In keeping with the ongoing trend for hybrids, Bridor plans to bring its Bun ‘n’ Roll, a croissant/burger-bun hybrid, to the UK market before the end of this year.

High street bakery chain Greggs has revealed plans to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

Greggs says its “growing strength” in food-to-go has contributed to a 4.2% hike in like-for-like sales through its company-managed stores in the past year.

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Greggs Delivered, the new delivery service from the food-to-go retailer, is being trialled in London from today (Monday 16 January).

London-based bakery Konditor & Cook will today (16 January) give away 5,000 Red Velvet Mini Bakes across its six stores to cheer up the public in what is regarded as the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

Parsons Bakery is to re-open eight former Bath Bakery shops closed after the business ceased trading.

Premier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.

Trade groups including the British Sandwich Association have set out plans for foodservice staffing in post-Brexit Britain.

Premier Foods, owner of a raft of household brands including Mr Kipling, is preparing to increase the price retailers pay for its products.

Premier Foods has become the latest member of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

Bolton-based Farzana Dipoti has been forced to change her bakery’s name by the multi-billion dollar US business The Cheesecake Factory.

Supermarkets have had their best Christmas trading in four years thanks to a late surge in sales.

Premier Foods is expanding its recently launched ‘whole cakes’ range as part of its seasonal Easter line-up.

Irwin & Sons back in profit

06 January, 2017

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin & Sons returned to profit in 2016 after reporting a loss the previous year.

Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Bread Ahead bakery is to open its fourth retail outlet in Chelsea, London on 6 January.

Dentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.

2 Sisters-owned The Pizza Factory has confirmed the loss of a major contract just weeks before a supply deal with Tesco ends.

Flora Shedden, runner-up in the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015, has started work on a new bakery in her home town.

High street sandwich chain Subway has opened its 10th store in an East of England Co-op shop.

Supermarket sales of Christmas cakes and puddings – and many other festive favourites – are currently trailing last year’s.

Pret A Manger has revealed it is to trial sliced sandwich bread free from all additives except ascorbic acid following claims by The Real Bread Campaign that the chain is serving baked goods containing additives to “unsuspecting customers”.

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme UK has announced the date of its latest store opening, at the Mall shopping centre, Blackburn.

FRP Advisory has been appointed as administrator to Wigan-based biscuit manufacturer Rivington Biscuits Limited.

Bulk ingredients suplpier Tate & Lyle has announced the appointment of Dr Gerry Murphy as a non-executive director and chairman-designate of the company. 

Ingredients supplier Kröner-Stärke (KS) has developed a range of pre-gelatinised flours and starches for the bakery market, which it claims will give professional bread makers the edge on their competition.

New research shows consumers will pay more for products made with ingredients they recognise, according to a new study. 

Portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller has unveiled its most versatile cookie dough depositor machine to date - the Uni-X Extruder.

Trade charity Hospitality Action has raised a record-breaking £5k at its Christmas online auction, which ran for its 13th consecutive year.

A Lanarkshire baker has been fined £60,000 by HMRC over false repayment claims.

New gluten-free wheat?

15 December, 2016

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

Crisps without crunch were voted the top food fail in a recent Sainsbury’s study of festive snacks… so the retailer has introduced a Crunch-o-meter.

Premium own-label ranges have been star performers in Britain’s supermarkets in the past quarter, according to data from analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

Shipley-based bakery Just Desserts has launched its own retail brand of family-sized cakes after more than 30 years as a foodservice supplier.

UK baking mix supplier LFI Tollblend Ltd has been acquired by French business Lesaffre.

Baking company Bad Brownie has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help open a dessert bar in central London.

The UK grocery market is expected to grow 1.2% over the Christmas period, with shoppers spending £20.6bn, according to forecast figures from IGD.

Warburtons has said it is hoping to reinvigorate the sandwich thins market following a sharp drop in overall category sales.

The lunchtime roast is toast according to Premier Foods - with sandwiches now almost twice as popular for Sunday lunch.

Greggs Delivered, the much-anticipated home delivery service from the Tyneside baker, is being trialled in Newcastle city centre.

Real Good Food is to ramp up activity targeting amateur bakers after identifying them as a growth market.

Belgium-based Delacre said Ferrero had completed the acquisition of the Delacre and Delichoc biscuit brands from United Biscuits. 

Ninety-year-old Wigan business Waterfield’s is set to close 11 bakeries in and around the area. 

Health campaign group Action on Sugar – which has previously lambasted products including breakfast biscuits  has now turned its guns on the cake market.

Businesses have been invited to comment on a new three-year strategy for cereals and oilseeds published this month by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Swansea-based Panini Ltd is to supply every state-run hospital and school in Wales in a new contract worth £5m.

Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie is rumoured to be in talks to buy the Maison Blanc chain.

UK food businesses have put the brakes on promotions – with activity declining more here than in other European markets.

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