Sherborne-based business Oxford’s Bakery has created a unique biscuit marking the town’s connection with Sir Walter Raleigh.

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

Professional chefs from around the UK will face off next week with the return of The Sausage Roll Off.

Bakery chain Paul UK has announced that it has raised £15,013 for The Felix Project, which is part of the Sharing Our Daily Bread initiative.

Greggs Delivered, the new delivery service from the food-to-go retailer, is being trialled in London from today (Monday 16 January).

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Bread Ahead bakery is to open its fourth retail outlet in Chelsea, London on 6 January.

High street bakery chain Greggs hopes to encourage the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe with the release of two limited-edition festive flavoured lip balms.

Bakery chain Paul UK has expanded its partnership with The Felix Project charity.

Baking company Bad Brownie has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help open a dessert bar in central London.

Aryzta Food Solutions has donated 2,500 mince pies to events organised by charities Operation Smile and Walking with the Wounded.

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has expanded its direct van sales operation with the launch of new service Bakedirect to help deliver bread and morning goods across London.

FDF Awards open for applicants

02 December, 2016

The Food and Drink Federation is inviting entries for its annual awards.

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee will launch a cup recycling scheme from next year across 2,000 UK stores, with the aim of recycling 30 million takeaway cups a year.

Scottish Bakers has won the Conference Development category accolade for the second consecutive year at the UK Associations Awards.

EasyCoffee is aiming to disrupt the coffee shop market in the next two years by opening 200 stores selling hot drinks at £1 a cup.

Shoppers in some parts of the country can now order a full Morrisons shop through Amazon Prime and have it delivered within one hour.

A new conference for emerging food and drink companies is taking place this weekend.

High street chains Greggs and Pret a Manger have been giving away their latest Christmas releases for free as part of the run-up to the festive period.

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

From January, Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel will offer a healthy alternative to traditional afternoon tea with Tea-Tox.

From a 28-strong list of entrants, to a short list of five pastry chefs, the winner of the 2016 Classic Fine Foods Christmas Entremet competition has been crowned.

Danish bakery brand Ole & Steen is set to broaden its business overseas after securing a site St James’ Market, London.

Hamilton-based sandwich shop Get Stuffed has been chosen as a finalist at the British Takeaway Awards in London.

Bakery chain Paul UK is set to take its total number of UK shops to 36 with the opening of a store at Earls Court, London.

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

Online handmade biscuit retailer Biscuiteers has exceeded its initial £550,000 funding target on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube by almost £50k.

The New York Bakery Co has steadied its sales and has cut its losses during a strong year.

Samworth Brothers-owned malt loaf maker Soreen has supported Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity campaign Bake It Better after donating £5,000.

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has retained her ‘Best Vegan Bakery’ title at the annual Vegfest UK awards in London at the weekend (Saturday 22 October).

In keeping with the bakery trend for hybrids, Marks and Spencer has launched a croissant loaf that fits in the toaster.

Greggs to deliver?

18 October, 2016

High street baker Greggs is trialling a home delivery service called Greggs Delivered, which, if successful, will roll out nationwide.

The Scandinavian-style premium coffee shop chain is to open a fourth branch this year, in London’s Covent Garden village.

Last week, British Baker visited Le Cordon Bleu in London to gain an insight into the company’s new diploma, the Diplôme de Boulangerie, and speak with guest chef Paul Rhodes who provided a bakery demonstration.

Devon Petrie has won the National Bakery School’s (NBS) Top Student Award and will be given the Freedom of the City of London.

Gluten-free brand Prewett’s has scooped both winner and highly commended gongs in The Grocer New Product Award 2016.

A team of cyclists from Northwich-based Roberts Bakery has completed the 320-mile journey from London to Paris and hopes to have exceeded their £9k target for the Prevent Breast Cancer charity.

Artisan bakery and café Peyton and Byrne has appointed Deloitte as its advisors to help consider its options for the future of the business.

Bread Ahead bakery and school is set to open a third retail outlet in Seven Dials, London and is expected to announce a fourth imminently.

British baking company Warburtons has created a brand new dinosaur exhibit – made up of 2,500 of its giant crumpet range at the Natural History Museum in London to celebrate the launch of McFly band member Tom Fletcher’s new book The Christmasaurus.

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has chosen to withdraw its planned £200m London flotation after announcing the 100% sale of its shares to US parent brand owner Krispy Kreme Group.

Dominique Ansel opened his bakery in London at 8am this morning, and London loves it. To celebrate, here are some exclusive images of the first Dominique Ansel Bakery (DAB) in Europe.

The Lancaster London hotel will serve an exclusive spooky experience for its Halloween-themed ARTea afternoon tea, which will be available from 17-31 October.

A Warburtons-sponsored three-day cycle ride from London to Paris in support of GroceryAid has raised more than £90,000 for the charity.

Breadwinners has set up a long-term plan for those struggling to find employment, to start their own bread delivery business.

New “faster, fresher” food-to-go brand Keuken has opened its first store, on Eldon Street, London.

Charity Macmillan Cancer Support is showcasing artwork featuring an entire British skyline made out of 25,000 biscuits in London.

Remembering the Great Fire

02 September, 2016

Today is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – a major conflagration that swept through central parts of the city. To mark the occasion, we look at London's best bakeries, according to Time Out magazine.

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

American snack and confectionery supplier Innovative Bites has announced that it will move into new premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Hobart cycles for charity

15 August, 2016

Chris Birch, Hobart Warewash’s marketing manager, is to compete in the Springboard Charity’s 240-mile Team Velo London to Paris Cycle Challenge.

Speciality health retailer Planet Organic has announced its new addition to the free-from bakery department: an organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy- and nut-free range of bread from Good Grain Bakery.

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Northern Irish bakery Graham’s has won a listing to supply a number of its baked goods to AmazonFresh.

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

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

Gluten-free bakery Beyond Bread has expanded into a second branch that will be located in Islington, London.

Artisan bakery and café Peyton and Byrne is to open a fifth outlet at Kew Gardens next month, The Botanical, to add to its seven-strong London bakery portfolio.

East London-based sourdough bakery Today Bread has reached out to the community to help fund a new Ramalhos oven on its premises. 

L’Orchidée, a London-based bakery selling French macarons, luxury cakes and desserts is looking to raise £200,000 to expand across the capital.

Lancaster London hotel has devised an afternoon tea for those who know their Monet from their Picasso.

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates unveiled two new patisserie lines at the Taste of London food festival.

Amazon Fresh has added 59 London postcodes to its existing delivery area in the capital, which takes it up to 128 in total. 

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

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has commissioned a new dinner play to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

Michelin-starred chef Christoffer Hruskova aims to bring the taste of modern Danish baking to London with his first bakery and café.

A competition organised by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates is offering student chefs tickets to Taste of London.

Sandwich chain Eat is continuing its expansion programme with the launch of a new concept store in London’s Finsbury Pavement yesterday (11 May).

London-based bakery Fairypan has launched bite-size cupcakes, which it believes are the smallest cupcakes on the market.

Pie restaurant chain Square Pie has been nominated for an Evening Standard Business Award.

Gail’s Artisan Bakery recently opened a store in Summertown, Oxford, its’ first out-of-London venture. 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson met staff at the Uxbridge branch of Subway to talk about key issues affecting the food industry.

Lily Vanilli last week unveiled her new range of patisserie with premium food retailer Fortnum & Mason.

Mr Kipling is returning to its “exceedingly good” strapline with a new £2.5m marketing campaign.

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

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.

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.

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

Rinkoffs Bakery in east London has come up with its own take on Dominique Ansell’s cronut, with a little seasonal flourish.

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

High street coffee chain Costa has announced it will be rolling out its offering with premium salad brand Chop’d to a further 12 London stores. 

To keep products on supermarket shelves, suppliers need to understand what shoppers think, according to Bridgethorne.

Rainbow bagels hit the UK

23 February, 2016

Everyone left green-eyed by the new rainbow bagel obsession in America has had their prayers answered, after Beigel Shop decided to create their own.

The Yolkin hits London

17 February, 2016

Stand aside the Cronut, for the UK has a few amazing bakery inventions of its own. The latest is the Yolkin, a macaron ice cream sandwich, from eponymous London pop-up bakery Sammie Le.

With romance in the air ahead of Valentine's Day on 14 February, British Baker takes a look a five bakeries producing sumptuous little treats for the event.

The Great Fire of London started in a bakery on Pudding Lane, right? Wrong. Academic Dorian Gerhold has found new evidence to suggest otherwise.

Mighty Restaurants, which also owns Aubaine, the London-based restaurant and patisserie concept, is to launch a new fast-casual concept called Bake! according to M&C Allegra Foodservice.

The London brownie company won a £60,000 investment from the dragons.

Internationally-renowned pastry chef and inventor of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel spoke exclusively to Alice Cooke about his London debut, due to open later this summer. 

Wenzel’s The Bakers will be giving away £2,016 to one lucky customer at its London Designer Outlet bakery.

Newly-opened bakery, Molly Bakes in New Dalston, has brought the freakshake to London, following in the footsteps of The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle.

Aubaine, the London-based restaurant and patisserie concept, has appointed Nick Young as its new UK chief executive.

Tesco is to beat a retreat from the food-to-go market just a year-and-a-half after opening its first sandwich shop.

The pastry chef who invented the Cronut and is best known for his Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is now bringing the concept to the UK.

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Caffè Nero, the high-street coffee chain, has acquired three London sites from struggling café business Harris + Hoole.

An Australian pastry chef and chocolatier is celebrating a year of organising pop-up dessert nights in London with an event at Eat 17 in Homerton, east London.

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

Wrights unveils new packaging

11 November, 2015

London-based miller G R Wright & Sons, has made a “considerable investment” in a new look across its 14-strong bread mix range.

A high end patisserie – the brainchild of a team behind a duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants – has opened in Selfridges in London.

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

LPQ bemoans rents rise

13 October, 2015

Le Pain Quotidien has become the second major bakery chain to say that the cost of rents is a major downside of running a business in central London.

James Freeman of Victoria Bakery has been crowned overall winner at the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2015 with his London bloomer.

Spanish bakery Granier is to open a second UK site in Woolwich.

An organic 100% rye Danish loaf made by Notting Hill Real Bread bakery SNAPS + RYE was named ‘The Londoners’ Loaf’ at the Urban Food Awards during The Urban Food Feast at Borough Market on 25 September.

The Hummingbird Bakery said it hopes to resolve a trademark issue with a London chain called ‘Hummingbird Café’ “as amicably as possible”.

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

Crosstown Doughnuts, the London-based artisan doughnut concept, has taken up residency next to Old Spitalfields Market in east London.

A leading historian has claimed that the Cornish pasty was actually not founded in Cornwall.

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first central London shop, as it continues to expand across the UK. 

A doughnut and beer pairing pop-up event is to take place in London, which will see tasters try flavours like Katsu doughnuts with craft ales.

Retail pie brand Square Pie is crowdfunding investors to grow its business across the UK.

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

From today, a Costa link-up with London salad chain Chop’d will launch across six sites in the capital. 

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has opened as a pop-up space in Wimbledon, before refurbishing to be a permanent site after the tournament.

A new café selling food for just £1 per item, including pastries and sandwiches, has opened in London.

A French pastry chef is to open her first bakery shop in London in June.

A new concept store named ‘Costa to Go’ is being trialled by the coffee shop in locations across London.

Blog: A day well spent..

30 April, 2015

Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s David Smart takes an eye-opening trip to the capital and comes back armed with ideas. 

Cook & Garcia, an artisan food-to-go retailer, is to open its second shop as it gains some presence in the capital.

London-based artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched a trio of new products for summer.

Budgens has added its first patisserie counter to its third concept store following a major refit.

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has revealed plans to expand out of the capital, but has turned down opportunities to go into travel locations.

The Flour Pot Bakery in Brighton is to open two more sites, as it also secures its first London customers for wholesale.

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

Bakery ingredients supplier Zeelandia has employed a new account manager for clients around London, to offer extra support in product development.

Knot Artisan Coffee and Pretzel bakery has opened a fourth site in London’s Victoria station.

Warrens Bakery chairman has told British Baker that he has visions of opening 50 shops in London.

Artisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is opening a pop-up site at London’s hip Old Street area in April. 

Another gem in our Christmas installations - artisan bakery Paul - has told us all about the business’ plans to open three shops outside the capital, and increase the number of shops which run its Bread Masterclasses.

Paul UK expands beyond capital

15 December, 2014

Paul UK has opened its first site outside London, situated in Oxford city centre. 

Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten-free bakery and café is set to open in central London this month.

London-based Gail’s Bakery has launched a delivery service to provide London offices with boxes of its products.

The Great British Bake Off host Mary Berry has been made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and been granted the freedom of the City of London.

Gail’s Bakery has reportedly ended talks of stock market flotation, and will now focus on growing the business privately.

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. 

Paul A Young to grow business

21 November, 2014

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

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

French artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.

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

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Pierre Hermé, French pastry chef, is to open a stand-alone boutique in London, located in the Seven Dials area.

Londoners pay 24% more for lunch-to-go and the capital accounts for 18% of Britain’s lunch-to-go spend, according to a new report. 

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

The London Tea Company has launched a new range of ‘ethical’ teas, in response to the growing market for speciality teas. 

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

Gerhard marvels at the recent poppy installation at the Tower of London, which leads him to muse on how much has changed in a century.

A street artist is creating a graffiti image based on products from Greggs’ new sandwich range on a billboard in Old Street, London.

Hot town, summer in the city, our displays are looking yummy and pretty… 

A bakery in north-west London has been fined for fly-tipping waste.

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

Konditor & Cook’s Curly Whirly Cake has gone viral after it appeared on Eurovision 2014.

Shopper confidence is at its highest since January 2011, according to new research from  IGD ShopperVista.

Dum Dum Doughnuts is to postpone online orders having sold 5,000 doughnuts within three days.

A baker trained in prison for a Gordon Ramsay TV show has plans to expand his business with four sites.

As shop vacancy rates fall below 14% for the first time in four years, the Local Data Company’s (LDC) director has claimed Britain has too many shops.

Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake, shows British Baker how to make vegan Canadian Nanaimo bars.

British artisan brand Dum Dum Doughnuts is opening its first retail outlet at Box Park, Shoreditch, London this month.

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

Bako North Western has purchased Bako London & South East for an undisclosed sum, it was revealed yesterday.

An Italian foodservice operator has bought Bagel Factory in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £2m.

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

A bakery student from The National Bakery School in London’s South Bank has been awarded the Rank Hovis Scholarship.

The Hummingbird Bakery has invested in a new mobile bakery unit designed to cater for festivals and events across the UK.

Birmingham-based bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has opened its 54th outlet in Reading.

Nordic Bakery has opened its third site in London, near to Baker Street.

Staff from Allied Bakeries have helped to arrange a touch rugby tournament to raise cash for Caravan, the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund.

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