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Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

EPP creates new after-sales contract manager role

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has appointed Rob Pedlar to the newly-created role of after-sales contract manager.

Muffin Break introduces Hot Cross Muffin

Muffin Break has launched a new cinnamon and sultana Hot Cross Muffin.

Sharpham Park announces new manager

Spelt supplier Sharpham Park has announced the appointment of Martin Brooks as sales & operations manager.

Walkers Shortbread and Macphie praised as top rural employers

Walkers Shortbread has been crowned winner in the Rural Employer of the Year category at the Scottish Rural Awards, with ingredients manufacturer Macphie named runner-up.

Federation of Bakers partners with Instagram star

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) and the Flour Advisory Bureau have launched a #betterwithbread campaign with Instagram star Deliciously Stella.

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.

Philip Moody named Openfield chairman

Grain co-operative Openfield has appointed Philip Moody as group chairman. 

Click and collect app tipped to boost bakery sales

MmmLunch is an app that enables bakery customers to browse, order and pay before collecting their baked goods at a pre-arranged time.

REVEALED: Finsbury Foods’ Mary Berry range

Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. 

Park Cakes in management buy-out

Own-label cake and dessert supplier Park Cakes has been acquired in a management buy-out from private-equity firm Vision Capital.

Family-run Ellis’s Bakery up for sale

A Devon-based business that has been run by the same family for 50 years is up for sale.

Pulsin unveils new look and packaging for 10th anniversary

Nutritional snacks brand Pulsin has unveiled a rebrand following the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Pret set to launch ‘Big Experience Week’ initiative in response to staffing concerns

Pret A Manger – which recently flagged up concerns about recruiting staff in the wake of Brexit – is launching a work experience drive.

CSM refreshes Ancient Cereals bread mix with new name and packaging

CSM Bakery Solutions has refreshed its Pantique Ancient Cereals bread mix by changing its name to Ancient Grains Ultimate and introducing new packaging.

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

Finsbury Food Group has secured the licence to produce a range of Mary Berry cakes.

Bread rolls only product type meeting salt reduction targets, finds CASH

Campaigners are urging health chiefs to set mandatory salt levels after a product survey found ‘bread rolls’ is the only one of 28 food categories set to meet 2017 salt reduction targets.

Whitworths launches bespoke snacking range into Poundland stores

Fruits, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths has developed a snacking range for Poundland.

FDF unveils membership scheme for small businesses

The Food and Drink Federation has launched a new membership option for small businesses.

Panini’s launches gluten-free range following £200k bakery investment

Swansea-based independent bakers Panini’s has launched a range of gluten-free products following a £200,000 investment from Lloyds Bank that enabled the business to redevelop part of its bakery.

Square Pie launches new ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix pie bar in Bristol

Gourmet pie business Square Pie has launched a ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix pie bar kiosk as part of a renovated retail offering at Vue cinemas in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig join The Great British Bake Off

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will join the upcoming Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Nairn’s extends gluten-free range with new products

Nairn’s is set to make larger pack sizes a permanent part of its gluten-free oatcakes range and has introduced new children’s gluten-free products called Astro Bites.

New sugar replacement for baking

Clean-label ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched Avanté, a sugar replacement aimed at the bakery industry.

The Premium Bakery opens new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans

Scottish-based business The Premium Bakery has opened a brand new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans, Edinburgh.

Tate & Lyle announces global distribution deal with Sweet Green Fields

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has collaborated with Sweet Green Fields to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.

Nairn’s opens £6.5m gluten-free factory in Midlothian

Edinburgh-based oatcake and biscuit manufacturer Nairn’s Oatcakes has opened its new gluten-free manufacturing operation in Newtongrange, Midlothian following an investment of more than £6.5m.

James Neill flour mills awarded Gold Medal by nabim

Belfast flour miller Nigel McLoughlin, of James Neill flour mills, has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim).

National Farmers’ Union supports ECHA on herbicide safety

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the conclusions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that scientific evidence does not classify glyphosate (a herbicide used on wheat) as a carcinogen for reproduction.

‘Britain only’ button to be introduced?

Talks are under way that could make it easier for online grocery shoppers to only buy British products, a minister has said.

Café Brontë unveils Chocolate Choices biscuit range

Patterson Arran-owned biscuit brand Café Brontë has launched the Chocolate Choices crafted mini packs range.

Cornwall Hospice Care prepares for the Great Cornish Cake Bake weekend

Cornwall Hospice Care has unveiled that it is organising its Great Cornish Cake Bake weekend from 6-7 May 2017.

Pasty and pasty-inspired single launched for charity

Prima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. 

Pladis announces global expansion plans

Biscuit and cake manufacturer Pladis, and owner of brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s and Carr’s, is set to expand internationally.

Bea Vo to open new bakery

American chef and duffin inventor Bea Vo will launch Butterscotch Bakery in Shepherd’s Bush, London this summer. 

Carr’s biscuit factory to build ‘cracker packers’ statue

Pladis-owned Carr’s Biscuits will create a statue to commemorate its “cracker packers” [women workers of the factory] over the last generation near to its factory in Carlisle.

CSM to keep Sussex plant open

Bakery giant CSM revealed plans to close the Ashington-based Kate’s Cakes site last year, but has now announced it will keep it open to focus on ‘free-from’.

Buying British is ‘back in vogue’ says GS1

GS1 UK, the supply chain standards member organisation, said there has been a resurgence in small businesses producing heritage products.

New full Group 1 recommendation for KWS Zyatt

The National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers (nabim) has given new milling wheat KWS Zyatt full Group 1 recommendation.

Baking industry calls for agreement on future trade with Ireland

The Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and the Federation of Bakers have signed an open letter calling on the government to make an early agreement on future trade with the Republic of Ireland.

Frances Quinn makes record-breaking jaffa cake

GBBO 2013 winner Frances Quinn has made a 4ft-wide version of a jaffa cake with Hambleton Bakery, which has broken the world record by over a foot.

Aryzta reports 2.8% revenue decline in half-year results

Aryzta has announced that its revenue has fallen by 2.8% to €1.9bn (£1.6bn) for the six-month period ended 31 January 2017.

GALLERY: architectural pastry by Dinara Kasko

Dinara Kasko is an architectural pastry chef from Ukraine. We’ve compiled a gallery of some of her amazing (and edible) works of art.

Zeelandia donates bread ‘bibles’ to bakery students

Zeelandia UK has presented 20 students from the National Bakery School, London, with copies of the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) Book of Breadmaking as part of a presentation and Q&A session.

Ivor Dewdney fundraises to help loyal customer

Plymouth-based pasty shop Ivor Dewdney has presented loyal customer Derek Ryder with a new mobility scooter after his original one broke.

Muffin Break launches three new products

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has added a bundt cake, a lemon bar and an almond croissant to its menu.  

Clark’s Bakery bakes biggest-ever Dundee cake

Scottish 24-hour business Clark’s Bakery has claimed to have made the biggest-ever Dundee cake – weighing 26lb and with a diameter of 18 inches.

Melton Mowbray pork pie wins British Pie Awards

The Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery has taken the supreme champion title at the British Pie Awards.

New apprenticeship challenge launched

Trade charity Hospitality Action is urging foodservice and hospitality organisations to fundraise with their apprentices.

Cobell moves into bakery market

Exeter-based ingredients manufacturer Cobell has introduced new fruit flavours that it says are ideal for the bakery market.

Adelie Foods includes simit bread in new range

Middle Eastern-style simit bread will feature in the Daily Bread sandwich range being relaunched by food-to-go giant Adelie Foods next week.

Hungry House research reveals the nation’s favourite pie

Steak & ale is Britain’s favourite pie, according to online food-ordering platform Hungry House.

Krispy Kreme launches limited-edition Mother’s Day range

Krispy Kreme has unveiled a limited-edition Mother’s Day gift box that features three new doughnuts.

Pret HR boss raises post-Brexit staffing concerns

Pret A Manger has said it may struggle to find staff following Brexit.

Penarth Bakery fined £10,000 for “appalling catalogue of behaviour”

Welsh business Penarth Bakery has been fined more than £10,000 – and its owner banned from running a food business for 10 years - after committing dozens of hygiene offences.

CSM partners with Cadbury to launch new muffin and doughnut range

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has partnered with Cadbury to launch a new range of muffins and doughnuts.

Finsbury Foods’ Kara brand launches brioche bun

Finsbury Food Group foodservice brand Kara has launched a Gourmet sliced chicken bun as part of its developing brioche range.

Wrights partners with Uttoxeter racecourse

Wrights Food Group has agreed to sponsor the grandstand at Uttoxeter racecourse as part of a three-year deal.

Hambleton Bakery signs up GBBO winner

The 2013 Great British Bake Off (GBBO) winner Frances Quinn has created a range of different flavoured jaffa cakes for Rutland-based Hambleton Bakery.

GroceryAid Ball raises over £235k for the industry

More than 600 people from across the food industry gathered for the Diamond Ball to raise money for GroceryAid.

Burton’s launches Maryland Crispies

Burton’s Biscuit Company is expanding its range of Maryland Choc Chip Cookies with the launch of Maryland Crispies. 

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer

Following the launch of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana brand, British Baker spoke with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer.

Born and Bread: Swifts, Wheaton Aston

Each month we bring you the art of baking, passed down through generations in another historic British company

Ole & Steen announces third site opening

Danish bakery Ole & Steen is set to open a third UK site in Canary Wharf, London, British Baker can confirm.

Krazibaker develops innovative twist on soda bread

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Krazibaker has linked up with one of the region’s emerging charcuterie producers Ispini Charcuterie to develop a soda bread with chorizo sausage.

Holland’s launches new Micro Pie range

Holland’s Pies has extended its frozen range after unveiling two brand new Micro Pies.

John Whaite bakes the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’ for British Pie Week

John Whaite, winner of The Great British Bake Off’s third series, has created a pie celebrating the nation’s official top five favourite fillings and baked using energy-efficient tips during British Pie Week (6-12 March).

Ministry of Cake launches the Department of Traybake line

Dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has announced the opening of its new Department of Traybake production line for a brand new range.

Waitrose introduces Italian breads

Last year’s popular addition, colomba, has been reintroduced for Easter, alongside a hot cross bun panettone. 

Edme celebrates success for National Apprentice Week

As part of National Apprentice Week (6-10 March 2016), ingredients supplier Edme is reflecting on the success of its own trainees.

Community bakery crowdfunding for premises

Sussex-based Stoneham Bakehouse is crowdfunding in order to set up permanent premises, and is offering rewards in return for donations.

Canadian triumphs at pasty champs

A Canadian baker has claimed the top title at the World Pasty Championships, using skills he learnt from his Cornish mother.

Sayers plans to appeal £170k fine

Sayers the Bakers, which was fined £170,000 last week for 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool, has told British Baker it plans to appeal the level of the fine.

Dawn launches coconut compound

Dawn Foods has expanded its range of concentrated flavour pastes with the introduction of an all-natural Coconut Compound addition.

KernPack signs distribution deal with Skilled Group

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive distribution deal with robotics and laser-guided vehicle specialist Skilled Group.

EFSA proposes simplified approach for bakeries on food safety

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has proposed a simpler approach to food safety management in bakeries.

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Sayers hit with £170,000 fine over mouse and cockroach infestations

Sayers the Bakers has been fined £170,000 after admitting 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool.

Metal contamination fear sparks Lotus Bakeries Biscoff biscuit spread recall

Lotus Bakeries has recalled selected batches of its Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spreads as they may contain small pieces of metal.

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Baker spends over £1,500 on tattoos of pastries

Lancashire pastry chef Michael Lambert has spent more than £1,500 on tattooing his patisserie creations on to his right arm.

New TV ad campaign for Border Biscuits

Borders Biscuits’ characters the Border Biscuitiers are set to hit TV screens on 4 March as part of a new ad campaign.  

Karl McCrum, sales and marketing manager of Neill’s Flour, pictured with top chef Jenny Bristow
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Neill’s Flour celebrates 150th anniversary

Northern Irish flour miller Neill’s Flour marks its 150th anniversary this year, with the likes of writer and TV personality Jenny Bristow paying tribute to the company.

Pork pie sales on the rise with UK consumers

UK consumers spend more than £1bn on pies every year, according to statistics from Mintel.

Pidy extends choux range

Belgian pastry products business Pidy has extended its choux range with the introduction of the Paris Brest.

M&S launches savoury hot cross buns

The high street retailer said it was ‘pushing the boundaries’ this year with the cheese and onion addition to its hot cross bun line-up.

Walkers factory closure to cost 380 jobs

A Walkers factory in Peterlee County Durham is set to close, which could put 380 jobs at risk.

Baker of the Year finalists for Farm Shop & Deli Awards announced

The Farm Shop & Deli Show Baker of the Year finalists been announced, with the winner due to be unveiled at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24-26 April, at the NEC, Birmingham

Pettigrew Bakeries offers free bread for a year

Cardiff-based Pettigrew Bakeries is celebrating its first anniversary by offering one customer free bread for a year.

Pieminister creates bug-inspired product for British Pie Week

Pieminister has unveiled its latest addition to its range - the Hopper, which will be available from the start of British Pie Week (6-12 March).

Pre-selection competitors announced for Chocolate Masters

In October, six of the nation’s finest chocolatiers, pâtissiers and chefs will compete in the UK and Ireland World Chocolate Master pre-selections.

Premier appoints non-exec director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Daniel Wosner as a non-executive director of the company, effective 1 March.

Speciality Breads secures first export deal

Kent-based Speciality Breads has signed its first export deal with Malta-based supply chain Shoprite Malta.

British Biscotti invests in automation after rise in demand

Dorset-based business The Great British Biscotti’s rise in demand for its new range of biscuits has resulted in the installation of a PFM Pearl entry-level flow-wrapper.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bennett plans to open in Dubai – and you could go with him

Patisserie Mark Bennett has been approached by an investor with a view to opening an outlet in City Walk, Dubai, British Baker has learnt.

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery

Addo Food Group-owned Riverside Bakery may cut as many as 44 jobs following a review of its business.

VIDEO: In conversation with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod

Following its acquisition by French manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts in January 2017, British Baker caught up with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod in Taunton, Somerset.

Christine Cooke scoops top honour at Canadian Maple syrup competition

Christine Cooke has been crowned winner of the Pure Canadian Maple syrup competition, which was held at the University College Birmingham.

BB’s raises over £12k for Marie Keating Foundation

Coffee shop chain BB’s (short for bakers and baristas) has raised more than £12,000 for the Marie Keating Foundation through its first ever Mrs Pink muffin campaign.

Bread helping to destroy the planet? – The industry reacts

Scientists this week published research claiming a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide. It’s a claim that has left some industry experts ‘bemused’.

Home deliveries ruled out as Greggs unveils plans for further growth

Greggs has revealed a new strategy for growth that includes opening up to 150 new stores this year, but has ruled out a move into home deliveries.

Village Bakery becomes biggest producer of Welsh cakes

Wrexham-based business Village Bakery claims to have become the world’s largest producer of Welsh Cakes as St David’s Day (1 March) approaches.

Is bread helping to destroy the planet?

Scientists have published research that claims a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide.

Dawn supplies new coconut range

Dawn Foods has launched a seasonal range of finished and part-finished coconut bakery products.

Dawn launches competition for bakers

Dawn Foods has launched a promotion across some of its top products that will see hundreds of prizes given to high street bakers.

Muffin Break in Make-a-Wish charity partnership

Muffin Break has announced a new partnership with children’s charity Make-A-Wish UK.

Finsbury introduces new Batman, Paw Patrol and My Little Pony cakes

Finsbury Food Group has introduced three new licensed character cakes from Batman, Paw Patrol and My Little Pony.

Carrs Foods adds rye bread duo to Baker Street range

Carrs Foods has added two new rye breads into its Baker Street range - a Seeded Rye Bread and Rye & Wheat Bread.

Welsh Hills wins export award

Family-run operation Welsh Hills Bakery triumphed at the South and Mid Wales Chambers Welsh Business Awards in the Success in Overseas Trade category and went on to be named overall winner on the night.

Bosch launches packaging site for bakers

Bosch Packaging Technology has rolled out a microsite designed to help producers find the right machinery systems. 

£3m expansion plans for Pecan Deluxe Candy

North Yorkshire ingredients manufacturer Pecan Deluxe Candy is to spend £3m on an ambitious European expansion programme.

Baravelli’s commissioned by Harrods for Easter Egg range

Conwy-based chocolatier Baravelli’s has been approached by Harrods to produce a dozen handmade Easter eggs.

Warburtons makes Sunday Times’ Best Big Companies list again

Warburtons has been selected among the Sunday Times’ Best Big Companies list for the second year in a row.

Allied Bakeries’ margins fall in competitive bread market

Intense competition in the UK bread market has taken its toll on margins at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries.

The Bread Maker seeks funds to open support centre

Aberdeenshire-based bakery The Bread Maker is aiming to raise £20k to open a support centre for adults with learning disabilities.

Packaging provider to benefit from £2m investment

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

Greggs falls ‘fowl’ of persistent thief

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

Consumer spending confidence ‘at highest level on record’

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

CBA takes action in face of business rates furore

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

Food industry ‘being sacrificed to keep prices low’

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

New MD for West Cornwall Pasty Co

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

Coeliac UK to share gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday

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

Queen’s wedding cake saved by 3D scanning technology

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 Systems promote Jason Ward as president

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

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Baker puts £8.17 price tag on sausage rolls to highlight business rates threat

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 ends trademark row with Kilmarnock football club

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

Oxford’s Bakery creates biscuit to mark connection with Elizabethan explorer

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

Pie at centre of potential FA investigation

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.

BSB announces Morrisons’ Andy Clegg as main speaker for spring conference

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

Topping Pie exports to New Zealand

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

UK food and drink exports exceeds £20bn

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).

Yellow Door Bakery creates ale made from sourdough yeast

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

Knead Bakery devises chocolate crumpet range

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

Federation of Bakers relaunches with new logo and website

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

National Doughnut Week registration opens

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

New crispbread flavours from Easy Bean

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

Maître Choux launches the Paris Brest éclair

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

VIDEO: How technology can play a big role in the baking industry

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 left ‘devastated’ following government report on underpaid staff

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

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

Hovis invests £6m to revamp Granary and Seed Sensations recipes

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

Ritz launches £4m ‘Baked to Perfection’ campaign

Savoury biscuit brand Ritz has unveiled a new marketing push.

Addo Food Group partners with charity to tackle food waste

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

Costello’s invests £150k in new production facility

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.

REVEALED: Five big trends driving the food-to-go market

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

The Polish Bakery scoops Business of the Year Award

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

Pan’Artisan launches breadstick range

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

Crosta & Mollica secures major new listing at Sainsbury’s

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

VIDEO: A day in the life of an Indian baked goods distributor

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.

Prue Leith in the running to become The Great British Bake Off judge

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

Lantmännen Unibake revamps Americana brand

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has revamped its Americana brand.

Speciality Breads creates scone-brioche hybrid the Scioche

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

Genius launches Breakfast Bakes in three variants

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

Greggs launches first ‘healthier shop’

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

GALLERY: Ansel turns pastries pink for Valentine's

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

VIDEO: In conversation with Signature International Foods MD Yatin Patel

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

New York Bakery Co launches cheese bagel to out-of-home sector

New York Bakery Co has released a freeze-thaw version of its cheese bagel for out-of-home (OOH) outlets.

Muffin Break introduces first limited-edition ‘Guest’ toastie range

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 unveils three sharing cake bites

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.

Prewett’s products shortlisted for Free-From Food awards

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

Blog: British Baker visits Signature International Foods in Nashik

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.

TasteTech to drive innovation with Bakery Laboratory

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

Edme appoints Ashley Clinton as new sales manager

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

Graham’s signs Mexican trade deal

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

Free subs from Subway for Valentine’s

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

Mr Kipling launches Valentine’s Bou-cake

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

Record quantity of wheat milled in first half of season

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

New cake bars from Mrs Crimble’s

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

Muffin Break launches new range

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

Gail’s calls for volunteers

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

Blog: British Baker reports from India

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.

Warrens opens first store outside the West Country

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

Real Bread Week 2017 prepares for launch

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.

Gluten-free bakery expands and rebrands

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

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

Sandwiches ‘possibly unfit for human consumption’ recalled

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

Higgidy rebrands as part of five-year plan

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

International businesses partner up to combat child labour

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.

KernPack becomes GSP’s sole UK distributor

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).

New sharing pork pie for Valentine’s

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

Consumer spending up according to Barclaycard

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. 

Fish finger sandwich finalists announced

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.

Sayers sales and profits fall in ‘challenging’ year

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

Greggs launches Valentine’s and Easter ranges

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

The Western CBA weekend deemed a huge success

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.

Pastry chefs encouraged to enter MCA Awards

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.

Brook launches new online store

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

Baker adds beer to brownies to create ‘Brewnies’

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

York bakeries defy advertising ban

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.

VIDEO: British Baker speaks with Bakels MD Paul Morrow

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.

GM ‘super wheat’ trial approved by Defra

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

Jestic launches new countertop charcoal oven

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

New Cranberry Pan Rustic Rolls from Speciality Breads

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

GALLERY: Lancashire dog bakery is one of a kind

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. 

Bakels invests £1.5m in caramel production line

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

Floor and drainage upgraded at Brioche Pasquier bakery plant

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

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

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

Food-to-go drives 9.1% like-for-like sales growth at Greencore

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.

Barry Callebaut introduces new range of fillings

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

Pukka Pies unveils £8m brand relaunch

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

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Pork Farms replays Board Games Championships

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

Bakers needed for delivery service

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

Lancashire bakery fined £10,000 for mouse droppings

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

Food Utopia ends production at Avana Bakeries

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

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McVitie’s launches Digestive Thins to woo younger shoppers

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

VIDEO: UK triumphs at Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

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.

Charlie Hodson crowned The Great Sausage Roll Off champion

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

Mr Kipling reveals Valentine’s Day packaging

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

Charles Wilson, CEO of Booker (left) and Tesco CEO Dave Lewis. Photo credit: Tesco website
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Tesco merger: the industry reacts

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.

Hovis reassures Mothers Pride consumers

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.

Kettle Foods extends Bites range with two new variants

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

Maclean’s Bakery secures Lidl listing for its oatcakes

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

VIDEO: Eric Kayser comes to London

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 launches baked-in-store gluten-free bread

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

SSP UK growth driven by rise in air passenger numbers

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

VIDEO: Yorkshire bakery saved from liquidation

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.

Subway to donate 50 six-inch subs for fundraising event

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

Kirriemuir expands Gingerbread cake range for export market

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 launches spring specials bakery range

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

Greggs shake-up: Norwich site to close with loss of 50 jobs

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.

How rising costs took their toll on Waterfields bakery chain

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).

Former management consultant opens Italian-style bakery in Cambridge

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

Marks & Spencer unveils vegan sandwich range

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

Border Biscuits launches Ginger January campaign for 30th anniversary

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

Roberts Bakery adds Microlise to its fleet

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

UK pastry team wins international sugar prize

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

Aryzta earnings per share falls by 20%

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.

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Butt Foods launches new sourdough naan bread

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.

Warburtons fined £2m after worker breaks back

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

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GALLERY: Day one of the Finale Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

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.

New use-by date guidance set to reduce sandwich waste

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.

Bridor to launch award-winning croissant/burger bun hybrid

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.

Walker’s launches Champions League promotion sharing bags

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 taken off menu at hospitals in payment dispute

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

Yellow Door begin research into ancient grains of healthy baking

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

Last year's winner Phil Harrison celebrating his victory. Credit: The Red Lion pub in Barnes, London
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The Sausage Roll Off 2017 announces line-up

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

Greggs to convert Birmingham bakery into ‘logistics centre of excellence’

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

Spice up packaging for Valentine’s Day, urge manufacturers

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

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Cornelius appoints sales manager

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

MCA Food to Go conference returns in 2017

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

Tottle launches cheesy pork pie for National Cheese Lovers Day

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 investing to combat commodity cost hikes

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

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Bridor launches new line of filled croissants

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

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer launches new cake brand

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

Own-label takes bite out of Mr Kipling mince pie sales

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

Paul UK raises over £15k for The Felix Project

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.

Abbey appoints new group operations director

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

Mondelēz investigates live maggot in Cadbury biscuit

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

Industry responds to PM’s plans to leave single market

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 launches Cadbury Mini Rolls Raspberry variant

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

Greggs trading update: Food-to-go continuing to drive growth

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.

Federation of Bakers welcomes new associate member

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

J&I Smith Bakers scoops several accolades at World Scotch Pie Championships

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 launches two McDougalls pancake mixes

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

Greggs Delivered expands delivery service trial to London

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

Walkers launches Mediterranean range to the UK

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

Konditor & Cook to offer cake giveaway on Blue Monday

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’.

How has the big chill affected Britain’s bakers?

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 to re-open eight Bath Bakery shops

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

California Prunes appoints new brand ambassador

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

Graze runs 50%-off promotion at WHSmith travel stores

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 launches campaign to encourage workers to take lunchbreaks

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

Run for your Bun in London

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 set to open R&D bakery at Bolton HQ

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”.

Brownings the Bakers named 2017 World Scotch Pie Champion

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

Newburn Bakehouse launches gluten-free crumpets

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

Premier Foods launches McDougalls wholesaler baking competition

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.

Sandwich-makers set out vision for post-Brexit foodservice staffing

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

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods set to raise prices

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

Should the NHS be paying £25m for gluten-free food?

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

Plymouth bakery to make giant pasty for Plymouth Argyle FC

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 joins supplier scheme

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

New tart for Brioche Pasquier

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

Egg prices set to surge

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

Little Cheesecake Factory forced to change name

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

Sam Allardyce given pasties for Bolton return

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

WD Systems launches edge-drive modular spiral conveyor

WD Systems has unveiled a modular spiral conveyer system that it claims eliminates issues around cleaning and maintenance.

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery

Forty-six jobs are at risk at Spalding Bakery after the business revealed plans to shake up its shift system.

Irwin & Sons back in profit

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin & Sons returned to profit in 2016 after reporting a loss the previous year.

Pieminister sales up 17% year on year

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

New gluten-free trade association formed

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

Ministry of Cake acquired by French business Mademoiselle Desserts

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

Eric Kayser to open first UK bakery

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

Butt Foods scoops accolade at Brakes’ Supplier Conference

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

Sweet Nothings set to create unique all-butter flapjack range

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.

Customer designs new cake for Patisserie Valerie

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

Do you know the bakery trends of 2017?

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

Pidy unveils meal-sized vol-au-vents

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 Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company
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Baker recognised in New Year’s Honours list

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

Burton’s develops Maryland into Cookie Bites

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

Bread Ahead to open fourth retail outlet

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

Dawn appoints first student ambassador

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

Four ways wholegrains can help you lose weight

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

New gluten-free pie from Pieminister

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

Samworth acquires West Cornwall Pasty Company

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

Warburtons launches Toastie Pockets as sandwich alternative

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

Greencore completes acquisition of US firm Peacock Foods

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

The Pizza Factory loses second major contract

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

Bake Off’s Flora Shedden to open Dunkeld bakery

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.

TV’s Gregg Wallace goes inside Premier Foods’ Carlton mince pie factory

Premier Foods’ Barnsley factory has featured in a Christmas edition of BBC TV show Inside the Factory.

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Foodservice drives 7% sales hike at Macphie

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 to hike through Nepal for charity

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.

Bells Food Group expects £500k festive sales hike for steak pies

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.

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Warburtons and Allied Bakeries MDs go back to school for IGD initiative

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 to trial sandwich bread with fewer additives

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”.

Destiny Foods merges with La Compagnie des Desserts

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 ‘scorecard’ to measure potential of NPD

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

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Alana Spencer crowned winner of The Apprentice

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

AHDB conference probes future of UK crop production

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

Use of non-wheat flours tipped to grow in 2017

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

GBBO finalist Andrew Smyth on engineering the perfect gingerbread house

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

Greggs launches festive flavoured lip balms

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 prepares for ‘one of our toughest years’

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

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

Krispy Kreme announces opening date for new store

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

World Pasty Competition launched

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

99 made redundant as Rivington Biscuits enters administration

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

Dr Gerry Murphy to become chairman of Tate & Lyle

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

Food Utopia set to close Avana Bakeries

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

Unifiller launches Uni-X cookie depositor machine

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

Hospitality Action online auction breaks record amount

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

Campden BRI to hold gluten-free conference

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.

New clean-label flours and starches developed with bakers in mind

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.

Scottish baker fined £60k for fraud

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

New gluten-free wheat?

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. 

73% will pay more for recognised ingredient names

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

Paul UK expands partnership with food charity

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

Subway appoints Peter Dowding as country director

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

Allied Bakeries appoints Liam McNamara as sales director

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

No crunch?… No Christmas, says Sainsbury’s

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.

SSP Group confirms two new James Martin food-to-go bakeries

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.

Brownie contract to boost Welsh Hills

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

Just Desserts launches first range of branded cakes

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

Baking mix business LFI Tollblend acquired by Lesaffre

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

Dominique Ansel reveals his new creation – the ChurroDuo

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

Bakery associations warn government food prices will rise without EU workers

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.

GALLERY: The Derbyshire village made entirely of cake

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 unveils new-look Allinson brand

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

Bakery veteran John Gorman passes on

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

AJP Pies and Pastries agrees £7k compensation over bread basket misuse

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 donates 2,500 mince pies to two UK charities

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

Premier Foods CEO appointed FDF president

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.

CAP bans high-fat, salt and sugar food ads targeting children

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).

Palmer and Harvey launches Bakedirect bread delivery operation

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.

Tangerine workers set for further strike action

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

Groundbreaking new cookie machine from Baker Perkins

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

VIDEO: How to make 720 mince pies a minute – and without the ‘air gap’!

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

VIDEO: How to make a mathematically perfect mince pie

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

Two hospitalised after Fox’s factory fire

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

Sandwiches set to oust the Sunday roast?

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

Greggs Delivered trial extended to homes in Newcastle

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

Renshaw targets amateur bakers as growth market

Real Good Food is to ramp up activity targeting amateur bakers after identifying them as a growth market.

Ferrero confirms Delacre purchase from UB

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

Waterfield’s plans to close 11 bakeries

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

Your views wanted on AHDB cereals strategy

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).

Welsh sandwich supplier wins £5m contract

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

Patisserie Holdings eyes Maison Blanc purchase

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

Price of Christmas pudding ingredients soars 21%

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

GBBO producers seeking amateur bakers for first Channel 4 series

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 to step up expansion of transport hub sites

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

Crouton and bread snacks supplier Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm

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

Wrights launches Christmas video campaign

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

Campbell’s Bakery to open bakery school in Scotland

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

New KWS cereals added to AHDB 2018 Recommended List

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

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

Soreen’s new festive loaf

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

Parkside appoints new head of innovation & NPD

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

Kara expands Genius gluten-free range

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

Northumbrian Fine Foods increases bakes by 30%

Prewett’s brand owner Northumbrian Fine Foods has increased its baked output by almost a third following a £1.2m investment.

Worshipful Company of Bakers appoints new Master

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has elected Patrick Wilkins as its new Master.

Allied Bakeries owner to build new bakery

Allied Bakeries owner ABF Grain Products is to build a new bakery in Lincolnshire.

J&I Smith Bakers shortlisted for Scotch Pie Awards 2017

Aberdeenshire-based bakery J&I Smith Bakers has secured a place on the shortlist of the 18th World Scotch Pie Awards.

Genesis Crafty boss scoops accolade at Institute of Directors Awards

Brian McErlain, managing director of Northern Ireland-based artisan bakery Genesis Crafty, has won a major honour at the Institute of Directors Awards at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

Tesco's free mince pie van returns

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

Costa set to launch cup recycling scheme across 2,000 UK stores

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 deal imminent for United Biscuits’ Delacre

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

Upper Crust operator SSP to launch Paul Hollywood bakery concept

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has secured an agreement with Paul Hollywood to open a new bakery concept called Knead.

Patisserie Holdings sales break £100m barrier as store openings continue

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.

Barry Callebaut launches ‘Forever Chocolate’ sustainability strategy

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

Toppings Pies acquires contract with Channel Islands Co-op Society

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

Walkers unveils new packs for Crinkles

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

Bakkavör announces significant recruitment drive

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.

Have your say on gluten-free food labelling

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.

Greggs opens brand new distribution centre

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.

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Edme given AA rating in food standard awards

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.

Aryzta revenue declines in Europe and North America

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

Muffin Break opens door to new Redhill store

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has opened for business at a new store in Redhill, Surrey.

GALLERY: In cake, no-one can hear you scream

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

Bakery exports: Bread sales increase 10% year on year

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

EHL offers bakers festive ingredient blends

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

Tunnock’s sales up 3.5% as business increases investment in machinery

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?

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

Autumn Statement: FDF boss Ian Wright responds

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

Walkers in Heathrow Christmas ad

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

Scottish Bakers scoops top honour at the UK Association Awards

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

Mecatherm tunnel oven available for British plant bakers

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

Bells expands its pie range

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

Belfast Baking Co invests £100k in second bakery

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

Arden Fine Foods creates biscuit mug huggers

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

GBBO winner quits teaching for baking career

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!

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.

Finsbury Food: sales down in UK, but soar overseas

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

Bradgate Bakery youngster scoops Food Manufacture award

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

New savoury crowns for Lantmännen

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

Do you know the five key flavours of 2017?

Glenbervie-based food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has released a report on what it predicts will be the flavour trends in bakery next year.

Budget chain easyCoffee aims to open 200 stores in two years

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.

Warrens launches next addition to Christmas pasty range

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.

Waitrose sees bakery ingredients soar for Stir Up Sunday

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

EPP service engineer promoted to area sales manager

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

FDF policy manager wins award for Brexit work

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 fined £60k after mouse droppings found in bakery

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

Fulton marks 50 years of UK manufacturing

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 steps up expansion plan

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

Udi’s owner Boulder Brands quits UK gluten-free market

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

New member for the FOB

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

Roberts Bakery reaches £50k for breast cancer charity

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

Asda boss Clarke ‘encouraged’ despite 5.8% sales decline

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.

CSM and Cinnabon team up for grocery launch

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

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.

Pidy launches Valentine pastry range

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.

Brioche Pasquier appoints foodservice sales manager

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

The 30 best bakeries in the UK?

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.

Subway launches first ever festive sub

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

NHS worker starts bakery from home

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.

Personalised shortbread for Christmas

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

New festive lines at Muffin Break

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

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

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).

New ‘grown-up’ Christmas puddings

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 set to re-open Welsh site

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

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Premier to launch Cadbury Choc Tarts following 4.1% cake sales hike in H1

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

Kara brings out new muffin range

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

Cotswolds bakery scoops two awards

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.

Bath Cake Company wins five awards

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

Employee marks 30 years at Ministry of Cake

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

New lemon meringue tarts from Brioche Pasquier

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

Linpac appoints group marketing manager

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

Just Desserts’ salted caramel cake wins award

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.

Judgment day at World Scotch Pie Champs

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

Will these be the big food trends of 2017?

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.

Innovation boosts Bakkavor results

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

Cooplands of Doncaster sold in pre-pack administration deal

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

Courier company says Trump’s victory could be good for UK businesses

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.

Pie makers urged to enter British Pie Awards

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

Bakery ordered to pay £5k in costs for unauthorised bread basket use

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

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 named Cake Artist of the Year

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.

Caffè Nero launches mobile payment wallet

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.

Biscuiteers smashes crowdfunding target

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

Allied: ‘Wrapped bread sales can return to growth’

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 profits drop 10.1%

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

Profits up for ABF post referendum

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.

October brought highest growth in consumer spending since 2011, says Barclaycard

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

Greggs and Pret give away festive freebies

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

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

First international competitor for Scotch Pie Awards

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

Asda fined £664,000 over mouse infestation at west London store

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

GALLERY: Brown’s Hotel unveils healthy afternoon tea

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

Topping’s game pie wins Yorkshire Taste Award

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

CSM launches Oreo doughnut

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

M&S closes stores to focus on food

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

Derbyshire bakery brings back traditional Thor cake as a limited-edition

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

Tangerine confectionery workers begin strike over pay and conditions

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.

EPP MD puts hygiene at top of agenda after Watchdog’s Asda exposé

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.

Walkers products set to rise by 5p following weakening of the pound

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

Can Kingsmill’s new Super Toasty loaf deliver the ‘best ever toast’?

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

Christmas Entremet winner announced

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.

Study says baked goods contain highest levels of salt

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

Did you work at Park Cake Bakeries between 1976 and 1981?

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

James Martin to open Manchester food-to-go bakery

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

Danish bakery brand set to open first UK outlet next year

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

Bakery included in Lidl’s planned extension of Croydon store

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

Good availability boosts use of home-grown wheat

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

Tunnock’s succeeds in factory extension

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 rolls out first branded retail products to Ocado

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

Holland’s unveils Micro 2 Go microwave slices range

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

Peboryon Bakery creates Wallace & Gromit-inspired Cake-o-matic machine

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

Boparan records encouraging Q4 performance for branded divisions

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.

The Cheese Truck smashes £100k crowdfunding goal

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.

Buoyant first half for Tate & Lyle

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

Aunt Bessie’s launches I’m a Celebrity-themed dessert pie

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.

Patisserie Valerie set to open second Northern Ireland store

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

Creams British Luxury given the go-ahead for two new stores

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

Irwin’s launches new low-sugar range for families

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

FDF holds Exiting the EU event

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.

Krispy Kreme launches three new doughnut treats

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

GALLERY: Is your bakery making the most of market trends?

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

Merangz owner Flower & White moving to new site in Telford

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.

Quarter of British population opt for free-from products

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

The Flour Station launches first permanent site

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.

New Found Joy lands £20k listing deal with Tesco

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.

Miss Macaroon opens its doors for the first time

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

VIDEO: how to make a beautiful chocolate cake topper

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…

Lidl and Aldi’s growth driven by millennials

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.

GALLERY: Bakers whip up Halloween sweet treats

Bakers from across the nation were in full Halloween spirit yesterday after whipping up spooky (trick or) treats.

Get Stuffed sandwich shop selected as finalists for national awards

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

Cornish Pasty Heritage Centre wants your help

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

FSA publishes summary of food incidents

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

Bells Food Group strikes pie deal with Lidl

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

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

Sandwich chain opens fifth UK site

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 introduces new deck loader

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

Mondelēz brands boost organic sales in third quarter

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

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

What is the number one biscuit choice for British workers?

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

Small business campaign set to boost independent bakers

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

Paul UK opens Earls Court branch

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.

Nairn’s partners with Amanda Hamilton to launch new campaign

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

Holland’s launches Steak and Guinness Golden Ale pie

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

How Queen Victoria really was partial to a Victoria sponge

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

GALLERY: Bobbi Brown marks 25 years with cakes galore

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

The Great British Bake Off. Episode ten: The Final

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 store decline continues to accelerate

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.

Lidl could potentially introduce click and collect system to UK stores

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

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Tesco trial digital receipts

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

Biscuiteers secures £550k crowdfunding target

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

New York Bakery Co scales back pre-tax losses

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

Princess Anne opens £6m Wrights Food Group factory

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

NFU specialist reminds manufacturers over product recall issues

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.

Warburtons graduates go back to the olden days

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

Campaigners urge food manufacturers to support reformulation programme

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

Grocery searches soar across mobile devices

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).

Artisan food sales benefit smaller manufacturers

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.

Soreen supports hospital’s ‘Bake it Better’ charity campaign

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

Costa continues multiple channel strategy as sales rise

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.

Allied Bakeries invites aspiring bakers to its factory

Allied Bakeries has welcomed 29 primary school children from Carryduff, Northern Ireland for a guided tour of its bakery and a pancake decorating demonstration.

Subway launches Gloves for Subs campaign

High street sandwich firm Subway has launched a campaign to provide gloves to keep the elderly and the homeless warm in the winter.

Roberts continues charity app drive

Eight young Derby County FC fans picked up prizes from Roberts Bakery in Ilkeston, which they won through its Fuel your Skills app.

2 Sisters to help unemployed

Birmingham-based 2 Sisters, which owns Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, is providing young unemployed people with practical skills “that will help them find the right job”.

Peyton and Byrne goes into administration

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?

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

What could Brexit mean for the UK wheat industry?

Increasing productivity and profitability across the agricultural supply chain will be essential following Brexit, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has warned.

GALLERY: Tesco’s new-look in-store bakery

There are 30 up and running, and five more being built each week. Take a look at Tesco’s new in-store bakery offering. 

Sweet Treats buck overall trend at Premier Foods

A sixth consecutive quarter of growth in its Sweet Treats division, at 6.4%, bucked the overall sales trend at Premier Foods, which reported a 5.4% fall in total group sales in its second quarter.

Asda recalls Tiger Sausage Rolls in allergen scare

Asda has recalled its six-pack of Tiger Sausage Rolls as they contain milk, which is not mentioned on the ingredients list.

McGhee’s takes top Family Business title

McGhee’s Bakery has been crowned the Best Family Business of the Year 2016 in the Glasgow Business Awards, organised by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Bread Ahead continues expansion after opening up new site

Bread Ahead bakery and school is set to open a third retail outlet in Seven Dials, London and is expected to announce a fourth imminently.

Greggs says people don’t buy bread in bakeries anymore

Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside has suggested that bread is being phased out in bakeries as consumers turn to supermarkets for their loaves.

Bakery finalists announced in Product Excellence Awards

The Caterer has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Product Excellence Awards.

Le Cordon Bleu launches bakery diploma

World-famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, based in London, has launched a new bakery diploma, the Diplôme de Boulangerie.

Hovis records £19m loss in second year of trading

UK baking giant Hovis has recorded a £19m loss in its second year of trading since Premier Foods wrote off part if its investment into the company.

BSB vice-chairman visits UCB

The vice-chairman of the British Society of Baking (BSB), Paul Turner, met with students at University College Birmingham (UCB) to talk about the society’s autumn conference.

5am queues outside new Ansel bakery

Dominique Ansel opened his bakery in London at 8am this morning, and London loves it. To celebrate, here are some exclusive images of the first Dominique Ansel Bakery (DAB) in Europe.

Songbird Bakery brings Greggs-inspired cakes to Newcastle

Middlesbrough-based cupcake business, Songbird Bakery has baked cake versions of Greggs’-style pasties, sandwiches and sandwich rolls for Greggs’ head office.

Roberts Bakery bags FDF award

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery was awarded the Good Employer accolade at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards last week.

McGhee’s extends fleet

Glasgow-based McGhee’s Bakery has added two Sprinter chassis cabs to its fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans.

Over 500 Gunstones Bakery jobs at risk

Sheffield-based business Gunstones Bakery, one of 2 Sisters Food Group’s top divisions, could cut over 500 staff as the company has lost a contract with Marks & Spencer.

Art exhibition opens in Richmond bakery

Richmond-based business The Richmond Hill Bakery has opened a temporary art exhibition on its shop floor, inspired by the borough’s scenery.

Great British Biscotti Co moves to new premises as demand surges

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.

BIA: a tribute to our sponsors

British Baker would like to take the opportunity to thank all of its generous sponsors at the recent Baking Industry Awards, held on 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London.

Irwin’s secures national supply contract with Asda

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin’s has landed a contract with major retailer Asda to produce a new range of Extra Special Muffins.

Multi-channel strategy reaps significant rewards for Finsbury

Cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has enjoyed a near 25% rise in group revenue for the financial year ended 2 July 2016, according to preliminary results from the company.

New London bread delivery charity

Breadwinners has set up a long-term plan for those struggling to find employment, to start their own bread delivery business.

Cotswolds bakery fined £25k

Cotswolds-based bakery La Tradition has been fined around £25k after pleading guilty to six charges of hygiene issues.

Chiltern Society Awards best local bakeries

Three local bakers in the Chilterns region are celebrating after winning Real Bread Awards from the Chiltern Society.

Scotty Brand and Kerrs celebrate Asda listing

Scotland’s Scotty Brand has gained a £150,000 listing with Asda to stock two cake lines in Scottish stores, with both lines handmade by Motherwell’s Kerrs Bakery.

Manchester bakery Sheldon’s remains upbeat

Manchester wholesale bakery GH Sheldon’s saw a sharp drop in profits in the year to the end of February, according to its recently filed annual accounts.

Finalists bask in the post-BIA limelight

Finalists and winners in the Baking Industry Awards have been in the media spotlight since the ceremony at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel last week.

Puratos UK unveils £1.27m innovation centre

Bakery supplier Puratos UK today unveiled a £1.27m innovation centre at its UK Fringford Mill site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Linwoods Bakery recalls loaf

Northern Ireland-based Linwoods Bakery is recalling its Multigrain Loaf due to an inconsistent emphasis of wheat ingredients and a soya ingredient, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Bakery takes ‘more masculine’ approach

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016, held this week, saw one bakery company stage a fightback against “cutesy” bakery.

East Midlands bakery invests £75k in equipment

East Midlands bakery Luke Evans has invested £75,000 in new equipment, which will allow it to produce up to 9,000 bread rolls an hour.

Ann Wells, Brook Food; Dominic Salter, The Sandwich Box; Matt Dawson

Sandwich Box owner takes top bakery accolade

Cheltenham-based baker Dominic Salter has chased off stiff competition to claim the Baker of the Year Award at this year’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

Warburtons introduces protein-packed bakery

Leading wrapped bakery brand Warburtons has bolstered its portfolio with a range of new Protein, loaves, wraps, rolls and thins.

Roberts' Bakery's Mike Roberts with Erewash MP Maggie Throup
Roberts Bakery's Mike Roberts with Erewash MP Maggie Throup
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Roberts Bakery invests a further £1m in Ilkeston site

Roberts Bakery has embarked on a second major investment programme within a year at the firm’s Ilkeston site.

Hovis' Wholemeal loaf and NYCO's Cheese Bagel

NPDs from Hovis and New York Bakery

Bakery giants Hovis and New York Bakery Co (NYBC) have both added new products to their ranges, with Hovis introducing Wholemeal & Tasty Spelt loaf and NYBC announcing a Cheese Bagel variant.

New editor for British Baker

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

Remembering the Great Fire

Today is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – a major conflagration that swept through central parts of the city. To mark the occasion, we look at London's best bakeries, according to Time Out magazine.

Baked goods increase by 10% for breakfast consumers

Baked products are becoming more popular among the British public for breakfast after a 10% rise in consumption, according to research from The Grocer.

Dominique Ansel sets London opening date

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
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New MD for Speciality Breads

Margate-based Speciality Breads has appointed Simon Cannell as the firm’s new managing director, following the announcement that current MD Peter Millen will retire later this year.

Moditions bakery secures Asda contract

The Ballymena-based Moditions bakery will be supplying its gluten-free ranges to Asda stores across Northern Ireland, the company has announced.

Zeelandia offloads bakery equipment

Zeelandia has agreed to sell its bakery equipment business, Zeelandia Technical Solutions (ZTS), to Everbake Group to focus on its bakery ingredients portfolio.

Tesco sells Euphorium Bakery

Tesco has agreed to sell its Euphorium Bakery business for an undisclosed sum.

Aulds Bakery manager found guilty of theft

A bakery manager in Scotland has been found guilty of embezzling almost £3k from Aulds Bakery.

New robot investment for Speciality Breads

The palletising of artisanal loaves has been revolutionised by the new system at Speciality Bread (SB)’s £3m state-of-the-art Margate bakery. 

McGhee’s Bakery makes Glasgow awards shortlist

Scottish business McGhee’s Bakery has been shortlisted in the Glasgow Business Awards, organised by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bank of Scotland.

E5 Bakehouse helps Kenyan charity combat blindness

Hackney-based bakery, E5 Bakehouse is helping a Kenyan charity sell sourdough bread to fund the growing need for eye operations in its local Nakura region.

Lidl to expand bakery in second Scottish store

Discount retailer Lidl has submitted a planning application to extend its Dalry, North Ayrshire store in order to include a larger bakery.

Genesis Crafty bullish on exceeding £16m in sales

Northern Irish family bakery Genesis Crafty has said it is confident its 2016 turnover will exceed that of last year following a rise in sales to almost £16m in the year ending October 2015.

Phone app designed to ‘fight war on food waste’

Entrepreneurs Jamie Crummie and Chris Wilson have designed an app to offload bakery products that are destined for the bin at a discounted price.

Philps bakery set to open sixth shop

Cornwall-based family-owned bakery, Philps will be opening up a new shop right in the centre of Camborne.

Flour Pot Bakery extends retail presence

Brighton-based business Flour Pot Bakery has opened up a new branch this week in Hove, taking its total number of retail sites to four.

Lidl unveils bakery at new store

Discounter Lidl has revealed a new state-of-the-art bakery at a new store in Penicuik, Scotland.

Planet Organic brings out gluten-free vegan sliced bread line

Speciality health retailer Planet Organic has announced its new addition to the free-from bakery department: an organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy- and nut-free range of bread from Good Grain Bakery.

CSM Bakery Solutions launches Genoese cake mix

International ingredients and products supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has launched its first-ever Genoese Cake Mix to help bakers perfect their cakes.

La Jawaab bakery closes due to cockroach infestation

Huddersfield-based bakery and deli La Jawaab has been forced to closed over hygiene concerns after an infestation of cockroaches.

Italian bakery expands and rebrands range

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Bakery goods make Great Taste Top 50

Two bakery products and one dessert item have made the Top 50 Foods shortlist in this year’s Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.

Brook Food and Mark Bennett launch new course

Williton-based equipment company Brook Food has teamed up with award-winning master baker Mark Bennett, owner of Patisserie Mark Bennett, to launch a three-day intensive bakery course aimed at those looking to start a commercial bakery business.

Businessman creates dog-friendly bakery

Lee Ewart, owner of Leesons Aquatics & Pet Supplies in Llanelli, Wales, has created a bakery specialising in birthday cakes for dogs.

Walls under new ownership after American takeover

Shetland-based Walls Bakery has been taken over by American entrepreneur Bruce Gilardi and has changed its name to Waas Bakery.

Artisan bakery scoops national award

Northumberland-based artisan bakery The Running Fox has won a Country Homes and Interiors My Country Business Award.

Thomas J Fudge’s expands its savoury range

Dorset-based bakery brand Thomas J Fudge’s has expanded its savoury selection with the launch of new Mini Wafers and Crackers & Crispbreads.

Minimal places left at the Baking Industry Awards

Calling all bakery professionals, this is your last call to book yourself a place at the Baking Industry Awards, with only a handful of places up for grabs.

Doncaster bakery Toppings Pies donates products to local foodbank

Doncaster-based bakery Toppings Pies has donated 1,400 pies and quiches to the Thorne & Moorends Community hub, which offers food and support to those suffering from food poverty.

Asian bakery delivers sweet success for new £1.2m Costcutter

An Asian bakery has helped a Costcutter forecourt boost weekly sales by 25%.

Almondy raises over £7.5k for the Katie Piper Foundation

Gluten-free bakery, Almondy has raised a total of just over £7,500 for the Katie Piper Foundation charity, which specialises in helping survivors of burns and scars.

FDF publishes sugar reduction guidance

Bakers are being urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content.

Lidl brings out bread making machine

Lidl is to introduce the Silvercrest Bread Maker to its UK stores from today (Thursday 4 August 2016), despite the fact that the retailer has an in-store bakery in each of its outlets.

Bakery recalls sausage roll products over plastic concern

Lancashire based- craft bakery, Clayton Park Bakery has recalled some of its sausage roll products with a Best Before date of 3 and 4 August as they may contain plastic.

Bakery secures deal with AmazonFresh

Northern Irish bakery Graham’s has won a listing to supply a number of its baked goods to AmazonFresh.

Bakery to create 50 jobs with new factory

Leicestershire-based craft business Geary’s bakery has been given approval by Blaby District Council to build a new factory to double its production of bread.

Bakery chain hit with several burglaries

Wigan-based-bakery chain Galloways has been the victim of an overnight raid in four of its branches in Aspull, Standish, Kitt Green and Haydock.

Greggs reports 6% sales boost for H1

Leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer Greggs has seen total sales rise 6% to £422m for the 26 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

Village Bakery to supply pies to Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham-based business The Village Bakery will supply its pies to Wrexham football supporters for their first home game of the season this weekend at The Racecourse.

Real Good Food reveals future strategy for bakery and ingredients

Real Good Food has revealed several strategic plans for its brands following its move to reposition its business along three pillar markets – cake decoration, food ingredients and premium bakery.

Haydens Bakery turns in positive sales despite narrower range

Renshaw Food Group has revealed a positive performance for its premium bakery division in its financial results to 31 March 2016, announced today.

Family bakery launches exclusive gluten-free Cornish pasty

Helston-based company The Good Food Bakery has launched what it claims is the world’s first gluten-free Cornish pasty after taking four years to develop the product.

Bakery scoops prize at the Great Taste Awards

Dorset-based business Leakers Bakery was among a number of winners at the Great Taste Awards 2016 for their local bread – the pure sourdough rye loaf.

Bakery items reduced by 18% in latest Morrisons move

Morrisons is slashing prices on its bakery, cakes and desserts by an average of 18% as part of the retailer’s biggest price crunches on 1,045 products.

Par-Pak introduces standard bakery packs line

Milton Keynes-based packaging firm Par-Pak Europe has launched its first ‘off-the-shelf’ standard bakery packaging range.

Food Standards Agency ‘names and shames’ bakeries in recall list

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a summary of food incidents handled between April and June 2016, which includes five bakery products.

Baker takes steps to counter Brexit effect

Britain’s only organic gluten-free bakery is looking to expand into Europe in a bid to combat escalating costs caused by Brexit.

Former Gordon Ramsay chef to open own bakery

Craig Poynter, who used to work at Gordons Ramsay’s restaurant, is set to open up his own Artisan bakery in Nottingham.

Norfolk bakery expands business with lucrative deals

Norfolk-based bakery Sponge Cakes has expanded its business by securing deals with sports clubs, royal palaces and attractions around the UK.

Free-from bakery a major player in Tesco/Holland & Barrett trial

As many as 50 free-from bakery products are being sold at Tesco’s first Holland & Barrett ‘store within a store’ pilot site.

Country Choice bakery items to be offered in Jet petrol stations

A new coffee and snack concept selling Country Choice bakery items has been launched by petrol station brand Jet across its forecourt network.

Bakery makes cake for reality TV star

Bedfordshire-based bakery La Belle Cake Company has baked a cake for former The Only Way is Essex star Abigail Clarke for her birthday.

Dawn’s American Week hailed a success

The third year of Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week was embraced by UK bakers and deemed a success by the Evesham-based bakery ingredients supplier.

Bakeries shortlisted in Scottish food awards

A number of bakeries and bakery manufacturers have been listed as finalists in the Food Scotland Awards 2016.

Bakers follow their roots at local business

Traditional German bakery products are being brought to Taunton, Somerset, by newly opened Fräulein’s Bakery, owned by Lilly Rempel and Ramona Stuber-Case.

Caption: Gordon Gafa, Tesco’s category director for bakery, commodities and wholesale operations, is a headline speaker at the BSB conference

Tesco bakery boss to headline BSB conference

Tesco bakery chief Gordon Gafa will head a star line-up of speakers at this year’s British Society of Baking (BSB) conference in October.

Baker left distraught as thief steals company’s van

Matt Fountain, founder of Glasgow-based business Freedom Bakery, has been left devastated after a thief stole the company’s van and demanded money for its return.

Thoughtful Bread crowdfunds for expansion

Bath-based bakery Thoughtful Bread has asked the local business community to help it expand.

First gluten- and rice-free flour blend

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

Food charity fumes at bread overproduction

Food waste charity The Real Junk Food Project has hit out at retailers regarding overproduction.

Bakery launches Cornish pasty flavoured crisps

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

Tate & Lyle profits from weak sterling

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle PLC said its Q1 profits from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016 were up on the same period last year.

Northern Irish bakery on course to increase sales overseas

Portadown-based wholesale business Kitchen Bakes is on target to increase cross-border sales by 50% as it celebrates 30 years in business.

Local bakeries to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival

A variety of Leicestershire-based baking companies are set to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival, taking place from 24 October – 4 November.

Pokémon Go inspires bakery retailers

Dublin-based bakery, Krüst Bakery is following the trend of the Pokémon Go app by designing its own cronut product to make ‘poke balls’.

Hobbs House Bakery creates gluten-free GiFt

Gloucestershire-based Hobbs House Bakery has given a name to its first gluten-free loaf, following a lengthy process to create a product suitable for coeliacs.

Bakery set to wrap up free-from market

A bakery that specialises in artisan wheat- and gluten-free breads, Wheat Free Bakery Direct, has purchased the new FP016 evo flow wrapper from packaging supplier KernPack.

Finsbury Food Group reports near 25% sales jump

Leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a rise in sales revenue of 24.8% to £319.7m for the full financial year ended 2 July.

Dobuns: Bristol bakery creates new hybrid bakery product

Bristol’s Stock Exchange Bakery has combined doughnuts and sourdough cinnamon buns to create a healthier hybrid product known as dobuns.

Full list of BIA 2016 finalists announced

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce the BIA finalists for 2016!

Olly Murs at Wrights Pies

Popstar Olly Murs paid Wrights Pies a visit in his home town of Stoke, and took to social media to praise the bakery.

Gluten-free bakery opens new branch

Gluten-free bakery Beyond Bread has expanded into a second branch that will be located in Islington, London.

Starbucks to bake in-store

High street coffee chain Starbucks has agreed an investment and global licensing deal with Italian bakery chain Princi. The deal means baking is to be introduced to Starbucks stores for the first time in 2017. 

Little Mix cake takes bakery by storm

London bakery Crumbs and Doilies has been flooded with requests after it made a luxury Cornetto birthday cake for Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

First BIA 2016 finalists announced

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce our first batch of BIA finalists for 2016!

Edme gives students science lesson

Science students from Bishop Stopford’s College in Enfield enjoyed an educational day at food ingredients’ company Edme learning about science in the ‘field to fork’ supply chain in the baking industry.

M&S reveals its new Christmas bakery range

With five months to go to December, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its Christmas range of bakery selections.

Today Bread reaches out to fund new oven

East London-based sourdough bakery Today Bread has reached out to the community to help fund a new Ramalhos oven on its premises. 

Paul, Notting Hill

Paul opens outside Notting Hill tube station today

London’s Notting Hill is to get a new Paul patisserie and bakery outside the tube station.

London bakery crowdfunding for expansion

L’Orchidée, a London-based bakery selling French macarons, luxury cakes and desserts is looking to raise £200,000 to expand across the capital.

Denbigh craft baker changes name

Henllan Bread, as it has been known since 1908, will now be known as Henllan Bakery, which it said is to better reflect the range of products it now sells.

Paul Barker outside Cinnamon Square
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Cinnamon Square to publish book

Rickmansworth bakery and café Cinnamon Square is to publish its first book, Cinnamon Square, A Measured Approach.

Gail’s secures new Surrey site

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed bakery chain, has strengthened its regional pipeline by securing a site in Surrey.

Bakers Pantry signs new deal

North east bakery chain Bakers Pantry has partnered with Lakes & Dales Co-operative, a northern co-operative group.

The Cornish Bakery wins awards for rebrand

A recent rebrand across its outlets has earnt The Cornish Bakery a Gold Design Business Award from the Design Business Association.

Big fire at Morrisons bakery

A huge fire broke out at a bakery owned by Morrisons in Wakefield yesterday afternoon.

New vegan bakery for Cheltenham

Flamingo’s Vegan Bakery is the brainchild of Natasha Mackenzie-Ford and her wife Susan, who found there was a gap in the local market.

Roberts Bakery partners county show

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery sponsored the food halls at the Royal Cheshire County Show this month, and used the opportunity to present an educational programme. 

Free-from company to trial pop-up shop

Northamptonshire-based the Incredible Bakery Company is to open its first bricks-and-mortar site with a pop-up bakery café. 

Ghanaian Bakery expands

London-based Uncle John’s Bakery, the Ghanaian specialist chain, is to expand its Tottenham store, which will re-open on 11 July.

Scotmid takes bakery initiative into school

Scottish convenience store chain Scotmid has been involved in an initiative with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery to take education on how to bake breads and muffins into the classroom.

MBE for Bob Burns

Bob Burns, founder of Glastonbury bakery Burns the Bread, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community he lives in.

Stag completes £5k programme

Stornoway-based Stag Bakeries has announced the completion of a £525k investment programme.

Ten year old wins Tesco competition

Mollie Philips’ Cheesy After-School Muffins have won £5k worth of equipment in a bakery competition, run in partnership with Tesco. 

M&S introduces Cybake Instore

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

ABST Awards winners from UCB
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ABST Awards results

Bakery students were feeling rightly celebratory at this year’s Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference, and British Baker was there to see the great and the good pick up their awards.

Roberts wins business award

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery has been recognised in the 2016 North West Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC). 

Greggs to extend healthy range

High street bakery chain Greggs has said it plans to increase the number of healthy options it offers, including a gluten-free range.

Dawn announces American week

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week is back for a third year, and to mark the occasion Dawn has developed recipes and ideas for bakers.

Ashers to sell pupil’s marshmallow scones

A raspberry, white chocolate and marshmallow scone recipe by schoolgirl Grace Wakeford is now on the shelves at Ashers bakery in Moray.

NI’s first bakery academy

Bakery firm Genesis Crafty has set up the first bakery academy in Northern Ireland.

Robinson’s opens fourth shop

Wolverhampton bakery chain Robinson’s has opened its fourth store, in Chapel Ash. Owned by Valencia Fine Foods, it is operating out of former Firkins Bakery sites.

New bakery for Peyton and Byrne

Artisan bakery Peyton and Byrne has opened a fifth shop in the capital.

Garth Bakery recalls chocolate sponge

Garth Bakery in South Wales has recalled its chocolate sponge cake because it contains soya, which is not mentioned on the labelling. 

Bakery is Northern Family Business of the Year

Family Business United (FBU) has announced Bradleys Bakery is North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year 2016.

Tesco to sell Giraffe

Tesco is expected to announce the sale of its Giraffe restaurant chain, which has reignited speculation that the Euphorium bakery chain and coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole will be next.

Oliver Adams saved from collapse

Oliver Adams, the Northamptonshire bakery chain which recently closed 11 sites, has entered into a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) – in a bid to save the company.

Fiona Sample, founder of the Oswin Project
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Charity project aims to turn criminals into bakers

A new project is aiming to give prisoners a second chance by turning them into professional bakers.

Top chef to open Danish bakery

Michelin-starred chef Christoffer Hruskova aims to bring the taste of modern Danish baking to London with his first bakery and café.

Waitrose launches dog muffins

Iced Woofins, iced muffins for dogs made of sponge cake, are now available in Waitrose.

Tate & Lyle profits up by 5%

Ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has posted flat sales but has seen a boost to profits, with unadjusted pre-tax profits rising from £25m to £126m.

Oliver Adams to close nine bakeries

Northampton bakery Oliver Adams closed two outlets, and will close nine in total. It has said it is restructuring, because some outlets are “losing money hand over fist”.

New competition from Patisserie Valerie

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie has launched the #MyValerieGateau competition, which will see the public design the company’s next gateau. 

Sugar tax to be extended?

The recently-announced levy on fizzy drinks has edged closer to the bakery sector, as it could soon affect cereals and snacks, according to a government health minister. 

Welsh Hills Bakery celebrates Morrisons advert appearance

Free-from food producer Welsh Hills Bakery is celebrating the appearance of its chocolate sponge cake in a Morrisons TV advert.

Ex-con opens second bakery

An ex-offender has opened a second branch of her Manchester artisan bakery, The Barker Baker.

RGF launches Liverpool innovation centre and academy

Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new innovation centre and cake decoration academy in Wavertree, Liverpool.

Northern Irish bakery signs £220k Tesco deal

Moditions, the Ballymena-based gluten-free bakery has signed a deal worth an estimated £220,000 with Tesco Northern Ireland.

New gold inclusion from Pecan Deluxe Candy

A new lustre popping candy inclusion from Pecan Deluxe Candy, the European inclusions specialist, is designed to give bakery products a golden shimmer. 

UCB bakery student in prestigious final

Professional bakery student Megan Roberts of University College Birmingham (UCB) is entering the finals of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award. 

Partial sale of bakery supplier BFP Wholesale agreed

Part of the collapsed bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has been bought by a firm which is run by a director of Kent Foods for an undisclosed sum, British Baker can reveal.

Roberts Bakery launches new brioche rolls

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

Stop the press: Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

Think you have left it too late to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIA)? Think again - the deadline has just been extended to 20 May.

Welsh Hills bakery staff walk for Coeliac UK

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Italian study tour hailed a success

A recent five-day study tour organised by Brook Food Processing Equipment in association with Scottish Bakers took 10 bakers to Italy to see local bakers and manufacturers.

Caribbean bakery lands Asda deal

West Midlands-based Sunrise Bakery has signed a deal to sell its cocktail-inspired cake range, Caketails, in more than 60 Asda stores.

BFP Wholesale goes into administration

Bakery indredients supplier BFP Wholesale has gone into administration and announced 74 redundancies at its Highbridge and Sevenoaks sites.

Le Pain Quotidien cuts staff breaks

In response to the introduction of the national living wage (NLW) last month, Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to end paid staff breaks.

Castle Bakery shops for sale

Having closed in February, three of the nine Castle Bakery shops in north Wales are now up for sale.

New Gail’s bakery in Oxford

Gail’s Artisan Bakery recently opened a store in Summertown, Oxford, its’ first out-of-London venture. 

Roberts Bakery raises £25k for charity

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has raised £25,000, half its target, to help Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

American cookies rule says Dawn

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has commissioned a cookie survey, which has found American-style cookies are the most popular sweet treat.

Village Bakery wins south Wales Tesco contract

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has struck a deal to supply 27 Tesco stores in south Wales, adding to the 16 it already sells to in north Wales.

10 reasons to enter the Baking Industry Awards

It’s the biggest night in bakery – the event when the whole of the industry comes together.

Genius wants to lead gluten-free market

Gluten-free brand Genius has spelled out its ambitions to become the global leader in free-from bakery, outlining an international expansion programme.

Dumfriesshire bakery sells to garage firm

Dumfriesshire-based Gretna Bakery has been sold for an undisclosed sum to garage business Hills of Lakeland.

Time to enter the Baking Industry Awards

Are you the very best in bakery? If so, time is running out to enter the prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

Roberts Bakery to sponsor county show

Roberts Bakery is to support the Royal Cheshire County Show for an 11th consecutive year.

Bondgate Bakery is Farm Shop & Deli Show’s Baker of the Year

Yorkshire-based Bondgate Bakery was one of nine winners at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2016.

Bath bakery to open in Bristol

Bath-based Mokoko coffee house and artisan bakery is to open a second outlet in Bristol in June.

Butter alternative launched for baking industry

The London-based Carotino Group has launched a new bakery product called Baker’s Friend, which tastes and bakes just like real butter, but is healthier and up to half the price.

ABF profits up despite “challenges” in bakery

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has seen grocery profits rise, despite a fall in sales and “challenges” within the UK bakery market.

Dominique Ansel reveals first London bakery location

British Baker can exclusively reveal the location of Dominique Ansel’s first bakery in Europe, in London’s Belgravia. 

Brioche Pasquier launches Tartelettes Tatin

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has launched a mini apple tarte Tatin, aimed at the foodservice sector.

Haydens raises £1,034 for charity

Devizes-based Haydens Bakery has presented Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) with a cheque for £1,034.

Just Desserts expands bakery

West Yorkshire-based bakery and patissier Just Desserts is to increase the footprint of the business by 50%, following a 30% sales growth in the last year. 

Tower Bakery in Scottish Lidl deal

Perth-based Tower Bakery has agreed a deal to supply 90 Lidl stores across Scotland with a range of six products. 

Tesco rumoured to be selling off Euphorium and Harris + Hoole

Tesco is reportedly on the verge of selling its offshoots Euphorium Bakery and the coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole.

New dog bakery for Edinburgh

Harry’s Gourmet Treats, a bakery specialising in luxury dog treats, is to open its first bricks and mortar site in Portobello, Edinburgh.

Baker & Spice launches first gluten-free range

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice will launch its own gluten-free range this week, and has grand expansion plans.

Brioche Pasquier starts production at new UK site

One of the world’s largest producers of French patisserie and bakery products, Brioche Pasquier, has started production at its new site in Milton Keynes.

Thomas the Baker raises £64,000 for charity

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has raised over £11,500 for cancer charity Marie Curie in the last year.

Aberdeen bakery faces underweight goods charge

Chalmers Bakery in Aberdeen has been charged with producing 50 underweight packs of cheese straws and one pack of underweight oatcakes.

New patisserie course from Mark Bennett

Award-winning Dorset-based baker Mark Bennett is to run a patisserie course in May, following the success of Bakery Excellent, and Bake French last year.

Kara redesigns for bakery focus

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has redesigned its logo and strapline to reinforce its baking credentials. 

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

Bakery launches online to help homeless

London social enterprise bakery Providence Row has rebranded as Rise Bakery and launched an online bakery, designed to help support the homeless back into work. 

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.