Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

Three local bakers in the Chilterns region are celebrating after winning Real Bread Awards from the Chiltern Society.

New “faster, fresher” food-to-go brand Keuken has opened its first store, on Eldon Street, London.

A one-year-old girl almost died after choking on a piece of plastic inside a mini-muffin bought from the Lidl store in Darlington, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Birmingham social enterprise company Miss Macaroon will be opening its first shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade in the last week of October.

Simmons goes purple

15 September, 2016

Simmons the Bakers will be supporting the Hospice of St Francis’ Grow Purple fundraising challenge at its 34 shops in October.

High street food-to-go operators including Greggs, Starbucks, Costa, Pret and Caffè Nero have been slammed for selling unhealthy breakfast lines in a new survey.

Costa Express has installed its 6,000th self-serve coffee bar globally in Tesco High Wycombe and says it is on track to have more than 8,000 machines by 2020.

Scotland’s Scotty Brand has gained a £150,000 listing with Asda to stock two cake lines in Scottish stores, with both lines handmade by Motherwell’s Kerrs Bakery.

Catering equipment supplier Nisbets is opening two new shops this month, in the cities of York and Chelmsford.

A giant, fully edible map of Scotland was built – and then eaten, at the Scottish Festival of Architecture on Sunday 11 September.

Manchester wholesale bakery GH Sheldon’s saw a sharp drop in profits in the year to the end of February, according to its recently filed annual accounts.

Planning permission is set to be granted for almost 300 new homes to be built on the former Burton’s biscuit factory site in Moreton, Wirral.

Carr’s Flour Mills has registered an exclusive tartan for trade body Scottish Bakers  to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Paul UK flags up a birthday

13 September, 2016

The Paul UK bakery chain is celebrating the first birthday of its Le Restaurant De Paul at Tower 42 in London with a French flag promotion.

Lobby groups have renewed calls for action as they pick over the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) published by Public Health England last week.

Co-op overhauls own-label range

13 September, 2016

A range of bakery products are set to be repackaged as The Co-op shakes up its 3,500-line own-label offer.

Food-to-go company Street Eats has moved into a state-of-the-art food processing centre as it pushes to become one of the leading food-to-go producers in the UK.

Finalists and winners in the Baking Industry Awards have been in the media spotlight since the ceremony at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel last week.

Lidl announces new CEO

12 September, 2016

Lidl UK has appointed Christian Härtnagel as its CEO with immediate effect, following the surprise departure of Ronny Gottschlich last week.

Associated British Foods was upbeat about its UK bakery, sugar, ingredients and cereals businesses as it posted a trading update this morning, with underlying profit said to be “ahead of expectations”.

Bakery chain Greggs is introducing sourdough pasties with less than 300 calories and up to two-thirds less fat and saturated fat than its standard pasty.

Bakery supplier Puratos UK today unveiled a £1.27m innovation centre at its UK Fringford Mill site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016, held this week, saw one bakery company stage a fightback against “cutesy” bakery.

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes has revealed a new and more transparent pricing strategy, which will go live in November following extensive pilots.

There has been a dip in the popularity of sandwiches, while sales of hot food and drinks are up, according to new research from labelling and eco packaging company Planglow.

Supplier Pidy UK is looking for amateur cyclists to take part in its 2016’s Ride 4 Hope, a 300-mile sponsored cycle ride, which will raise around £30,000 for a homeless charity.

French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in Covent Garden at the end of July.

Butterware, a supplier of online ordering websites to the lunch-to-go market, has launched a new mobile responsive website design, available to all customers. 

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

MBE for Bob Burns

23 June, 2016

Bob Burns, founder of Glastonbury bakery Burns the Bread, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community he lives in.

Patisserie Valerie (PV) is to open its 119th outlet at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster as it continues a rapid expansion.  

A new study by Newcastle University shows that a sugar tax could be effective in discouraging shoppers from buying sweet products.

Gluten-free brand Genius has spelled out its ambitions to become the global leader in free-from bakery, outlining an international expansion programme.

Three Scottish bakeries are celebrating new listings worth an estimated £275,000 in total as Asda grows its locally sourced bakery range.

Bakers have reported that sales boomed over Halloween, with the strongest sales ever this year.

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

The Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees has launched a scheme to help bakery students and trainees find jobs.

Wrights unveils new packaging

11 November, 2015

London-based miller G R Wright & Sons, has made a “considerable investment” in a new look across its 14-strong bread mix range.

A recently opened branch of Muffin Break in Birmingham’s flagship Grand Central shopping mall was shut down due to mouse infestation yesterday (9 November).

Greencore Food To Go has said it “deeply regrets” an incident last April where a worker had two fingers severed by a mixing machine at its Spalding site. 

Seeded bread specialist Vogel’s has partnered with outdoor brand Anorak for a new Keep Exploring campaign. 

Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.

The UK’s first crisp sandwich shop has closed down three months after opening, in a development blamed on the owner’s poor health.

A typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items such as coffees, shop-bought lunches, post-work drinks and treats for children, says a new survey commissioned by insurance company Aviva.

Greggs in £2,000 robbery

28 October, 2015

Raiders forced their way into a Greggs in Birchencliffe in Yorkshire at 11.30pm on 25 October, stealing a safe containing £2,000.

A new independent accountant’s report has suggested that Irish bakery Irish Pride, which is shortly due to be sold out of receivership, could have been saved by taking the examinership option in June.

London’s artisan E5 Bakehouse has just finished a second project to support refugee women, in partnership with the charity the Refugee Council.

A man appeared in court last week charged with stealing a lorry load of Burton’s Biscuits and a lorry load of lager.

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

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