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Scottish baker fined £60k for fraud

A Lanarkshire baker has been fined £60,000 by HMRC over false repayment claims.

New gluten-free wheat?

Gluten-free might not have to mean wheat-free, according to a new report, with new wheat crops being developed as an alternative to a gluten-free diet. 

73% will pay more for recognised ingredient names

New research shows consumers will pay more for products made with ingredients they recognise, according to a new study. 

Paul UK expands partnership with food charity

Bakery chain Paul UK has expanded its partnership with The Felix Project charity.

McVitie’s launches multi-pack Penguin Mini Biscuits

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has unveiled a new Penguin Mini Biscuits range in a multi-pack format.

Honeybuns expands New Generation cake range

Gluten-free bakery Honeybuns has expanded its New Generation cake range with two new flavours – Oaty Coconut bar and Oaty Apricot bar.

Subway appoints Peter Dowding as country director

High street sandwich firm Subway has appointed Peter Dowding country director for the UK and Ireland.

Allied Bakeries appoints Liam McNamara as sales director

Allied Bakeries has recruited Liam McNamara as the company’s new sales director – leaving his role as managing director at tea business Twinings.

No crunch?… No Christmas, says Sainsbury’s

Crisps without crunch were voted the top food fail in a recent Sainsbury’s study of festive snacks… so the retailer has introduced a Crunch-o-meter.

SSP Group confirms two new James Martin food-to-go bakeries

Food and drink travel outlet operator SSP Group has opened two new James Martin Kitchen outlets, at Manchester Piccadilly station and Debenhams at Intu Lakeside, Essex.

Strong performance from premium own label ranges

Premium own-label ranges have been star performers in Britain’s supermarkets in the past quarter, according to data from analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

Brownie contract to boost Welsh Hills

Gluten- and wheat-free baked goods supplier Welsh Hills Bakery is ramping up its business with Spanish airline Vueling.

Just Desserts launches first range of branded cakes

Shipley-based bakery Just Desserts has launched its own retail brand of family-sized cakes after more than 30 years as a foodservice supplier.

Cake packaged with a spoon hailed as ‘breakthrough’ NPD

A single-serve cake designed to be eaten with a spoon has been highlighted as a ‘breakthrough’ product launch in a new study.

Baking mix business LFI Tollblend acquired by Lesaffre

UK baking mix supplier LFI Tollblend Ltd has been acquired by French business Lesaffre.

Dominique Ansel reveals his new creation – the ChurroDuo

Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has unveiled his latest creation - the ChurroDuo made from interlocking pyramid-shaped black and white sesame churros.

Bad Brownie launches Kickstarter campaign to fund permanent site

Baking company Bad Brownie has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help open a dessert bar in central London.

McVitie’s set to extend its £12m Nibbles range

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s is extending its Nibbles range with a Hobnobs variant.

Almost two-thirds of early festive shoppers will return to stores to restock

The UK grocery market is expected to grow 1.2% over the Christmas period, with shoppers spending £20.6bn, according to forecast figures from IGD.

Bakery associations warn government food prices will rise without EU workers

A number of bakery associations are among a list of 30 food representatives that have signed an open letter calling on the government to reassure EU workers about their right to work in the UK.

GALLERY: The Derbyshire village made entirely of cake

It took Lynn Nolan 387 hours to create, but she built her home village of Youlgrave, in Derbyshire’s Peak District, entirely out of Christmas cake to raise funds for a new church roof.

Allied Bakeries unveils new-look Allinson brand

Allied Bakeries is hoping a revamped version of its Allinson brand can bridge the gap between wrapped bread and craft bakery.

Aryzta donates 2,500 mince pies to two UK charities

Aryzta Food Solutions has donated 2,500 mince pies to events organised by charities Operation Smile and Walking with the Wounded.

Premier Foods CEO appointed FDF president

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

CAP bans high-fat, salt and sugar food ads targeting children

A ban on advertising food high in fat, salt or sugar in media targeted at kids has been announced by The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

Palmer and Harvey launches Bakedirect bread delivery operation

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has expanded its direct van sales operation with the launch of new service Bakedirect to help deliver bread and morning goods across London.

Tangerine workers set for further strike action

Workers at the Tangerine Confectionery factory in York will begin fresh industrial action in the run-up to Christmas.

Groundbreaking new cookie machine from Baker Perkins

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has developed a system that it says brings cookie dough and filling together in one machine for the first time.

VIDEO: How to make 720 mince pies a minute – and without the ‘air gap’!

Asda innovation development chef Mark Richmond has created a way to remove the ‘air gap’ from his mince pies.

VIDEO: How to make a mathematically perfect mince pie

Samsung challenged a professor to create a formula for the perfect festive pie, and here it is…

Can innovation stem 20% slump in sandwich thins sales?

Warburtons has said it is hoping to reinvigorate the sandwich thins market following a sharp drop in overall category sales.

Two hospitalised after Fox’s factory fire

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at the Fox’s biscuit factory in Uttoxeter.

Sandwiches set to oust the Sunday roast?

The lunchtime roast is toast according to Premier Foods - with sandwiches now almost twice as popular for Sunday lunch.

Greggs Delivered trial extended to homes in Newcastle

Greggs Delivered, the much-anticipated home delivery service from the Tyneside baker, is being trialled in Newcastle city centre.

Renshaw targets amateur bakers as growth market

Real Good Food is to ramp up activity targeting amateur bakers after identifying them as a growth market.

Ferrero confirms Delacre purchase from UB

Belgium-based Delacre said Ferrero had completed the acquisition of the Delacre and Delichoc biscuit brands from United Biscuits. 

Waterfield’s plans to close 11 bakeries

Ninety-year-old Wigan business Waterfield’s is set to close 11 bakeries in and around the area. 

Coffee shops attacked for 'staggering' levels of sugar in cakes

Health campaign group Action on Sugar – which has previously lambasted products including breakfast biscuits  has now turned its guns on the cake market.

Your views wanted on AHDB cereals strategy

Businesses have been invited to comment on a new three-year strategy for cereals and oilseeds published this month by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Welsh sandwich supplier wins £5m contract

Swansea-based Panini Ltd is to supply every state-run hospital and school in Wales in a new contract worth £5m.

Bakkavör appoints two non-executive directors

Bakkavör has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors – including McDonald’s veteran Denis Hennequin.

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Dawn Foods and Charles Spence explore science of bakery shopping

Ingredients supplier Dawn Foods has teamed up with Oxford University psychology professor Charles Spence to examine why consumers buy certain bakery items.

Patisserie Holdings eyes Maison Blanc purchase

Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie is rumoured to be in talks to buy the Maison Blanc chain.

Will these be the secrets to foodservice success in 2017?

Local sourcing, quality of customer experience and a flexible approach to retailing will be key to success in the foodservice market in 2017, according to analysts.

Price of Christmas pudding ingredients soars 21%

The cost of key ingredients for Christmas puddings has soared by 21%, according to data from commodity analyst Mintec.

GBBO producers seeking amateur bakers for first Channel 4 series

Love Productions has begun searching for amateur bakers to appear in The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) TV show when it moves to Channel 4 next year.

Pret to step up expansion of transport hub sites

Pret A Manger is expanding its presence at London tube stations.

Crouton and bread snacks supplier Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm

Bread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has been acquired by Japanese firm Nagatanien.

Wrights launches Christmas video campaign

Wright’s Food Group has launched a series of videos putting its own spin on the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Campbell’s Bakery to open bakery school in Scotland

Campbell’s Bakery in Crieff plans to set up what managing director Iain Campbell describes as ‘the first bakery school in Scotland’.

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