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WHO takes aim at sugar

Sugary food consumption should be discouraged, according to anti-diabetes recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Co-op boss takes pay cut as profits dip

The Co-operative Group has reported 3.3% underlying profit growth in food sales, up to £250m for the 52 weeks to 2 January 2016.

Exercise detail urged for food labels

Food labels should show how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories consumed, an expert has said.

M&S food sales up 4% in Q4

In its fourth-quarter trading update issued today (7 April), Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported that food sales were up 4%, in contrast to its “unsatisfactory” clothing and home division.

United Biscuits targets convenience stores in biscuit growth initiative

United Biscuits (UB) is aiming to grow biscuit sales by £88m over the next five years, by helping convenience stores optimise their range offer.

Callebaut issues ‘solid’ half-year results

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer The Barry Callebaut Group is buoyant, despite the impact of a strong Swiss franc and a weak cocoa products market, leading to a slump in net profits.

Pie company to launch new range

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company is to launch a new range this month. 

Pidy’s gluten-free range wins award

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has won an award for its recently launched gluten-free range.

Peter Sidwell’s app shortlisted for award

Described as “Netflix for food lovers”, the baker’s app, Simply Good Food TV, has been shortlisted for The Guardian’s Start-up of the Year award.

Premier holds talks with McCormick

Premier Foods has revealed it has had “detailed” and “constructive” discussions with takeover suitor McCormick.

Bakery market suffers as snacking falls

The war on sugar is starting to have an impact, with people turning their backs on sweet baked goods and pastry products because of health concerns, according to new figures.

Jammie Dodgers thieves sentenced

The gang who stole £20,000 of Jammie Dodgers from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in Cwmbran, Wales, have been jailed for more than 11 years.

Lily Vanilli launches Fortnum & Mason collaboration

Lily Jones, aka Lily Vanilli, has entered into a permanent partnership with premium London food retailer Fortnum & Mason.

Sunblest voted tastiest veda in Northern Ireland

Veda (an Irish version of malt loaf) is big business on the Emerald Isle, and now Sunblest, owned by Allied Bakeries, has been voted Northern Ireland’s tastiest. 

Personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day on 19 June.

AHDB International Baking Workshop

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Brioche Pasquier starts production at new UK site

One of the world’s largest producers of French patisserie and bakery products, Brioche Pasquier, has started production at its new site in Milton Keynes.

Bakers advised to secure dairy supplies

Bakers have been warned to lock in their dairy commodity prices, which are at a 10-year low.

Carr’s Water Biscuit production restarts at flood-hit factory

Carr’s Water Biscuit production has resumed at United Biscuits’ (UB) Carlisle factory for the first time since it was flooded last December.

Thomas the Baker raises £64,000 for charity

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has raised over £11,500 for cancer charity Marie Curie in the last year.

Aberdeen bakery faces underweight goods charge

Chalmers Bakery in Aberdeen has been charged with producing 50 underweight packs of cheese straws and one pack of underweight oatcakes.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year finalists

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year shortlist has been announced – British Baker caught up with the finalists ahead of the big day.

New patisserie course from Mark Bennett

Award-winning Dorset-based baker Mark Bennett is to run a patisserie course in May, following the success of Bakery Excellent, and Bake French last year.

New gin-flavoured fudge from Cornish producers

Artisan confectioner Buttermilk, and Cornish spirits producer Southwestern Distillery, have collaborated to produce Tarquin’s Gin, pastis and vanilla -flavoured fudge.

Kara redesigns for bakery focus

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has redesigned its logo and strapline to reinforce its baking credentials. 

Grocery prices drop for 4th consecutive month

The cost of groceries has dropped for the fourth month in a row, according to mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Pret covers NLW by putting prices up

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger is covering the cost of the new national living wage (NLW) by charging customers more for their coffee.

United Biscuits identifies £500m growth opportunity in biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) has identified £500m of growth opportunity in the UK biscuit market as part of its first Biscuit Review.

Bidvest Foodservice launches savoury muffins

Bidvest Foodservice has expanded its Premium Selection range with the launch of its first savoury muffins.

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

Bakery launches online to help homeless

London social enterprise bakery Providence Row has rebranded as Rise Bakery and launched an online bakery, designed to help support the homeless back into work. 

Walkers launches commemorative tin

Walkers Shortbread has launched a commemorative biscuit tin to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. 

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.

Irwin’s new products

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has added two new flavours to its Howell’s cake range.

Ingredients company changes name

Adams Food Ingredients has changed its name to Ornua Nutrition Ingredients.

Duncan’s expands

Aberdeenshire biscuit maker Duncan’s of Deeside is to boost production by 300% and almost double its workforce.

Sweetpea Pantry secures new listing

Sweetpea Pantry is to see its full range of healthy baking mixes stocked by health retailer Revital.

Square Pie to launch in Sainsbury’s

Premium pie restaurant chain Square Pie is launching the UK’s first gourmet pie into the freezer in Sainsbury’s from 4 April.

New gluten-free muffins for Flower & White

Shrewsbury-based Flower & White has created a range of gluten-free muffins for the foodservice sector. 

Former Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.

Long-serving Edme engineer steps down

An engineering supervisor with malted ingredients supplier Edme has retired after 42 years with the company. 

Brioche Pasquier achieves new Sainsbury’s listings

French bakery Brioche Pasquier has added five new products to its range in Sainsbury’s, which takes the company’s listing with the supermarket up to nine.

Arden and Amici introduces Millefoglie

Bakery brand Arden and Amici is to introduce Millefoglie to its sweet Italian baked goods range.

Baketime apologises

Baketime Ltd has apologised for “any inconvenience” caused after it recalled batches of Aldi, Happy Shopper and Bestway own-label snacks. 

GALLERY: Bakers make cakes for RNLI

A group of professional hobby bakers has helped to raise more than £1,000 for charity after producing a selection of nautical-inspired cakes.  

Premier rejects third takeover bid

Premier Foods has rejected a fresh offer from US spice brand McCormick, which valued the company at 65p per share.

Mr Kipling launches first cupcakes

Mr Kipling has launched its first range of cupcakes in three of the manufacturer’s iconic flavours.

Historic bakery closes

John Smith & Sons in Aberdeenshire has failed to win £1m in funding from the Big Lottery, and is having to close as a result.

Carritech Research launches crowdfunding campaign

Belfast-based food technology company Carritech Research aims to raise £350,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for the commercial development of ColdBake.

Baketime recalls various product lines

Baketime, which supplies Aldi and wholesaler Booker among others, has recalled numerous biscuit, snack and confectionery products that may have been produced in “unhygienic conditions”. 

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