London-based business Knead Bakery has unveiled two innovative chocolate crumpet products.

London-based bakery Konditor & Cook will today (16 January) give away 5,000 Red Velvet Mini Bakes across its six stores to cheer up the public in what is regarded as the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut Group said it bucked a difficult trading in Europe to grow sales of its products to food manufacturers.

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…

Mondelēz brands Oreo, Ritz and Cadbury Dairy Milk have contributed to the multinational's organic sales increase of 1.1% in the third quarter.

Finsbury Food Group’s foodservice brand Kara has introduced a new range of traybakes and mallow bombes to the market.

Bakkavör, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, has hosted a cooking masterclass for young people from the Prince’s Trust to teach them how to bake cakes.

Chocolate competition The World Chocolate Masters is set to kick off is national pre-selections in the run-up to the 2017/18 event.

Christmas pudding manufacturer Matthew Walker has launched a brand new gluten-free sponge pudding range that is available in two variants.

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.

Brioche Pasquier is introducing a selection of four continental-style desserts, aimed at targeting chocoholics on Valentine’s Day.

The Barry Callebaut Group is to acquire and integrate the chocolate production facility of Mondelēz International in Halle, Belgium, resulting in a long-term supply agreement between the two companies.

The icing was frosted, the sponges were squidged and the cakes were tasted, and the winners are:

Festive NPDs for McVitie’s

06 September, 2016

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has added five new products to this year’s Christmas cake range that will be available in major retailers from 19 September.

The macaron ice cream sandwich is the latest sandwich trend that has received a large amount of publicity from social media site, Instagram.

Mondelēz International has agreed to buy the global licence for Cadbury-branded biscuits from Burton’s Biscuit Company.

Supermarket giants Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have taken the precautionary measure to recall some of their chilled desserts after manufacturer Bakkavör reported they could contain flakes of metal.

Germany-based biscuits and cakes manufacturer Bahlsen has added a “convenient” smaller grab-and go size format to its Pick Up! biscuit range.

Traditional German bakery products are being brought to Taunton, Somerset, by newly opened Fräulein’s Bakery, owned by Lilly Rempel and Ramona Stuber-Case.

Bakery retail chain Muffin Break has introduced three new flavours of milkshake to their drinks range, which are made with actual muffins.

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut has signed a strategic partnership with Amsterdam-based Tony’s Chocolonely to produce chocolate from fully traceable sustainable cocoa.

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate has given details of its Christmas bakery range.

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut says it has grown revenues and sales volumes despite declines in the overall global chocolate confectionery market.

European inclusions company Pecan Deluxe Candy (PDC) has launched a peanut butter-flavoured caramel-filled milk chocolate mini cup that is completely peanut-free.

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has announced the re-launch of the popular on-the-go range with the addition of three 2 for £1 price marked packs.

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has launched three ready-to-use cream fillings, ideal for layering, filling or topping patisserie, desserts, doughnuts, cakes and muffins.

Burton’s Biscuits, owner of Jammy Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, has launched a new snack pack for its Cadbury Chocolate Fingers.

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier is celebrating after winning a hat-trick at the International Chocolate Awards for two of its truffles.

Next month HRH Prince Edward will officially open The Chocolate & Pastry School, run by Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks.

World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks is supporting Marie Curie through her new exclusive chocolate brownie recipe.

Pidy, the Belgian pastry producer, has announced an exciting addition to its Trendy range, with the launch of Trendy Coco Shell Cases.

A raspberry, white chocolate and marshmallow scone recipe by schoolgirl Grace Wakeford is now on the shelves at Ashers bakery in Moray.

Bakery café chain Muffin Break has relaunched the Duffin, with two brand new flavours alongside the original hazelnut chocolate. 

Garth Bakery in South Wales has recalled its chocolate sponge cake because it contains soya, which is not mentioned on the labelling. 

Independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has announced a new belgian chocolate filling to add to its existing luxury range.

Pastry chef Will Torrent took to the stage at the Farm Shop & Deli 2016 to talk about one of his great loves, chocolate.

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is offering Dobla-branded premium Belgian chocolate decorations and toppings to bakers in the UK.

Chocolate producer Callebaut recently held a cookery demonstration that showed retailers how to take advantage of the food-to-go trend at six key meal occasions.

Aimed at chocolatiers and pastry chefs, the Chocolate Dessert of the Year competition is open now.

Sweet, nut and snack producer Ginco has recalled packs of chocolate-coated honeycomb due to the undeclared presence of milk and soya.

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has commissioned a cookie survey, which has found American-style cookies are the most popular sweet treat.

Sweet goods are a key market for food-to-go operators, according to research for chocolate producer Callebaut, which shows 50% of millennials choose a sweet option.

London-based high street bakery and patisserie, Paul, is to launch a new éclair range next month called Eclectic Éclairs: The Summer Collection.

Ruth Hinks is the UK World Chocolate Master and entrepreneur behind the multi-award winning chocolatier and patisserie near Edinburgh, Cocoa Black. Alice Cooke caught up with her to talk all things chocolate.

Mary Berry has launched her first range of chilled desserts, produced under license by The Hain Daniels Group.

The Dark Chocolate Gingers and Orange add orange pieces to the brand’s bestselling Dark Chocolate Gingers recipe. The biscuits launch from this month in 98 Tesco stores.

Danish cookie manufacturer Jacobsens Bakery is recalling tins of its Disney-brand cookies due to the presence of undeclared milk.

New Cadbury Cookies

08 April, 2016

Burton’s Biscuits will introduce Cadbury Cookies this month, the first premium biscuit range from the chocolate producer.  

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has launched a lactose-free chocolate and almond cake.

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer The Barry Callebaut Group is buoyant, despite the impact of a strong Swiss franc and a weak cocoa products market, leading to a slump in net profits.

Award-winning Dorset-based baker Mark Bennett is to run a patisserie course in May, following the success of Bakery Excellent, and Bake French last year.

Irwin’s new products

01 April, 2016

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has added two new flavours to its Howell’s cake range.

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.

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

Manchester and London both played host to a larger-than-life chocolate rabbit last week, in a marketing exercise for German ingredients company Dr Oetker.

Burton’s Biscuits is relaunching its Maryland range with a unified pack format and new SKUs.

The Chocolate Kebab House will open in Swansea in June, serving crêpes, churros, waffles and milkshakes.

United Biscuits (UB) is to expand further into the cake aisle with the release of two teacake products.

The UK gluten-free biscuit brand has further extended its range to include milk-free biscuits, ‘indulgent’ all butter cookies and individually wrapped chocolate-coated biscuit bars.

Already a hit in the US, the ice cream giants are bringing the ‘Wich range to our supermarkets this month.

Birds Eye has announced the launch of a new breakfast range, called Hello Morning!

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

United Biscuits (UB), has launched two new initiatives – a new TV advert and the new McVitie’s iKitten app.

Irwin’s has secured a listing to supply Tesco with three new Easter variants of its Joeys buns.

Blackthorn Fudge, the Belfast-based fudge and toffee manufacturer, has launched a line of chocolate-covered toffees under its Melting Pot brand.

Global chocolate producer Callebaut says Millennials and ‘buy now, enjoy later’ products are the future of the food-to-go market.

United Biscuits (UB) will launch McVitie’s Digestive Nibbles, in what the company described as its “biggest new product development” for 2016.

Crosstown, the artisan doughnut producer, has teamed up with bakery and chocolate producer Pump Street Bakery to produce a limited edition chocolate doughnut.

Border Biscuits, the Scottish Premium biscuit manufacturer, has added a Dark Chocolate Ginger variety to its Mini Pack range.

Supermarket chain Morrisons’ Free From range will include additional gluten-free core staples and on-the-go items.

Sales have rocketed for Hampshire-based Odiham Cake Company after it appeared on BBC2’s The Millionaire’s Gift Guide.

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

Udi’s Gluten Free, the US-based free-from brand, has announced its new Chocolate Clusters range will be on sale from 18 January.

Blackthorn Foods, the Belfast-based fudge and toffee manufacturer, has launched a range of free-from fudges.

Maxime Michelot, a pastry chef at Harrods, beat off competition from 24 other UK-based chefs to win Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest.

Carlisle factory hit by floods

07 December, 2015

United Biscuits’ (UB) Carlisle factory has been flooded by over a metre of water in the wake of Storm Desmond and staff have been told to stay home.

AAK, the Swedish fats and oil ingredients manufacturer, has scooped a double award at the Food ingredients Europe Innovation awards in Paris.

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.

Independent producer Jaz & Jul’s has opened an artisan chocolate café and shop in Islington, London, selling cocoa-themed sweet and savoury bites as well as hot drinks.

10 patisseries YOU must visit

06 November, 2015

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

A global study for Belgian ingredients manufacturer Puratos has unveiled key trends in the baking, patisserie and chocolate markets.

Edinburgh cake-maker Cuckoo’s Bakery has created a gruesome range of limited-edition cupcakes for Halloween.

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery is to revamp its Howell’s Handmade range, changing the name and adding eight new product lines.

The Great British Bake Off’s (GBBO) semi-final chocolate theme had me hunting for chocolate in my kitchen. 

Rich, creamy and intense, chocolate is for many people the ultimate in gastronomic luxury. However, it can be a tricky beast to handle, making it a fitting challenge for the Great British Bake Off semi-final.

A four-strong range of topped and filled muffins is on the way from CSM Bakery Solutions.

Finsbury Food Group is launching a new Thorntons-branded range of cake bites in resealable bags under licence. 

The recall of four products due to the possibility of salmonella presence has been linked to one Dutch supplier.

A cake decoration supplier has launched two new products designed for the food-to-go market.

Thorntons has officially requested to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange, in anticipation of its pending takeover by Ferrero International.

Those chosen as finalist in the National Cupcake Championships will be treated to chocolate masterclasses by specialist Barry Callebaut. 

Cadbury owner Mondelez has revealed plans to boost Christmas confectionery following flat sales.

The European Commission has granted conditional clearance for the $440m (£226.4m) Cargill acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa business in Europe.

Bakers have just five days to enter the National Cupcake Championships 2015 as we confirm events for the grand final.

Global chocolatier Barry Callebaut has seen sales volumes rise in Europe - outperforming the declining global chocolate confectionery market.

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

Ferrero International, the maker of Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Nutella, has offered to buy Thorntons for around £112m.

Sales at chocolate company Thorntons have dropped in both its retail and FMCG divisions, as the firm has lost orders from a commercial customer.

Natural food expert Naturis has developed a cocoa replacement as real cocoa prices continue to rise.

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut Group has outperformed the chocolate market in its half-year results. 

Holland’s Pies has teamed up with two experts to create a series of recipes for incorporating chocolate into pies.

Cargill has appointed a new marketing and communications director, as it puts greater focus on its cocoa and chocolate business.

A nutritionist has likened the sales of sweets, chocolate and crisps at store checkouts to those of cigarettes and has called for a ban. 

Top London chocolatier Paul A Young is searching for “the best” hot cross bun supplier to be judged on Saturday.

The European Commission has opened an ‘in-depth’ investigation into the merger of chocolate business Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill, due to potential competition concerns in the supply of industrial chocolate in Germany and the UK.

Top London Chocolatier Paul A Young has set his sights for expansion on Manchester as cacao prices rise to their highest in 40 years. 

Mondelēz International, owner of Cadbury’s, has laid the cornerstone for the construction of its $90m (£59.6m) biscuit plant in Bahrain as it seeks a firmer foothold in the Middle East. 

Thorntons has seen total sales plummet 10.3% in its commercial division to £41.9m.

High street chocolate company, Thorntons, has warned investors that profits will be below expectations.

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. 

The world faces a chocolate shortage with demand outstripping supply as prices have already risen 25% this year. 

Chocolate specialist Barry Callebaut is offering caterers the chance to win a trip to a cocoa plantation in its For The Love of Chocolate Challenge.

Confectionery multinational Mondelēz has revealed a major ITV festive advertising drive for its Cadbury brand including tie-up with a number of celebrities. 

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut increased sales volume by 11.8% in the year to 31 August 2014, helped by the integration of the cocoa business acquired in June 2013. 

French chocolatier Valrhona has developed a product exclusively for London’s Hotel Café Royal.

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. 

Thorntons has reported an overall sales decrease of 11.9% in its first quarter.

Barry Callebaut Group has pledged to help farmers improve their cocoa yields to improve farmer productivity. 

Cargill is to buy the international chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for $440m (£226.4m), which will include its Liverpool chocolate plant. 

The main UK plant of chocolate processor Barry Callebaut has been damaged by fire.

A number of UK venues have launched their own versions of afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week, running from 11 to 17 August.

Callebaut’s new Chocolate Academy centre opened in Belgium yesterday, which will now enable state-of-the-art training to up to 1,000 professionals a year.

Belocade is investing €21m (£17.1m) in an expansion that will increase capacity by 50% amid plans to grow turnover to €5bn by 2030.

Consumed one too many Easter eggs this weekend? New research has revealed that eight million British consumers eat chocolate every day.

Waitrose has reported a 20% increase in cake decorating sales, thanks to the Easter school holidays.

The sales of Fairtrade Products rose by 14% in 2013 to an estimated £1.78bn.

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