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Bidvest wins four awards

Bidvest Foodservice has won four British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Awards: Best New Bakery Product, Best New Dessert and Best New Main Course, with products from their own brand Premium Selection range.

Starbucks to take on 1,000 apprentices in four years

Starbucks has pledged to double the number of apprentices it takes on in the UK by 2020. 

Robinson’s opens fourth shop

Wolverhampton bakery chain Robinson’s has opened its fourth store, in Chapel Ash. Owned by Valencia Fine Foods, it is operating out of former Firkins Bakery sites.

New bakery for Peyton and Byrne

Artisan bakery Peyton and Byrne has opened a fifth shop in the capital.

United Biscuits part of new firm

United Biscuits (UB) owner Yildiz Holdings has combined its global biscuits and confectionery businesses to form a new company worth £3.57bn ($5.2bn).

Scottish oat brand takes bakery and cereals award

Oats-specialist Stoats is celebrating the victory of its new muesli product at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016.

Bakery is Northern Family Business of the Year

Family Business United (FBU) has announced Bradleys Bakery is North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year 2016.

M&S lunch for the Queen

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has created a picnic hamper containing pork pies for guests attending The Patron’s Lunch in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

TOWIE star promotes the health benefits of bread

The Federation of Bakers has teamed up with TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou to launch a sportswear range inspired by bread. 

Morrisons’ lunch for the Queen

Morrisons has released a spoof video of 'the Queen' as it prepares to launch its own value version of the Patron’s Lunch ahead of her official 90th birthday. 

New director for SDEA

The Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) has a new director in Antony Behiels, after Lawrence Cutler stepped down. 

New baking diploma for Nottingham

The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has secured national recognition for its Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking.

Oliver Adams saved from collapse

Oliver Adams, the Northamptonshire bakery chain which recently closed 11 sites, has entered into a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) – in a bid to save the company.

Get your BIA tickets before they’re all gone!

Time is running out to get your tickets for the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) 2016. Over 80% have already gone, and we don’t want you to miss out. 

David Smart: Clean eating is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books”

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has claimed the clean eating movement is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books.”

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Charity project aims to turn criminals into bakers

A new project is aiming to give prisoners a second chance by turning them into professional bakers.

New patisserie for Ainsdale

A new patisserie and macaron maker has opened in Ainsdale, Merseyside offering a range of homemade chocolates and pastries.

GroceryAid announces new director general

Food industry charity GroceryAid has appointed a new director general.

New Subway at Southampton hospital

The new Subway store at University Hospital Southampton offers patients and visitors freshly prepared subs, flatbreads and salads.

Waitrose launches dog muffins

Iced Woofins, iced muffins for dogs made of sponge cake, are now available in Waitrose.

Oliver Adams to close nine bakeries

Northampton bakery Oliver Adams closed two outlets, and will close nine in total. It has said it is restructuring, because some outlets are “losing money hand over fist”.

New competition from Patisserie Valerie

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie has launched the #MyValerieGateau competition, which will see the public design the company’s next gateau. 

Real Bread Campaign ad complaint rebuffed

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has declined to take action following a complaint by the Real Bread Campaign (RBC) about advertising claiming that artisan bread can be made using a packet mix.

Pieminister launches 10,000 pie giveaway

Premium pie maker Pieminister has launched a summer giveaway, which will see over 10,000 pies delivered to selected events across the UK.

Tesco launches commemorative shortbread

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer, supermarket giant Tesco has launched a tin of commemorative shortbread. 

Pret launches Android Pay service

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has announced that the Android Pay service is now available in all of its UK stores. 

McCormick was a ‘phantom bid’ says Premier

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods, has said a firm bid from the American spice firm never happened. 

Squires Kitchen tutor leads team to Bake Off victory

The BBC’s quest to find the country’s best pastry chefs has come to an end after Mark Tilling and his team triumphed in the Bake Off: Crème de la Crème final.

Scotch Pie Champ spat as organisers split

Scottish Bakers is to become the sole manager of the World Scotch Pie Championships following a row between the competition’s organisers.

£67k raised for GroceryAid

A rowing charity event in the Lake District, sponsored by Mars UK, has raised more than £67k for GroceryAid.

Warburtons wins award

Warburtons has won a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award for helping children learn about the importance of health and nutrition.

Coup de Pates launches student competition

A competition organised by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates is offering student chefs tickets to Taste of London.

Cooplands of Doncaster criticised for ‘offensive’ t-shirts

Staff at the Baxtergate branch of Cooplands of Doncaster were wearing t-shirts with the logo ‘Sex and drugs and sausage rolls’.

In pictures: Scottish Baker of the Year 2016

Last weekend saw Scottish Bakers hold its Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

Jason Cotta new MD for Costa UK

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee has appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland in Jason Cotta.

Nation takes CBA president to its heart

Yesterday, (11 May) Craft Bakers Association (CBA) president David Smart gave an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV's This Morning, and the nation loved it.

Northern Irish bakery signs £220k Tesco deal

Moditions, the Ballymena-based gluten-free bakery has signed a deal worth an estimated £220,000 with Tesco Northern Ireland.

New Eat concept store

Sandwich chain Eat is continuing its expansion programme with the launch of a new concept store in London’s Finsbury Pavement yesterday (11 May).

Ministry of Cake marks 3m-a-week milestone

Taunton bakery and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has marked the fact it now makes 3m cakes a week by launching a new website.

Fairypan launches smallest cupcake

London-based bakery Fairypan has launched bite-size cupcakes, which it believes are the smallest cupcakes on the market.

Ireks fundraises for Macmillan

Ten bakers from Chester-based bakery ingredients company Ireks UK have cycled around Loch Ness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Craft bread is ‘good value’ says CBA president

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers Association, has given an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live.

UCB bakery student in prestigious final

Professional bakery student Megan Roberts of University College Birmingham (UCB) is entering the finals of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award. 

Costa launches selfie zones

High street coffee chain Costa has installed selfie zones as part of its Seriously Summer refurbishments at selected stores. 

Gallery: Love Cheesecakes introduces new retail range

The Lancashire-based online cheesecake retailer Love Cheesecakes has introduced a new retail range of cheesecakes, which will be available this week.

Kandy Bar named Scottish Baker of the Year

The Kandy Bar has been named Scottish Baker of the Year – just months after it clinched the World Scotch Pie Championships.

Stop the press: Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

Think you have left it too late to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIA)? Think again - the deadline has just been extended to 20 May.

Welsh Hills bakery staff walk for Coeliac UK

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Square Pie nominated for business award

Pie restaurant chain Square Pie has been nominated for an Evening Standard Business Award.

Ministry of Cake to export to China

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, has told British Baker that he expects the company to start exporting to China “within the year”.

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