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Clayton Park Bakery launches new Booths pie range

East Lancashire bakery Clayton Park has launched a new range of family meat pies, extending its partnership with Booths.

Kingsmill 50/50 unites with Heinz

Kingsmill 50/50 has announced a partnership with Heinz Beanz to promote eating beans on toast.

Tesco invests £15m in its Eat Happy Project

Tesco has pledged £15m to help educate children about food via its Eat Happy Project.

Cooplands to save thousands in business rate renegotiation

Cooplands Quality Bakers has successfully worked to renegotiate its business rates, which could see the firm save in excess of £153,000.

Greencore sees positive growth in convenience business

Revenue increased by 6.9%, to £305.6m, in Greencore’s Convenience Foods division, for the 13 weeks to 27 December 2013.

UK economy grows 0.7% in Q4

The UK economy grew by 0.7% in the final quarter of the year, according to the latest results.

British Pie Awards open for entries

Entries into the British Pie Awards 2014 are now being accepted, in what the organisers hope is the biggest contest yet.

Délifrance reveals UK sandwich competition representative

French bakery manufacturer Délifrance has announced that 19-year-old student chef Ricky Matonti is to represent the UK in its international sandwich competition.

Welsh bakery grows popularity across the pond

Henllan Bread has been growing its customer base in the USA, and is currently in talks with a major American supermarket chain.

UK triumphs in European Pastry Cup

The United Kingdom has been named winner of the European Pastry Cup, and will now go forward to compete in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in 2015.

Premier Foods launches new Hovis joint venture

Premier Foods this morning revealed it had separated its bread business into a joint venture with The Gores Group.

Consumers favour healthier eating-out options

Consumers are influenced by the availability of healthier food options when choosing where to eat out, according to the latest figures.

Patisserie Valerie expands sandwich delivery service

Artisan baker and café chain Patisserie Valerie has extended its delivery service to central London.

Finsbury Food Group sees sales decline

Revenue has fallen 2.1% in Finsbury Food Group’s continuing UK operations, with the manufacturer still under pressure from cost inflation.

Baker has food hygiene wake-up call

AW Curtis Bakers and Butchers Ltd has pledged to review its hazard procedures after a screw was found in one of its buns.

Mathiesons Bakery secures £2m Asda contract

Mathiesons Bakery has secured a new £2m supply contract with Asda.

The Co-op cuts bread prices to £1

The Co-operative Food has reduced the price of bread, milk and eggs to £1.

Pieminister gains new Tesco listing

A range of Pieminister pies can now be found in 38 Tesco stores in the south of England, following a deal with the retailer.

Quiznos eyes UK expansion

US sandwich chain Quiznos is re-entering the UK market with 10 planned stores for 2014.

Peter Cook founds own bakery business

Former Price & Sons baker Peter Cook has established his own bread business in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Rappers sing about Birds of Derby on Radio One

Trendy Radio One DJ Alice Levine has declared her love of her local baker Birds of Derby – and she got one of her favourite acts to sing live on air about their bread.

Whitbread chairman to step down

Whitbread plc, owner of Costa Coffee, has announced that Anthony Habgood will step down as chairman later this year.

Subway reveals UK and Ireland expansion plans

Subway has announced "ambitious plans" to open 3,000 stores in the UK and Ireland by 2020.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne’s Icing on the Cake

In this week’s blog, Konditor & Cook’s Gerhard Jenne discusses the ingredients required to create a good German bakery.

Puratos takes steps to improve traceability

Ingredients supplier Puratos has installed a new 53XL80 thermal transfer coder from Allen Coding Systems to improve traceability.

Booths reaps rewards of innovation

Independent retailer Booths has been experiencing increasing sales across its in-store bakery range, thanks to some new initiatives.

Warburtons integrates real-time GPS tracking

Warburtons has integrated real-time Nayman Wireless GPS vehicle tracking with its Paragon transport routing and scheduling system into its delivery vehicles.

Heron Corn Mill to re-open Easter Weekend

Heron Corn Mill will re-open to the public on 19 April 2014 following a major refurbishment.

Bright Blue Foods to close Manchester site

Bakery manufacturer Bright Blue Foods has proposed the closure of its production facility in Manchester, with 57 jobs at stake.

Packaging rebrand for Clayton Park Bakery

Clayton Park Bakery has rebranded its packaging, with a new look being rolled out across its lines over the coming months.

Allied Bakeries hires new category director

Allied Bakeries has appointed Martin Garlick as category director.

Bakkavor avoids pizza plant strike action

Bakkavor has announced that the planned industrial action ballot will not go ahead.

Sainsbury's relaunches basics range

Sainsbury’s is relaunching its basics range with a new campaign.

New ‘hop on and off’ safety training launched

Flexible Level 4 Food Safety Courses are now being offered for food manufacturers by the Society of Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT).

December saw strong growth for retail

The retail industry witnessed strong growth last month, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Former GBBO finalist to launch first book

Former Great British Bake Off (GBBO) finalist Ruby Tandoh will release her first recipe book, Crumb, in September.

Southern Co-op reveals Starbucks expansion plans

The Southern Co-operative is looking to open additional Starbucks stores this year.

Scotmid partners celebrated at Scotch Pie Championships

Five of Scotmid’s local bakery partners have received awards at the 15th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Cholesterol-lowering bread gains Heart UK approval

Zeelandia’s cholesterol-lowering bread Liv has been given the stamp of approval by Heart UK - a cholesterol charity.

Dunkin’ Brands announces Liverpool FC partnership

American donut firm Dunkin’ Brands has announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Liverpool Football Club (LFC).

ABF sees 27% decrease in sugar revenue

Associated British Foods plc (ABF) has seen a 27% fall in sugar revenue at constant currency, according to the latest results.

The Kandy Bar takes Scotch Pie Champion title

Saltcoats bakery The Kandy Bar has taken the title of World Scotch Pie Champion 2014.

Acquisition drives growth at Barry Callebaut

Sales volumes at Barry Callebaut have increased by 19.5%, following the acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Singapore-based Petra Foods last summer.

Bakkavör appoints new UK chief operating officer

Bakkavör has appointed Mike Edwards as chief operating officer for its UK business.

Former CBA president passes away

Arnold Brown, a former president of the National Association of Master Bakers (now the Craft Bakers’ Association), has passed away aged 90.

100-year-old Spalding bakery faces closure

Bakery AE Pacey and Son in Spalding, Lincolnshire looks set to close after 100 years in business.

Kingsmill launches £4m campaign for 50/50

Kingsmill has launched a new £4m campaign for its 50/50 range, starring John Thomson.

Rumours surface over United Biscuits sale

The potential sale of United Biscuits is again under the spotlight, after rumours surfaced about foreign interest from a private equity firm.

Exclusive: management changes at Macphie

Bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie has announced a management restructure, with current chief executive Alastair Macphie moving to the role of executive chairman.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne’s Icing on the Cake

Konditor & Cook’s Gerhard Jenne is turning his attention to all things pink and cuddly in this week’s blog as he looks ahead to V-Day 2014.

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