Egg prices set to surge

10 January, 2017

Having dropped dramatically last year, egg prices are on the up thanks to increased consumer demand.

Major airline British Airways (BA) has confirmed that it will scrap its free food and drink on its short flights and will offer passengers the Marks & Spencer snacks and sandwich range.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She sure knows how to cultivate an interest in bakery...

Major retailer Sainsbury’s has unveiled an overhaul of its patisserie counters as it looks to tap into the success of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

New Forest-based artisan bakery Great British Biscotti Co is moving to a new site in Christchurch, Dorset, and will be open for business next week.

Mary Berry is to leave The Great British Bake Off ahead of the show's recently announced move to Channel 4.

This week, British Baker hosted the 2016 National Cupcake Championships at the AB Mauri Centre of Excellence in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

British Sugar has chosen a UK provider of bulk food transport services, Abbey Logistics Group, to manage its bulk sugar movements across the nation in a long-term deal.

New editor for British Baker

02 September, 2016

British Baker is delighted to announce that Vince Bamford will be joining the magazine as the new editor, effective 10 October.

Potato specialist Aviko has launched the Great British Breakfast competition, following last year’s success.

Kerry Foods, the owner of Homepride flour, is to launch a 100% British Wheat Campaign in September which will involve new marketing and packaging for the brand. 

Scottish Bakers criticises The Great British Bake Off for lack of Scottish contestants.

Greater Manchester has seen a 27% rise in specialist bakeries since The Great British Bake Off series first aired in 2010, according to the Office for National Statistics.

We spoke to Ben Eastick at the Ragus factory in Slough.

UK price-comparison website, Go Compare has created an interactive map displaying British region’s favourite desserts based on the frequency of Instagram tags.

The entries are now closed and judging is under way. Some lucky bakers could be within a chance of being crowned this year’s British Baker’s Cupcake Champion.

The entries are in, and the judges are ready! British Baker’s Christmas Stars will be announcing winners on Monday 1 August at 2pm.

A study of 2,000 people, commissioned by online market research company OnePoll, saw apple pie voted the nation’s favourite ahead of other British classics.

The Great British Crisp Company, part of Warrens Bakery in Cornwall, has launched Cornish pasty flavoured crisps.

Hurry and get your entries in now for British Baker’s Christmas Stars! The entry deadline is this Friday, 15 July and you don’t want to miss out.

Suppliers of Waitrose’s own-label biscuits and cakes could benefit from a new deal between the supermarket chain and international online retailer British Corner Shop.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned the UK leaving the EU will probably result in a short-term spike in the price of food, and has called for MPs to support farmers.

Baked goods will be featured in Sainsbury’s upcoming expansion of its free-from range, British Baker has been told.

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has confirmed that its proposal to move to full ownership of Illovo Sugar will go ahead. 

Shoppers at supermarket chain Tesco bought 4.5m more luxury cream cakes in 2015 than the year before.

British chocolate brand Elizabeth Shaw has been acquired by Polish confectionery producer and distributor Colian Holding SA.

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery to launch The Ultimate Brioche Rolls.

Hertfordshire-based Burton’s Biscuits will launch a limited-edition Great British Summer pack for Cadbury Fingers in June.

Next week British Baker is exhibiting at Farm Shop & Deli Show and here is our guide of what you should do while visiting it, Foodex and Food & Drink Expo.

The high street stationers has 17 café outlets nationwide, which are now being rebranded and improved under the name Coffee House.

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Café Royal in Regent Street, London, recently gave dessert lovers everywhere cause for delight by launching a dessert restaurant.

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

The quality of British pies has seen an “immense improvement”, according to Stephen Hallam, judging co-ordinator of the British Pie Awards.

These are the best sandwiches in the world.

Warrens Bakery, the Cornish craft bakery, is delighted with its recent victories, which coincide with its expansion.

Lancashire-based Clayton Park Bakery has launched a Steak and Wainwright Golden Ale Pie in conjunction with brewery and pub operator, Marston’s, to coincide with British Pie Week.

The rainbow bagel craze has finally crossed over to the UK from the USA, thanks to the Beigel Shop.

A “perfectly produced” beef skirt and vegetable pasty has triumphed at the British Pie Awards.

Yesterday (9 March) marked the start of the eighth annual British Pie Awards, held in Melton Mowbray Church. 

Greggs reported record revenues and pre-tax profits yesterday, proving the wisdom of its transition from traditional baker to food-to-go retailer.

Applegreen has told British Baker that it will bring the successful motorway service café concept in the UK.

A new Indian-inspired vegetarian pie is to be launched by Bristol-based pie manufacturer Pieminister to celebrate British Pie Week.

United Biscuits (UB), has launched two new initiatives – a new TV advert and the new McVitie’s iKitten app.

British consumers now prefer the straight variety of the breakfast pastry, and from today (19 February), Tesco will no longer sell curved croissants. 

British Rema Process Equipment, based in Sheffield, has introduced an Interchangeable Blender that allows bakers to blend products with different densities using a single piece of equipment.

Nancy Birtwhistle, a former winner of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), will join the Fred Olsen cruise line this summer.

The Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery’s trade arm, Simply Cornish, has “refurbished” the Cornish Crisp Company, and it will now be known as The Great British Crisp Company (GBCC).

New British burrito offering

05 February, 2016

The Yorkshire pudding filled with slow-cooked beef is being called a British burrito by its gastropub inventor, Long Can Hall in Halifax.

Borough Market’s Roast restaurant in London has been announced as a sponsor for the British Pie Awards 2016.

Review of the Year: Part 1

23 December, 2015

The past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close British Baker would like to send a festive greeting to all its readers. 

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

Yummie Bakes, the Co Antrim-based frozen goods bakery, has secured its first Great British contract with foodservice-provider Sodexo.

Here is the Aldi Christmas advert which trumpets the success of its Specially Selected Mince Pies at the British Baker Christmas Stars awards.

British Baker’s round-up of the most important stories from the last seven days.

British Baker’s Bakery Business Survey is still open for you to tell us about your experience of the industry.

Ginsters is to roll out two spicy limited edition flavours at the end of the month.

British Baker is carrying out its third Bakery Business Survey to reveal how the industry looks from the ground and needs YOUR help.

Fiona Kendrick has announced a pledge to treble apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and grow value-added exports a third by 2020.

With the crucial battle for Christmas sales joined in earnest, British Baker asked marketing expert Mark McCulloch, founder and chief executive of agency WE ARE Spectacular, for his opinion on this year's advertising strategies.

British Lion Egg Processors has relaunched its Lion Egg Products Code of Practice to provide what it claims is the world’s most comprehensive egg quality scheme.

Jacob’s, the United Biscuits-owned biscuit and snack manufacturer, has celebrated 130 years of its famous cream crackers by creating the world’s longest cheeseboard.

Seven day round-up

09 November, 2015

The last seven days have produced some interesting stories for the baking industry, from Lindsey Pownall annoucing her retirement from Samworth Brothers to Morrisons unveiling plans to enter the fresh sandwich market. British Baker looks back over the top 5.

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is preparing to relaunch its Lion Eggs Code of Practice at the end of this month, and has also lodged a trademark application for a logo for products such as quiche made with Lion eggs.

James Freeman of Victoria Bakery has been crowned overall winner at the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2015 with his London bloomer.

Great British Bake Off contestant Holly Bell has followed in the footsteps of Mary Berry and linked up with frozen food chain Iceland to publish a new cookbook called The Power Of Frozen.

Cupcakes take over the internet

21 September, 2015

National Cupcake Week took the internet by storm last week, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

A former Great British Bake Off contestant has struck upon a sweet concept by launching a niche ‘fine dining’ dessert restaurant in Birmingham.

British grocery sales have slowed by 0.8% in the last year, though smaller retailers have enjoyed stronger growth. 

With influence from abroad bang on trend, British Baker decided to gather some inspiration from Japan. 

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

Are you all enjoying the beautiful June weather? With the wintry conditions outside you could be forgiven for thinking Christmas is coming.

British wheat could be in danger as it is thought a strain of fungal disease could wipe out half of this year’s crop. 

A leading nutritionist says the importance of fibre in food such as bread is “poorly recognised” - with the nutrition of a loaf “well below the radar”.

Malted ingredients producer Edme visited Manningtree High School to give an lesson on enzymes to students as part of British Science Week.

Malt loaf brand Soreen is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product, as it plans to expand into export markets.

British Baker editor Martyn Leek asks whether the competitive bread market has claimed its first real casualty.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to guarantee business loans by private lenders, if he wins the general election in May.

The industry has welcomed British Baker’s #WeLoveBread campaign – which has seen protestors visit Number 10 about David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread.

The nation’s bakers visited Number 10 today to express their anger over Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to give up bread to fight the flab.

In a free online event, British Baker is bringing you a panel of first-class experts to discuss the challenge of bakery retail in the UK.

South African baking company Barrett’s Ridge has launched a range of bread mixes that can be made with beer to British consumers. 

British Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.

Marks & Spencer and Tesco have topped the UK’s most ‘authentic’ brands list. 

Finsbury Food Group could acquire further businesses in its bid to grow and has predicted there will be further consolidation in the bakery sector in the next five to six years.

Our reporter Bronya Smolen talks transfering skills from building to baking, and the benefits of taking inspiration from outside Britain in this weeks GBBO blog. 

Time is running out to sign up for the latest British Baker webinar held in conjunction with bakery ingredients supplier EDME.

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Mary Berry has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London. 

Today marks a week until the long-awaited Baking Industry Awards (BIA) - the baking industry’s answer to the Oscars!

What’s your take on GBBO?

02 September, 2014

The Great British Bake Off hit the headlines last week more than ever, thanks to the media hyped ‘Alaska-gate’.

Registration is still open for British Baker’s latest webinar, which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme. 

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

This week The Great British Bake Off contestants will try their hands at bread - a daunting task under the watchful eye of Paul Hollywood.

The Great British Bake Off is back and here British Baker looks at how the show has become a social media phenomenon.

Popular baking programme The Great British Bake Off begins again this Wednesday, 6 August. But what do you bakers think of it? 

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) reveals sales are still being impacted by ‘anti-competitive’ behaviour by British Sugar, part of Associated British Foods (ABF).

A number of UK venues have launched their own versions of afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week, running from 11 to 17 August.

Bake off fever has hit! The Great British Bake Off, the nation’s televised baking competition, will hit the screens from BBC One next Wednesday.

Ready, set, bake…! Popular TV show The Great British Bake Off will return to screens on Wednesday, 6 August.  

Here British Baker looks at the work of Scotland Food & Drink and the top tips of Tom O'Toole.

Hovis has returned to using 100% British wheat.

Supplier Bakels has embraced the digital revolution with a host of interactive products for the tech-savvy baker.

Breadstead, a micro-business set up to offer a UK alternative to brotforms and bannetons shipped from overseas, has now produced its first run of baking bowls

Here we look at some of the leading items and content in the magazine version of British Baker. To subscribe to British Baker see here.

The BLT has been voted the UK’s favourite sandwich in a poll conducted by the British Sandwich Association.

July retail sales weak

07 August, 2012

It was meant to be the summer of sales - because of the Olympics.

At the height of their decline, pubs were closing at the rate of 35 a week thanks to the introduction of the smoking ban.

New research has discovered youngsters prefer traditional biscuits such as Bourbons and Custard Creams.

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