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Brioche Pasquier launches Les Brioches Pain au Chocolat

French patisserie producer, Brioche Pasquier, has launched a new ready-to-eat treat.

Bakkavor delivers strong ebitda growth despite revenue slump

Food manufacturer, Bakkavor, has seen adjusted UK ebitda grow 10% from £112.9m to £124.1m for the 52 weeks to 26 December.

The 2016 FreeFrom Awards Shortlist

Celebrating the best in gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and all free-from foods, the 2016 shortlist is out now. British Baker picks out the bakery highlights.

Tower Bakery wins £10,000 in Dawn competition

Perthshire-based Tower Bakery has won £10,000 worth of bakery equipment, in a competition run by Dawn Foods, in conjunction with Mono Equipment.

Real Good Food acquires Chantilly for £1.75M

Frozen desserts supplier Chantilly Patisserie will be run as a trading division of Haydens Bakery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Real Good Food (RGF). 

Feel Free for Gluten Free launches in Morrisons

Food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free (FFFGF), is adding to its retail stockists with five new listings in Morrisons.

Welsh Hills secures Morrisons contract

South Wales-based Welsh Hills Bakery has secured a contract with supermarket giant Morrisons to supply its gluten- and dairy-free products. 

Registration opens for National Doughnut Week

National Doughnut Week will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 7-14 May.

United Biscuits’ new launches

United Biscuits (UB) will launch McVitie’s Digestive Nibbles, in what the company described as its “biggest new product development” for 2016.

Grocery market grows, with further success for discounters

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel showed the British grocery market returning to slow growth, after a disappointing Christmas period.

Sheffield bakery secures grant and expands fleet

The Depot Bakery has secured an Inmotion! grant and added an electric vehicle to its fleet.

Reducing reoffending with bread

The Freedom Bakery is a new Glasgow-based social enterprise that gives training and employment to recently released ex-offenders.

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company brings back bara brith

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company, one of the biggest pie and pasty manufacturers in the UK, has collaborated with Welsh Brew Tea to produce the traditional Welsh sweet treat bara brith.

Apprentice baker wins Scottish trophy

Nicola Reid of JB Christie Bakers in Airdrie has been announced as the winner of the 2015 James Allan Memorial Competition. 

Warrens Bakery launches The Great British Crisp Company

The Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery’s trade arm, Simply Cornish, has “refurbished” the Cornish Crisp Company, and it will now be known as The Great British Crisp Company (GBCC).

New Sandwich Thins from Warburtons

This week, Warburtons has added two variants to its Sandwich Thins range. 

Bakery appears on minimum wage shame list

The Welbeck Bakehouse, the Worksop-based bakery, is among businesses mentioned in a new report who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

United Biscuits confirms national biscuit shortage

United Biscuits (UB), which owns the McVitie’s, Jacobs and Go Ahead brands, has admitted the flooding of its Carlisle factory has resulted in a nationwide shortage of its biscuits.

Crosstown to launch limited edition doughnut

Crosstown, the artisan doughnut producer, has teamed up with bakery and chocolate producer Pump Street Bakery to produce a limited edition chocolate doughnut.

Sunday trading laws to be relaxed?

Prime Minister David Cameron has revived plans to allow shops to open for longer on Sundays, despite opposition from MPs and trade unions. 

Subway opens second car dealership outlet

Sandwich retailer Subway has opened a store at Jennings Kia dealership in Stockton, Teesside.

No extra pay for Tesco bakers working anti-social hours

Tesco has confirmed it is cutting pay for certain staff who work on Sundays, Bank Holidays, late nights and overtime.

New British burrito offering

The Yorkshire pudding filled with slow-cooked beef is being called a British burrito by its gastropub inventor, Long Can Hall in Halifax.

New appointment for Bath Bakery

Bath Bakery has made a new appointment to its senior management team.

New London food-to-go bakery

Mighty Restaurants, which also owns Aubaine, the London-based restaurant and patisserie concept, is to launch a new fast-casual concept called Bake! according to M&C Allegra Foodservice.

Border Biscuits expands Mini Pack range

Border Biscuits, the Scottish Premium biscuit manufacturer, has added a Dark Chocolate Ginger variety to its Mini Pack range.

easyjet’s first supermarket – easyfoodstore.com

The budget airline has launched a 25p supermarket in Park Royal, North London.

Morrisons extends Free From range

Supermarket chain Morrisons’ Free From range will include additional gluten-free core staples and on-the-go items.

Grocery prices lowest in over a year

The cost of a basket of 35 popular products – including white bread – fell £85.80 in January, the cheapest it has been in more than a year.

Salmonella risk triggers tikka sandwich recall

Two sandwich brands have recalled products using tikka powder supplied by Catermix, due to the possible presence of salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.

Real Good Food’s share price falls 20%

Food ingredients and bakery supplier Real Good Food (RGF) saw share prices drop 20% after it warned that profits for the year would not hit market expectations.

Bad Brownie wins Dragons Den investment

The London brownie company won a £60,000 investment from the dragons.

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New patisserie and Champagne bar in the Lake District

A brand new patisserie and Champagne concept, The Fizzy Tarté, will open in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District next month.

Border Biscuits launches marketing campaign

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, has launched a major rebranding and advertising programme along with a new biscuit range.

Wenzel’s to give away £2,016

Wenzel’s The Bakers will be giving away £2,016 to one lucky customer at its London Designer Outlet bakery.

Greggs and Patisserie Valerie to open in Belfast

High street bakery chain Greggs is planning a third stand-alone store in Belfast, while high street patisserie and cake shop, Patisserie Valerie (PV), will make its Northern Irish debut a few doors away.

Real Good Food warns it will miss profit expectations

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has warned profits for the year ended 31 March will not hit market expectations.

Northern Irish bakery wins Dubai contract

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has won a contract to supply its baked goods to a United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarket giant.

Fazer brings Arctic Thin Breads to the UK

Finland-based Fazer Group’s Arctic Thin Breads are available now from Worldwide Cuisine (WWC).

Gail’s celebrates Orchid Festival with biscuit

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the London-based company, has produced a special biscuit to celebrate Orchid Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Cuisine de France launches Valentine’s Day mini loaf

Cuisine de France has released a heart-shaped loaf for Valentine’s Day, to allow lovers to say it with bread.

Bidvest revamps own-brand bakery

Bidvest Foodservice, the wholesale retailer, has released a range of bakery goods as part of a major relaunch of its own label products.

Will Torrent’s patisseries in Harrods

Award winning patissier Will Torrent will have two patisserie lines available exclusively in The Tea Room at Harrods next month.  

Roberts Bakery launches pink loaf

Roberts Bakery is selling pink packaged wholemeal loaves in local supermarkets in aid of breast cancer, as part of an initiative with Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Pukka Pies sales up but profits down

Independent pie manufacturer, Pukka Pies, has reported a “satisfactory year”, with a pre-tax profit of £4.3 million in the year to 25 May. 

Kara launches new cake range

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has a new Indulgent Cake Collection.

Freakshake – the Australian craze comes to London

Newly-opened bakery, Molly Bakes in New Dalston, has brought the freakshake to London, following in the footsteps of The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle.

Carlisle’s Tesco reopens after floods

Following severe flooding before Christmas, Tesco re-opened its Carlisle store to customers.

UK economy expands 0.5%

The UK economy expanded by 0.5% in the final three months of last year.

SSP reports strong first quarter

SSP Group, the travel location food and drink brand operator, has reported a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 4.3% for its first quarter. 

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