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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Run for your Bun in London

13 January, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Egg prices set to surge

10 January, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

06 January, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coughlans opens 25th store

16 December, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New gluten-free wheat?

15 December, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDF Awards open for applicants

02 December, 2016

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

Soreen’s new festive loaf

01 December, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aberdeenshire-based bakery J&I Smith Bakers has secured a place on the shortlist of the 18th World Scotch Pie 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 mince pie van has returned to the streets of Britain to deliver its pies free to 18 areas across the nation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fancy a crisp/biscuit hybrid?

24 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Bells expands its pie range

24 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

Behold, the folded baguette!

23 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New member for the FOB

18 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

Mary Berry confirms new show

17 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

16 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: Meet the UK Pastry Team

10 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New wirecut from Baker Perkins

09 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

CSM launches Oreo doughnut

08 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDF holds Exiting the EU event

02 November, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unifiller launches iPump

31 October, 2016

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

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

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

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

Kara crowned cake winner

31 October, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tesco trial digital receipts

27 October, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 October, 2016

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”.

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

Greggs to deliver?

18 October, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03 October, 2016

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.

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.

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

27 September, 2016

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

McGhee’s extends fleet

27 September, 2016

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

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.

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

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

20 September, 2016

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.

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

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.

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

19 September, 2016

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

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

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 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 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.

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

Linwoods Bakery recalls loaf

09 September, 2016

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

02 September, 2016

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

02 September, 2016

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 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, 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.

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.

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

Doughnut walls are set to be the latest trend for sweet-toothed couples celebrating a marriage.

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

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

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

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

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.

Surrey-based bakery Jens Cupcakery has achieved a 1-star Great Taste award for its carrot mini loaf cake.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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-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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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. 

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

Ghanaian Bakery expands

29 June, 2016

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

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

23 June, 2016

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.

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

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

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

ABST Awards results

16 June, 2016

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Tesco to sell Giraffe

08 June, 2016

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

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

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

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

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.

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”.

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Here's a Titanic cake

18 April, 2016

The Belfast Baking Company recently created a 6ft cake model of the RMS Titanic for the 104th anniversary of its sinking.

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

Bakery brand Arden and Amici is to introduce Millefoglie to its sweet Italian baked goods range.

Historic bakery closes

30 March, 2016

John Smith & Sons in Aberdeenshire has failed to win £1m in funding from the Big Lottery, and is having to close as a result.

Customers have been left bemused after “well-fired” loaves with black crusts started appearing on Sainsbury’s shelves.

Haydens Bakery has won the Best Manufacturer Award at the Enterprising Wiltshire Awards 2016.

Industry experts have said that the sugar tax on soft drinks is “a slippery slope”, and the bakery industry could be next.

In response to “growing demand”, Freedom Bakery will launch a second crowdfunding campaign on 7 April. 

Fortnum & Mason (F&M) has just been announced as the first official stockist for London bakery, Halva.

Marks & Spencer is offering pre-made mixes that you put in a mug and microwave. 

Danish-style bakery Brød has scooped the New Business award at the Cardiff Life Awards.

Easter has come early for Scott’s Bakery, after it won a contract to supply Asda with three seasonal lines.

Rinkoffs Bakery in east London has come up with its own take on Dominique Ansell’s cronut, with a little seasonal flourish.

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company has relaunched its bakery branch of the business.

A sixth branch of the award-winning Hambleton Bakery will open next week in Oundle.

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

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 91% growth in its H1 UK bakery operating profit, from £3.8m to £7.2m.

Roberts Bakery has signed an advertising deal with Derby County Football Club.

An independent bakery and confectionery business, Bradford-based Marshall Bakers, is to trade in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, following the closure of Waites.

Let it Dough, a newly-opened artisan bakery, is bringing Venezuelan baking techniques to Birmingham. 

Sadness has greeted news that West Yorkshire bakery Waites will not be re-opening, having been devastated twice by water damage.

The Doughnut Project, in the US, has unveiled a sweet and savoury pastry hybrid topped with cream cheese, sesame seeds and garlic.

Luminary Bakery provides training and jobs for women who are struggling with single motherhood, have faced domestic violence or homelessness, or who have a criminal record.

Bowen’s Pies will move from their current Adlington base to the former Initial Laundry site on Botany Brow in April. 

The Harlequin Patisserie, based in Newtownards, is to be renamed Knead, as the traditional family bakery passes on to the founder’s son.

Angel Food Bakery is distributing leftover products through waste-prevention app, Olio. 

The Scottish government has backed mandatory fortification of flour, but industry association Scottish Bakers had said folic acid is a medical issue, not a bakery one. 

The bakery retail market is “exciting and vibrant”, according to the speakers at the Insights from the Bakery Market Report 2016 live event.

Warrrens Bakery has won the Open Savoury category at the World Pasty Championships, and readers of The Cornishman newspaper also voted it "the best pasty maker in west Cornwall".

The wholemeal bagels from The New York Bakery Co (NYBC) are low in saturated fat and are a source of fibre.

The foodservice equipment manufacturing company has announced that Steven Lamb will be its new bakery product manager. 

Bake & Take, the German café and bakery concept, aims to open 100 new UK stores in the next five years. 

Southport bakery closure

03 March, 2016

Claude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. 

Little Bee Bakery has started supplying a range of honey-based biscuits to John Lewis.

A limited-edition pink lemonade muffin has been launched by Cuisine de France.

Already a hit in the US, the ice cream giants are bringing the ‘Wich range to our supermarkets this month.

Do you want to learn about future trends in retail bakery? If so, an upcoming British Baker web forum is perfect for you.

Capitalising on the food-to-go market and reorganising the bakery portfolio are key priorities for Greggs, according to chief executive Roger Whiteside.

Greggs' record annual profits off the back of a bold food-to-go strategy gives any bakery pause for thought. British Baker takes a look at the key factors which give the high-street baker its competative edge.

Gluten-free bakery Welsh Hills has been revealed as joint winner of the Success through Overseas Trade category in the Welsh Business Awards.

Scottish ice-cream cone and wafer maker Waverley Bakery has been bought by Nordic business Orkla Food Ingredients (OFI).

A seven-figure funding package for The Cornish Bakery could create up to 180 jobs and eight new stores “by spring 2016”.

Irwin’s Bakery is to supply more than 100,000 packs of its new wheaten bread products to all Asda stores in Northern Ireland.

Greggs saw its pre-tax profits rise by 25.4% to £73m in its last financial year and has revealed it is confident of delivering even more growth in the year ahead.

Artisan pitta bread producer Nina Bakery released ready-baked Sub Pitas at Hotelympia in London yesterday.

An Italian-inspired range has been launched by budget bakery chain Poundbakery.

Sales of organic bakery and cakes have improved significantly since the Soil Association’s (SA) 2015 Market Report. 

Welsh firm The Village Bakery is ramping up production of Welsh cakes in time for St David’s Day, after clinching two major new deals.

The latest bakery innovation comes from Bakezilla’s Bespoke Cakes, and is set to take Easter by storm.  

Signs were put up yesterday at the Applegreen service station located on the M1 just outside Lisburn, advertising a Greggs shop.

Miss it, miss out!

24 February, 2016

If you haven’t registered for the Insights from the Bakery Market Report webinar, you now have only just over a week to do so.

The bag-sealing equipment manufacturer Select Bag Sealers (SBS) has been acquired by specialist tape manufacturer ProSpool.

Do you have what it takes to compete against the very best in the industry?

Associated British Foods (ABF), parent company of bakery brand Kingsmill, has warned that earnings per share will be lower than expected for its half year results, due out in April. 

Pettigrew Bakeries, a spin-off of Cardiff's Pettigrew Tea Rooms, is to open next month.

Prince of Wales visits Bettys

19 February, 2016

Bettys’ craft bakery in Starbeck was the last port of call for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall yesterday. 

Craft business Village Bakery has sponsored Wales’ oldest half marathon for the 21st time.

Staff at North Wales-based chain, Castle Bakery, said they had been told that the shops across Gwynedd and Anglesey were to close.

Levenshulme-based bakery Trove will open a second site at Altrincham.

The Yolkin hits London

17 February, 2016

Stand aside the Cronut, for the UK has a few amazing bakery inventions of its own. The latest is the Yolkin, a macaron ice cream sandwich, from eponymous London pop-up bakery Sammie Le.

On 25 February, McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow will play host to the launch of the 2016 Scottish Bakery of the Year competition.

Newly introduced poppy seed bagels from the New York Bakery Co are on sale in Asda for an RRP of £1.50 for a 360g pack. 

Gilbert’s, the Essex bakery based in Leigh, will now be run by the Murphy family, and will open within the next few months. 

South Korea has beaten off competition from 11 other international teams to be crowned winner of the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, or The Bakery World Cup.

Mark Douglas, owner of Northern Irish bakery Krazi Baker, has opened a cookery school to raise awareness of traditional Irish griddle breads.

With romance in the air ahead of Valentine's Day on 14 February, British Baker takes a look a five bakeries producing sumptuous little treats for the event.

Perth-based Tower Bakery has agreed a deal to supply Tesco with traditional Scottish bakery treats.

TrueCommerce has entered into a partnership with Hovis, the milling and bakery business, to provide it with a secure electronic ordering system.

Tate & Lyle, the bakery ingredients supplier, said it expected full-year reported adjusted pre-tax profit to be "modestly below" last year’s full-year figures.

Celebrating the best in gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and all free-from foods, the 2016 shortlist is out now. British Baker picks out the bakery highlights.

Perthshire-based Tower Bakery has won £10,000 worth of bakery equipment, in a competition run by Dawn Foods, in conjunction with Mono Equipment.

The Great Fire of London started in a bakery on Pudding Lane, right? Wrong. Academic Dorian Gerhold has found new evidence to suggest otherwise.

Frozen desserts supplier Chantilly Patisserie will be run as a trading division of Haydens Bakery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Real Good Food (RGF). 

National Doughnut Week will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 7-14 May.

The Depot Bakery has secured an Inmotion! grant and added an electric vehicle to its fleet.

The Freedom Bakery is a new Glasgow-based social enterprise that gives training and employment to recently released ex-offenders.

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has extended its customer reach, with a new deal to distribute from the Corby site of logistical firm Bibby Distribution.

The Welbeck Bakehouse, the Worksop-based bakery, is among businesses mentioned in a new report who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

Crosstown, the artisan doughnut producer, has teamed up with bakery and chocolate producer Pump Street Bakery to produce a limited edition chocolate doughnut.

Bath Bakery has made a new appointment to its senior management team.

Aryzta Food Solutions has announced Vincent Brook as its UK retail commercial manager.

Wenzel’s The Bakers will be giving away £2,016 to one lucky customer at its London Designer Outlet bakery.

A new campaign by Brace’s, the Newport-based bread bakery, is to bring tea and toast to parents at sports matches.

Finland-based Fazer Group’s Arctic Thin Breads are available now from Worldwide Cuisine (WWC).

Northern Irish company, Carritech Research, plans to bring ColdBake to the bakery industry – products are cooked at 47 degrees or under, so no nutritional value is lost.

Cuisine de France has released a heart-shaped loaf for Valentine’s Day, to allow lovers to say it with bread.

Bidvest Foodservice, the wholesale retailer, has released a range of bakery goods as part of a major relaunch of its own label products.

Roberts Bakery is selling pink packaged wholemeal loaves in local supermarkets in aid of breast cancer, as part of an initiative with Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Newly-opened bakery, Molly Bakes in New Dalston, has brought the freakshake to London, following in the footsteps of The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle.

British Baker profiles Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery and takes at look at the key areas where it excels.

Asda has assured British Baker that the retailer’s in-store bakery workers will not be affected in its recently announced Project Renewal process. 

As part of its ‘winter warm up’ tour around the county, BBC Sussex visited Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst, West Sussex. 

Lisa Smith of Ginger Bakers in Kendal, Lancashire was “waist-deep in floodwater” at her catering kitchen, until local sourdough bakery Lovingly Artisan came to the rescue. 

Lucy Norwood set up the bakery business from her Braintree home three years ago, and has now expanded into her own studio.

Former Baking Industry Awards Baker of the Year Mark Bennett is to teach a traditional French breads and pastries course at Brook Bakery School.

Jestic Foodservice Equipment, the food manufacturing machinery company, has been awarded the sole UK distribution right to Sveba-Dahlen machinery.

The pastry chef who invented the Cronut and is best known for his Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is now bringing the concept to the UK.

Wholesale enterprise Lievito Bakery in Lovington, near Castle Cary, Somerset, has expanded into new high street premises in Wincanton, under the name The Lovington Bakery.

Raise Bakery, the Worthing-based cake maker, has pledged to pay its staff the Living Wage of £8.25 per hour.

Jestic to expand into bakery

19 January, 2016

Jestic Foodservice Equipment has announced its expansion into the bakery sector. 

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched a new range of artisan breads.

General Mills UK, which manufactures Jus-Rol pastry, is to close its Berwick bakery following a review of the business.

Bakery exports from Ireland increased by over 35% in 2015 and are now valued at around €185 million, based on sales figures from January to September 2015. 

Tate & Lyle Sugars, the bakery ingredients supplier, has launched a new range of fondants aimed at baking professionals.

Cupcake specialist Songbird Bakery is one of eight food venues selected to sit on Middlesborough’s Bedford Street.

Hobbs House, the Cotswolds-based artisan baker, is set to open a fourth shop in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Stephen Smart, head of development at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, has hit back at suggestions that white bread is unhealthy.

Duncan Lees, a Warburtons manager for 30 years, has passed away aged 66. The Burnley baker’s family described him as “an unassuming man who was humble about his achievements”.

The Snapery, the London-based artisan bakery, has soared through its crowdfunding target of £5,000 to raise funds for the installation of a new bakery.

The Handmade Cake Company, the Berkshire-based foodservice cake business, has reported an increase in operating profit from £1.7m to £2.4m for the year ending 31 March 2015.

Eighty-year-old business Appleby’s bakery, based in Salisbury, will close this month so that owner Mark Appleby can have some time off “while I’m still young enough to enjoy it”.

A popular Ruislip Manor bakery is back open after “an unhappy Christmas with a lot of hard work”.

Peter and Graeme Ford plan to bring The Premium Bakery to East Lothian after outgrowing their current premises in Loanhead.

Bakers nationwide have been left counting the cost after high winds and heavy rain devastated the UK over Christmas and the start of the New Year.

Dawn Foods has unveiled plans to run its successful American Bakery marketing campaign again in 2016.

Montana Bakery, the artisan wholesale bakery, has reported a slump in operating profit from £1.3m to £1.2m for the 12 months to 28 March 2015.

High street bakery Greggs will reportedly open at least 12 stores in Northern Ireland in 2016, and its first stand-alone shop in the country will open in Belfast in March.

The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Village Bakery, the Wrexham-based craft business, has applied for planning permission to build a new £16m plant.

A new TV series will send four 21st century bakers back in time to explore what it meant to be a professional baker in the Victorian era.

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

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

A Welsh business intends to become the greenest bakery in Britain after installing more than 1,000 solar panels on its premises in Wrexham.

London bakery goes cashless

15 December, 2015

Sweet Things will be the first London eatery not to accept cash payments when it opens in Notting Hill on 4 January.

The Bread Factory has reported another year of double-digit growth, with revenue up 25% from £36.1m to £45.1m.

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

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has bought ISO2 Nutrition, the sports supplements brand, for a nominal amount.

Warburtons, the bakery giant, has today announced the finalising of new wheat-growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers.

The Cornish Bakery is embarking on an expansion drive that could see it adding up to 20 sites over the next two years.

Pinkmans, a Bristol-based bakery concept, has opened its doors with the soft opening taking place on 3 December.

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

West Midlands Police has rescued three men who were allegedly being used for slave labour at a Black Country bakery. 

AAK, the Swedish fats and oil ingredients manufacturer, has scooped a double award at the Food ingredients Europe Innovation awards in Paris.

High street bakery outlets are failing to cash in on a surge in consumption of sweet-tasting bakery and dessert products, in a trend driven by The Great British Bake Off.

British Baker is calling on the industry to give us its views about the retail landscape.

Mono Equipment, the bakery and foodservice equipment manufacturer, has supplied its products to new Cardiff bakery and café Brød.

New director at Dawn

27 November, 2015

Dawn Foods, the bakery ingredients producer, has recruited a new boss to head up its business in the UK and Ireland.

Hovis workers in Wigan have been hit with fresh woes after it was announced cut-backs were putting 111 jobs at risk.

Le Pain Quotidien, the artisan bakery chain, has appointed Jon Abrahams as head of operations.

Finsbury Foods, the retail and foodservice bakery group, has reported UK bakery revenue growth of 8.7% for the first four months of its financial year.

Three Scottish bakeries are celebrating new listings worth an estimated £275,000 in total as Asda grows its locally sourced bakery range.

Roberts Bakery, the Cheshire-based firm, has agreed a deal with logistics provider Bibby Distribution, which will allow it to supply customers further afield than ever.

Revamp for Haydens Bakery

24 November, 2015

Haydens Bakery has undergone a major rebranding as the overhaul of the company’s operations continues.

A bakery in Cambridgeshire is closing one of its seven shops due to a steady decline in business in the town it is based in.

Pasty Presto undergoes rebrand

18 November, 2015

Pasty Presto, the Cornish pasty retail chain, has been rebranded as The Cornish Bakery following a successful trial in three stores.

Warrens Bakery, the Cornwall-based bakery, has released a limited-edition mincemeat pasty for Christmas.

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has been acquired by the Danish group Givesco Bakery.

Greenhalgh’s, the wholesale bakery, has won Bakery of the Year at The Food Awards England 2015.

Manchester-based artisan bakery Trove has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund expansion plans.

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

The Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees has launched a scheme to help bakery students and trainees find jobs.

A new bakery with a focus on traditional Danish recipes has opened in Cardiff.

Northern Ireland’s leading bakery Irwin’s has secured a six-figure deal to supply a range of premium Irish biscuits created specifically for the Chinese market.

Northern Ireland’s leading bakery Irwin’s has secured a six-figure deal to supply a range of premium Irish biscuits created specifically for the Chinese market.

Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.

Premier Foods, which owns Mr Kipling, has scooped the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2015.

MacLean’s Bakery has become one of four companies and the only bakery to be included in a Scotland-wide scheme to provide food for council projects.

Sussex-based Forfars Bakers, which was due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2018, has gone into voluntary liquidation.

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

Artisan pitta bread producer Nina Bakery has released new product savoury pitta sticks.

A bread-themed charity event in support of Action Against Hunger is being organised by London artisan bakery the Bread Factory and executive chef at Duck and Waffle Daniel Doherty.

American-inspired bakery Elizabeth D Bakes is among six new stalls to join the newly refurbished Berwick Street Market in Soho, London.

Five new unbaked frozen products have been released by pie manufacturer Pukka Pies.

A family-run Orkney bakery has won a contract worth more than £175,000 to supply Aldi with shortbread after winning the discounter’s search for Scotland’s ‘Next Top Product’. 

Edinburgh cake-maker Cuckoo’s Bakery has created a gruesome range of limited-edition cupcakes for Halloween.

Délifrance UK has unveiled a new £30m investment to its bakery in London which has already seen the installation of a state-of-the-art stone baked bread line.

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has received a double boost from winning an award and an extended contract with supermarket chain The Co-operative.

Six limited edition breads have been created by Tom and Henry Herbert, aka the Fabulous Baker Brothers, to star in a beer-themed pop-up in Hoxton, London.

CyBake trialled by M&S

16 October, 2015

Bakery management software CyBake is being trialled by clothing and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) across a selection of its in-store bakeries.

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Vegan bakery scoops award

14 October, 2015

Leicestershire-based The Vegan Cakery has won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.

The Real Bread Campaign held Sourdough September last month to raise public awareness of the taste and potential health benefits of traditional bread-making.

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, is to open a new £3m bakery as it revealed it is seeing 30% year-on-year growth and is nearing a £6m turnover.

Greggs, the high street bakery retailer, said it planned to “deliver good growth for the year” – as it announced third-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs) of 4.9%.

Liverpool-based New Britain Oils has increased its bakery fats production capacity by 30% to cope with increasing demand for traceable, segregated palm-based products.

Spanish bakery Granier is to open a second UK site in Woolwich.

Bakery, catering and food processing supplier Invicta Bakeware has appointed a new business development manager as part of a planned expansion.

The Hummingbird Bakery said it hopes to resolve a trademark issue with a London chain called ‘Hummingbird Café’ “as amicably as possible”.

Union leaders have confirmed that a settlement has been reached in a pay dispute at Gunstones Bakery in Sheffield.

Frank Roberts & Sons Bakery has opened its £2m-plus upgrade of the former Aldreds the Bakers bakery, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, featuring a state-of-the-art sandwich thins line.

Artisan pita bread company Nina Bakery is launching its new range of ‘no tear’, stone oven pitas in the UK, suitable as sandwich carriers.

Shares dip at Real Good Food

24 September, 2015

Shares in Real Good Food (RGF) fell by nearly 2% – as the company announced revenue was down as it entered its new financial year.

A former chef has restarted his father’s bakery on the site of the under-restoration windmill at Bardwell Mill, Suffolk.

Gunns Bakery has opened a new site on a revamped high street in Bedford.

The past seven days in bakery

21 September, 2015

Last week was another busy one in the world of bakery – so here’s a round-up of the most read British Baker stories in case you missed them.

Tartisan, the recently opened bakery in Nottingham, has revealed plans to grow nationally and abroad in the next five years.

A total of 7,200 deaths could be prevented in the next five years if trans fats were removed from processed food in the UK, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported. 

If you type The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) into Google you get a staggering 21 million hits. There can be no doubt the show is a media phenomenon. 

A trio of bakery manufacturers were among those crowned winners at the 2015 Food and Drink Federation Awards. 

The National Cupcake Championships are nearly here as National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) kicks off next week. 

Prima Bakeries, the Cornish company, has just invested £100,000 as it anticipates major growth for the brand. 

So here they are… the 2015 winners of the prestigious Baking Industry Awards. 

New Britain Oils, the producer of sustainable palm oil products, has increased its bakery fats production capability by 30%. 

Apostrõphe, the bakery café group, is missing a managing director after Richard Franks stepped down. 

Genius Foods, the gluten-free brand, is hoping to “change the face” of the UK gluten-free bread market following changes to its recipes. 

Cake manufacturer Bright Blue Foods has been acquired today for an undisclosed sum by private equity investor Endless. 

BSB reveals conference speakers

08 September, 2015

There are just five weeks until the British Society of Baking (BSB) hosts its 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Conference. 

A two-year-old family company has been forced to change its name after finding a similar name had already been taken just weeks before it set up. 

Cereals and bakery exports increased by 10% in the first half of the year – but total food and drink sales abroad fell because of the strength of the pound. 

Crosstown Doughnuts, the London-based artisan doughnut concept, has taken up residency next to Old Spitalfields Market in east London.

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has seen weekly like-for-like sales sustain a significant 60% uplift since January this year.

The Topping Pie Company, based in Doncaster, has been chosen by The Co-operative to supply its pies across Yorkshire. 

New York Bakery Co (NYBC) is moving out of the bagel world with the launch of a packaged soft pretzel as it aims to become an “all-round” bakery business. 

Warrens Bakery, the Cornwall-based 50-strong chain, has revealed that retail sales and wholesale have jumped following a rebranding programme. 

A baker has seen an uplift in cake orders following her announcement of becoming a finalist in the National Cupcake Championships 2015. 

Rickmansworth bakery Cinnamon Square has lost out on trade after flash flooding this week.

Bread Ahead Bakery has opened its second retail site in Westfield Stratford, as it looks to expand.

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK claims the sweet bakery category can grow by £59m in the next five years. 

Bakery products have “played an important role” in the success of Budgens’ new concept stores. 

Hot on the heels of last week’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) Baguette challenge came the news from Paris that it is actually very difficult to lay your hands on a genuine French baguette this summer. 

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium based company that has just bought a majority stake in Natural Balance Foods, has seen profits jump by more than a third in its first half. 

The second Le Restaurant de Paul is opening in London’s Tower 42 in the French bakery brand’s largest venue yet. 

The Craft Bakers Association (CBA) says around 80% of bakers will have to put prices up when the National Living Wage (NLW) is introduced. 

Bako North Western, the Preston-based company, has bought sister company Bako Northern & Scotland in a deal to create a business with a turnover of more than £100m. 

North-west company Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has struck a partnership with Wigan Technical College to take on 12 apprentices a year in a “brand new initiative”.

Habwood, the Worcestershire-based supplier of catering and bakery equipment, is to deliver a new range of depositors into the UK. 

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has blamed good employment rates and the stereotype against factory work for ongoing vacancies at the company. 

Paul UK, the French artisan bakery, will open its 34th shop in Birmingham on 24 September. 

Muffin Break plans to open 16 more stores in the next financial year, plus its first train station site in Birmingham New Street. 

The baking industry has questioned how the government’s apprenticeship plans will help the craft sector, as consultation on the apprenticeship levy opens today. 

Stop what you’re doing - we have our finalists in the National Cupcake Championships 2015! 

It’s bread week on the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), so who better to speak to for our #AskTheExpert blog than master baker Wayne Caddy.

The sale of the majority of Irish Pride Bakeries’ assets to Pat the Baker has reportedly been agreed for around €7m (£4.9m). 

A Northern Ireland bakery has recalled a product after incorrect labelling neglected to state the presence of walnuts. 

The Gail’s Artisan Bakery team is set to open its new bakery site in Clapham Old Town this month.

Ginsters has signed a deal to sponsor the new Football League highlights show, Football League Tonight, on Channel 5. 

Pret A Manger will increase the vegetarian and vegan options in its stores following a blog and poll led by chief executive Clive Schlee. 

The baker's Mock the Week

14 August, 2015

It's that time of the week again when we round up what whacky and wonderful things have been going on in the world of bakery. This time expect cat cafes, record breaking doughnut orders and, of course, toilet cafes... 

There is a place for all scales of bread production and industry players need to stop competing with each other, says bakery expert. 

Marks & Spencer (M&S) says around three-quarters of its bakery suppliers are now using Vitamin D-enhanced yeast across a range including ciabatta, seeded loaves and buns. 

Big names from the bakery world have been announced to speak at the Lunch! trade show (24-25 September) in London. 

An Italian bakery has opened its first site in the UK, as it looks set to move the brand out of Italy.

An attempt by the Scottish government to give Dundee cake protected status has caused an outcry from bakers outside the city. 

Northern Ireland baker Irwin’s expects to hit a turnover of £40m in the next five years as it focuses on the English market. 

Fears are growing that egg prices could rise as European supplies are sent to the US after a massive bird flu outbreak. 

Swedish bakery Fabrique is opening its second UK shop in West London.

Costcutter is introducing sandwiches, wraps and rolls to its own-label Independent range. 

High street bakery giant Greggs is replacing its thick-base square pizza slices for a thin crust triangular version. 

A total of 87% of consumers say a good loyalty scheme will encourage them to repeatedly buy, research has revealed. 

It’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday today and an award-winning baker from the West Midlands has joined a worldwide collaboration to create an edible world of Harry Potter for author JK Rowling’s birthday (31 July). 

An outlet that sells only crisp sandwiches has launched in West Yorkshire. 

Costa Coffee, the high street coffee giant, is trialling a SuperDay Smoothies range across two regions in the UK. 

The finalists in the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2015 have been unveiled.  

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, has said that its alcohol offer is “proving popular” in its evening trial site. 

Lagkagehuset, the Danish bakery chain, is set to launch in the UK amid international expansion plans. 

High street bakery giant Greggs released its impressive first half results today. It was even hailed by Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal last week – can the company do no wrong?

High street bakery giant Greggs has reported “a strong first half” as consumer demand for its low-calorie and breakfast options grows. 

An online platform to help small and medium businesses (SMEs) land the right funding has launched in the UK. 

Wrexham’s Village Bakery has launched an internal investigation, after a video was released online filming one of its vans allegedly speeding.

A rise in popularity of filled bakery products such as doughnuts has sparked business growth in a Manchester-based preserves company.

Hannah Marriage of Marriage’s Millers has told bakers why they should get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week (CBW).

Bakery Ingredients firm CSM Bakery Solutions is relocating its global headquarters to the US from Amsterdam.

Southpaw and Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed his love of high street bakery giant Greggs.

Aberdeen’s JG Ross bakery has hailed sell-out tours of its bakery.

Dr John Marchant, the head of the National Bakery School, has been recognised for his work by the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

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

Speciality bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group is outperforming profit expectations as its total sales revenue grew to £256.2m in the year to 27 June 2015. 

With the launch of Apple Pay in the UK, bakery and café companies are refreshing payment options.

Truffles Bakery has announced it will be shutting its Burgess Hill store.

Edme Ingredients has won a Food and Farming Excellence Award for its investments and future potential.

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

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

In this issue of British Baker we have a whole feature lined up for you with in-depth advice on what to do for Halloween - ranked number three in the biggest UK spending occasions. But how do you appeal to adults as well as children?

Plans to introduce a National Living Wage (NLW) will have a 'major impact' on skilled sectors like bakery, industry leaders have warned.

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened a new £4m Baking Academy and Innovation Centre built by the Village Bakery at Wrexham Industrial Estate yesterday.

Eleventh-hour talks at Gunstones bakery have failed to avert secondary strike action, after the union dubbed a proposed pay offer from management “unacceptable”.

An experienced restaurant duo are to open a new-concept bakery in Bristol. 

Murdoch Allan bakers has bought a Scottish bakery firm, as it expands to meet demand.

The Bakery Market Report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery sector in the UK. Here we outline the reasons YOU need this product.

Premier Foods has unveiled a new £20m cake line in Barnsley, to double production of Mr Kipling snack packs.

Union leaders have said ‘as of yet’ further strikes at 2 Sisters Food Group’s Gunstones bakery will still go ahead.

Paris bakery Michel & Augustin has struck a deal with Starbucks to sell its cookies in 25 locations in New York, before potentially coming to the UK. 

Brace’s Bakery, the South Wales family-run bakery, has appointed former sales and marketing director Scott Richardson as its new chief executive.

Did you know the word ‘éclair’ comes from the French for ‘flash of lightning’? On learning this recently I thought, yes, it does have a lightning bolt-esque look to it, but non! They are so named as they are eaten quickly – in a flash.

Bakery giant Greggs is treating consumers to a free sausage roll this week, with 6,000 to give away each day. 

Student and delegate attendance was up 30% at the annual ABST Conference last weekend (19-21 June).

Cronut king Dominique Ansel has opened his first international bakery in Japan. 

Chatwins bakery has shut three shops around Hanley, while it continues to refit and re-brand other more profitable stores.

Stag Bakeries, a family-owned bakery based in Stornoway, Lewis, has doubled year-on-year sales for the third consecutive year. 

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has opened as a pop-up space in Wimbledon, before refurbishing to be a permanent site after the tournament.

Artisan baker Foxcroft & Ginger has opened a specialist poached egg bar in Dalston, east London. 

Time is running out to nominate someone for the Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry accolade.

Bath Bakery has launched its gluten-free products online as it introduces a new range.

Bakers at Gunstones Bakery, Sheffield, have gone on strike today (15 June) over a pay freeze.

Raise Bakery is to open its first retail shop in Hove this week, and will sell bread for the first time.

Irish Pride Bakeries, one of Ireland's biggest plant bakeries, has confirmed that it has gone into receivership.

Subway has moved the production of its cookies to Europe - the first time they have been produced out of the US - as it chases European expansion.

Ashers Baking Company, the business at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row, has outlined the grounds which it will appeal over.

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has revealed EBITDA has climbed 19.2% to £4.3m for the year ended 31 December 2014. 

Tesco said it was a case of “move over sarnies” as it trebled its ready-to-eat salad range to nearly 50 lines. 

Biscuit and bakery products distributor Arden Fine Foods has installed a bakery operation at its Coventry office to help it understand the sector further.

One Stop convenience stores has struck a new partnership with Country Choice, as it sees opportunity in the in-store bakery sector.

Pan’Artisan has launched a new kitchen facility by hosting a workshop with the Craft Guild of Chefs. 

Cooplands HQ is sold

05 June, 2015

The former head office and bakery of Cooplands of Doncaster has been sold for an undisclosed sum. 

Hovis has confirmed that almost 50 jobs are “at risk” at its crumpet and bread factory in Wigan. 

Glasgow-based McGhee's Bakery is investing £3m to extend its bakery, it has been revealed. 

The Protein Works is to invest a significant sum of money into a new protein-focused bakery facility in Cheshire. 

The bread and bakery industry's "pint is half full" according to speakers at the Federation of Bakers’ (FOB) annual conference. 

The Christian bakery at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row is to appeal against a discrimination ruling. 

It is National Biscuit Day (29 May) and a poll has revealed what your biscuit choice says about you. 

The complex relationships between retailers and their suppliers is to be investigated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as it pledges to help smaller businesses. 

National Cupcake Week is back for 2015 and with it comes a new-look National Cupcake Championships. 

Franchise coffee shop chain Esquires Coffee has launched a refurbishment programme across its 24 stores as it looks to grow rapidly in the UK. 

Freshly baked bread has won by a nose in a poll of the nation’s favourite smells ahead of bacon and freshly cut grass. 

The ‘gay cake' row bakery is to limit its services after having been found guilty of discrimination against a gay customer. 

The artisan bakery and café that aims to help women who are ex-offenders is to open on 1 July. 

Food retailers reported robust sales volumes last year reflecting a strong performance from the British retail sector as a whole. 

Early indications suggest that the US will be looking at a “slightly smaller” wheat crop this coming harvest with knock-on effects for the UK. 

RedBlack Software has rebranded its food information compliance system, which helps companies meet the new EU Food Information to Consumers Regulations (FIR). 

Ingredients supplier Kudos Blends is a finalist in the Exporter of the Year category at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. 

Délifrance has awarded winners of its first international ‘inspired’ sandwich competition for young talent. 

The Wafflemeister Academy officially opens today, while its eighth UK site at Westfield Stratford will start trading from 1 June. 

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger will open its first hospital location in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in early June. 

The Wicked Cake Company has had its Wickedly Good range of tulip muffins listed by Eurostar. 

A French pastry chef is to open her first bakery shop in London in June.

Asda has initiated a roll-out of a new cafe format called Express Diner with four outlets open so far. 

Greggs has faced a media storm after a customer asked the bakery why it was unable to buy a loaf of bread in a store. 

Greenhalgh’s bakery has scooped the Bakery Sandwich Shop of the Year chain category at the Sandwich Industry Awards (Sammies).

Scotland’s Ashers Bakery has received a backlash of emails, after it has repeatedly been mistaken for the Belfast bakery involved in the ‘gay cake’ row.

Hovis has filled its long-vacant position of chief executive today with former Dairy Crest managing director Martyn Wilks. 

Tesco has been named Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards for the second time running. 

Sandwiches account for a 20.2% share of the total food-to-go category worth £4.4bn, according to new data from the British Sandwich Association (BSA). 

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has “significantly increased” the distribution of its frozen range with the launch of five skus into Tesco and Morrisons. 

United Biscuits (UB) has unveiled its biggest NPD of 2015 so far with the £6m launch of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps. 

Four of the top 10 FMCG brands are baked products, with Bolton-based bread giant Warburtons leading the way. 

Euphorium Bakery, the Tesco-owned chain, has appointed a new chief financial officer. 

Bako North Western is to buy sister company Bako Northern & Scotland, it has been revealed. 

Free-from bakery brand Genius Gluten Free is launching “the largest ever above-the-line investment in free-from bakery”. 

There were clear winners and losers in The Grocer Own Label Food & Drink Awards, with the discounters drawing in top place with Asda. 

Craft Bakers’ Week (28 September to 3 October) has launched its new website as the “new look and feel” event ramps up for 2015. 

United Biscuits (UB) has relaunched the McVitie’s Breakfast biscuit range, including two new products and a £3m media spend. 

Northern Ireland-based bakery ingredients supplier Andrew Ingredients is investing £750,000 that will include two new-build projects at its facilities in Lisburn. 

Premier Foods has added three new flavours to its Mr Kipling Snack Pack range with its Milkshake Slices. 

The Lakeland Bake bakery in Carlisle has been destroyed in a fire, with the cause as yet unconfirmed. 

TV chef and judge on Britain’s Best Bakery Peter Sidwell is to help NHS Scotland in creating healthy bakery options in its coffee shop chain Aroma.

Scotmid Co-operative is supporting the seventh Real Bread Week (9 to 15 May) in partnership with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery.

McGhee’s Bakery has been named Scottish Baker of the Year.

National Doughnut Week (9 to 16 May) kicks off the other side of the weekend and bakers are being urged to prepare. 

An American bakery giant, Panera Bread, has pledged to simplify what goes into its goods by publishing a ‘No No List’.

Supermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Almost 55% of bakers are more positive about the future of their bakeries than one year ago, British Baker can reveal. 

A Norwich baker sold out of royal baby-themed cakes in 20 minutes following the arrival of Kate and Will’s second child. 

Aldi remains the cheapest supermarket for bakery items while the cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen £1 overall in the last month. 

With six days to go until the election a British Baker poll has placed the Conservatives out in front, commanding 48% of the vote. 

Bad Brownie bakery has more than doubled its product output after opening a new kitchen.

Morrisons supermarket has praised itself on making “more fresh food than any other supermarket”, giving it a unique selling point. 

Brioche Pasquier has launched a range of savoury baked products, in a bid to move into the snack market. 

Suffolk-based Pump Street Bakery is to venture into London, as it opens a pop-up shop in the capital. 

Registration is now open for the 2015 Dawn Foods’ National American Bakery Week (1 to 7 July). 

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Cake, reflects on how his business literally "sells happiness". 

Wrights Food Group has made a major investment in its delivery fleet to meet sales needs.

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

The new boss of Hovis could make a “sizable name for themselves” if they turned the fortunes of the company around, according to a leading City analyst. 

Starbucks has today launched Cold Brew in three central London stores, ahead of a roll-out to 30 sites. 

Bakery giant Greggs has apologised to a local baker after being accused of “poaching staff”. 

Associated British Foods (ABF) has claimed that “lost volume” following Tesco’s de-listing of Kingsmill sliced last month has “been replaced elsewhere”. 

An Allied Bakeries director has told British Baker of hopes to get Kingsmill bread back on Tesco shelves following its recent delisting. 

The New York Bakery Company is adding Bagel Sandwich Thins to its range this spring with a £2.5m campaign. 

Sandwich chain Pret A Manager has reported a 9.7% increase in like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to 1 January 2015. 

Sandwich chain Subway has hit another 2015 milestone in opening 500 stores in non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland. 

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

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has launched a range of five ‘posh’ pies inspired by UK flavours. 

The current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. 

Allied Bakeries has made a £31m investment at its Stevenage bakery - completing its multi-million pound capital expenditure programme. 

Crewe based Wrights Food Group has rolled out a ‘kick-ass’ Street Pie to target the grab-and-go sector. 

Specialist patisserie Maître Choux has opened today in South Kensington, London. 

London based vegan bakery Ms Cupcake has partnered with Whole Foods Market stores from 20 April to offer its goods to a wider audience. 

Stephens Bakery has opened two sites in service station locations, as it resubmits plans for the bakery drive-thru concept.

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has expanded its reach in the UK, scoring two deals with major retailers.

Tesco has bought the remaining stake in Euphorium Bakery, British Baker can reveal.

Scotland’s Stag Bakeries has landed a supply deal with Marks & Spencer (M&S) as part of its new Taste of the British Isles initiative.

There are just four weeks until National Doughnut Week (9 to 16 May) hits, so bakers are urged to register.

All 60 jobs at supermarket own-brand bakery Bakeaway have been secured after the business was bought out of administration.

Carr’s Group, the farming and food conglomerate, said its flour mills had delivered an ‘excellent performance’ in its first half.

Budgens has added its first patisserie counter to its third concept store following a major refit.

Stop the Week: online

10 April, 2015

We look at how sausage rolls can get the coppers on your case and whether we should be chomping cheese on toast, not downing oysters in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

Warburtons has begun its countdown to the big unveil of its new advert starring Sylvester Stallone, which airs at 8pm on ITV tomorrow (11 April). 

The Co-operative food business delivered a 0.4% increase in like-for-like sales overall for the 52 weeks ended 3 January 2015. 

Flatbread company Strong Bread is hoping to supply its first Big-Four supermarket, as it quadruples the size of its bakery.

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has commenced a trial into evening trading in the wake of similar moves from competitors. 

Chilled food and bakery producer Bakkavör has seen its corporate credit rating rise from a B- (positive outlook) to B (stable).

The quick-service bakery market (QS bakery) is to see an accelerated growth rate this year, with the concept of “healthy treating” becoming “key” to driving incremental increases in visits.

Edinburgh’s Cuckoo’s Bakery is to open its second shop, in nearby Bruntsfield in the second week of April. 

Craft Bakers' Week (28 September to 3 October) has been rebranded for 2015 with a ‘new look and feel’ for the event. 

The cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen again by 1% in the last month and 7% in the last year. 

Marks & Spencer (M&S) delivered an “excellent” performance on food in its fourth quarter as food sales were up 3.7%. 

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle reported net debt to be around £34m higher than expected, as group profit sank “modestly” in its year to 31 March. 

A new Scottish independent regulatory body has launched to tackle food safety, diet and nutrition north of the border. 

Bakery Le Pain Quotidien has appointed a UK managing director for the first time. 

French bakery specialist Bridor is investing $32m (£21.5m) in expanding its Vineland site in New Jersey. 

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut Group has outperformed the chocolate market in its half-year results. 

A new bakery in London fusing Vietnamese and French flavours aims to tap into a growing trend for Asian-inspired bakery products.

Real Good Food, owner of UK sugar distributor Napier Brown, is “in discussions regarding a transaction” regarding its sugar arm that would “strengthen its balance sheet”. 

The new owner of the former Cooplands (Doncaster) site hopes to find a bakery tenant for it, to ensure continued use as a bakery.

Tired Brits can now literally wake up and smell the coffee at Costa, after the chain announced a new initiative to allow customers to take power naps in its stores. 

2 Sisters Food Group has invested £10m in a new state-of-the-art bakery extension at its Gunstones Bakery site in Dronfield, near Sheffield. 

Scottish craft bakery Black of Dunoon has signed a deal to supply Waitrose in Helensburgh with its hand-baked breads. 

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has entered into negotiations to acquire a 49% stake in Picard - a speciality French food retailer, owned by private equity group Lion Capital. 

New bagel brand Bagel Boy has opened its second outlet in Bristol, serving a menu including homemade bagel burgers, fries and beer. 

Newbridge Bakery (Birmingham Retail), with its beleaguered Firkins brand, has gone into liquidation, British Baker has discovered. 

Those behind a campaign for Dundee cake to become a geographically protected product will soon find out whether they have been successful. 

The trial of a bakery which refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake has gone into its second week at the High Court in Belfast. 

UK baking case manufacturer Chevler has established a speciality papers division. 

London-based Crepeaffair has just opened its 12th UK outlet as it strives for 15 in total by mid-summer as well as adding international sites and launching a ‘grab and go’ range. 

Pastry manufacturer Pidy is adding six retail products to its portfolio. 

French bakery specialist Bridor has developed a range of gluten-free products and joined forces with restaurateur Michel Roux Jr for a bread range. 

The first-ever bakery and food-to-go site for celebrity chef James Martin has opened in Stansted airport. 

Stop the Week: online

27 March, 2015

We look at deep-fried cake, baking with alcohol and why the fish finger sandwich will never die in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

The Alliance for the Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) held a Learning Day at Tameside College to teach students the process of new product development (NPD). 

SA Brain & Co, parent company of Coffee#1, has announced a 30% rise in sales compared to last year for the coffee shop. 

A new ‘battleground’ for retail bakeries was explored in British Baker’s web event, which saw experts discuss today’s industry ahead of an exclusive market report. 

Gluten-free bakery, Honeybuns, will soon launch a bespoke cake range with London restaurant chain Leon as it outgrows its current Dorset premises.

National Bakery Training (NBT) is to rebrand to become the National Food & Drink Training, as it plans to expand into other areas of teaching. 

Time is running out to sign up for British Baker’s exclusive webinar on the current trends in bakery retail. 

The big three bread brands, plus McVitie’s biscuits have graced The Grocer magazine’s list of Britain’s 100 biggest grocery brands, with Warburtons taking the number two spot. 

UK bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has posted group revenue up 24.1% to £107.6m following it's acquisition of Fletchers Group last year. 

Master patissier Eric Lanlard will this week man his café aboard cruise ship The Britannia as he closes in on a site in Dubai. 

A number of bakery brands have created lunar-themed adverts to promote their products, off the back of today's eclipse.

Pasty company Proper Cornish Group has appointed two senior personnel to focus on increasing sales and turnover. 

Stop the Week: online

20 March, 2015

We look at Easter ideas and why cake is good for you in the first move online for our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week. 

At British Baker, we have been inundated with news of apprenticeship uptake in the food and drink industry of late. 

Thomas J Fudge’s Remarkable Bakery is launching a raft of new savoury products in Waitrose.

Braces Bakery has rebranded its sliced bread, with packaging that will improve the firm’s carbon footprint. 

Coffee giant Starbucks yesterday outlined a major seven-stage plan for the brand, including growing the number of stores from 22,000 to 30,000 worldwide, with a particular focus on China and on tea. 

Greggs and Pret A Manger have beaten Starbucks to top the list of the UK’s most desired coffee shop and snack hotspots.

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, the muffin and flapjack producer owned by Daelmans Group, has rebranded to The Fabulous Bakers ahead of a major marketing push this summer. 

Swiss bakery specialist Aryzta has announced a revenue increase of 17.2% to €1.86bn (£1.33bn) in its food group for the six months to 31 January 2015. 

New head for Zeelandia

16 March, 2015

International bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has appointed Michiel de Ruiter as chief executive as of 1 May 2015. 

Belgian waffle specialist Wafflemeister plans to double its UK sites in 2015 and reach £5m in revenue by year-end. 

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has marked 40 years since the launch of its S500 bread improver. 

Ingredients supplier Bakels has launched its first consumer brand following the development of new and secret technology.

Bristol-based pie company Pieminister aims to open its “most ambitious project to date” in Leeds at the end of April following a £300,000 refurbishment. 

Waitrose has posted an increase in gross sales of 6.5% to £6.51bn in its unaudited results for the 53 weeks ending 31 January 2015. 

A trainee with food manufacturer Bakkavör has been declared the 2,000th person to complete an apprenticeship in England’s food manufacturing industry in 2014. 

The UK foodservice sector is set for value growth of £10bn giving it a worth of £56.3bn by 2019, according to consultancy Horizons. 

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group’s £6m investment in a new confectionery line has increased productivity by 32% in the last 12 months. 

Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. 

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) is over for another year, but did bakers reap the benefits? 

Lesley Foottit reckons Burton’s stands a good chance in its bid to crack the US market. 

Burton’s Biscuit Company has today announced a US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA) to realise a projected $100m (£66.1m) business ambition in the US. 

Deflation has reached a new low of -1.6% in its 18th successive fall as the supermarket price war rages on. 

Cooplands of Doncaster head office and bakery has been brought to market for an undisclosed sum, after the bakery went into administration this February. 

Manchester-based firm Sheldon’s Bakery has set its sights on a 27% sales increase over the course of this year, after relaunching the brand.

United Biscuits (UB) chief executive Martin Glenn is stepping down from the post in early April. 

High street sandwich chain EAT has signed for three new sites as it launches two new products. 

There are still two days left in British Pie Week 2015 and British Baker has rounded up some facts about the UK pie eater. 

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) ran this week and to celebrate the Pierateers put together a list of the top 10 British pies. 

London bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is launching a ‘cruffin’ on Friday (6 March) – the latest in bakery hybrids. 

High street bakery chain Greggs has posted its 2014 preliminary results including its best own-shop like-for like sales since 2007. 

The chief executive of high street bakery giant Greggs has praised “an exceptional step-up in performance” for the brand in 2014 as it revealed total sales were up 5.5% to £804m and own-shop like-for-like sales had risen 4.5%. 

Mr Pretzels UK has set its eyes on up to 10 more sites by the end of the year, with ambitions to open up in train stations. 

Inventor of the cronut Dominique Ansel is to open a made-to-order desserts café in New York amid international plans. 

The baking industry is lending a hand to a trio of amateur bakers, who will bake bread through the night to raise money for Comic Relief.

As sugar swap advice continues amid the obesity crisis, Mintel has revealed that 46% of Brits have been moved to monitor their intake. 

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has confirmed Newbury as the site of its second regional opening. 

A new £2m training centre for bakers has been unveiled at University College Birmingham. 

Sales boost for organic bakery

26 February, 2015

Organic products have seen a bump in sales, up 4% in 2014 compared to 2013, boosting organic bakery products. 

Greggs has been saved from flushing away millions of pounds following a ruling on whether it needed to provide toilets in its stores. 

Cooplands of Doncaster will offer a “bigger and better range”, according to its new owners, following the closure of 39 stores and a move to a major supermarket bakery supplier. 

Street-food business Bunnychow, which has recently opened a site in Soho, is encouraging people to “Love [their] Loaf”, as it prides its business around using artisan bread to contain hot fillings. 

Associated British Foods (ABF) has said the UK bakery market “remains intensely competitive” and expects Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries’ profit to be lower than last year as a result. 

Jammie Dodgers branch out

23 February, 2015

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched a new version of its well-loved Jammie Dodgers brand aimed at adults. 

A baker has warned other small business owners to check social media sites after a rival business assumed her trademarked domain name. 

The Flour Pot Bakery in Brighton is to open two more sites, as it also secures its first London customers for wholesale.

A major bakery workers’ union has released a video in its campaign to up pay to £10 per hour.

High street sandwich giant Subway aims to have 350 stores within convenience stores and petrol and forecourt locations by the end of 2015. 

Muffin and flapjack brand, Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, is set to begin a major brand re-launch in what it has called the brand's "most important year".

Peter’s Food Service has struck a deal with Premier Foods to manufacture a range of frozen pies for the Bisto brand. 

International bakery giant Brioche Pasquier has launched a new range of French macarons available for UK foodservice operators. 

The London-based Dum Dum Donutterie is expanding, with locations earmarked in the UK and several overseas as it looks to triple its first year’s turnover. 

Mathiesons Bakery in Scotland has shut its retail shops, as it says it will now concentrate on supplying supermarkets.

Dawn Foods has launched its National American Sweet Bakery Week for 2015, due to take place from 1 to 7 July. 

The Baker of the Year winner in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards is on the search for a second site. 

Chatwins bakery has seen sales increase by up to 40% since a major refit of its shops. 

Roberts Bakery has launched its first TV ad campaign as it rebrands its white bread as ‘soft and fluffy’. 

Bakery equipment supplier European Process Plant (EPP) has launched a range of eco-friendly bakery washing machines.

Knot Artisan Coffee and Pretzel bakery has opened a fourth site in London’s Victoria station.

A Plymouth bakery has signed a new wholesale contract with catering suppliers Chadd’s Foodsmiths, allowing it to grow the business.

Surrey bakery manufacturer Monty’s Bakehouse has partnered with a leading food group to start selling products in the Middle East.

Coup de pates has officially launched its rebrand of Delice de France, making its first appearance this year at the Hospitality Show in January.

Gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free seed wraps from Warburtons’ free-from brand Newburn Bakehouse have been named Product of the Year (POY) 2015 in the Free-From category. 

Food sales have made a healthy start to the year, rising by 0.2% – the best performance since February 2014. 

In honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) Pieminister is holding a #PieElection to get the old favourites back for pie fans. 

Starbucks turns a profit in UK

09 February, 2015

High street coffee giant Starbucks has reported a profit of £1.1m in the year to September 2014 in its first profit recorded in Britain. 

The education of our youth

09 February, 2015

David Smart looks at the state of bakery education in the UK and feels that the industry is letting young people down.

Scottish co-operative Scotmid has opened its first food-to-go provision at Ratho Station near Edinburgh as the first of three trial stores. 

Cooplands of Doncaster has undergone a pre-pack administration with the loss of 300 jobs.

London restaurant chain Bodeans Bar-B-Q is charging a £1.50 a head “cakeage” fee to people who eat their own birthday cakes in its branches. 

Six products from chilled gluten-free brand NO.G will be launched in up to 245 stores Asda this week. 

New salt substitute launched

05 February, 2015

Ingredients firm Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI), has introduced a new substitute for bakery products to reduce salt. 

Mondelēz International, owner of Cadbury’s, has laid the cornerstone for the construction of its $90m (£59.6m) biscuit plant in Bahrain as it seeks a firmer foothold in the Middle East. 

The Dee Light Bakery in London has been named the Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year.

The 16-strong celebrity line up has been announced for this year’s the Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

Britons are eating out more as economic conditions improve, according to a new report. 

The McVitie’s Chocolate Hobnob has taken pole position as the nation’s favourite biscuit after winning 18.4% of the vote in a consumer poll. 

The lawsuit against the bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake will be heard this month. 

Last chance to complete survey

02 February, 2015

Time is running out to complete the Bakery Business Survey. 

Bertinet Bakery has launched its craft bread range into 12 more Waitrose shops.

The baking industry has written to Prime Minister David Cameron, to express concern about his decision to give up bread.

London social enterprise bakery, Providence Row Bakery, has launched a new bike delivery service for products.

Artisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is opening a pop-up site at London’s hip Old Street area in April. 

British Baker met Toby Baker, director of sweet at Burton’s Biscuits Company, for a tour of Blackpool’s Cookie Centre of Excellence and to discuss this month’s launch of Maryland Soft Baked cookies as well as other plans for the future. 

Pub expands bakery offer

26 January, 2015

The product range sold at Berkshire pub the Crown & Garter’s new bakery is to be expanded. 

A frozen bakery company has signed a five-year contract with food logistics specialist ACS&T to distribute its products.

Two bakery trade organisations have met up to discuss the negative press around bread.

Cornish pasty maker Warrens Bakery is to rebrand and expand retail shops, after receiving £1.6m in funding.

Premier Foods has highlighted power brand Mr Kipling as its ‘stand-out performer’ in its latest trading results for the quarter to 31 December 2014. 

It is now possible to order pasties online from Cornish farm shop Etherington Meats. 

The Netherlands triumphed in this year’s Sigep International Bakery Cup ‘Bread in the City’ held at Rimini in Italy. 

European frozen bakery producer Vandemoortele has acquired Lanterna-Agritech (LAG), a producer of frozen focaccia and bread in Italy.

A bakery trio have today (20 January) represented the UK at this year’s competition for the Sigep Bread in the City held at Rimini in Italy.

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

Bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported that total sales revenue grew to £107.6m in 2014. 

Bakery giant Greggs has come under fire after a three-year-old child bit into a rubber glove baked into her pasty. 

Irish bakery Foods of Athenry has expanded its export arm to the UK following the securing of two new deals. 

British Baker needs your views to compile a review of the industry’s thoughts on the bakery sector over the last year. 

Bakery equipment manufacturer Mono Equipment will now also distribute all products of fellow manufacturer Canol to the UK. 

Hackney artisan bakery E5 Bakehouse has started to mill its own wheat to make a more unique loaf.

Associated British Foods (ABF), the parent company of Kingsmill, has ended the 16 weeks to 3 January 2015 with revenue 3% ahead of the same period last year. 

Murrays Bakers of Perth has won the crown of World Scotch Pie Champion 2015.

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has secured a contract with Center Parcs in its first foray into the leisure sector. 

Pocklington’s Bakery, a Lincolnshire-based craft bakery, has invested in a 150KW solar panel to generate power.

The eating out sector is set to grow further in 2015 with bakeries among a clutch of sectors earmarked for growth.

High street bakery giant Greggs has said it had a “very strong Christmas”, with own shop like-for-like sales (LFLs) up 4.5% for the financial year.

Swiss food group Aryzta plans to drive its flatbreads category Honeytop globally via a joint venture with the group that previously ran the business. 

Greenhalgh’s David Smart welcomes the New Year with a fresh slate, and suggests it's time to think outside the box. 

The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) has come to the rescue of some hungry local schoolchildren, after their breakfast crumpets were stolen.

Bad Boys' Bakery set to grow

02 January, 2015

The Bad Boys’ Bakery is reportedly set to grow – after reducing the amount of reoffending for former Brixton Prison inmates.

Pub opens bakery on-site

22 December, 2014

A pub in Berkshire has opened with an on-site coffee shop and bakery, to offer customers fresh food on the go.

This year’s winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award was bakery mogul David Powell.

ABST launches learning day

22 December, 2014

The Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) is to hold a learning day in March next year.

On the fifth day of the BIA 12 Days of Christmas feature, British Baker presents to you The Village Bakery’s view on 2015, and its delight with 2014.

Bath Bakery has expanded into new public developments, as part of its rapid growth programme.

Over half of consumers opt for a premium tea when drinking it out of home, according to a new study.

Shares in Greggs soared yesterday after the bakery retailer revealed that increased sales would mean better-than-expected profits.

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

Day four on the BIA treat calendar comes from The Craft Business Award winner, Bettys Craft Bakery, which spills all about its new £1m research and development centre. 

Tom Thexton, winner of the BIA Rising Star Award runs a gluten-free bakery called Wild Thexton, and told British Baker of his huge plans to open a new completely gluten-free bakery with The Bread Factory.

Number two on the BIA 12 days of Christmas is the Just: Gluten Free Bakery, winner of this year’s Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, which says 2015 will be about improving allergen-free treats.

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, has posted a rise in like-for-like (LFL) sales of 5.2% for the 13 weeks to 27 November as it plans rapid expansion. 

Small to medium food producers, including bakers and butchers across Scotland, have been lowering the salt, fat and calorie content in products by as much as 50%. 

Health experts have slammed sugar as being worse for blood pressure than salt. 

Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten-free bakery and café is set to open in central London this month.

Doncaster-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has struck a deal to supply into the cruise-line market. 

Tesco issues profit warning

09 December, 2014

Tesco has stated that it does not expect group trading profit to exceed £1.4bn for the financial year, in an unscheduled trading statement. 

Nila Holden, owner of eponymous Bedfordshire-based bakery company Nila Holden, has outlined the importance of social media after she won a contract with Fortnum & Mason last year. 

Holland’s Pies is supplying 100 pies to a homeless shelter over the Christmas period. 

A report into food waste in Britain has found that Morrisons turned away more than 9,000 pasties after a delivery van turned up 15 minutes late.

The UK coffee shop market is outperforming the UK retail sector, with significant sales growth of 10.7% on last year equating to £7.2 bn in turnover.

Premier Foods’ decision to strike customers off its supplier list for failing to make payments has been branded “aggressive” by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). 

Bakery secures Dubai deal

04 December, 2014

Northern Irish-based business Grahams Bakery has embarked on international expansion plans after winning a contract in Dubai.

British Baker fine-combs the Autumn Statement to ensure you are informed of the plans which could impact on your bakery.

Greenhalgh’s David Smart looks at the economy and assesses the year ahead in the light of the latest consumer shopping trends. 

Aryzta, the Swiss frozen bakery giant, has seen revenue up 7% for Food Europe to £320.1m (404.1m), in its first-quarter trading statement.

London-based Gail’s Bakery has launched a delivery service to provide London offices with boxes of its products.

New British Palm Oil (NBPO) has seen sales for the first nine months of 2014 rocket to £320.7m ($503m) from £274.9m in the previous year.

United Biscuits (UB), the international manufacturer of biscuits, has signed a three-year partnership with a fellow international producer to focus on its sweet biscuits. 

Gerhard Jenne looks at the preparations his team has achieved for Christmas and is in both a hopeful and joyous mood. 

Patisserie Holdings has reported this morning that revenue is up 27.5% to £76.6m while its main trading café brand Patisserie Valerie is up 20%. 

Greggs has launched a new social media campaign, tying its pasty packaging to the internet with its #PastySanta selfies.

Danish juice and coffee bar operator Joe & the Juice is targeting central London sites with plans to open 10 to 15 more overall in 2015. 

‘Hundreds’ of people have signed the MP-instigated petition in support of the Christian bakery that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake. 

Coup de Pates, formerly Delice de France, has launched a Christmas brochure featuring seasonal products to help caterers profit this year. 

Krispy Kreme has made an investment into its logistics, by employing a new store delivery solution system.

Three MPs have launched a petition in support of the ‘gay cake row’ bakery that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake. 

If you haven’t seen THOSE pictures of Kim Kardashians derrière yet, then you can see them recreated in cake versions!

A new report has found that that some businesses are still struggling to prepare for new food regulations, which will be enforced next month.

Northern Irish bakery firm Genesis Crafty has launched a new range of speciality breads into 200 Waitrose stores throughout the UK.

London sandwich and restaurant business Earl Enterprises has signed two deals worth £1m to launch its brand in the Middle East. 

Confectionery multinational Mondelēz has revealed a major ITV festive advertising drive for its Cadbury brand including tie-up with a number of celebrities. 

Dunkin’ Donuts and Pieminister are among the top brands named in foodservice consultancy Horizons’ latest list of food companies on the ascendant.

This year’s National Cupcake Week final saw more than 100 bakers and home-bakers battle it out in the judging tent to win the grand title of National Cupcake Champion.

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept is to open next year, with a further 12 openings planned throughout the UK by 2018.

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

Arla Foods Ingredients had opened a €120m (£95.1m) lactose manufacturing plant in Jutland, Denmark. 

Independent firms could pay less to trade after the Local Government Association (LGA) said that local government should set local business rates.

Warburtons has launched a new on-pack cinema promotion in line with its Warbeartons campaign.

On a significant day for Gerhard Jenne, he takes a fond trip down memory lane to reveal to his old stomping ground 

Bath Bakery has appointed a new sales manager so the bakery can continue to expand, the business says.

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Warrens Bakery has produced more than 50 special Pudsey Bear cakes as part of its drive to raise over £5,000 for Children in Need. 

Daniel Addy and Laura Morris took the top prizes at this year’s National Cupcake Championships. 

WC Rowe reopens after fire

07 November, 2014

Cornish firm WC Rowe has officially reopened its Falmouth bakery – just 72 days after it was ravaged by fire.

Two-site artisan cafe and wholesaler Foxcroft & Ginger is donating leftover food to a homelessness charity and helping to cut down on food waste. 

Tate & Lyle profits tumble

06 November, 2014

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has announced a 40% fall in first-half adjusted pretax profit at the top end of its range. 

The Equality Commission has confirmed plans to take legal action against a Northern Ireland bakery which refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. 

The UK’s eat-out breakfast offering is to expand as a new cereal café opens in Shoreditch next month. 

New low for food inflation

05 November, 2014

Food inflation has reached a record low, falling to 0.1% - the lowest rate since December 2006. 

Irwin’s Bakery has scooped two gold awards at the Irish Food Awards 2014. 

French bakery Brioche Pasquier is to list two of its ranges with retailer Ocado for the first time. 

United Biscuits sold to Yildiz

03 November, 2014

The sale of United Biscuits (UB) to international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding has been confirmed. 

Independent bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie has reported a 3.5% growth in turnover to £44.4m. 

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys is making a “major brand investment” that will see new product lines from March 2015 amid a move away from its nut-free manufacturing status. 

Pie-maker Pieminister has established shops in a university and three London pubs as it reported its own shop business was 35% up year on year. 

Halloween’s scariest cakes

31 October, 2014

Bakers around the country have been preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, so we thought we’d round up the most gruesome cakes on Twitter this year. 

Greggs bakery has been appointed to a new advisory board, designed to help strengthen the official code for businesses to follow when dealing with suppliers

TV Judge Oliver Peyton, of Peyton and Byrne, is to make a £1m investment in a new 18,000sq ft central bakery.

Renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu London has noted a dramatic rise in the number of men applying for patisserie courses year on year. 

Chief executive of Hovis Bob Spooner has resigned his post to take up an opportunity abroad. 

Coffee chains Starbucks and Costa Coffee have come out on top in a list of how well brands engage with their UK social media users. 

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has appointed Paul Foreman as new non-executive director.

Cake brand Kate’s Cakes has launched its new square cake product range into Tesco stores nationwide.

Canada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. 

Gluten-free company DS-gluten free has announced it will be launching into Boots retailers with immediate effect. 

Baking entrepreneur David Powell has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the London South Bank University (LSBU). 

The EU HealthBread project intends to form an association to drive commercialisation of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across the Europe. 

Premier Foods has praised its Mr Kipling relaunch as “delivering encouraging share gains” as it revealed an underlying sales decline of 4.7% in the third quarter. 

The Bertinet Bakery has formed a partnership with Warburtons to expand its wholesale production output. 

As hurricane Gonzalo passes through the UK, Gerhard Jenne looks at the winds of change blowing through his own business… and hopes for the best.

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced it is seeking a commercial partner for its quality assurance standard, The Bakers’ Marque.

A baker from Manchester has won runner-up in this year’s Worker of the Year 2014 awards.

United Biscuits (UB) has appointed Frank Meysman as non-executive chairman of the group as of today (21 October 2014). 

A young baking prodigy has been awarded the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers after graduating with the highest marks in her class. 

Bakeries Delice de France and Coup de Pates have unveiled an autumn/winter catalogue with almost 50 new lines for bakers. 

Cornish bakery Warrens Bakery has launched a range of sweet products with the approach of winter in mind. 

Patissier and chocolatier Slattery has launched a new range of locally brewed beers. 

The biscuit market has seen 1.8% value growth in the last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Italian coffee shop chain Caffé Nero has posted an 8.8% rise in revenue to £222.4m as it looks to add around 40 stores next year. 

The recent British Society of Baking (BSB) conference saw speakers discuss topics ranging from health and European trends to running a successful bakery. Here, Martyn Leek and Sylvia Macdonald outline some of the key points from the event.

Dorset Cereals products will be available to cafés and bakeries through foodservice supplier Brakes from November. 

While wheat yield is up this year, bakers should expect a wide price spectrum depending on which type they need. 

Artisan bakery The Column Bakehouse is to make an £80,000 investment in its infrastructure to increase production by at least 50%.

Allergen training offered

15 October, 2014

Following the new allergen legislation for food manufacturing employees, Train4Academy has launched a new training package to prepare food handling staff for the laws. 

Take a look at the highlights from the annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair, can you spot yourself there?

A new report, backed by AB Sugar, has claimed fast food outlets should be licensed and all government policies should face an obesity “test”.

The power of internships

13 October, 2014

David Smart argues that it is high time bakeries used internships to give a fresh boost to their businesses and bring along young talent in the industry, to boot

Hundreds of bakers flocked to Newark yesterday for the Bakers’ & Butchers Fair 2014. 

Vanderpol Waffle Systems and Den Boer Baking Systems have joined the Markel Bakery Group as part of its expansion strategy.

Finsbury Food Group's acquisition of Fletchers Bakeries has shocked the industry today, creating a new £300m business. We look back at some of the key moves from the firms, that led up to today's buy-out. Below is an interactive timeline, click on the links to reveal the full stories. 

GBBO: The final blogged

10 October, 2014

Bronya Smolen admires the strengths of each Great British Bake Off finalists, but says Nancy deserved the title.

This Sunday British Baker, along with a host of industry experts, will be at the annual Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair!

Artisan biscuit bakery The Sawley Kitchen has been shortlisted for two Yorkshire awards. 

Brands need to focus on their core products rather than striving for constant innovation, according to a top United Biscuits (UB) executive. 

Food company chief executives, speaking at the IGD Convention in London, agreed that keeping business strategies simple is important during a challenging economy.

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Bakers have their last chance to prove they make Britain’s Best Loaf. 

A study has found that the number of food innovations reaching the consumer since 2008 has decreased by 6.5%. 

The market for veggie breads is set to widen as licensed bread brand Cranks is being expanded into the sector. 

Allied Bakeries took home the Grocery Product Launch of the Year 2014 award at the Retail Industry Awards for its Great White Loaf. 

Walkers Shortbread has joined the rapidly-expanding gluten-free market with the launch of three products. 

Norfolk-based cake company Sponge, owned by Byfords, has just completed a £300,000 refurbishment on its bakery to make it more eco-friendly.

Weetabix has grown revenues and profits in its first full year of ownership by China’s Bright Food Group. 

Legendary American bakery brand Otis Spunkmeyer has been launched into the foodservice sector in Europe with its range of cookies, donuts and muffins.

Burton’s Biscuits, Pukka Pies and the Tan Y Castell bakery all scooped success at The New Product Awards 2014, run by The Grocer.

From pruning the product selection to a decision to exit the wholesale arena, Gerhard Jenne finds his business moving into autumn with a renewed vigour. 

Icing specialist Renshaw hosted the British Confectioners’ Association’s (BCA) annual gathering for 50 members at its Liverpool headquarters.

Global snacks market rises 2%

30 September, 2014

Consumers globally spent $374bn (£230bn) on snack foods in the year from 2013 to 2014, according to the Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking. 

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has lifted European revenue, boosted by a reorganisation of its bakery and food solutions arm.

The sixth National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September) gained huge attraction on social media with an average of 600,000 Twitter accounts reached each day of the week. 

Craft Bakers’ Week kicks off on Monday (29 September) and almost 400 bakeries have already signed up. 

Greggs has launched its hot dog product into 1,700 shops, after New Yorkers approved the recipe. 

Glanbia Nutritionals, the fast growing foods ingredients company, has developed a new range of gluten free oats for the baking industry.

Bronya Smolen looks at the quarter-final highlights in TV’s favourite bakery contest. 

High street coffee giant Starbucks has teamed up with healthy food outlet Pod. 

Figures suggest organic is best

25 September, 2014

A study has revealed organic grocery sales are out-performing non-organic sales in the supermarkets. 

Londoners pay 24% more for lunch-to-go and the capital accounts for 18% of Britain’s lunch-to-go spend, according to a new report. 

Competition within supermarkets has driven down grocery inflation to zero. 

High street sandwich and coffee chain EAT will open 10 central London stores between January and July next year following a major rebrand. 

The lunch! trade show commences today with more than 6,000 visitors from retailing, hospitality, snacking, convenience and catering sectors expected over the next two days.

National Cupcake Week caught the attention of the nation’s media last week – after it appeared on television twice and saw social media get fully behind it. 

Bakery professionals can gain insight and free expert advice on using whole grains by signing up to the latest British Baker webinar.

UK cereal bar brand Harvest Cheweee is highlighting its relaunch with a TV advertising campaign in a £1.1m year-long investment.

The Kandy Bar Bakery in Scotland has come to the aid of a terminally ill man with a delivery of his favourite pies. 

Cupcakes don’t just look pretty and taste good - they are also a barometer of political opinion judging by an unexpected twist in the Scottish independence referendum.

Master French patissier and TV star Eric Lanlard is in talks to open more cafés in London and abroad.

GBBO: a Kouign-what?

18 September, 2014

“I never thought I would care enough about it that I would cry over an éclair,” said an emotional Martha Collison...

The discount chain Home Bargains has introduced bread in its stores for the first time, British Baker understands.

Krispy Kreme has launched its ‘Occasions’ big order range for catering events.

Franchise chain Esquires Coffee is to reopen its first new-look shop in Durham as part of its plans to rebrand.

Lidl drives in new TV campaign

17 September, 2014

Lidl has launched a Little Market advertising campaign, comprising 13 separate adverts including one that champions its baked goods.

Asda is the first supermarket to sign up to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free campaign. 

Pastries giant Greggs has posted an own-shop like-for-like sales growth of 5.4% for the 11 weeks to 13 September. 

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has launched a Half & Half sliced loaf under its Kara brand, in response to demand from younger customers. 

The wait is over and we can reveal the best cupcake makers in the UK today - the first day of National Cupcake Week. 

High-end supermarket Waitrose has posted a 9.4% drop in operating profit in its half-year results to 26 July as the fierce competition battles on. 

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

Asda chief executive and president Andy Clarke has stirred up the Scottish referendum debate by advising a ‘yes’ vote next week (18 September) would force up food costs. 

The Baking Industry Awards boasted a fantastic turnout at the Park Lane Hilton last night and revellers took to Twitter to shout about it. 

Animal rights charity PETA has announced the winner of its vegan bake-off contest. 

Family-run Bath Bakery has launched a new range of gluten-free goods to meet customer demands.

Associated British Foods plc (ABF) has said sales and profits will be up this year at Allied Bakeries, following the launch of its Kingsmill Great White loaf.

Scottish based Stephens Bakery hopes to open a drive-through bakery concept.

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has created an online tool to help bakery customers choose the right products.

Scottish craft baker Goodfellows and Steven has been let off a £65,000 HMRC ‘pasty tax’ charge.

In an autumn jam-packed with top bakery events, don’t forget the annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair on 12 October. 

The Good Loaf Community Interest Company has been granted £386,487 of National Lottery funding to employ female ex-offenders.

Warings Bakery expands

04 September, 2014

Berkshire-based Warings Craft Bakery is to open its seventh shop, under its Indulgent Bakery brand. 

Kingsmill has this morning launched a new range of sandwich thins – coupled with the announcement of an £8.4m investment at its bakery in Glasgow.

Tesco has introduced a Euphorium Bakery at Hammersmith Metro, as part of the refresh programme.

Cornish firm Crantock Bakery has spoken of plans for a second factory following a near six-fold increase in production.  

Hovis has teamed up with a former employee of Diageo Africa to kickstart its marketing agenda and ramp up innovation.

Larger companies are making more progress towards the mandatory provision of nutrition information, as it is revealed that many firms remain confused.

Grocery price inflation has fallen for the eleventh consecutive period, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has launched a new marketing campaign pushing the idea ‘Life is better with cake’.

Tesco has launched a Polish deli counter and bakery in its Ealing Broadway metro shop.

Clayton Park Bakery has won a contract to supply Lancashire Cricket Club with pies for the upcoming cricket season. 

McVitie’s brand owner United Biscuits is expected to float on the stock market this autumn with a value of £1.5bn.

Charity sets up own bakery

26 August, 2014

A bakery is to be set up by a charity for adults with learning difficulties, in the hope to help workers gain valuable skills.

Research has found an increased potential for on-the-go bakery snacks after many consumers now replace a three-meals-a-day routine with regular smaller eats. 

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

WC Rowe is contemplating a £2m spend on its Falmouth site to bring it back up to standard, the director in charge of the renovation has said.

Paul bakery set to expand

18 August, 2014

Family-run bakery, Paul is looking to expand its UK business, after Jean-Michel Orieux became CEO last year.

Time is running out to prove your baking prowess by entering the National Cupcake Championships for National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September).

Asda owner WalMart has announced a like-for-like sales growth of 0.5% for the 10 weeks to 30 June 2014.

Derbyshire based Bloomers Bakery is changing hands for the first time in 20 years.

Food manufacturer Bakkavör has reported its revenues were up 1.3% to £434.2m in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

UK fats and ingredients supplier AAK is helping manufacturers reduce the saturated fat content of products.

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery is looking to expand after it celebrated its first year of trading in July. 

Scandinavian free-from baker Fria is launching its products in Ireland.

Doughnut retailer, Krispy Kreme, is revamping the design at several of its cafe/retail outlets.

Do you make Britain’s Best Loaf?  If so, here is your chance to prove it at this autumn’s Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair.

SSP Group, worldwide operator of outlets in travel locations, has revealed plans for a new bakery concept with UK chef James Martin, as part of a £135m contract.

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Restaurateur Oliver Peyton has spoken of his vision to have a bakery on every high street.

A new report has predicted the Chinese bakery and cereals market will become the second most valuable market by 2018.

Fire in Bolton Bakery

06 August, 2014

A fire has begun Pound Bakery in Bolton town centre.

These days if you are a young entrepreneur looking for a foothold in the food industry it most likely happens via a pop-up stall in a market.

Nine days remain for professional bakers to have their shot at the cupcake crown this year.

Sales of sandwiches are growing twice as fast in grocery retail as in the UK market overall, own-label supplier Greencore has claimed.

Food Standards Agency audits into the 2 Sisters Food Group sites enmeshed in The Guardian poultry investigation have found both sites to be adequate.

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ headquarters in Witney recently welcomed schoolchildren to find out about the development of bakery products.

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

Competitive pricing of staple items such as milk and bread has driven inflation to the lowest level since October 2006.

Hovis has this week launched a granary loaf to its Seed Sensations brand.

BIA finalists announced

28 July, 2014

So the judges have finally completed their work and we can announce the finalists for the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2014.

Starbucks has seen a 3% rise in third quarter European like-for-like sales.

A bakery has launched an online activity pack, showcasing summer recipes and encouraging families to get outdoors.

Bagelman is launching a flagship store along with a website and franchise opportunities.

Cafes owners and bakers are being urged to engage with National Tea and Cake Break on 17 October.

Premier Foods, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, has seen sales drop 6.1% in the six months to 30 June 2014 as it plans a relaunch of the famous cake brand.

WC Rowe's Bakery has confrimed an electrical fault as the cause of a factory fire, which tore through its Falmouth premises late Friday evening. 

German café and bakery concept Bake & Take is set to restart its expansion programme.

National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September) is delighted to reveal high quality chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut as an official sponsor.

The Equality Commission has given Ashers Baking Company extra time to respond to the threat of court action.

Worldwide bakery company Grupo Bimbo has acquired Ecuadorian brand Supan.

New York Bakery Co. has launched a limited-edition seeded bagel to its premium bagel range.

CH&Co, the privately owned corporate and commercial caterer, has announced that Richard Franks is joining high street café group Apostrõphe as managing director.

A National Bakery School graduate will compete in the London Lord Mayor’s Great Guildhall Cupcake Bake Off.

Swedish baker Almondy has raised £2,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation, following a week-long awareness campaign.

Bettys & Taylors, the bakery and café chain based in Harrogate, has revealed turnover rose by 12%, equating to £149.1m in the year ending October 2013.

Have you signed up for British Baker’s latest webinar – which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme?

As I write, it’s 8:31am on Wednesday 2 July and I am aboard the ‘Virgin Pendolino’ from Wigan (God’s own country) to London for the first Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) board meeting after our conference...

Associated British Food (ABF), the parent company of Kingsmill, has achieved market share growth with the bread, as group revenue dropped 2% on last year.

The attempted theft of a lorry carrying £15,000-worth of shortbread was aborted after the would-be thieves filled its diesel tank with cleaning fluid.

High-protein bread brand Hi-Lo is developing a roll version as its second product to market.

Two of Pieminister’s hybrid pies have been named by the shareholders (known as ‘punks’) of Scottish craft beer company, Brewdog.

The first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.

The first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.

Total food sales at Marks & Spencer (M&S) were up 4.2%, and like-for-like sales were up 1.7% in the in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

An online retailer claims its protein-rich chocolate chip cookie can aid weight loss by keeping people fuller for longer.

Bakery chain Chatwins, will roll out a new point-of-sale solution to improve stock management and customer experience.

A baker’s yeast, rich in vitamin D, has been approved by the European Commission on June 24th

Warburtons has reported a 52% increase in operating profit after diversifying and expanding its range.

Loughborough based Geary’s bakery plans to spend £2m on a 10,000sq ft extension, British Baker can reveal. 

A community bakery in Scotland, Fife, is fired up to support social entrepreneurs by sharing its business secrets. 

Loughborough based bakery, Geary’s bakery has joined the Federation of Bakers as their 10th full member.

High-protein bread brand Dr Zak’s plans to double or treble sales in a year with several new product launches planned by the end of 2014.

Lesley Foottit reports from the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST’s) annual conference 2014, which saw the AGM, prizes awarded and plenty of opportunities for students to network with industry professionals.

Post Office is offering up to 50% off fast-track pre-paid mail services available at over 11,000 branches across the UK.

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

Tate & Lyle has appointed ex-PepsiCo man Nick Hampton to the role of chief financial officer and to the board with effect from 1 September.

The Greggs Foundation, a registered charity associated with Greggs, has launched its 250th primary school Breakfast Club and will reach 300 by the year end.

National Cupcake Week’s major charity partner Wellbeing of Women reminds bakers that Vintage Tea Week will run throughout summer and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Luis Suarez is the man of the moment and it looks like he has put an end to England’s World Cup dreams - but did you know he is from a bakery background?

Pullins Bakery of Yatton has won the top gong in the Worshipful Company of Bakers’ bread competition at the Bath and West Show.

BAKO North Western (BNW) invited customers to create the perfect birthday cake as part of its 50th-year celebrations.

Dentists are calling for a reduction in sugar of around 75%, equating to just four teaspoons a day. 

Coffee shop chain Caffè Latte plans to add 20 sites during 2014.

CSM UK, the bakery ingredients supplier, has joined the Federation of Bakers (FoB) as an associate member.

Like-for-like sales (LFLs) increased by 4.5% in the 13 weeks to 29 May, Costa Coffee revealed this morning.

Wheat costs could soar this season following outbreak of disease among crops.

Real Food Campaign has criticised upcoming food labelling regulations for not going into enough detail.

The CakeyPigg Tea Room today will open on Saturday (21 June) at Cottismore Garden Centre Kingsclere near Newbury.

The government should enforce sugar targets on the food industry, as it has with salt, according to a leading medical campaigner,

Oliver Adams, the craft bakery chain, has opened a new shop at Northants Cricket Ground - its first partnership with a sports brand.

Coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole has appointed Pret A Manger’s head of strategy to lead its growth plans.

The first bakery apprentice in a new £2m government pilot scheme has started training.

One of Scotland’s oldest bakeries is expanding after relocating to more modern premises last weekend.

A delivery driver from Scotland’s Brownings the Bakers was attacked by a gang of thugs as he went about his rounds in the small hours.

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has appointed a new marketing manager to help drive the growth of Kara, its foodservice brand.

The Craft Bakers’ Association promised a conference that would be business orientated, relevant to today’s business needs and which would create an ideal forum for bakery owners to meet and network with like-minded people. And that’s exactly what it did.

German bakery chain Kamps has revealed plans to expand in London and the rest of the UK.

Welsh bakery Henllans is planning expansion to meet product demand across the UK and US.

Celebrity baker Paul Hollywood’s artisan bread company has gone into liquidation.

A bakery in north-west London has been fined for fly-tipping waste.

French baker Richard Bertinet and wife Jo have opened a new shop in central Bath, replacing their previous site in the town.

Business is booming at London’s Kindred Bakery following a devastating flood at its Herne Hill branch in August 2013.

Scotland Food & Drink Excellence crowned three bakery winners at its annual awards.

David Wood Baking, the Leeds-based bakery wholesaler, has acquired the ready meals firm Creative Foods.

GE Capital has provided an £80m facility to finance the future growth of the Hovis brand.

It has been a year since the rebranding which saw the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) come to the fore and here British Baker catches up with its senior management team.

Chalmers Bakery has adjusted some of the recipes for its bestselling products to make them healthier as part of a Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) reformulation programme.

Cambridgeshire bakery Nutty Tarts is increasing its distribution to Waitrose stores and is planning to expand into London.

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has signed a deal to extend its Freshly Baked table bread range across 25 Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

This week revealed the news that Tesco is to close more than 100 in-store bakeries in a shock move.

Tesco is set to close more than 100 in-store bakeries affecting 600 staff.

Retail bakery chain Greggs has seen an increase in average consumer spend since launching its mobile loyalty scheme, according to its chief executive.

Like-for-like sales (LFLs) at Greggs, the BB75 bakery retailer, have increased by 3.7% – helped by weaker comparatives and lower cost inflation.

Orchard Valley Foods has acquired a rival company in a deal which it said will boost sales to more than £20m a year.

Hundreds of baking industry professionals have already accessed British Baker’s new online discussion between leading bakers and analysts on the UK Bakery Market.

St Austell Brewery has launched a range of bakery products across its managed pubs as it expands its Brewer & Bean brand to include stand-alone coffee shops.

A Sussex bakery is upgrading its production facilities after it was given a loan from the East Sussex Invest 3 Regional Growth Fund.

Stocks of spelt flour are in such short supply that bakers are being forced to stop making spelt bread altogether.

TV bakery judge Paul Hollywood has made his debut on Waitrose TV with his own online bakery video collection.

Waitrose has reported a 20% increase in cake decorating sales, thanks to the Easter school holidays.

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys has been bought by the Dutch bakery business Daelmans Group for an undisclosed sum.

Scottish company Maclean’s Highland Bakery will double its capacity and increase staffing by 12 this year to cope with demand.

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Lochlain Feeley to the newly created role of bakery managing director.

Police have released CCTV images of a pair of burglars who stole a safe and its contents from a bakery shop in York. 

Bakery ingredients supplier British Bakels has won the Great British Bounce Back – a competition run by the organisers of Foodex – which celebrates food and drink manufacturers that are recovering from the recession and investing for the future.

Scottish Co-operative Scotmid has opened its 100th bakery as part of its local bakery project.

Foodex, the UK’s largest exhibition for food processing, packaging and logistics, opened yesterday and saw thousands of people pour through its doors.

The Fabulous Baker Brothers have signed up for a third year as the faces of Craft Bakers’ Week. 

British Baker's exclusive video from the second Bakery Masters, held at Europain, Paris. 

Welsh business The Village Bakery has submitted a planning application for a new baking academy.

Costa Coffee has unveiled its summer bakery menu.

Warburtons has been granted planning permission to build a new £20m alternative sandwich breads bakery in Burnley.

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers has visited the National Bakery School as it prepares to start work on its redevelopment.

International bakery giant Brioche Pasquier is to open a 250,000sq ft bakery in Milton Keynes in December 2015 as it expands in the UK.

A baker trained in prison for a Gordon Ramsay TV show has plans to expand his business with four sites.

What is this year’s cronut?

25 February, 2014

British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that will help your business identify the key trends in bakery in 2014.

A rally has been held in Dublin in protest over the planned closure of The Paris Bakery, a well-known bakery and restaurant business.

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

Do you want to know more about the retail bakery market in the UK? British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that can help.

Further flooding is threatening bakery trade in the south as the Met Office issued an Amber warning.

Ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has hosted a workshop for bakery students at Barking & Dagenham College.

Mathiesons Bakery has secured a new £2m supply contract with Asda.

Entry is now open for the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2014.

Our second Masterclass video took us to the small village of Staveley, Kendal, in the Lake District. Patrick Moore, owner and founder of More? The Artisan Bakery, talks us through how to make a multiple grain and beer bread.

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Tesco has launched its latest innovative in-store bakery site in collaboration with Euphorium Bakery, called The Bakery Project.

What next for Greggs?

26 March, 2013

So, the charismatic boss of Greggs, Ken McMeikan, has finally moved on. The kings is dead, long live the king.

GONE: iconic chief executive Ken McMeikan has moved on

Warburtons has created a dedicated brand for its relaunched line of gluten-free and wheat-free bakery products.

Baker Tom Herbert – one half of the television duo The Fabulous Baker Brothers – has unveiled plans to open a restaurant and cookery school at the flagship family bakery in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.

Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bread baker, saw its second-quarter sales soar by 43.4% from the same period last year.

The training arm of the Scottish Bakers, National Bakery Training (NBT), has signed an agreement to become a preferred provider of training within the whole of the UK.

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

Three biscuit manufacturers have been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Community Partnership Awards (CPA).

Jamie’s Italian Bakery has now opened at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal – his first airport location.

The proposed move by CSM to ditch its European and North American bakery businesses, and refocus on bio-based ingredients was approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders yesterday (3 July).

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

Firkins Bakery has been fully liquidated for £33,024, following the closure of its production site and 40 redundancies last May.

Genius Foods has created two new breakfast bakery products for the gluten-free market.

Greggs has unveiled its latest concept shop – its take on a local bakery-style shop – as exclusively revealed by British Baker last November.

Eighty-five jobs have been saved after Tindale & Stanton’s Newcastle bakery was sold as a going concern. The bakery has been acquired by new company, Star Cottage Bakery, made up of a consortium of four former managers.

Swedish bakery firm Almondy has been awarded halal certification for its range of almond-based tarta.

United Biscuits has partnered up with recycling firm TerraCycle UK to develop a UK biscuit wrapper recycling scheme.

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius Foods has launched a new foodservice line, including a range of sweet and savoury baked goods.

Shuga Budz Bakery in Wolverhampton is on the hunt for a larger premises to cope with a growth in business.

This year’s Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) Conference at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire included bakery competitions, presentations from those within the industry and a prestigious awards dinner celebrating new talent.

The Hummingbird Bakery has invested in a new mobile bakery unit designed to cater for festivals and events across the UK.

A development company that wants to extend Rowe’s Bakery near Falmouth is optimistic its planning appeal will prove successful.

Indulgence Cupcake Company has said it looks set to boost turnover by 250% after landing a second deal with Virgin Atlantic.

A focus on food-to-go bread products is key to future growth, according to the latest research by Lantmännen Unibake UK.

Starbucks, the global coffee shop chain, has made its first foray into baking – with the acquisition of the US-based Bay Bread and its La Boulange bakery brand for $100m.

Starbucks has been named the second most prolific brand on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas of Primrose Bakery are writing a third book based on catering for a variety of occasions.

British Baker has compiled the key dates in the pasty-tax campaign over the past two months, which have shaped the government's decision to scrap its proposal for 20% VAT to be added to all hot takeaway bakery products.

The latest research on prescription gluten-free bakery goods has revealed more than £100m is being spent on unneccessary delivery and admin charges.

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