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Labour leader lends a hand at Greggs

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the Greggs bakery distribution centre in Enfield earlier this week with Ronnie Draper, general secretary of the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union, to launch the next phase of Labour’s initiative to improve workplace rights.

Hovis hosts community tea party

UK baking giant Hovis hosted a tea party for local families at a community centre in Beckton, East London this week.

Go Compare launches UK dessert map

UK price-comparison website, Go Compare has created an interactive map displaying British region’s favourite desserts based on the frequency of Instagram tags.

DE Turneys donates unsold food to the homeless

DE Turneys, the Milton Keynes-based family-run bakery, is donating its unsold food to the city’s homeless.

Businesses and government must make food fairer, UK shoppers say

The majority of British consumers believe it is the responsibility of businesses and government to make food fair, according to a survey carried out by an independent research consultancy, GlobeScan.

Campaigners slam government obesity strategy

Action on Sugar (AOS) has lambasted the government over its “weak obesity strategy”, describing it as “appalling” that no further action to improve the strategy has been taken since the leaked report a few weeks ago.

Lunch! proves irresistible to Pan’Artisan

Pan’Artisan, the award-winning supplier of dough-based products, will be focusing on its handcrafted Focaccia Romana at this year’s Lunch! exhibition.

Sugar tax popular with consumers, finds study

Nearly half (48%) of consumers agree with the sugar tax and a large proportion of them want more products, such as cakes and biscuits, to be added to it, according to market research firm Future Thinking.

Burts reveals Britain’s favourite ‘ultimate crisp sandwich’

Artisan hand-cooked potato crisp manufacturer Burts has unveiled that the winner of the ‘ultimate crisp sandwich’, as voted by the nation, is the Roasted Vegetable Picnic Roll.

Taylors Bakers closes after more than 55 years of trading

Oldham-based business Taylors Bakers has shut its doors after more than 55 years. The main reason cited for the closure was that the owners could not make enough money to keep the company going.

Fudge’s launches Marmite biscuits

Unilever has expanded its partnership with Dorset-based Thomas J Fudge’s Remarkable Bakery to produce an on-the-go Marmite snack.

Coeliac UK introduces new gluten-free app

Charity Coeliac UK has launched a new mobile app named Gluten-free food checker, designed to help those on a gluten-free diet find food while shopping.

E5 Bakehouse helps Kenyan charity combat blindness

Hackney-based bakery, E5 Bakehouse is helping a Kenyan charity sell sourdough bread to fund the growing need for eye operations in its local Nakura region.

Lidl to expand bakery in second Scottish store

Discount retailer Lidl has submitted a planning application to extend its Dalry, North Ayrshire store in order to include a larger bakery.

Independent success for Topping Pie Company

Yorkshire-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has seen its sales from farm shops, delis, garden centres and independent retailers double in the last quarter.

Burton’s reveals growth plan following licence sale to Mondelēz

Burton’s Biscuit Company has unveiled its plans for expansion following the sale of its Cadbury biscuit licence to Mondelēz International.

Arla brings out clean-label line

Cake topping is among a new range of clean-label, dairy-based solutions for the food-service sector launched by Denmark-based firm Arla Foods Ingredients.

Prewett’s biscuit products selected as finalist for national awards

Gateshead-based gluten-free biscuit brand Prewett’s has had two of its products shortlisted at the prestigious Grocer New Product Awards 2016, to be held on Friday 7 October at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.

Latest sandwich trends sweep across Instagram

The macaron ice cream sandwich is the latest sandwich trend that has received a large amount of publicity from social media site, Instagram.

Cornelius to bring new clean protein to market

The Cornelius Group has partnered with international food ingredients company Agropur to supply the purest whey protein supplement available on the market today.

Genesis Crafty bullish on exceeding £16m in sales

Northern Irish family bakery Genesis Crafty has said it is confident its 2016 turnover will exceed that of last year following a rise in sales to almost £16m in the year ending October 2015.

AHDB results reveal rise of on-the-go breakfasts

On-the-go options are driving growth in breakfast consumption, according to the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB's) latest consumer insight article.

Puddings firm picks up three Great Taste accolades

Specialist business Burtree Puddings has picked up 2016 Great Taste Awards for several of its products.

Muffin Break launches health range in support of the NHS

Bakery retail chain Muffin Break has announced that it will support the NHS’s introduction of a 20% sugar tax in hospitals by 2020 by bringing out a healthier range of products at its stores based in the University Hospital Lewisham and Whittington Hospital, both in London.

Speciality breads all aboard on P&O ferries

Margate-based wholesale bakery Speciality Breads’ pepper brioche roll has become the bread of choice for P&O Ferries’ new steak burger.

Supermarket sales below £100bn for first time in six years

Supermarket sales have decreased below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continues in the UK grocery sector.

GMB protest over Bakkavör working conditions

Trade union GMB has protested outside Sainsbury’s headquarters over its frustrations about the working conditions at Bakkavör.

BBC seeks Northern Ireland’s best bakery

The BBC is searching for Northern Ireland’s best bakery for its Good Food Show, part of Bread and Baking, which is part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.

Warburtons teams up with Cigi to change use of pulse flours

British baking company Warburtons is to join forces with Canadian International Grains institute (Cigi) in an attempt to revolutionise the use of pulse flours in the food sector.

Tesco set to launch mobile payment service

Supermarket giant Tesco will launch its mobile payment service nationally by the end of the year, after a successful trial period.

Subway teams up with Pepsi for music campaign

High street sandwich chain Subway has launched its Summer of Music with Pepsi, featuring award-winning Grime artist Stormzy.

Hobart cycles for charity

Chris Birch, Hobart Warewash’s marketing manager, is to compete in the Springboard Charity’s 240-mile Team Velo London to Paris Cycle Challenge.

Mondelēz to complete Cadbury biscuit takeover

Mondelēz International has agreed to buy the global licence for Cadbury-branded biscuits from Burton’s Biscuit Company.

Samworth to extend food-to-go presence

Leicestershire-based chilled and ambient foods supplier Samworth Brothers has plans to expand into the food-to-go sector with the launch of its new Deli Bite brand.

Phone app designed to ‘fight war on food waste’

Entrepreneurs Jamie Crummie and Chris Wilson have designed an app to offload bakery products that are destined for the bin at a discounted price.

Philps bakery set to open sixth shop

Cornwall-based family-owned bakery, Philps will be opening up a new shop right in the centre of Camborne.

Flour Pot Bakery extends retail presence

Brighton-based business Flour Pot Bakery has opened up a new branch this week in Hove, taking its total number of retail sites to four.

Bakkavör enjoys Q2 revenue increase

International food manufacturer Bakkavör has seen revenues rise 3.2% to £438.7 million in its second-quarter (Q2) results for the 13 weeks ended 25 June 2016, compared with the same 2015 period.

Lidl unveils bakery at new store

Discounter Lidl has revealed a new state-of-the-art bakery at a new store in Penicuik, Scotland.

Planet Organic brings out gluten-free vegan sliced bread line

Speciality health retailer Planet Organic has announced its new addition to the free-from bakery department: an organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy- and nut-free range of bread from Good Grain Bakery.

Lincat introduces Select Partner programme

Commercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat has introduced a new partnership scheme for dealers - the Select Partner programme, which was launched at the company’s purpose-built manufacturing facilities in Lincoln.

Genius announces new CSR partnership

The number one gluten-free bakery brand in Britain, Genius Gluten Free, has announced a new CSR partnership with social enterprise Allergy Adventures, to educate schoolchildren about food allergies and intolerances.

CSM Bakery Solutions launches Genoese cake mix

International ingredients and products supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has launched its first-ever Genoese Cake Mix to help bakers perfect their cakes.

La Jawaab bakery closes due to cockroach infestation

Huddersfield-based bakery and deli La Jawaab has been forced to closed over hygiene concerns after an infestation of cockroaches.

Warrens creates Perfect Picnic range

Cornish pasty and cake-maker Warrens Bakery has launched a new Perfect Picnic cake range, aimed at consumers looking for a treat for barbecues or afternoon tea in the garden.

New trustees for GroceryAid

Food industry charity GroceryAid has added Waitrose’s Mark Williamson and Procter & Gamble’s Helen Tucker to its board of trustees.

UK wheat traders may capitalise on poor French harvest

French analysts have revised down their expectations for the country’s milling wheat harvest, but UK traders are eyeing export opportunities to North Africa.

Italian bakery expands and rebrands range

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Destiny Foods launches Christmas line

Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor Destiny Foods has launched its Christmas range.

Consumer spending slowed in July

The latest Barclaycard consumer confidence research has shown caution among consumers, as spending rose 2.6% in July, with growth levels down on those seen in May and June. 

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