Thermoformed packaging product provider DMD 2000 is to continue its expansion following a new £2 million investment.

A branch of high street chain Greggs, in Scotland’s Arbroath, is being terrorised daily by a bird that staff have named Steven Seagull.

British consumer spending confidence is at its highest recorded level, according to analysts Nielsen.

Trade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

Samworth Brothers-owned West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has appointed Tony Keating as its new managing director.

Coeliac UK is sharing its ‘tried-and-tested’ gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday (28 February).

A replica of one of the wedding cakes presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947 has been repaired using 3D technology, developed by the University of Warwick.

AMF Bakery Solutions has promoted its vice-president Jason Ward to president with immediate effect.

Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold has hit the national press after advertising sausage rolls for £8.17 – a 177% mark-up on the usual £2.95 price tag.

Brownings the Bakers has ended its trademark disagreement with Kilmarnock Football Club.

Sherborne-based business Oxford’s Bakery has created a unique biscuit marking the town’s connection with Sir Walter Raleigh.

Sutton United’s hopes of FA Cup glory may be pie in the sky, but the non-league’s side reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw could face disciplinary action from the Football Association after eating a pie on the bench in the team’s loss to Arsenal.

Morrisons category manager of bakery Andy Clegg will be keynote speaker at this year’s British Society of Baking (BSB) spring conference.

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has shipped its first orders to New Zealand.

Exports of baked goods including bread rose 11.3% year on year to £117.6m in 2016, according to new figures from the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).

Northern Ireland-based business Yellow Door Bakery has partnered with craft brewery Pokertree Brewing of Carrickmore to create a new beer from sourdough yeast.

London-based business Knead Bakery has unveiled two innovative chocolate crumpet products.

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has unveiled a new logo and website following its move to new offices.

Registration for National Doughnut Week is now open for bakeries who want to get involved in fundraising activities.

Somerset-based food-to-go producer Easy Bean will launch Cheddar Crunch and Seaweed & Sesame versions of its Chickpea Crispbread next month.

Specialist patisserie Maître Choux has unveiled its newest éclair – the Paris Brest.

British Baker spoke with Shilpa Agarwal, sales and marketing director for the Indian market, on how food-tech companies are currently thriving in India.

Bakers have hit out at a report naming businesses that have underpaid staff – saying it is ‘misleading’ and has branded ‘honest people’ as criminals.

National Toast Day

20 February, 2017

The annual day to celebrate toast is back on 23 February in association with Kingsmill and Tiptree World Bread Awards.

UK baking giant Hovis has invested £6m to re-vamp its Seed Sensations and Granary products following improvements made across its Soft White loaves.

Savoury biscuit brand Ritz has unveiled a new marketing push.

Addo Food Group has partnered with food redistribution charity FareShare to fight hunger and food waste by donating products to those in need.

Yorkshire-based business Costello’s Bakery has announced that it will invest £150k in a production facility in Malton, which is set to open by March 2017.

Grocery research organisation IGD has identified the top five trends that will shape the food-to-go market for the future.

West London business The Polish Bakery has been crowned Business of the Year at the West London Business Awards

Pan’Artisan has launched a six-strong breadstick range called Artisan Speciality Breads.

Italian baked goods supplier Crosta & Mollica has secured a listing in 500 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide for its five-core range.

British Baker spent a day with one of India’s leading food distributors, TJUK Trade Networks, which showed multimedia reporter Ashley Williams the process of delivering baked goods from start to finish.

Chef and author Prue Leith is a contender to replace Mary Berry as a judge for The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has revamped its Americana brand.

Kent-based Speciality Breads has created a scone-brioche hybrid claimed to be a world first.

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has unveiled a soft breakfast biscuit that it claims is a first for UK free-from aisles.

A new Greggs shop in a hospital in the Midlands is focusing on soups and salads rather than the traditional Greggs fare.

To mark his first Valentine’s Day in London, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has turned his pastries pink.

British Baker made the trip to Nashik, India to speak with Signature International Foods managing director Yatin Patel.

Muffin Break has introduced the first of a new range of limited-edition toasties into its offer, which will run from 2 February – 3 May 2017.

McVitie’s has announced the launch of three cake bites tubs, featuring Digestives Mini Milk Choc Tiffin, Caramel Crispies, and Hobnobs Mini Milk Choc Teacakes, each in a sharing format.

Gluten-free brand Prewett’s has had its Chocoful and Rich Triple Chocolate Cookies shortlisted as a finalist for the Free-From Food awards.

Multimedia reporter Ashley Williams travels into rural India to visit Signature International Foods’ bakery in Nashik. There he met managing director Yatin Patel and sales and marketing director for the Indian market Shilpa Agarwal.

Flavourings and ingredients developer TasteTech has opened a bakery laboratory at its Bristol HQ.

Ingredients supplier Edme has appointed a new sales manager with experience of the fast-growing gluten-free market.

Northern Irish independent baker Graham’s Bakery has relaunched its range of traditional Irish biscuits and secured a deal to export products to Mexico.

High street sandwich chain Subway is to give away free six-inch subs to anyone who buys a large drink on 14 February.

Premier Foods-owed Mr Kipling has introduced a 3ft tall cake and flower bouquet in time for Valentine’s Day.

Britain’s milling industry used a record amount of wheat between July and December last year.

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Muffin Break has unveiled new range Curious Creations, which will bring the launch of a new muffin each month.

Gail’s calls for volunteers

10 February, 2017

Gail’s Bakery has launched a call to arms for local volunteers to help it deliver bread to charities in Brighton and Hove.

Multimedia reporter Ashley Williams is in Mumbai to examine the differences between the British and Indian bakery markets. Here he talks with the boss of one of India’s leading food distributors.

Cornish pasty maker Warrens will open a new store in Sutton Coldfield, its first venture outside its West Country heartland.

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is calling on bakeries and baking schools to join in the ninth annual Real Bread Week between 6 and 14 May.

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

New Cadbury Tarts for Premier

08 February, 2017

Premier Foods is launching a range of indulgent Choc Tarts this month under the Cadbury Cakes brand. 

Blackpool-based Great Northern Sandwich Co (GNSC) has recalled six chicken sandwich products because of possible contamination.

Premium pie and quiche brand Higgidy has announced a new brand renovation programme, and aims to “disrupt” the category.

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive UK and Ireland sales and distribution agreement with General System Pack (GSP).

Leicestershire-based Dickinson & Morris has launched a Valentine Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in time for the season of love.

The latest consumer spending figures from Barclaycard have shown that, following a lull in December, record expenditure on essential items drove a 4.4% uplift in consumer spending in January. 

Birds Eye has announced the three finalists who will battle it out to become the first ever winner of the Birds Eye Fish Finger Sandwich Awards.

Consumer uncertainty following the Brexit referendum made for a challenging financial year, Sayers the Bakers has reported.

The months of love (and chocolate) are upon us, and high street baker Greggs has launched its seasonal ranges to celebrate. 

Ninety-one bakers and their associates from across the south west swapped dough for haute cuisine as they gathered for the first time in 12 years.

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) has launched the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), aimed at pastry chefs, head chefs and restaurant managers.

Somerset–based equipment firm Brook Food Processing Equipment has launched an online shop for bakery accessories and sundries.

Heather Moore, owner of We Luv Brownies, has created what is described as a unique recipe by adding beer to her products.

Cafés and bakeries in York have remained defiant in the face of a new city-wide ban on A-boards on the pavements, which came into effect this week.

Following the launch of Bakels’ £1.5m caramel production line, British Baker visited its site in Bicester, Oxfordshire to speak with managing director Paul Morrow.

Researchers have been given the go-ahead to carry out field trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Hertfordshire.

Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment has launched  the Josper HJX38, a countertop charcoal oven.

Kent-based Speciality Breads has launched a new Pan Rustic Cranberry Roll. 

There are many canine bakeries popping up online, but Millie and Ruby’s in Great Harwood is among the first to open a bricks-and-mortar bakery devoted entirely to dogs. 

Ingredients supplier Bakels has invested £1.5 million on a new line to produce a range of caramels aimed at the global market.

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has had a food-grade hygiene flooring and drainage system installed at its bakery in Milton Keynes.

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Strong food-to-go sales have driven a 9.1% increase in like-for-like revenue at Greencore Group in the 13 weeks to 30 December 2016.

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has launched a range of chocolate and fruit fillings designed to tap consumer demand for premium products.

Pukka Pies has announced a brand relaunch that will be supported by an £8m marketing investment.

Pie maker Pork Farms, part of Addo Food Group, has relaunched the Board Games Championships following its success last year.

Nationwide cake delivery service Mums Bake Cakes is looking to recruit more bakers to sell their products through its website.

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

Newport-based business Avana Bakeries has shut its doors for good, with the loss of 161 jobs.

McVitie’s has unveiled its first new retail range for 2017 with the launch of Digestive Thins in three variants.

The UK pastry team won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

Purple Plum Catering chef director Charlie Hodson has been crowned winner of The Great Sausage Roll Off 2017 competition.

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has released a seasonal range of packaging designed by agency BrandOpus to help consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Following the announcement that retailer Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group will be merging to create the “UK’s leading food business”, the industry has given its thoughts on the impact that the £3.7bn deal will have on the food sector.

UK baking giant Hovis has reassured consumers in Scotland that its Mothers Pride Scottish Plain loaf is to stay on shelf following social media fears that it was in danger of being axed.

Baked snacks company Kettle Foods has announced that it will be extending its Bites range by introducing two new variants.

Scottish-based business Maclean’s Highlands Bakery has secured its first Lidl contract, worth more than £120k, for its oatcakes.

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

Sainsbury’s has this week begun selling baked-in-store gluten-free bread – a move it claims is a first for a UK supermarket.

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has reported a 4.3% increase in sales for the first quarter of its financial year.

All 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.

High street sandwich chain Subway will be donating 50 six-inch subs to help with the afternoon ‘foot-tea’ event in Yeadon, Yorkshire.

Scottish cake manufacturer Kirriemuir, which is part of the Bells Food Group, will expand its Signature Gingerbread cake range with two new variants that will appeal to the export market.

Aryzta Food Solutions has announced the launch of the spring specials range for the Cuisine de France and Aryzta non-concept bakery.

Greggs has revealed its Norwich bakery is to close as part of a major shake-up of its manufacturing and distribution structure, which is feared to have put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Craft bakery chain Waterfields (Leigh) has said a combination of cost increases and disappointing summer sales prompted its recent decision to place the company into a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

A management consultant has left behind a 23-year corporate career to pursue his dream of opening a traditional bakery.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching its first-ever vegan sandwich range.

Lanark-based manufacturer Border Biscuits is running a Ginger January social media campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of its Gingers biscuit range.

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery has started using the Microlise transport management system across its 90-strong fleet.

The UK pastry team has won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

Global bakery business Aryzta has reported that underlying earnings per share has fallen 20% compared to the previous year, following a review of five months of trading ending December 2016.

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has launched a new Baked Earth sourdough naan bread in response to a new wave of Indian food dining experiences.

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

The UK Pastry Team competed in day one of the finals of the biannual Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France – and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

Tonnes of sandwiches and other chilled food that would have gone to waste may now be made available for charity use under new ‘use-by’ date guidance.

In keeping with the ongoing trend for hybrids, Bridor plans to bring its Bun ‘n’ Roll, a croissant/burger-bun hybrid, to the UK market before the end of this year.

Britain’s biggest crisp brand Walkers has rolled out a re-sealable 175g sharing pack featuring on-pack promotion as part of its UEFA Champions League sponsorship.

Sandwiches are no longer on the menu at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals after bosses attempted to delay payments to its sandwich supplier.

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Yellow Door has begun research into using ancient grains for baking healthier bread.

Professional chefs from around the UK will face off next week with the return of The Sausage Roll Off.

High street bakery chain Greggs has revealed plans to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

Food to go and casual dining businesses are being encouraged to use seasonal-themed packaging to mark special occasions such as Valentine’s Day.

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has appointed Adrian Barnfield as sales manager.

Foodservice information service MCA – owned by British Baker publisher William Reed Business Media – is next month holding a Food to Go conference

Addo Food Group-owned Tottle Bakery has launched a new Pork, Cheddar and Ale pie to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day (20 January).

Finsbury Foods has said continued investment will help it address commodity cost inflation, but has warned it may also have to raise prices.

French bakery specialist Bridor has launched a new line of four filled croissants to tap the expanding breakfast market.

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed the transition to her cake firm’s brand from Narna’s Cakes to Ridiculously Rich by Alana.

Premier Foods’ branded cakes sales fell in the last quarter of 2016 as mince pies volumes shifted from Mr Kipling to own-label products.

Bakery chain Paul UK has announced that it has raised £15,013 for The Felix Project, which is part of the Sharing Our Daily Bread initiative.

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has appointed Tony Kenny as operations director.

Mondelēz International has launched an investigation after a consumer found a live maggot in the wrapper of a Cadbury’s biscuit selection box.

Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK is set to leave the single market, the industry has reacted to the news that could affect their businesses.

Premier Foods has added a new variant to the Cadbury Mini Rolls range, with the introduction of the raspberry twin-pack format.

Greggs says its “growing strength” in food-to-go has contributed to a 4.2% hike in like-for-like sales through its company-managed stores in the past year.

The Federation of Bakers has announced a new associate member – Toolbox Software GmbH.

Aberdeenshire-based bakery J&I Smith Bakers has won Gold awards at the World Scotch Pie Championships for its Mince Bridie and Football Pie products.

Premier Foods has unveiled two new McDougalls’ pancake mixes ahead of Shrove Tuesday.

Greggs Delivered, the new delivery service from the food-to-go retailer, is being trialled in London from today (Monday 16 January).

Britain’s biggest crisp brand Walkers has rolled out a new premium Mediterranean range that is cooked in 100% Spanish olive oil.

London-based bakery Konditor & Cook will today (16 January) give away 5,000 Red Velvet Mini Bakes across its six stores to cheer up the public in what is regarded as the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

As snow sweeps the country to varying degrees, we take a look at how the baking industry is affected by consumer reactions to the weather… and why. 

Parsons Bakery is to re-open eight former Bath Bakery shops closed after the business ceased trading.

Leicestershire-based business California Prunes has appointed Peter Cook as the company’s new brand ambassador.

Snack brand Graze is running a 50%-off promotion on its products at WHSmith Travel stores across the UK as part of a January health push.

Holland’s Pies has launched a campaign giving businesses the chance to win a ‘canteen kit out’.

Run for your Bun in London

13 January, 2017

In a bid to combat ‘al desko’ office lunches, David Lloyd gym group is offering Londoners a free bread-based lunch if they exercise for six minutes.

Warburtons is planning to create a campus-style research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton as it aims to become “Britain’s best food business”.

Kilmarnock-based business Brownings the Bakers has won the top accolade in the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017.

Gluten-free crumpets are the latest addition to the free-from line-up from Warburtons-owned Newburn Bakehouse.

Premier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.

Trade groups including the British Sandwich Association have set out plans for foodservice staffing in post-Brexit Britain.

Premier Foods, owner of a raft of household brands including Mr Kipling, is preparing to increase the price retailers pay for its products.

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

Friary Mill Bakery is to present the Plymouth Argyle team with a massive pasty as a ‘well done’ from the town for their 0-0 draw against Liverpool last weekend.

Premier Foods has become the latest member of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

The Tarte Tatin has been given a twist with the new Normande version from Brioche Pasquier.

Egg prices set to surge

10 January, 2017

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

Bolton-based Farzana Dipoti has been forced to change her bakery’s name by the multi-billion dollar US business The Cheesecake Factory.

Bolton Wanderers staff gave Sam Allardyce a welcome present when he returned to his former club last weekend.

Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.

New trade body the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been created in response to soaring sales of gluten-free food.

Ministry of Cake has been sold to French manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts for an undisclosed sum.

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has been awarded the Desserts and Bakery Supplier of the Year honour at the Brakes Supplier Conference.

Cheshire-based baked snacks brand Sweet Nothings has revealed to British Baker that it is bringing out a unique all-butter flapjack bites range, with no added sugars and 100% natural ingredients.

A customer has designed a new whole gateau and individual slice for Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie.

Dawn Foods has said it does, and is willing to share them with you until the end of January.

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, has unveiled a range of ’meal-sized’ vol-au-vents it claims are “bigger and better than ever”.

Cynthia Stroud, founder and director of business Pretty Gorgeous Cakes, has been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded its Maryland brand into the sharing category with the release of Cookie Bites.

Bread Ahead bakery is to open its fourth retail outlet in Chelsea, London on 6 January.

As part of a partnership with University College Birmingham (UCB), Laura Gibbons has been appointed as Dawn Foods’ first student ambassador.

Paediatric dietitian Maeve Hanan has written a report in the Network Health Digest extolling the benefits of wholegrains on weight management.

Pieminister has extended its gluten-free line-up with The Gluten Free Ranger made with free-range British chicken and ham with leeks & thyme.

Ginsters owner Samworth Brothers has acquired West Cornwall Pasty Co (WCPC) from private equity investor Endless LLP, British Baker has learned. 

Warburtons has unveiled a new product for 2017 – Toastie Pockets – which it claims enables anyone to make a sandwich toastie easily.

Convenience food firm Greencore has completed its acquisition of US business Peacock Foods

2 Sisters-owned The Pizza Factory has confirmed the loss of a major contract just weeks before a supply deal with Tesco ends.

Flora Shedden, runner-up in the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015, has started work on a new bakery in her home town.

Ingredients supplier Macphie has reported a hike in sales and profit in its full-year results, driven by a strong performance in foodservice.

The Bread Factory MD Dean Arbel is to trek through the Himalayan mountains in a bid to raise £120,000 for charity Action Against Hunger.

Scottish pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group is anticipating a £500,000 jump in sales for its festive steak pie range, with its Christmas turnover predicted to exceed £2.5m.

Warburtons and Allied Bakeries MDs are among business bosses who have taken part in IGD’s charitable initiative Feeding Britain’s Future, which helps students explore their employment options.

Pret A Manger has revealed it is to trial sliced sandwich bread free from all additives except ascorbic acid following claims by The Real Bread Campaign that the chain is serving baked goods containing additives to “unsuspecting customers”.

Manchester-based foodservice patisserie supplier Destiny Foods has merged with European dessert manufacturer La Compagnie des Desserts (CDD) to create a global business.

Today’s Group has developed an NPD scorecard designed to help its members and suppliers determine the likely success or failure of new products.

Luxury cake company owner Alana Spencer has been crowned winner of The Apprentice.

Integrating research with practice is vital to the future of UK crop production, delegates at the tenth AHDB Agronomists’ Conference have heard.

Ingredients supplier EHL has predicted chickpea flour will be a major trend for the coming year.

Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth – who is also an aerospace engineer – has helped to engineer the perfect Christmas gingerbread house.

High street bakery chain Greggs hopes to encourage the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe with the release of two limited-edition festive flavoured lip balms.

Boparan Holdings, parent company of Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits owner 2 Sisters Food Group, has reported an 11.9% rise in operating profit to £19.8m in the 13 weeks to 29 October.

Coughlans opens 25th store

16 December, 2016

Surrey-based family baker and confectioner Coughlans Bakery opened its 25th store this week, in Lingfield.

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme UK has announced the date of its latest store opening, at the Mall shopping centre, Blackburn.

Entries are open for the sixth World Pasty Championships, which will be held at the Eden Project in Cornwall on 4 March next year.

FRP Advisory has been appointed as administrator to Wigan-based biscuit manufacturer Rivington Biscuits Limited.

Bulk ingredients suplpier Tate & Lyle has announced the appointment of Dr Gerry Murphy as a non-executive director and chairman-designate of the company. 

Newport-based business Avana Bakeries is set to close at the end of January, with the potential loss of 150 jobs.

Portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller has unveiled its most versatile cookie dough depositor machine to date - the Uni-X Extruder.

Trade charity Hospitality Action has raised a record-breaking £5k at its Christmas online auction, which ran for its 13th consecutive year.

Food and drink advisory service Campden BRI will hold a conference on 16-17 March 2017 for the food manufacturing sector on the development of gluten-free bakery products.

Ingredients supplier Kröner-Stärke (KS) has developed a range of pre-gelatinised flours and starches for the bakery market, which it claims will give professional bread makers the edge on their competition.

A Lanarkshire baker has been fined £60,000 by HMRC over false repayment claims.

New gluten-free wheat?

15 December, 2016

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

New research shows consumers will pay more for products made with ingredients they recognise, according to a new study. 

Bakery chain Paul UK has expanded its partnership with The Felix Project charity.

High street sandwich firm Subway has appointed Peter Dowding country director for the UK and Ireland.

Allied Bakeries has recruited Liam McNamara as the company’s new sales director – leaving his role as managing director at tea business Twinings.

Crisps without crunch were voted the top food fail in a recent Sainsbury’s study of festive snacks… so the retailer has introduced a Crunch-o-meter.

Food and drink travel outlet operator SSP Group has opened two new James Martin Kitchen outlets, at Manchester Piccadilly station and Debenhams at Intu Lakeside, Essex.

Gluten- and wheat-free baked goods supplier Welsh Hills Bakery is ramping up its business with Spanish airline Vueling.

Shipley-based bakery Just Desserts has launched its own retail brand of family-sized cakes after more than 30 years as a foodservice supplier.

UK baking mix supplier LFI Tollblend Ltd has been acquired by French business Lesaffre.

Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has unveiled his latest creation - the ChurroDuo made from interlocking pyramid-shaped black and white sesame churros.

A number of bakery associations are among a list of 30 food representatives that have signed an open letter calling on the government to reassure EU workers about their right to work in the UK.

It took Lynn Nolan 387 hours to create, but she built her home village of Youlgrave, in Derbyshire’s Peak District, entirely out of Christmas cake to raise funds for a new church roof.

Allied Bakeries is hoping a revamped version of its Allinson brand can bridge the gap between wrapped bread and craft bakery.

Galashiels baker John Gorman passed away recently at the age of 90, having spent 60 years in the trade.

Huddersfield-based bakery AJP Pies and Pastries, which trades as Andrew Jones Pies, has become the latest company to pay a compensation fee to Bakers Basco for using its bread baskets without permission.

Aryzta Food Solutions has donated 2,500 mince pies to events organised by charities Operation Smile and Walking with the Wounded.

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

A ban on advertising food high in fat, salt or sugar in media targeted at kids has been announced by The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has expanded its direct van sales operation with the launch of new service Bakedirect to help deliver bread and morning goods across London.

Workers at the Tangerine Confectionery factory in York will begin fresh industrial action in the run-up to Christmas.

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has developed a system that it says brings cookie dough and filling together in one machine for the first time.

Asda innovation development chef Mark Richmond has created a way to remove the ‘air gap’ from his mince pies.

Samsung challenged a professor to create a formula for the perfect festive pie, and here it is…

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at the Fox’s biscuit factory in Uttoxeter.

The lunchtime roast is toast according to Premier Foods - with sandwiches now almost twice as popular for Sunday lunch.

Greggs Delivered, the much-anticipated home delivery service from the Tyneside baker, is being trialled in Newcastle city centre.

Belgium-based Delacre said Ferrero had completed the acquisition of the Delacre and Delichoc biscuit brands from United Biscuits. 

Ninety-year-old Wigan business Waterfield’s is set to close 11 bakeries in and around the area. 

Businesses have been invited to comment on a new three-year strategy for cereals and oilseeds published this month by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Swansea-based Panini Ltd is to supply every state-run hospital and school in Wales in a new contract worth £5m.

Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie is rumoured to be in talks to buy the Maison Blanc chain.

The cost of key ingredients for Christmas puddings has soared by 21%, according to data from commodity analyst Mintec.

Love Productions has begun searching for amateur bakers to appear in The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) TV show when it moves to Channel 4 next year.

Pret A Manger is expanding its presence at London tube stations.

Bread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has been acquired by Japanese firm Nagatanien.

Wright’s Food Group has launched a series of videos putting its own spin on the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Campbell’s Bakery in Crieff plans to set up what managing director Iain Campbell describes as ‘the first bakery school in Scotland’.

Cereals supplier KWS has added five new high-yielding cereals and an oilseed rape to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board 2018 Recommended List (RL).

FDF Awards open for applicants

02 December, 2016

The Food and Drink Federation is inviting entries for its annual awards.

Soreen’s new festive loaf

01 December, 2016

Samworth Brothers-owned malt loaf maker Soreen has launched Winter Spice Mini Loaves that are available exclusively in Tesco.

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has appointed Phil O’Driscoll head of innovation & NPD.

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has expanded its Genius gluten-free foodservice offering.

Tesco’s mince pie van has returned to the streets of Britain to deliver its pies free to 18 areas across the nation.

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee will launch a cup recycling scheme from next year across 2,000 UK stores, with the aim of recycling 30 million takeaway cups a year.

Ferrero is in the closing stages of acquiring Belgian biscuit brand Delacre from United Biscuits.

Sales at Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings have topped £100m for the first time as the business continues to grow its chain of bakery stores and cafés.

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has launched its sustainability strategy ‘Forever Chocolate’, with the ultimate goal of making its chocolate 100% sustainable.

Doncaster-based bakery The Topping Pie Company has secured a contract with The Channel Islands Co-operative Society to supply its range of products.

Britain’s biggest crisp brand Walkers has rolled out its new Crinkles packaging, which will be available in major retailers from next month.

Fresh prepared food manufacturer Bakkavör has announced that it is aiming to recruit more than 300 new employees across its UK sites, due to an increased demand from its customers.

Bakers are being given a chance to have their say on the introduction of new regulations in England to enforce EU rules on the labelling of gluten-free foods.

High street bakery chain Greggs has worked with project management firm Clegg Food Projects to open up a 4,645sq m distribution centre in Enfield, North London.

Food ingredients supplier Edme has been given an AA rating for an announced audit in the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) global food standard award.

Global bakery business Aryzta has reported a decline in revenues in its European and North American divisions.

A baker from South Wales is celebrating after scooping several awards for his science-fiction inspired creations at Cake International.

Export sales of bread have grown 10% year on year – in line with the overall increase in overseas sales of UK food and drink.

Food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients is offering bakers new festive organic ingredient blends and stuffing mixes.

Scottish manufacturer Tunnock’s has announced its sales have risen by 3.5% in its results for the year ended 29 February 2016.

Fancy a crisp/biscuit hybrid?

24 November, 2016

The Cheetos cookie – a cross between a Cheetos crisp and a biscuit – is making news Stateside for Cookie Good Bakery in California.

FDF director general Ian Wright has said an effective partnership between the industry and government has “never been more important”.

Walkers Shortbread makes a special appearance in Heathrow Airport’s festive TV ad.

Scottish Bakers has won the Conference Development category accolade for the second consecutive year at the UK Associations Awards.

A new Mecatherm FTA tunnel oven has been made available to British plant bakers and food manufacturers.

Bells expands its pie range

24 November, 2016

Scottish pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has expanded its pie collection with a range of Deep Filled Pies.

The Belfast Baking Company has invested £100k to fund a second bakery outlet in the Northern Irish capital.

Bakery brand Arden Fine Foods has created a biscuit that is designed to attach to a coffee or tea mug.

Candice Brown, winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016, has confirmed on ITV’s Loose Women show that she has quit her job as a PE teacher to pursue a baking career.

Behold, the folded baguette!

23 November, 2016

A French bakery in Breton has invented the folded baguette as a way for bikers to avoid breaking their bread and getting crumbs in their bags.

Cake manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a 4% slump in UK bakery revenue in the face of retail price deflation and rising costs.

Wojciech Kalinowski, who works at Bradgate Bakery, has been given the Young Talent of the Year award at Food Manufacture Excellence awards.

Lantmännen Unibake UK has launched two new savoury crowns under its Schulstad Bakery Solutions brand.

EasyCoffee is aiming to disrupt the coffee shop market in the next two years by opening 200 stores selling hot drinks at £1 a cup.

Cornish pasty- and cake-maker Warrens Bakery has launched its second Christmas pasty collection - the Port & Stilton pasty - following the re-introduction of the mince pie pasty.

Sales of some bakery ingredients at Waitrose were up more than 300% as shoppers prepared for Stir Up Sunday.

The level of Nabim Group 1 varieties hitting the high-quality bread wheat specification has hit a 13-year high this season.

European Process Plant (EPP) has promoted Ged McBride to the role of area sales manager.

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) policy manager Dominic Goudie has been named Young Association Executive of the Year at the National Association Awards last week.

Patisserie Holdings has been fined £60k after inspectors found mouse droppings at a bakery.

Fulton Limited has marked 50 years of manufacturing heat transfer solutions in the UK by hosting a ceremony at the M-Shed museum in Bristol.

Wenzel’s the Bakers has revealed ambitions to expand to 100 stores in the next few years.

Boulder Brands – owner of the Udi’s gluten-free brand – has pulled out of the UK market.

New member for the FOB

18 November, 2016

Equipment and plant supplier Bühler Limited has joined The Federation of Bakers (FOB) as an associate member.

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery has reached its £50,000 fundraising target for the charity Prevent Breast Cancer.

Asda like-for-like sales fell 5.8% year on year in the quarter to 30 September 2016, according to figures released by owner Walmart.

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions and global bakery-café chain Cinnabon have introduced a partnership to introduce Cinnabon’s products to retail and foodservice channels in North America.

Mary Berry confirms new show

17 November, 2016

As the dust settles on the shock move of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) to Channel 4, Mary Berry announces her new BBC bakery show plans.

With Valentine’s Day just a few months away, Pidy has announced that it will be bringing out a bite-sized heart-shaped pastry range – named Apericoeur.

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has bolstered its team by appointing Jon Turonnet as its foodservice sales manager.

The Sunday Times has published what it considers to be the top 30 bakeries in the UK because, as it puts it, “something is changing” in our attitude to bread.

High street sandwich firm Subway has introduced its first ever seasonal sub to its stores – the Festive Feast.

Leicestershire-based baker Ian Waterland has appeared on ITV as he used to work for the NHS before deciding to set up a bakery from home.

VIP Shortbread has announced the launch of its Christmas range of personalised shortbread.  

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has launched its festive menu, which includes both sweet and savoury options.

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

16 November, 2016

Small and medium-sized food and drink producers (SMEs) can receive guidance on sugar reduction, labelling and claims at an upcoming seminar run by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

Christmas pudding maker Matthew Walker is launching two new fruit puddings with a twist this year, the Golden Mulled Plum & Port Christmas Pudding, and the Guinness Fruit Pudding. 

Brace’s Bakery has announced it will “grab hold of the reins” and reopen its Croespenmaen site, following a management shake-up.

Premier Foods is to extend its Cadbury range with Cadbury Choc Tarts following another strong performance from its cakes division.

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched a new Tulip Muffin range. 

South Gloucestershire-based Marshfield Bakery has won a national IGD award and been named Manufacturer of the Year for SME at the Insider Magazine Made in the South West Awards.

Somerset-based Bath Cake Company took home five awards for cakes entered at Cake International this month. 

A hygiene operator at Taunton-based manufacturer Ministry of Cake has celebrated 30 years of working for the company.

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has introduced the Tarte Citron Meringueé to its range in two versions.

Fresh food packaging company Linpac has appointed Nikki Clark as the company’s new group marketing manager.

A hand-crafted salted caramel cake, produced for the retail market by Shipley-based bakery Just Desserts, has sliced through the competition to win a coveted Taste Award.

Judging for The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017 is now complete, with bakers waiting anxiously for the results in January.

Modern versions of traditional favourites, plant-based recipes and waste reduction are expected to be major global food trends next year, according to a new study.

A focus on innovation has helped fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor grow revenue across the group in its third-quarter results.

Doncaster-based craft bakery business Cooplands has been saved in a pre-pack administration deal.

ParcelHero, an international courier specialising in UK-US deliveries, says Donald Trump’s presidential victory could be good news for UK businesses that trade regularly with the US.

The 2017 British Pie Awards (BPAs) will officially open for entries on 16 November.

Derbyshire- based the Buckley Bakehouse has been ordered to pay ££4,654 in costs after using Bakers Basco’s bread baskets without its permission.

VIDEO: Meet the UK Pastry Team

10 November, 2016

British Baker caught up with the UK Pastry Team ahead of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie – that’s the pastry world cup to you and I – and they might just win it!

Former police officer Dawn Butler has scooped the Cake Artist of the Year award for her ‘flying’ helicopter cake at the Cake Masters Magazine Cake Awards.

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has teamed up with Yoyo Wallet to enable use of its mobile wallet at all UK and Ireland stores.

Online hand-iced biscuit retailer Biscuiteers has secured £1.25m in crowdfunding from 784 investors in 31 countries.

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a strategy to transform the packaged bakery market – and says it believes the wrapped bread category can return to growth.

Sainsbury’s sales continued to decline as it posted a 10.1% fall in first-half profits to £277m.

Allied Bakeries owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported 5% year on year growth in group revenue to £13.4bn in the 53 weeks to September 17 2016.

Consumer spending rose 5.5% year-on-year in October, the highest growth since Barclaycard began publishing data on consumer finances in 2011.

High street chains Greggs and Pret a Manger have been giving away their latest Christmas releases for free as part of the run-up to the festive period.

New wirecut from Baker Perkins

09 November, 2016

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has introduced a new servo-driven version of its TruClean wirecut machine, which forms cookies and bars from soft dough.

California-based bakery Sunblest Foods has become the first international competitor in the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.

Major supermarket Asda has been fined over half a million pounds after a customer ate a bread roll covered in mouse droppings.

From January, Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel will offer a healthy alternative to traditional afternoon tea with Tea-Tox.

The handcrafted game and poultry pie from Doncaster-based the Topping Pie Company has won a Yorkshire Taste Award.

CSM launches Oreo doughnut

08 November, 2016

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has launched an Oreo doughnut.

Marks & Spencer has announced store cuts as part of a wide strategic shake-up.

Derbyshire-based bakery Stacey’s has brought back a traditional Derbyshire cake for a limited time.

Workers at the Tangerine confectionery factory in York will today (Tuesday 8 November) begin the first of four days of strike action after members of the GMB union voted to reject a pay offer.

European Process Plant’s (EPP) MD Steve Merritt has reacted to the BBC’s investigative programme Watchdog’s shaming of Asda over its unhygienic baskets by stating that washing machine production line Colussi Ermes is the answer to its problems.

Britain's biggest crisp brand Walkers is set to increase prices of its products by 5p as a result of the pound weakening.

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a new Kingsmill loaf that it claims offers consumers the ‘best ever toast’.

From a 28-strong list of entrants, to a short list of five pastry chefs, the winner of the 2016 Classic Fine Foods Christmas Entremet competition has been crowned.

Baked goods are among the biggest contributors to high levels of salt consumption by US children, researchers have claimed.

A former worker at Park Cake Bakeries, Oldham, is trying to track down his old colleagues for a 40-year reunion.

TV chef James Martin is set to bring food-to-go bakery concept James Martin Kitchen to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station.

Danish bakery brand Ole & Steen is set to broaden its business overseas after securing a site St James’ Market, London.

A new bakery is among expansion plans for Lidl’s store in Norbury, South London.

Greater availability of home-grown milling grade wheat and a reduced competitiveness of imports has boosted the use of GB wheat.

Biscuit company Tunnock’s has been granted permission by council chiefs to build a multi-million-pound extension to its Lanarkshire factory in Uddingston, Glasgow.

Pidy has secured its first branded retail listing as part of its ambitions to become a recognised name with UK consumers.

Holland’s Pies is aiming to shake-up the on-the-go pastry market with a new range of microwaveable slices.

Cornwall based business Peboryon Bakery has created a machine made out of cake that bakes its very own cakes.

Fox’s Biscuits and Goodfellas pizza owner Boparan Holdings has reported a positive branded divisional performance with Q4 like-for-like sales up 3.2% to £91.1m.

Grilled cheese street food operator The Cheese Truck has smashed its crowdfunding target of £100k after an investment of more than £50k in less than 24 hours.

Global ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has seen a strong first half, boosting its expectations for its full-year results.

William Jackson Food Group brand Aunt Bessie’s has launched a Dingo Dollar dessert pie ahead of the 16th series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie is set to open another store in Belfast, which will create 20 new jobs.

Artisan café chain Creams British Luxury is to open two stores in Kent.

Northern Ireland bakery Irwin’s has created a new range of low-sugar products aimed at families.

FDF holds Exiting the EU event

02 November, 2016

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has held a landmark Exiting the EU event with former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg among a number of key speakers.

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has added three new doughnuts to its range - the Bonfire Toffee, Gingerbread Ring and Smores doughnuts.

Matthew Verity, business unit director, chilled and bakery at Kantar Worldpanel UK, addressed the recent British Society of Baking (BSB) Autumn Conference.

Sweet treats Flower & White is moving from its premises in Shrewsbury to Telford in January next year as it looks to build on its success in the UK.

More than a quarter of the British population purchase free-from products as a lifestyle choice, according to research by Harris Interactive.

Bread Holdings, parent company of Gail’s and artisan baker The Bread Factory, has opened the first permanent site for its sourdough brand The Flour Station.

Gluten-free bakery New Found Joy has secured a listing from Tesco that brings six of its traybakes to shelves in a number of Northern Ireland stores.

Social entrepreneur Rosie Ginday has unveiled the UK’s first French macaron shop and prosecco bar Miss Macaroon in Great Western Arcade, Birmingham.

British Baker spent the day with chocolate and cocoa supplier Callebaut. It wants to show bakers that making beautiful desserts with higher price points is easy. Want us to prove it? If we can do it, you definitely can…

Growth in discount retailers Lidl and Aldi is being driven by millennials, whose spend on grocery shopping is rising three times faster than that of the overall population, according to Nielsen.

Hamilton-based sandwich shop Get Stuffed has been chosen as a finalist at the British Takeaway Awards in London.

Britain’s first Cornish Pasty Heritage Centre is asking the public to donate artefacts to help tell its story.

Allergy alerts accounted for more than half the product recall notices issued by the Food Standards Agency between July and September this year.

Scottish pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has secured a deal to supply discount retailer Lidl with a range of nine pies across 91 Scotland stores.

Unifiller launches iPump

31 October, 2016

Portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller has launched iPump, which it says can transfer product without compromising on quality or production space. 

American sandwich chain Quiznos has opened its fifth UK site in Maidstone, with local firm Speciality Breads’ white and brown loaves taking centre stage on the menu.

Mono has unveiled an Integrated Deck Loader designed to take the strain out of manually loading each oven deck. 

Mondelēz brands Oreo, Ritz and Cadbury Dairy Milk have contributed to the multinational's organic sales increase of 1.1% in the third quarter.

Kara crowned cake winner

31 October, 2016

Finsbury Food Group foodservice brand Kara has been crowned the cake winner at the 2016 Café Quality Food Awards.

A survey conducted by national workplace law consultancy, protecting.co.uk has concluded that Britain’s favourite biscuit in the place of work is...

Independent bakers are being encouraged to join a campaign designed to put small businesses in the spotlight.

Bakery chain Paul UK is set to take its total number of UK shops to 36 with the opening of a store at Earls Court, London.

Manufacturer Nairn’s has partnered with Scottish broadcaster and nutritionist Amanda Hamilton for its new Naturally Energising Challenge campaign.

Lancashire baker Holland’s has joined forces with Guinness again to produce a Steak and Guinness Golden Ale Pie.

Hot on the heels of the Bake Off finale, University of Warwick food historian Professor Rebecca Earle investigates the history of the Victoria sponge.

The make-up giant is marking 25 years in business with an exclusive afternoon tea at Balthazar London brasserie in Covent Garden.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant takes us through series 7 with an expert eye... Who was crowned champion? Who made a right pavlova of it? Oh... AND SHE'S WRITTEN A SONG ABOUT IT! 

High street stores have taken a major hit, with PwC research produced by the Local Data Company finding that 15 stores closed every day in the first six months of this year.

Discount retailer Lidl could potentially introduce click and collect for groceries in the UK, following its launch in stores across Germany later this year.

Tesco trial digital receipts

27 October, 2016

Tesco has introduced a trial of a contactless system that sends a proof of purchase to customers’ smartphones.

Online handmade biscuit retailer Biscuiteers has exceeded its initial £550,000 funding target on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube by almost £50k.

The New York Bakery Co has steadied its sales and has cut its losses during a strong year.

HRH The Princess Royal this week officially opened a £6m Wrights Food Group factory in Crewe.

Paul Shattock, food and drink sector specialist at commercial insurer the National Farmers Union - trading as NFU Mutual - has reminded manufacturers of the importance of risk management to avoid product recall issues on a global scale.

Graduates working for Warburtons have explored how bread was baked before the invention of modern ovens at Openfield’s Sacrewell Mill, Peterborough.

Action on Sugar (AoS) has prodded food manufacturers to support Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme.

Shoppers searched for groceries on their smartphones 11% more in Q3 2016 compared to the previous quarter, according to Google and the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Sales of artisan food have helped smaller and medium-sized manufacturers to grow profit margins to 6.8% of turnover over the past year, according to research by law firm EMW.

Samworth Brothers-owned malt loaf maker Soreen has supported Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity campaign Bake It Better after donating £5,000.

Costa’s total UK retail sales rose 10.1% in the first half of 2016/17 amid total revenue growth for Whitbread of 8.1% to £1.6bn in the six months to 1 September 2016.

Bakery and catering company Peyton and Byrne has gone into administration following the loss of contracts at London’s Kew Gardens and the British Library.

Greggs to deliver?

18 October, 2016

High street baker Greggs is trialling a home delivery service called Greggs Delivered, which, if successful, will roll out nationwide.

Gluten-free baker Free From Fairy has launched the first ever gluten- and rice-free wholegrain flour blend – available exclusively from Honest Eats.

Marks & Spencer has introduced RedBlack Software’s Cybake Instore to over 500 in-store bakeries.

Sussex-based Raise Bakery has revealed plans to open its first branded retail site in Hove, as it aims to expand the business nationwide.

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