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New patisserie lines for Coup de Pates

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates unveiled two new patisserie lines at the Taste of London food festival.

Ex UB boss is new Continental Bakeries chairman

Jeff van der Eems, the former chief executive of United Biscuits (UB), has been made chairman at European bakery group Continental Bakeries (CB).

Dawn launches new fillings

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has launched three ready-to-use cream fillings, ideal for layering, filling or topping patisserie, desserts, doughnuts, cakes and muffins.

New brioche buns from Kara

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has added two sliced brioche burger buns to its Gourmet range. 

Macphie employees take on charity mud run

A team of staff from independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie took part in the Pretty Muddy race to raise money for Cancer Research.

Burton’s launches new Chocolate Fingers snack pack

Burton’s Biscuits, owner of Jammy Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, has launched a new snack pack for its Cadbury Chocolate Fingers.

AmazonFresh expands across London

Amazon Fresh has added 59 London postcodes to its existing delivery area in the capital, which takes it up to 128 in total. 

Asda deal for naan supplier

An Indian breads supplier has secured a £150k contract with Asda in Scotland for its naan breads.

Pies in space

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has seen one of its pies sent into space as part of a project to support the 2016 KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition.

Birds raises £5k to fund guide dog

Birds bakery of Derby has raised £5k to sponsor Daisy, a six-week-old puppy, through her guide dog training. 

Brexit chaos? ‘Storm in a teacup,’ says David Smart

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the impact of Brexit on small businesses.

Roberts Bakery partners county show

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery sponsored the food halls at the Royal Cheshire County Show this month, and used the opportunity to present an educational programme. 

New baking equipment company sets up in London

Pastry Pro, a new baking equipment business, has launched in the capital, and hopes to attract national and international clients.

GroceryAid ball raises record £188k

The GroceryAid Summer Ball this month in London raised £188k for the food industry charity, the most it has ever made at the event. 

Free-from company to trial pop-up shop

Northamptonshire-based the Incredible Bakery Company is to open its first bricks-and-mortar site with a pop-up bakery café. 

Funding helps traybakes firm plan growth

A bakery in Cumbria has doubled the size of its workforce and has its sights set on national growth, thanks partly to investment from a Regional Growth Fund supplied by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Spelt mix brand gains Ocado listing

Cathy's, an Irish spelt brand based in Co Wicklow, has secured a major listing with Ocado in the UK.

Change to board at Greggs

High street bakery chain Greggs has announced that Raymond Reynolds, currently retail director, will become property and business development director.

Six new sites planned for Wafflemeister

Wafflemeister, the Belgian waffle specialist, has six new multi-site franchisees and has another six in the pipeline. 

Pret extends veggie pop-up

Pret A Manger is to extend its Veggie Pret pop up shop in London’s Soho for the rest of the summer, following positive feedback from customers.

New gluten-free protein flapjacks

Leicester-based MBM Enterprises, trading as Blackfriars Bakery, has launched Lumberjack flapjack bars, which are gluten-free and high in protein.

Ghanaian Bakery expands

London-based Uncle John’s Bakery, the Ghanaian specialist chain, is to expand its Tottenham store, which will re-open on 11 July.

Grocery in decline but discounters take record share

Discount retailers have hit record market share while consumers await the possible impact of Brexit on grocery prices, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Janet Carr with Craig McPhie and Brian Irwin.
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CBA conference focuses on future success

At its annual conference, the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) welcomed a new president and announced changes to the board. 

UK food prices to go up, says NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned the UK leaving the EU will probably result in a short-term spike in the price of food, and has called for MPs to support farmers.

Discounters to benefit most from Brexit, says Kantar

Analysts from Kantar Retail have said traditional British supermarkets will face higher costs after Brexit, while discounters, such as Aldi and Lidl, will reap the benefits. 

Costa considers Brexit impact as coffee prices rise

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread may rein back investment following the Leave win in last week’s referendum, while coffee prices could soon rocket due to severe droughts.

Christmas Stars deadline extended

In exciting news for bakers looking to cash in on seasonal sales growth, there’s still time to enter our Christmas Stars competition! Entries now close on 8 July. 

Samworth to build new factory

Melton Mowbray-based Samworth Brothers, the company behind Ginsters, is proposing to build a 10,650sq m food production facility at Mountsorrel in Leicestershire.

Square Pie predicted Brexit

Last week Hackney-based Square Pie successfully predicted the EU referendum result through sales of its pies in a Brexit Bake Off.

Bien cuit baking comes to Manchester

A Manchester foodie duo will be introducing a new style of dark-bake sourdough loaves to the UK when they launch the Pollen Bakery in Manchester in August.

Brexit and what it means for bakers

Britain has voted to leave the EU. On the morning of the historic vote, British Baker spoke to industry representatives about what this might mean for bakers.

Duchess of Cornwall visits sandwich shop

The Duchess of Cornwall posed for a selfie at The Social Bite café in Edinburgh while HRH The Prince of Wales flipped pancakes.

Sandwiches losing out to street food, says new research

There has been a dip in the popularity of sandwiches, while sales of hot food and drinks are up, according to new research from labelling and eco packaging company Planglow.

Pidy UK appeals for riders for its 2016 “Ride 4 Hope”

Supplier Pidy UK is looking for amateur cyclists to take part in its 2016’s Ride 4 Hope, a 300-mile sponsored cycle ride, which will raise around £30,000 for a homeless charity.

Aubaine Deli set to launch in Covent Garden

French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in Covent Garden at the end of July.

Scotmid takes bakery initiative into school

Scottish convenience store chain Scotmid has been involved in an initiative with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery to take education on how to bake breads and muffins into the classroom.

Park Cakes secures development funding

Park Cakes, a major supplier of own-brand cakes and desserts for retailers, plans to pursue further growth and investment opportunities, after securing a multi-million-pound funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

Brownie specialist eyes £350k turnover

Production to be increased by up to 250% for Brown & Blond, thanks to plans to break through the £350,000 turnover barrier with a move to new premises. 

Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffè Nero

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero is to acquire the coffee chain Harris + Hoole from Tesco.

Butterware upgrades software

Butterware, a supplier of online ordering websites to the lunch-to-go market, has launched a new mobile responsive website design, available to all customers. 

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier scoops top truffles awards

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier is celebrating after winning a hat-trick at the International Chocolate Awards for two of its truffles.

MBE for Bob Burns

Bob Burns, founder of Glastonbury bakery Burns the Bread, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community he lives in.

Patisserie Valerie expands into Doncaster

Patisserie Valerie (PV) is to open its 119th outlet at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster as it continues a rapid expansion.  

Sugar tax reduces consumption, says survey

A new study by Newcastle University shows that a sugar tax could be effective in discouraging shoppers from buying sweet products.

Pasties under threat?

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has raised concerns that a Brexit could invalidate the PGI status that protects their products.

Eat muffins, get thin?

Eating muffins made with safflower oil may aid weight loss and improve cardiovascular health, a new study has determined.

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Hello Kitty joins Soho café

A Hello Kitty-themed pop-up café is being run over the summer months at Cutter & Squidge in London.

Glasgow urges bakers to recycle waste bread

Bakers in Glasgow are being encouraged to turn waste bread into beer in order to build a stronger local economy.

Costa boosts Whitbread performance

Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee has boosted the group’s overall Q1 performance for the 13 weeks to 2 June 2016, with total sales at the high street coffee chain up 11.5% to £414.3m and retail like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 2.6%.

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