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Slice of cake sells for £1.5k

A slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake, preserved since the 19th century, has been sold at auction for £1,500 by notable collector David Gainsborough Roberts.

Invicta Bakeware creates Royal Mail cake

Invicta Bakeware, the equipment manufacturer and supplier, joined forces with Sergeant Michael Cottingham to create a cake for the Royal Mail’s 500th anniversary.

Cotswolds bakery fined £25k

Cotswolds-based bakery La Tradition has been fined around £25k after pleading guilty to six charges of hygiene issues.

**Video** Meet your National Cupcake Championship winners

This week, British Baker hosted the 2016 National Cupcake Championships at the AB Mauri Centre of Excellence in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Centre-back row - Peter Wright CEP Wrights Food Group; centre holding the hamper - Robin Edwards, chairman of South West Cheshire Scout Group
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Wrights Food presents hamper to local scouts group

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has presented a Cheshire scout group with a special commemorative hamper as part of the company’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

Chiltern Society Awards best local bakeries

Three local bakers in the Chilterns region are celebrating after winning Real Bread Awards from the Chiltern Society.

Christmas competition for pastry chefs launched

Classic Fine Foods and Valrhona Chocolate have launched a Christmas dessert competition, where pastry chefs can win a trip to New York. 

Simmons goes purple

Simmons the Bakers will be supporting the Hospice of St Francis’ Grow Purple fundraising challenge at its 34 shops in October.

Lidl investigates Muffin choking incident

A one-year-old girl almost died after choking on a piece of plastic inside a mini-muffin bought from the Lidl store in Darlington, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

From left: BBC Victorian Baker John Foster, Michele Shirlow from Food NI and Tim Andrew, Andrew Ingredients
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Irish baking workshop talks innovation

Innovation and quality were the focus at a recent Thinking Outside the Bap workshop held at Andrew Ingredients, Lisburn, suppliers of ingredients to the Irish baking and food industry.

Coup de Pates appoints new director of creation and innovation

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates has announced that Fabrice Prochasson will join the company as its new director of creation and innovation.

Bake Off to move to Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off is to move from the BBC to Channel 4 from the next series on, after producer of the show Love Productions signed a new three-year agreement with the broadcasting company.

Scottish Bakers president Craig McPhie with a bolt of tartan

Scottish Bakers unveils 125th anniversary tartan

Carr’s Flour Mills has registered an exclusive tartan for trade body Scottish Bakers  to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Finalists bask in the post-BIA limelight

Finalists and winners in the Baking Industry Awards have been in the media spotlight since the ceremony at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel last week.

Abbey make two appointments to senior team

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has announced two new members to bolster its team.

Lidl announces new CEO

Lidl UK has appointed Christian Härtnagel as its CEO with immediate effect, following the surprise departure of Ronny Gottschlich last week.

BB’s Coffee & Muffins opening creates new jobs

UK bakery and coffee chain BB’s Coffee & Muffins has created 13 new vacancies as part of a new store opening at the McArthurGlen East Midlands Designer Outlet in Nottingham.

New online learning webinar launched

A new webinar, ‘How to embed online learning into your organisation’, aims to explore how the food and drink sector is changing in regards to technology, especially when it comes to staff training and compliance.

Bakery takes ‘more masculine’ approach

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016, held this week, saw one bakery company stage a fightback against “cutesy” bakery.

GALLERY: Macmillan 25,000 biscuit sculpture

In celebration of the millions of people around the UK who make the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning a record-breaking fundraising event, Macmillan Cancer Support has built the UK skyline from biscuits.

**VIDEO** Meet your BIA 2016 winners

British Baker held its annual Baking Industry Awards at the Hilton Park Lane, London last night and, during the evening we caught up with the winners of the categories.

Gail’s expands in Herts and London

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed group, is to open sites in St Albans, Hertfordshire and One Tower Bridge, London.

Ann Wells, Brook Food; Dominic Salter, The Sandwich Box; Matt Dawson

Sandwich Box owner takes top bakery accolade

Cheltenham-based baker Dominic Salter has chased off stiff competition to claim the Baker of the Year Award at this year’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

Former Wagamama chief operating officer joins Caffè Nero

According to a report from MCA, Glyn House, who earlier this year stepped down from his post as chief operating officer at Wagamama, will take the helm at Caffè Nero.

Genius Gluten Free appoints new CEO

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has announced Jeremy Bradley as the company’s new CEO. He will succeed Roz Cuschieri from the 16 October.

Consumer spending soars to 13-month high in August

The latest Barclaycard consumer spending data has reached a 13-month high of 4.2%, a counteraction from muted growth of 2.6% in July.

The Fine Cheese Co creates ‘unique’ type of toast

Exporter of artisan British cheeses The Fine Cheese Co has joined forces with cheese-maker Joe Schneider to create the thin and crispy pack - ‘Stichelton Toast’.

M&S announces proposed change to UK HQ

Supermarket giant Marks & Spencer has announced that it will be discussing proposals with its employees to make significant changes to its UK head office structure.

New editor for British Baker

British Baker is delighted to announce that Vince Bamford will be joining the magazine as the new editor, effective 10 October.

Pantheon appoints new sales director

Lancashire-based business Pantheon Catering Equipment has appointed Stuart Hayes as its new sales director.

Lactose-free requests on the up

According to research conducted by Almondy, 72% of people would like to see more lactose-free options on menus when eating out.

Dominique Ansel sets London opening date

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

Subway employee reveals all to internet users

An anonymous shift manager at high street sandwich chain Subway has revealed the pros and cons of working at the company on the discussion website Reddit.

David Smart encourages children to bake

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday to encourage children to get involved in baking.

Patisserie Valerie CEO aims for 20-strong Irish estate

High-street bakery Patisserie Valerie (PV) has set itself the target of building a 20-strong estate across Ireland, according to its chief executive Paul May.

L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
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New MD for Speciality Breads

Margate-based Speciality Breads has appointed Simon Cannell as the firm’s new managing director, following the announcement that current MD Peter Millen will retire later this year.

Burton’s CEO steps down

Ben Clarke has announced he will step down from his post as chief executive of Burton’s Biscuits Company after seven years in the post. 

**VIDEO** In conversation with Chris Peck, executive chairman, West Cornwall Pasty Company

Chris Peck, executive chairman of the West Cornwall Pasty Company, explains the "turnaround story" for his business since he took the helm in 2014.

GroceryAid on the hunt for volunteers

GroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (NGBF), is searching for volunteers to help with its welfare work.

M&S petitioned by MPs over wage cuts

MPs will petition Marks & Spencer over the planned changes to pay that could leave thousands of workers worse off.

BFAWU’s Draper asked to leave Labour Party

Ronnie Draper, general secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said action was taken over something he wrote on social media.

VIDEO: In conversation with Ted Linehan, marketing director, Jacob’s

This week, United Biscuits-owned Jacob’s launched their #CRACKINdiscoveries campaign, and announced a partnership with musician and cheese maker, Alex James, who will be the company’s chief taste curator.

Aulds Bakery manager found guilty of theft

A bakery manager in Scotland has been found guilty of embezzling almost £3k from Aulds Bakery.

Alex James joins Jacob’s for new campaign

Musician and cheesemaker Alex James has joined United Biscuits (UB)-owned Jacob’s as chief taste curator for a new lunchtime campaign.

BBC criticised over lack of Scottish presence for new Bake Off series

Scottish Bakers criticises The Great British Bake Off for lack of Scottish contestants.

Frostings cake shop closes after 21 years of service

Twyford-based cake shop Frostings closed its doors on Saturday after 21 years of trading, having created over 7,000 cakes during that time.

Morrisons appoints the UK’s first ‘bake officer’

Supermarket giant Morrisons has appointed the UK’s first ‘bake officer’ in anticipation of the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off, which begins on BBC One from 24 August.

The industry reacts to reformed childhood obesity plans

Bakers have been told by the government to cut the amount of sugar in their products by 20% over the next four years.

VIDEO: Ben Eastick, marketing director of Ragus Sugars

We spoke to Ben Eastick at the Ragus factory in Slough.

Labour leader lends a hand at Greggs

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the Greggs bakery distribution centre in Enfield earlier this week with Ronnie Draper, general secretary of the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union, to launch the next phase of Labour’s initiative to improve workplace rights.

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