The UK Pastry Team competed in day one of the finals of the biannual Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France – and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

In keeping with the ongoing trend for hybrids, Bridor plans to bring its Bun ‘n’ Roll, a croissant/burger-bun hybrid, to the UK market before the end of this year.

As snow sweeps the country to varying degrees, we take a look at how the baking industry is affected by consumer reactions to the weather… and why. 

Run for your Bun in London

13 January, 2017

In a bid to combat ‘al desko’ office lunches, David Lloyd gym group is offering Londoners a free bread-based lunch if they exercise for six minutes.

Gluten-free crumpets are the latest addition to the free-from line-up from Warburtons-owned Newburn Bakehouse.

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

Friary Mill Bakery is to present the Plymouth Argyle team with a massive pasty as a ‘well done’ from the town for their 0-0 draw against Liverpool last weekend.

Premier Foods has become the latest member of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

The Tarte Tatin has been given a twist with the new Normande version from Brioche Pasquier.

Egg prices set to surge

10 January, 2017

Having dropped dramatically last year, egg prices are on the up thanks to increased consumer demand.

Bolton-based Farzana Dipoti has been forced to change her bakery’s name by the multi-billion dollar US business The Cheesecake Factory.

Bolton Wanderers staff gave Sam Allardyce a welcome present when he returned to his former club last weekend.

New trade body the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been created in response to soaring sales of gluten-free food.

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Dawn Foods has said it does, and is willing to share them with you until the end of January.

As part of a partnership with University College Birmingham (UCB), Laura Gibbons has been appointed as Dawn Foods’ first student ambassador.

Paediatric dietitian Maeve Hanan has written a report in the Network Health Digest extolling the benefits of wholegrains on weight management.

Pieminister has extended its gluten-free line-up with The Gluten Free Ranger made with free-range British chicken and ham with leeks & thyme.

Ginsters owner Samworth Brothers has acquired West Cornwall Pasty Co (WCPC) from private equity investor Endless LLP, British Baker has learned. 

2 Sisters-owned The Pizza Factory has confirmed the loss of a major contract just weeks before a supply deal with Tesco ends.

Flora Shedden, runner-up in the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015, has started work on a new bakery in her home town.

Boparan Holdings, parent company of Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits owner 2 Sisters Food Group, has reported an 11.9% rise in operating profit to £19.8m in the 13 weeks to 29 October.

Coughlans opens 25th store

16 December, 2016

Surrey-based family baker and confectioner Coughlans Bakery opened its 25th store this week, in Lingfield.

Entries are open for the sixth World Pasty Championships, which will be held at the Eden Project in Cornwall on 4 March next year.

FRP Advisory has been appointed as administrator to Wigan-based biscuit manufacturer Rivington Biscuits Limited.

Bulk ingredients suplpier Tate & Lyle has announced the appointment of Dr Gerry Murphy as a non-executive director and chairman-designate of the company. 

Ingredients supplier Kröner-Stärke (KS) has developed a range of pre-gelatinised flours and starches for the bakery market, which it claims will give professional bread makers the edge on their competition.

New research shows consumers will pay more for products made with ingredients they recognise, according to a new study. 

A Lanarkshire baker has been fined £60,000 by HMRC over false repayment claims.

New gluten-free wheat?

15 December, 2016

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

Crisps without crunch were voted the top food fail in a recent Sainsbury’s study of festive snacks… so the retailer has introduced a Crunch-o-meter.

Gluten- and wheat-free baked goods supplier Welsh Hills Bakery is ramping up its business with Spanish airline Vueling.

Shipley-based bakery Just Desserts has launched its own retail brand of family-sized cakes after more than 30 years as a foodservice supplier.

Samsung challenged a professor to create a formula for the perfect festive pie, and here it is…

UK baking mix supplier LFI Tollblend Ltd has been acquired by French business Lesaffre.

Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has unveiled his latest creation - the ChurroDuo made from interlocking pyramid-shaped black and white sesame churros.

It took Lynn Nolan 387 hours to create, but she built her home village of Youlgrave, in Derbyshire’s Peak District, entirely out of Christmas cake to raise funds for a new church roof.

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has developed a system that it says brings cookie dough and filling together in one machine for the first time.

Galashiels baker John Gorman passed away recently at the age of 90, having spent 60 years in the trade.

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at the Fox’s biscuit factory in Uttoxeter.

The lunchtime roast is toast according to Premier Foods - with sandwiches now almost twice as popular for Sunday lunch.

Greggs Delivered, the much-anticipated home delivery service from the Tyneside baker, is being trialled in Newcastle city centre.

Belgium-based Delacre said Ferrero had completed the acquisition of the Delacre and Delichoc biscuit brands from United Biscuits. 

Ninety-year-old Wigan business Waterfield’s is set to close 11 bakeries in and around the area. 

Swansea-based Panini Ltd is to supply every state-run hospital and school in Wales in a new contract worth £5m.

Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie is rumoured to be in talks to buy the Maison Blanc chain.

Campbell’s Bakery in Crieff plans to set up what managing director Iain Campbell describes as ‘the first bakery school in Scotland’.

Cereals supplier KWS has added five new high-yielding cereals and an oilseed rape to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board 2018 Recommended List (RL).

Soreen’s new festive loaf

01 December, 2016

Samworth Brothers-owned malt loaf maker Soreen has launched Winter Spice Mini Loaves that are available exclusively in Tesco.

A baker from South Wales is celebrating after scooping several awards for his science-fiction inspired creations at Cake International.

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