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Britain’s Best Bakery judges describe winning formula

The judges on TV’s Britain’s Best Bakery have explained what they think is the winning formula at the Scottish Bakers’ Conference.

Waitrose lists ITV viewer’s ‘cherubs’

Waitrose has introduced a new item to its patisserie counters, designed by an ITV viewer.

Asda announces major restructure

The supermarket chain Asda announced a massive restructuring yesterday – a move that puts 4,100 jobs into consultation.

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Chalmers reformulates products thanks to SFDF

Chalmers Bakery has adjusted some of the recipes for its bestselling products to make them healthier as part of a Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) reformulation programme.

Nutty Tarts expands business with Waitrose

Cambridgeshire bakery Nutty Tarts is increasing its distribution to Waitrose stores and is planning to expand into London.

UK sandwich market in growth

The UK sandwich market has grown in value by 2% in the past year, with the number of sandwiches sold up by 6%, according to data released today by the British Sandwich Association (BSA).

FSA reiterates food ‘glitter’ rules following court case

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has re-issued guidance on food glitter and ‘dust’ following the successful prosecution of EdAble Art.

Warburtons heads consumer popularity ranking

Warburtons has been listed as the brand bought by the most consumers, most frequently for the second year running.

Patisserie Holdings begins share flotation

Patisserie Holdings, the parent company behind coffee and bakery chain Patisserie Valerie, has been valued at £170m on its conditional admission to AIM. 

UK food industry set to train 15,000 unemployed

The UK’s food and grocery industry has today announced that it will provide more than 15,000 training opportunities to Britain’s unemployed this September.

Gerhard’s blog: Eurovision wonderment

Gerhard Jenne relives with delight the moment his Curly Whirly Cake suddenly came under the Eurovision spotlight.

Caffeina brings taste of Italy to London

Italian company Caffeina has opened its first site in London.

Birds sees good sales of gingerbread footballers

Derby bakery Birds the Confectioners has experienced strong sales of its new gingerbread footballers.

Northern Irish macaron firm plans exports

Northern Irish patisserie business Eva Paris has launched a range of handmade macarons in local delis and is gearing up for exports to mainland Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Employment hits fastest rate since 2007, claims CIPD

UK employers are hiring staff at the fastest rate since before the financial crash, according to latest reports.

Surge in number of coeliac sufferers

The number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has increased fourfold since 1990, new results show.

Coffee#1 enjoys 55% rise in sales

Rapidly growing coffee shop chain Coffee#1 saw sales grow by 55% last year as it continued to open new outlets.

Curly Whirly Cake achieves Eurovision limelight

Konditor & Cook’s Curly Whirly Cake has gone viral after it appeared on Eurovision 2014.

Burton’s rumoured to be targeting Fox’s

Burton’s Biscuit Company has approached the owner of Fox’s Biscuits for a potential takeover deal, according to reports.

Finsbury appoints new chairman

Bread and cake manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has appointed Peter Baker as non-executive director chairman, effective from 1 July 2014.

Irish bakery extends Tesco contract

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has signed a deal to extend its Freshly Baked table bread range across 25 Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

Dawn plans American bakery week

Dawn Foods is to launch a new national bakery week as part of its American bakery campaign.

Chocolate supplier sets out ambitious expansion plan

Belocade is investing €21m (£17.1m) in an expansion that will increase capacity by 50% amid plans to grow turnover to €5bn by 2030.

Pieminister chooses Brazilian theme

Bristol firm Pieminister has released a Brazil-inspired pie in time for this year’s Football World Cup.

Poll: Is this the end of the ISB?

This week revealed the news that Tesco is to close more than 100 in-store bakeries in a shock move.

Research finds health is key to gluten-free

Health has become the main reason consumers purchase gluten-free products, according to a new survey.

Waitrose introduces new-style bakery counters

Waitrose has launched new-look bakery and patisserie counters in 12 branches, selling coffee, cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

Pie company introduces miniature versions

Gourmet chain Square Pie has launched a wholesale range of miniature pies.

Rascals change to Scallywags in Yorkshire scone stand-off

A Yorkshire bakery claims it has been forced to change the name of one of its best-selling scones after a request by famous tearoom and bakery Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

Bakkavör enjoys positive Q1 growth

Like-for-like revenues at fresh prepared foods company Bakkavör increased by 6% in the first quarter, thanks to favourable weather and successful new products.

Warburtons introduces gluten-free wraps to coffee chains

Warburtons’ Newburn Bakehouse brand is launching its gluten-free wraps into Starbucks UK and Costa Coffee.

Morrisons’ share price takes a hit as sales drop

Morrrisons saw like-for-like sales tumble 7.1% in the 13 weeks to 4 May – a bigger fall than many analysts were expecting.

Pret bullish as it reports 15% sales increase

Pret A Manger has reported a 15% rise in sales as it continues to expand across the UK.

Food and drink initiative targets women

The government has launched a national campaign to attract more women into the food and drink industry.

Tesco ISB staff react angrily to closure plans

Reports of Tesco’s plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries has been met with anger from staff.

Timeline: Euphorium Bakery & Tesco

Following the news that Tesco plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries, British Baker looks back at the development of the Euphorium Bakery.

Aldi and Lidl hold strong as competition heats up

Once again, Aldi and Lidl have continued to dominate market share, while market growth hit its lowest level in 11 years.

Gerhard’s blog: Change in just one generation

Gerhard Jenne reflects on just how far the UK bakery market has changed since he arrived on British shores.

Starbucks' Seattle's Best Coffee available in Asda

Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Coffee Company, is now available in select partner cafés in the UK including Asda.

Silver environment award for Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf Bakery UK has been recognised at the Zero Waste Awards 2014.

Village Bakery gains permission for academy

Welsh business the Village Bakery has secured planning permission for a new £2.3m baking academy.

Tesco to close 100 in-store bakeries

Tesco is set to close more than 100 in-store bakeries affecting 600 staff.

London sees arrival of gourmet doughnut firm

New artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched today in London with a market stall.

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Allied completes £25m bakery spend at West Bromwich

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a £25m investment at its West Bromwich bakery.

Bakels bring out retro doughnut fillings

A new range of retro flavoured doughnut fillings has been launched by Bakels to coincide with the start of National Doughnut Week. 

Handmade Cake Company targets pubs

Pubs are a target for business growth for cake manufacturer The Handmade Cake Company, its managing director has revealed.

König devises new roll plant line

Manufacturer König has created a new automatic roll plant range.

Innovation is key, says Warburtons

Product innovation is the key to Warburtons’ survival within the market, according to its chairman.

Morecambe Football Club scoops British Pie Award

Morecambe Football Club has been named Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

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