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

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.

Millennial baking boom

24 October, 2016

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

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 charity has been set up in Burton-on-Trent to offer free cakes for disadvantaged children.

Sarah Levenson, catering manager from Lordsgate Township CofE Primary school, has been crowned winner of competition the Big School Bake Off, organised by Unilever Food Solutions.

Alan Gordon, the well-known PR and marketing expert, who launched his own agency, Merlin Publicity, has died of a cardiac arrest.

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has released a new range of home baking mixes.

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.

Innovation and quality were the focus at a recent Thinking Outside the Bap workshop held at Andrew Ingredients, Lisburn, suppliers of ingredients to the Irish baking and food industry.

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.

British Baker held its annual Baking Industry Awards at the Hilton Park Lane, London last night and, during the evening we caught up with the winners of the categories.

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.

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday to encourage children to get involved in baking.

A leading manufacturer of automated handling equipment for the baking industry, Newsmith Stainless, will bring its extensive expertise in bakery goods production equipment to this year’s International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas.

Next week the Real Bread Campaign’s (RBC’s) fourth annual #SourdoughSeptember begins.

Scottish Bakers criticises The Great British Bake Off for lack of Scottish contestants.

Supermarket giant Morrisons has appointed the UK’s first ‘bake officer’ in anticipation of the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off, which begins on BBC One from 24 August.

The BBC is searching for Northern Ireland’s best bakery for its Good Food Show, part of Bread and Baking, which is part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.

Mobile bakery Eat Me Ltd has launched an innovative way of mixing alcoholic ingredients and cakes to make cocktail-flavoured cupcakes.

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.

Baking decoration brand Cake Angels is to debut two Crayola-themed baking kits in a bid to help children express themselves and develop their social skills.

The Food and Drink Federation has announced its shortlist for its awards evening on the 22 September at The Brewery in London.

Bakery professionals hoping to attend this year’s Baking Industry Awards are advised to make their bookings without delay.

Telford-based i2r Packaging Solutions has expanded its range of tulip muffin wraps to include both stepped and micro sizes.

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.

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. 

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

Time is running out to get your tickets for the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) 2016. Most have gone, and we don’t want you to miss out. 

Pastry Pro, a new baking equipment business, has launched in the capital, and hopes to attract national and international clients.

A Manchester foodie duo will be introducing a new style of dark-bake sourdough loaves to the UK when they launch the Pollen Bakery in Manchester in August.

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.

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

Northumbrian Fine Foods Ltd (NFF), the UK’s biggest gluten-free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2m in new baking production capabilities.

The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has secured national recognition for its Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking.

Discount supermarket Lidl is recalling its Bread Baking Mix because it contains wheat, rye and barley (gluten), which is not mentioned in English on the label. 

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

Welsh baking case manufacturer Chevler is reintroducing its Union flag cases due to popular demand. 

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

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

Due to open next month, Milk Jam is the brainchild of Manchester baking trio Claire Kelsey, Charlotte O’Toole and Nicky Griffiths. 

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

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

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.

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

Belfast-based food technology company Carritech Research aims to raise £350,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for the commercial development of ColdBake.

The producers of The Great British Bake Off have threatened a charity baking competition in Cardiff with legal action.

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

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

The secrets of successful sourdough baking are set to be revealed in a new book by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

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

Food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free (FFFGF), is adding to its retail stockists with five new listings in Morrisons.

Pete Welbourne, former owner of Welbourne’s Bakery in Lincolnshire, is hosting Bread Make, Bake and Taste in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Award-winning baking blogger Suzy Pelta has announced that she has launched a new range of home baking kits. 

Nancy Birtwhistle, a former winner of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), will join the Fred Olsen cruise line this summer.

British Baker went behind the scenes during the filming of the BBC2 series Victorian Bakers to talk to the contestant about the trials and hardships of baking 1800s style

Tim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.

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

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

Jungs, the continental bakery and patisserie, has revealed ambitions to expand after securing a new six figure funding package.

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced it will launch a range of baking mixes with Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

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

Macphie launches new website

06 November, 2015

Aberdeenshire-based ingredients manufacturer Macphie has launched a new website.

London-based baking mix producer Cookie Crumbles is to have three of its lines stocked by international retailer Casino Group.

USA-based food group General Mills is to close its Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.

Whitworths revamps packaging

29 October, 2015

Fruit and nut retailer Whitworths has redesigned its packaging to capitalise on the expanding snacking and home-baking markets.

Gerhard’s blog: Happy Days

08 October, 2015

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).

Innovation rife at IBA

05 October, 2015

A staggering 77,000 people went through the doors at last month’s IBA exhibition in Munich, Germany.

Finsbury Food Group saw profit before tax soar by 76% to £11.4m last year, it revealed this morning.

Video: Baking Industry Awards

21 September, 2015

The Baking Industry Awards may have been and gone for 2015 - but you can relive the glamour of the fabulous evening thanks to our exclusive video.

I’m not surprised that The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) went back to the Victorian age for its latest round. So much of our baking is rooted in this era of enormous change. From new ingredients to production processes, this was a time so fast-moving, comparable to changes in computerisation and information technology during the modern Elizabethan age.

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. 

The prestigious Baking Industry Awards took place at London's Park Lane Hilton and were hosted by Claudia Winkelman.

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

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

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

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. 

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

National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) is nearly here and we encourage all bakers to get involved. 

There is still time left for bakers to register for Craft Bakers’ Week. 

A 68-year-old slice of the Queen’s wedding cake has been sold at auction for £500.

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! 

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. 

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

A petition to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has reached nearly 20,000 signatures. 

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

Another Great British Bake Off star is launching an anniversary-themed cookbook in partnership with Iceland. 

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

There are places remaining on a trip to Frankfurt, Germany with the Worshipful Company of Bakers. 

It is the last chance for wannabe cupcake champions to get their entries in for the National Cupcake Championships. 

Current estimates for the UK’s 2015 wheat crop are down 3% on 2014 at 1.87Mha. 

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

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). 

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

We are down to the wire for entries to see which baker will be crowned Cupcake Champion 2015 – the deadline is Thursday 6 August. 

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

Time is running out to guarantee your place at this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) – the place to be seen in the baking industry.

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.

For one brief moment, may I speak directly to the baking trade’s youth? They might be students finishing their first year or graduating after their final year. 

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

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

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

The Federation of Bakers has teamed up with The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Georgia Kousoulou to counter the perception among women that bread is unhealthy. 

A bidding war for a stake in UK convenience group Bakkavör is looming after reports of interest from a number of buyers, including private equity firms PAI Partners and Pamplona Capital. 

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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. 

The entry for British Baker’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards has been extended.

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. 

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. 

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”. 

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. 

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. 

Bakkavör has sold the remaining stake of its Italian manufacturing pizza business Italpizza to Dreamfood after the sale of a 40% share in it last year. 

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

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). 

A group of bakeries are among 18 food and drink companies selected for a programme aimed at getting them listed in foodservice. 

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has commenced a trial into evening trading in the wake of similar moves from competitors. 

Craft Bakers' Week (28 September to 3 October) has been rebranded for 2015 with a ‘new look and feel’ for the event. 

A new Scottish independent regulatory body has launched to tackle food safety, diet and nutrition north of the border. 

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. 

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”. 

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. 

UK baking case manufacturer Chevler has established a speciality papers division. 

Pastry manufacturer Pidy is adding six retail products to its portfolio. 

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. 

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. 

Master patissier Eric Lanlard will this week man his café aboard cruise ship The Britannia as he closes in on a site in Dubai. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) is over for another year, but did bakers reap the benefits? 

Cooplands of Doncaster head office and bakery has been brought to market for an undisclosed sum, after the bakery went into administration this February. 

A range of Dinky pork pies from Doncaster bakery The Topping Pie Company has been launched at the Manchester Selfridges store in honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March). 

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. 

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%. 

The chief executive of Allied Bakeries is to leave the business – just weeks after parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) declared the UK bakery market “intensely competitive”.

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. 

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has confirmed Newbury as the site of its second regional opening. 

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. 

Gerhard Jenne dwells on the importance of proper marketing and learns a lesson on in-store lighting. 

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. 

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. 

The Department of Health (DoH) is promoting bread as a way to ‘bulk up’ meals and swap out more sugar and fat-laden foods. 

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

High street sandwich giant Subway aims to have 350 stores within convenience stores and petrol and forecourt locations by the end of 2015. 

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. 

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. 

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 industry has welcomed British Baker’s #WeLoveBread campaign – which has seen protestors visit Number 10 about David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread.

Scottish co-operative Scotmid has opened its first food-to-go provision at Ratho Station near Edinburgh as the first of three trial stores. 

The nation’s bakers visited Number 10 today to express their anger over Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to give up bread to fight the flab.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

UK wheat prices must fall in order to be more competitive to export to Europe. 

Gerhard’s blog: LA Baking

21 January, 2015

Gerhard reflects on a TV slot last year, soon to be aired, and reviews some of the highlights of his recent visit to Los Angeles.

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. 

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has secured a contract with Center Parcs in its first foray into the leisure sector. 

Swiss food group Aryzta plans to drive its flatbreads category Honeytop globally via a joint venture with the group that previously ran the business. 

In a turbulent and exciting year for the baking industry, British Baker looks back at the big stories from 2014.

British Baker has launched its second Bakery Business Survey, to gauge the industry’s opinions on the sector.

South African baking company Barrett’s Ridge has launched a range of bread mixes that can be made with beer to British consumers. 

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%. 

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. 

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. 

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%. 

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. 

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

Daniel Addy and Laura Morris took the top prizes at this year’s National Cupcake Championships. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

Bronya Smolen looks at the quarter-final highlights in TV’s favourite bakery contest. 

High street sandwich and coffee chain EAT will open 10 central London stores between January and July next year following a major rebrand. 

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. 

UK cereal bar brand Harvest Cheweee is highlighting its relaunch with a TV advertising campaign in a £1.1m year-long investment.

The annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair is fast approaching and with it, your chance to prove you make Britain’s Best Loaf.

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?

18 September, 2014

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

Oh what a night! I am of course referring to the 2014 Baking Industry Awards, held at the Park Lane Hilton in London, a grand hotel which is well suited to accommodate a very glitzy evening. 

Pastries giant Greggs has posted an own-shop like-for-like sales growth of 5.4% for the 11 weeks to 13 September. 

The wait is over and we can reveal the best cupcake makers in the UK today - the first day of National Cupcake Week. 

Take a look our favourite pictures from the big night!

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. 

Watch the highlights from last night's 27th annual Baking Industry Awards. 

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. 

Hundreds from the baking industry turned out to see who would be crowned winners at the Baking Industry Awards 2014 (BIA) annual ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton last night. 

In an autumn jam-packed with top bakery events, don’t forget the annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair on 12 October. 

Today marks a week until the long-awaited Baking Industry Awards (BIA) - the baking industry’s answer to the Oscars!

You had better get baking because there is still time to enter your cupcake masterpiece in the National Cupcake Championships 2014.

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. 

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.

Food manufacturer Bakkavör has reported its revenues were up 1.3% to £434.2m in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

The Village Bakery has added £600,000-worth of state of the art equipment at its site in North Wales.

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

Subway has appointed an area development manager in the UK and Ireland to further progress the brand.

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

The Great British Bake Off hits TV screens tonight for a fifth series, but a new report has suggested the number of Brits who are baking at home is falling.

Popular baking programme The Great British Bake Off begins again this Wednesday, 6 August. But what do you bakers think of it? 

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

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has invited budding bakers to enter its baking competition to mark the 200th anniversary of the current Lord’s Cricket Ground. 

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.

A survey has shown that wheat levels are up 22% on last year’s plummeting decrease, as anticpated by British Baker last month.

Leading bakery and finished goods supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK is the first to commit to the Department of Health 2017 salt pledge.

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.

Coffee shop chain Caffè Latte plans to add 20 sites during 2014.

California Raisins has teamed up with Dawn Foods to make a splash with its National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July).

Welsh craft bakery the Village Bakery was named runner-up in Wales’ VQ Employer of the Year awards.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is calling for greater tranparency on where and how palm oil is grown in the quest for responsible and sustainable sourcing.

EHL Ingredients has reported a global surge in prices for cassia cinnamon following heavy rainfall in south-east Asia.

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has signed a deal to extend its Freshly Baked table bread range across 25 Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

Stocks of spelt flour are in such short supply that bakers are being forced to stop making spelt bread altogether.

In pictures: Foodex 2014

27 March, 2014

British Baker looks back at the highlights of Foodex 2014, held at Birmingham’s NEC (24-26 March), in an exclusive picture gallery.

Bakels has officially opened a “world class” new baking centre at its HQ in Oxfordshire. 

Lola’s Cupcakes has opened a cart at Kings Cross St Pancras London Underground station, with a further four planned for this year.

Do you have YOUR tickets for the bakery awards event of the year?

The baking industry is keen to promote its alternative 20% tax solution to the government, saying it understands the government’s desire to reduce anomalies and raise revenue.

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