Gail’s Bakery has awarded Marianna Hives from its Crouch End outlet the Coffee Master 2012 barista title, as part of its Coffee Olympics.

This year's Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference on 15-17 June at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire, attracted hundreds of bakery students from around the UK.

Warburtons’ staff are set to strike following a row between employees and bosses over pay.

Gail’s is continuing its ongoing expansion plan throughout London with the opening of its 11th outlet in Chelsea.

Government-funded organisation WRAP has called for bakery firms, food manufacturers and food-to-go businesses to sign up for a new food and packaging waste initiative.

Grocery retailers have reported their highest balance of year-on-year (YOY) sales this month since February 2010, according to the latest statistics.

Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Irish company Irwin’s Bakery, has secured a £400,000 export deal with Tesco and Asda.

Thomas the Baker has collaborated with RedBlack Software as part of a £200,000 investment in overhauling its current IT infrastructure.

Warburtons has seen a 37% decline in profits to £16.3m in 2011, which the firm has attributed to the restructuring of its bakery operations.

Greggs has unveiled its latest concept shop – its take on a local bakery-style shop – as exclusively revealed by British Baker last November.

Genius Foods has created two new breakfast bakery products for the gluten-free market.

Firkins Bakery has been fully liquidated for £33,024, following the closure of its production site and 40 redundancies last May.

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has been awarded a top accolade after turning around the business following a massive blaze at its Sheffield manufacturing site six years ago.

Marshall Pennington has been announced as The Bakers’ Benevolent Society’s chairman of trustees for 2012/13 – his ninth year in a row in the position.

Hundreds of visitors turned out to enter the competitions, watch the masterclasses and network with the exhibitors at Bakers’ Fair Summer yesterday (Sunday 24 June).

Eighty-five jobs have been saved after Tindale & Stanton’s Newcastle bakery was sold as a going concern. The bakery has been acquired by new company, Star Cottage Bakery, made up of a consortium of four former managers.

This year's Bakers’ Fair Summer 2012 at Kempton Park Racecourse attracted hundreds of bakers from across the country to talk to ingredients and equipment manufacturers, watch live demos and presentations, and take part in the National Association of Master Bakers’ (NAMB) bakery competitions.

Swedish bakery firm Almondy has been awarded halal certification for its range of almond-based tarta.

Average salt intake in the England is falling, according the latest Department of Health (DoH) Urinary Analysis.

New research has discovered youngsters prefer traditional biscuits such as Bourbons and Custard Creams.

United Biscuits has partnered up with recycling firm TerraCycle UK to develop a UK biscuit wrapper recycling scheme.

Berkshire-based CakeyPigg Originals has developed a gluten-free cake-making workshop.

Welshcakes producer Tan Y Castell has secured a deal with Tesco for its products to be distributed throughout its UK stores.

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

British Baker regretfully announces that Ken Glennon has passed away, following a long battle with leukaemia.

The Puratos Group has delivered a strong set of final results for 2011, with net sales up 11% to €1.21bn (£969.6m). Ebitda stood at €108.3m (£86.64m), up 4%.

Costa Coffee joins BRC

20 June, 2012

Costa Coffee has become the latest retail member of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

This year’s Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) Conference at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire included bakery competitions, presentations from those within the industry and a prestigious awards dinner celebrating new talent.

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius Foods has launched a new foodservice line, including a range of sweet and savoury baked goods.

Mrs Crimble’s has launched a giveaway campaign inviting consumers to nominate individuals to receive free gluten-free bakery goods.

Costa Coffee has reported a 21.5% growth to £123.9m in UK retail system sales in its first-quarter financial results.

UK supermarkets managed to accumulate an extra £213m during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, according the latest data.

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

Three students from Belfast Metropolitan College have scooped the Future Baker award, winning a week-long bakery trip to the Richemont Centre of Excellence in Switzerland

Bakery Products, which went into administration earlier this month, has been unable to secure a buyer, resulting in more than 100 job losses at its Scarborough bakery.

Delice de France has been awarded Highly Commended for its Wrapped to Go range at the Café Society Awards 2012.

Total UK-grown wheat milled was up 1% to 419,000 tonnes (t) during April compared to last year, according to the latest statistics.

Supermarket sales during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations increased by 12.5% year-on-year.

UK bakery manufacturer Warburtons has developed new technology designed to speed up the assessment of dough’s stickiness in commercial bakeries.

Greencore is to dispose of its chilled desserts facility in Minsterley, Shropshire, to the Müller Dairy UK group.

Sainsbury’s, the supermarket retailer, yesterday unveiled a 1.4% increase in its first-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs), which it said had been boosted by Jubilee trade.

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

The government has unveiled plans for the quicker resolution of workplace disputes – as new research suggested that UK employers remained “cautious” on recruitment.

Two Reynards Manchester depot employees, Iain Doggett and Jon Smith, have agreed to take part in a charity skydive to raise money for a children’s hospice.

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, the Leeds based-bakery and confectionery company, is to sell its wares at an event to raise money for a cancer charity.

Yorkshire craft bakery Lottie Shaw’s looks set to see its products delivered nationwide after signing up distributor Hider Foods.

A development company that wants to extend Rowe’s Bakery near Falmouth is optimistic its planning appeal will prove successful.

Warburtons MD departs

12 June, 2012

Warburtons managing director Robert Higginson has left the business, after agreeing it was “time for a change”.

Peters Bakery, the north-east bakery chain and wholesaler, has gone into administration.

Tesco has said its UK performance has been in line with expectations, despite falling like-for-like sales.
 

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