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Paul UK expands partnership with food charity

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

James Martin to open Manchester food-to-go bakery

TV chef James Martin is set to bring food-to-go bakery concept James Martin Kitchen to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station.

Bread Ahead continues expansion after opening up new site

Bread Ahead bakery and school is set to open a third retail outlet in Seven Dials, London and is expected to announce a fourth imminently.

End of an era for Burton’s Biscuits

Planning permission is set to be granted for almost 300 new homes to be built on the former Burton’s biscuit factory site in Moreton, Wirral.

Street Eats set for growth at new £4m processing centre

Food-to-go company Street Eats has moved into a state-of-the-art food processing centre as it pushes to become one of the leading food-to-go producers in the UK.

Cornelius launches creative centre

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has launched a new creative centre, designed to host joint development project workshops with partners and customers.

Roberts' Bakery's Mike Roberts with Erewash MP Maggie Throup
Roberts Bakery's Mike Roberts with Erewash MP Maggie Throup
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Roberts Bakery invests a further £1m in Ilkeston site

Roberts Bakery has embarked on a second major investment programme within a year at the firm’s Ilkeston site.

Patisserie Valerie CEO aims for 20-strong Irish estate

High-street bakery Patisserie Valerie (PV) has set itself the target of building a 20-strong estate across Ireland, according to its chief executive Paul May.

Innovative Bites announces new premises

American snack and confectionery supplier Innovative Bites has announced that it will move into new premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Latest sandwich trends sweep across Instagram

The macaron ice cream sandwich is the latest sandwich trend that has received a large amount of publicity from social media site, Instagram.

Esquires Coffee continues expansion

Franchised coffee chain, Esquires Coffee has opened its 25th shop in Buckingham (Bucks) and aims to open five more by the end of the year.

Job losses at Allied

Allied Bakeries, the company behind Kingsmill, Allinson and Burgen, plans to shut a distribution centre in Flintshire, which will put 53 jobs at risk.

Gail’s secures new Surrey site

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed bakery chain, has strengthened its regional pipeline by securing a site in Surrey.

Free-from company to trial pop-up shop

Northamptonshire-based the Incredible Bakery Company is to open its first bricks-and-mortar site with a pop-up bakery café. 

Six new sites planned for Wafflemeister

Wafflemeister, the Belgian waffle specialist, has six new multi-site franchisees and has another six in the pipeline. 

Brioche Pasquier starts production at new UK site

One of the world’s largest producers of French patisserie and bakery products, Brioche Pasquier, has started production at its new site in Milton Keynes.

Linpac invests £1.2m in machinery

Linpac Packaging plans to produce a further 200 million expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays each year as a result of a £1.2m investment.

Haj Atwal, manager of Subway's 5,000th European store
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Subway opens 5,000th European store

Subway has opened its 5,000th European outlet with a new site in Livingston, Scotland.

Freedom Bakery crowdfunding for second site

In response to “growing demand”, Freedom Bakery will launch a second crowdfunding campaign on 7 April. 

Loma’s new Manchester flagship centre

Machinery manufacturer Loma Systems has said that its new flagship centre in Denton, Manchester will “help drive forward development of advanced inspection technology”.

Warrens plans to expand in St Just

The directors of Warrens Bakery hope plans to grow the company’s St Just production site will enable them to extend the confectionery side of the business.

Lancashire bakery to relocate

Bowen’s Pies will move from their current Adlington base to the former Initial Laundry site on Botany Brow in April. 

Brace’s to close Welsh factory

Around 39 jobs are to go at Brace’s Bakery, after the family-owned firm announced it was to close its site in Crumlin, near Newport.

Second site for Manchester bakery

Levenshulme-based bakery Trove will open a second site at Altrincham.

Pret A Manger’s first campus shop

The high street sandwich chain will start work on the new University of Exeter site in the next few weeks. 

Former baker launches online artisan food marketplace

New website Nurtured Foods aims to provide an easy-to-use marketplace for small, artisan food producers and sellers across the UK.

Roberts Bakery extends distribution reach

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has extended its customer reach, with a new deal to distribute from the Corby site of logistical firm Bibby Distribution.

A statue of Robert the Bruce by Pilkington Jackson, near Bannockburn Heritage Centre
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Greggs remembers Robert the Bruce

The new Greggs bakery in Dumfries has put up a plaque in-store, to mark the spot where Robert the Bruce began his bid for the throne of Scotland.

Prince Charles visiting the flooded factory
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United Biscuits restarts production at flood-hit Carlisle factory

United Biscuits (UB) has restarted production of McVitie’s Gold biscuit bars at its Carlisle factory, after the site was devastated by floods in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Hobbs House to open new bakery

Hobbs House, the Cotswolds-based artisan baker, is set to open a fourth shop in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Ian Firth (left), business development manager for Bibby Distribution, shakes hands with Mark Owen, logistics director at Roberts Bakery
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Roberts Bakery secures logistics deal

Roberts Bakery, the Cheshire-based firm, has agreed a deal with logistics provider Bibby Distribution, which will allow it to supply customers further afield than ever.

Asian snacks firm gains funds for new production centre

An Asian sweets specialist has set up a manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing a six-figure funding package from Barclays.

Greencore fined £40,000+ after worker severs fingers

Greencore Food To Go has said it “deeply regrets” an incident last April where a worker had two fingers severed by a mixing machine at its Spalding site. 

General Mills looks set to close Northumberland plant
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General Mills to axe Northumberland Jus-Rol plant

USA-based food group General Mills is to close its Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.

Left: finance and operations director, Ian Tatchell. Right: sales and procurement director, Graham Davenport
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Petrow opens Suffolk facility

Dried fruit and nuts supplier Petrow Food Group has opened an 80,000sq ft factory and warehouse at Haverhill, Suffolk.

Managing director of Speciality Breads Peter Millen
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Speciality Breads to open new £3m bakery

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, is to open a new £3m bakery as it revealed it is seeing 30% year-on-year growth and is nearing a £6m turnover.

Spanish artisan bakery opens second UK bakery

Spanish bakery Granier is to open a second UK site in Woolwich.

Gunstones back to business as normal

Union leaders have confirmed that a settlement has been reached in a pay dispute at Gunstones Bakery in Sheffield.

Bread Ahead team at the Westfield Stratford shop
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Second outlet opens for Bread Ahead

Bread Ahead Bakery has opened its second retail site in Westfield Stratford, as it looks to expand.

CSM relocates headquarters to US

Bakery Ingredients firm CSM Bakery Solutions is relocating its global headquarters to the US from Amsterdam.

Florence Hellier and Darren Bland of the Hoxton Bakehouse
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Hampshire's Hoxton Bakehouse to move into retail

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

Essex to see new bakery hybrid

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)

Gail’s opens for Wimbledon goers

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has opened as a pop-up space in Wimbledon, before refurbishing to be a permanent site after the tournament.

Workers strike over pay at 2 Sisters bakery

Bakers at Gunstones Bakery, Sheffield, have gone on strike today (15 June) over a pay freeze.

French patissier to open first London outlet

A French pastry chef is to open her first bakery shop in London in June.

New Cooplands site owner to seek bakery tenant

The new owner of the former Cooplands (Doncaster) site hopes to find a bakery tenant for it, to ensure continued use as a bakery.

Muffin Break in first retail park move

Muffin Break has opened its first site within a retail park, with further openings in the pipeline.

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Dee Light Bakery owner on hunt for second site
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Dee Light Bakery seeks second London site

The Baker of the Year winner in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards is on the search for a second site. 

Paul UK expands beyond capital

Paul UK has opened its first site outside London, situated in Oxford city centre. 

Crepe firm plans broad international growth

London-based Crepeaffaire is on the verge of major UK and international expansion plans with four new UK sites in the next four months.

WC Rowe reopens after fire

Cornish firm WC Rowe has officially reopened its Falmouth bakery – just 72 days after it was ravaged by fire.

Ministry of Cake opens pudding site

Independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has opened its second site, Ministry of Pudding, following a £1m investment.

First drive through bakery plans for Scotland

Scottish based Stephens Bakery hopes to open a drive-through bakery concept.

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Following a nasty logo replacement, Greggs social media requested a Google Doodle
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Greggs offensive logo goes viral

Greggs has been hacked on its Google listing with fraudsters putting up an offensive slogan on its official branding.

WC Rowe plans £2m spend on bakery recovery

WC Rowe is contemplating a £2m spend on its Falmouth site to bring it back up to standard, the director in charge of the renovation has said.

Bertinet opens new Bath shop

French baker Richard Bertinet and wife Jo have opened a new shop in central Bath, replacing their previous site in the town.

Tesco unveils new Euphorium project

Tesco has launched its latest innovative in-store bakery site in collaboration with Euphorium Bakery, called The Bakery Project.

Spianata&co continues London expansion

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

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