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Walsall bakery fined £10k

Billy Bunter’s Bakehouse, based in Walsall, has been found to be in breach of a raft of food safety rules, and was issued a £10,000 fine in court this week. 

Southport bakery closure

Claude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. 

New mini pastry collection

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has launched a Mini Signature Selection, made up of Danish pastries.

Holland’s Pies on television

Lancashire based pie-maker Holland’s Pies is on the box in time to support National Pie Week (March 7-13).

Bakery among biggest UK exports

Baked and cereal exports increased to £2.3bn in 2015, according to new HM Customs & Excise data.

Hampshire bakery launches wedding favours

Little Bee Bakery has started supplying a range of honey-based biscuits to John Lewis.

Spring-inspired lemonade muffin launched

A limited-edition pink lemonade muffin has been launched by Cuisine de France.

Ginger Nut production restarted

United Biscuits (UB) has resumed production of McVitie’s Ginger Nuts at its Carlisle factory.

Costa reports slowing sales

The high street coffee shop chain’s owner, Whitbread, has blamed mild weather for disappointing sales.

Burton’s Biscuits to relaunch Cadbury range

Burton’s Biscuits is relaunching its Cadbury Special Occasions biscuit range in a new pack format, designed for convenience.

New Brioche Pasquier macarons

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier aims to target “the consumer’s growing passion for macarons”.

Grocery prices continue to drop

mySupermarket.co.uk has said grocery prices have dropped to their lowest level in more than a year.

Fairtrade sales up, but not sugar

The Fairtrade Foundation charity said that shoppers and businesses are choosing Fairtrade for most groceries, but not sugar.

Cornelius Group among 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain

The Cornelius Group has been included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.

Brace’s to close Welsh factory

Around 39 jobs are to go at Brace’s Bakery, after the family-owned firm announced it was to close its site in Crumlin, near Newport.

Ben & Jerry’s launches ice cream sandwiches

Already a hit in the US, the ice cream giants are bringing the ‘Wich range to our supermarkets this month.

Learn about the future of bakery

Do you want to learn about future trends in retail bakery? If so, an upcoming British Baker web forum is perfect for you.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs to reorganise and capitalise

Capitalising on the food-to-go market and reorganising the bakery portfolio are key priorities for Greggs, according to chief executive Roger Whiteside.

Stag Bakeries launches Sweet Straws

Stag Bakeries has launched a new range of biscuit-style snacks as the first stage of a new brand venture.

5 things you can learn about Greggs

Greggs' record annual profits off the back of a bold food-to-go strategy gives any bakery pause for thought. British Baker takes a look at the key factors which give the high-street baker its competative edge.

Greggs’ Annual Report at a glance

Greggs reported record revenues and pre-tax profits yesterday, proving the wisdom of its transition from traditional baker to food-to-go retailer.

Welsh Hills triumphs at Welsh Business Awards

Gluten-free bakery Welsh Hills has been revealed as joint winner of the Success through Overseas Trade category in the Welsh Business Awards.

Waverley Bakery bought for £5.2m

Scottish ice-cream cone and wafer maker Waverley Bakery has been bought by Nordic business Orkla Food Ingredients (OFI).

New Hovis Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed loaf

Hovis’ special-edition loaf, which launches this month, has a seeded dough for extra crunch, is a source of protein and is rich in fibre. 

New funding for The Cornish Bakery

A seven-figure funding package for The Cornish Bakery could create up to 180 jobs and eight new stores “by spring 2016”.

Irwin’s wheaten bread in Asda

Irwin’s Bakery is to supply more than 100,000 packs of its new wheaten bread products to all Asda stores in Northern Ireland.

New Mini Bagel

The New York Bakery Company (NYBC) aims to appeal to both the calorie-conscious and the snacking market with its latest offering.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs posts strong profit growth

Greggs saw its pre-tax profits rise by 25.4% to £73m in its last financial year and has revealed it is confident of delivering even more growth in the year ahead.

Nina Bakery launches new Sub Pita

Artisan pitta bread producer Nina Bakery released ready-baked Sub Pitas at Hotelympia in London yesterday.

2017 salt targets on track

Consensus for Action on Salt & Health (CASH) has collected data on white bread brands in the UK, and Brace’s and Linwoods do not meet the 2017 max salt target.

Applegreen to trial Bakewell Café in the UK

Applegreen has told British Baker that it will bring the successful motorway service café concept in the UK.

First sugar, now salt?

Starbucks, Caffé Nero and Costa pastries and sandwiches contain too much salt, according to research for The Telegraph.

Morrisons to enter supply arrangement with Amazon

Morrisons has this morning announced a new supply deal with Amazon.

Warburtons makes Top 25 of Sunday Times’ companies

Warburtons has been named one of the Best 25 Big companies to work for.

Swiss rolls recalled due to undeclared milk

Two Swiss roll products have been recalled due to incorrect ingredients information.

Poundbakery launches Italian range

An Italian-inspired range has been launched by budget bakery chain Poundbakery.

Organic bakery sector recovering

Sales of organic bakery and cakes have improved significantly since the Soil Association’s (SA) 2015 Market Report. 

Graze launches protein flapjack

Snacking-brand Graze has launched a high-protein flapjack to capitalise on what it sees as a trend in protein consumption.

Village Bakery in new Tesco and China deals

Welsh firm The Village Bakery is ramping up production of Welsh cakes in time for St David’s Day, after clinching two major new deals.

New coffee shop and eatery for Blackpool

Tower Coffee Company, a new 1,500 sq ft coffee shop and eatery, will be opening in the Lancashire town of Blackpool.

National Toast Day hailed a success

#NationalToastDay trended for hours, not only in the UK but also in America and Canada.

New gluten-free bakery for Bideford

The Instow Kitchen, a new bakery and coffee shop, is opening in north Devon, and everything is 100% gluten-free.

Birmingham baker produces a million macaroons

Rosie Ginday, founder of Miss Macaroon, has just produced her one millionth macaroon, a blueberry and white chocolate ganache that forms part of her spring/summer range.

Allied makes savings through stock profiling

Specialist stock profiling from Brammer, a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services, is set to deliver cost savings for Allied Bakeries.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Pudding
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Ministry of Pudding expands production capability

Ministry of Pudding has spent around £500,000 on new equipment, ahead of fresh product releases later in the year.

BakeArt manufactures first sugar sprinkles in the UK

BakeArt has become the first company to manufacture sugar sprinkles in the UK, at its plant in Ashington, Northumberland.

New ChocScotch Egg from Derbyshire bakery

The latest bakery innovation comes from Bakezilla’s Bespoke Cakes, and is set to take Easter by storm.  

Keep Sunday Special campaign rallies retailers

The Keep Sunday Special (KSS) campaign is urging retailers to attend a mass lobby of parliament next week, in a bid to persuade MPs to vote against changes to Sunday trading legislation.

Greggs Northern Ireland expansion marches on

Signs were put up yesterday at the Applegreen service station located on the M1 just outside Lisburn, advertising a Greggs shop.

Caterforce launches premium frozen cakes

A range of frozen cakes and desserts has been launched by buying and marketing group Caterforce.

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