The opening weekend of the London 2012 Olympic Games boosted sales and volumes at bakeries UK-wide.

Tesco reportedly opened a new trial food-to-go format at its Chester Frodsham Square site last week, which offers goods from its in-store bakeries.

Krispy Kreme UK has hit the road to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its signature original glazed doughnut.

SSP has sealed a deal to operate seven of Starbucks’ UK sites in national airports.

Five UK finalists will compete against each other this September, for a place at the grand final of the World Chocolate Masters in 2013.

Peters Bakery has been sold to Scarborough-based Coopland & Son in a deal that will save more than 200 jobs.

Terry Tang, Celebration Cake Maker of the Year Award at the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2011, talked to British Baker about his winning mythical-themed carnival creation.

Food retailers have provided more work in the second quarter of 2012, despite the first drop in shop numbers in at least three years.

Bako has teamed up with Genius Foods as part of the gluten-free bakery brand’s move into the foodservice sector.

Spiralling wheat costs have prompted ADM Milling to put up the price of its flour by £75 per tonne.

Golden Valley Pallet Wrap (GVPS) has invested in a new warehouse and national distribution centre to cope with a growing demand for its products.

UK businesses can highlight their corporate sustainability credentials in a simple way thanks to new guidance released yesterday.

Peter Jones, managing director of Speedibake, has completed a 177-mile walk to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) is rumoured to be putting its snacks business up for auction at the end of the summer, according to Dow Jones.

A London independent bakery and food-to-go business will look to open four outlets in the next 12 months as part of an expansion plan.

An additional 15 UK towns have been selected to be part of the government’s high street revival scheme, headed up by retail guru Mary Portas.

Organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have ignored suggestions from The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) on the standard of bread and baked goods.

Independent food research firm Campden BRI will host a two-day conference for bakers and food manufacturers to examine the technological challenges associated with gluten-free baking.

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 9.4% rise in total sales to £207m.

Tesco has announced plans to overhaul 850 of its in-store bakeries (ISB) to offer a wider range of continental bread products.

The supermarket chain has said it will invest millions of pounds in the new bakery format, which will be called Your Bakery at Tesco, and will extend its current speciality breads line from 10 to 30 products.

McVitie’s looks to be considering a move into the breakfast biscuit market, in a bid to rival the likes of Kraft’s Belvita brand.

The husband and wife team behind newly opened La Roche in Tunbridge Wells has told British Baker they will launch a patisserie school in France.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has called for better traffic light labelling on products such as bread in a bid to reduce the number of stomach cancer cases linked to salt consumption.

Warburtons’ plans to build a single wind turbine at its Severn Beach site has reportedly been met with strong opposition from locals.

Greencore has again hit back at accusations by union Unite that it has breached employment law.

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.

Stefano Nicolai, managing director and founder of Spianata&co, talked to British Baker about the company's sixth outlet opened this week in Mayfair, London.

Food sales in Scotland during June helped to achieve a 1.2% growth in total sales compared to the previous year.

The proposed sale of ethnic flour business Elephant Atta to Associated British Foods (ABF) has come under the watchful gaze of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

This week, the OFT issued an ‘invitation to comment’ on the move, which would see Premier Food’s Elephant Atta business sold to rival ABF’s Westmill Foods subsidiary for a cash consideration of £34m.

It is considering whether the acquisition has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation, under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, which could potentially result in a less competitive marketplace, in the area of the ‘supply of chapatti flour’.

The Cake Store has been inundated with a wealth of new orders and social media followers after producing a bespoke cake for One Direction boy band member Louis Tomlinson.

Edible gift specialist CakeyPigg Originals is branching out with new Cakey Cards.

Poole’s Pies has seen an 11% increase in its year-on-year pie sales this summer, as the wet weather drives consumers towards comfort food.

The latest grocery share figures have revealed a drop in growth to 2.1% for the 12 weeks ending 8 July 2012.

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has scooped the Frozen Food Supplier of the Year title for its Kara foodservice brand.

Bakers are being urged to sign up for a limited-edition ingredients and equipment pack as part of this year’s National Craft Bakers’ Week (8-13 October).

Three biscuit manufacturers have been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Community Partnership Awards (CPA).

Food manufacturers are reaching their limits in salt reduction, according to the latest research.

Subway is in initial discussions with a sixth form college in Manchester about offering lunch provisions for its students.

Staff and clients of Foster Refrigeration have raised £12,028 for two charitable causes.

Poole’s Pies has enlisted the help of TV presenter Stuart Hall to launch a brand new website.

Greencore has been accused of an attack of its workers’ rights by union Unite, as 236 staff face redundancy.

Walsall cake manufacturer Perfection Foods will launch a series of new brands in the UK during the next 12 months.

Artisan bakery Spinata&co will open its sixth outlet in London’s Mayfair this month.

Associated British Foods' (ABF) ingredients division has seen a 2% reduction in revenue, despite an 11% growth in overall group revenues for the year-to-date.

Starbucks is to expand its mobile platform, with the roll-out of its Android app to the UK and Canada.

Garth Bakery has agreed to supply 35 Tesco stores in South Wales with nine of its bakery lines as part of a new contract.

EDME wins business award

11 July, 2012

Bakery ingredients supplier EDME is celebrating after winning a regional business award for its commitment to the rural community.

Campden BRI and the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) will be hosting a conference to look at ways of improving manufacturing efficiency in the food and drink sector.


Sandwich franchise chain Subway will appear in the High Court on 23 July over the 20% VAT added to its toasted subs.

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at the Bakers’ Halls.

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