By Alice Cooke

Park Cakes in management buy-out

Own-label cake and dessert supplier Park Cakes has been acquired in a management buy-out from private-equity firm Vision Capital.

Federation of Bakers partners with Instagram star

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) and the Flour Advisory Bureau have launched a #betterwithbread campaign with Instagram star Deliciously Stella.

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.

Philip Moody named Openfield chairman

Grain co-operative Openfield has appointed Philip Moody as group chairman. 

Click and collect app tipped to boost bakery sales

MmmLunch is an app that enables bakery customers to browse, order and pay before collecting their baked goods at a pre-arranged time.

REVEALED: Finsbury Foods’ Mary Berry range

Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. 

New sugar replacement for baking

Clean-label ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched Avanté, a sugar replacement aimed at the bakery industry.

‘Britain only’ button to be introduced?

Talks are under way that could make it easier for online grocery shoppers to only buy British products, a minister has said.

Pasty and pasty-inspired single launched for charity

Prima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. 

Pladis announces global expansion plans

Biscuit and cake manufacturer Pladis, and owner of brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s and Carr’s, is set to expand internationally.

Bea Vo to open new bakery

American chef and duffin inventor Bea Vo will launch Butterscotch Bakery in Shepherd’s Bush, London this summer. 

CSM to keep Sussex plant open

Bakery giant CSM revealed plans to close the Ashington-based Kate’s Cakes site last year, but has now announced it will keep it open to focus on ‘free-from’.

Buying British is ‘back in vogue’ says GS1

GS1 UK, the supply chain standards member organisation, said there has been a resurgence in small businesses producing heritage products.

New full Group 1 recommendation for KWS Zyatt

The National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers (nabim) has given new milling wheat KWS Zyatt full Group 1 recommendation.

Frances Quinn makes record-breaking jaffa cake

GBBO 2013 winner Frances Quinn has made a 4ft-wide version of a jaffa cake with Hambleton Bakery, which has broken the world record by over a foot.

GALLERY: architectural pastry by Dinara Kasko

Dinara Kasko is an architectural pastry chef from Ukraine. We’ve compiled a gallery of some of her amazing (and edible) works of art.

Muffin Break launches three new products

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has added a bundt cake, a lemon bar and an almond croissant to its menu.  

Melton Mowbray pork pie wins British Pie Awards

The Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery has taken the supreme champion title at the British Pie Awards.

New apprenticeship challenge launched

Trade charity Hospitality Action is urging foodservice and hospitality organisations to fundraise with their apprentices.

Cobell moves into bakery market

Exeter-based ingredients manufacturer Cobell has introduced new fruit flavours that it says are ideal for the bakery market.

Adelie Foods includes simit bread in new range

Middle Eastern-style simit bread will feature in the Daily Bread sandwich range being relaunched by food-to-go giant Adelie Foods next week.

Easter: Cracking opportunity

Alice Cooke talks to industry experts about how to pull a rabbit out of a hat this Easter by making the most of seasonal trends and flavours

What Makes A Winner: 'It was as if the stars aligned'

Carrs Foods International director Paul Baker tells Alice Cooke what a difference winning The Customer Focus Award has made to the business

What Makes A Winner: 'You have to try or you won't get anywhere'

Claire Toynton, winner of the Rising Star Award at the Baking Industry Awards, talks to Alice Cooke about what the accolade means to her

Born and Bread: Swifts, Wheaton Aston

Each month we bring you the art of baking, passed down through generations in another historic British company

Hambleton Bakery signs up GBBO winner

The 2013 Great British Bake Off (GBBO) winner Frances Quinn has created a range of different flavoured jaffa cakes for Rutland-based Hambleton Bakery.

GroceryAid Ball raises over £235k for the industry

More than 600 people from across the food industry gathered for the Diamond Ball to raise money for GroceryAid.

Burton’s launches Maryland Crispies

Burton’s Biscuit Company is expanding its range of Maryland Choc Chip Cookies with the launch of Maryland Crispies. 

Waitrose introduces Italian breads

Last year’s popular addition, colomba, has been reintroduced for Easter, alongside a hot cross bun panettone. 

Community bakery crowdfunding for premises

Sussex-based Stoneham Bakehouse is crowdfunding in order to set up permanent premises, and is offering rewards in return for donations.

Sayers plans to appeal £170k fine

Sayers the Bakers, which was fined £170,000 last week for 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool, has told British Baker it plans to appeal the level of the fine.

Canadian triumphs at pasty champs

A Canadian baker has claimed the top title at the World Pasty Championships, using skills he learnt from his Cornish mother.

Dawn launches coconut compound

Dawn Foods has expanded its range of concentrated flavour pastes with the introduction of an all-natural Coconut Compound addition.

Sayers Infestation

Sayers hit with £170,000 fine over mouse and cockroach infestations

Sayers the Bakers has been fined £170,000 after admitting 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool.

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Baker spends over £1,500 on tattoos of pastries

Lancashire pastry chef Michael Lambert has spent more than £1,500 on tattooing his patisserie creations on to his right arm.

New TV ad campaign for Border Biscuits

Borders Biscuits’ characters the Border Biscuitiers are set to hit TV screens on 4 March as part of a new ad campaign.  

M&S launches savoury hot cross buns

The high street retailer said it was ‘pushing the boundaries’ this year with the cheese and onion addition to its hot cross bun line-up.

Baker of the Year finalists for Farm Shop & Deli Awards announced

The Farm Shop & Deli Show Baker of the Year finalists been announced, with the winner due to be unveiled at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24-26 April, at the NEC, Birmingham

Pettigrew Bakeries offers free bread for a year

Cardiff-based Pettigrew Bakeries is celebrating its first anniversary by offering one customer free bread for a year.

Pre-selection competitors announced for Chocolate Masters

In October, six of the nation’s finest chocolatiers, pâtissiers and chefs will compete in the UK and Ireland World Chocolate Master pre-selections.

Premier appoints non-exec director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Daniel Wosner as a non-executive director of the company, effective 1 March.

Speciality Breads secures first export deal

Kent-based Speciality Breads has signed its first export deal with Malta-based supply chain Shoprite Malta.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bennett plans to open in Dubai – and you could go with him

Patisserie Mark Bennett has been approached by an investor with a view to opening an outlet in City Walk, Dubai, British Baker has learnt.

Bread helping to destroy the planet? – The industry reacts

Scientists this week published research claiming a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide. It’s a claim that has left some industry experts ‘bemused’.

Is bread helping to destroy the planet?

Scientists have published research that claims a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide.

Dawn supplies new coconut range

Dawn Foods has launched a seasonal range of finished and part-finished coconut bakery products.

Dawn launches competition for bakers

Dawn Foods has launched a promotion across some of its top products that will see hundreds of prizes given to high street bakers.

Muffin Break in Make-a-Wish charity partnership

Muffin Break has announced a new partnership with children’s charity Make-A-Wish UK.

Finsbury introduces new Batman, Paw Patrol and My Little Pony cakes

Finsbury Food Group has introduced three new licensed character cakes from Batman, Paw Patrol and My Little Pony.

Welsh Hills wins export award

Family-run operation Welsh Hills Bakery triumphed at the South and Mid Wales Chambers Welsh Business Awards in the Success in Overseas Trade category and went on to be named overall winner on the night.

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