By Ashley Williams

Family-run Ellis’s Bakery up for sale

A Devon-based business that has been run by the same family for 50 years is up for sale.

Pulsin unveils new look and packaging for 10th anniversary

Nutritional snacks brand Pulsin has unveiled a rebrand following the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Pret set to launch ‘Big Experience Week’ initiative in response to staffing concerns

Pret A Manger – which recently flagged up concerns about recruiting staff in the wake of Brexit – is launching a work experience drive.

CSM refreshes Ancient Cereals bread mix with new name and packaging

CSM Bakery Solutions has refreshed its Pantique Ancient Cereals bread mix by changing its name to Ancient Grains Ultimate and introducing new packaging.

Whitworths launches bespoke snacking range into Poundland stores

Fruits, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths has developed a snacking range for Poundland.

Panini’s launches gluten-free range following £200k bakery investment

Swansea-based independent bakers Panini’s has launched a range of gluten-free products following a £200,000 investment from Lloyds Bank that enabled the business to redevelop part of its bakery.

FDF unveils membership scheme for small businesses

The Food and Drink Federation has launched a new membership option for small businesses.

Square Pie launches new ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix pie bar in Bristol

Gourmet pie business Square Pie has launched a ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix pie bar kiosk as part of a renovated retail offering at Vue cinemas in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig join The Great British Bake Off

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will join the upcoming Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Nairn’s extends gluten-free range with new products

Nairn’s is set to make larger pack sizes a permanent part of its gluten-free oatcakes range and has introduced new children’s gluten-free products called Astro Bites.

The Premium Bakery opens new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans

Scottish-based business The Premium Bakery has opened a brand new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans, Edinburgh.

Tate & Lyle announces global distribution deal with Sweet Green Fields

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has collaborated with Sweet Green Fields to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.

Nairn’s opens £6.5m gluten-free factory in Midlothian

Edinburgh-based oatcake and biscuit manufacturer Nairn’s Oatcakes has opened its new gluten-free manufacturing operation in Newtongrange, Midlothian following an investment of more than £6.5m.

James Neill flour mills awarded Gold Medal by nabim

Belfast flour miller Nigel McLoughlin, of James Neill flour mills, has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim).

National Farmers’ Union supports ECHA on herbicide safety

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the conclusions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that scientific evidence does not classify glyphosate (a herbicide used on wheat) as a carcinogen for reproduction.

Café Brontë unveils Chocolate Choices biscuit range

Patterson Arran-owned biscuit brand Café Brontë has launched the Chocolate Choices crafted mini packs range.

Cornwall Hospice Care prepares for the Great Cornish Cake Bake weekend

Cornwall Hospice Care has unveiled that it is organising its Great Cornish Cake Bake weekend from 6-7 May 2017.

Carr’s biscuit factory to build ‘cracker packers’ statue

Pladis-owned Carr’s Biscuits will create a statue to commemorate its “cracker packers” [women workers of the factory] over the last generation near to its factory in Carlisle.

Baking industry calls for agreement on future trade with Ireland

The Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and the Federation of Bakers have signed an open letter calling on the government to make an early agreement on future trade with the Republic of Ireland.

Aryzta reports 2.8% revenue decline in half-year results

Aryzta has announced that its revenue has fallen by 2.8% to €1.9bn (£1.6bn) for the six-month period ended 31 January 2017.

Zeelandia donates bread ‘bibles’ to bakery students

Zeelandia UK has presented 20 students from the National Bakery School, London, with copies of the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) Book of Breadmaking as part of a presentation and Q&A session.

Ivor Dewdney fundraises to help loyal customer

Plymouth-based pasty shop Ivor Dewdney has presented loyal customer Derek Ryder with a new mobility scooter after his original one broke.

Clark’s Bakery bakes biggest-ever Dundee cake

Scottish 24-hour business Clark’s Bakery has claimed to have made the biggest-ever Dundee cake – weighing 26lb and with a diameter of 18 inches.

Hungry House research reveals the nation’s favourite pie

Steak & ale is Britain’s favourite pie, according to online food-ordering platform Hungry House.

Krispy Kreme launches limited-edition Mother’s Day range

Krispy Kreme has unveiled a limited-edition Mother’s Day gift box that features three new doughnuts.

Pret HR boss raises post-Brexit staffing concerns

Pret A Manger has said it may struggle to find staff following Brexit.

Penarth Bakery fined £10,000 for “appalling catalogue of behaviour”

Welsh business Penarth Bakery has been fined more than £10,000 – and its owner banned from running a food business for 10 years - after committing dozens of hygiene offences.

CSM partners with Cadbury to launch new muffin and doughnut range

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has partnered with Cadbury to launch a new range of muffins and doughnuts.

Finsbury Foods’ Kara brand launches brioche bun

Finsbury Food Group foodservice brand Kara has launched a Gourmet sliced chicken bun as part of its developing brioche range.

Wrights partners with Uttoxeter racecourse

Wrights Food Group has agreed to sponsor the grandstand at Uttoxeter racecourse as part of a three-year deal.

Toppings & Fillings: Sweet (and salty) sensation

Caramel – salted and otherwise – is top of the flavours, but many new toppings and fillings are set to tickle the taste buds, finds Ashley Williams

Breakfast Bakery: Raising a toast

Morning goods and on-the-go food continue to be strong performers at breakfast, but toast could be hot stuff in 2017, says Ashley Williams

What Makes A Winner: A celebration of 15 years of hard work

Eric Rousseau, owner of Craft Business Award winner Belle Époque, has business ambitions and further awards in his sights, as Ashley Williams reports

Ole & Steen announces third site opening

Danish bakery Ole & Steen is set to open a third UK site in Canary Wharf, London, British Baker can confirm.

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer

Following the launch of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana brand, British Baker spoke with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer.

Krazibaker develops innovative twist on soda bread

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Krazibaker has linked up with one of the region’s emerging charcuterie producers Ispini Charcuterie to develop a soda bread with chorizo sausage.

Holland’s launches new Micro Pie range

Holland’s Pies has extended its frozen range after unveiling two brand new Micro Pies.

John Whaite bakes the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’ for British Pie Week

John Whaite, winner of The Great British Bake Off’s third series, has created a pie celebrating the nation’s official top five favourite fillings and baked using energy-efficient tips during British Pie Week (6-12 March).

Ministry of Cake launches the Department of Traybake line

Dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has announced the opening of its new Department of Traybake production line for a brand new range.

Edme celebrates success for National Apprentice Week

As part of National Apprentice Week (6-10 March 2016), ingredients supplier Edme is reflecting on the success of its own trainees.

Metal contamination fear sparks Lotus Bakeries Biscoff biscuit spread recall

Lotus Bakeries has recalled selected batches of its Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spreads as they may contain small pieces of metal.

Karl McCrum, sales and marketing manager of Neill’s Flour, pictured with top chef Jenny Bristow
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Neill’s Flour celebrates 150th anniversary

Northern Irish flour miller Neill’s Flour marks its 150th anniversary this year, with the likes of writer and TV personality Jenny Bristow paying tribute to the company.

Pork pie sales on the rise with UK consumers

UK consumers spend more than £1bn on pies every year, according to statistics from Mintel.

Pidy extends choux range

Belgian pastry products business Pidy has extended its choux range with the introduction of the Paris Brest.

Walkers factory closure to cost 380 jobs

A Walkers factory in Peterlee County Durham is set to close, which could put 380 jobs at risk.

Pieminister creates bug-inspired product for British Pie Week

Pieminister has unveiled its latest addition to its range - the Hopper, which will be available from the start of British Pie Week (6-12 March).

British Biscotti invests in automation after rise in demand

Dorset-based business The Great British Biscotti’s rise in demand for its new range of biscuits has resulted in the installation of a PFM Pearl entry-level flow-wrapper.

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery

Addo Food Group-owned Riverside Bakery may cut as many as 44 jobs following a review of its business.

VIDEO: In conversation with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod

Following its acquisition by French manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts in January 2017, British Baker caught up with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod in Taunton, Somerset.

BB’s raises over £12k for Marie Keating Foundation

Coffee shop chain BB’s (short for bakers and baristas) has raised more than £12,000 for the Marie Keating Foundation through its first ever Mrs Pink muffin campaign.

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