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Can you name the UK’s most searched-for biscuit?

With so many different treats to choose from, which biscuit is the slam dunk with internet users and which ends up with a soggy bottom?

‘Britain only’ button to be introduced?

Talks are under way that could make it easier for online grocery shoppers to only buy British products, a minister has said.

Buying British is ‘back in vogue’ says GS1

GS1 UK, the supply chain standards member organisation, said there has been a resurgence in small businesses producing heritage products.

Egg prices set to surge

Having dropped dramatically last year, egg prices are on the up thanks to increased consumer demand.

British Airways confirms partnership with M&S

Major airline British Airways (BA) has confirmed that it will scrap its free food and drink on its short flights and will offer passengers the Marks & Spencer snacks and sandwich range.

Sainsbury’s revamps patisserie counters

Major retailer Sainsbury’s has unveiled an overhaul of its patisserie counters as it looks to tap into the success of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Great British Biscotti Co moves to new premises as demand surges

New Forest-based artisan bakery Great British Biscotti Co is moving to a new site in Christchurch, Dorset, and will be open for business next week.

‘Farewell to soggy bottoms’ - Mary Berry to leave Great British Bake Off

Mary Berry is to leave The Great British Bake Off ahead of the show's recently announced move to Channel 4.

**Video** Meet your National Cupcake Championship winners

This week, British Baker hosted the 2016 National Cupcake Championships at the AB Mauri Centre of Excellence in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Zut alors! No fries at McDonald’s

Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

British Sugar selects new bulk transporter

British Sugar has chosen a UK provider of bulk food transport services, Abbey Logistics Group, to manage its bulk sugar movements across the nation in a long-term deal.

New editor for British Baker

British Baker is delighted to announce that Vince Bamford will be joining the magazine as the new editor, effective 10 October.

Aviko launches breakfast competition

Potato specialist Aviko has launched the Great British Breakfast competition, following last year’s success.

Homepride unveils new 100% British wheat campaign

Kerry Foods, the owner of Homepride flour, is to launch a 100% British Wheat Campaign in September which will involve new marketing and packaging for the brand. 

BBC criticised over lack of Scottish presence for new Bake Off series

Scottish Bakers criticises The Great British Bake Off for lack of Scottish contestants.

‘Bake Off’ effect hits Manchester

Greater Manchester has seen a 27% rise in specialist bakeries since The Great British Bake Off series first aired in 2010, according to the Office for National Statistics.

VIDEO: Ben Eastick, marketing director of Ragus Sugars

We spoke to Ben Eastick at the Ragus factory in Slough.

Go Compare launches UK dessert map

UK price-comparison website, Go Compare has created an interactive map displaying British region’s favourite desserts based on the frequency of Instagram tags.

National Cupcake Championships judging begins

The entries are now closed and judging is under way. Some lucky bakers could be within a chance of being crowned this year’s British Baker’s Cupcake Champion.

Winners to be announced 1st August at 2pm

British Baker’s Christmas Stars to reveal winners this Monday

The entries are in, and the judges are ready! British Baker’s Christmas Stars will be announcing winners on Monday 1 August at 2pm.

Apple named the nation’s favourite pie

A study of 2,000 people, commissioned by online market research company OnePoll, saw apple pie voted the nation’s favourite ahead of other British classics.

Bakery launches Cornish pasty flavoured crisps

The Great British Crisp Company, part of Warrens Bakery in Cornwall, has launched Cornish pasty flavoured crisps.

Last call for British Baker’s Christmas Stars

Hurry and get your entries in now for British Baker’s Christmas Stars! The entry deadline is this Friday, 15 July and you don’t want to miss out.

Waitrose targets ex-pats after deal with online retailer

Suppliers of Waitrose’s own-label biscuits and cakes could benefit from a new deal between the supermarket chain and international online retailer British Corner Shop.

UK food prices to go up, says NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned the UK leaving the EU will probably result in a short-term spike in the price of food, and has called for MPs to support farmers.

Sainsbury’s to increase baked free-from range

Baked goods will be featured in Sainsbury’s upcoming expansion of its free-from range, British Baker has been told.

ABF’s Illovo acquisition confirmed

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has confirmed that its proposal to move to full ownership of Illovo Sugar will go ahead. 

Tesco sold 4.5m more cream cakes in 2015

Shoppers at supermarket chain Tesco bought 4.5m more luxury cream cakes in 2015 than the year before.

Elizabeth Shaw bought by Colian

British chocolate brand Elizabeth Shaw has been acquired by Polish confectionery producer and distributor Colian Holding SA.

Roberts Bakery launches new brioche rolls

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery to launch The Ultimate Brioche Rolls.

Burton’s releases limited-edition Fingers

Hertfordshire-based Burton’s Biscuits will launch a limited-edition Great British Summer pack for Cadbury Fingers in June.

10 things to do at next week’s exhibitions

Next week British Baker is exhibiting at Farm Shop & Deli Show and here is our guide of what you should do while visiting it, Foodex and Food & Drink Expo.

WH Smith to extend café offering

The high street stationers has 17 café outlets nationwide, which are now being rebranded and improved under the name Coffee House.

AHDB International Baking Workshop

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Video: Behind the scenes at Café Royal's dessert restaurant

Café Royal in Regent Street, London, recently gave dessert lovers everywhere cause for delight by launching a dessert restaurant.

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

Gallery: the best sandwiches in the world

These are the best sandwiches in the world.

Warrens takes the ‘pasty grand slam’

Warrens Bakery, the Cornish craft bakery, is delighted with its recent victories, which coincide with its expansion.

New Steak and Wainwright Golden Ale Pie

Lancashire-based Clayton Park Bakery has launched a Steak and Wainwright Golden Ale Pie in conjunction with brewery and pub operator, Marston’s, to coincide with British Pie Week.

Revealed: how to make rainbow bagels

The rainbow bagel craze has finally crossed over to the UK from the USA, thanks to the Beigel Shop.

Pasty triumphs at British Pie Awards

A “perfectly produced” beef skirt and vegetable pasty has triumphed at the British Pie Awards.

British Pie Awards judging underway

Yesterday (9 March) marked the start of the eighth annual British Pie Awards, held in Melton Mowbray Church. 

Greggs’ Annual Report at a glance

Greggs reported record revenues and pre-tax profits yesterday, proving the wisdom of its transition from traditional baker to food-to-go retailer.

Applegreen to trial Bakewell Café in the UK

Applegreen has told British Baker that it will bring the successful motorway service café concept in the UK.

New pie from competition winner for Pieminister

A new Indian-inspired vegetarian pie is to be launched by Bristol-based pie manufacturer Pieminister to celebrate British Pie Week.

United Biscuits launches new app and “sweeetest ever ad break”

United Biscuits (UB), has launched two new initiatives – a new TV advert and the new McVitie’s iKitten app.

Tesco says Brits prefer their croissants straight

British consumers now prefer the straight variety of the breakfast pastry, and from today (19 February), Tesco will no longer sell curved croissants. 

British Rema launches Interchangeable Blender

British Rema Process Equipment, based in Sheffield, has introduced an Interchangeable Blender that allows bakers to blend products with different densities using a single piece of equipment.

Bake Off star to join cruise line

Nancy Birtwhistle, a former winner of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), will join the Fred Olsen cruise line this summer.

Warrens Bakery launches The Great British Crisp Company

The Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery’s trade arm, Simply Cornish, has “refurbished” the Cornish Crisp Company, and it will now be known as The Great British Crisp Company (GBCC).

New British burrito offering

The Yorkshire pudding filled with slow-cooked beef is being called a British burrito by its gastropub inventor, Long Can Hall in Halifax.

New sponsor for British Pie Awards

Borough Market’s Roast restaurant in London has been announced as a sponsor for the British Pie Awards 2016.

Review of the Year: Part 1

The past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.

Hot cross buns on sale for Christmas

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

Northern Irish bakery secures first British foodservice deal

Yummie Bakes, the Co Antrim-based frozen goods bakery, has secured its first Great British contract with foodservice-provider Sodexo.

Aldi broadcasts British Baker awards success on TV

Here is the Aldi Christmas advert which trumpets the success of its Specially Selected Mince Pies at the British Baker Christmas Stars awards.

Warburtons won battle of the Christmas adverts with help from The Muppets
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British Baker's seven-day news round-up

British Baker’s round-up of the most important stories from the last seven days.

Have YOUR say on the state of the baking world

British Baker’s Bakery Business Survey is still open for you to tell us about your experience of the industry.

Ginsters to release spicy double bill

Ginsters is to roll out two spicy limited edition flavours at the end of the month.

Bakery Business Survey still taking entries

British Baker is carrying out its third Bakery Business Survey to reveal how the industry looks from the ground and needs YOUR help.

Fiona Kendrick, president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and chief executive and chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland
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FDF president pledges to treble apprenticeships

Fiona Kendrick has announced a pledge to treble apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and grow value-added exports a third by 2020.

Blog: Who is winning the battle of the Christmas ads?

With the crucial battle for Christmas sales joined in earnest, British Baker asked marketing expert Mark McCulloch, founder and chief executive of agency WE ARE Spectacular, for his opinion on this year's advertising strategies.

British Lion Egg Processors has launched the world's most comprehensive egg quality scheme
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British Lion Egg Processors relaunches Code

British Lion Egg Processors has relaunched its Lion Egg Products Code of Practice to provide what it claims is the world’s most comprehensive egg quality scheme.

Jacob's celebrated 130 years of Cream Crackers with the world's longest cheeseboard
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Jacob’s celebrates anniversary with massive cheeseboard

Jacob’s, the United Biscuits-owned biscuit and snack manufacturer, has celebrated 130 years of its famous cream crackers by creating the world’s longest cheeseboard.

Aldi trumpets British Baker awards success

Outgoing chief executive of Samworth Brothers, Lindsey Pownall
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Seven day round-up

The last seven days have produced some interesting stories for the baking industry, from Lindsey Pownall annoucing her retirement from Samworth Brothers to Morrisons unveiling plans to enter the fresh sandwich market. British Baker looks back over the top 5.

British Lion Eggs’ Code of Practice reviewed

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is preparing to relaunch its Lion Eggs Code of Practice at the end of this month, and has also lodged a trademark application for a logo for products such as quiche made with Lion eggs.

Freeman triumphs at World Bread Awards

James Freeman of Victoria Bakery has been crowned overall winner at the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2015 with his London bloomer.

Great British Bake Off’s Holly Bell publishes cookbook

Great British Bake Off contestant Holly Bell has followed in the footsteps of Mary Berry and linked up with frozen food chain Iceland to publish a new cookbook called The Power Of Frozen.

Cupcakes take over the internet

National Cupcake Week took the internet by storm last week, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

Gerhard’s Blog: Stayin’ Alive

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

GBBO contestant launches dessert restaurant

A former Great British Bake Off contestant has struck upon a sweet concept by launching a niche ‘fine dining’ dessert restaurant in Birmingham.

Supermarkets
British grocery market sees slow growth
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Smaller retailers outperform slower grocery growth

British grocery sales have slowed by 0.8% in the last year, though smaller retailers have enjoyed stronger growth. 

Watch: bakery @ Hyper Japan 2015

With influence from abroad bang on trend, British Baker decided to gather some inspiration from Japan. 

People love pasties: Cornish pasty drive-thru a success

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

Wheat
British wheat could be half wiped out by 'Warrior' fungal strain
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Warrior disease poses threat to British wheat

British wheat could be in danger as it is thought a strain of fungal disease could wipe out half of this year’s crop. 

Bread fibre argument lacking, says expert

A leading nutritionist says the importance of fibre in food such as bread is “poorly recognised” - with the nutrition of a loaf “well below the radar”.

Simon Wooster, Edme's technical director chats with students Jodi Thomas and Max Watkins
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Ingredients firm delivers enzyme lesson to pupils

Malted ingredients producer Edme visited Manningtree High School to give an lesson on enzymes to students as part of British Science Week.

Soreen sets sights on export markets

Malt loaf brand Soreen is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product, as it plans to expand into export markets.

Gerhard’s… away, this is Martyn’s blog

British Baker editor Martyn Leek asks whether the competitive bread market has claimed its first real casualty.

PM makes pledge on business loans

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to guarantee business loans by private lenders, if he wins the general election in May.

L-R: Lewis Freeman- Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Hall- CBA, Amy Yeates- FoB, Mike Bagshaw- BSB and Alan Stuart- Scottish Bakers
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Industry backs new bread campaign

The industry has welcomed British Baker’s #WeLoveBread campaign – which has seen protestors visit Number 10 about David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread.

British Baker leads bread campaigners to Number 10

The nation’s bakers visited Number 10 today to express their anger over Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to give up bread to fight the flab.

The Challenge of Bakery Retail: register now!

In a free online event, British Baker is bringing you a panel of first-class experts to discuss the challenge of bakery retail in the UK.

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Beer Bread mixes introduced to UK

South African baking company Barrett’s Ridge has launched a range of bread mixes that can be made with beer to British consumers. 

Bakery Business Survey 2015 launched

British Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.

M&S
Marks & Spencer: topped 'authentic brands' list
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Supermarkets top ‘most authentic’ brands list

Marks & Spencer and Tesco have topped the UK’s most ‘authentic’ brands list. 

Finsbury Food Group: we could buy again

Finsbury Food Group could acquire further businesses in its bid to grow and has predicted there will be further consolidation in the bakery sector in the next five to six years.

The Great British Bake Off:
The bakers await to hear their fate
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GBBO: European inspiration and Star Baker predictions

Our reporter Bronya Smolen talks transfering skills from building to baking, and the benefits of taking inspiration from outside Britain in this weeks GBBO blog. 

Still time to sign up for EDME webinar

Time is running out to sign up for the latest British Baker webinar held in conjunction with bakery ingredients supplier EDME.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Bentley with Mary Berry CBE, who has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Company of Bakers in the City of London.
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Mary Berry joins the Worshipful Company of Bakers

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Mary Berry has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London. 

Hugh Dennis:
Hugh will present the awards
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One week until BIA - are you ready?

Today marks a week until the long-awaited Baking Industry Awards (BIA) - the baking industry’s answer to the Oscars!

What’s your take on GBBO?

The Great British Bake Off hit the headlines last week more than ever, thanks to the media hyped ‘Alaska-gate’.

Sign up for British Baker's latest web event

Registration is still open for British Baker’s latest webinar, which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme. 

Pomme de Pain:
The sandwich chain prepares for UK expansion
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French sandwich firm targets London

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

GBBO poll rakes in results: don’t miss out on your say

This week The Great British Bake Off contestants will try their hands at bread - a daunting task under the watchful eye of Paul Hollywood.

The #GBBO phenomenon and big brands

The Great British Bake Off is back and here British Baker looks at how the show has become a social media phenomenon.

Poll: Does GBBO help or hinder your business?

Popular baking programme The Great British Bake Off begins again this Wednesday, 6 August. But what do you bakers think of it? 

British sugar dispute still impacts RGFC sales

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) reveals sales are still being impacted by ‘anti-competitive’ behaviour by British Sugar, part of Associated British Foods (ABF).

Afternoon tea week:
Charlies & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
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Bakeries get creative for Afternoon Tea Week

A number of UK venues have launched their own versions of afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week, running from 11 to 17 August.

Great British Bake Off contestants are announced

Bake off fever has hit! The Great British Bake Off, the nation’s televised baking competition, will hit the screens from BBC One next Wednesday.

Great British Bake Off returns

Ready, set, bake…! Popular TV show The Great British Bake Off will return to screens on Wednesday, 6 August.  

Hovis returns to 100% British wheat

Hovis has returned to using 100% British wheat.

Bakels improves digital presence

Supplier Bakels has embraced the digital revolution with a host of interactive products for the tech-savvy baker.

Brotform micro-business now in production

Breadstead, a micro-business set up to offer a UK alternative to brotforms and bannetons shipped from overseas, has now produced its first run of baking bowls

BLT scoops nation’s favourite sandwich accolade

The BLT has been voted the UK’s favourite sandwich in a poll conducted by the British Sandwich Association.

July retail sales weak

It was meant to be the summer of sales - because of the Olympics.

Bakery to open on site of former pub

At the height of their decline, pubs were closing at the rate of 35 a week thanks to the introduction of the smoking ban.

Younger generation prefer classic biscuits

New research has discovered youngsters prefer traditional biscuits such as Bourbons and Custard Creams.

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