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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.

Sharpham Park announces new manager

Spelt supplier Sharpham Park has announced the appointment of Martin Brooks as sales & operations manager.

EPP creates new after-sales contract manager role

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has appointed Rob Pedlar to the newly-created role of after-sales contract manager.

Muffin Break introduces Hot Cross Muffin

Muffin Break has launched a new cinnamon and sultana Hot Cross Muffin.

Walkers Shortbread and Macphie praised as top rural employers

Walkers Shortbread has been crowned winner in the Rural Employer of the Year category at the Scottish Rural Awards, with ingredients manufacturer Macphie named runner-up.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

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

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.

New sugar replacement for baking

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

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.

‘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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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