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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Tesco has outperformed its three major supermarket rivals in the past quarter – and recorded its strongest sales growth in more than three years.

Lanark-based manufacturer Border Biscuits has appointed a new product development (NPD) manager to the firm.

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, will improve its presence in major retailer Asda this month, with the introduction of Dark Chocolate Gingers and Orange - a new variant to its chocolate ginger range.

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

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.

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

Supermarket giant Asda has been hit with the biggest sales decline in its history, as like-for-like sales decreased by 7.5%.

Bosses from retailer Sainsbury’s have suggested that starting a price war would be not be a logical step forwards for rival retailer Asda.

UK supermarket Asda has recalled packs of its Baker’s Selection 20 Mini Rocky Road Bites, with a best-before date of 4 August.

Thirty-three cyclists undertook a 333km expedition from Whitehaven to Whitby to raise funds for GroceryAid.

An Indian breads supplier has secured a £150k contract with Asda in Scotland for its naan breads.

Top change at Asda

15 June, 2016

Walmart has confirmed Andy Clarke will step down from his post as chief executive and president of Asda in July.

The grocery market continues to struggle, with the big four supermarkets all suffering a drop in sales for the 12 weeks to 24 April, and Asda faring the worst according to Kantar Worldpanel. 

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

Supermarket giant Asda has agreed to make changes to “misleading” promotional practices as part of a wider crackdown by The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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

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

Asda has withdrawn its Extra Special Chocolate and Beetroot Cake because some packs might contain walnuts.

Asda has seen sales fall 5.8% during the three months that include Christmas - its biggest quarterly sales fall on record.

Iceland is the nation’s top online supermarket, and Waitrose best in-store, according to a report by consumer watchdog Which?.

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. 

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

Sainsbury’s was the only Big Four supermarket to show growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December 2015, up 1.2% to achieve a market share of 16.7%.

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

Asda’s senior category director for bakery has left after 15 years’ service. 

“Sluggish growth” has been recorded in the British grocery market in the 12 weeks to 16 August 2015. 

Supermarket chain Asda has completed a countrywide tour to celebrate its 50th birthday.

British grocery sales have slowed by 0.8% in the last year, though smaller retailers have enjoyed stronger growth. 

A number of Genius-branded and own-label gluten-free products have been recalled after it was found they are contaminated with gluten. 

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

Asda has announced a 3.9% fall in like-for-like sales in its first quarter, in what it describes at the “most challenging year yet” for UK supermarkets.

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

Cake firm Bright Blue Foods has said it will target £100m in sales in the next four years, after investing £2m in its Blackburn bakery.

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

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

German discounter Aldi has leapfrogged Waitrose in the leaderboard to become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket. 

The cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen again by 1% in the last month and 7% in the last year. 

Deflation has reached a new low of -1.6% in its 18th successive fall as the supermarket price war rages on. 

Grocery market picks up pace

10 February, 2015

The grocery market is growing at its fastest rate since June last year at 1.1%. 

Six products from chilled gluten-free brand NO.G will be launched in up to 245 stores Asda this week. 

Supermarket giant Asda has recruited a vice-president of marketing from Premier Foods, the company behind Mr Kipling cakes. 

The price war continues, as Asda and Sainsbury’s are to slash the prices of bread as part of new price investments.

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting terms which were “beyond unreasonable” by a supplier.

Paul’s Pies has secured its first supermarket listing in 20 Asda supermarkets.

Tesco’s downward performance has weakened the grocery market as a whole, claimed a leading supermarket figure. 

Competition within supermarkets has driven down grocery inflation to zero. 

Asda is the first supermarket to sign up to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free campaign. 

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. 

Grocery price inflation has fallen for the eleventh consecutive period, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Asda owner WalMart has announced a like-for-like sales growth of 0.5% for the 10 weeks to 30 June 2014.

Family-run White’s Bakery has won contracts with John Lewis and Asda, as part of its plans to build on four years of successive growth. 

Asda’s latest shake-up is likely to result in 1,360 redundancies. 

Grocery market growth has bounced back to 2.8% in the 12 weeks to 22 June after a historic low of 1.7% last period.

Supermarket giant Morrisons is to cut 2,600 jobs as part of a restructuring plan. 

The supermarket chain Asda announced a massive restructuring yesterday – a move that puts 4,100 jobs into consultation.

Once again, Aldi and Lidl have continued to dominate market share, while market growth hit its lowest level in 11 years.

Loaves at 75p are at the front line of a new price war between the major multiples, which campaigners say threatens to become a “race to the bottom”.

Asda sees Q4 sales fall 0.1%

21 February, 2014

Asda has reported a 0.1% drop in like-for-like sales during its fourth quarter, citing 2013 as a tough year for UK retailers.

Irish free-from business BFree has announced a new listing in Asda for its brown seeded bloomer.

Genius Foods has re-entered the frozen food market with a range of gluten-free pies.

Mathiesons Bakery has secured a new £2m supply contract with Asda.

Aldi and Lidl continue to show strong sales growth, according to the latest results.

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

Grocery retailers have reported their highest balance of year-on-year (YOY) sales this month since February 2010, according to the latest statistics.

UK supermarkets managed to accumulate an extra £213m during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, according the latest data.

Supermarket sales during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations increased by 12.5% year-on-year.

EAT, the sandwich shop chain, which was acquired by private equity firm Lyceum Capital last year, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Tony Campbell as its new chairman and Sarah Doyle as its first marketing director.

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