Sugar supplier Napier Brown plans to expand its Normanton factory and open a new distribution centre in Hull as it increases sugar imports from outside the EU.

Discounting website Groupon has launched a new online e-booking service, which it says offers businesses an easy way to manage their schedules.

Bakers are being encouraged to enter the Pork and Pastry category for this year’s Bpex Foodservice Pork Product of the Year competition.

Peter’s Foods has launched a new range of spicy pastries this month, supported by a national marketing campaign.

Associated British Foods’ chief executive George Weston remains in the top 10 of The Sunday Times’ Rich List.

Craft bakers from across the UK came out in force yesterday for a demonstration in London to oppose  the 20% tax on hot food such as pies and pasties. British Baker talked to individuals from the industry about the importance of the day, why the tax should not go ahead and what they would want to say to Chancellor George Osborne if they had the opportunity.

More than 500 bakers protested at Downing Street yesterday over the proposed 20% pasty tax and a petition with more than half a million signatures was handed to the government.

The rally - which was organised by Greggs and the National Association of Master Bakers - heard Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, accuse the government of being out of touch on the matter.

And, a delegation from Greggs and the NAMB visited parliament following the demonstration to voice their concerns with MPs.

See yesterday's demo in British Baker's exclusive picture gallery. More than 500 bakers protested outside Downing Street against the proposed 20% pie tax.

The New York Bakery Co bagel brand has branched out into the muffins market with a new range of products.

Crieff-based Campbell’s Bakery has launched a competition tasking young bakers to ‘Design a Doughnut for Charity’.

Petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures apposing the 20% VAT on hot food will be delivered to the Treasury this morning.

United Biscuits (UBUK) has refreshed the packaging of its McVitie’s Digestives biscuits range with a British theme.

The Real Bread Campaign has delivered a pledge to the government from more than 350 bakers, millers, farmers and consumers not to sell or buy GM wheat.

Peter Gossage, Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, has visited four bakeries taking part in a three-month trial of its Baker’s Marque Warrant.

Premier Foods’ power brands strategy has paid off, with a 3.7% increase in sales for the three months ending 31 March 2012.

Warburtons is on the search for an agency to take charge of its £8m advertising account.

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a decline in operating profit for its ingredients and grocery divisions this morning.

In its interim results for the 24 weeks ended 3 March 2012, ABF said its ingredients business, which includes yeast and bakery ingredients manufacturer AB Mauri, saw a £13m decline to £18m. Revenue grew by 2% to £538m.

ABF’s grocery division, including the Kingsmill bread brand, reported a 4% growth in revenue to £1.8bn, but a £34m decline in operating profits to £75m. The company said this was primarily driven by restructuring costs at Allied Bakeries in the UK, in addition to George West Foods in Australia.

Chevler, the rapidly growing South Wales-based manufacturer of baking cases, muffin wraps and printed greaseproof paper, has beefed up its board with the appointment of Mark Hislop as a non-executive director.

Warburtons is launching a range of Indian speciality bread products in April.

W.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.

Mellissa Morgan, owner of Brixton-based Ms Cupcake, was awarded the Rising Star Award at last year's Baking Industry Awards. She talked to British Baker about her vegan bakery, developing the concept and life after the awards.

Warburtons' bread loaves are set to land on supermarket shelves in France this year.

Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.

James Hall & Co has announced a double partnership deal to supply Hovis and Roberts bread products to Spar stores in the north of England.

A bid to overturn the changes to VAT charged on takeaway food, dubbed ‘the pasty tax’, was narrowly defeated in parliament last night.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that would scrap the government’s planned £50m ‘pasty tax’.

Greencore, the Irish producer of convenience foods, has acquired US food company rival MarketFare for $36m (£22.6m).

Tesco will be focusing on turning around declining UK trading profit with a £1bn investment plan for the next 12 months.

Greggs is investing £1m in an integrated marketing campaign to promote its breakfast offering.

British Baker recently published an article looking at the evidence on bread and bloating. It found that products made by the Chorleywood Bread Process (CBP) did not cause bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort, compared to other bread-making processes.

Reids of Caithness has made a £1m investment in a new production site, with plans to more than double staff numbers.

Starbucks UK is looking to place 16 of its central London sites on the property market.

Healthy food ranges have helped Marks & Spencer gain a 0.8% increase in group sales in its fourth quarter 2011/12.

Invite to BSB golf day

16 April, 2012

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is hosting a golf day on 28 May at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden, Birmingham.

Premier Foods is launching a premium, British-inspired bread product under its Hovis brand this month.

Co Armagh-based Irwin’s Bakery has secured a television sponsorship deal in its 100th year of business.

A number of new measures to aid the fluidity of the European sugar market were passed at the management committee meeting at the European Commission yesterday (12 April).

Kingston & District Master Bakers Association is to host a special dinner and dance in honour of the Queen’s 86th birthday, her Jubilee year and Saint George’s Day.

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) is to host a one-day training course on ‘bread weights control’ on Tuesday 8 May.

In a bid to clear up confusion over the legal use of edible and non-toxic glitters, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed new guidance for food businesses and consumers.

Premier Foods is one of the lowest-rated financially healthy retail companies in the UK, according to newly compiled research from Company Watch.

Scottish confectionery group Lees Foods is the subject of a takeover bid by new plc Randotte, in a management buy-out.

The unusual warm weather in March has helped drive UK retail sales values up by 1.3%, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Morrisons could be rebranding its traditional Easter hot cross buns, following the government’s proposed 20% VAT on hot food products.

Ditty’s Bakery will see its products listed in US gourmet and speciality food retailer Dean & DeLuca.

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has spoken out about how the 20% tax on hot takeaway food could affect profitability and jobs in the region.

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has baked a giant hot cross bun, which was unveiled last week at the RSPB’s Saltholme wildlife reserve.

Amos to head up Zeelandia

05 April, 2012

David Amos has been appointed UK managing director for international bakery ingredients supplier Zeelandia.

Speculation surrounding the possibility of Costa Coffee demerging from the Whitbread Group is mounting, according to a City analyst.

Ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer, Starbucks UK is investing £8m to renovate its stores within the capital.

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