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Floor and drainage upgraded at Brioche Pasquier bakery plant

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has had a food-grade hygiene flooring and drainage system installed at its bakery in Milton Keynes.

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Food-to-go drives 9.1% like-for-like sales growth at Greencore

Strong food-to-go sales have driven a 9.1% increase in like-for-like revenue at Greencore Group in the 13 weeks to 30 December 2016.

Barry Callebaut introduces new range of fillings

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has launched a range of chocolate and fruit fillings designed to tap consumer demand for premium products.

Pukka Pies unveils £8m brand relaunch

Pukka Pies has announced a brand relaunch that will be supported by an £8m marketing investment.

Tim Bentley, 2016's Board Games Champion
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Pork Farms replays Board Games Championships

Pie maker Pork Farms, part of Addo Food Group, has relaunched the Board Games Championships following its success last year.

Bakers needed for delivery service

Nationwide cake delivery service Mums Bake Cakes is looking to recruit more bakers to sell their products through its website.

Lancashire bakery fined £10,000 for mouse droppings

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

Food Utopia ends production at Avana Bakeries

Newport-based business Avana Bakeries has shut its doors for good, with the loss of 161 jobs.

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McVitie’s launches Digestive Thins to woo younger shoppers

McVitie’s has unveiled its first new retail range for 2017 with the launch of Digestive Thins in three variants.

VIDEO: UK triumphs at Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

The UK pastry team won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

Charlie Hodson crowned The Great Sausage Roll Off champion

Purple Plum Catering chef director Charlie Hodson has been crowned winner of The Great Sausage Roll Off 2017 competition.

Mr Kipling reveals Valentine’s Day packaging

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has released a seasonal range of packaging designed by agency BrandOpus to help consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Charles Wilson, CEO of Booker (left) and Tesco CEO Dave Lewis. Photo credit: Tesco website
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Tesco merger: the industry reacts

Following the announcement that retailer Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group will be merging to create the “UK’s leading food business”, the industry has given its thoughts on the impact that the £3.7bn deal will have on the food sector.

Tesco and Booker to merge in £3.7bn deal

Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group – which includes the Premier, Londis and Budgens symbol groups – are merging to create “the UK's leading food business”.

Hovis reassures Mothers Pride consumers

UK baking giant Hovis has reassured consumers in Scotland that its Mothers Pride Scottish Plain loaf is to stay on shelf following social media fears that it was in danger of being axed.

Kettle Foods extends Bites range with two new variants

Baked snacks company Kettle Foods has announced that it will be extending its Bites range by introducing two new variants.

Maclean’s Bakery secures Lidl listing for its oatcakes

Scottish-based business Maclean’s Highlands Bakery has secured its first Lidl contract, worth more than £120k, for its oatcakes.

VIDEO: Eric Kayser comes to London

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

Sainsbury’s launches baked-in-store gluten-free bread

Sainsbury’s has this week begun selling baked-in-store gluten-free bread – a move it claims is a first for a UK supermarket.

What changes is Greggs making to its bakery supply chain?

Details of a major shake-up in Greggs’ manufacturing and distribution network have emerged over the past week.

SSP UK growth driven by rise in air passenger numbers

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has reported a 4.3% increase in sales for the first quarter of its financial year.

VIDEO: Yorkshire bakery saved from liquidation

All 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.

Subway to donate 50 six-inch subs for fundraising event

High street sandwich chain Subway will be donating 50 six-inch subs to help with the afternoon ‘foot-tea’ event in Yeadon, Yorkshire.

Kirriemuir expands Gingerbread cake range for export market

Scottish cake manufacturer Kirriemuir, which is part of the Bells Food Group, will expand its Signature Gingerbread cake range with two new variants that will appeal to the export market.

Clam’s Cakes launches new pre-cut loaf cake range

Wales-based business Clam’s Handmade Cakes has unveiled its new range of pre-cut loaf cakes.

Aryzta launches spring specials bakery range

Aryzta Food Solutions has announced the launch of the spring specials range for the Cuisine de France and Aryzta non-concept bakery.

Greggs shake-up: Norwich site to close with loss of 50 jobs

Greggs has revealed its Norwich bakery is to close as part of a major shake-up of its manufacturing and distribution structure, which is feared to have put hundreds of jobs at risk.

How rising costs took their toll on Waterfields bakery chain

Craft bakery chain Waterfields (Leigh) has said a combination of cost increases and disappointing summer sales prompted its recent decision to place the company into a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Former management consultant opens Italian-style bakery in Cambridge

A management consultant has left behind a 23-year corporate career to pursue his dream of opening a traditional bakery.

Marks & Spencer unveils vegan sandwich range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching its first-ever vegan sandwich range.

Border Biscuits launches Ginger January campaign for 30th anniversary

Lanark-based manufacturer Border Biscuits is running a Ginger January social media campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of its Gingers biscuit range.

Roberts Bakery adds Microlise to its fleet

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery has started using the Microlise transport management system across its 90-strong fleet.

UK pastry team wins international sugar prize

The UK pastry team has won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

Aryzta earnings per share falls by 20%

Global bakery business Aryzta has reported that underlying earnings per share has fallen 20% compared to the previous year, following a review of five months of trading ending December 2016.

Cyrus Todiwala whipping up a sourdough naan bread recipe
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Butt Foods launches new sourdough naan bread

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has launched a new Baked Earth sourdough naan bread in response to a new wave of Indian food dining experiences.

Warburtons fined £2m after worker breaks back

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

Greggs jobs at risk in Scotland and Wales in manufacturing shake-up

Greggs has revealed further shake-ups in its manufacturing structure following news it is to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

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GALLERY: Day one of the Finale Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

The UK Pastry Team competed in day one of the finals of the biannual Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France – and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

New use-by date guidance set to reduce sandwich waste

Tonnes of sandwiches and other chilled food that would have gone to waste may now be made available for charity use under new ‘use-by’ date guidance.

Bridor to launch award-winning croissant/burger bun hybrid

In keeping with the ongoing trend for hybrids, Bridor plans to bring its Bun ‘n’ Roll, a croissant/burger-bun hybrid, to the UK market before the end of this year.

Barton Fabrications awarded SafeContractor accreditation

Storage silo manufacturer Barton Fabrications has secured accreditation from the SafeContractor scheme for its commitment to health and safety.

Mystery suitor makes move to acquire Fox’s Biscuits from 2 Sisters

An unnamed business has made an approach to acquire Fox’s Biscuits.

FSA highlights acrylamide risk in new consumer campaign

Consumers are being advised how to avoid exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home in a new campaign from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Walker’s launches Champions League promotion sharing bags

Britain’s biggest crisp brand Walkers has rolled out a re-sealable 175g sharing pack featuring on-pack promotion as part of its UEFA Champions League sponsorship.

Sandwiches taken off menu at hospitals in payment dispute

Sandwiches are no longer on the menu at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals after bosses attempted to delay payments to its sandwich supplier.

Yellow Door begin research into ancient grains of healthy baking

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Yellow Door has begun research into using ancient grains for baking healthier bread.

Last year's winner Phil Harrison celebrating his victory. Credit: The Red Lion pub in Barnes, London
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The Sausage Roll Off 2017 announces line-up

Professional chefs from around the UK will face off next week with the return of The Sausage Roll Off.

Greggs to convert Birmingham bakery into ‘logistics centre of excellence’

High street bakery chain Greggs has revealed plans to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

Spice up packaging for Valentine’s Day, urge manufacturers

Food to go and casual dining businesses are being encouraged to use seasonal-themed packaging to mark special occasions such as Valentine’s Day.

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