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Dawn’s new limited-edition frostings

Dawn Foods has launched three new frostings in flavours presently unique in the bakery sector, to “help bakers capture the essence of spring and summer”.

Bakkavör doubles number of apprentices

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavör is looking for 45 new apprentices to join the business in 2016. 

Bakery brings Venezuelan flair to Birmingham

Let it Dough, a newly-opened artisan bakery, is bringing Venezuelan baking techniques to Birmingham. 

UB boss steps down

United Biscuits’ chief executive, Jeff van der Eems, has stepped down with immediate effect.

Exclusive CBA news: Holling to step down

Mike Holling, the influential executive director of Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA), has stepped down from his role with the organisation.

Square Pie launches “most exciting” gluten-free pies

A duo of gluten-free pies has been launched by premium-pie restaurant Square Pie.

Greenhalgh’s backs dementia initiative

Greenhalgh’s has pledged to become dementia friendly, as part of a scheme launched by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.

Free’ist wins Morrisons deal

Low-sugar bakery and snack manufacturer Free’ist has won its first listing with a major British supermarket.

New directors for Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle PLC has announced that it has appointed two non-executive directors, with effect from 1 April. 

Sugar is Brit’s biggest health concern, not fat

New research from market analyst, Mintel, has shown that we are more concerned about sugar than fat and calories.

“Significant growth” for Bokomo Foods

Cereal maker Bokomo Foods is now the main supplier to all major supermarkets’ own-brand cereal products.

Costa to open in Chard and Crewkerne

The high street coffee chain has confirmed it will be opening the two new Somerset stores by April. 

Pasty triumphs at British Pie Awards

A “perfectly produced” beef skirt and vegetable pasty has triumphed at the British Pie Awards.

Waitrose operating profit up despite tough market

Waitrose has reported a 3.9% rise in operating profit for the year, to £232.6m, despite “exceptionally tough” market conditions.

Border Biscuits scoops local business award

Border Biscuits has been recognised for its contribution to the local area with its win at the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2016.

Waites will not re-open after floods

Sadness has greeted news that West Yorkshire bakery Waites will not be re-opening, having been devastated twice by water damage.

Sugarwise – a solution to the sugar debate?

Today, (11 March) students at the University of Cambridge will announce details of a “ground-breaking free sugars test”.

Jestic named in ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Foodservice equipment manufacturing company Jestic has been listed as one of Britain’s most inspirational companies in a London Stock Exchange report. 

‘Everything Doughnut’ becomes latest hybrid

The Doughnut Project, in the US, has unveiled a sweet and savoury pastry hybrid topped with cream cheese, sesame seeds and garlic.

Morrisons details strategy for growth

Morrisons has listed six key priorities, as part of its ongoing strategy to improve profitability.

Morrisons reports sales drop

Morrisons reported a 2% drop in like-for-likes sales for its financial year (excluding VAT and fuel), although positive Q4 figures showed signs of recovery.

No change to Sunday trading hours

Plans to overhaul Sunday trading laws in England and Wales have been dropped, after they were rejected by MPs.

Sussex bakery fined £14,392 for rodent infestation

Falcone Baking Company in Newhaven has been fined after being found guilty of five offences relating to poor food hygiene, including a “serious rodent infestation”. 

Stoke Newington bakery supports vulnerable women

Luminary Bakery provides training and jobs for women who are struggling with single motherhood, have faced domestic violence or homelessness, or who have a criminal record.

New boulangerie and kitchen for Fulham Road

This month, the affluent London neighbourhood around Fulham Road is to get its own French-style boulangerie and kitchen, called Orée. 

Lancashire bakery to relocate

Bowen’s Pies will move from their current Adlington base to the former Initial Laundry site on Botany Brow in April. 

Innovation is the key to success, says new report

A new bakery and pastry report from Catalyst Corporate Finance has found that the fastest-growing brands specialise in healthier baked goods using high-quality ingredients.

British Pie Awards judging underway

Yesterday (9 March) marked the start of the eighth annual British Pie Awards, held in Melton Mowbray Church. 

Carbs linked to lung cancer?

A US study has found a link between lung cancer and eating a diet with a high glycaemic index (GI), a measure of carbohydrate content.

Petition calls for Jammie Dodger recipe change reversal

An online petition has been launched calling on Burton’s Biscuits to reverse a recipe alteration to its Jammie Dodgers line.

Camilla Stephens, founder of Higgidy Pies
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Higgidy Pies hits 50-million milestone

Higgidy Pies is set to celebrate British Pie Week in style by producing its 50-millionth pie.

New edible Ghostbusters merchandise

Innovative Bites, the American snack and confectionary supplier, has signed a deal to launch limited-edition Ghostbusters Twinkies, called Key Lime Slime.

New puddings from Essex producer

Cole’s Puddings has launched two new Christmas puddings, which it says can be enjoyed on any special occasion.

Greggs launches flat white with Nappuccino lab

To mark the launch of its new flat white coffee, high street baker Greggs has bought an “adult naptime pod” to London.

Costa’s fresh food initiative expands

High street coffee chain Costa has announced it will be rolling out its offering with premium salad brand Chop’d to a further 12 London stores. 

Co Down bakery re-opens under new name

The Harlequin Patisserie, based in Newtownards, is to be renamed Knead, as the traditional family bakery passes on to the founder’s son.

Food sales return to growth despite supermarket price war

The grocery sector reported a 0.5% rise in sales in the four weeks to 28 February, after months of little or no growth, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

Poundstretcher recalls Disney cookies

Poundstretcher is recalling tins of Disney Choc Chip Cookies due to the presence of undeclared milk.

Brighton bakery fights food waste with new app

Angel Food Bakery is distributing leftover products through waste-prevention app, Olio. 

Folic acid “not a bakery issue” says Scottish Bakers

The Scottish government has backed mandatory fortification of flour, but industry association Scottish Bakers had said folic acid is a medical issue, not a bakery one. 

Price of gluten-free bread and croissants rises

Mysupermarket.com has analysed the prices of various baked goods over the last year, with many items found to be cheaper, but a few significantly more expensive.

Ruth Sloan of Irwin’s Bakery, Paul Rankin and David Boyce, deputy head of Great Britain at Tourism Ireland
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Irwin’s to promote Northern Ireland

Irwin’s has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to promote a “visit Northern Ireland” message to consumers via an on-pack marketing campaign.

Caption: Jason Tarry, chief product officer at Tesco and president of GroceryAid, pictured on the night.
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Fundraising ball raises over £280k for GroceryAid

Seven hundred people from across the whole of the grocery industry gathered at the Hilton on Park Lane for the annual Diamond Ball last week. 

Caffè Nero roasted for tax avoidance

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has come under widespread media criticism for paying no corporation tax in the last financial year, despite posting a profit of almost £23.6m.

Britain’s first chocolate kebab shop

The Chocolate Kebab House will open in Swansea in June, serving crêpes, churros, waffles and milkshakes.

Burton’s Biscuits closes in on Fox’s deal

Burton’s Biscuits is reported to be closing in on a £330m deal to purchase rival brand, Fox’s.

Innovate to thrive, say webinar speakers

The bakery retail market is “exciting and vibrant”, according to the speakers at the Insights from the Bakery Market Report 2016 live event.

United Biscuits releases teacakes

United Biscuits (UB) is to expand further into the cake aisle with the release of two teacake products.

Perthshire pie-maker ceases trading

The Wee Pie Company has unexpectedly ceased trading, just months after securing a £150,000 contract to supply Aldi.

Genius launches gluten-free bagels

Genius Gluten Free has launched its first bagel line as part of a package of three new products.

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