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

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

Hilton launches cupcake competition

The golden ticket cupcake competition at Hilton London Bankside gives guests the chance to win prizes including spa breaks and hotel stays.

Prime Minister reveals family recipe for scones

Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed her favourite family scone recipe in an interview with the Sunday Times.

Casting call for female bakers

London-based production company Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) films are looking for female bakers to feature in a new TV advertising campaign.

Kellogg’s hires new MD

Snacks and Cereal manufacturer, Kellogg’s has appointed Dave Lawlor as managing director of its UK and Ireland division.

Sainsbury’s sees slight second-quarter drop

Sainsbury’s has seen total retail sales (excluding fuel) fall 0.4% in its second quarter results to 24 September 2016.

lunch! exhibition returns to London next week

One of the UK’s biggest shows for food-to-go trades, lunch! will be at the Business Design Centre, London on 21-22 September.

Amazon could ‘dash’ the hopes of UK supermarket sales

The launch of Amazon Dash service could take away 20% of UK supermarket online sales by 2020, according to e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero.

Desserts firm gains two Great Taste Awards

Shipley-based firm Just Desserts has been awarded a two-star Great Taste Award for its individual Pear and Almond Franzipan tart and a one-star award for its Yorkshire Moggy Parkin.

FSS committed to tackling obesity

Scotland’s new food authority, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take a hard line on tackling obesity, with suggested measures including a junk food tax and advertising bans.

Philps bakery set to open sixth shop

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

Almondy raises over £7.5k for the Katie Piper Foundation

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

Production unaffected in Ginsters factory blaze

Ginsters has confirmed it is operating as usual following a chimney fire at its Callington factory in Cornwall.

Olly Murs at Wrights Pies

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

Bonds to launch American baked goods line

Traditional British confectionery company, Bonds of London, has launched an extensive new range of American products.

Pies in space

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has seen one of its pies sent into space as part of a project to support the 2016 KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition.

Action on Sugar targets breakfast biscuits

The campaign group Action on Sugar has said most breakfast bars contain the same or more sugar than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops.

Speciality Breads shortlisted

Margate’s Speciality Breads is one of 16 shortlisted companies for the overall Responsible Business Champion award. 

United Biscuits part of new firm

United Biscuits (UB) owner Yildiz Holdings has combined its global biscuits and confectionery businesses to form a new company worth £3.57bn ($5.2bn).

David Smart: Clean eating is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books”

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has claimed the clean eating movement is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books.”

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Rye sales reverse downward trend

Sales of rye have moved into growth, according data from market analysts Nielsen, reversing a decline from the previous year.

Kate’s Cakes to close Ashington and Esher sites

Staff at the CSM Bakery Solutions-owned Kate’s Cakes sites in West Sussex and Surrey were given a letter on Wednesday (27 April) informing them that the outlets are to close “by the end of 2017”.

10 reasons to enter the Baking Industry Awards

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

New investment for Thomas J Fudge’s

After 100 years of family ownership, Dorset-based Thomas J Fudge’s has secured investment from mid-market private equity business Livingbridge.

New sugar research says it’s addictive

Sugar might be addictive in a similar way to cocaine and tobacco, according to researchers.

Online grocery boom worth £8.6bn last year

One in four consumers now shops for groceries online, according to a new survey by Mintel.

Waitrose launches own premium range

Waitrose has launched its first ever premium range, Waitrose 1, which includes a selection of breads and oatcakes.

Gluten sensitivity is a growing problem

A leading consultant has suggested that the UK might be suffering from gluten overload.

Jammie Dodgers thieves sentenced

The gang who stole £20,000 of Jammie Dodgers from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in Cwmbran, Wales, have been jailed for more than 11 years.

Jestic launches Technical Services

Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment has announced the launch of a new after-sales division, Jestic Technical Services.

The rise and rise of babka

This Easter’s must-have treat was babka, a traditional Eastern European cake, which has become a hit in New York, and is now gaining rapid favour in London.

Jestic named in ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Foodservice equipment manufacturing company Jestic has been listed as one of Britain’s most inspirational companies in a London Stock Exchange report. 

Folic acid “not a bakery issue” says Scottish Bakers

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. 

Innovate to thrive, say webinar speakers

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

Florence Roberts training for Wrexham Half Marathon
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Village Bakery sponsors half marathon

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

Museum puts historic mill to good use

The Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings plans to mill its own flour with one of its exhibits, which it will then use to make bread.

No extra pay for Tesco bakers working anti-social hours

Tesco has confirmed it is cutting pay for certain staff who work on Sundays, Bank Holidays, late nights and overtime.

Pidy launches spicy macarons

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has launched one of the first ever spicy and curry flavoured macarons. 

Eat Square launches gluten-free range

Eat Square, the Wiltshire-based pie producer, has released a range of gluten-free pies, which includes dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan variants.

Songbird Bakery selected to join regenerated Middlesborough street

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

Muffin Break introduces new Muffin Lab concept

All Muffin Breaks will sell a “bold new creation to excite and intrigue” each month from now on, as part of the company’s new Muffin Lab concept.

David Smart: Benevolence for bakers at Christmas

This is the time of year were we take stock of what we have achieved and enjoyed over the last twelve months.

The Cornish Bakery has expansion plans
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Cornish Bakery eyes rapid expansion

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

Florian Poirot with the sculpture which won him the UK Pastry Open 2015
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UK World Pastry Cup team announced

The UK team for the 2017 Pastry World Cup has been announced at an exclusive afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, London.

Pieminister has raised funds for 57,176 trees
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Bristol pie-makers fight hunger with trees

Bristol-based pie restaurant and manufacturer Pieminister has smashed its target of planting 50,000 trees in Malawi with its Pie One Get One Tree campaign.

E5 Bakehouse exercises its social conscience

London’s artisan E5 Bakehouse has just finished a second project to support refugee women, in partnership with the charity the Refugee Council.

Gerhard’s blog: Happy Days

Teaching one of my master classes last week, I conducted a quick straw poll as to who was going to win this year’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO).

Square Pie launches Rugby Pie World Cup

Square Pie has kicked off a pie-themed competition to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

David Smart: Mr Daddy Longlegs

As the saying goes, “if you live your life on social media, one day it will bite you” and, of course, we are no exception to that rule. Our Facebook account is updated almost daily, depicting new products and new promotional ideas. We also have Twitter, Instagram and a whole host of other strands of techno wizardry to push the Greenhalgh’s name out there.

Greggs' chief executive Roger Whiteside
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Greggs announces move to new office

Greggs has announced it will relocate its main offices to North Tyneside’s Quorum Business Park.

Gerhard’s blog: A French farce

I’m currently in the TV-free depths of the Brecon Beacon and could only watch The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) by leaning out of the window. Bandwidth is scarce here - I might as well be on Mont Blanc.

Nancy Birtwhistle, Great British Bake Off Champion 2014, supports the Love Food Hate Waste Use Your Loaf campaign
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Fresh ideas at stale bread feast

Reigning Great British Bake Off champion Nancy Birtwhistle joined forces with charity Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) to show how stale bread should be viewed as a culinary asset rather than bin lining.

Gerhard’s Blog – GBBO: Free From

The popularity of The Great British Bake Off is unquestionable, and has brought baking to the water coolers (or coffee machines) of the nation. Staff in our local nursery not only love watching it, after each episode they re-bake one of the challenges with the kids – surely this will help secure some future baking pros! 

Somewhere west of Madeira

You’ll know where to find me on Wednesday evenings in the weeks to come, says British Baker Blogger Gerhard Jenne. Yes, the Great British Bake Off is back, with a set of new bakers and 30 challenges to find this year’s champion.

Cleaning fluid found on Co-op doughnuts

Co-operative shoppers in Oswestry, Shropshire have been left feeling ill after eating doughnuts that had been contaminated with cleaning fluid.

Gerhard’s blog: The future of food

With the Caveman Diet currently popular and insects on the agenda as a future food source, Gerhard Jenne ponders on how the future of baking might look

Change4life say children are consuming too much sugar
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New health campaign targets sugar

A new government campaign which encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume has been launched today.

UK consumer confidence declines

GfK has revealed a decline in consumer confidence this month.

On-the-go bakery style could be the future say consumers

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. 

Morrisons extends opening hours for shopping trends

Morrisons has extended its opening hours in response to the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper trend.

Keep calm! National Cupcake Championships deadline extended

Think you have missed out on entering the National Cupcake Championships? Then think again… as the deadline for entries has been extended.

Doves White Rye Flour
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Doves Farm launches artisan flours

UK specialist flour mill Doves Farm is adding organic wholemeal emmer and organic white rye flour to its range of heritage flours.

Rappers sing about Birds of Derby on Radio One

Trendy Radio One DJ Alice Levine has declared her love of her local baker Birds of Derby – and she got one of her favourite acts to sing live on air about their bread.

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