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RGF returns to profit

Real Good Food (RGF) has reported a profit before tax of £9.3m for its first half – compared with a loss of £4.7m for the same period last year.

Wrights unveils new packaging

London-based miller G R Wright & Sons, has made a “considerable investment” in a new look across its 14-strong bread mix range.

A mouse infestation has shut down a Birmingham branch of Muffin Break
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Mouse infestation closes Birmingham Muffin Break

A recently opened branch of Muffin Break in Birmingham’s flagship Grand Central shopping mall was shut down due to mouse infestation yesterday (9 November).

Americans introduced to sausage rolls

It started when a recipe was run by the New York Times. Then it went as viral. It seems our American friends have no clue what a sausage roll is so the article, where they were touted as a traditional British Boxing Day treat, came as a revelation.

A Danish-style bakery has opened in Cardiff
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New bakery says ‘Hej!’ in Cardiff

A new bakery with a focus on traditional Danish recipes has opened in Cardiff.

Irwin's has secured a contract to sell biscuits to China
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Irwin’s Bakery secures export contract to China

Northern Ireland’s leading bakery Irwin’s has secured a six-figure deal to supply a range of premium Irish biscuits created specifically for the Chinese market.

Premier Foods has reported modest growth in its Sweet Treats division
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Premier Foods shows growth in sweet division

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced slow growth for its Sweet Treats division, with a 0.8% growth from £93.1m to £93.8m for the 26 weeks to 3 October 2015.

Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton joined Su Xiaomin, Senior Manager of Business Development, China Merchants Food (Shenzhen) Co. Limited, and Brendan Lappin, Irwin’s Bakery Business Development Manager
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Irwin’s Bakery secures export contract to China

Northern Ireland’s leading bakery Irwin’s has secured a six-figure deal to supply a range of premium Irish biscuits created specifically for the Chinese market.

Greencore fined £40,000+ after worker severs fingers

Greencore Food To Go has said it “deeply regrets” an incident last April where a worker had two fingers severed by a mixing machine at its Spalding site. 

Vogel's has launched a new marketing campaign with Anorak
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Vogel’s launches picnic promotion

Seeded bread specialist Vogel’s has partnered with outdoor brand Anorak for a new Keep Exploring campaign. 

Roberts Bakery hopes to raise over £50,000 to improve breast cancer screening.
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Roberts Bakery to raise £50,000 in breast cancer campaign

Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.

Outgoing chief executive of Samworth Brothers, Lindsey Pownall
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Seven day round-up

The last seven days have produced some interesting stories for the baking industry, from Lindsey Pownall annoucing her retirement from Samworth Brothers to Morrisons unveiling plans to enter the fresh sandwich market. British Baker looks back over the top 5.

Florian Poirot with the sculpture which won him the UK Pastry Open 2015
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UK World Pastry Cup team announced

The UK team for the 2017 Pastry World Cup has been announced at an exclusive afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, London.

Carr’s records healthy profit growth

Unaudited figures show the food division of Carr’s Group has enjoyed a 6.3% rise in profit before tax for the year ended 29 August 2015.

Charles Reed (left) of William Reed Business Media with Bob Gomersall (right) of Virtual College
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Appetite Learning is launched

William Reed Business Media, the publisher of British Baker, has partnered with Virtual College, the leading provider of e-learning and online training, to offer a range of materials for the food industry.

10 patisseries YOU must visit

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

Peter Thompson, new operations director at Silvery Tweed Cereals
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Silvery Tweed Cereals appoints new ops director

Peter Thompson has joined Silvery Tweed Cereals as operations director.

Macphie has launched a new website
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Macphie launches new website

Aberdeenshire-based ingredients manufacturer Macphie has launched a new website.

Sugar tax not the answer says think tank

A tax on sugar will not solve the obesity crisis, the chief executive of the independent social enterprise think tank 2020health has warned. 

Premier Foods was named as best bakery at the FMEAs
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Premier Foods scoops food manufacturing award

Premier Foods, which owns Mr Kipling, has scooped the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2015.

Tate & Lyle has seen adjusted profit before tax rise 28%
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Tate & Lyle sees pre-tax profits jump 28%

Tate & Lyle, the bakery ingredients supplier, saw its adjusted profit before tax increase by 28% this year to £103m.

Morrisons LFL sales have slumped 2.6% (excluding fuel)
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Morrisons hit by fresh sales slump

Supermarket chain Morrisons has seen another drop in sales, with a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales excluding fuel in the 13 weeks to 1 November 2015.

Cookie Crumbles is to have three lines sold in France
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British baking mixes to sell in France

London-based baking mix producer Cookie Crumbles is to have three of its lines stocked by international retailer Casino Group.

New legislation could trigger a flood of cheap sugar
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Liberalised sugar market could lead to a flood of cheap imports

Europe could be flooded by cheap sugar because of plans to liberalise the sugar market, according to a new study.

M&S has posted nearly static LFL food sales
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M&S sees static LFL food sales

High street retail chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) has recorded virtually static like-for-like (LFL) food sales figures, with just 0.2% growth in the 26 weeks ending 26 September.

Barry Callebaut posts profit dip, warns on year ahead

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut has warned about a “challenging” year ahead – after it saw its net profit decline by 5.9% to CHF240 million (£157m).

Outgoing chief executive of Samworth Brothers, Lindsey Pownall
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New CEO at Samworth Brothers

Lindsey Pownall, the chief executive of Samworth Brothers, has reportedly decided to step down from the top job at the food group.

Marc Patisserie launches in London

A high end patisserie – the brainchild of a team behind a duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants – has opened in Selfridges in London.

Morrisons takes on fresh sandwich chains with own offer

Supermarket chain Morrisons has revealed plans to launch its own range of freshly made sandwiches in bid to capitalise on the growing food-to-go market.

ABF profits and revenues hit by commodity deflation and currency woes

Revenues and profit fell at Associated British Foods – the parent company of Kingsmill – as it was hurt by commodity deflation and currency difficulties.

Glanbia gluten-free oats gain official recognition

Oats from Glanbia Nutritionals have been recognised for their gluten-free purity by three leading European coeliac organisations.

MacLean’s Bakery accepted in national scheme

MacLean’s Bakery has become one of four companies and the only bakery to be included in a Scotland-wide scheme to provide food for council projects.

Steve and Ann Wells with Brook Food's award
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Brook Food scoops new business award

Bakery equipment supplier Brook Food Processing has won a regional award in recognition of its business model, ethics and successes.

General Mills looks set to close Northumberland plant
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General Mills to axe Northumberland Jus-Rol plant

USA-based food group General Mills is to close its Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.

England has won Square Pie's first Pie World Cup
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England triumphs in Pie World Cup

Things may have been disappointing on the rugby pitch for England, but at least the home nation’s Dallaglio Steak & Ale Pie triumphed at the inaugural Pie World Cup.

South Shields Greggs closes

Greggs-lovers in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, received a blow when the high-street bakery retailer closed its Fowler Street branch on 24 October.

Holland’s releases Steak & Guinness slice

Lancashire-based pie manufacturers Holland’s has launched a new Steak & Guinness Slice.

Key consumer trends were revealed at Taste Tomorrow London
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Global study identifies key bakery trends

A global study for Belgian ingredients manufacturer Puratos has unveiled key trends in the baking, patisserie and chocolate markets.

Two century-old Sussex bakery closes

Sussex-based Forfars Bakers, which was due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2018, has gone into voluntary liquidation.

Pieminister has raised funds for 57,176 trees
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Bristol pie-makers fight hunger with trees

Bristol-based pie restaurant and manufacturer Pieminister has smashed its target of planting 50,000 trees in Malawi with its Pie One Get One Tree campaign.

Whitworths has revamped its packaging
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Whitworths revamps packaging

Fruit and nut retailer Whitworths has redesigned its packaging to capitalise on the expanding snacking and home-baking markets.

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

Rugby team gifted massive pork pie

A huge pork pie was sent to the New Zealand rugby team by pork pie manufacturer Pork Farms after it emerged the team loved the British classic.

2 Sisters: biscuit market under pressure

2 Sisters Food Group, the conglomerate which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales tumble 8.2% in the 52 weeks to 1 August to £3.14bn from £3.42bn in 2014.

UK’s first crisp sandwich shop shuts down

The UK’s first crisp sandwich shop has closed down three months after opening, in a development blamed on the owner’s poor health.

Aviva survey shows ‘invisible’ spend

A typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items such as coffees, shop-bought lunches, post-work drinks and treats for children, says a new survey commissioned by insurance company Aviva.

Greggs in £2,000 robbery

Raiders forced their way into a Greggs in Birchencliffe in Yorkshire at 11.30pm on 25 October, stealing a safe containing £2,000.

Irish Pride collapse recriminations

A new independent accountant’s report has suggested that Irish bakery Irish Pride, which is shortly due to be sold out of receivership, could have been saved by taking the examinership option in June.

E5 Bakehouse exercises its social conscience

London’s artisan E5 Bakehouse has just finished a second project to support refugee women, in partnership with the charity the Refugee Council.

£20k Jammie Dodger and lager lorry suspect denied bail

A man appeared in court last week charged with stealing a lorry load of Burton’s Biscuits and a lorry load of lager.

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