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Belfast Chamber of Commerce seeks Sunday trading extension

Belfast Chamber of Commerce (BCC) is to lobby the city council to apply for holiday resort status as it seeks to extend Sunday trading hours.

Pieminister enters gluten-free market

Premium pie maker Pieminister has entered the free-from market with the introduction of two gluten-free pies.

New Krispy Kreme in Peterborough

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is to open a restaurant and production hub in Peterborough.

Premier Foods’ shares jump after takeover rejection

Shares in Premier Foods jumped to a high of 54.05p yesterday, after the company announced it had rejected a takeover bid by US spice brand McCormick.

The government will fight legal challenges to sugar tax

Chancellor George Osborne says “bring it on” to the threat of legal action from drinks firms.

Foodservice sales growth slowing

The growth in the UK food sector will not match that of 2015, according to data analysis company Horizons’ managing director Peter Backman. 

Burton’s Biscuits launches Fish ‘n’ Chip battle

Burton’s Biscuits will ask consumers to decide which flavour of sauce they would like on its Fish ‘n’ Chips brand.

Top ten hot cross buns

No Easter would be complete without them – now Cambridge Market Research has published the results of a consumer blind taste test to see which hot cross bun is best.

New roll for Speciality Breads

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has added to its growing selection of artisan rolls with a new sourdough & onion roll.

Allied invests £1m in pancakes

Sunblest pancake production has been overhauled at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakery’s East Belfast plant. 

Costa beset by separation rumours

Whitbread’s shares soared yesterday as takeover and break-up talk was rife around the owner of Costa Coffee.

Premier Foods writes off Hovis stake

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has revealed it is to write off its £8m investment in Hovis.

Survey finds demand for more gluten-free products

There is insufficient choice in the gluten-free market, according to 73% of consumers who buy coeliac-friendly products.

Haj Atwal, manager of Subway's 5,000th European store
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Subway opens 5,000th European store

Subway has opened its 5,000th European outlet with a new site in Livingston, Scotland.

Pret A Manger scores food-to-go double win

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has been named the UK’s best café and sandwich shop.

MPs underline commitment to apprenticeships

MPs George Eustice and Nadhim Zahawi spoke at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) stand at the Big Bang UK Scientist and Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

Freedom Bakery crowdfunding for second site

In response to “growing demand”, Freedom Bakery will launch a second crowdfunding campaign on 7 April. 

Cornish baker adopts National Living Wage

W C Rowe, one of the first large-scale Cornish employers, has adopted the soon-to-be-mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for its workforce.

Scottish companies forge gluten-free partnership

A partnership to produce gluten-free biscuits has been announced by Duncan’s of Deeside and Pulsetta Foods.

Gallery: Halva to supply Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason (F&M) has just been announced as the first official stockist for London bakery, Halva.

Starbucks responds to recycling jibes

Starbucks, the coffee shop chain, has announced that it will offer a 50p discount to customers who bring in their own coffee cup.

New director for Tesco

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced that Lindsey Pownall will join the board as an additional independent non-executive director.

M&S starts selling mug cakes

Marks & Spencer is offering pre-made mixes that you put in a mug and microwave. 

Eat faces £3.6m bill for toasted sandwiches

Sandwich chain Eat has been issued with a £3.6m VAT bill after its toasties were found to be subject to the “pasty tax”. 

Defra urges manufacturers to apply for PDOs

UK manufacturers are to be encouraged to apply for protected status for their regional speciality food and drink names, according to Elizabeth Truss, minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Muffin Break launches citrus muffin

Muffin Break has launched a limited-edition citrus-flavoured muffin as the third stage of its Muffin Lab concept.

Border Biscuits to launch first TV ad

Border Biscuits is set to launch its first national television advert as part of its new marketing campaign.

Bidvest unveils four new desserts

Wholesale retailer Bidvest has unveiled a new selection of frozen dessert products as part of its Create Summer range.

Government has “no plans” to tax coffee shops

The government says it has no plans to tax coffee shop cups after a minister suggested it could repeat its "success" in cutting plastic bag waste.

Dr Oetker’s giant chocolate rabbit

Manchester and London both played host to a larger-than-life chocolate rabbit last week, in a marketing exercise for German ingredients company Dr Oetker.

Scott’s Bakery wins seasonal Asda contract

Easter has come early for Scott’s Bakery, after it won a contract to supply Asda with three seasonal lines.

Watch out Easter, here comes the crodough

Rinkoffs Bakery in east London has come up with its own take on Dominique Ansell’s cronut, with a little seasonal flourish.

Warburtons extends its School Visitor programme

There is now a team of 21 people nationwide, who deliver the company’s food education programme. 

Pudding Fairy wins at exhibition

Laure Moyle has taken first prize at the Squires Exhibition in Surrey, with her haute couture-inspired cake design. 

Paterson Arran to be sold

Alan Hardie and Ian Appleton, owners of Paterson Arran Limited, which produces shortbread, oatcakes, jams, chutney and relishes, are to sell the business and retire.

Mothers Pride repackaged for Epilepsy Scotland

Mothers Pride Scottish Plain loaves will be repackaged in Epilepsy Scotland’s purple and teal tartan design to raise awareness of the condition

Lewis Pies relaunches bakery

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company has relaunched its bakery branch of the business.

Hambleton Bakery to open new branch

A sixth branch of the award-winning Hambleton Bakery will open next week in Oundle.

Demand for more independent coffee shops

Despite high street domination by the branded coffee chains, it is independent coffee shops that consumers want, according to new research.

Battersea Power Station development to include bakery

Flour Power City will be among the first tenants at the new Circus West retail development in Battersea. 

Burton’s Biscuits to revamp Maryland range

Burton’s Biscuits is relaunching its Maryland range with a unified pack format and new SKUs.

Pizza Express to launch gluten-free dough balls

Pizza Express has announced the launch of a gluten-free version of its dough balls.

Cuisine de France launches speciality rolls

Cuisine de France has launched a range of speciality rolls aimed at the in-store bakery market.

Blackburn family bakery rises from the ashes to scoop awards

Sandersons has won six national awards for its pies at the 2016 British Pie Awards, just three years after going into administration.

Warrens takes the ‘pasty grand slam’

Warrens Bakery, the Cornish craft bakery, is delighted with its recent victories, which coincide with its expansion.

Finsbury Food reports strong H1 growth

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 91% growth in its H1 UK bakery operating profit, from £3.8m to £7.2m.

Boparan enjoys positive Q2 results

Boparan Holdings, the company behind 2 Sisters Food Group, has reported a rise in underlying sales and improved profitability for its second quarter.

Aunt Bessie’s launches dessert duo

A duo of frozen desserts has been launched by William Jackson Food Group (WJFG), under the Aunt Bessie’s brand.

Warrens plans to expand in St Just

The directors of Warrens Bakery hope plans to grow the company’s St Just production site will enable them to extend the confectionery side of the business.

New Steak and Wainwright Golden Ale Pie

Lancashire-based Clayton Park Bakery has launched a Steak and Wainwright Golden Ale Pie in conjunction with brewery and pub operator, Marston’s, to coincide with British Pie Week.

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