread has switched its banking facilities to help facilitate further growth. The firm supplies ’Bakestone’ products its own brand of bread, morning goods, rolls and confectionery and branded loaves to catering firms in the north.
WinterWonderGrass will be returning to Colorado in 2018, with the winter bluegrass festival slated to go down from February 23rd to 25th next year in the mountain town of Steamboat Springs. Today, the Colorado festival has announced its 2018 lineup, with a number of repeat offenders appearing the bill. Greensky Bluegrass plus Colorado’s own Elephant Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon all top the festival’s lineup. Additionally, Fruition, Travelin’ McCourys, The Lil Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Trout Steak Revival, Billy Strings, Jon Stickley Trio, and Brad Parsons Band will all be making appearances at WinterWonderGrass come next February.PREMIERE: Trout Steak Revival Shares Dark, Passionate Tune, “Feeling So Good”, Off New AlbumPasses for the festival are on-sale here, and for more information about WinterWonderGrass Colorado, you can head over to the event’s website here.[Photo: ontheDL Photography via WinterWonderGrass’s website]