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Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.

LPQ appoints new head of operations

Le Pain Quotidien, the artisan bakery chain, has appointed Jon Abrahams as head of operations.

Finsbury celebrates 78.1% revenue increase

Finsbury Foods, the retail and foodservice bakery group, has reported UK bakery revenue growth of 8.7% for the first four months of its financial year.

Paul and Katrina Allan of Murdoch Allan with Brian O'Shea of Asda (centre)
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Scottish bakers celebrate Asda listings

Three Scottish bakeries are celebrating new listings worth an estimated £275,000 in total as Asda grows its locally sourced bakery range.

Ian Firth (left), business development manager for Bibby Distribution, shakes hands with Mark Owen, logistics director at Roberts Bakery
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Roberts Bakery secures logistics deal

Roberts Bakery, the Cheshire-based firm, has agreed a deal with logistics provider Bibby Distribution, which will allow it to supply customers further afield than ever.

Genius buys frozen pie producer

Genius Food, the gluten-free bakery, has bought frozen pie-producer Chapel Foods in a £3.5m deal.

Greencore Group has recorded a 10.6% rise in group operating profits
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Greencore announces factory investment following strong sales

Greencore Group, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported a 10.6% rise in group operating profits to £91.7m for the year ended 25 September 2015.

Bakkavör sees revenue and underlying profit growth

Bakkavör, a leading food manufacturer, has unveiled 16% growth in its third-quarter underlying profit.

Revamp for Haydens Bakery

Haydens Bakery has undergone a major rebranding as the overhaul of the company’s operations continues.

Losses surge at Tesco coffee shop offshoot

Tesco is having to commit millions of pounds to keep solvent a rapidly expanding, loss-making coffee chain it part owns.

Muppets top most-read news on bakeryinfo

Only a month ago few would have predicted that The Muppets would be back on our screens at primetime. However few would have envisioned Warburtons pumping £25m into a promotional campaign. 

Chocolatier branches out into pop-up dessert nights

An Australian pastry chef and chocolatier is celebrating a year of organising pop-up dessert nights in London with an event at Eat 17 in Homerton, east London.

Cambridgeshire bakery closes shop

A bakery in Cambridgeshire is closing one of its seven shops due to a steady decline in business in the town it is based in.

AHDB reveals 2016 crop harvest predictions

A new survey has predicted 2016’s wheat harvest will be similar in size to this year’s return at 1.8Mha.

City analyst upbeat over Premier’s latest results

A leading City analyst has described the turnaround in revenue at Premier Food as “no mean feat” given the challenging FMCG climate.

UB invests £15m in export drive

United Biscuits (UB) is planning to invest £15m to increase capacity at its biggest factory next year and is forecasting a 50% increase in its exports by 2020.

Cheesecake has been named the Nation's favourite dessert
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Cheesecake tops dessert poll

Cheesecake has been named the nation's favourite dessert, according to research carried out by Tate & Lyle Sugars.

Timmy's Pies has launched a crowdfunding campaign
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Timmy’s Pies launches crowdfunding campaign

Timmy’s Pies, the luxury pie producer, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund growth plans.

New chocolate café opens in Islington

Independent producer Jaz & Jul’s has opened an artisan chocolate café and shop in Islington, London, selling cocoa-themed sweet and savoury bites as well as hot drinks.

Asian snacks firm gains funds for new production centre

An Asian sweets specialist has set up a manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing a six-figure funding package from Barclays.

Pieminister intends to open four restaurants by the end of 2016
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Pieminister reveals 2016 expansion plans

Gourmet pie and mash restaurant Pieminister intends to open four new restaurants in 2016, including a flagship venue in Nottingham.

AB Mauri unveils new Centre of Excellence

Bakery ingredients supplier AB Mauri has officially opened its new Centre of Excellence.

Bakkavör increases workforce as sales rise

Bakkavör Desserts is to hire 160 extra staff members to help meet demand following an increase in sales.

FDF boss adds voice to argument against sugar tax

A tax on sugar is not the answer to tackling the obesity crisis, the director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has reiterated. 

Harrods triumphs in mince pie taste-off

Harrods, the luxury department store, is selling this year’s best own-brand mince pies according to a taste-test by consumer journal Which?.

British Lion Egg Processors has launched the world's most comprehensive egg quality scheme
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British Lion Egg Processors relaunches Code

British Lion Egg Processors has relaunched its Lion Egg Products Code of Practice to provide what it claims is the world’s most comprehensive egg quality scheme.

Muffin Break has opened a store in Newport
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Muffin Break opens second Welsh store

Muffin Break, the bakery café, has opened its second Welsh store in Newport as part of rapid expansion plans to open 14 stores by the end of 2016.

Pasty Presto has been rebranded as The Cornish Bakery
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Pasty Presto undergoes rebrand

Pasty Presto, the Cornish pasty retail chain, has been rebranded as The Cornish Bakery following a successful trial in three stores.

Department of Health to reassess potassium salt stance

Department of Health (DH) advice on using potassium salt is being revised as part of an effort to reduce public consumption of table salt.

Aldi and Lidl now hold a combined market share of 10%
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German discounters continue to thrive

Aldi and Lidl, the German discounters, hit a combined market share of 10% for the first time, according to a Kantar Worldpanel report.

Christmas adverts hit the screen

With the major grocery retailers having broken their Christmas adverts for 2015, British Baker picks apart their strategies.

Warrens releases mince pie-inspired pasty

Warrens Bakery, the Cornwall-based bakery, has released a limited-edition mincemeat pasty for Christmas.

Almondy produces gluten-free cakes
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Almondy bought by Danish bakery

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has been acquired by the Danish group Givesco Bakery.

Greenhalgh's won Bakery of the Year at The Food Awards England 2015
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Greenhalgh’s scoops top award

Greenhalgh’s, the wholesale bakery, has won Bakery of the Year at The Food Awards England 2015.

Muppets star in Warburtons’ crumpet campaign

Warburtons has launched an advertising campaign with The Muppets to promote its new Giant Crumpets.

Cookie dough withdrawn over allergen

Mo’s Cookie Dough, the chilled cookie dough producer, has temporarily withdrawn its products due to a labelling issue.

Jacob's celebrated 130 years of Cream Crackers with the world's longest cheeseboard
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Jacob’s celebrates anniversary with massive cheeseboard

Jacob’s, the United Biscuits-owned biscuit and snack manufacturer, has celebrated 130 years of its famous cream crackers by creating the world’s longest cheeseboard.

Aldi trumpets British Baker awards success

Manchester bakery launches crowdfunding campaign

Manchester-based artisan bakery Trove has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund expansion plans.

The first publicly available advice on producing free-from products has been published
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First free-from food manufacturing advice published

The first publicly available guidance for food manufacturers aiming to produce free-from products has been published.

Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, with Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Cake
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Ministry of Cake relaunches factory shop

Cake and desserts manufacturer Ministry of Cake has relaunched its factory shop after a £60,000 investment.

Scotch Pie judging completed

More than 500 products from nearly 100 Scottish butchers and bakers have been judged for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Public exposure to acrylamide could be higher than previously thought, says FSA
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FSA warns levels of cancer-chemical underestimated

The level of public exposure to the cancer-inducing chemical acrylamide could be higher than previously thought, due to people ignoring manufacturer cooking instructions.

Cuckoo's Bakery in Edinburgh launched a range of cupcakes for Halloween
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Bakers say 2015 was best Halloween ever

Bakers have reported that sales boomed over Halloween, with the strongest sales ever this year.

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a Chinese eCommerce store
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UB launches Chinese eCommerce store

Biscuit manufacturing group United Biscuits (UB) has launched an eCommerce store for Chinese consumers on Alibaba Group’s Tmall Global platform.

Baker fights back after Poppy Appeal theft

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

Student body launches #HireMe Scheme

The Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees has launched a scheme to help bakery students and trainees find jobs.

Sainsbury’s reported a 17.9% drop in underlying profit before tax
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Sainsbury’s suffers drop in profit

Sainsbury’s underlying profit before tax plunged by 17.9% from £375m to £308m, according to sales figures for the 28 weeks to 26 September 2015.

A cheeky red wine with your sausage roll?

Ever wondered what the perfect wine would be to accompany your Greggs’ sausage roll?

Premier Foods is to launch a range of baking mixes with Paul Hollywood
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Premier Foods announces Paul Hollywood baking mix range

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced it will launch a range of baking mixes with Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

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