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Finsbury Foods investing to combat commodity cost hikes

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

Konditor & Cook to offer cake giveaway on Blue Monday

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

Premier Foods unveils new Mr Kipling and Cadbury Easter cakes

Premier Foods is expanding its recently launched ‘whole cakes’ range as part of its seasonal Easter line-up.

Apprentice winner Alana Spencer seeking pastry chef

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer is looking for a production pastry chef for her cake business Narna's Cakes.

Christmas cake and pud sales 12% behind last year

Supermarket sales of Christmas cakes and puddings – and many other festive favourites – are currently trailing last year’s.

Spencer pitching her new brand Ridiculously Rich by Alana
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Alana Spencer crowned winner of The Apprentice

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

Coffee shops attacked for 'staggering' levels of sugar in cakes

Health campaign group Action on Sugar – which has previously lambasted products including breakfast biscuits  has now turned its guns on the cake market.

Genesis Crafty boss scoops accolade at Institute of Directors Awards

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

GALLERY: Bobbi Brown marks 25 years with cakes galore

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

Millennial baking boom

Baking is now more common among 25- to 34-year-olds than any other age group, according to food marketing agency Kindred.

West Cornwall Pasty Co extends fast-track high street store

West Cornwall Pasty Company has opened up its fourth and fifth new concept high street store, West Cornwall Food Co, in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and Winchester, Hampshire.

Baker has a bugbear over his cakes

Edinburgh-based baker Cyril Barthelme has revealed that the secret of his cake recipes is grinding insects into flour before making them into cakes.

Songbird Bakery brings Greggs-inspired cakes to Newcastle

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

McVitie’s brings out limited-edition Bonfire Bakes

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has announced the launch of a new limited-edition range of its Sticky Pudding Cakes for Bonfire Night.

Halloween focus for McVitie’s

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s is launching a range of “spook-tacular” cakes in time for Halloween.

Frostings cake shop closes after 21 years of service

Twyford-based cake shop Frostings closed its doors on Saturday after 21 years of trading, having created over 7,000 cakes during that time.

Kara adds to Indulgent Cake line

Finsbury Food Group food-service brand Kara is launching two new cakes as part of its Indulgent Cake Collection.

CSM Bakery Solutions launches Genoese cake mix

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

Asian bakery delivers sweet success for new £1.2m Costcutter

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

Lidl brings out bread making machine

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

Finsbury celebrates new licensed cake additions

Finsbury Food Group has created two new celebration cakes to coincide with the launch of two blockbuster movies this summer.

Norfolk bakery expands business with lucrative deals

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

Bakery makes cake for reality TV star

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

Bakers follow their roots at local business

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

Vegan baker scoops third award in 10-month spell

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has won her third national baking award within a period of 10 months after being crowned the ‘Best Vegan cakes/desserts’ category at the Vegan Awards UK in Sheffield over the weekend.

Leeds firm eyes cake packaging sector

UK thermoformed packaging manufacturer Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) is launching a range of two-part cake domes, in a bid to significantly grow its share of the UK retail cake business.

Bettys previews Christmas range

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate has given details of its Christmas bakery range.

Park Cakes secures development funding

Park Cakes, a major supplier of own-brand cakes and desserts for retailers, plans to pursue further growth and investment opportunities, after securing a multi-million-pound funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

New bakery for Peyton and Byrne

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

Tesco sold 4.5m more cream cakes in 2015

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

Video: Charlotte White talks hot cake-decorating trends

Charlotte White, founder of Restoration Cake, gave a presentation of her cake decorating skills at the recent Farm Shop and Deli Show 2016.

Sales of Tunnock’s tea cakes soar

Following a boycott by hard-line Scottish nationalists, sales of Tunnock’s iconic tea cakes have risen by 10%.

Personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day on 19 June.

GALLERY: Bakers make cakes for RNLI

A group of professional hobby bakers has helped to raise more than £1,000 for charity after producing a selection of nautical-inspired cakes.  

Gallery: Halva to supply Fortnum & Mason

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

Lewis Pies relaunches bakery

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

Brace’s to close Welsh factory

Around 39 jobs are to go at Brace’s Bakery, after the family-owned firm announced it was to close its site in Crumlin, near Newport.

Village Bakery in new Tesco and China deals

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.

New ChocScotch Egg from Derbyshire bakery

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

Caterforce launches premium frozen cakes

A range of frozen cakes and desserts has been launched by buying and marketing group Caterforce.

Tasty Bake recalls cakes

Undeclared milk has caused Tasty Bake, the wholesale bakery, to recall its range of branded cakes.

Mark Douglas, founder of Krazi Baker
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Krazi Baker launches bakery classes

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

Kara launches new cake range

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has a new Indulgent Cake Collection.

21-year old opens Little Lucy’s Bakery studio in Essex

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

Crafty Cakes, Exeter closes coffee shop to focus on cakes

Devon’s Crafty Cakes Café has closed, so that owner Becky Cuming can focus on her cake business.

Who ya gonna call? – Finsbury granted licence for Ghostbusters

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

Jamaica Blue, the coffee chain, is to open four new stores next year
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Australia franchise café firm reveals UK expansion plans

Jamaica Blue plans to open four new cafés in ‘affluent’ areas of the UK in 2016.

Costa Fresco focuses on food
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Costa launches Fresco

Costa Coffee has launched a new concept which focuses on food-to-go sales.

Welsh bakery sets out Christmas fare

Welsh baker Tan y Castell has launched a new range of festive Welsh cakes and Bara Brith for the Christmas season. 

Bakkavör increases workforce as sales rise

Bakkavör Desserts is to hire 160 extra staff members to help meet demand following an increase in sales.

10 patisseries YOU must visit

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

New café opens in Merseyside

Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

Edinburgh bakery unveils Halloween cupcakes

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

Helen Bollen of Mrs B's Cakes
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National Cupcake Championships: behind the scenes

The National Cupcake Championships bring out the very best in cupcake bakers – and now you get a chance to look behind the scenes.

Private equity firm snaps up cake supplier

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

Arla
Arla claims milk protein could spell the end for below par gluten-free products
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Arla calls time on dry gluten-free bakery products

Arla Foods Ingredients says it has developed a protein that will solve the texture problems associated with gluten-free baking. 

Mary Eastman
Mary Eastman of Mary's Fairies has seen increased interest after being shortlisted in the National Cupcake Championships
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Cupcake Championship finalist sees orders influx

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

Ministry of Cake
Ministry of Cake is struggling to fill long-standing vacancies
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Somerset cake factory struggles to recruit workers

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

Dawn
National American Sweet Bakery Week involved many
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American Bakery Week deemed a success

National Sweet American Bakery Week has wrapped up for its second year after bakers nationwide got involved with the event. 

Gruffalo
Partners launch new Gruffalo cake
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Park Cakes picks up Gruffalo licence

Magic Light Pictures has launched a new Gruffalo Cakes range, with licensee Park Cakes. 

Jaffa Orange Cakes recalled

A batch of E. Wedel Supreme Jaffa Orange Cakes has been recalled as some packs contain milk, which is not mentioned on the packaging.

NCW
Enter the National Cupcake Championships today
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Nine reasons why you need to enter the National Cupcake Championships

National Cupcake Week is back! From 14 to 20 September we shall be all about the little cakes and we want bakers to get involved as well. 

The new shop will be ready to open by the end of this week
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Worthing bakery opens first shop

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

Paul UK
Paul UK at Waterloo Road
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Paul reports big jump in turnover

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

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling adds new Snack Pack flavours with Milkshake Slices
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Premier extends Mr Kipling Snack Packs

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

Aunt Bessie's
Aunt Bessie's makes a first move into the ambient cake market
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Aunt Bessie’s moves into cakes

Yorkshire pudding favourite Aunt Bessie’s is expanding into the ambient cake category through a licensing agreement with Bright Blue Foods. 

Finsbury’s share price hits highest level in a year

Finsbury Food Group’s share price closed yesterday (23 March) almost 6% higher than on opening that day at 73.6p, up 5.9%.

Finsbury
Finsbury Food Group's Frozen cake has enjoyed popularity
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Finsbury turns in positive revenue performance

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. 

Ansel cronut
Dominique's Ansel's cronut remains a sell-out
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Cronut founder opens desserts café

Inventor of the cronut Dominique Ansel is to open a made-to-order desserts café in New York amid international plans. 

Tom’s Pies launches at Ocado

Premium pie company, Tom’s Pies, has launched five products at ocado.com- its first listing at a major retailer.

Instagram
Registered domain name 'hikjacked' on Instagram
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Baker issues warning on social media domain trademarks

A baker has warned other small business owners to check social media sites after a rival business assumed her trademarked domain name. 

Gerhard’s Blog: Thunderclouds of Tears in Torquay

Gerhard Jenne is gripped by an episode of The Fixer, where he played a cameo role, and finds it a perfect example of TV drama.

Jenne appeared on The Fixer with Alex Polizzi last night in his shop in The Gherkin
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British Baker blogger appears on BBC’s Alex Polizzi – The Fixer

Gerhard Jenne from Konditor & Cook made a guest spot on last night’s episode on BBC Two, in which presenter Alex Polizzi attempted to save Torquay business, the Singing Kettle tearooms.

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling second half 2014 relaunch credited with strong results
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Premier Foods praises Mr Kipling performance in final quarter

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. 

Nila Holden
Nila Holden's vanilla sugar cookies
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Social media opens doors to business, says baker

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. 

Premier Foods
Premier Foods embroiled in controversial payments plan media attention
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Premier Foods' supplier payment plan labelled 'aggressive'

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). 

Peter Baker:
Finsbury Food chairman
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Finsbury AGM outlines high hopes for Fletchers acquisition

Finsbury Food Group has said it is confident there will be increased growth and sales, thanks to the buy-out of Fletchers’ cake business earlier this year.

Greencore set for further growth in food to go sector
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Food to go drives Greencore growth

The UK’s leading sandwich and celebration cake company, Greencore, has outperformed the food to go market, with like-for-like revenue growth of 15.3% in the past year.

Gay cake row
'Gay cake' bakery wins supporters
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MPs support bakery in ‘gay cake row’

Three MPs have launched a petition in support of the ‘gay cake row’ bakery that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake. 

Irwin's Bakery
Irwin's Bakery scoops award
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Irwin’s strikes gold at Irish Food Awards

Irwin’s Bakery has scooped two gold awards at the Irish Food Awards 2014. 

Fabulous Bakin' Boys
Fabulous Bakin' Boys go nuts
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to invest in new on-the-go snacks

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. 

Halloween’s scariest cakes

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. 

Peyton Byrne
Oliver Peyton plans expansion
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Peyton and Byrne invests £1m in new central bakery

TV Judge Oliver Peyton, of Peyton and Byrne, is to make a £1m investment in a new 18,000sq ft central bakery.

Cordon Bleu
Le Cordon Bleu London attracts males to bakery courses
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Le Cordon Bleu patisserie courses attract more men

Renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu London has noted a dramatic rise in the number of men applying for patisserie courses year on year. 

The Village Bakery
The Village Bakery's Robin Jones receives award (second right)
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The Village Bakery named fastest growth manufacturer in Wales

Welsh craft bakery The Village Bakery has been named Wales’ fastest-growing manufacturer as it revealed it is in 444% year-on-year growth. 

Bakers' & Butchers' Fair: the day in pictures

Hundreds of bakers flocked to Newark yesterday for the Bakers’ & Butchers Fair 2014. 

Craft Bakers' Week
Craft Bakers' Week: just days to go
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Craft Bakers' Week kicks off in three days

Craft Bakers’ Week kicks off on Monday (29 September) and almost 400 bakeries have already signed up. 

Scottish referendum
Voting for Scottish independence via cupcakes
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Scottish independence: let the cupcakes decide

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.

GBBO: a Kouign-what?

“I never thought I would care enough about it that I would cry over an éclair,” said an emotional Martha Collison...

Premier introduces new campaign for Mr Kipling

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has launched a new marketing campaign pushing the idea ‘Life is better with cake’.

The winning formula: National Cupcake Week champ tells all

As the deadline for the National Cupcake Championships 2014 draws near, Bronya Smolen speaks to last year's home baker winner, Shalini Sriskandarasa, about how it felt to take the crown. 

Tesco: introduced a Polish deli at Ealing Broadway metro
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Tesco introduces Polish bakery to C-store

Tesco has launched a Polish deli counter and bakery in its Ealing Broadway metro shop.

United Biscuits
United Biscuits: set for stock market flotation this autumn
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United Biscuits rumoured for stock market flotation

McVitie’s brand owner United Biscuits is expected to float on the stock market this autumn with a value of £1.5bn.

Gail’s fined £12k following customer injury

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s is to pay £12,000 after a customer fractured her pelvis at the premises.

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championships: entry deadline is almost here
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Enter the National Cupcake Championships NOW!

Time is running out to prove your baking prowess by entering the National Cupcake Championships for National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September).

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championships: four days to enter
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One week to enter National Cupcake Championships

The deadline for entries for the National Cupcake Championships is this Friday (15 August).

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Nine days left to enter National Cupcake Championships

Nine days remain for professional bakers to have their shot at the cupcake crown this year.

FSA
Allergen information necessary to avoid fines from 13 December
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Lack of allergen info could result in 'unlimited fines'

Bakeries that fail to warn customers about possible allergens in their food could face an unlimited fine, under new EU rules.

GBBO influences sales of whole cakes

Great British Bake Off influences sales of whole cakes

Rise in home baking thanks to shows like The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) have influenced a 3.1% drop in whole cake sales.

Fabulous Bakin' Boys:
Kids get stuck in at aspiration day
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys hosts children’s visit

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ headquarters in Witney recently welcomed schoolchildren to find out about the development of bakery products.

Aldi home baking
Aldi makes home baking a 'destination category'
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Aldi ramps up home baking offer

Discounter Aldi has made home baking a focus with ramped up products.

BIA finalists announced

So the judges have finally completed their work and we can announce the finalists for the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2014.

Premier Foods sales drop amid Mr Kipling relaunch

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.

Finsbury invests in bakery divisions as sales drops

Cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has revealed group sales revenues dropped to £175.7m from £176.6m the previous year, following the sale of its free-from business in February last year.

Scottish snowballs
The snowball:
A soft marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut
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A snowballing victory: Scottish snowballs win VAT-free status

Scottish snowballs, made by Lees of Scotland and Thomas Tunnock, have been ruled as zero-rated on tax, after they were classed as cakes.

Cut down on sugar
Sugary cakes
Expert advises to cut sugar and tackle obesity
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Government expert advises people to cut down on cake and confectionery

In a BBC breakfast interview this morning, Susan Jebb, a senior adviser in the government’s battle against obesity, warned people away from sources of sugar, such as cakes and biscuits. 

Delice de France launches Customer Innovation Centre

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

Cakeypigg set to open tea room at garden centre

The CakeyPigg Tea Room today will open on Saturday (21 June) at Cottismore Garden Centre Kingsclere near Newbury.

Bakeries urged to get involved in Vintage Tea Week

National Cupcake Week’s major sponsor Wellbeing of Women is hosting a Vintage Tea Week in June and is urging bakeries to get involved.

Ministry of Cake to add second site

Newly independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake plans to add a second UK site and double turnover in the next three to five years.

Nutty Tarts expands business with Waitrose

Cambridgeshire bakery Nutty Tarts is increasing its distribution to Waitrose stores and is planning to expand into London.

Mr Kipling to lose famous tagline?

Premier Foods has issued a print advert following speculation its Mr Kipling brand could drop its 'Exceedingly Good’ tagline.

Patisserie Valerie expands sandwich delivery service

Artisan baker and café chain Patisserie Valerie has extended its delivery service to central London.

Howell House in supermarket deal

Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Irish company Irwin’s Bakery, has secured a £400,000 export deal with Tesco and Asda.

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