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Interbake designs own depositor

Interbake, the bakery equipment supplier, has designed its own depositor and claims it is set to boost the company’s profits by 50%.

Folic acid decision delayed

The government will delay its decision to reintroduce folic acid into flour until 2015.

Bachmann’s in finals of excellence awards

Former Baking Industry Awards winner Bachmann’s Patisserie and Chocolate Creations has been made a finalist in the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2014.

Ashford café fined on insurance failure

An Ashford café business has been fined £800 by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for not holding Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) or ELCI.

Pieter Totte, executive chairman of The Real Good Food Company
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Sugar dispute blow for The Real Good Food Company

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RFGC) has warned that an ongoing dispute with British Sugar will hurt its underlying profits.

Arla VP to step down

Global dairy company Arla Foods Ingredients has announced UK executive vice-president Peter Lauritzen will step down after seven years in the role.

Gerhard’s blog: Eschewing Easter

Gerhard Jenne examines his firm’s performance at Easter, and finds that a Velvet Bunny Cake hit just the right note with customers

Edme strikes new sourdough ingredients deal

Bakery supplier Edme has announced a new partnership deal with sourdough ingredients producer Philibert Savours of France.

Greggs has been helped by lower costs
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Greggs’ sales boosted by lower costs

Like-for-like sales (LFLs) at Greggs, the BB75 bakery retailer, have increased by 3.7% – helped by weaker comparatives and lower cost inflation.

Orchard Valley Foods buys food ingredients firm

Orchard Valley Foods has acquired a rival company in a deal which it said will boost sales to more than £20m a year.

Costa sees LFLs and profit growth

It seems the nation’s thirst for coffee shows no signs of abating - as Costa revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) growth of 5.7% this morning.

Hundreds log on to Bakery Market Report webinar

Hundreds of baking industry professionals have already accessed British Baker’s new online discussion between leading bakers and analysts on the UK Bakery Market.

Cornish brewer introduces baked goods in pubs

St Austell Brewery has launched a range of bakery products across its managed pubs as it expands its Brewer & Bean brand to include stand-alone coffee shops.

Cranks to sell sandwich competition winner across UK universities

Sandwich supplier Cranks has introduced the winning sandwich from a student competition into universities nationwide.

Greggs is second most popular brand among young people

Retail bakery chain Greggs is the second most popular brand on social media for young people, according to a new report.

Bakers hit by spelt flour shortages

Stocks of spelt flour are in such short supply that bakers are being forced to stop making spelt bread altogether.

Starbucks reports first sales drop in 16 years

Starbucks has reported a drop in UK sales for the first time in its 16 year history, and revealed it closed 44 branches last year.

Bakery supplier Edme interests children in baking

Primary school children have toured a mill run by bakery supplier Edme, as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

New bread price war could spell ‘race to the bottom’

Loaves at 75p are at the front line of a new price war between the major multiples, which campaigners say threatens to become a “race to the bottom”.

New boss for Cornish pasty firm

West Cornwall Pasty Company has appointed a new executive chairman.

ABF revenue down, but Allied Bakeries stays strong

Associated British Foods, the group behind Kingsmill, has announced that group revenue is down 2% to £6.2bn in the 24 weeks to 1 March, due to food commodity deflation.

Patisserie Holdings to float on AIM market

Patisserie Holdings, the parent company behind coffee and bakery chain Patisserie Valerie, has announced plans to proceed with an initial public offering.

Brixton prisoners to learn art of coffee-making

Inmates at a London prison are to learn coffee-making skills to help find employment upon release.

Baker takes educational cycle ride

A Bristol baker aims is raising awareness of where bread comes from by embarking on a 300-mile cycle ride collecting the ingredients for a loaf on the way.

Coeliac charity urges multiples to act on gluten-free

Charity Coeliac UK has launched a campaign urging supermarkets to improve the availability of gluten-free foods in their smaller stores.

Sandwich and Bakewell Pudding join Hall of Fame exhibit

Bakewell pudding and the sandwich have been awarded places in England’s Hall of Fame, beating off competition from hundreds of other foods.

UK’s chocolate consumption habits revealed

Consumed one too many Easter eggs this weekend? New research has revealed that eight million British consumers eat chocolate every day.

Front-of-pack labelling scheme attracts more participants

More suppliers have agreed to sign up to the government’s hybrid front-of-pack labelling system, it has been revealed.

Delice de France takes product launch award

Baking manufacturer and foodservice supplier Delice de France has triumphed at the Essential Café Trade Awards 2014.

Hovis introduces flavoured loaves

Hovis is to introduce three flavoured sliced loaves to its range as consumers demand innovation.

Waitrose TV welcomes bakery celebrity

TV bakery judge Paul Hollywood has made his debut on Waitrose TV with his own online bakery video collection.

Easter boosts cake decorating sales at Waitrose

Waitrose has reported a 20% increase in cake decorating sales, thanks to the Easter school holidays.

Burton's ploughs £14.75m into factory investment

Burton’s Biscuit Company will invest £14.75m in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

Scottish firm relocates silo in expansion drive

Scottish manufacturer Brownings the Bakers is relocating its flour silo as part of a £1.3m expansion plan.

Gerhard’s blog: the second book is born

Gerhard Jenne describes the challenges of his second published volume… and the differences since the first time around.

Up to 150 jobs could go at Kerry Foods
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Kerry Foods announces 150 jobs may go

Up to 150 jobs could be lost at Kerry Foods’ pies and savouries plant in Poole, Dorset, it was revealed yesterday.

Tesco profits slump again

Supermarket giant Tesco has this morning reported a 6% fall in group trading annual profit to £3.3bn – the second year in a row it has announced falling profits.

Warburtons takes first steps in Channel Islands

Warburtons bread made its debut in the Channel Islands this week, with a roll-out programme to follow.

Waitrose introduces trial ‘grazing areas’

Continental-style ‘grazing areas’ where customers can sample baked goods from deli counters in Waitrose are being trialled in a number of stores.

Craft Bakers’ Week to support Make-A-Wish charity

Money raised from Craft Bakers’ Week 2014, which runs from 29 September to 5 October, will be donated to Make-A-Wish UK, organisers have announced.

Carr’s reaps benefits of new mill

Milling group Carr's said its new Kirkcaldy flour mill was already boosting performance in its food division as it posted half-year results today.

West Cornwall Pasty Company bought from administration

West Cornwall Pasty Company has been rescued out of administration by a new investment fund, for an undisclosed sum.

Daelmans Group snaps up Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys has been bought by the Dutch bakery business Daelmans Group for an undisclosed sum.

Warburtons’ employees guilty of bread basket thefts

Two Warburtons employees are due to be sentenced on May 23, after being found guilty in Preston Crown Court of stealing at least 60 lorry loads of bread baskets and recycling them for cash.

WCB bursary applications open

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has started receiving applications from bakers hoping to win a place on an all-expenses-paid trip to the prestigious Richemont School in Switzerland.

Scottish bakery to double capacity, create jobs

Scottish company Maclean’s Highland Bakery will double its capacity and increase staffing by 12 this year to cope with demand.

Seeds recall for Lawncourt

Seed producer Lawncourt Harvest has recalled its Munchy Honey Seeds following a feared contamination of two batches of the product.

FSB hits out at Welsh government over food industry support

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has accused the Welsh Government of failing to support the food industry in Wales following the announced closure of Avana Bakeries in Newport.

Brioche Pasquier starts work on first UK site

Brioche Pasquier has started work on its first UK bakery.

AAK acquires Belgian CSM rival

AAK has acquired an oils and fats business of CSM that caters for the French, Belgian and Dutch markets for an undisclosed sum.

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