Thermoformed packaging product provider DMD 2000 is to continue its expansion following a new £2 million investment.

A branch of high street chain Greggs, in Scotland’s Arbroath, is being terrorised daily by a bird that staff have named Steven Seagull.

British consumer spending confidence is at its highest recorded level, according to analysts Nielsen.

Trade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold has hit the national press after advertising sausage rolls for £8.17 – a 177% mark-up on the usual £2.95 price tag.

Morrisons category manager of bakery Andy Clegg will be keynote speaker at this year’s British Society of Baking (BSB) spring conference.

Bakers have hit out at a report naming businesses that have underpaid staff – saying it is ‘misleading’ and has branded ‘honest people’ as criminals.

National Toast Day

20 February, 2017

The annual day to celebrate toast is back on 23 February in association with Kingsmill and Tiptree World Bread Awards.

British Baker spent a day with one of India’s leading food distributors, TJUK Trade Networks, which showed multimedia reporter Ashley Williams the process of delivering baked goods from start to finish.

Italian baked goods supplier Crosta & Mollica has secured a listing in 500 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide for its five-core range.

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has unveiled a soft breakfast biscuit that it claims is a first for UK free-from aisles.

A new Greggs shop in a hospital in the Midlands is focusing on soups and salads rather than the traditional Greggs fare.

To mark his first Valentine’s Day in London, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has turned his pastries pink.

Muffin Break has introduced the first of a new range of limited-edition toasties into its offer, which will run from 2 February – 3 May 2017.

Northern Irish independent baker Graham’s Bakery has relaunched its range of traditional Irish biscuits and secured a deal to export products to Mexico.

High street sandwich chain Subway is to give away free six-inch subs to anyone who buys a large drink on 14 February.

Premier Foods-owed Mr Kipling has introduced a 3ft tall cake and flower bouquet in time for Valentine’s Day.

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Muffin Break has unveiled new range Curious Creations, which will bring the launch of a new muffin each month.

Cornish pasty maker Warrens will open a new store in Sutton Coldfield, its first venture outside its West Country heartland.

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

New Cadbury Tarts for Premier

08 February, 2017

Premier Foods is launching a range of indulgent Choc Tarts this month under the Cadbury Cakes brand. 

Blackpool-based Great Northern Sandwich Co (GNSC) has recalled six chicken sandwich products because of possible contamination.

Premium pie and quiche brand Higgidy has announced a new brand renovation programme, and aims to “disrupt” the category.

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive UK and Ireland sales and distribution agreement with General System Pack (GSP).

Richard Pennycook, the man credited with saving The Co-op Group, is to step down as CEO.

The latest consumer spending figures from Barclaycard have shown that, following a lull in December, record expenditure on essential items drove a 4.4% uplift in consumer spending in January. 

Birds Eye has announced the three finalists who will battle it out to become the first ever winner of the Birds Eye Fish Finger Sandwich Awards.

Aldi has overtaken The Co-operative to become Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket chain.

Consumer uncertainty following the Brexit referendum made for a challenging financial year, Sayers the Bakers has reported.

Tesco is selling 800g loaves of Kingsmill at two-for-£1.20 – the lowest price for a major bread brand in at least five years.

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) has launched the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), aimed at pastry chefs, head chefs and restaurant managers.

Somerset–based equipment firm Brook Food Processing Equipment has launched an online shop for bakery accessories and sundries.

Researchers have been given the go-ahead to carry out field trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Hertfordshire.

Kent-based Speciality Breads has launched a new Pan Rustic Cranberry Roll. 

Former Morrisons chairman and life president Sir Ken Morrison CBE has died.

Strong food-to-go sales have driven a 9.1% increase in like-for-like revenue at Greencore Group in the 13 weeks to 30 December 2016.

There are many canine bakeries popping up online, but Millie and Ruby’s in Great Harwood is among the first to open a bricks-and-mortar bakery devoted entirely to dogs. 

Nationwide cake delivery service Mums Bake Cakes is looking to recruit more bakers to sell their products through its website.

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

Following the announcement that retailer Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group will be merging to create the “UK’s leading food business”, the industry has given its thoughts on the impact that the £3.7bn deal will have on the food sector.

Scottish-based business Maclean’s Highlands Bakery has secured its first Lidl contract, worth more than £120k, for its oatcakes.

Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group – which includes the Premier, Londis and Budgens symbol groups – are merging to create “the UK's leading food business”.

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

All 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.

High street sandwich chain Subway will be donating 50 six-inch subs to help with the afternoon ‘foot-tea’ event in Yeadon, Yorkshire.

Scottish cake manufacturer Kirriemuir, which is part of the Bells Food Group, will expand its Signature Gingerbread cake range with two new variants that will appeal to the export market.

Greggs has revealed its Norwich bakery is to close as part of a major shake-up of its manufacturing and distribution structure, which is feared to have put hundreds of jobs at risk.

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