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Bread
Not In Our Bread campaign gathers momentum
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Wheat pesticide petition nears 20,000

A petition to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has reached nearly 20,000 signatures. 

Ministry of Cake
Ministry of Cake is struggling to fill long-standing vacancies
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Somerset cake factory struggles to recruit workers

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has blamed good employment rates and the stereotype against factory work for ongoing vacancies at the company. 

Paul UK to open third bakery outside London

Paul UK, the French artisan bakery, will open its 34th shop in Birmingham on 24 September. 

AMF
AMF Bakery Systems promotes Jason Ward
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AMF Bakery Systems appoints executive vice president

AMF Bakery Systems has promoted Jason Ward to executive vice president. 

Muffin break
Muffin Break outlines expansion plans
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ICYMI: Muffin Break reveals expansion plans

Muffin Break plans to open 16 more stores in the next financial year, plus its first train station site in Birmingham New Street. 

Real Good Food
Pieter Totte ups shares in Real Good Food
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Real Good Food chairman ups shares

Executive chairman of Real Good Food (RGF) has increased his stake in the company to 3.89%. 

Apprentices
Apprenticeship levy consultation opens today
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Consultation on apprenticeship levy opens today

The baking industry has questioned how the government’s apprenticeship plans will help the craft sector, as consultation on the apprenticeship levy opens today. 

Gerhard’s Blog: Mais non, Mary!

This week’s biggest faux-pas on The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) was served up by none other than Mary Berry, when she accidentally gave away who was going to leave the Bake Off before the show had even aired. 

New distribution facility for cake ingredients firm

Cake decoration and ingredients company Orchard Valley Foods has today opened a new 42,000sq ft distribution hub in Herefordshire.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Pudding
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Ministry of Pudding storms through production targets

Ministry of Pudding, the Torbay-based pudding manufacturer, is halfway to achieving five-year trading targets in its first year of opening.

Product recall
Tesco's Belgian wafers are one of several product recalls recently
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Salmonella risk and incorrect labelling behind product recalls

Tesco and convenience store group Nisa Retail are the latest companies to recall bakery products. 

Lewis Pies targets Middle East with Halal products

Lewis Pies, the Wales-based pie and pasty manufacturer, is targeting the Middle East after securing a new sales and distribution agreement with the Yearsley Group to export.

M&S publicly mocked over vitamin D bread advert

Marks & Spencer has been trending on social media over an advert for its vitamin D-enriched bread.

CBA director acknowledges Great British Bake Off influence

The Craft Bakers Association’s (CBA’s) Mike Holling has spoken out on radio about the positive effect The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) has on bakery sales.

Ask the expert: GBBO does bread

It’s bread week on the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), so who better to speak to for our #AskTheExpert blog than master baker Wayne Caddy.

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme to target Millennials
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Krispy Kreme targets Millennials to build UK presence

Krispy Kreme is to extend its presence in the UK, targeting Millennials and ‘smart snackers’. 

Asda upbeat despite Q2 sales drop

Asda has posted a 4.7% fall in like-for-like sales for its second quarter, in what it described as “disappointing, but a short-term picture”.

Pat the Baker
Pat the Baker has bought part of Irish Pride
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Irish Pride ‘sold’ to Pat the Baker

The sale of the majority of Irish Pride Bakeries’ assets to Pat the Baker has reportedly been agreed for around €7m (£4.9m). 

Ferrero completes Thorntons transaction

The £112m takeover of British chocolatier Thorntons has been completed by Ferrero, as it pledges to grow the brand.

Daily Mail taken to task over gluten-free prescription figure

The huge figure put on the cost of gluten-free prescriptions has been found incorrect, after a dispute broke out yesterday.

The opening of its new shop in Erdington, West Midlands earlier this month.
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The Poundbakery builds on retail sites

The Poundbakery has been expanding its presence, opening three new shops this summer.

Holly Bell GBBO
Holly Bell of GBBO has teamed up with Iceland for a cookbook
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Former GBBO entrant partners with Iceland on cookbook

Another Great British Bake Off star is launching an anniversary-themed cookbook in partnership with Iceland. 

Walnuts
Cottage Kitchen recalled products that did not state the presence of walnuts
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NI bakery recalls traybakes after incorrect labelling

A Northern Ireland bakery has recalled a product after incorrect labelling neglected to state the presence of walnuts. 

Lotus Biscoff
Lotus Bakeries has launched fun slogan wrappers for Biscoff biscuits
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Lotus launches slogan wrappers for Biscoff biscuits

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium based business, has launched a range of limited-edition wrappers for its iconic caramelised Biscoff biscuits. 

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Daily Mail targets NHS spend on gluten-free

A row has broken out over a reported £116m spend on prescription gluten-free food by the NHS, which included biscuits, doughnuts, muffin mixes and bread.

Genius
Genius has taken "corrective actions" following its June Bathgate bakery gluten contamination
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Genius takes 'actions' after contamination

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said “corrective actions” have been undertaken by gluten-free brand Genius following its product contamination crisis in June this year. 

Gail’s set to open 22nd bakery outlet

The Gail’s Artisan Bakery team is set to open its new bakery site in Clapham Old Town this month.

Ginsters
Ginsters signs deal with football programme
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Ginsters sponsors football TV programme

Ginsters has signed a deal to sponsor the new Football League highlights show, Football League Tonight, on Channel 5. 

Communication needed to boost bread, says analyst

More communication is needed to abolish the perception that “white bread is bad for you”, according to a food analyst.

Pret A Manger will trial vegetarian-friendly ideas gleaned from online poll

Pret to increase veggie option in-store

Pret A Manger will increase the vegetarian and vegan options in its stores following a blog and poll led by chief executive Clive Schlee. 

Lotus Bakeries buys majority stake in Nākd

Belgian biscuit and cake company Lotus Bakeries has taken over a majority stake Natural Balance Foods, the company behind the Nākd and TREK brands.

The baker's Mock the Week

It's that time of the week again when we round up what whacky and wonderful things have been going on in the world of bakery. This time expect cat cafes, record breaking doughnut orders and, of course, toilet cafes... 

Sourdough starters prove versatility

Chefs around the UK are finding alternative uses for their sourdough starters- creating ice-creams, pasta, chocolates and pastries.

Irwin's Bakery
Irwin's Bakery representatives talk to British Baker about the modern bread market
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Video: Irwin's calls for more flavour in mass-produced bread

There is a place for all scales of bread production and industry players need to stop competing with each other, says bakery expert. 

The Fabulous Bakers outlines growth plans

The Fabulous Bakers has spoken of ambitions to grow into Europe in the near future.

M&S
M&S vitamin D-fortified bread
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Vitamin D yeast in 75% of M&S bakery suppliers

Marks & Spencer (M&S) says around three-quarters of its bakery suppliers are now using Vitamin D-enhanced yeast across a range including ciabatta, seeded loaves and buns. 

Gerhard’s blog: Biscuit town

Gerhard Jenne takes a look at the latest Great British Bake Off episode... and remains unconvinced. 

Outside investment need for bread, says analyst

The wrapped bread market needs outside investors, according to a top analyst, as sales decline continues within the sector.

Bakkavor in revenue increase

Fresh food manufacturer Bakkavor has seen revenues rise in its half year results, despite a challenging market.

Lunch!
Lunch! 2014 was deemed a success
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Bakery executives to speak at Lunch! show

Big names from the bakery world have been announced to speak at the Lunch! trade show (24-25 September) in London. 

Italian bakery expands into UK

An Italian bakery has opened its first site in the UK, as it looks set to move the brand out of Italy.

Greggs
Greggs scored highly on employee ratings
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Greggs wins first place in eateries poll

High street bakery chain Greggs has topped an online poll of the best eateries to work for. 

Dundee cake
The bid to geographically protect Dundee cake remains in the balance
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Outcry over Dundee cake PGI bid

An attempt by the Scottish government to give Dundee cake protected status has caused an outcry from bakers outside the city. 

Ask the expert: GBBO does biscuits

Tonight the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants enter the tent with a biscuity challenge on their hands - the key to winning, says The Biscuiteers, is all in the preparation.

Brace’s shapes management team

Brace’s, the Newport-based bread bakery, has made a number of changes to its board of directors following the recent appointment of a new chief executive.

Irwin's
The Rankin Selection sells well in the UK
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Irwin’s seeks to grow business in England

Northern Ireland baker Irwin’s expects to hit a turnover of £40m in the next five years as it focuses on the English market. 

Pie firm gains Grade A food safety certification

Lewis Pies, the Swansea-based pie company, has secured a Grade A certificate for food safety from the BRC Global Standards.

Eggs
Egg price is increasing following US bird flu outbreak
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US bird flu increases pressure on egg prices

Fears are growing that egg prices could rise as European supplies are sent to the US after a massive bird flu outbreak. 

Bakers angered by icing sugar reformulation

A reformulation of Tate & Lyle Sugars’ icing sugar has resulted in a backlog of complaints from bakers.

Dawn
National American Sweet Bakery Week involved many
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American Bakery Week deemed a success

National Sweet American Bakery Week has wrapped up for its second year after bakers nationwide got involved with the event. 

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