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Black Friday? Pieminister offers Black Pieday

Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister will be giving away frozen surplus pie stock in return for donations to homeless charity Shelter on Friday.

Warrens launches next addition to Christmas pasty range

Cornish pasty- and cake-maker Warrens Bakery has launched its second Christmas pasty collection - the Port & Stilton pasty - following the re-introduction of the mince pie pasty.

Waitrose sees bakery ingredients soar for Stir Up Sunday

Sales of some bakery ingredients at Waitrose were up more than 300% as shoppers prepared for Stir Up Sunday.

Wheat crop: Proportion meeting high-quality bread spec at 13-year high

The level of Nabim Group 1 varieties hitting the high-quality bread wheat specification has hit a 13-year high this season.

EPP service engineer promoted to area sales manager

European Process Plant (EPP) has promoted Ged McBride to the role of area sales manager.

FDF policy manager wins award for Brexit work

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) policy manager Dominic Goudie has been named Young Association Executive of the Year at the National Association Awards last week.

Patisserie Holdings fined £60k after mouse droppings found in bakery

Patisserie Holdings has been fined £60k after inspectors found mouse droppings at a bakery.

Zeelandia acquires fillings producer James Fleming & Co

Mincemeat and fillings supplier James Fleming & Co has been acquired by Zeelandia.

Fulton marks 50 years of UK manufacturing

Fulton Limited has marked 50 years of manufacturing heat transfer solutions in the UK by hosting a ceremony at the M-Shed museum in Bristol.

Wenzel’s the Bakers steps up expansion plan

Wenzel’s the Bakers has revealed ambitions to expand to 100 stores in the next few years.

Udi’s owner Boulder Brands quits UK gluten-free market

Boulder Brands – owner of the Udi’s gluten-free brand – has pulled out of the UK market.

New member for the FOB

Equipment and plant supplier Bühler Limited has joined The Federation of Bakers (FOB) as an associate member.

Roberts Bakery reaches £50k for breast cancer charity

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery has reached its £50,000 fundraising target for the charity Prevent Breast Cancer.

Asda boss Clarke ‘encouraged’ despite 5.8% sales decline

Asda like-for-like sales fell 5.8% year on year in the quarter to 30 September 2016, according to figures released by owner Walmart.

CSM and Cinnabon team up for grocery launch

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions and global bakery-café chain Cinnabon have introduced a partnership to introduce Cinnabon’s products to retail and foodservice channels in North America.

Mary Berry confirms new show

As the dust settles on the shock move of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) to Channel 4, Mary Berry announces her new BBC bakery show plans.

Pidy launches Valentine pastry range

With Valentine’s Day just a few months away, Pidy has announced that it will be bringing out a bite-sized heart-shaped pastry range – named Apericoeur.

Brioche Pasquier appoints foodservice sales manager

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has bolstered its team by appointing Jon Turonnet as its foodservice sales manager.

The 30 best bakeries in the UK?

The Sunday Times has published what it considers to be the top 30 bakeries in the UK because, as it puts it, “something is changing” in our attitude to bread.

Subway launches first ever festive sub

High street sandwich firm Subway has introduced its first ever seasonal sub to its stores – the Festive Feast.

Breakfast and meal deals helping brands transform foodservice market

Brits are snubbing independent foodservice operators in favour of branded business, according to a new study.

Morrisons offers one-hour full shop through Amazon Prime

Shoppers in some parts of the country can now order a full Morrisons shop through Amazon Prime and have it delivered within one hour.

NHS worker starts bakery from home

Leicestershire-based baker Ian Waterland has appeared on ITV as he used to work for the NHS before deciding to set up a bakery from home.

Personalised shortbread for Christmas

VIP Shortbread has announced the launch of its Christmas range of personalised shortbread.  

New festive lines at Muffin Break

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has launched its festive menu, which includes both sweet and savoury options.

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

Small and medium-sized food and drink producers (SMEs) can receive guidance on sugar reduction, labelling and claims at an upcoming seminar run by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

New ‘grown-up’ Christmas puddings

Christmas pudding maker Matthew Walker is launching two new fruit puddings with a twist this year, the Golden Mulled Plum & Port Christmas Pudding, and the Guinness Fruit Pudding. 

Brace’s set to re-open Welsh site

Brace’s Bakery has announced it will “grab hold of the reins” and reopen its Croespenmaen site, following a management shake-up.

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Premier to launch Cadbury Choc Tarts following 4.1% cake sales hike in H1

Premier Foods is to extend its Cadbury range with Cadbury Choc Tarts following another strong performance from its cakes division.

Discounter sales growth slows as Tesco gains market share

Combined sales growth at Lidl and Aldi is at its lowest level in five years – while Tesco is continuing to increase its share of the grocery market.

Kara brings out new muffin range

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched a new Tulip Muffin range. 

Cotswolds bakery scoops two awards

South Gloucestershire-based Marshfield Bakery has won a national IGD award and been named Manufacturer of the Year for SME at the Insider Magazine Made in the South West Awards.

Bath Cake Company wins five awards

Somerset-based Bath Cake Company took home five awards for cakes entered at Cake International this month. 

You won’t find this in a petrol station – the £20 steak slice

Cocktail bar chain Hawksmoor is offering its customers a steak slice with a premium difference – and a £20 price tag.

Greencore sales up 10.6% in strong food-to-go market

Sandwich and convenience food giant Greencore has reported a surge in revenue as demand for food to go remains strong.

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Cargill spending £30m to ramp up glucose-fructose production

Ingredients supplier Cargill is investing more than £30m in manufacturing operations as it looks to tap opportunities created by the end of the European sugar regime.

Lovemore free-from brand set to expand into China

Gluten and wheat-free brand Lovemore is set to extend into the Chinese market after attending a trade event in the country last month.

Greencore to acquire US firm Peacock Foods in £600m deal

Convenience food business Greencore – which describes itself as the largest sandwich manufacturer in the world – is set to ramp up its US profile with the acquisition of Peacock Foods.

Apprentice TV show appearance boosts rainbow bagel sales

London bakery the Beigel Shop is enjoying a surge of interest in its rainbow bagels after they appeared on TV show The Apprentice.

Tearoom owner scoops hat-trick of cake design awards

Tearoom business owner Cara Maiden has won three awards for her cake designs at the Cake International event at the Birmingham NEC.

New event for food and drink entrepreneurs

A new conference for emerging food and drink companies is taking place this weekend.

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‘Gay cake’ row bakery Ashers considers further legal options

Belfast-based Ashers Baking Company is exploring further legal options after a judge last month ruled against the business over its refusal to make a cake supporting gay marriage.

Employee marks 30 years at Ministry of Cake

A hygiene operator at Taunton-based manufacturer Ministry of Cake has celebrated 30 years of working for the company.

Warrens brings back mince pie pasty

Warrens Bakery, the Cornish pasty and cake maker, has reintroduced its mince pie pasty due to popular demand.

New lemon meringue tarts from Brioche Pasquier

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has introduced the Tarte Citron Meringueé to its range in two versions.

Linpac appoints group marketing manager

Fresh food packaging company Linpac has appointed Nikki Clark as the company’s new group marketing manager.

Just Desserts’ salted caramel cake wins award

A hand-crafted salted caramel cake, produced for the retail market by Shipley-based bakery Just Desserts, has sliced through the competition to win a coveted Taste Award.

Judgment day at World Scotch Pie Champs

Judging for The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017 is now complete, with bakers waiting anxiously for the results in January.

Will these be the big food trends of 2017?

Modern versions of traditional favourites, plant-based recipes and waste reduction are expected to be major global food trends next year, according to a new study.

Innovation boosts Bakkavor results

A focus on innovation has helped fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor grow revenue across the group in its third-quarter results.

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