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Pastry chef launches pet treat business

Claire Carter has been in the catering and hospitality business for over 24 years, and now runs her own pet treat business, Ollie’s Pet Pawtisserie.

Coffee Republic strikes new deal with Midcounties Co-operative

The Midcounties Co-operative has launched a new franchise partnership with coffee chain Coffee Republic.

Peter’s acquires Mom’s Fabulous Foods

Peter’s Foodservice has acquired the Farnham-based gourmet hot dog business Mom’s Fabulous Foods. 

Cake firm profits from BBC appearance

Sales have rocketed for Hampshire-based Odiham Cake Company after it appeared on BBC2’s The Millionaire’s Gift Guide.

New equipment seller targets small bakeries

MyDelightful, a Cheshire-based online company, was launched on Friday, selling wholesale bakery supplies to small retail businesses.

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BBC Sussex visits Jengers Craft Bakery

As part of its ‘winter warm up’ tour around the county, BBC Sussex visited Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst, West Sussex. 

Tesco reprimanded over treatment of suppliers

Supermarket giant Tesco will be censured by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), following a year-long investigation into its payment terms.

William Jackson reports pre-tax profit of £18m

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has seen pre-tax profits rise to £18m for the year ending 25 April 2015, from £15.8m the year before.

Greencore reports positive Q1 revenue growth

Greencore, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported revenue growth of 7.2% to £356m for the 13 weeks to 25 December.

Tarte & Berry invests in its first bakery

Online artisan brownie business Tarte & Berry is to open its first bakery in response to overwhelming demand.

MSK Ingredients receives £750K funding

Online food and ingredients supplier MSK Ingredients is set to expand, following investment from Santander.

Mr Kipling releases oat-based cake slices

Mr Kipling, the Premier Foods owned cake-manufacturer, has released two new oat-based cake slices.

Dawn Foods launches new pomegranate compound

A pomegranate compound is the latest addition to Dawn’s existing range of 20 compound flavours.

New £100M investor for Bakkavör

An American hedge fund has invested in excess of £100M in Britain’s biggest prepared fresh foods supplier.

Tesco to close upmarket sandwich shops

Tesco is to beat a retreat from the food-to-go market just a year-and-a-half after opening its first sandwich shop.

Toast Ale launches bread-based beer

Toast Ale, the Hackney-based company, has started trading by selling a pale ale made with waste bread.

21-year old opens Little Lucy’s Bakery studio in Essex

Lucy Norwood set up the bakery business from her Braintree home three years ago, and has now expanded into her own studio.

Solvay launches two new flavours to “help reduce sugar”

Vanilla flavour manufacturer, Solvay Aroma Performance, has launched two new natural flavours.

Letter: FSA responds to labelling claims

Michael Wight, head of food safety policy at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), responds to our Reporting In column in the 8 January issue.

Pidy launches spicy macarons

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has launched one of the first ever spicy and curry flavoured macarons. 

GroceryAid to help apprentices with finances

GroceryAid has now opened up applications for apprentices in the grocery industry looking for extra financial support.

Crafty Cakes, Exeter closes coffee shop to focus on cakes

Devon’s Crafty Cakes Café has closed, so that owner Becky Cuming can focus on her cake business.

Premier Foods reports strong Q3 sweet treats sales

Premier Foods, the St Albans-based food group, posted positive Q3 sales growth of 6.5% for its sweet treats division against the backdrop of a virtually static group performance of 0.1% growth.

Handmade Cake UK to expand after investment

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods, which owns Handmade Cake UK, has secured a £1m investment from NatWest Scotland to expand into new premises.

Eat Square launches gluten-free range

Eat Square, the Wiltshire-based pie producer, has released a range of gluten-free pies, which includes dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan variants.

Waitrose to take 25 tonnes of sugar out of own-label products

Retailer Waitrose has revealed plans to remove 25 tonnes of sugar from its own-label products this year.

New patisserie cartons for bakers

LINPAC and Graphic Packaging have collaborated to design a premium range of patisserie cartons. 

Paul Thompson, sales manager for Brioche Pasquier
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Brioche Pasquier appoints new manager

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has added Paul Thompson to its UK foodservice team as sales manager.

Bakery hotplate firm secures £1m order from USA

Manufacturer of hotplate equipment, Sugden Limited, has secured a deal worth £1m to sell its muffin-making equipment to America. 

Patisserie Mark Bennett runs charity bake off

Tim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.

Ashers Baking Company enlists top lawyer in gay cake row

Ashers Baking Company has enlisted the help of human rights lawyer Professor Christopher McCrudden as it prepares to appeal against an anti-gay discrimination ruling.

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Dominique Ansel to open London bakery

The pastry chef who invented the Cronut and is best known for his Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is now bringing the concept to the UK.

Metal parts found in Sainsbury’s loaves

Sainsbury’s is recalling two of its own-label wholemeal loaves because of the presence of small pieces of metal.

The Lovington Bakery opens in Wincanton

Wholesale enterprise Lievito Bakery in Lovington, near Castle Cary, Somerset, has expanded into new high street premises in Wincanton, under the name The Lovington Bakery.

Raise Bakery pays Living Wage to staff

Raise Bakery, the Worthing-based cake maker, has pledged to pay its staff the Living Wage of £8.25 per hour.

Michael Portillo makes pasties with Warrens Bakery

Former MP and journalist Michael Portillo was taught how to make the “perfect” Cornish pasty in Penzance, as part of a television series that aired last week. 

Jestic to expand into bakery

Jestic Foodservice Equipment has announced its expansion into the bakery sector. 

Kara launches artisan breads range

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched a new range of artisan breads.

Good year for Irish bakery exports

Bakery exports from Ireland increased by over 35% in 2015 and are now valued at around €185 million, based on sales figures from January to September 2015. 

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Greggs to offer new gluten-free range

The high street bakery chain, Greggs, is set to introduce a new gluten-free range later this year, the company's chief executive has announced.

Bread in 28% of UK breakfasts

Research by Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board Cereals and Oilseeds (AHDB) has found that bread features in 28% of breakfasts in the UK.

Tate & Lyle launches new fondants for professional bakers

Tate & Lyle Sugars, the bakery ingredients supplier, has launched a new range of fondants aimed at baking professionals.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ managing director leaves to join Domino’s

Jim Johnstone, managing director of Dunkin’ Brands in the UK and Ireland, has left his role to join Domino’s.

Songbird Bakery selected to join regenerated Middlesborough street

Cupcake specialist Songbird Bakery is one of eight food venues selected to sit on Middlesborough’s Bedford Street.

H1 sales up by 46% at Finsbury

Finsbury Food Group, the UK bakery group, has seen its total company sales increase by 46% to £156.6m in its first half.

Peter’s launches family-sized pies as part of an £800k investment

Following an £800k investment, Peter’s Pies has launched family-sized versions of its most popular pies, in a bid to appeal to families.

Patisserie Valerie launches Gloriously Gluten Free range

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

Hobbs House to open new bakery

Hobbs House, the Cotswolds-based artisan baker, is set to open a fourth shop in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Allied Bakeries reports increased sales in challenging times

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries achieved a substantial increase in sales volumes for the 16 weeks ending 2 January, “although pricing and margins remain challenging”.

M&S follows ‘healthy’ policy with new loaves

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched three new loaves of bread as part of the company’s new healthy initiative.

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