By Vince Bamford

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

Rowe’s Cornish Bakers acquired by investment firm

Cornish craft bakery WC Rowe has been acquired by investment firm Iberia Industry Capital (IIC).

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Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

Finsbury Food Group has secured the licence to produce a range of Mary Berry cakes.

Bread rolls only product type meeting salt reduction targets, finds CASH

Campaigners are urging health chiefs to set mandatory salt levels after a product survey found ‘bread rolls’ is the only one of 28 food categories set to meet 2017 salt reduction targets.

Bakery Market Report 2015

Subscribers to British Baker can download the 2015 edition of British Baker's annual Bakery Market Report here.

Bakery Market Report 2016

Subscribers to British Baker can download the 2016 edition of British Baker's annual Bakery Market Report here.

Welcome to the all-new British Baker

British Baker has relaunched this month with a new look, new content and a new website.

UK wheat prices set to continue rising

Increased demand and a dip in availability have been tipped to bring further hikes in the cost of wheat.

Wrapped bread sales down in a fifth of c-stores

One in five convenience retailers say their sales of wrapped bread and bakery have declined in the past 12 months, according to a new study.

Home deliveries ruled out as Greggs unveils plans for further growth

Greggs has revealed a new strategy for growth that includes opening up to 150 new stores this year, but has ruled out a move into home deliveries.

Allied Bakeries’ margins fall in competitive bread market

Intense competition in the UK bread market has taken its toll on margins at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries.

Aryzta boss Owen Killian quits in major management shake-up

Aryzta has announced a top-level management shake-up, with chief executive Owen Killian among a trio of senior figures to leave the bakery business.

TasteTech to drive innovation with Bakery Laboratory

Flavourings and ingredients developer TasteTech has opened a bakery laboratory at its Bristol HQ.

Edme appoints Ashley Clinton as new sales manager

Ingredients supplier Edme has appointed a new sales manager with experience of the fast-growing gluten-free market.

Record quantity of wheat milled in first half of season

Britain’s milling industry used a record amount of wheat between July and December last year.

Richard Pennycook (left) and Steve Murrells
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Co-op CEO Richard Pennycook to be replaced by Steve Murrells

Richard Pennycook, the man credited with saving The Co-op Group, is to step down as CEO.

Aldi becomes Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket after 12.4% sales growth

Aldi has overtaken The Co-operative to become Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket chain.

Sayers sales and profits fall in ‘challenging’ year

Consumer uncertainty following the Brexit referendum made for a challenging financial year, Sayers the Bakers has reported.

Supermarket pricing hits five-year low at 60p for large Kingsmill loaf

Tesco is selling 800g loaves of Kingsmill at two-for-£1.20 – the lowest price for a major bread brand in at least five years.

Real Good Food raises prices as cost increases hit margins

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has raised prices as its margins come under pressure from commodity price hikes.

Former Morrisons boss Sir Ken Morrison dies

Former Morrisons chairman and life president Sir Ken Morrison CBE has died.

Food-to-go drives 9.1% like-for-like sales growth at Greencore

Strong food-to-go sales have driven a 9.1% increase in like-for-like revenue at Greencore Group in the 13 weeks to 30 December 2016.

Tesco and Booker to merge in £3.7bn deal

Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group – which includes the Premier, Londis and Budgens symbol groups – are merging to create “the UK's leading food business”.

What changes is Greggs making to its bakery supply chain?

Details of a major shake-up in Greggs’ manufacturing and distribution network have emerged over the past week.

SSP UK growth driven by rise in air passenger numbers

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has reported a 4.3% increase in sales for the first quarter of its financial year.

Greggs shake-up: Norwich site to close with loss of 50 jobs

Greggs has revealed its Norwich bakery is to close as part of a major shake-up of its manufacturing and distribution structure, which is feared to have put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Greggs jobs at risk in Scotland and Wales in manufacturing shake-up

Greggs has revealed further shake-ups in its manufacturing structure following news it is to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

New use-by date guidance set to reduce sandwich waste

Tonnes of sandwiches and other chilled food that would have gone to waste may now be made available for charity use under new ‘use-by’ date guidance.

Mystery suitor makes move to acquire Fox’s Biscuits from 2 Sisters

An unnamed business has made an approach to acquire Fox’s Biscuits.

Barton Fabrications awarded SafeContractor accreditation

Storage silo manufacturer Barton Fabrications has secured accreditation from the SafeContractor scheme for its commitment to health and safety.

FSA highlights acrylamide risk in new consumer campaign

Consumers are being advised how to avoid exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home in a new campaign from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Finsbury Foods investing to combat commodity cost hikes

Finsbury Foods has said continued investment will help it address commodity cost inflation, but has warned it may also have to raise prices.

Lotus Bakeries UK founder Paul Hunter to lead Urban Fresh Foods

Lotus Bakeries UK founder Paul Hunter has become managing director of healthy snacks business Urban Fresh Foods (UFF).

Own-label takes bite out of Mr Kipling mince pie sales

Premier Foods’ branded cakes sales fell in the last quarter of 2016 as mince pies volumes shifted from Mr Kipling to own-label products.

Greggs trading update: Food-to-go continuing to drive growth

Greggs says its “growing strength” in food-to-go has contributed to a 4.2% hike in like-for-like sales through its company-managed stores in the past year.

US winter wheat plantings lowest in more than 100 years

Winter wheat plantings for the coming year are the second-lowest ever recorded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Warburtons set to open R&D bakery at Bolton HQ

Warburtons is planning to create a campus-style research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton as it aims to become “Britain’s best food business”.

Sandwich-makers set out vision for post-Brexit foodservice staffing

Trade groups including the British Sandwich Association have set out plans for foodservice staffing in post-Brexit Britain.

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods set to raise prices

Premier Foods, owner of a raft of household brands including Mr Kipling, is preparing to increase the price retailers pay for its products.

Late sales boom brings strongest Christmas for grocers in four years

Supermarkets have had their best Christmas trading in four years thanks to a late surge in sales.

WD Systems launches edge-drive modular spiral conveyor

WD Systems has unveiled a modular spiral conveyer system that it claims eliminates issues around cleaning and maintenance.

Premier Foods unveils new Mr Kipling and Cadbury Easter cakes

Premier Foods is expanding its recently launched ‘whole cakes’ range as part of its seasonal Easter line-up.

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery

Forty-six jobs are at risk at Spalding Bakery after the business revealed plans to shake up its shift system.

Irwin & Sons back in profit

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin & Sons returned to profit in 2016 after reporting a loss the previous year.

Pieminister sales up 17% year on year

Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.

Dentists urge businesses to combat ‘cake culture’

Dentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.

Greencore completes acquisition of US firm Peacock Foods

Convenience food firm Greencore has completed its acquisition of US business Peacock Foods

British Baker's top 10 most-read bakery industry stories of 2016

As the year draws to a close, we present the 10 stories that attracted the largest audience among subscribers to British Baker’s e-newsletter in 2016.

TV’s Gregg Wallace goes inside Premier Foods’ Carlton mince pie factory

Premier Foods’ Barnsley factory has featured in a Christmas edition of BBC TV show Inside the Factory.

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