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

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

Manchester-based business Bakeorama has created a wedding cake featuring Jeremy Corbyn’s face.

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

BIAs feature on BBC

04 October, 2016

Baker of the Year Dominic Salter of The Sandwich Box in Cheltenham and Salt Bakehouse has appeared on BBC Points West with his Baking Industry Award (BIA).

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has created two new innovations for its Multitex4 bread moulder, enabling it to enrobe standard loaves with seeds or grains and/or create swirled loaves.

Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

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.

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.

Linda Hill, owner of Murrays Bakers of Perth and World Scotch Pie Champion 2015, is to take a high-profile role in Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (SFDF), which runs from 3-18 September.

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.

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.

The entries are in, and the judges are ready! British Baker’s Christmas Stars will be announcing winners on Monday 1 August at 2pm.

Gloucestershire-based bakery The Artisan Baker has won the Food Product of the Year award for its Nelson Loaf at the 14th annual Cotswold Life Food and Drink awards at Cheltenham Racecourse.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An award-winning Fulham-based micro bakery, Ma Baker, is to take centre stage at the launch of the UK’s 2016 Small Business Saturday campaign on 3 December.

Hurry and get your entries in now for British Baker’s Christmas Stars! The entry deadline is this Friday, 15 July and you don’t want to miss out.

Doves Farm, the family-owned Wiltshire-based miller and baker, has confirmed a £500k deal with the Allergy and Free From Show. 

Baked goods will be featured in Sainsbury’s upcoming expansion of its free-from range, British Baker has been told.

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

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.

Nottingham-based baker Butt Foods has marked its 25th anniversary with a new brand, called Baked Earth. 

Last weekend saw Scottish Bakers hold its Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

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.

The Kandy Bar has been named Scottish Baker of the Year – just months after it clinched the World Scotch Pie Championships.

Bath-based bakery the Bertinet Bakery is to supply six Waitrose branches with sliced sourdough tin loaves in white and malted wheat versions.

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

The Baker Street soft rolls, made by Carrs Foods, now have branded display trays produced by DS Smith.

Next week British Baker is exhibiting at Farm Shop & Deli Show and here is our guide of what you should do while visiting it, Foodex and Food & Drink Expo.

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has been fined £7,191.45 following an incident that left a worker with several broken fingers.

The high street stationers has 17 café outlets nationwide, which are now being rebranded and improved under the name Coffee House.

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

Café Royal in Regent Street, London, recently gave dessert lovers everywhere cause for delight by launching a dessert restaurant.

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

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.

These are the best sandwiches in the world.

The rainbow bagel craze has finally crossed over to the UK from the USA, thanks to the Beigel Shop.

Michel Roux Jr

03 March, 2016

This week British Baker met Michel Roux Jr – two-star Michelin chef, TV star, and, as we discovered, passionate baker.

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.

Greggs reported record revenues and pre-tax profits yesterday, proving the wisdom of its transition from traditional baker to food-to-go retailer.

Applegreen has told British Baker that it will bring the successful motorway service café concept in the UK.

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.

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

Prolific baker’s first book

16 February, 2016

Clive Mellum, a master baker for more than 47 years, has seen his first book published. 

Charlotte O’Toole is to supply Harvey Nichols in Manchester with products from her company, Bakeorama. 

British Baker caught up with Baker of the Year 2015 Alex Gooch to talk about the Baking Industry Awards, his business and the beauty of sourdough

The BBC TV history programme Victorian Bakers has inspired participating baker John Swift to create new breads from old ideas. 

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

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.

Review of the Year: Part 1

23 December, 2015

The past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close British Baker would like to send a festive greeting to all its readers. 

Auchtermuchty Cake Company, the Fife-based gluten-free bakery, has secured its first retail listing with Selfridges.

Here is the Aldi Christmas advert which trumpets the success of its Specially Selected Mince Pies at the British Baker Christmas Stars awards.

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

An online petition targeting the use of palm oil by Tunnock’s, the family owned Scottish baker, has attracted nearly 3,500 signatures since it was launched 11 days ago.

With the crucial battle for Christmas sales joined in earnest, British Baker asked marketing expert Mark McCulloch, founder and chief executive of agency WE ARE Spectacular, for his opinion on this year's advertising strategies.

Patisserie Holdings, the company behind a host of high street chains, has delivered another “record” year after its underlying profit increased by 22% to £18.8m.

With the major grocery retailers having broken their Christmas adverts for 2015, British Baker picks apart their strategies.

Bakers have reported that sales boomed over Halloween, with the strongest sales ever this year.

Seven day round-up

09 November, 2015

The last seven days have produced some interesting stories for the baking industry, from Lindsey Pownall annoucing her retirement from Samworth Brothers to Morrisons unveiling plans to enter the fresh sandwich market. British Baker looks back over the top 5.

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

Nadiya Hussain, winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has described how she felt like a “giant” after scooping the top prize.

Wrexham baker Village Bakery is planning to launch its sourdough crumpets in Japan.

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.

Cupcakes take over the internet

21 September, 2015

National Cupcake Week took the internet by storm last week, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

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. 

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.

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

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.

Operators, including bakeries, are being urged to support Afternoon Tea Week between 10 to 16 August to boost their businesses.

Are you all enjoying the beautiful June weather? With the wintry conditions outside you could be forgiven for thinking Christmas is coming.

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

The election polls have been slammed this morning with media asking "how did they get it so wrong?", however a different tale can be told here at British Baker

A Scottish Isle is seeking a baker to set up business and help boost food tourism as well as the skills set in the area.

British Baker editor Martyn Leek asks whether the competitive bread market has claimed its first real casualty.

High street bakery chain Greggs has posted its 2014 preliminary results including its best own-shop like-for like sales since 2007. 

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

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. 

The Baker of the Year winner in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards is on the search for a second site. 

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 social enterprise bakery, Providence Row Bakery, has launched a new bike delivery service for products.

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. 

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.

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.

A Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice - just before the busy Christmas period.

A Christmas treat: meet Nila Holden, owner of eponymously named bakery Nila Holden. She tells us all about her business, and shows us how to make some Linzer biscuits.

This year’s winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award was bakery mogul David Powell.

British Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.

Doncaster-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has struck a deal to supply into the cruise-line market. 

A baker from Manchester has won runner-up in this year’s Worker of the Year 2014 awards.

A young baking prodigy has been awarded the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers after graduating with the highest marks in her class. 

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

Just a week after Nancy Birtwhistle won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), she is looking forward to her future in the world of bakery. In an exclusive interview with British Baker, she updates us on her life since bake-off, and plans for the future.

 Ingredients supplier British Bakels has launched a range of gluten-free bread mixes for retail.

Finsbury Food Group could acquire further businesses in its bid to grow and has predicted there will be further consolidation in the bakery sector in the next five to six years.

Bakers have their last chance to prove they make Britain’s Best Loaf. 

Finsbury Food Group, the licensed cake supplier to supermarkets, said its adjusted profit before tax increased by 18% to £6.5m in the past year.

See the reaction of Mark Bennett, winner of this years Baker of the Year award as he came off stage right after winning. 

Animal rights charity PETA has opened the voting in its bid to find the best vegan baker in the UK. 

Registration is still open for British Baker’s latest webinar, which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme. 

This week The Great British Bake Off contestants will try their hands at bread - a daunting task under the watchful eye of Paul Hollywood.

Scottish confectionery company Tunnock's has predicted an increase in sales of its teacakes, after the treat was aired on BBC One on Wednesday as dancers performed in giant teacake costumes.

Cafes owners and bakers are being urged to engage with National Tea and Cake Break on 17 October.

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has slammed a report claiming two thirds of bread contains pesticides. 

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.

Loughborough based Geary’s bakery plans to spend £2m on a 10,000sq ft extension, British Baker can reveal. 

Here British Baker looks at the work of Scotland Food & Drink and the top tips of Tom O'Toole.

Supplier Bakels has embraced the digital revolution with a host of interactive products for the tech-savvy baker.

Breadstead, a micro-business set up to offer a UK alternative to brotforms and bannetons shipped from overseas, has now produced its first run of baking bowls

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.

Further flooding is threatening bakery trade in the south as the Met Office issued an Amber warning.

Plant bread baker Warburtons has said au revoir to the French bread market – after it decided to stop selling its Le Toastie loaf there.

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.

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