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Sainsbury’s rejects ‘burnt’ bread claims

Customers have been left bemused after “well-fired” loaves with black crusts started appearing on Sainsbury’s shelves.

Linpac invests £1.2m in machinery

Linpac Packaging plans to produce a further 200 million expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays each year as a result of a £1.2m investment.

McCormick issues third offer for Premier

US spice brand McCormick has upped its offer on Premier Foods to 65p a share.

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

Professional Bake Off set to air

The Great British Bake Off will hit new heights of technical excellence tonight, as the professional version of the show launches.

GBBO threatens legal action

The producers of The Great British Bake Off have threatened a charity baking competition in Cardiff with legal action.

Dawn’s new icing flavours

Dawn Foods has added chocolate and caramel flavours to its four-strong Glossy Icings collection. 

Belfast Chamber of Commerce seeks Sunday trading extension

Belfast Chamber of Commerce (BCC) is to lobby the city council to apply for holiday resort status as it seeks to extend Sunday trading hours.

Pieminister enters gluten-free market

Premium pie maker Pieminister has entered the free-from market with the introduction of two gluten-free pies.

Gavin Darby, chief executive at Premier Foods
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Premier Foods under fire for takeover rejection

Premier Foods has been criticised by shareholders for its handling of a takeover offer from US spice brand, McCormick.

New Krispy Kreme in Peterborough

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is to open a restaurant and production hub in Peterborough.

Peter Ellis, Mission Foods' new managing director for the UK and Ireland
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Mission Foods appoints new MD

Mission Foods has announced that Peter Ellis is to become its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Jestic launches Technical Services

Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment has announced the launch of a new after-sales division, Jestic Technical Services.

Farm Shop & Deli top baker finalists announced

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year finalists have been announced. 

Premier Foods sells 17.27% stake

Nissin, a Japanese instant noodle firm, has committed to buy a 17.27% stake in Premier Foods.

Premier Foods’ shares jump after takeover rejection

Shares in Premier Foods jumped to a high of 54.05p yesterday, after the company announced it had rejected a takeover bid by US spice brand McCormick.

The government will fight legal challenges to sugar tax

Chancellor George Osborne says “bring it on” to the threat of legal action from drinks firms.

Foodservice sales growth slowing

The growth in the UK food sector will not match that of 2015, according to data analysis company Horizons’ managing director Peter Backman. 

FDF calls for salt reduction measures

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has highlighted three key measures it says would drive down salt consumption in the UK.

Burton’s Biscuits launches Fish ‘n’ Chip battle

Burton’s Biscuits will ask consumers to decide which flavour of sauce they would like on its Fish ‘n’ Chips brand.

Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s board

Sainsbury’s has announced Brian Cassin will join its board as a non-executive director.

Top ten hot cross buns

No Easter would be complete without them – now Cambridge Market Research has published the results of a consumer blind taste test to see which hot cross bun is best.

New roll for Speciality Breads

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has added to its growing selection of artisan rolls with a new sourdough & onion roll.

Allied invests £1m in pancakes

Sunblest pancake production has been overhauled at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakery’s East Belfast plant. 

Costa beset by separation rumours

Whitbread’s shares soared yesterday as takeover and break-up talk was rife around the owner of Costa Coffee.

Premier Foods writes off Hovis stake

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has revealed it is to write off its £8m investment in Hovis.

Survey finds demand for more gluten-free products

There is insufficient choice in the gluten-free market, according to 73% of consumers who buy coeliac-friendly products.

Haj Atwal, manager of Subway's 5,000th European store
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Subway opens 5,000th European store

Subway has opened its 5,000th European outlet with a new site in Livingston, Scotland.

Pret A Manger scores food-to-go double win

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has been named the UK’s best café and sandwich shop.

Haydens Bakery wins best manufacturer award

Haydens Bakery has won the Best Manufacturer Award at the Enterprising Wiltshire Awards 2016.

Tim Peake eats bacon sandwich in space

Not only that, which is brilliant enough, but the British astronaut’s sandwich was also specially designed by Heston Blumenthal for the occasion.

The rise and rise of babka

This Easter’s must-have treat was babka, a traditional Eastern European cake, which has become a hit in New York, and is now gaining rapid favour in London.

Sugar tax: Action on Sugar says bakery could be next

Industry experts have said that the sugar tax on soft drinks is “a slippery slope”, and the bakery industry could be next.

PHE says UK salt intake has stayed the same

The UK is consuming the same amount of salt as it was three years ago, despite numerous campaigns, according to Public Health England (PHE). 

MPs underline commitment to apprenticeships

MPs George Eustice and Nadhim Zahawi spoke at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) stand at the Big Bang UK Scientist and Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

Freedom Bakery crowdfunding for second site

In response to “growing demand”, Freedom Bakery will launch a second crowdfunding campaign on 7 April. 

Cornish baker adopts National Living Wage

W C Rowe, one of the first large-scale Cornish employers, has adopted the soon-to-be-mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for its workforce.

Scottish companies forge gluten-free partnership

A partnership to produce gluten-free biscuits has been announced by Duncan’s of Deeside and Pulsetta Foods.

Allied Bakeries avoids strike disruption

A hot cross bun shortage has been avoided following successful talks between Allied Bakeries and union officials.

Ian Deste, former managing director UK & Ireland for Burton's Biscuits
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Burton’s MD leaves after only months

Burton’s Biscuits has confirmed the departure of Ian Deste just six months after he joined the company.

Gallery: Halva to supply Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason (F&M) has just been announced as the first official stockist for London bakery, Halva.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

In the second of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

Starbucks responds to recycling jibes

Starbucks, the coffee shop chain, has announced that it will offer a 50p discount to customers who bring in their own coffee cup.

New director for Tesco

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced that Lindsey Pownall will join the board as an additional independent non-executive director.

M&S starts selling mug cakes

Marks & Spencer is offering pre-made mixes that you put in a mug and microwave. 

First gluten-free industry event launched

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is hosting its first gluten-free networking event for food industry professionals who wish to benefit from the growing gluten-free market. 

Eat faces £3.6m bill for toasted sandwiches

Sandwich chain Eat has been issued with a £3.6m VAT bill after its toasties were found to be subject to the “pasty tax”. 

Defra urges manufacturers to apply for PDOs

UK manufacturers are to be encouraged to apply for protected status for their regional speciality food and drink names, according to Elizabeth Truss, minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Brød wins Cardiff Life Award

Danish-style bakery Brød has scooped the New Business award at the Cardiff Life Awards.

Muffin Break launches citrus muffin

Muffin Break has launched a limited-edition citrus-flavoured muffin as the third stage of its Muffin Lab concept.

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