Thermoformed packaging product provider DMD 2000 is to continue its expansion following a new £2 million investment.

A branch of high street chain Greggs, in Scotland’s Arbroath, is being terrorised daily by a bird that staff have named Steven Seagull.

British consumer spending confidence is at its highest recorded level, according to analysts Nielsen.

Trade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

Samworth Brothers-owned West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has appointed Tony Keating as its new managing director.

Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold has hit the national press after advertising sausage rolls for £8.17 – a 177% mark-up on the usual £2.95 price tag.

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has shipped its first orders to New Zealand.

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has unveiled a new logo and website following its move to new offices.

Somerset-based food-to-go producer Easy Bean will launch Cheddar Crunch and Seaweed & Sesame versions of its Chickpea Crispbread next month.

Bakers have hit out at a report naming businesses that have underpaid staff – saying it is ‘misleading’ and has branded ‘honest people’ as criminals.

National Toast Day

20 February, 2017

The annual day to celebrate toast is back on 23 February in association with Kingsmill and Tiptree World Bread Awards.

A new Greggs shop in a hospital in the Midlands is focusing on soups and salads rather than the traditional Greggs fare.

To mark his first Valentine’s Day in London, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has turned his pastries pink.

Northern Irish independent baker Graham’s Bakery has relaunched its range of traditional Irish biscuits and secured a deal to export products to Mexico.

High street sandwich chain Subway is to give away free six-inch subs to anyone who buys a large drink on 14 February.

Premier Foods-owed Mr Kipling has introduced a 3ft tall cake and flower bouquet in time for Valentine’s Day.

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Muffin Break has unveiled new range Curious Creations, which will bring the launch of a new muffin each month.

Gail’s calls for volunteers

10 February, 2017

Gail’s Bakery has launched a call to arms for local volunteers to help it deliver bread to charities in Brighton and Hove.

Cornish pasty maker Warrens will open a new store in Sutton Coldfield, its first venture outside its West Country heartland.

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is calling on bakeries and baking schools to join in the ninth annual Real Bread Week between 6 and 14 May.

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

New Cadbury Tarts for Premier

08 February, 2017

Premier Foods is launching a range of indulgent Choc Tarts this month under the Cadbury Cakes brand. 

Blackpool-based Great Northern Sandwich Co (GNSC) has recalled six chicken sandwich products because of possible contamination.

Premium pie and quiche brand Higgidy has announced a new brand renovation programme, and aims to “disrupt” the category.

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive UK and Ireland sales and distribution agreement with General System Pack (GSP).

Leicestershire-based Dickinson & Morris has launched a Valentine Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in time for the season of love.

The latest consumer spending figures from Barclaycard have shown that, following a lull in December, record expenditure on essential items drove a 4.4% uplift in consumer spending in January. 

Birds Eye has announced the three finalists who will battle it out to become the first ever winner of the Birds Eye Fish Finger Sandwich Awards.

The months of love (and chocolate) are upon us, and high street baker Greggs has launched its seasonal ranges to celebrate. 

Ninety-one bakers and their associates from across the south west swapped dough for haute cuisine as they gathered for the first time in 12 years.

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) has launched the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), aimed at pastry chefs, head chefs and restaurant managers.

Somerset–based equipment firm Brook Food Processing Equipment has launched an online shop for bakery accessories and sundries.

Cafés and bakeries in York have remained defiant in the face of a new city-wide ban on A-boards on the pavements, which came into effect this week.

Researchers have been given the go-ahead to carry out field trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Hertfordshire.

Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment has launched  the Josper HJX38, a countertop charcoal oven.

Kent-based Speciality Breads has launched a new Pan Rustic Cranberry Roll. 

There are many canine bakeries popping up online, but Millie and Ruby’s in Great Harwood is among the first to open a bricks-and-mortar bakery devoted entirely to dogs. 

Nationwide cake delivery service Mums Bake Cakes is looking to recruit more bakers to sell their products through its website.

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

The UK pastry team won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

All 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.

A management consultant has left behind a 23-year corporate career to pursue his dream of opening a traditional bakery.

The UK pastry team has won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

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.

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