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Waitrose launches dog muffins

Iced Woofins, iced muffins for dogs made of sponge cake, are now available in Waitrose.

Butter prices up 13%

Bakers face higher prices for butter after a surprise rally on global commodity markets.

Dispotool Roadshow hits the UK

The Dispotool Roadshow recently came to the UK, giving industry leaders a chance to see the logistical software in action.

Tate & Lyle profits up by 5%

Ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has posted flat sales but has seen a boost to profits, with unadjusted pre-tax profits rising from £25m to £126m.

Oliver Adams to close nine bakeries

Northampton bakery Oliver Adams closed two outlets, and will close nine in total. It has said it is restructuring, because some outlets are “losing money hand over fist”.

New Hovis Best of Both Mix

The new Hovis Best of Both Mix from Premier Foods is for those “who enjoy the taste of white bread, but want the benefits of wholemeal bread”, according to Premier Foods. 

New competition from Patisserie Valerie

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie has launched the #MyValerieGateau competition, which will see the public design the company’s next gateau. 

Kellogg’s launches brownie-style bake

Kellogg’s has launched Coco Pops Choco Bakes, a Coco Pops-branded brownie-style bake, targeted at children looking for snacks after school. 

ABF’s Illovo acquisition confirmed

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has confirmed that its proposal to move to full ownership of Illovo Sugar will go ahead. 

David Smart’s blog: Graduation class of 2016

david smartYou will be leaving college/university very shortly, and I wanted to be the first to welcome you all the ‘baking business’ - the industry for which you have been studying over the last few years. It is where everything you have been taught within the classroom becomes commonplace within the trade.

Real Bread Campaign ad complaint rebuffed

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has declined to take action following a complaint by the Real Bread Campaign (RBC) about advertising claiming that artisan bread can be made using a packet mix.

M&S food ‘outperforms a competitive market’

Profits at Marks & Spencer (M&S) dropped by a fifth, it announced in its full-year results today. But food fared better than its other divisions, despite “difficult trading conditions”.

Sandwiches most popular cold food-to-go

The new Food-To-Go Market Factsheets from packaging specialist Huhtamaki have revealed that sandwiches, wraps and paninis are the most popular cold choices.

New crop varieties to be introduced

Next month crop supplier KWS Group is to unveil four new varieties spanning three crop types, each offering class-leading grain quality attributes. 

New Bunting Label from Planglow

Food label-designer Planglow’s new Bunting Label has a bright polka dot bunting print on a blue striped border, and is designed with summer in mind.

Fresh baked goods are top convenience choice

Over half of those who regularly shop in convenience stores have said they regularly buy freshly baked goods, according to research analyst Mintel.

Sugar tax to be extended?

The recently-announced levy on fizzy drinks has edged closer to the bakery sector, as it could soon affect cereals and snacks, according to a government health minister. 

Welsh Hills Bakery celebrates Morrisons advert appearance

Free-from food producer Welsh Hills Bakery is celebrating the appearance of its chocolate sponge cake in a Morrisons TV advert.

Ex-con opens second bakery

An ex-offender has opened a second branch of her Manchester artisan bakery, The Barker Baker.

Coffee #1 recalls brownie over milk concerns

Coffee #1 is recalling its gluten- and dairy-free hazelnut and praline brownies because they have been found to contain milk.

New report claims fatty foods are healthy

New advice that eating more fat could be the answer to the nation’s obesity crisis has caused a furious backlash from senior UK nutritionists.

FoB holds annual conference

The Federation of Bakers focussed its recent annual conference on the challenges facing the food industry. 

Costa Coffee starts accepting Android Pay

Costa Coffee has announced it is accepting payment with the Android Pay app at participating stores.

Students design limited-edition Subway sandwich

Students from Leeds have won a competition which will see their design for a Subway sandwich sold to the public.

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Rye sales reverse downward trend

Sales of rye have moved into growth, according data from market analysts Nielsen, reversing a decline from the previous year.

Mr Kipling launches limited edition Fancies

Mr Kipling, the cake producer, is aiming to attract new shoppers with the launch of two limited-edition versions of its Fancies.

Warburtons most-bought FMCG brand

Bread giant Warburtons has topped a list of the UK’s most-bought fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands. There are four bakery brands in the top 10.

Foodservice growth rate to slow by end of year

The UK foodservice market is continuing to grow, according to foodservice consultancy Horizon, although the rate of growth is expected to slow.

Pieminister launches 10,000 pie giveaway

Premium pie maker Pieminister has launched a summer giveaway, which will see over 10,000 pies delivered to selected events across the UK.

RGF launches Liverpool innovation centre and academy

Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new innovation centre and cake decoration academy in Wavertree, Liverpool.

SSP reports profit leap

SSP, the travel location foodservice brand operator, has reported a 41.5% surge in underlying profit before tax from £16.4m to £23.2m for the six months to 31 March 2016.

Greggs High Court ruling could change toilet law

A High Court ruling over two Greggs stores could see even the smallest cafés and bakeries having to install customer toilet facilities.

Tesco launches commemorative shortbread

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer, supermarket giant Tesco has launched a tin of commemorative shortbread. 

Pret launches Android Pay service

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has announced that the Android Pay service is now available in all of its UK stores. 

McCormick was a ‘phantom bid’ says Premier

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods, has said a firm bid from the American spice firm never happened. 

IFBA members move to phase out trans fats

Eleven of the largest global food and drink companies have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans fats by the end of 2018.

Haydens fined £40k

Wiltshire bakery firm Haydens Bakery, part of the Real Good Food Company, has been fined £40k for safety failings, after one of its workers was injured by a bowl mixer.

Squires Kitchen tutor leads team to Bake Off victory

The BBC’s quest to find the country’s best pastry chefs has come to an end after Mark Tilling and his team triumphed in the Bake Off: Crème de la Crème final.

5 things to learn from Patisserie Holdings

Patisserie Holdings, which owns the high street bakery chain, released its results today. We take a closer look at what they mean for Patisserie Valerie. 

Scotch Pie Champ spat as organisers split

Scottish Bakers is to become the sole manager of the World Scotch Pie Championships following a row between the competition’s organisers.

Patisserie Holdings ebitda up 21.3%

Patisserie Holdings, owner of high street bakery Patisserie Valerie, saw ebitda increase 21.3% to £10.6m, and revenue grow 14% to £50m, up from £43.7m in the first half of the last financial year.

Tesco sold 4.5m more cream cakes in 2015

Shoppers at supermarket chain Tesco bought 4.5m more luxury cream cakes in 2015 than the year before.

Specialist baker launches new brand

Nottingham-based baker Butt Foods has marked its 25th anniversary with a new brand, called Baked Earth. 

The Sammies Awards winners

The full list of winners at the recent Sammies Awards, organised by The British Sandwich Association.

New launch for Speciality Breads

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has launched a new malted ciapanini.

£67k raised for GroceryAid

A rowing charity event in the Lake District, sponsored by Mars UK, has raised more than £67k for GroceryAid.

Premier Foods reports £86.1m profits

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has reported a 3.5% rise in pre-tax profits to £86.1m for the year to the start of April.

Warburtons wins award

Warburtons has won a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award for helping children learn about the importance of health and nutrition.

Pieminister expands after £1.4m investment

Bristol-based pie business Pieminister will open five new restaurants across the UK and create more than 80 new jobs after securing a £1.4m finance package from HSBC.

Muntons expands abroad

Muntons, the Suffolk-based maltster and malted ingredients company, has opened its first plant outside the UK.

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