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Bakery goods make Great Taste Top 50

Two bakery products and one dessert item have made the Top 50 Foods shortlist in this year’s Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.

Aubaine confirms new opening date

The French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in London’s Covent Garden on 22 August. 

Morrisons shores up Ocado deal

Morrisons.com has finalised an agreement with online supermarket Ocado, and says this will allow big four retailer to grow profitably across Britain.

Brook Food and Mark Bennett launch new course

Williton-based equipment company Brook Food has teamed up with award-winning master baker Mark Bennett, owner of Patisserie Mark Bennett, to launch a three-day intensive bakery course aimed at those looking to start a commercial bakery business.

Schär launches six new UK products

Schär, the fastest-growing gluten-free brand in the UK, has brought six new lines to market.

Businessman creates dog-friendly bakery

Lee Ewart, owner of Leesons Aquatics & Pet Supplies in Llanelli, Wales, has created a bakery specialising in birthday cakes for dogs.

Morrisons and Sainsbury’s recall desserts over metal issue

Supermarket giants Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have taken the precautionary measure to recall some of their chilled desserts after manufacturer Bakkavör reported they could contain flakes of metal.

Walls under new ownership after American takeover

Shetland-based Walls Bakery has been taken over by American entrepreneur Bruce Gilardi and has changed its name to Waas Bakery.

Pasty firm starts concept store roll-out

West Cornwall Pasty Co will open West Cornwall Food Co stores nationally ‘in the coming months’, following a successful inaugural trial in Canterbury.

Artisan bakery scoops national award

Northumberland-based artisan bakery The Running Fox has won a Country Homes and Interiors My Country Business Award.

From left: Steve Angle, Alex Birch of Langleys Solicitors, John Haken and Hilary Angle
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£15m MBO for biscuit and confectionery marketer

A £15m Yorkshire-based biscuit and confectionery specialist Right Angle Marketing (York) has been sold in a management buy-out (MBO) for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

Starbucks agrees first drive-thru deal for shopping centre

International coffee chain Starbucks has signed a deal with Connswater shopping centre in Belfast to open the first ever drive-thru store in Northern Ireland.

Thomas J Fudge’s expands its savoury range

Dorset-based bakery brand Thomas J Fudge’s has expanded its savoury selection with the launch of new Mini Wafers and Crackers & Crispbreads.

Scotland the Bread targets £30k for wheat research

Social business Scotland The Bread (STB) is looking to raise £30,000 by the end of the month in a bid to ramp up a programme of wheat breeding and research and create the most “nutrient-dense and digestible grains and bread possible”.

Minimal places left at the Baking Industry Awards

Calling all bakery professionals, this is your last call to book yourself a place at the Baking Industry Awards, with only a handful of places up for grabs.

Doncaster bakery Toppings Pies donates products to local foodbank

Doncaster-based bakery Toppings Pies has donated 1,400 pies and quiches to the Thorne & Moorends Community hub, which offers food and support to those suffering from food poverty.

Essex flour miller ADM sets new world record

Essex-based ADM Milling appears to have smashed the world record for the fastest time to turn wheat into 13 loaves of bread.

Asian bakery delivers sweet success for new £1.2m Costcutter

An Asian bakery has helped a Costcutter forecourt boost weekly sales by 25%.

Genius produces the first gluten-free toastie loaf

Free-from bakery, Genius has expanded its bread range by bringing out the first gluten-free toastie loaf – Genius Toastie.

Bells Food Group completes first phase of investment

Scotland-based pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has completed the first part of a three-year £3.6m investment that will double its pastry production.

Almondy raises over £7.5k for the Katie Piper Foundation

Gluten-free bakery, Almondy has raised a total of just over £7,500 for the Katie Piper Foundation charity, which specialises in helping survivors of burns and scars.

FDF publishes sugar reduction guidance

Bakers are being urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content.

National Cupcake Championships judging begins

The entries are now closed and judging is under way. Some lucky bakers could be within a chance of being crowned this year’s British Baker’s Cupcake Champion.

Which? study highlights ‘unhealthy’ promotion trend

Retailers are being urged to “play their part” in the fight against obesity in light of new research which shows that supermarkets carry more promotions on ‘less healthy’ food and drink.

Lidl brings out bread making machine

Lidl is to introduce the Silvercrest Bread Maker to its UK stores from today (Thursday 4 August 2016), despite the fact that the retailer has an in-store bakery in each of its outlets.

Frozen pizza and white bread buck rising grocery price trend

Frozen pizza and white bread have fallen in price despite the cost of a basket of popular supermarket items jumping by 1% in July, latest figures from mysupermarket.co.uk show.

Production unaffected in Ginsters factory blaze

Ginsters has confirmed it is operating as usual following a chimney fire at its Callington factory in Cornwall.

Esquires Coffee continues expansion

Franchised coffee chain, Esquires Coffee has opened its 25th shop in Buckingham (Bucks) and aims to open five more by the end of the year.

Bakery recalls sausage roll products over plastic concern

Lancashire based- craft bakery, Clayton Park Bakery has recalled some of its sausage roll products with a Best Before date of 3 and 4 August as they may contain plastic.

Ginsters partners with football league to drive on-pack promotion

Ginsters is gearing up to launch its biggest on-pack promotion after becoming an official partner of the English Football League. 

Bakery secures deal with AmazonFresh

Northern Irish bakery Graham’s has won a listing to supply a number of its baked goods to AmazonFresh.

Bahlsen embraces convenience for Pick Up! range

Germany-based biscuits and cakes manufacturer Bahlsen has added a “convenient” smaller grab-and go size format to its Pick Up! biscuit range.

Cornish pasty maker set to bowl over cricket club fans

Cornish pasty maker Proper Cornish has established a Taste of Cornwall café at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC).

Bakery to create 50 jobs with new factory

Leicestershire-based craft business Geary’s bakery has been given approval by Blaby District Council to build a new factory to double its production of bread.

Bakery chain hit with several burglaries

Wigan-based-bakery chain Galloways has been the victim of an overnight raid in four of its branches in Aspull, Standish, Kitt Green and Haydock.

Greggs reports 6% sales boost for H1

Leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer Greggs has seen total sales rise 6% to £422m for the 26 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

Village Bakery to supply pies to Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham-based business The Village Bakery will supply its pies to Wrexham football supporters for their first home game of the season this weekend at The Racecourse.

Real Good Food reveals future strategy for bakery and ingredients

Real Good Food has revealed several strategic plans for its brands following its move to reposition its business along three pillar markets – cake decoration, food ingredients and premium bakery.

Haydens Bakery turns in positive sales despite narrower range

Renshaw Food Group has revealed a positive performance for its premium bakery division in its financial results to 31 March 2016, announced today.

Jacob’s brings out cracker alternative

Jacob’s is seeking to fill the gap left by the decline in lunchtime sandwich consumption with the launch of a three-strong range of Ciabatta Crackers.

Cake Angels launches Crayola-themed kids’ baking kits

Baking decoration brand Cake Angels is to debut two Crayola-themed baking kits in a bid to help children express themselves and develop their social skills.

Family bakery launches exclusive gluten-free Cornish pasty

Helston-based company The Good Food Bakery has launched what it claims is the world’s first gluten-free Cornish pasty after taking four years to develop the product.

Bakery scoops prize at the Great Taste Awards

Dorset-based business Leakers Bakery was among a number of winners at the Great Taste Awards 2016 for their local bread – the pure sourdough rye loaf.

Bakery items reduced by 18% in latest Morrisons move

Morrisons is slashing prices on its bakery, cakes and desserts by an average of 18% as part of the retailer’s biggest price crunches on 1,045 products.

Aldi sweeps the board in British Baker’s Christmas Stars

UK supermarket Aldi was the stand-out winners in all four categories at the 2016 British Baker Christmas Star awards, with Nevis Bakery and Bakkavör Bread winning the highly recommended accolades.

Samworth Brothers denies ‘bullying’ letter

Samworth Brothers has denied allegations it circulated a "bullying" letter to its workers in order to sign away their collective bargaining rights.

Par-Pak introduces standard bakery packs line

Milton Keynes-based packaging firm Par-Pak Europe has launched its first ‘off-the-shelf’ standard bakery packaging range.

Sugar arm disposal transforms Real Good Food’s performance

Real Good Food has reported a statutory profit before tax of £12.9m for the year ending 31 March 2016.

New cookie flavours for M&S

Marks & Spencer has launched two new frozen cookie flavours based on the same recipe used for the versions sold in the retailer’s in-store bakeries.

Food Standards Agency ‘names and shames’ bakeries in recall list

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a summary of food incidents handled between April and June 2016, which includes five bakery products.

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