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BFP Wholesale goes into administration

Bakery indredients supplier BFP Wholesale has gone into administration and announced 74 redundancies at its Highbridge and Sevenoaks sites.

Whitbread acquires Pure stake for £6.8m

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has announced that it has acquired 49% of London-based food-to-go chain Healthy Retail Ltd, which trades as Pure, for £6.8m.

Speciality Breads nominated for award

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has been nominated as a Responsible Business Champion of north and south Thanet.

New healthy menu for Poundbakery

Budget bakery chain Poundbakery has launched a new balanced choice menu.

Le Pain Quotidien cuts staff breaks

In response to the introduction of the national living wage (NLW) last month, Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to end paid staff breaks.

Jacob’s announces reality TV stars for new ad

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that Jacob’s latest advert will feature Mark-Francis Vandelli of TV’s Made in Chelsea, and James ‘Arg’ Argent of The Only Way is Essex.

Ginsters’ new pasty for Help for Heroes

Ginsters has launched a limited-edition beef & horseradish pasty to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Dunkin’ Donuts fastest growing brand

The biannual Ones To Watch report by data experts Horizons, says Dunkin’ Donuts is the fastest growing brand. 

Castle Bakery shops for sale

Having closed in February, three of the nine Castle Bakery shops in north Wales are now up for sale.

Burton’s releases limited-edition Fingers

Hertfordshire-based Burton’s Biscuits will launch a limited-edition Great British Summer pack for Cadbury Fingers in June.

Brownings rebrands pie

Following a dispute with Kilmarnock Football Club, Brownings the Bakers has rebranded the Killie Pie as the Kilmarnock Pie. 

Hertfordshire bakery fined more than £5k

The owner of The Garden City Bread Company in Hertfordshire, has been fined more than £5,500 after pleading guilty to 16 food hygiene offences.

Sugar smart app reaches 2m downloads

Public Health England’s (PHE’s) sugar reduction app has been downloaded nearly two million times since it was launched in January.

New Gail’s bakery in Oxford

Gail’s Artisan Bakery recently opened a store in Summertown, Oxford, its’ first out-of-London venture. 

Marks & Spencer releases summer range

Marks & Spencer has launched its new Spirit of Summer food range, which includes new biscuits, and pastry products.

New packaging for Sheldon’s

Lancashire-based family bakers Sheldon’s has added black-and-white family portraits to their packaging, to highlight the company’s 70-year history. 

Chocolate Dessert of the Year competition launched

Aimed at chocolatiers and pastry chefs, the Chocolate Dessert of the Year competition is open now.

Burton’s relaunches Cadbury Animals

Burton’s Biscuits is to relaunch its Cadbury Animals and Cadbury Dinos biscuit ranges with an updated recipe and new pack designs.

Ginco recalls chocolate honeycomb

Sweet, nut and snack producer Ginco has recalled packs of chocolate-coated honeycomb due to the undeclared presence of milk and soya.

Union to stage protest over Giles Foods

Union GMB is planning to stage a series of protests outside supermarket chains Lidl and Morrisons, over a dispute at Warburtons-owned supplier Giles Foods.

The Topping Pie Company supports Yorkshire cycle race

The Topping Pie Company is to support the Tour de Yorkshire, an international cycle race taking place between 29 April and 1 May. 

Sweetpea Pantry wins at FreeFrom Awards

Sweetpea Pantry, the baking mix producer, won the Store Cupboard category at the FreeFrom Awards for its Grainy Brainy Pancakes.

Roberts Bakery raises £25k for charity

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has raised £25,000, half its target, to help Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Greggs to roll out Balanced Choice range

In a continued bid to target the ‘healthy eating’ market, high street food-to-go chain Greggs will launch its Balanced Choice range on 2 May. 

American cookies rule says Dawn

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has commissioned a cookie survey, which has found American-style cookies are the most popular sweet treat.

Asda to change "misleading" promos

Supermarket giant Asda has agreed to make changes to “misleading” promotional practices as part of a wider crackdown by The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Callebaut says half of millennials choose sweet on-the-go option

Sweet goods are a key market for food-to-go operators, according to research for chocolate producer Callebaut, which shows 50% of millennials choose a sweet option.

New chiller and freezer from Jestic

The new addition to the product portfolio from Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment, made by Irinox, has been dubbed the “fastest blast chiller in its category”.

Village Bakery wins south Wales Tesco contract

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has struck a deal to supply 27 Tesco stores in south Wales, adding to the 16 it already sells to in north Wales.

Hobart MD moves into European role

Warewash equipment manufacturer Hobart’s managing director, David Riley, has had his current role expanded to cover warewashing sales operations in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Coup de Pates launches new range

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates’ latest range contains over 180 semi-prepared, reception, patisserie and fully-finished items.

Paul launches summer éclair collection

London-based high street bakery and patisserie, Paul, is to launch a new éclair range next month called Eclectic Éclairs: The Summer Collection.

Addo to enter breakfast category

Addo Food Group will enter the breakfast category for the first time this month (April), with the introduction of a new on-the-go product, the Wall’s Breakfast Twist.

RGF announces pre-tax profit expectations

Real Good Food (RGF) has announced it expects statutory pre-tax profits of approximately £13.9m for the year ended 31 March 2016.

Howzat! Tuffers backs National Doughnut Week

Ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell tucks into a tasty treat in the lead-up to National Doughnut Week, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month. 

Costa sales up 15.7%

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has reported that UK retail sales at Costa were up 15.7% in the year ending 3 March.

Bakkavor increases pallet demand

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has increased annual pallet demand by 25% by securing a new deal with Pooling Partners. 

Wrights opens new store in Stoke-On-Trent

Pie lovers in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent, can now visit Wrights the pie maker, following the opening of a new retail shop in the town.  

RedBlack appoints new account manager

RedBlack Software has appointed Brett Jones to the position of account manager. Based in Bristol, he will have particular responsibility for the south of England and Wales. 

Destiny launches made-without-gluten desserts

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor, has launched a new range of made-without-gluten desserts.

Genius wants to lead gluten-free market

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

Boris Johnson visits Subway

Mayor of London Boris Johnson met staff at the Uxbridge branch of Subway to talk about key issues affecting the food industry.

New McDougalls sponge mixes from Premier

Premier Foods has redeveloped its McDougalls Sponge Mix and Reduced Fat Sponge Mix, and they now both contain 30% less fat.

Mary Berry launches first chilled dessert range

Mary Berry has launched her first range of chilled desserts, produced under license by The Hain Daniels Group.

Dumfriesshire bakery sells to garage firm

Dumfriesshire-based Gretna Bakery has been sold for an undisclosed sum to garage business Hills of Lakeland.

Time to enter the Baking Industry Awards

Are you the very best in bakery? If so, time is running out to enter the prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

New packaging for Baker Street rolls from Carrs

The Baker Street soft rolls, made by Carrs Foods, now have branded display trays produced by DS Smith.

New ad launch for Jacob’s

As part of the £15m Crackin’ campaign, United Biscuits (UB)-owned Jacob’s has launched a new ad, which aired for the first time this week.

Country Choice launches sausage rolls

Kent-based Country Choice is offering a range of bake-from-frozen sausage rolls under the name The Sausage Roll Co. 

Premier takes on food-to-go trend

Premier Foods is aiming to capitalise on the food-to-go trend with new product formats and a dedicated Cake on the Go team.

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