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Seasonal bakery sales up thanks to sweet-toothed shoppers

Christmas cake, pudding and confectionery sales were up 8.3% on 2014 as UK consumers spent £219m in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. 

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

Enormous challenges at Carr’s

Carr’s Group has faced “enormous challenges as a result of the flooding”, the company’s first-quarter trading update has confirmed. 

Who ya gonna call? – Finsbury granted licence for Ghostbusters

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the British Retail Consortium, has been awarded an OBE
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New Year Honours list foodies

Several leading lights in the food industry have been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Most notably, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson was awarded an OBE. In addition:

From left to right: John Foster, Alex Langlands, Joe Swift, Annie Gray, Duncan Glendinning and Harpreet Baura
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Modern bakers to explore lives of Victorian forbears

A new TV series will send four 21st century bakers back in time to explore what it meant to be a professional baker in the Victorian era.

Colin Reese QC, the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Company of Bakers installs new Master

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Derek Ferrol, founder of EasyRecruitUK
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Recruitment firm urges flexibility ahead of Living Wage

The founder of a Glasgow-based recruitment agency for the food and drink and hospitality industries has warned that businesses need to adopt a “flexible labour mode” ahead of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Mark Tilling, Squires Kitchen’s Master Chocolatier and resident tutor
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Squires prompts cake decorators to enter contest

Squires Kitchen is urging creative cake decorators to enter its annual cake competition.

Samantha Cameron among celebs joining charity Bake Off

The 16 celebrity contestants for a charity run of the Great British Bake Off have been announced.

Maxime Michelot, winner of Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest
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Harrods pastry chef wins Christmas log competition

Maxime Michelot, a pastry chef at Harrods, beat off competition from 24 other UK-based chefs to win Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest.

Lily Vanilli is to create products for healthy snack producers Graze
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Lily Vanilli announces snack box partnership

Lily Vanilli has revealed she is to design some sweet healthy treats for the online snack box company Graze.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has urged employers to prepare for the National Living Wage
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Employers must prepare for Living Wage, says BIS

UK bosses have been urged to better prepare for the National Living Wage (NLW) and avoid potential legal action by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as it emerged only 45% of employers had updated their payrolls.

Jennifer Irvine, the third UK brand ambassador for the California Prune Board
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Prune board adds new ambassador

A third UK brand ambassador has been recruited by the California Prune Board.

Bakery involved in alleged ‘slave labour’

West Midlands Police has rescued three men who were allegedly being used for slave labour at a Black Country bakery. 

Carlisle factory hit by floods

United Biscuits’ (UB) Carlisle factory has been flooded by over a metre of water in the wake of Storm Desmond and staff have been told to stay home.

Nadiya Hussain, this year's Great British Bake Off winner
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Bake-Off turns professional in new series

Professional pastry chefs are going to get their own show in a spin-off from The Great British Bake Off.

Michael Carr, new sales director at Edme
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Edme appoints new sales director

The malted ingredients producer Edme has announced that Michael Carr is to be its new sales director. 

Aryzta enjoys Q1 revenue growth

Aryzta, the Irish-Swiss bakery group, has reported a 6.1% rise in revenue to €995m (£701m) for the three months to 31 October.

Pieminister raises funds for homeless on Black Friday

Pieminister, the luxury pie restaurant chain and manufacturer, has staged a charity pie give-away to coincide with the Black Friday spending frenzy.

Chris Jenkins, cluster director for the UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods
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New director at Dawn

Dawn Foods, the bakery ingredients producer, has recruited a new boss to head up its business in the UK and Ireland.

Iain Anderson, new national account manager at New Britain Oils
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New Britain Oils hires expert to lead foodservice expansion

New Britain Oils, the Liverpool-based sustainable palm oil producer, has appointed Iain Anderson as national account manager.

Hovis considers more cuts to combat an expected fall in demand
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Hovis threatens to cut more Wigan jobs

Hovis workers in Wigan have been hit with fresh woes after it was announced cut-backs were putting 111 jobs at risk.

Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.

LPQ appoints new head of operations

Le Pain Quotidien, the artisan bakery chain, has appointed Jon Abrahams as head of operations.

Baker fights back after Poppy Appeal theft

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

Americans introduced to sausage rolls

It started when a recipe was run by the New York Times. Then it went as viral. It seems our American friends have no clue what a sausage roll is so the article, where they were touted as a traditional British Boxing Day treat, came as a revelation.

Roberts Bakery hopes to raise over £50,000 to improve breast cancer screening.
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Roberts Bakery to raise £50,000 in breast cancer campaign

Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.

Florian Poirot with the sculpture which won him the UK Pastry Open 2015
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UK World Pastry Cup team announced

The UK team for the 2017 Pastry World Cup has been announced at an exclusive afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, London.

10 patisseries YOU must visit

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

Peter Thompson, new operations director at Silvery Tweed Cereals
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Silvery Tweed Cereals appoints new ops director

Peter Thompson has joined Silvery Tweed Cereals as operations director.

Premier Foods was named as best bakery at the FMEAs
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Premier Foods scoops food manufacturing award

Premier Foods, which owns Mr Kipling, has scooped the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2015.

Marc Patisserie launches in London

A high end patisserie – the brainchild of a team behind a duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants – has opened in Selfridges in London.

Steve and Ann Wells with Brook Food's award
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Brook Food scoops new business award

Bakery equipment supplier Brook Food Processing has won a regional award in recognition of its business model, ethics and successes.

England has won Square Pie's first Pie World Cup
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England triumphs in Pie World Cup

Things may have been disappointing on the rugby pitch for England, but at least the home nation’s Dallaglio Steak & Ale Pie triumphed at the inaugural Pie World Cup.

Key consumer trends were revealed at Taste Tomorrow London
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Global study identifies key bakery trends

A global study for Belgian ingredients manufacturer Puratos has unveiled key trends in the baking, patisserie and chocolate markets.

Pieminister has raised funds for 57,176 trees
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Bristol pie-makers fight hunger with trees

Bristol-based pie restaurant and manufacturer Pieminister has smashed its target of planting 50,000 trees in Malawi with its Pie One Get One Tree campaign.

Rugby team gifted massive pork pie

A huge pork pie was sent to the New Zealand rugby team by pork pie manufacturer Pork Farms after it emerged the team loved the British classic.

E5 Bakehouse exercises its social conscience

London’s artisan E5 Bakehouse has just finished a second project to support refugee women, in partnership with the charity the Refugee Council.

Bread Factory joins with chefs on bakery charity event

A bread-themed charity event in support of Action Against Hunger is being organised by London artisan bakery the Bread Factory and executive chef at Duck and Waffle Daniel Doherty.

Lantmännen Unibake UK's new head of marketing, Ian Harris
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Lantmännen Unibake announces new head of marketing

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has named Ian Harris as its new head of marketing. 

Mark Price
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Mark Price resigns from Waitrose

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to lose its managing director as Mark Price has announced he is to stand down.

Mark Fairweather
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Whitworths appoints new chief executive

Fruit and nut supplier Whitworths has announced Mark Fairweather as its new chief executive.

The Vegan Cakery founder Michelle Orme
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Vegan bakery scoops award

Leicestershire-based The Vegan Cakery has won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.

EAT appoints new chairman

John Derkach has been appointed chairman of on-the-go food outlet EAT.

LPQ bemoans rents rise

Le Pain Quotidien has become the second major bakery chain to say that the cost of rents is a major downside of running a business in central London.

Staff from Macphie crossing the line
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Macphie runners raise over £1,000 for charity

Brave staff members from Macphie, the Scottish food ingredients manufacturer, have raised £1,355 for a cancer charity by running a gruelling obstacle race.

GBBO winner steps out a ‘giant’

Nadiya Hussain, winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has described how she felt like a “giant” after scooping the top prize.

Wrights backs bid for World’s Strongest Man

It’s not every day a Wrights Food delivery van is used as a weight, but that’s precisely what happened when the UK’s Strongest Man deadlifted a 2.5 tonne vehicle. 

IGD: the health debate is at ‘tipping point’

The health debate around obesity has reached a “tipping point”. That is the view of Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of food and consumer goods research charity IGD. She told delegates at IGD’s Big Debate that the organisation’s analysis showed 56% of consumers were sceptical of nutrition advice.

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