BBF, the UK’s leading manufacturer of own label, licensed and branded ambient cakes and desserts, has received the highest possible AA* rating from BRC Global Standards following a recent audit of its Blackburn manufacturing site.

In addition to its AA* rated Blackburn site, BBF has four other manufacturing facilities, all of which have been highly certified by BRC Global Standards. BBF’s Bradford and Hull bakeries have also received AA* ratings and its Shadsworth and Poland sites are rated A*.

BRC Global Standards is a leading certification organisation which guarantees the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria. The scheme, used by over 26,000 certified suppliers across 130 countries, provides protection to the end user by ensuring manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations.

Jonathan Lill, CEO of BBF, commented:

“We are delighted that our ongoing commitment to quality and safety has been recognised by the BRC. Receiving the highest possible rating for three out of our five sites is testament to the work we do and helps to further demonstrate our exemplary standards to the major retailers that we serve”.

“The BRC audit program requires us to prepare for an inspection that could happen at any time. While this could be a challenge for some, it is an approach that we welcome as we pride ourselves on ensuring our manufacturing facilities are in exceptional condition all year round.”

Highest possible BRC Global Standards rating for Bright Blue Foods Limited

BBF raises over £1,000 for local Hospice

Posted on January 23, 2019

We are delighted to announce that BBF has raised £1,192 for East Lancashire Hospice as a result of fundraising campaigns in 2018.

East Lancashire Hospice offers a variety of services to people with life-limiting illnesses. As part of our efforts throughout last year to raise money for the hospice, we held our very own BBF Bake Off, pancake day, Guess the Name of the Bear competition and a raffle.

We are delighted that we have been able to play our part in raising money for such a worthy cause. The money raised will provide East Lancashire Hospice with much-needed funds to ensure it continues to provide the highest standard of care to those who really need it.

BBF Attending ISM Cologne 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019

BBF will be exhibiting at this year’s ISM trade show in Cologne from the 27th to the 30th of January.

ISM is the world‘s largest trade show for the sweets and snacks industry and attracts around 37,500 visitors and over 1,500 exhibitors each year.  If you’re attending the show, make sure you visit the BBF stand and have a chat to our team. Entry is from 9 am until 6 pm each day and you can find us in Hall 3.2, Stand A24.

BBF, the UK’s leading manufacturer of own label, licensed and branded ambient cakes and desserts, is pleased to announce a new £40m financing facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance (‘WFCF’) to support future growth plans.

BBF serves all the UK’s most recognisable food retailers such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, M&S, Aldi and Lidl. With manufacturing facilities in Blackburn, Bradford and Poland, BBF last year complemented the Group’s facilities with the acquisition of Greencore PLC’s ambient cake and chilled desserts division headquartered from a large, modern bakery in Hull.

As a result of the acquisition, annual Group revenues have risen to over £150m, with over 2,000 people employed over the five sites.

BBF, led by CEO Jonathan Lill, has been owned by the leading transformational private equity investor, Endless LLP, since 2015 during which time significant investment has seen strong revenue growth and new customer engagement. The new three-year financing facility not only provides day-to-day working capital for the enlarged Group but provides headroom to enable further capital investment into manufacturing facilities.

FRP Advisory in Manchester provided Debt Advisory advice to Endless and BBF.

Jonathan Lill, CEO of BBF commented:

“The facility provided by Wells Fargo gives the business extra firepower to make further investment in all of our manufacturing sites and to deliver on our strategic growth plans. Wells demonstrated great appetite throughout the process to support the business and we’re excited to have secured this new funding facility.”

Tom Weedall, Director of Loan Originations, WFCF UK commented:

“Leveraging Wells Fargo’s platform, we are delighted to work with BBF. This funding facility will support their future working capital and growth requirements. Also, our tailored solution will enable BBF to continue to provide the highest level of service and award-winning products to their customers.”

Andy Pickford, Director Debt Advisory at FRP Advisory in Manchester, added:

“BBF is a high quality, market leading business, owned by a private equity sponsor that is at the forefront of investment into UK mid-market corporates. We are delighted to have been mandated by them to advise on this important financing. Pleasingly, there was significant interest from the finance community for this transaction, and the terms offered and underwritten by the team at Wells Fargo will now allow the management team at BBF to execute their exciting three-year plan.”

Cakes produced by BBF have taken all five top spots in the Tried and Tested Christmas Cake category in this year’s Under the Christmas Tree taste tests.

The UK’s biggest website dedicated to all things festive, Under the Christmas Tree awarded Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Falling Leaves Iced Fruit Cake, produced by BBF, a perfect score of 10 out of 10 seeing it take first place. Judges commended the cake for its “soft, delicious and in proportion” layers of sweet icing and marzipan and plump juicy fruits soaked in brandy giving it a “very festive and warming feel”.

In close second with a score of 9 was Aldi’s Specially Selected Luxury Iced Christmas Cake, again produced by BBF, which was deemed a “showstopper” by the judges and highly praised for its “fusion of orange, apricot, cranberries and nuts” making it the “perfect all-rounder”.

The Tesco Finest Rich Fruit Cake with Oak Aged Cognac placed third with a score of 8.5, Asda’s Extra Special 3 month Matured Brandy Iced Fruit Cake came fourth scoring 7.5 and the Lidl Deluxe luxury Christmas cake took fifth spot with a respectable 7 out of 10.

Jonathan Lill, BBF CEO, commented:

“The build up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for us and it is essential that the products we send out are of the very highest quality. To receive this kind of praise and recognition for our Christmas products is amazing and a testament to the tireless dedication and enthusiasm of our team to consistently deliver the highest quality produce.”

BBF were also successful in the Christmas Tried and Tested Mince Pies category, producing five of the top six mince pies for Tesco, Asda, Iceland, Lidl and Marks & Spencer.

Tesco’s Finest All Butter Pastry Deep Filled Mince Pies took the top spot, scoring another perfect ten for BBF with a “perfect balance of sweetness and spice”. The Tesco pies have also been recognised in iNews’ 14 best mince pies to buy for Christmas 2018 with the M&S Collection Mince Pies, also produced by BBF, receiving a mention as well.

Under the Christmas Tree awarded Asda’s Extra Special All-Butter Luxury Mince Pies second place with a score of 9. The same pies recently took the top spot in this year’s Which? mince pie taste test.

Close on Asda’s tail in third place with a score of 8.5 were Iceland’s Luxury Mince Pies which have also received praise from The Independent in their list of the 12 best mince pies this year.