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‘Peasant bakery’ crowdfunding in Wales

There are plans to create the UK’s first ‘peasant bakery’ near St Davids in Pembrokeshire.

Millennial baking boom

Baking is now more common among 25- to 34-year-olds than any other age group, according to food marketing agency Kindred.

Greggs denies it has stopped selling scones

It was widely reported high street bakery chain Greggs had scrapped scones from its 1,700 stores, and there was a furious reaction from consumers. But the claims have been denied.

National Doughnut Week 2017 dates announced

Organisers have revealed the timings for next year’s National Doughnut Week charity push.

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Country Style Foods acquires General Mills Jus-Rol factory in Berwick

In-store bakery supplier Country Style Foods has acquired the former General Mills Jus-Rol factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The Great British Bake Off 2016. Episode nine: Patisserie

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. It's semi-finals week, which brings the loss of a favourite...

Premier CEO Gavin Darby (centre), with Fiona Bruce and IGD president Andy Clarke
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Premier Foods recognised for charitable activities

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has been awarded for its charitable activities by food and drink charity the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

Peter Alexander-Fitzgerald, vice chair, CPRW, presents the award to Robin Jones, MD and Ashley Dawson, business and sustainability executive at Village Bakery
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Village Bakery gains sustainability award

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has been presented with an environmental and social sustainability award by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW).

Subway launches Gloves for Subs campaign

High street sandwich firm Subway has launched a campaign to provide gloves to keep the elderly and the homeless warm in the winter.

Roberts continues charity app drive

Eight young Derby County FC fans picked up prizes from Roberts Bakery in Ilkeston, which they won through its Fuel your Skills app.

2 Sisters to help unemployed

Birmingham-based 2 Sisters, which owns Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, is providing young unemployed people with practical skills “that will help them find the right job”.

Ginsters launches festive editions

Pastry brand Ginsters is to launch its festive range on 26 October. It will include two limited-edition sandwiches and a limited-edition pasty.

Food and Drink International Action Plan: Andrea Leadsom encourages export growth

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs Andrea Leadsom has published the UK Food and Drink: International Action Plan from 2016 to 2020 – outlining the encouragement for export growth in the baking industry.

Starbucks’ red cups are back

High street coffee chain Starbucks has announced its Christmas sandwich range, as well as the return of its fast-becoming-traditional festive red cups.

Hotel Chocolat profits up 90%

Luxury chocolatier and retailer Hotel Chocolat has recorded a massive increase in profits for the year to 26 June 2016, thanks to a focus on the dark side.

Krispy Kreme launches Halloween-themed doughnut edition

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has released a limited-edition Halloween dozen doughnut pack available from today (Thursday 20 October) for just 11 days.

Entrepreneurs produce sourdough bread from Northern Irish flour

Northern Ireland entrepreneurs Mark Douglas and Lady Vibse Dunleath have collectively created sourdough bread using flour from wheat provided by a local farmer.

M&S unveils the Croloaf croissant/loaf hybrid

In keeping with the bakery trend for hybrids, Marks and Spencer has launched a croissant loaf that fits in the toaster.

Ancient grains and yuzu feature in new 120-strong Sainsbury's desserts range

Sainsbury’s is launching a range of 120 new and revamped desserts this month – with some featuring foodie faves, including ancient grain quinoa and citrus fruit yuzu.

Want to woo shoppers? Be less rational and more emotional, says IGD

Food and grocery businesses should think less rationally and more emotionally to win over shoppers, according to the boss of research and training charity IGD.

Holland’s develops its product range

Lancashire baker Holland’s Pies has developed its product range with a new variety of frozen pies: Chicken Balti, Chicken & Vegetable and Steak Pies.

Krispy Kreme opens up 500th in-store Tesco cabinet

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has opened up its 500th in-store cabinet with Tesco that signals a milestone for the two brands.

Bakery re-opens after arson attack

Rugby-based business Revel Bakery has opened its new production site last week – just four months after it was set on fire.

Pots & Co’s puddings sweep across Europe

Makers of Michelin-standard desserts, Pots & Co, is expanding across Europe with a number of international listings.

Brits turn to baked goods as source of protein

According to Euromonitor’s latest nutrition research, baked goods are the third most popular source of protein among the British public.

Peyton and Byrne goes into administration

Bakery and catering company Peyton and Byrne has gone into administration following the loss of contracts at London’s Kew Gardens and the British Library.

Nick Clegg: ‘Food prices face cliff edge if UK leaves Single Market’

Liberal Democrat politician Nick Clegg has warned that UK food prices will see a steep hike if the government opts for a hard Brexit and leaves the Single Market.

Greggs to deliver?

High street baker Greggs is trialling a home delivery service called Greggs Delivered, which, if successful, will roll out nationwide.

National Cupcake Week: the calm after the sugar rush

A look at who took part, where and when, to help bakers make the most of the sales opportunity.

Samworth investment pays off

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers, maker of Ginsters pasties and Soreen malt loaf, said in a trading statement its investment in staff and facilities had paid off, with revenues topping £900m.

Premier Foods unveils spooky Halloween range

Premier Foods is set to drive sales during the Halloween period by launching several spooky cakes through its Cadbury Cakes and Mr Kipling brands.

Scottish chocolatier wins second Best in the World award

For a second year running, Perthshire-based Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett received a prestigious gold accolade in the International Chocolate Awards.

Nordic Bakery opens fourth branch

The Scandinavian-style premium coffee shop chain is to open a fourth branch this year, in London’s Covent Garden village.

New dried fruit inclusions company launched

Dried fruit industry innovator Andy Humphries has launched a new company, Electric Cherry.

Muntons appoints new suppliers

Malt producer Muntons has appointed the farmer-owned grain co-operative Openfield Agriculture as one of its newly-created ‘strategic suppliers’.

Kara launches sandwich thins

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has expanded its speciality bread range with the launch of sandwich thins.

Muffin Break improves its menu and packaging

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has continued to expand its menu with a variety of seven premium toasties, as well as improving its packaging for the new range.

Spending on everyday essentials is flat, found Deloitte
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What Brexit blues? Consumer confidence rises to five-year high

While Brexit has shaken the confidence of many business leaders, low inflation has helped consumers shrug off such concerns, according to a new survey.

The Great British Bake Off. Episode eight: Tudors

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. Prepare thine lute and ruffle, and see which bakers escaped with their heads.

**Video** In conversation with Paul Rhodes at the Le Cordon Bleu bakery demonstration

Last week, British Baker visited Le Cordon Bleu in London to gain an insight into the company’s new diploma, the Diplôme de Boulangerie, and speak with guest chef Paul Rhodes who provided a bakery demonstration.

Food industry and campaigners debate sugar challenge

Stakeholders including the food industry, politicians and health campaigners met in London last week to discuss ‘the ongoing sugar challenge’.

Amazon to build convenience stores

In a potentially inconvenient move for grocery retailers, online giant Amazon is expanding into bricks-and-mortar sites.

Schär launches NPD to bread portfolio

UK gluten-free brand Schär has added the new Wholesome Vitality Loaf to its gluten-free bread range.

‘Killer clowns’ raid Bolton sandwich factory

The clown craze sweeping the nation has hit the baking industry, as three men dressed as clowns attacked a member of staff at a sandwich factory in Bolton last week. They escaped with its safe.

Bakery graduate scoops Top Student Award

Devon Petrie has won the National Bakery School’s (NBS) Top Student Award and will be given the Freedom of the City of London.

Burton’s loses sales and market share as it shuns deep discounts

Burton’s Foods - producer of brands including Maryland and Jammie Dodgers - has said it lost share in the sweet biscuits market in 2015 after refusing to participate in aggressive category price cuts.

What could Brexit mean for the UK wheat industry?

Increasing productivity and profitability across the agricultural supply chain will be essential following Brexit, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has warned.

GALLERY: Tesco’s new-look in-store bakery

There are 30 up and running, and five more being built each week. Take a look at Tesco’s new in-store bakery offering. 

Pidy launches ready-to-use sponge sheets

Pidy’s new handmade Technipat sponge sheets are aimed at the UK bakery and foodservice sectors, and are designed for Genoise and desserts.

8 ways to boost your bakery business

David Garman, senior independent director at John Menzies and former chief executive of Allied Bakeries, gave invaluable strategy advice at the British Society of Baking’s (BSB’s) autumn conference.

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