Supermarket giant Waitrose has launched a new marketing campaign using customer reviews to highlight the quality of its in-store products.

Roberts Bakery bags FDF award

27 September, 2016

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery was awarded the Good Employer accolade at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards last week.

McGhee’s extends fleet

27 September, 2016

Glasgow-based McGhee’s Bakery has added two Sprinter chassis cabs to its fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans.

Sheffield-based business Gunstones Bakery, one of 2 Sisters Food Group’s top divisions, could cut over 500 staff as the company has lost a contract with Marks & Spencer.

Staff from Glenbervie-based food ingredients manufacturer Macphie have raised £450 for the charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland by taking part in The Beast, a 10km obstacle race.

Richmond-based business The Richmond Hill Bakery has opened a temporary art exhibition on its shop floor, inspired by the borough’s scenery.

Co-op profits down by over 50%

26 September, 2016

Profits at the Co-op Group more than halved to £17m in the first six months of the year, hit by the group's three-year plan to rebuild the business.

Discount supermarket Aldi has reported record sales in the UK and Ireland for 2015 and said it will invest £300m in revamping its stores, but profits have been hit by the supermarket price war.

Yorkshire based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has been shortlisted for the Deliciouslyorkshire taste awards for its two products: Queen’s pie and Game & Poultry pie.

Strathmore Foods brand, Cone Bakes has released an innovative new food-to-go snack that can be served with hot or cold fillings inside a bread cone.

Premier Foods is set to extend its on-the-go variants for Mr Kipling as part of its efforts to widen the brand’s appeal.

Alan Gordon, the well-known PR and marketing expert, who launched his own agency, Merlin Publicity, has died of a cardiac arrest.

Last week, we asked baking enthusiasts to send British Baker pictures of cupcake selfies to celebrate the eighth year of National Cupcake Week.

London-based bakery The Bread Factory has won the Regional Growth Business of the Year category for the second year in a row at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards.

Major retailer Sainsbury’s has unveiled an overhaul of its patisserie counters as it looks to tap into the success of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has released a new range of home baking mixes.

The Lancaster London hotel will serve an exclusive spooky experience for its Halloween-themed ARTea afternoon tea, which will be available from 17-31 October.

New Forest-based artisan bakery Great British Biscotti Co is moving to a new site in Christchurch, Dorset, and will be open for business next week.

The lunch market is coming under increasing pressure as people spend more on breakfast, according to data from NPD Crest on the ‘out of home’ (OOH) foodservice market.

Mary Berry is to leave The Great British Bake Off ahead of the show's recently announced move to Channel 4.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She knows how to bake…well.

A Warburtons-sponsored three-day cycle ride from London to Paris in support of GroceryAid has raised more than £90,000 for the charity.

More than 90 judges made their way to Westminster Cathedral Hall yesterday (21 September) for the World Bread Awards judging day.

Chocolate and cocoa supplier Barry Callebaut is to launch a joint project with vanilla extracts and flavours supplier Prova to launch a new project in Madagascar.

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has created two new innovations for its Multitex4 bread moulder, enabling it to enrobe standard loaves with seeds or grains and/or create swirled loaves.

Major retailer Tesco has chosen Hubbub to help it with the launch of a new crowdfunding platform – Tesco BackIt, which aims to give smaller food businesses the chance to showcase food and drink products to customers online to help them grow.

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, will improve its presence in major retailer Asda this month, with the introduction of Dark Chocolate Gingers and Orange - a new variant to its chocolate ginger range.

UK snacking and baking brand Whitworths has launched its first superfood range of snacks, called Full of Super.

Tate & Lyle expands oats plant

21 September, 2016

Speciality ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has expanded capacity at its oats ingredients manufacturing facility in Kimstad, Sweden.

British Airways (BA) is in talks to join forces with Marks & Spencer to provide travellers with its range of sandwiches and snacks on its flights.

Ingredients supplier Dawn Foods has introduced a pistachio flavour it is range of fonds - cream stabilisers for a variety of dessert applications.

Brioche Pasquier is introducing a selection of four continental-style desserts, aimed at targeting chocoholics on Valentine’s Day.

Kantar Worldpanel has revealed that, despite continued deflation of 1.1%, supermarket sales rose by 0.3% in the 12 weeks ending 11 September.

Biscuits and cakes manufacturer Pladis, has revealed the next phase of its convenience and impulse strategy (C&I) that will include two new channel launches and in-store merchandising support.

New CFO for Greencore

20 September, 2016

Convenience food and cakes and desserts manufacturer Greencore Group has appointed Eoin Tonge as chief financial officer and as a director of the group with effect from 3 October 2016.

BIA: a tribute to our sponsors

20 September, 2016

British Baker would like to take the opportunity to thank all of its generous sponsors at the recent Baking Industry Awards, held on 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London.

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, organised a 270-mile bike ride from Northampton to Ypres, Belgium, with 28 amateur cyclists raising over 20k for the homeless charity, Northampton Hope Centre (an official figure is yet to be confirmed).

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin’s has landed a contract with major retailer Asda to produce a new range of Extra Special Muffins.

The London-based Carotino Group has launched two new varieties of the new bakery product, Baker’s Friend.

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Jammie Dodgers in an exclusive snack pack range, following the launch of this year's ‘Best Ever Recipe’.

This week we celebrate the eighth year of National Cupcake Week (19-25 September) for all you sweet-toothed baking enthusiasts and we want to know what you will be whipping up for the next seven days.

This week, British Baker hosted the 2016 National Cupcake Championships at the AB Mauri Centre of Excellence in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

The Barry Callebaut Group is to acquire and integrate the chocolate production facility of Mondelēz International in Halle, Belgium, resulting in a long-term supply agreement between the two companies.

British Baker has learnt that Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new 100% wholly owned subsidiary business, Renshaw US Inc. and opened a warehouse facility in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Innovation and quality were the focus at a recent Thinking Outside the Bap workshop held at Andrew Ingredients, Lisburn, suppliers of ingredients to the Irish baking and food industry.

Retailer Morrisons has seen like-for-like sales (excluding fuel and VAT) rise by 1.4% for the half year to 31 July 2016.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye… she’s flippin’ great.

Real Good Food has confirmed that it has created a new 100% wholly-owned subsidiary business in the US, under the name Renshaw US Inc.

Cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has enjoyed a near 25% rise in group revenue for the financial year ended 2 July 2016, according to preliminary results from the company.

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