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Tower Bakery in Scottish Lidl deal

Perth-based Tower Bakery has agreed a deal to supply 90 Lidl stores across Scotland with a range of six products. 

SDEA elects new president and vice president

Last week, the Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) elected a new president and vice president elected at its AGM.

Accountant steals over £26,000 from Délifrance

A Leicestershire accountant has narrowly avoided jail after stealing more than £26,000 from café chain Délifrance.

Baker & Spice launches first gluten-free range

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice will launch its own gluten-free range this week, and has grand expansion plans.

Wrights celebrates 90th birthday

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group is to stage a series of celebratory events throughout 2016, to mark the company’s 90th anniversary.

Linpac appoints new director

Dr Helene Roberts has been appointed group marketing and innovation director, a newly created role at Linpac Packaging.

60% of consumers pick desserts over starters

New research by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates, which launched its rebrand of Delice de France last year, has found that 60% would take the sweet course over a savoury starter.

Co-op boss takes pay cut as profits dip

The Co-operative Group has reported 3.3% underlying profit growth in food sales, up to £250m for the 52 weeks to 2 January 2016.

M&S food sales up 4% in Q4

In its fourth-quarter trading update issued today (7 April), Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported that food sales were up 4%, in contrast to its “unsatisfactory” clothing and home division.

Peter Sidwell’s app shortlisted for award

Described as “Netflix for food lovers”, the baker’s app, Simply Good Food TV, has been shortlisted for The Guardian’s Start-up of the Year award.

Jammie Dodgers thieves sentenced

The gang who stole £20,000 of Jammie Dodgers from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in Cwmbran, Wales, have been jailed for more than 11 years.

Personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day on 19 June.

AHDB International Baking Workshop

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Thomas the Baker raises £64,000 for charity

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has raised over £11,500 for cancer charity Marie Curie in the last year.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year finalists

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year shortlist has been announced – British Baker caught up with the finalists ahead of the big day.

New patisserie course from Mark Bennett

Award-winning Dorset-based baker Mark Bennett is to run a patisserie course in May, following the success of Bakery Excellent, and Bake French last year.

Pret covers NLW by putting prices up

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger is covering the cost of the new national living wage (NLW) by charging customers more for their coffee.

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

Bakery launches online to help homeless

London social enterprise bakery Providence Row has rebranded as Rise Bakery and launched an online bakery, designed to help support the homeless back into work. 

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.

Former Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.

Long-serving Edme engineer steps down

An engineering supervisor with malted ingredients supplier Edme has retired after 42 years with the company. 

GALLERY: Bakers make cakes for RNLI

A group of professional hobby bakers has helped to raise more than £1,000 for charity after producing a selection of nautical-inspired cakes.  

Historic bakery closes

John Smith & Sons in Aberdeenshire has failed to win £1m in funding from the Big Lottery, and is having to close as a result.

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

Professional Bake Off set to air

The Great British Bake Off will hit new heights of technical excellence tonight, as the professional version of the show launches.

GBBO threatens legal action

The producers of The Great British Bake Off have threatened a charity baking competition in Cardiff with legal action.

Peter Ellis, Mission Foods' new managing director for the UK and Ireland
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Mission Foods appoints new MD

Mission Foods has announced that Peter Ellis is to become its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s board

Sainsbury’s has announced Brian Cassin will join its board as a non-executive director.

Tim Peake eats bacon sandwich in space

Not only that, which is brilliant enough, but the British astronaut’s sandwich was also specially designed by Heston Blumenthal for the occasion.

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.

Allied Bakeries avoids strike disruption

A hot cross bun shortage has been avoided following successful talks between Allied Bakeries and union officials.

Ian Deste, former managing director UK & Ireland for Burton's Biscuits
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Burton’s MD leaves after only months

Burton’s Biscuits has confirmed the departure of Ian Deste just six months after he joined the company.

New director for Tesco

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

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.

Hambleton Bakery to open new branch

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

Premier Foods appoints new international managing director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Jette Andersen as managing director of its International Business Unit.

FSA announces new appointments to the board

David Brooks, Rosie Glazebrook, Stewart Houston and Paul Williams will serve an initial three year term with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), ending in 2019.

FDF opposes Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) wants the UK to remain part of the European Union (EU), as 71% of its members “overwhelmingly endorse” staying in Europe.

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.

United Biscuits to encourage a new generation

Leading food and drink manufacturers, including United Biscuits, will join forces this week to inspire more young people to consider careers in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

Costa wins family-friendly award

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee has won Best Family Friendly Café at the Tommy’s Awards for the third year in a row.

New national commitment to sustainable food and drink

Resource efficiency charity WRAP has pledged to reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food and drink by one-fifth, saving £20bn.

High street closures at five-year low

New research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Local Data Company (LDC), shows coffee shops led the rise in new store openings last year.

One of Europe's first cashless food-to-go outlets

Healthy food-to-go outlet Tossed has opened what it claims is Europe’s first entirely cashless store, in London.

Bakkavör doubles number of apprentices

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavör is looking for 45 new apprentices to join the business in 2016. 

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