Irwin’s Bakery has clinched a deal to supply Asda with its Howell Handmade brand Mini Snowballs, as part of the retailer’s Chosen By You range.

Auntie Anne’s has opened five new stores in the past two months and is looking to continue its expansion in the UK next year.

Jobs on the high street are disappearing at their fastest rate in two years, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Chancellor George Osborne today revealed a set of new measures aimed at improving the UK economy.

Aryzta posted a strong set of financial results in its first quarter trading update for the 13 weeks to 31 October 2011.

Finsbury Food Group’s revival in fortunes continues to gather pace, with an encouraging leap in sales in the past four months, despite difficult trading conditions.

Sayers the Bakers has agreed a national food waste collection service with recycling and waste management company Biffa.

UK faces double-dip threat

29 November, 2011

The UK is in danger of sliding into a double-dip recession, according to a leading economic think-tank. The warning comes ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which is due later today.

Peter’s Pies has teamed up with a Welsh comedian to launch a new savoury pie range supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal.

New research has suggested that a generation of shoppers are cooking more from scratch, aspire to shop ethically and waste less food.

An owner of a Hampshire-based bakery has been prosecuted and fined after an employee suffered injuries from operating a dough moulder with no guarding.

A number of the UK’s leading bakery manufacturers and retailers have been named as the most responsible buyers of certified sustainable palm oil in the world.

Unifine to target home bakers

25 November, 2011

Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients UK will be looking at potential opportunities in the retail market in the new year.

A north of England bakery student has created an award-winning sandwich that could land her a job at Délifrance UK.

A study has revealed one in 10 of the British population pass pre-bought desserts off as their own.

Tesco is looking to further rival its competitors in low prices with the launch of its Big Christmas Price Drop promotion today.

Waitrose has appointed Rob Collins as its new retail director, who will take the position from January 2012.

A West Midlands-based high street bakery chain has gone into administration, with eight outlets closed and 42 jobs made redundant.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has pledged to attract 137,000 new recruits to the food and drinks industry by 2017.

A Reading bakery has potentially had up to £25,500 wiped from its yearly profits as a result of a collaboration with a discount voucher website.

Bakery Products Limited has taken over a second family-run bakery to complement and grow its existing operations.

A new partnership between two food manufacturers from the North of England has instigated the launch of a brand new line of crisp products made from bread.

The Food and Drink Federation’s Attracting Talent to Support Growth event highlighted the importance of nurturing young talent, with the need for 137,000 new recruits to join the UK food industry by 2017.

Irish bakers could suffer as a result of a move by Revenue to significantly hike up the price of bagels, croissants and garlic bread.

One of the UK’s largest biscuit manufacturers has changed its trading name and branding to further strengthen its position within the market.

The Food and Drink Federation's Attracting Talent to Support Growth event highlighted the importance of nurturing young talent, with the need for 137,000 new recruits to join the UK food industry by 2017.

Krispy Kreme's hotlight store in Bluewater Shopping Centre has generated around £9m worth of sales since starting in 2004.

A Warburtons factory caught on fire last Thursday night, which took almost four hours to extinguish. 

New roles at Brace's bakery

21 November, 2011

Welsh bakery firm Brace’s has created 26 additional jobs after securing new business.

Krispy Kreme's hotlight store in Bluewater Shopping Centre has generated around £9m worth of sales since starting in 2004.

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18 November, 2011

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A traditional North Yorkshire food, wine and hamper company is opening the doors of its third store in time for the Christmas season.

Pukka Pies has launched two new initiatives to entice both new and loyal customers.

Irwin's Bakery in Portadown has announced a deal to supply Sainsbury's in Northern Ireland with its pancakes and soda farls, as part of the retailer's new core range of 'By Sainsbury's' own-label products.

A new business to the UK specialising in cream puffs has opened in central London and harbours ambitions to open 10 stores within three years.

Scottish baker passes away

18 November, 2011

Former president of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (now Scottish Bakers) Joe McDonald passed away on 7 November, aged 78.

St John Bakery officially opened a new bakery in Selfridges Food Hall in London this week (17 November). It will offer the same range of products that can be found in the company's St John Restaurants, including white and brown sourdough loaves, a raisin loaf, mini Eccles cakes and a rye loaf.

Greggs is to launch a new format store, its take on a local baker, British Baker can reveal.

The figures might show an increase in retail sales - but experts have predicted another two years of misery on the High Street.

Asda launches new iPhone app

18 November, 2011

Supermarket retailer Asda has developed a new transactional mobile phone app, allowing customers to buy groceries online and price check the cost of their shopping using their iPhones.

Correction: Greggs

18 November, 2011

In the 18 November issue of British Baker there is an error in our feature on Greggs’ chief executive Ken McMeikan. The last line of the story should read, “greater emphasis on the bakery feel rather than the food-to-go or the coffee shop.”

It is the ultimate austerity accessory.

A UK malt manufacturer has been given the sustainable stamp of approval at The Manufacturer of the Year Awards.

The number of jobless 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK has risen above the million mark, with overall unemployment rising by 129,000 in the three-month period to September.

Thrill-seeking Greggs staff, young and old, have raised thousands of pounds for this year’s BBC Children in Need.

A north-west England bakery has been featured in a business-focused video for Santander Corporate Banking.

Enterprise Foods has celebrated a double award win at this year’s Co-operative Supplier Awards ceremony in Manchester.

Supermarket own-brand mince pies have beaten off competition from luxury retail outlets, according to a new report by Which?.

CPI inflation down to 5%

15 November, 2011

A decrease in food prices pushed the UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate down to 5% last month.

Pukka Pies in double deal

15 November, 2011

Pukka Pies has launched two new initiatives to entice both new and loyal customers.

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