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Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

Federation of Bakers partners with Instagram star

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) and the Flour Advisory Bureau have launched a #betterwithbread campaign with Instagram star Deliciously Stella.

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.

Philip Moody named Openfield chairman

Grain co-operative Openfield has appointed Philip Moody as group chairman. 

REVEALED: Finsbury Foods’ Mary Berry range

Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. 

Park Cakes in management buy-out

Own-label cake and dessert supplier Park Cakes has been acquired in a management buy-out from private-equity firm Vision Capital.

Family-run Ellis’s Bakery up for sale

A Devon-based business that has been run by the same family for 50 years is up for sale.

Pret set to launch ‘Big Experience Week’ initiative in response to staffing concerns

Pret A Manger – which recently flagged up concerns about recruiting staff in the wake of Brexit – is launching a work experience drive.

‘Britain only’ button to be introduced?

Talks are under way that could make it easier for online grocery shoppers to only buy British products, a minister has said.

Pasty and pasty-inspired single launched for charity

Prima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. 

Pladis announces global expansion plans

Biscuit and cake manufacturer Pladis, and owner of brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s and Carr’s, is set to expand internationally.

Bea Vo to open new bakery

American chef and duffin inventor Bea Vo will launch Butterscotch Bakery in Shepherd’s Bush, London this summer. 

CSM to keep Sussex plant open

Bakery giant CSM revealed plans to close the Ashington-based Kate’s Cakes site last year, but has now announced it will keep it open to focus on ‘free-from’.

Buying British is ‘back in vogue’ says GS1

GS1 UK, the supply chain standards member organisation, said there has been a resurgence in small businesses producing heritage products.

Frances Quinn makes record-breaking jaffa cake

GBBO 2013 winner Frances Quinn has made a 4ft-wide version of a jaffa cake with Hambleton Bakery, which has broken the world record by over a foot.

Muffin Break launches three new products

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has added a bundt cake, a lemon bar and an almond croissant to its menu.  

Adelie Foods includes simit bread in new range

Middle Eastern-style simit bread will feature in the Daily Bread sandwich range being relaunched by food-to-go giant Adelie Foods next week.

Krispy Kreme launches limited-edition Mother’s Day range

Krispy Kreme has unveiled a limited-edition Mother’s Day gift box that features three new doughnuts.

Welcome to the all-new British Baker

British Baker has relaunched this month with a new look, new content and a new website.

GroceryAid Ball raises over £235k for the industry

More than 600 people from across the food industry gathered for the Diamond Ball to raise money for GroceryAid.

Burton’s launches Maryland Crispies

Burton’s Biscuit Company is expanding its range of Maryland Choc Chip Cookies with the launch of Maryland Crispies. 

Video: Behind the scenes at Café Royal's dessert restaurant

Café Royal in Regent Street, London, recently gave dessert lovers everywhere cause for delight by launching a dessert restaurant.

Waitrose introduces Italian breads

Last year’s popular addition, colomba, has been reintroduced for Easter, alongside a hot cross bun panettone. 

Edme celebrates success for National Apprentice Week

As part of National Apprentice Week (6-10 March 2016), ingredients supplier Edme is reflecting on the success of its own trainees.

Community bakery crowdfunding for premises

Sussex-based Stoneham Bakehouse is crowdfunding in order to set up permanent premises, and is offering rewards in return for donations.

Canadian triumphs at pasty champs

A Canadian baker has claimed the top title at the World Pasty Championships, using skills he learnt from his Cornish mother.

Sayers plans to appeal £170k fine

Sayers the Bakers, which was fined £170,000 last week for 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool, has told British Baker it plans to appeal the level of the fine.

Sayers Infestation

Sayers hit with £170,000 fine over mouse and cockroach infestations

Sayers the Bakers has been fined £170,000 after admitting 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool.

Wrapped bread sales down in a fifth of c-stores

One in five convenience retailers say their sales of wrapped bread and bakery have declined in the past 12 months, according to a new study.

M&S launches savoury hot cross buns

The high street retailer said it was ‘pushing the boundaries’ this year with the cheese and onion addition to its hot cross bun line-up.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bennett plans to open in Dubai – and you could go with him

Patisserie Mark Bennett has been approached by an investor with a view to opening an outlet in City Walk, Dubai, British Baker has learnt.

Bread helping to destroy the planet? – The industry reacts

Scientists this week published research claiming a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide. It’s a claim that has left some industry experts ‘bemused’.

Home deliveries ruled out as Greggs unveils plans for further growth

Greggs has revealed a new strategy for growth that includes opening up to 150 new stores this year, but has ruled out a move into home deliveries.

Welsh Hills wins export award

Family-run operation Welsh Hills Bakery triumphed at the South and Mid Wales Chambers Welsh Business Awards in the Success in Overseas Trade category and went on to be named overall winner on the night.

Bosch launches packaging site for bakers

Bosch Packaging Technology has rolled out a microsite designed to help producers find the right machinery systems. 

£3m expansion plans for Pecan Deluxe Candy

North Yorkshire ingredients manufacturer Pecan Deluxe Candy is to spend £3m on an ambitious European expansion programme.

Packaging provider to benefit from £2m investment

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

Greggs falls ‘fowl’ of persistent thief

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

Consumer spending confidence ‘at highest level on record’

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

CBA takes action in face of business rates furore

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

Food industry ‘being sacrificed to keep prices low’

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

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Baker puts £8.17 price tag on sausage rolls to highlight business rates threat

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.

BSB announces Morrisons’ Andy Clegg as main speaker for spring conference

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

Bakers left ‘devastated’ following government report on underpaid staff

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

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

VIDEO: A day in the life of an Indian baked goods distributor

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.

Crosta & Mollica secures major new listing at Sainsbury’s

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

Genius launches Breakfast Bakes in three variants

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

Greggs launches first ‘healthier shop’

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

GALLERY: Ansel turns pastries pink for Valentine's

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

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