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Greencore Q3 revenue up 76.6% - but challenges for cake and dessert in UK

Revenue at food-to-go business Greencore has soared despite “challenging conditions” in parts of its UK business.

New online ordering system for Craggs

Craggs & Co, a commercial spelt flour producer, has launched an online store.

Food-to-go culture gives convenience retailers £36m boost

Offering a greater variety of food-to-go options has boosted revenues for convenience retailers by £36m, according to market research company IRI.

Muntons installs colour sorter to avoid contamination issues

Muntons has claimed to be the first maltster in the UK to invest in a colour sorter to avoid cross-contamination with malting barley deliveries.

Thomas the Baker to offer Yorkshire Day cupcakes

Helmsley-based Thomas the Baker will mark Yorkshire Day on 1 August by selling special Yorkshire Day cupcakes.

Pladis and Unite link up for engineering apprenticeship

McVitie’s owner Pladis has unveiled an engineering apprenticeship agreement with the UK’s largest union, Unite.

Greggs raises £85k for We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

Greggs has raised £85,718 for the Manchester Evening News (MEN) We Love Manchester Emergency Fund through in-store collections.

VIDEO: How to bake off the perfect cinnamon swirl

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake shows us how to bake off cinnamon swirls exactly right.

Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker sponsor Great British Bake Off

Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker are to sponsor the upcoming Channel 4 version of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Promise Gluten Free sells majority stake to Mayfair Equity Partners

Irish free-from bakery supplier Promise Gluten Free has sold its majority stake to private equity firm Mayfair Equity Partners.

Windmill Bakery director given suspended jail sentence

A director of Coventry-based Windmill Bakery risks going to prison if he continues to breach an injunction to not use Bakers Basco’s bread baskets.

Patisserie Valerie opens in former Maison Blanc and extends Sainsbury’s tie-up

Patisserie Holdings is further expanding its presence with the acquisition of four former Maison Blanc sites and the extension of a retail tie-up with Sainsbury’s.

Tesco set to roll out same-day delivery nationwide

Tesco has claimed to be the first retailer to offer nationwide same-day grocery delivery.

Do you have a star product in your festive line-up?

Entry is now open for the 2017 British Baker Christmas Stars competition – the ideal way for your products to stand out in the festive crowd.

VIDEO: Lola’s Bakery aims to expand to 20-30 sites in London

Following the first site opening of the Lola’s Bakery concept in West Hampstead, managing director Asher Budwig tells British Baker he would like to see 20-30 stores in London.

Costa unveils nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee

Coffee chain Costa has added Nitro Cold Brew Coffee to its menu.

Unifiller launches new depositors

A new range of Pro Series Food Service depositors from portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller Systems are designed for 'the rigorous demands' of the foodservice sector, according to the company.

Needham expands food-grade printer range

A new range from Needham Coding includes specialist food-grade, ultra-violet, heavy pigment and small character models.

Greggs extends limited-edition summer menu

Six new summer products from Greggs are in shops now, where they will remain until 13 September.

Supermarkets unveil bakery NPD for Christmas 2017

British Baker presents a round-up of the festive baked treats set to appear on supermarket shelves in the coming months.

Family-run Talerddig Bakery up for sale

Family-owned Talerddig Bakery, founded in 1925, is selling its business, equipment, freehold and fleet of vehicles.

Sonneveld and Credin partner for UK cake ingredients launch

Sonneveld is widening its UK product range by forming a joint venture with Credin.

Finsbury UK bakery sales down 1.4% in full-year figures

Declining prices have contributed to a 1.4% drop in UK bakery turnover at Finsbury Food Group.

Krispy Kreme launches American-themed doughnut range

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has unveiled four limited-edition American-inspired doughnuts to its collection as part of its 80th anniversary.

Baking Industry Awards 2017 finalists announced

Giddy-up bakers – it’s the moment that you’ve been waiting for – the 2017 Baking Industry Award finalists have been announced.

Waitrose hires first director of food service

Waitrose has recruited its first director of food service Simon Burgess as the retailer taps growth in casual dining and grazing.

Bells of Lazonby secures export deal with Australian bakery business

Gluten-free family bakery Bells of Lazonby has secured an export deal with Australian business Bakery Depot to send its We Love Cake brand Down Under.

How Olivia’s Artisan Bakery was resurrected as Great Northern Bakehouse

Great Northern Bakehouse managing director Ian Cross on transforming Olivia’s Artisan Bakery into a growing wholesale business.

Warburtons helps children learn importance of wheat

Warburtons is helping children learn about wheat and sustainable farming by visiting working farms.

Game of Scones? TV show’s baker launches themed products through Deliveroo

An actor who played an apprentice baker in Game of Thrones has opened a bakery inspired by the TV show.

Lola’s Cupcakes launches first bakery in West Hampstead

Lola’s Cupcakes’ has opened its first bakery site - Lola's Bakery - in West Hampstead, London, which will begin operating from today (13 July 2017).

National Doughnut Week raises over £25k for The Children’s Trust

National Doughnut Week has raised £25,131 for charity The Children’s Trust.

RedBlack Software offers ordering system for wholesale craft bakers

RedBlack Software has launched a new online ordering system for wholesale craft bakers.

Unilever Food Solutions offers authentic taste for bakers with new guide

Cornbread and tacos feature in a guide designed to help chefs and bakers boost profit by offering tastes of America, Canada and Mexico.

Adelie Foods set to axe 180 jobs at Middlesbrough site

Food-to-go business Adelie Foods has ceased production at its Middlesbrough plant, putting 180 jobs at risk.

Wasabi to open Japanese-inspired bakery in Cambridge

Social media has been set alight with talk of ‘the Asian answer to Greggs’, which will open in Cambridge this Saturday (15 July).

Kara expands Indulgent Cake Collection with seasonal trio

Kara, the foodservice brand of Finsbury Food Group, has extended its Indulgent Cake Collection with three new autumn-inspired cakes.

Muffin Break extends Curious Creations range with two new additions

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has unveiled the Eton Mess Muffin and Eton Mess Muffin Shake to its Curious Creations range.

Cornelius supports Sparkle Foundation project

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has backed UK charity The Sparkle Foundation to provide children with an education, nutrition and medical support across 17 rural villages in Malawi, Africa.

Too Good poll: 10 things not to say to a coeliac

Free-from brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free has revealed the top 10 most annoying questions to ask coeliacs in its latest poll.

Pope rules out use of gluten-free bread at Holy Communion

Pope Francis has said that bread used to celebrate Christian service the Eucharist must not be gluten-free bread, but can be produced from genetically modified organisms.

Poole Bakery restructure puts jobs under threat

Addo Food Group-owned Poole Bakery has proposed a restructure that could put five jobs under threat.

Tickets to the Baking Industry Awards are selling out fast!

Giddy-up folks! Book your tickets now for the biggest hoedown in the bakery calendar – British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

Pidy launches mini canapé cone range

Pastry manufacturer Pidy has unveiled a canapé cones range for the foodservice market.

Costa rebrands for Pride

Coffee chain Costa’s London stores underwent a rainbow rebrand in honour of London’s Pride Parade.

EXCLUSIVE: How to get YOUR bakery product stocked in Lidl

The four things you need to know if you want to get your product into Lidl, according to Richard Inglis, senior buying manager.

Iceland unveils ‘slow dough’ breads, extends Millie’s bake-at-home range

Frozen food specialist Iceland is today (10 July) rolling out a new fresh Luxury Bread range to Iceland stores across the country, and extending the Millie's Cookies bake-off range.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Today marks 90 years since the first sliced bread was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri, America. 

Halloween: Fright night treats: if you’ve got it, haunt it

Make sure it’s not all trick and no treat this Halloween with innovative new product and marketing ideas to help boost seasonal sales

Cutting & Slicing: Slice is right as bakers look for a cutting edge

Advances in cake and bread cutting technology are helping bakeries meet demand for wider product ranges, while also reducing waste

WMAW: "Good people, who put their heart and soul into the work they do, are everything"

Signature Flatbreads explains what it meant to be crowned Bakery Manufacturer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) 2016

Jacob’s adds Stilton and Red Leicester to Mini Cheddar range

Pladis-owned Jacob’s Crackers has extended its Mini Cheddar range with three new flavours: Red Leicester, Stilton and Smoked Cheddar.

Warburtons fined £1.9m following bread line injury

Warburtons has been fined £1.9m after a worker trapped his arm in a running conveyor belt.

Brits eating out could be under threat post-Brexit, says PAPA

Brits could find it more difficult to eat out if the government fails to find a way to fill jobs in the UK after Brexit, according to The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association (PAPA).

Suppliers ‘need to upskill’ says Bridgethorne

Grocery suppliers need to upskill to capitalise on developing online opportunities, according to marketing consultant Bridgethorne.

ADM completes acquisition of Chamtor

Food ingredients manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has completed the acquisition of French producer of wheat-based sweeteners and starches Chamtor.

Pork Farms launches TV ad campaign

Pork pie brand Pork Farms has launched a new advertising campaign, following a successful TV stint in 2016.

2,500th UK Subway will open in Bristol

Subway aims to create 5,000 new jobs in the UK and Ireland by 2020 as part of its expansion programme.

New office birthday cake service for London

New online start-up CakeDrop connects office workers to independent bakeries across central London.

New Thaw & Serve range from Aryzta

Global bakery business Aryzta Food Solutions has launched the range to encourage retailers to ‘capitalise on the growing in-store bakery market’.

Finsbury appoints new non-executive director

Finsbury Food Group has appointed Bob Beveridge as non-executive director with immediate effect.

Lose weight, eat Greggs?

High street bakery chain Greggs has launched a summer diet plan, Minimise Me – despite including sausage rolls and doughnuts - that can help people lose weight.

Incredible Bakery set to increase Northamptonshire operation

Wholesale craft business The Incredible Bakery Company is set to expand its site in Warkton, Northamptonshire.

Flipping great: Sales of American pancakes soaring

Brits have developed a big appetite for American-style pancakes, according to foodservice distributor Central Foods.

NI manufacturer buys London sandwich and snack business

Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has purchased London-based Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group PLC.

Born and Bread: Lough's Home Bakery, Eyemouth

Each month we profile a family business to see how the baking craft has passed down through the generations. This month, the story of Lough's, where the home fires have burned strong for 70 years.

From all walks of loaf: The Bristol Loaf, Redfield

The Bristol Loaf, which opened last month, prides itself on being part of the community.

GALLERY: National Cream Tea Day

Today (30 June) is National Cream Tea Day, and bakers from across the nation have been whipping up one of Britain’s quintessential treats.

Real Good Food invests £15.5m in Renshaw and Haydens

Real Good Food is to invest £15.5m in subsidiaries Renshaw and Haydens Bakery.

Cake Shop Bakery plans wholesale growth after opening new facility

Suffolk-based family business Cake Shop Bakery has opened a new facility to increase production by 20% to keep up with demand.

Drapers Bakery hit by hefty bill in bread baskets misuse case

Tewkesbury-based Drapers Bakery has been ordered to pay £5,500 in costs and damages following persistent misuse of Bakers Basco bread baskets.

McVitie’s unveils charity initiative with Morrisons

Pladis-owned McVitie’s will donate 5p of every pack of biscuits sold at Morrisons to young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Caffè Nero opens unit at student accommodation in Leeds

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has agreed a 10-year lease with developer Downing to open a ground floor unit at CitySide student accommodation, Leeds.

Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero respond to faecal bacteria investigation

Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero have pledged to take action following a BBC Watchdog investigation found that their ice contained bacteria from faeces.

Greencore buys Heathrow food-to-go site from Tasties of Chester

Greencore has acquired a manufacturing facility opened by Tasties of Chester 18 months ago.

Did you know? Greggs has been quietly giving away cake in Scotland since 2016

For more than a year, 20 Scottish Greggs stores have been offering free cakes to people who host a tea party for lonely OAPs.

Edme appoints Metin Fevzi as operations and technical director

Ingredients supplier Edme has named Metin Fevzi as the company’s new operations and technical director.

Billington’s Gingerbread rolls out new-look packaging

Shropshire-based Billington’s Gingerbread is to launch its new packaging today (28 June).

Need advice on selling overseas? Visit the Food Export Conference

Whether you are looking for your first export opportunities or want to grow your existing overseas sales, the Food Export Conference should be a date in your diary.

New sugar reduction course announced

Sugar Reduction In Foods is a new course from Chipping Campden-based Campden BRI, taking place on 31 October at its Gloucestershire centre.

Hovis releases Despicable Me 3 on-pack promotion

Hovis has teamed up with Universal Pictures for an on-pack promotion to support the release of Despicable Me 3 in UK cinemas on 30 June.

Sainsbury’s unveils edible flower cake toppings

Sainsbury’s has unveiled a range of edible flowers that can be used as a topping on cakes.

Addo Food Group expands into foodservice sector

Pastry producer Addo Food Group is expanding into the UK foodservice sector.

Great Northern Bakehouse unveils nationwide charity fundraiser

Darlington-based bakery the Great Northern Bakehouse has worked with Marie Curie to send its artisan Battenburgs to 73 sites across the UK in support of its Blooming Great Tea Party campaign.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018 open for entries

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, next year are now open for entries.

Jordans Cereals founders sell oat milling business

Bedford-based milling business European Oat Millers has been acquired by Canadian agricultural giant Richardson International.

Warburtons-owned Giles Foods confirms site closure

Giles Foods has confirmed it is to close its bakery in Milton Keynes.

Prewett’s introduces EU-friendly packaging

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has rebranded its Family Favourites range as it moves into the European market.

Competitive wrapped bread market takes £25m toll on Warburtons

Warburtons’ turnover fell more than £25m last year as the “increasingly competitive” wrapped bread market impacted the business.

Subway hires regional development trio to drive growth

High street sandwich chain Subway has hired Bob Dalgarno, Liam Dalgarno and Adrian Johnson to oversee brand development in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Deli Food sandwiches recalled over wrong use-by date

Deli Food (Scot) has recalled six varieties of sandwiches as they are labelled with the wrong use-by date.

Guenther Bakeries extends partnership with Axis Cleaning

Banbury-based Guenther Bakeries has awarded Axis Cleaning and Support Services with a new five-year cleaning and hygiene maintenance contract.

HOW TO: make festival-themed biscuits

Festival season is here, and baking decoration specialists Cake Angels are making the most of it with some festival-themed biscuits.

Trade welcomes May’s EU citizens plan - but warns more needs to be done

Trade body the British Sandwich Association has said it remains “extremely concerned” about the availability of migrant labour despite Theresa May’s commitment that EU citizens living in the UK would be able to stay.

Pidy announces 50 cyclists for charity ride

Pastry manufacturer Pidy has announced that 50 riders have signed up for the Ride 4 Hope charity cycle ride from Northampton to Ypres, Belgium.

Heygates acquires flour miller C Marston & Sons in pre-pack deal

Suffolk-based family flour milling company C Marston & Sons has been bought out of administration by Heygates Limited.

Laura’s Little Bakery criticises X Factor free cake request

Liverpool-based business Laura’s Little Bakery has criticised an email request from X Factor representatives to provide a free cake for the judges.

Südzucker UK achieves new BRC standard

Livingston-based sugar producer Südzucker UK has achieved the new BRC Agents & Brokers certification.

Thomas the Baker raises £10k for British Heart Foundation

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has presented a cheque for £10,000 to the British Heart Foundation.

Paul Rhodes Bakery adds eight vehicles to fleet

London-based business Paul Rhodes Bakery has purchased eight specially adapted Renault Master LoLoader vehicles from Devon-based manufacturer Trucksmith.

Costa sales up 8.7% as Whitbread records ‘good start’ to year

Whitbread has reported an 8.7% hike in total sales at Costa in its first-quarter results for the 13 weeks to 1 June.

Baking hot: How is the trade coping in the heat?

With temperatures forecast to hit 34 degrees in parts of the UK today (21 June), we asked Britain’s bakers how they are dealing with the summer sizzle.

Ishida launches new series of mid-range multihead weighers

Ishida has launched mid-range multihead weighers for weighing free-flowing and semi-sticky products.

Revealed: How Brexit has hit the foodservice trade

Growth in the British foodservice industry has slowed in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote, according to new research.

NFU president to discuss Brexit implications at Agribusiness 2018

National Farmers’ Union president Meurig Raymond will be among the keynote speakers at the annual event for the UK agrisupply industry, Agribusiness 2018.

Line between snacking and breakfast blurring, says Euromonitor

Snacking continues to rise in importance as consumers move away from eating three fixed meals a day, researchers have found.

Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf receives MBE

Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his services to baking and confectionery.

Sainsbury’s unveils Gin & Tonic and Prosecco baking flavourings

Sainsbury’s has rolled out two new baking flavourings, Gin & Tonic and Prosecco, to its stores.

Funnybones unveils US-styled cookie dessert duo

North and South American specialist wholesaler Funnybones Foodservice has launched two baked desserts into the UK foodservice market.

Finsbury Food Group expands Kara brand with Sourdough Doughballs

Kara, the foodservice brand of Finsbury Food Group, has expanded its line-up with the launch of Sourdough Doughballs.

Linpac invest £320k in energy-efficient cooling system

Fresh food packaging company Linpac has invested more than £320k in a state-of-the-art outside chill plant at its Featherstone headquarters in West Yorkshire.

Soreen secures listing at WHSmith Travel stores

Malt loaf maker Soreen has linked up with WHSmith for a new distribution partnership of its Malt Loaf bar.

Aryzta aims for ‘Instagram appeal’ with red and black burger buns

Global bakery business Aryzta Food Solutions has unveiled red and black coloured burger buns.

McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year and Big School Bake Off finalists unveiled

Finalists have been announced by Premier Foods and Unilever Food Solutions for the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year and Big School Bake Off competitions, both of which will reach their climax at the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) Main Event on 6 July.

What was the UK’s most recalled bakery item in 2016?

New research from pest control experts Rentokil has examined the cost of product recalls to the bakery industry, and how they can be avoided. 

Hovis unveils 30% Lower Carb bread range

UK baking giant Hovis is tapping consumer demand for healthier bread with the launch of a three-strong Lower Carb range.

VIDEO: How to make a chocolate beer cake for Father’s Day

Banbury-based baking decorations supplier Cake Angels has come up with a way to offer dads a treat combining cake and beer. 

Carrs Foods in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list

Manchester-based bakery business, Carrs Foods, has been ranked at number seven in this year’s The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

Mark Tomlinson resigns as CEO of Bako North Western

Bako North Western Group group CEO Mark Tomlinson has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons.

Dominique Ansel creates Father’s Day Éclair

Dominique Ansel’s DAB London bakery is celebrating its first Father’s Day with a bespoke Father’s Day Éclair.

Pieminister launches three new pies as part of ‘A Pie for a Pie’ campaign

Pieminister has launched three new pie variants as part of its summer charity campaign ‘A Pie for a Pie’.

Salador launches point-of-sale cake cutter

Derby-based Salador Company has launched what its claims is the first cutting machine designed to portion baked products at point of sale rather than in a factory.

Whitworths extends Shots snacking range

Fruits, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths has extended its Shots range with the launch of Shots Nuts.

Too Good To Be Gluten Free unveils snack packs

Free-from brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free has launched a range of snack packs into Waitrose stores.

Pret to trial veggie-only fridges across its stores

Pret A Manger is trialling vegetarian-only fridges in selected UK branches for a month following the success of its dedicated Veggie Pret store.

Nim’s fruit crisps signs major deal with bakery supplier

Baked goods supplier Handmade Speciality Products is distributing Nim’s Fruit Crisps products to education outlets and the healthcare sector.

Birds Bakery raises £10,000 to British Red Cross Manchester fund

Birds Bakery has raised £10,000 for the British Red Cross Manchester fund following the re-introduction of the salted caramel doughnut across its 58 stores.

NFU outlines post-Brexit vision of British farming to Michael Gove

New Defra chief Michael Gove has been told farmers need “certainty” that the Government will make Brexit a success for British food and farming.

Dawn’s Donut scoops silver at British Frozen Food Federation awards

Dawn Foods collected a silver award for its Premium Caramel-Lace Donut at the annual British Frozen Food Federation awards, held at Park Lane Hilton, London last week.

‘It would be great to see more opportunities for young bakers’

Laura Gibbons, a final year bakery and patisserie undergraduate at University College Birmingham and Dawn Foods’ first student ambassador, on the challenges faced by young bakers in a competitive market

Amazon Fresh extends in-house bakery delivery to Herts and Beds

Amazon has expanded its Amazon Fresh delivery service – which includes a range of in-house bakery products - to 42 postcodes in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Cake that dispenses wine created in Nottingham

A boozy bake has been created by Demi Salt of Nottingham-based Bijou Beauty Bakes for the mother of a friend.

Iain Munro joins Hobart as director

Hobart Cooking Solutions has appointed former Catering Equipment Distribution Association (CEDA) chairman Iain Munro as director.

Astronaut set to boldly bake where no one has baked before

Bakers, scientists and engineers are working to develop a bread machine and dough for baking bread rolls in space.

Two new sponsors for Claire Clark Academy

The Claire Clark Academy at Milton Keynes College is to be sponsored by De Buyer, a French manufacturer of pastry utensils and cookware, and Chatham-based catering equipment supplier Signature FSE.

Pecan Deluxe launches red velvet cake pieces

Pecan Deluxe Candy has launched a range of red velvet cake pieces.

EPP appoints Nicholas & Harris baker as area sales manager

Epsom-based bakery equipment supplier EPP has appointed Steve Russell as the company’s area sales manager.

Hung parliament: the industry reacts

A hung parliament following the UK general election has led to more uncertainty for the baking industry.

Greggs launches first UK drive-thru in Manchester

High street bakery chain Greggs has announced the opening of its first UK drive-thru on the outskirts of Salford, Manchester.

Taste Direct launches new frozen bakery brand

Frozen bakery specialist Taste Direct has unveiled a new frozen baking brand, Baking Agent, which will offer a range of frozen ready-to-bake cookies, muffins and scones.

Ulrick & Short urges manufacturers to look to next stage of gluten NPD

Ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has called upon food manufacturers to concentrate on nutritional profile and label declarations of gluten-free NPD.

Krispy Kreme launches limited-edition Father’s Day range

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has unveiled three limited-edition doughnuts for Father’s Day.

Whole Earth Sweetener Co launches in UK

Whole Earth Sweetener Co, which produces low-calorie sweeteners, has launched in the UK.

Ryvita introduces Three Cheese Flatbread

Ryvita has announced a new flavour addition to its Thins range.

Bimbo to launch in UK for first time

Part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bakery company, Bimbo Little Adventures has launched into the UK market for the first time, with a range of baked family snacks. 

Addo’s Breakfast Twist to launch in Asda

Addo Food Group has secured a major listing in Asda for its Breakfast Twist, part of the Wall’s Pastry range. 

Abbey secures transport contract with Tata Chemicals and British Salt

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has been selected by Tata Chemicals Europe to manage its bulk transport and logistics for all its products, including sister company British Salt, across the UK.

World Bread Awards open for entries

Tiptree World Bread Awards, in association with Brook Food, is seeking bakers for the 2017 competition. 

WMAW: "The journey was challenging, demanding yet hugely enjoyable"

Finsbury Food Group saw off tough competition to win the Celebration Cake Business of the Year category at the Moulin Rouge-themed Baking Industry Awards 2016

People who eat white bread are no less healthy, says new study

‘Cheap’ white bread is just as good for you as whole wheat sourdough, a new study has claimed.

VIDEO: How to make a gingerbread crown

To celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, Banbury-based Cake Angels has come up with a suitably regal recipe.

Pecan Deluxe hires Chamber International to combat Brexit export challenges

North Yorkshire ingredients manufacturer Pecan Deluxe Candy has employed overseas trade specialist Chamber International to offset any export challenges following Brexit.

Australian baker invents the ‘glonut’

The glow-in-the-dark doughnut was created by Christopher Thé for his Black Star Pastry bakery in Sydney. 

Are you a Christmas Star?

Entry is now open for the 2017 British Baker Christmas Stars competition – the ideal way for your products to stand out in the festive crowd.

Thins, Wraps & Pitta: How bagels stole a slice of the thins market

Retail sales of thins are in decline as consumers switch to other products with more interesting NPD. So how can the sector maintain a commanding share of the bakery market?

Dawn unveils reduced sugar and fat Crème Cake mixes

Dawn Foods has launched lower fat and sugar mixes with the introduction of Chocolate and Plain Crème Cake Mixes.

Burton’s launches Maryland Thins Cookies range

Burton’s Biscuit Company is tapping the trend for ‘lighter’ snacking with the launch of Maryland Thins Cookies.

Brace’s Bakery adds Cartwright trailers to fleet

Newport-based family business Brace’s Bakery has added Cartwright trailers to its vehicle fleet.

Baker praised for actions during London terror attack

Baker Florin Morariu has been praised for his actions during Saturday night’s terror attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market.

Bagelmans bakery switches to biodegradable cups

Brighton-based bakery Bagelmans has made its coffee cups biodegradable and 100% recyclable.

Premier Foods set to drive summer sales with new Mr Kipling cakes

Premier Foods has unveiled four limited-edition Mr Kipling cakes for the summer.

Pork Farms launches major promotional campaign

Pork Farms has launched a new major on-pack promotion that will begin in stores in the upcoming weeks.

Coconut and spice feature in Greggs’ new summer line-up

A limited-edition summer menu has launched into Greggs stores nationwide - and there’s not a pastry in sight. 

Délifrance launches vegan croissant

Délifrance has unveiled a vegan-friendly croissant that features a quinoa topping. 

Birds to reintroduce salted caramel doughnut for Manchester terror attack fund

Birds Bakery is to bring back its salted caramel doughnut to its 58 stores to raise funds for those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing.

Want to get a job? Take up baking

Home economics skills are now more valued than work experience, according to research carried by baking decoration specialist Cake Angels.

Weather presenter Sian Welby urges public to get baking

Weather presenter and charity volunteer Sian Welby has urged people to bake this summer to help provide life-changing care and support for disabled people.

Born and Bread: Walkers, Arberlour

Each month we profile a family business to see how the baking craft has passed down through the generations. This month, the story of Walkers, a business built on £50 and a single shortbread recipe.

A case of the munchies: Miriam's Munchies, Harrow

Miriam's Munchies started off as a hobby baking project in local farmer's markets - now it's a vital part of the community.

Muffin Break opens new store in Chatham

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has announced the opening of a new store at the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham, Kent.

Village Bakery creates 50 new jobs and a dozen apprenticeships

Wrexham-based business Village Bakery has announced it will be creating an extra 50 jobs, which will include a dozen apprenticeships.

Adams Cakes produces Beatles-themed creation for 50th anniversary

A baker at Adams Cakes has recreated the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album to mark the record’s 50th anniversary.

Baking Industry Awards 2017: book your place at this year’s shindig!

It’s time to book your tickets for the biggest hoedown in the bakery calendar – British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

Bread and cake exports up 10% as wheat and barley fall

Growth in overseas sales of bread and cakes have contributed to UK food and drink exports rising to record levels.

Column Bakehouse set to open second branch

Plymouth-based artisan bakery The Column Bakehouse has announced it is opening a second branch, inside Ocean Studios at the Royal William Yard.

Is this Scotland’s smallest cake shop?

Cakes in The Call Box has been set up in an old phone box in Argyll by friends and bakers Holly Ford and Bron Campbell.

GroceryAid appoints new treasurer

David Wheeler, head of finance at Sainsbury’s, is to join the GroceryAid trustee board as treasurer.

Manchester artist creates 2.5ft tall King Arthur cake

A medieval masterpiece has been created by Rose Dummer of Rosie Cake Diva and Cakebomb for the opening of a new furniture store.

New Heinz Cook-in-pack and Bake-in-pack lines for Aryzta

A collaboration with Heinz and Peter’s Foods has seen Aryzta introduce the Heinz Cook-in-Pack range.

New multi-lane metal detector aims to cut waste

A new detector from Banbury-based Fortress Technology is designed to improve waste levels as well as safety.

Baker Perkins names new UK and US managing directors

Bakery equipment supplier Baker Perkins has appointed new managing directors for its UK and US operations.

Morrisons fined £55k for selling mouldy pork pie

Morrisons has been fined £55,000 after it sold a mouldy pork pie from the deli counter at its Elvetham Heath store in Fleet, Hampshire.

Daelmans closes Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ Witney site

Daelmans Group has closed its former Fabulous Bakin’ Boys factory in Oxfordshire, with all staff made redundant.

Tale of two markets: Aryzta European sales rise as US business falls

Group sales at global bakery business Aryzta have remained flat despite growth in its European division.

VIDEO: Independent bakers should use crowdfunding, says Andrew Bowen

Former Coffee Republic franchisee Andrew Bowen has urged independent bakers to use Kickstarter campaigns to start up or expand a business.

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?

Walkers rebrands Oven Baked range as part of health trend

Britain’s biggest crisp brand, Walkers, is rebranding its Oven Baked range to highlight its 50% less fat element.

Bath Cake Company awarded for teaching PME sugarcraft courses

Bath Cake Company has been awarded with the PME Professional Diploma UK and Ireland Award of Excellence 2016 as part of PME’s Wall of Honour 2016.

EHL boosts manufacturing capacity by 50% with new Stockport site

Food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients has acquired a new manufacturing site at the Broadstone Industrial Estate, Stockport.

Stacey’s Bakery set to mark National Sausage Roll Day with 30ft pastry

Derbyshire-based bakery Stacey’s will celebrate National Sausage Roll Day on 5 June 2017 by making a 30ft sausage roll.

Soreen boosts nutrition message with Disney Mini loaves

Malt loaf maker Soreen has partnered with Disney to launch its new Mini Loaves range.

Patterson Arran scoops sustainability award at Food & Drink Excellence Awards

Biscuit manufacturer Paterson Arran has been recognised for reducing its impact on the environment after receiving the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2017 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence awards.

Crosta & Mollica adds Focaccia Romana to its range

Italian baked goods supplier Crosta & Mollica has launched a new addition to its range, the Focaccia Romana.

Border Biscuits launches Café Bake range

Lanark-based manufacturer Border Biscuits has launched the Café Bake snack range for the out-of-home and foodservice sectors.

2 Sisters invests £250k in festive pudding site

Seasonal production at 2 Sisters Food Group-owned Matthew Walker will be boosted by the £250,000 investment, which is set to create 45 new jobs at the Heanor site.

Firms ordered to pay out £20,000 for using bread baskets

Two Yorkshire poultry companies have been ordered to pay almost £20k in costs and damages to London-based Bakers Basco.

NI bakery and brewery join forces to produce stout-flavoured bread

Northern Irish artisan bakery and restaurant business French Village has teamed up with craft brewer Yardsman to produce a stout-flavoured Irish wheaten bread.

New business strategist for Cybake

Former EPOS Group managing director Steve Boyes has joined RedBlack Software as lead business strategist for Cybake.

Student takes Coup de Pates competition

Wendy Lo of City of Glasgow College has won Coup de Pates’ Chefs at Play, after a four-way final cook-off last week.

All the 2017 Sammies sandwich awards winners

Here is the full list of winners of The British Sandwich Association’s annual Sammies Awards.

Pastry World Cup team captain sets up Proper Patisserie

UK Pastry World Cup team captain Andrew Blas has launched his first solo venture

Warrens Bakery opens Eastleigh store

Warrens Bakery has started a second franchise partnership with the opening of a new bakery in Eastleigh, near Southampton.

Roberts Bakery sponsors Royal Cheshire County show food halls

Family-owned business Roberts Bakery has continued its support for The Royal Cheshire County show by renewing its sponsorship of the Roberts Bakery Food Halls.

Marriage’s partners with Moul-Bie to supply French flour into the UK

Flour miller W&H Marriage & Sons has partnered with Moul-Bie to supply French flours and mixes to the UK.

GroceryAid appoints Andy Higginson and Charles Wilson as president and vice president

GroceryAid’s board of trustees has appointed Morrisons chairman Andy Higginson as its new president, and Booker chief executive Charles Wilson as vice-president.

GALLERY: Greggs unveils salad dresses by Katy Perry’s costume designer

Greggs has launched its summer menu by unveiling two dresses designed by Katy Perry’s costume creator – and made entirely of salad.

Entries for Big School Bake Off competition close this week

Unilever Food Solution’s Big School Bake Off has urged aspiring bakers to get their entries in before the deadline closes this Friday (26 May 2017).

Hummingbird to open in Guildford

Hummingbird Bakery is to open its first site outside the London area. 

Mars blurs line between confectionery and bakery with Choc Brownie bar

Mars Chocolate UK is aiming to tap interest in bakery snacks with the launch of a new variation of the Mars Bar, the Mars Choc Brownie.

Spice Drops introduces Lime Zest

Concentrated extract specialist Spice Drops has launched a Lime Zest product designed ‘to give a citrus zing of lime, but without the grating’.

MD of David Wood Baking on charity cycle

David Wood Baking boss David Wood is cycling more than 1,000 miles for charity - visiting his company’s six production sites and HQ. 

Pladis launches new Jacob’s Cracker Crisps advert

Biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis has unveiled a new TV advert for Jacob’s Cracker Crisps.

Corinthia apprentice is Pastry Chef Student of the Year

Jessica Edwards has been named Institute of Hospitality (Southern Branch) Pastry Chef Student of the Year at the Institute of Hospitality Student Awards.

Pladis signs mental health pledge

McVitie’s owner Pladis has signed a pledge to change how it and its staff think and act about mental health.

Mrs Crimble’s cake bars to launch in over 1,500 new stores

Wessanen UK-owned gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s claims to be the first to launch free-from cake bars into the food-to-go section of convenience outlets.

Graze launches Protein Bites

Snack retailer Graze has announced the launch of new ‘energy-fuelled’ Protein Bites.

Carrs Foods appoints marketing director

Bakery business Carrs Foods has expanded its marketing division with the appointment of Tim Boote to the newly created role of marketing director.

Greggs sales up 7.5% as breakfast demand grows

Demand for Greggs’ £2 breakfast offer has helped drive a 7.5% hike in sales across the business.

Birds restructures in Burton and opens in Branston

Birds has confirmed its Burton offering will restructure due to a decline in sales and ‘the changing nature of town centre shopping’.

Four new loaf cakes for Bells of Lazonby

Penrith-based family bakers Bells of Lazonby has launched four new loaf cakes ‘to help caterers take advantage of growing trends’.

Genesis Crafty wins supplier award

Magherafelt-based Genesis Crafty was named Overall Local Supplier of the Year at the Henderson Wholesale Local Supplier Awards, at the Balmoral Show.

Patisserie Valerie sales up 16% as store openings continue

Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has reported double-digit increases in revenue and profits.

Jempson’s and The Rye Bakery merge baked goods production

Sussex retail and café business Jempson’s is to create a ‘state of the art’ bakery operation in partnership with The Rye Bakery.

Warburtons unveils gluten-free Tiger Bloomer

Newburn Bakehouse by Warburtons has claimed a first for the gluten-free market with the launch of its Tiger Artisan Bloomer.

Bakery and patisserie chain Paul names new marketing director

French bakery and patisserie chain Paul has appointed Kathryn Pretzel-Shiels as marketing director of its UK and US operations. 

New cereal introduced to UK market

Tritordeum, a new natural cereal made by combining durum wheat (Triticum durum) and wild barley (Hordeum chilense), is now available in the UK.

Crosstown to launch vegan sourdough doughnut range

London-based Crosstown Doughnuts is launching a vegan range to tie in with National Vegetarian Week (15-21 May).

Mark Norton, MD of Prima Bakeries and Chris Fyles of Cornwall Cricket Trust

Prima now official pasty of Cornwall Cricket

Prima Bakeries will be backing Cornish cricket this summer as part of a new partnership agreement.

Peter’s wins marketing award

The Peter’s Welsh Rugby Heroes campaign from Caerphilly-based Peter’s Foodservice has won a CIM Marketing Excellence Award.

Eurostar doubles chapati flour production

Yorkshire-based Eurostar Commodities will double the production of ‘healthy’ chapati flour, because it says sales since the launch a year ago have increased by 53%.

Dawn launches summer-themed doughnut

Dawn Foods has extended its Premium Donuts range with a summer-themed Raspberry & Cream Twist product.

Manchester bakery fined £14k for mouse droppings

Wong Wong Bakery Limited has been fined more than £14,000 after council health inspectors uncovered a host of food safety violations.

Warrens recruiting for bakers to cope with seasonal demand

Cornwall-based pasty-maker Warrens is looking for crimpers and bakery assistants in preparation for the busy summer season.

Three new mixes from Puratos

Belgian bakery ingredients manufacturer Puratos has added three new products to its bakery range.

Hovis is touring the UK

A retro 1962 Hovis trailer will tour the UK for two months, offering demonstrations, samples and the chance to have a go at milling wheat.

GALLERY: National Doughnut Week highlights

Feast your eyes on these glorious doughnuts, which were all made in honour of National Doughnut Week 2017, raising money for The Children’s Trust.

Yee-haw! It’s your last chance to enter the 2017 Baking Industry Awards

Giddyup there pard’ners – this is the last day you can get your entries in for the 2017 Baking Industry Awards!

RACA Awards of Excellence pastry finalists announced

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) has announced the Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2017 finalists.

Pretzel retailer opens largest UK store

Auntie Anne’s, the world’s biggest soft pretzel retailer, opened its 32nd UK store last month, at London Luton Airport (LLA).

NI bakery at centre of same-sex cake row reports profit growth

Co Antrim-based Ashers, the Christian bakery at the centre of a landmark legal battle after it refused to bake a cake promoting same-sex marriage, has seen its profits rise.

New refrigeration technology unveiled

Italian company Pastorfrigor has launched what it describes as “breakthrough refrigeration technology”.

Wall’s launches £5k community campaign

Dorset-based Wall’s Pastry has launched The Wall’s Helping Hand campaign, which will fund a regeneration project for one UK community.

BREAKING: First pics of Peter Kay in latest Warburtons ad

A first look at on-set images from Warburtons’ new television advert starring Peter Kay.

New sales advisor for Invicta

Steven Lamb has joined Invicta Bakeware as the company’s new field sales and technical advisor.

New York Bakery Co revamps Bagel Thins range

New York Bakery Co has rebranded and relaunched its popular Bagel Thins range.

Hobart given Manufacturer of the Year award

Hobart Warewash has received the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) Manufacturer of the Year award for 2017.

New éclair range from Brioche Pasquier

The latest éclair offerings from French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier “bear little resemblance to the rather weighty anglicised versions”, according to the company.

Scottish Bread Championships launched

The inaugural Scottish Bread Championships are to be held at The Royal Highland Show in June. 

New flour to put bread back on the menu?

West Yorkshire-based Spiffing says its new range of sprouted flours uses “natural technology to put bread back on the table for healthy eaters”.

Battle Oats unveils 'first ever' plant-based protein cookie

Hull-based Battle Oats is to launch what it claims is the first ever plant-based protein cookie.

Gluten Freevolution campaign launched by Coeliac UK

The Gluten Freevolution campaign is a bid to further grow the range of safe gluten-free food when eating outside of the home.

Doves Farm rebrands free-from line after £3m investment

The free-from range from Hungerford-based Doves Farm has been rebranded under the name Freee.

Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

Thought you’d missed your chance to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs)? Think again! The deadline has just been extended to 12 May.

GALLERY: Around the UK in biscuits and buns

We love to take the biscuit, and to have our cake and eat it, but which baked delights traditionally hail from your region of the UK? Find out here.

New ‘most future-proof’ metal detector series from Loma

Farnborough-based Loma Systems has introduced the IQ4 series of metal detectors. 

EXCLUSIVE: How to get YOUR bakery products stocked in Morrisons

Andy Clegg, senior buying manager - Bread & Commodities for Morrisons, told British Baker the five things Morrisons is looking for in a bakery supplier

Palethorpes Bakery submits new warehouse plans

Addo Food Group-owned Palethorpes Bakery has approached Shropshire Council regarding planning permission to build a chilled distribution warehouse.

Hepatitis cases in outbreak linked with Scottish bakery rises to 42

Following a hepatitis A outbreak linked with JB Christie bakery in Airdrie, NHS Lanarkshire has confirmed the number of cases has now increased from nine to 42.

Nearly 60% think soft drink sugar tax applies to bakery

More than half of consumers think the soft drink sugar tax also applies to cakes and biscuits, according to analysts Nielsen.

Nisa launches own-label cake range

Retail chain Nisa has launched a new range of cake snacks and bites as part of its Heritage own-label range.

Aryzta unveils new pick-and-mix bread range

Global bakery business Aryzta Food Solutions has launched a selection of pick-and-mix bread rolls and loaves.

Baker Perkins adds two new machines to Tweedy bread dough mixer range

Equipment manufacturer Baker Perkins has added two new machines to its Tweedy bread dough mixer range.

Soreen launches ‘squidgy’ campaign to UK cinemas

Malt loaf maker Soreen has launched a new creative campaign across UK cinemas through animation.

Border Biscuits sends personalised Dark Chocolate Gingers to Ed Sheeran

Lanark-based manufacturer Border Biscuits has teamed up with packaging business Qualvis to send personalised packs of Dark Chocolate Gingers to Ed Sheeran during his sold-out performances at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow.

Costa unveils new summer menu

High street coffee chain Costa has introduced its new summer menu, which it claims is the “biggest and boldest summer selection yet”.

Signature Flatbreads extends healthy offering

Dunstable-based Signature Flatbreads has launched a new Deli Kitchen range, which it claims creates “new lunchtime sales opportunities” for retailers.

Urban launches limited-edition sandwich

Urban, the Adelie Foods-owned sandwich brand, is to launch a limited-edition Summer Special Coronation Chicken Sandwich

Luminary Bakery teams up with GBBO’s Benjamina

The Great British Bake Off’s Benjamina Ebuehi is developing an exclusive product for London’s Luminary Bakery.

Holland’s poll reveals dads prefer pies to gifts on Father’s Day

Almost a third (28%) of UK dads have said they would rather their favourite pie than gifts for Father’s Day (18 June 2017), according to research from Holland’s Pies.

20 million packs of hot cross buns sold in Easter week, says Kantar

A total of 20 million packs of hot cross buns were purchased throughout the major UK retailers in Easter week alone, according to research analyst Kantar Worldpanel.

Waitrose launches 23 new lines into Good to Go range

Waitrose has launched 23 new products into its Good to Go range this week, alongside 18 improved lines as consumers’ demand for healthy food on-the-go grows.

Greggs chairman Ian Durant to lead DFS Furniture board

Greggs chairman Ian Durant has been appointed chairman of furniture business DFS.

Carrs Foods expands Paul Hollywood bread range

Carrs Foods has worked with The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Paul Hollywood to create three new lines for its retail range.

Mary Berry: What Mary did next

Mary Berry isn’t one to let the grass grow under her feet. Having left The Great British Bake Off behind her, she has teamed up with Finsbury Food Group to create a line of ready-to-eat cakes. Alice Cooke caught up with her and Finsbury’s innovation chief at the launch of the range

Born and Bread: Welsh Hills Bakery, Hirwaun

Each month we profile a family business to see how the baking craft has passed down through the generations. This month, the story of Welsh Hills Bakery, which evolved from a traditional village bakery to an international free-from giant.

Pasty firm puts buzz into Bolton: Carrs Pasties shop, Market Place, Bolton

Carrs Pasties is fiercely proud of its 80-year history, but has its sights set firmly on the future with the introduction of a striking new look for its stores.

Patisserie Valerie products go on sale at Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s is selling Patisserie Valerie products on its patisserie counters under a new trial partnership.

Bakeries to feature in C4 Extreme Cake Maker TV series

Peboryon Bakery and The Gourmet Cake Company are among businesses to feature in new Channel 4 series Extreme Cake Makers.

Premier Foods secures long-term contract with XPO Logistics

Premier Foods has secured a long-term contract with XPO Logistics that will cover inbound transport, warehousing and outbound distribution to customers throughout the UK.

Pret A Manger set to reach 500 shops worldwide

Pret A Manger has set a target to open its 500th shop worldwide in the next 12 months as it announced its financial results for the 52 weeks to 29 December 2016.

Walkers Shortbread granted Royal Warrant Appointment by The Queen

Walkers Shortbread has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment from The Queen for the supply of shortbread to the Royal Household.

Topping unveils Gourmet and Speciality frozen pie ranges

Yorkshire-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has unveiled new Gourmet and Speciality baked frozen pie ranges, as well as a selection of unbaked frozen products.

Tromp Group appoints UK sales manager

Tromp Group, a producer for turnkey projects within the baking industry, has appointed David Rowland as the sales manager for the UK and Ireland.

Just days left to enter the Baking Industry Awards, pard’ners!

Giddy-up there, y’all – the deadline for the Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching and we don’t want you to be left in the dust.

Gluten-free Mr Kipling cake launched by Premier Foods

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has rolled out a wheat and gluten-free loaf cake range nationally.

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Haydens Bakery announces multi-million pound investment

Wiltshire-based business Haydens Bakery has embarked on a multi-million pound investment plan.

Roberts Bakery baker to tackle Toughest Mudder for Cotswold House

Roberts Bakery baker Stuart Brotherton will be competing in the Toughest Mudder event at Belvoir Castle, Midlands on 13 May 2017.

Nestlé axing UK jobs as Blue Riband production shifts to Europe

Nestlé UK is set to axe almost 300 jobs in a shake-up that includes shifting Blue Riband wafer production to Poland.

Hobbs House Bakery named Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year

Hobbs House Bakery has been declared Baker of the Year in the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.

Warrens Bakery launches healthy delivery mobile app at Derriford hospital

Cornish business Warrens Bakery has launched a healthy menu delivery app for Plymouth-based Derriford Hospital to offer support to the medical team and staff.

Longest-serving Roberts Bakery employee retires

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery’s logistics co-ordinator Mike Dutton has retired following a 53-year career at the firm.

Seasons Bakery Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough named Britain’s Best Loaf

A Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough loaf produced by Seasons Bakery has been declared Britain’s Best Loaf 2017.

New Tesco deal for Henllan Bakery

North Wales-based Henllan Bakery has signed a new deal with Tesco to stock six breads and four morning goods.

New poster campaign for Ginsters

Samworth Brothers-owned pastry brand Ginsters is to launch a new poster campaign, designed to raise awareness of the brand’s focus on quality and local sourcing.

Pastry chef named Young Chef of the Year

Emily Milne, 20, from Leasowe, has won the Young Chef of the Year accolade at the Wirral Tourism Awards.

New pack format for Cathedral City Baked Bites

Burton’s Biscuit Company has announced a design refresh and the launch of a sharing format for its Cathedral City Baked Bites.

Greggs set to open Inverurie outlet

High street bakery chain Greggs has unveiled plans to open up a new outlet in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, British Baker can confirm.

New Cheesecake Pieces from Pecan Deluxe

North Yorkshire ingredients manufacturer Pecan Deluxe Candy has launched Cheesecake Pieces targeted at the bakery and dessert sectors.

Family bakery Endacotts under new ownership

Devon-based WT Endacott, which has been owned by the same family since it was founded in 1885, has been sold.

Asian-inspired bakery opens in Beeston

A bakery specialising in Asian-inspired breads, biscuits and cakes has opened in Beeston, Nottingham.

Paul Hollywood to star in new TV series A Baker’s Life

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is to be the focus of a new baking series on Channel 4.

Ursa Minor Bakehouse backed to spread message on artisan techniques

Northern Irish sourdough specialist Ursa Minor Bakehouse has won international backing to set up a working expo to spread the message about artisan breads.

Dominique Ansel creates St George’s Day pastry

Exclusive to his London bakery, Cronut inventor and pastry chef Dominique Ansel has created a limited-edition St George’s Day pastry.

REVEALED: Top 10 best places in the UK to open a bakery

A new study claims to have identified the 10 best places for bakers to open up shop in the UK. 

Brexit is ‘unique opportunity’ to update bread labelling laws, say campaigners

The Real Bread Campaign has renewed its call for updated and improved loaf labelling and marketing legislation in a letter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Can you name the most searched-for recipes of 2016?

It was a year when sugar, salt and gluten made many a headline, but which baking recipes were most searched-for online in 2016?

Weak sterling and high sugar prices drive 19% ABF revenue hike

Allied Bakeries owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported 19% year-on-year growth in revenue to £7.3bn in the first half of its financial year.

Bakery packaging supplier Pulse Flexible Packaging to lose 150 jobs

Pulse Flexible Packaging, which supplies businesses including Walkers Shortbread and Samworth Brothers, is to start production again after entering administration earlier this month.

Warburtons van designed by schoolchildren

Lucas and Kye from Charfield Primary School in Gloucestershire have won a competition to decorate a Warburtons van.

Bakkavor set to employ 100 new staff at Lincolnshire factory

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 100 new members of staff at its factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

House of Flavours appoints Dave Twiss new MD

Food flavouring and ingredients manufacturer House of Flavours has appointed Dave Twiss as managing director.

Hill Biscuits in management buyout

Private equity investor LDC has backed a management buyout of Manchester-based Hill Biscuits.

Birds Bakery begins work on new site in Stretton

Birds Bakery has begun work to build a new shop in Stretton, Staffordshire in response to customer demand from the local area.

Real Bread Campaign launches 'I Love Gluten' t-shirts and aprons

To coincide with Real Bread Week (6-14 May), Balcony Shirts is producing limited-edition ‘I Love Gluten’ aprons and t-shirts.

Bells of Lazonby ordered to pay £70k fine over injuries

Gluten-free bakery Bells of Lazonby has been ordered to pay more than £70k following two workers suffering hand injuries while operating machinery.

Festival dedicated to sandwiches set to launch in London

A one-day festival created to celebrate sandwiches is being launched in Hackney, London on 20 May 2017.

Save the date for British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week, running from 14–20 May 2017, is a week-long celebration of that iconic British culinary invention, the sandwich.

Claire Clark MBE to launch patisserie academy

Pastry chef Claire Clark has announced that she will open up the Claire Clark academy on the 18th May 2017 at Milton Keynes College.

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Audit demands mean bakers need to be proactive on maintenance, says EPP

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has argued that bakery audits being conducted by major retailers require companies to provide proof of the reliability of their plant and reveal contingency plans in the event of equipment failure.

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Bakery Andante extends Scottish supermarket reach

Morningside’s Bakery Andante has secured a deal to supply a further four branches of Waitrose in Scotland with artisan bread.

Hobart wins European Award for second year running

Hobart Warewashing has won a Star Award in Innovation for its new enhanced flight-type dishwasher.

Flora Shedden launches crowdfunding campaign

Flora Shedden, runner-up in 2015’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund major structural problems to her new artisan bakery.

WC Rowe’s creates world’s biggest Easter biscuit for Asda store

Falmouth-based bakery WC Rowe’s has baked what it claims is the world’s biggest Easter biscuit for an Asda store in Barnstaple.

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.

Tesco sales driven by strong food growth

Tesco has announced sales growth and profit recovery in its preliminary results for 2016/17, its first UK like-for-like sales rise since 2009/2010.

New Gail’s for Ealing

Gail’s Bakery is to open up a new outlet at Dickens Yard in Ealing.

National American Sweet Bakery Week 2017

Bakers are being encouraged to get involved in National American Sweet Bakery Week, in order to help build sales of American-style bakery products.

Lily Vanilli launches the Battenbun for Easter

London bakery Lily Vanilli has come up with an Easter bakery hybrid that is taking social media by storm.

Fewer deals but brands not budging on price, says IRI

The IRI’s new Big Question report on the grocery price war revealed it has saved UK shoppers £9.3bn over three years.

Prewett’s launches White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has extended its Gorgeously Gluten Free range with the launch of White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies.

Sixty-three per cent choose sandwiches

According to research commissioned by global packaging specialist Huhtamaki, 63% of adults who have bought food-to-go in the last month have chosen a sandwich.

Brown & Blond expands retail offering

Leeds-based brownie maker Brown & Blond has launched its first pop-up shop at York Railway station. 

Pidy introduces family-sized wholemeal quiche

Belgian pastry products business Pidy is tapping into the health trend with the introduction of a new 22cm Wholemeal Quiche.

Mondelēz launches first Cadbury biscuit innovation

Mondelēz International has unveiled the Cadbury Roundie for UK consumers - the first Cadbury biscuit launch since it bought the license to produce them from Burton’s Biscuit Company in August 2016.

Tim Hortons to make UK debut

Canadian coffee and doughnut franchise chain Tim Hortons has announced that it will roll out its stores throughout the UK this year.

Irwin’s secures GB listings for new Easter range

Northern Irish business Irwin’s Bakery has secured listings with Nisa, Spar and Co-op to stock its new Howell’s Easter products.

New Apprentice category at Tiptree World Bread Awards

The winner of the category will be named Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017.

Rivington Biscuits for sale

The assets of the Wigan-based manufacturer Rivington Biscuits are now for sale, after the company went into administration in December.

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Bakers Basco general manager

Following a number of incidents on baking companies using bread baskets without permission, British Baker caught up with Bakers Basco general manager Steve Millward.

Federation of Bakers to host industry dinner for 75th anniversary

The Federation of Bakers will mark its 75th anniversary with an industry dinner on 27 September 2017 at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge.

Genius Foods axing 115 jobs and ending production of unbranded products

Genius Foods is to make 115 workers redundant as part of plans to end production of non-branded products.  

Holland’s unveils new branding

Holland’s Pies has revealed a brand new look to its packaging as it embarks on a year of “innovation and growth”.

Frozen bakery market to grow globally by 2020

UK suppliers are diversifying their product ranges to tap soaring demand for frozen bakery goods, according to analysts.

Honeyrose rebrands and goes gluten-free

London-based craft bakery Honeyrose has rebranded and become totally organic and gluten-free.

North east farmer diversifies into ancient grain

Craggs & Co has now become the only large-scale producer of spelt flour grown, harvested, milled and stored in the UK that comes with the Red Tractor and TASCC seal of approval.

RGF's Renshaw academy

Real Good Food acquires majority stake in snack bar firm Brighter Foods

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has acquired a majority share in snack bar manufacturer Brighter Foods.

Battle Oats secures first listing with Holland & Barrett

Hull-based nutrition brand Battle Oats has secured a deal to supply its products to 300 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK.

Dawn Foods reformulates with range of bakery mixes and bases

Dawn Foods has reformulated its range of American Bakery mixes and bases for its muffins, cookies, crème cake and carrot cake.

New ancient grain sourdough range from NI bakery

Specialist sourdough baker Go Yeast in Northern Ireland has developed a new range of white and wholemeal sourdough breads featuring heritage grains.

Walkers Shortbread unveils innovative 3D range

Walkers Shortbread has announced the introduction of an innovative 3D Carton Miniature Shortbread range.

McVitie’s Nibbles launched in confectionery-style ‘handy packs’

McVitie’s is going head-to-head with confectionery countlines by launching ‘handy packs’ of its Digestive Nibbles.

Alan Clarke to leave Scottish Bakers

The association has today announced that Alan Clarke, who has been chief executive for seven years, will leave Scottish Bakers in June.

Kara unveils two brand new sliced bloomers

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched two new sliced bloomers.

Bakkavor appoints new technical director

Fresh prepared food manufacturer Bakkavor has announced the appointment of Yvette Sowerby as the company’s new technical director.

Krispy Kreme introduces Hershey’s doughnuts

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has partnered with confectionery giant Hershey’s to create two new limited-edition Cookies ‘n’ Creme doughnuts.

Oliver Adams bakery goes bust with 150 redundancies

Northampton-based bakery Oliver Adams has closed its 17 outlets resulting in 150 employee redundancies.

Pladis reveals biscuits purchased by 99% of UK households

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis has announced that biscuits were purchased by 99% of UK households in 2016 despite a sales plunge in overall performance.

Scottish Baker of The Year shortlist announced

Find out which bakeries have won at least a Regional Bronze Award for one of their products – among them is the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017.

Orkla joins UK confectionery ingredients market

Bakery ingredients supplier Orkla Food Ingredients has purchased 85% of the shares in sales and distribution company, Orchard Valley Foods Limited.

Nexus gets new CEO

Denmark-based Nexus, the independent research and innovation centre behind the emulsifiers and stabilisers of Palsgaard, is to welcome a new CEO.

New Meringue Drops from Flower & White

Rainbow-finished Meringue Drops will be a new addition to Flower & White’s award-winning Merangz range, and will be available in May.

EXCLUSIVE: Country Style completes European expansion

In-store bakery supplier Country Style Foods has acquired a bakery plant in Belgium, formerly owned by Belgian bakery business, Le Bon Grain Group.

Chaucer Foods develops range of baked snacks in new partnership

Bread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has announced a partnership with olive oil brand Filippo Berio to develop a new baked snacks range.

Mr Kipling set to launch new Delectable Delights range

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has announced that it is launching the Delectable Delights range as it looks to enter the nibbles and bites sector.

Too Good To Be Gluten Free invests £700k in promotional campaign

Gluten-free brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free has invested £700k in a new promotional campaign that will begin in April 2017.

Sowing the seed: Poppyseed Bakery, Eastbourne

Lee Smith says his finest achievement at school was a Victoria sponge: “I always knew I was going to be a baker – I’ve never been as good at anything else.”

Born and Bread: Warburtons, Bolton

Each month we profile a family business and look at how the baking craft has passed down through the generations. This month, how Warburtons grew from a single shop to a £500m-a-year business.

Ocado launches supplier competition

Online retailer Ocado has announced the return of its nationwide campaign to find “the next big thing in British food and drink”.

BFree scoops top accolades at 2017 FreeFrom Food Awards

Dublin-based bakery BFree has been awarded three top accolades at the 10th anniversary FreeFrom Food Awards for its Sweet Potato Wraps and Stone Baked Pitta Bread.

Greencore launches Chupa Chups celebration cake

Convenience food firm Greencore has launched a Chupa Chups-branded celebration cake.

Schär launches four new products

Gluten-free brand Schär is launching four new bread and biscuit products.

Ulrick & Short launches ‘fat replacer’ starch

Ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched a starch designed to enhance flavour in lower-fat foodstuffs.

Samworth Brothers boss quits

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers has announced that its chief executive Alex Knight has stepped down from his post.

Sugar reduction targets: the industry reacts

Specific sugar reduction targets have been published by Public Health England today (30 March). But what does this mean for bakers?

Government announces 2020 cake and biscuit sugar reduction targets

Specific sugar reduction targets - and guidelines on how to achieve them - have been published by the government today (30 March).

WATCH: Bakery businesses feature in IGD skills promotion video

Bakery businesses feature in an employability skills promotional video produced by grocery research organisation IGD.

Brits consume more than 18,000 sandwiches in a lifetime

British consumers will typically eat 18,304 sandwiches in their lifetime, according to a new study.

Dawn Foods launches gluten-free Muffin Mixes

Dawn Foods has expanded its range of dry mixes, bases and concentrates with two gluten-free Muffin Mixes.

Warburtons gets planning permission for Bolton R&D centre

Warburtons has been given the go-ahead to build a research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton.

VIDEO: BSB plans to work closer with bakery students

British Society of Baking (BSB) chairman Paul Turner has unveiled plans for the organisation to work more closely with bakery students in the future.

Love Cheesecakes crowdfunds £90k for expansion

Love Cheesecakes has secured £90,000 to create two new retail units in the north west, after attracting more than 140 investors in just over two weeks.

Is soft wheat crisis looming for cake and biscuit bakers?

Britain’s biscuit manufacturers face wheat sourcing issues as the quantity of soft wheat plantings continue to fall.

ASA throws out Real Bread Campaign complaint about Tesco ad

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) has said it is “deeply disappointed” that advertising watchdogs have rejected its claim that a Tesco TV ad implies the retailer makes additive-free loaves in small batches by hand.

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

Veggie Pret set to open second permanent site in Shoreditch

Pret A Manger is to open a second permanent Veggie Pret site in London.

New bakery hybrid launched by New York Bakery Co

Croll is a new hybrid product in the form of a light pastry, similar to a croissant, but in the form of a roll.

Sensient Flavors unveils fat-soluble fillings for bakery applications

Milton Keynes-based Sensient Flavors has introduced a range of fat-soluble flavours for fillings in bakery applications.

Rowe’s Cornish Bakers acquired by investment firm

Cornish craft bakery WC Rowe has been acquired by investment firm Iberia Industry Capital (IIC).

Synergy launches sugar reduction range

High Wycombe-based flavouring specialist Synergy Flavours has launched a range of solutions for sugar reduction in biscuits and cookies.

Burton’s unveils ‘Join our Fans’ campaign for Fish ‘n’ Chips brand

Burton’s Biscuit Company has announced an on-pack promotion for its Fish ‘n’ Chips brand.

Morrisons to pay small suppliers within two weeks

Morrisons is to shorten its payment terms for smaller suppliers to a maximum of 14 days, and will introduce a new supplier portal to make invoicing easier.

GALLERY: Greggs launches limited-edition range

Greggs has added seven new limited-edition products to its line-up.

UCC Coffee launches new coffee service programme

A new training scheme has been developed that could help bakeries wanting to diversify into coffee.

Brioche Pasquier turns its desserts into petits fours

Brioche Pasquier has turned some of its popular dessert recipes into petits fours, so that diners can enjoy a bite-size taste of all their favourites.

Artisan Biscuits extends Two by Two range with new flavour

Ashbourne-based bakery Artisan Biscuits has expanded its Two by Two children’s shortbread range with the introduction of peach biscuits.

Welsh newsagent sparks social media storm with bonkers baguettes

A Cardiff shop is serving up sandwiches in flavours ranging from liquorice allsorts to chocolate orange, both served with lettuce.

Three new UK coffee shops open every day

A study commissioned for UK Coffee Week has found coffee shops pour £8.9bn into the UK economy a year.

Scottish food and drink industry aims to double turnover by 2030

An ambitious new strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry has been unveiled by Scotland Food & Drink.

Graze hires new finance and ‘people’ chiefs

Healthy snack brand Graze has appointed Mark Wood as its new chief technology officer (CTO) and Louise Patterson as chief people officer (CPO).

EPP creates new after-sales contract manager role

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has appointed Rob Pedlar to the newly-created role of after-sales contract manager.

Muffin Break introduces Hot Cross Muffin

Muffin Break has launched a new cinnamon and sultana Hot Cross Muffin.

Walkers Shortbread and Macphie praised as top rural employers

Walkers Shortbread has been crowned winner in the Rural Employer of the Year category at the Scottish Rural Awards, with ingredients manufacturer Macphie named runner-up.

Federation of Bakers partners with Instagram star

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) and the Flour Advisory Bureau have launched a #betterwithbread campaign with Instagram star Deliciously Stella.

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.

Philip Moody named Openfield chairman

Grain co-operative Openfield has appointed Philip Moody as group chairman. 

Click and collect app tipped to boost bakery sales

MmmLunch is an app that enables bakery customers to browse, order and pay before collecting their baked goods at a pre-arranged time.

REVEALED: Finsbury Foods’ Mary Berry range

Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. 

Park Cakes in management buy-out

Own-label cake and dessert supplier Park Cakes has been acquired in a management buy-out from private-equity firm Vision Capital.

Family-run Ellis’s Bakery up for sale

A Devon-based business that has been run by the same family for 50 years is up for sale.

Pulsin unveils new look and packaging for 10th anniversary

Nutritional snacks brand Pulsin has unveiled a rebrand following the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Pret set to launch ‘Big Experience Week’ initiative in response to staffing concerns

Pret A Manger – which recently flagged up concerns about recruiting staff in the wake of Brexit – is launching a work experience drive.

CSM refreshes Ancient Cereals bread mix with new name and packaging

CSM Bakery Solutions has refreshed its Pantique Ancient Cereals bread mix by changing its name to Ancient Grains Ultimate and introducing new packaging.

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

Finsbury Food Group has secured the licence to produce a range of Mary Berry cakes.

Bread rolls only product type meeting salt reduction targets, finds CASH

Campaigners are urging health chiefs to set mandatory salt levels after a product survey found ‘bread rolls’ is the only one of 28 food categories set to meet 2017 salt reduction targets.

Whitworths launches bespoke snacking range into Poundland stores

Fruits, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths has developed a snacking range for Poundland.

FDF unveils membership scheme for small businesses

The Food and Drink Federation has launched a new membership option for small businesses.

Panini’s launches gluten-free range following £200k bakery investment

Swansea-based independent bakers Panini’s has launched a range of gluten-free products following a £200,000 investment from Lloyds Bank that enabled the business to redevelop part of its bakery.

Square Pie launches new ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix pie bar in Bristol

Gourmet pie business Square Pie has launched a ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix pie bar kiosk as part of a renovated retail offering at Vue cinemas in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig join The Great British Bake Off

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will join the upcoming Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Nairn’s extends gluten-free range with new products

Nairn’s is set to make larger pack sizes a permanent part of its gluten-free oatcakes range and has introduced new children’s gluten-free products called Astro Bites.

New sugar replacement for baking

Clean-label ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched Avanté, a sugar replacement aimed at the bakery industry.

The Premium Bakery opens new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans

Scottish-based business The Premium Bakery has opened a brand new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans, Edinburgh.

Tate & Lyle announces global distribution deal with Sweet Green Fields

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has collaborated with Sweet Green Fields to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.

Nairn’s opens £6.5m gluten-free factory in Midlothian

Edinburgh-based oatcake and biscuit manufacturer Nairn’s Oatcakes has opened its new gluten-free manufacturing operation in Newtongrange, Midlothian following an investment of more than £6.5m.

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James Neill flour mills awarded Gold Medal by nabim

Belfast flour miller Nigel McLoughlin, of James Neill flour mills, has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim).

National Farmers’ Union supports ECHA on herbicide safety

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed the conclusions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that scientific evidence does not classify glyphosate (a herbicide used on wheat) as a carcinogen for reproduction.

‘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.

Café Brontë unveils Chocolate Choices biscuit range

Patterson Arran-owned biscuit brand Café Brontë has launched the Chocolate Choices crafted mini packs range.

Cornwall Hospice Care prepares for the Great Cornish Cake Bake weekend

Cornwall Hospice Care has unveiled that it is organising its Great Cornish Cake Bake weekend from 6-7 May 2017.

Pasty and pasty-inspired single launched for charity

Prima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. 

Pladis announces global expansion plans

Biscuit and cake manufacturer Pladis, and owner of brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s and Carr’s, is set to expand internationally.

Bea Vo to open new bakery

American chef and duffin inventor Bea Vo will launch Butterscotch Bakery in Shepherd’s Bush, London this summer. 

Carr’s biscuit factory to build ‘cracker packers’ statue

Pladis-owned Carr’s Biscuits will create a statue to commemorate its “cracker packers” [women workers of the factory] over the last generation near to its factory in Carlisle.

CSM to keep Sussex plant open

Bakery giant CSM revealed plans to close the Ashington-based Kate’s Cakes site last year, but has now announced it will keep it open to focus on ‘free-from’.

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.

New full Group 1 recommendation for KWS Zyatt

The National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers (nabim) has given new milling wheat KWS Zyatt full Group 1 recommendation.

Baking industry calls for agreement on future trade with Ireland

The Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers and the Federation of Bakers have signed an open letter calling on the government to make an early agreement on future trade with the Republic of Ireland.

Frances Quinn makes record-breaking jaffa cake

GBBO 2013 winner Frances Quinn has made a 4ft-wide version of a jaffa cake with Hambleton Bakery, which has broken the world record by over a foot.

Aryzta reports 2.8% revenue decline in half-year results

Aryzta has announced that its revenue has fallen by 2.8% to €1.9bn (£1.6bn) for the six-month period ended 31 January 2017.

GALLERY: architectural pastry by Dinara Kasko

Dinara Kasko is an architectural pastry chef from Ukraine. We’ve compiled a gallery of some of her amazing (and edible) works of art.

Zeelandia donates bread ‘bibles’ to bakery students

Zeelandia UK has presented 20 students from the National Bakery School, London, with copies of the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) Book of Breadmaking as part of a presentation and Q&A session.

Ivor Dewdney fundraises to help loyal customer

Plymouth-based pasty shop Ivor Dewdney has presented loyal customer Derek Ryder with a new mobility scooter after his original one broke.

Muffin Break launches three new products

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has added a bundt cake, a lemon bar and an almond croissant to its menu.  

Clark’s Bakery bakes biggest-ever Dundee cake

Scottish 24-hour business Clark’s Bakery has claimed to have made the biggest-ever Dundee cake – weighing 26lb and with a diameter of 18 inches.

Melton Mowbray pork pie wins British Pie Awards

The Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery has taken the supreme champion title at the British Pie Awards.

New apprenticeship challenge launched

Trade charity Hospitality Action is urging foodservice and hospitality organisations to fundraise with their apprentices.

Cobell moves into bakery market

Exeter-based ingredients manufacturer Cobell has introduced new fruit flavours that it says are ideal for the bakery market.

Adelie Foods includes simit bread in new range

Middle Eastern-style simit bread will feature in the Daily Bread sandwich range being relaunched by food-to-go giant Adelie Foods next week.

Hungry House research reveals the nation’s favourite pie

Steak & ale is Britain’s favourite pie, according to online food-ordering platform Hungry House.

Krispy Kreme launches limited-edition Mother’s Day range

Krispy Kreme has unveiled a limited-edition Mother’s Day gift box that features three new doughnuts.

Pret HR boss raises post-Brexit staffing concerns

Pret A Manger has said it may struggle to find staff following Brexit.

Penarth Bakery fined £10,000 for “appalling catalogue of behaviour”

Welsh business Penarth Bakery has been fined more than £10,000 – and its owner banned from running a food business for 10 years - after committing dozens of hygiene offences.

CSM partners with Cadbury to launch new muffin and doughnut range

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has partnered with Cadbury to launch a new range of muffins and doughnuts.

Finsbury Foods’ Kara brand launches brioche bun

Finsbury Food Group foodservice brand Kara has launched a Gourmet sliced chicken bun as part of its developing brioche range.

Wrights partners with Uttoxeter racecourse

Wrights Food Group has agreed to sponsor the grandstand at Uttoxeter racecourse as part of a three-year deal.

Hambleton Bakery signs up GBBO winner

The 2013 Great British Bake Off (GBBO) winner Frances Quinn has created a range of different flavoured jaffa cakes for Rutland-based Hambleton Bakery.

GroceryAid Ball raises over £235k for the industry

More than 600 people from across the food industry gathered for the Diamond Ball to raise money for GroceryAid.

Burton’s launches Maryland Crispies

Burton’s Biscuit Company is expanding its range of Maryland Choc Chip Cookies with the launch of Maryland Crispies. 

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer

Following the launch of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana brand, British Baker spoke with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer.

Ole & Steen announces third site opening

Danish bakery Ole & Steen is set to open a third UK site in Canary Wharf, London, British Baker can confirm.

Krazibaker develops innovative twist on soda bread

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Krazibaker has linked up with one of the region’s emerging charcuterie producers Ispini Charcuterie to develop a soda bread with chorizo sausage.

Holland’s launches new Micro Pie range

Holland’s Pies has extended its frozen range after unveiling two brand new Micro Pies.

John Whaite bakes the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’ for British Pie Week

John Whaite, winner of The Great British Bake Off’s third series, has created a pie celebrating the nation’s official top five favourite fillings and baked using energy-efficient tips during British Pie Week (6-12 March).

Ministry of Cake launches the Department of Traybake line

Dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has announced the opening of its new Department of Traybake production line for a brand new range.

Waitrose introduces Italian breads

Last year’s popular addition, colomba, has been reintroduced for Easter, alongside a hot cross bun panettone. 

Edme celebrates success for National Apprentice Week

As part of National Apprentice Week (6-10 March 2016), ingredients supplier Edme is reflecting on the success of its own trainees.

Community bakery crowdfunding for premises

Sussex-based Stoneham Bakehouse is crowdfunding in order to set up permanent premises, and is offering rewards in return for donations.

Canadian triumphs at pasty champs

A Canadian baker has claimed the top title at the World Pasty Championships, using skills he learnt from his Cornish mother.

Sayers plans to appeal £170k fine

Sayers the Bakers, which was fined £170,000 last week for 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool, has told British Baker it plans to appeal the level of the fine.

Dawn launches coconut compound

Dawn Foods has expanded its range of concentrated flavour pastes with the introduction of an all-natural Coconut Compound addition.

KernPack signs distribution deal with Skilled Group

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive distribution deal with robotics and laser-guided vehicle specialist Skilled Group.

EFSA proposes simplified approach for bakeries on food safety

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has proposed a simpler approach to food safety management in bakeries.

Sayers Infestation

Sayers hit with £170,000 fine over mouse and cockroach infestations

Sayers the Bakers has been fined £170,000 after admitting 13 breaches of food safety laws at a shop and a café in Liverpool.

Metal contamination fear sparks Lotus Bakeries Biscoff biscuit spread recall

Lotus Bakeries has recalled selected batches of its Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spreads as they may contain small pieces of metal.

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Baker spends over £1,500 on tattoos of pastries

Lancashire pastry chef Michael Lambert has spent more than £1,500 on tattooing his patisserie creations on to his right arm.

New TV ad campaign for Border Biscuits

Borders Biscuits’ characters the Border Biscuitiers are set to hit TV screens on 4 March as part of a new ad campaign.  

Karl McCrum, sales and marketing manager of Neill’s Flour, pictured with top chef Jenny Bristow
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Neill’s Flour celebrates 150th anniversary

Northern Irish flour miller Neill’s Flour marks its 150th anniversary this year, with the likes of writer and TV personality Jenny Bristow paying tribute to the company.

Pork pie sales on the rise with UK consumers

UK consumers spend more than £1bn on pies every year, according to statistics from Mintel.

Pidy extends choux range

Belgian pastry products business Pidy has extended its choux range with the introduction of the Paris Brest.

M&S launches savoury hot cross buns

The high street retailer said it was ‘pushing the boundaries’ this year with the cheese and onion addition to its hot cross bun line-up.

Walkers factory closure to cost 380 jobs

A Walkers factory in Peterlee County Durham is set to close, which could put 380 jobs at risk.

Baker of the Year finalists for Farm Shop & Deli Awards announced

The Farm Shop & Deli Show Baker of the Year finalists been announced, with the winner due to be unveiled at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24-26 April, at the NEC, Birmingham

Pettigrew Bakeries offers free bread for a year

Cardiff-based Pettigrew Bakeries is celebrating its first anniversary by offering one customer free bread for a year.

Pieminister creates bug-inspired product for British Pie Week

Pieminister has unveiled its latest addition to its range - the Hopper, which will be available from the start of British Pie Week (6-12 March).

Pre-selection competitors announced for Chocolate Masters

In October, six of the nation’s finest chocolatiers, pâtissiers and chefs will compete in the UK and Ireland World Chocolate Master pre-selections.

Premier appoints non-exec director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Daniel Wosner as a non-executive director of the company, effective 1 March.

Speciality Breads secures first export deal

Kent-based Speciality Breads has signed its first export deal with Malta-based supply chain Shoprite Malta.

British Biscotti invests in automation after rise in demand

Dorset-based business The Great British Biscotti’s rise in demand for its new range of biscuits has resulted in the installation of a PFM Pearl entry-level flow-wrapper.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bennett plans to open in Dubai – and you could go with him

Patisserie Mark Bennett has been approached by an investor with a view to opening an outlet in City Walk, Dubai, British Baker has learnt.

The ‘wolds in their hands: Marshfield Bakery, Wiltshire

Marshfield Bakery is aiming to double its turnover in the next three years. It’s an ambitious target but, if the past four years are anything to go by, this is a business well and truly on the rise. 

Born and Bread: Swifts, Wheaton Aston

Each month we bring you the art of baking, passed down through generations in another historic British company

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery

Addo Food Group-owned Riverside Bakery may cut as many as 44 jobs following a review of its business.

VIDEO: In conversation with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod

Following its acquisition by French manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts in January 2017, British Baker caught up with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod in Taunton, Somerset.

Christine Cooke scoops top honour at Canadian Maple syrup competition

Christine Cooke has been crowned winner of the Pure Canadian Maple syrup competition, which was held at the University College Birmingham.

BB’s raises over £12k for Marie Keating Foundation

Coffee shop chain BB’s (short for bakers and baristas) has raised more than £12,000 for the Marie Keating Foundation through its first ever Mrs Pink muffin campaign.

Bread helping to destroy the planet? – The industry reacts

Scientists this week published research claiming a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide. It’s a claim that has left some industry experts ‘bemused’.

Home deliveries ruled out as Greggs unveils plans for further growth

Greggs has revealed a new strategy for growth that includes opening up to 150 new stores this year, but has ruled out a move into home deliveries.

Village Bakery becomes biggest producer of Welsh cakes

Wrexham-based business Village Bakery claims to have become the world’s largest producer of Welsh Cakes as St David’s Day (1 March) approaches.

Is bread helping to destroy the planet?

Scientists have published research that claims a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide.

Dawn supplies new coconut range

Dawn Foods has launched a seasonal range of finished and part-finished coconut bakery products.

Dawn launches competition for bakers

Dawn Foods has launched a promotion across some of its top products that will see hundreds of prizes given to high street bakers.

Muffin Break in Make-a-Wish charity partnership

Muffin Break has announced a new partnership with children’s charity Make-A-Wish UK.

Finsbury introduces new Batman, Paw Patrol and My Little Pony cakes

Finsbury Food Group has introduced three new licensed character cakes from Batman, Paw Patrol and My Little Pony.

Carrs Foods adds rye bread duo to Baker Street range

Carrs Foods has added two new rye breads into its Baker Street range - a Seeded Rye Bread and Rye & Wheat Bread.

Welsh Hills wins export award

Family-run operation Welsh Hills Bakery triumphed at the South and Mid Wales Chambers Welsh Business Awards in the Success in Overseas Trade category and went on to be named overall winner on the night.

Bosch launches packaging site for bakers

Bosch Packaging Technology has rolled out a microsite designed to help producers find the right machinery systems. 

£3m expansion plans for Pecan Deluxe Candy

North Yorkshire ingredients manufacturer Pecan Deluxe Candy is to spend £3m on an ambitious European expansion programme.

Baravelli’s commissioned by Harrods for Easter Egg range

Conwy-based chocolatier Baravelli’s has been approached by Harrods to produce a dozen handmade Easter eggs.

Warburtons makes Sunday Times’ Best Big Companies list again

Warburtons has been selected among the Sunday Times’ Best Big Companies list for the second year in a row.

Allied Bakeries’ margins fall in competitive bread market

Intense competition in the UK bread market has taken its toll on margins at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries.

The Bread Maker seeks funds to open support centre

Aberdeenshire-based bakery The Bread Maker is aiming to raise £20k to open a support centre for adults with learning disabilities.

Packaging provider to benefit from £2m investment

Thermoformed packaging product provider DMD 2000 is to continue its expansion following a new £2 million investment.

Greggs falls ‘fowl’ of persistent thief

A branch of high street chain Greggs, in Scotland’s Arbroath, is being terrorised daily by a bird that staff have named Steven Seagull.

Consumer spending confidence ‘at highest level on record’

British consumer spending confidence is at its highest recorded level, according to analysts Nielsen.

CBA takes action in face of business rates furore

Trade body the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has raised concerns about the impact of business rates hikes with Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Food industry ‘being sacrificed to keep prices low’

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

New MD for West Cornwall Pasty Co

Samworth Brothers-owned West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has appointed Tony Keating as its new managing director.

Coeliac UK to share gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday

Coeliac UK is sharing its ‘tried-and-tested’ gluten-free pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday (28 February).

Queen’s wedding cake saved by 3D scanning technology

A replica of one of the wedding cakes presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947 has been repaired using 3D technology, developed by the University of Warwick.

AMF Bakery Systems promote Jason Ward as president

AMF Bakery Solutions has promoted its vice-president Jason Ward to president with immediate effect.

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Baker puts £8.17 price tag on sausage rolls to highlight business rates threat

Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold has hit the national press after advertising sausage rolls for £8.17 – a 177% mark-up on the usual £2.95 price tag.

Brownings the Bakers ends trademark row with Kilmarnock football club

Brownings the Bakers has ended its trademark disagreement with Kilmarnock Football Club.

Oxford’s Bakery creates biscuit to mark connection with Elizabethan explorer

Sherborne-based business Oxford’s Bakery has created a unique biscuit marking the town’s connection with Sir Walter Raleigh.

Pie at centre of potential FA investigation

Sutton United’s hopes of FA Cup glory may be pie in the sky, but the non-league’s side reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw could face disciplinary action from the Football Association after eating a pie on the bench in the team’s loss to Arsenal.

BSB announces Morrisons’ Andy Clegg as main speaker for spring conference

Morrisons category manager of bakery Andy Clegg will be keynote speaker at this year’s British Society of Baking (BSB) spring conference.

Topping Pie exports to New Zealand

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has shipped its first orders to New Zealand.

UK food and drink exports exceeds £20bn

Exports of baked goods including bread rose 11.3% year on year to £117.6m in 2016, according to new figures from the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).

Yellow Door Bakery creates ale made from sourdough yeast

Northern Ireland-based business Yellow Door Bakery has partnered with craft brewery Pokertree Brewing of Carrickmore to create a new beer from sourdough yeast.

Knead Bakery devises chocolate crumpet range

London-based business Knead Bakery has unveiled two innovative chocolate crumpet products.

Federation of Bakers relaunches with new logo and website

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has unveiled a new logo and website following its move to new offices.

National Doughnut Week registration opens

Registration for National Doughnut Week is now open for bakeries who want to get involved in fundraising activities.

New crispbread flavours from Easy Bean

Somerset-based food-to-go producer Easy Bean will launch Cheddar Crunch and Seaweed & Sesame versions of its Chickpea Crispbread next month.

Maître Choux launches the Paris Brest éclair

Specialist patisserie Maître Choux has unveiled its newest éclair – the Paris Brest.

VIDEO: How technology can play a big role in the baking industry

British Baker spoke with Shilpa Agarwal, sales and marketing director for the Indian market, on how food-tech companies are currently thriving in India.

Bakers left ‘devastated’ following government report on underpaid staff

Bakers have hit out at a report naming businesses that have underpaid staff – saying it is ‘misleading’ and has branded ‘honest people’ as criminals.

National Toast Day

The annual day to celebrate toast is back on 23 February in association with Kingsmill and Tiptree World Bread Awards.

Hovis invests £6m to revamp Granary and Seed Sensations recipes

UK baking giant Hovis has invested £6m to re-vamp its Seed Sensations and Granary products following improvements made across its Soft White loaves.

Ritz launches £4m ‘Baked to Perfection’ campaign

Savoury biscuit brand Ritz has unveiled a new marketing push.

Addo Food Group partners with charity to tackle food waste

Addo Food Group has partnered with food redistribution charity FareShare to fight hunger and food waste by donating products to those in need.

Costello’s invests £150k in new production facility

Yorkshire-based business Costello’s Bakery has announced that it will invest £150k in a production facility in Malton, which is set to open by March 2017.

REVEALED: Five big trends driving the food-to-go market

Grocery research organisation IGD has identified the top five trends that will shape the food-to-go market for the future.

The Polish Bakery scoops Business of the Year Award

West London business The Polish Bakery has been crowned Business of the Year at the West London Business Awards

Pan’Artisan launches breadstick range

Pan’Artisan has launched a six-strong breadstick range called Artisan Speciality Breads.

Crosta & Mollica secures major new listing at Sainsbury’s

Italian baked goods supplier Crosta & Mollica has secured a listing in 500 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide for its five-core range.

VIDEO: A day in the life of an Indian baked goods distributor

British Baker spent a day with one of India’s leading food distributors, TJUK Trade Networks, which showed multimedia reporter Ashley Williams the process of delivering baked goods from start to finish.

Prue Leith in the running to become The Great British Bake Off judge

Chef and author Prue Leith is a contender to replace Mary Berry as a judge for The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

Lantmännen Unibake revamps Americana brand

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has revamped its Americana brand.

Speciality Breads creates scone-brioche hybrid the Scioche

Kent-based Speciality Breads has created a scone-brioche hybrid claimed to be a world first.

Genius launches Breakfast Bakes in three variants

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has unveiled a soft breakfast biscuit that it claims is a first for UK free-from aisles.

Greggs launches first ‘healthier shop’

A new Greggs shop in a hospital in the Midlands is focusing on soups and salads rather than the traditional Greggs fare.

GALLERY: Ansel turns pastries pink for Valentine's

To mark his first Valentine’s Day in London, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has turned his pastries pink.

VIDEO: In conversation with Signature International Foods MD Yatin Patel

British Baker made the trip to Nashik, India to speak with Signature International Foods managing director Yatin Patel.

Muffin Break introduces first limited-edition ‘Guest’ toastie range

Muffin Break has introduced the first of a new range of limited-edition toasties into its offer, which will run from 2 February – 3 May 2017.

McVitie’s unveils three sharing cake bites

McVitie’s has announced the launch of three cake bites tubs, featuring Digestives Mini Milk Choc Tiffin, Caramel Crispies, and Hobnobs Mini Milk Choc Teacakes, each in a sharing format.

Prewett’s products shortlisted for Free-From Food awards

Gluten-free brand Prewett’s has had its Chocoful and Rich Triple Chocolate Cookies shortlisted as a finalist for the Free-From Food awards.

Blog: British Baker visits Signature International Foods in Nashik

Multimedia reporter Ashley Williams travels into rural India to visit Signature International Foods’ bakery in Nashik. There he met managing director Yatin Patel and sales and marketing director for the Indian market Shilpa Agarwal.

TasteTech to drive innovation with Bakery Laboratory

Flavourings and ingredients developer TasteTech has opened a bakery laboratory at its Bristol HQ.

Edme appoints Ashley Clinton as new sales manager

Ingredients supplier Edme has appointed a new sales manager with experience of the fast-growing gluten-free market.

Graham’s signs Mexican trade deal

Northern Irish independent baker Graham’s Bakery has relaunched its range of traditional Irish biscuits and secured a deal to export products to Mexico.

Free subs from Subway for Valentine’s

High street sandwich chain Subway is to give away free six-inch subs to anyone who buys a large drink on 14 February.

Mr Kipling launches Valentine’s Bou-cake

Premier Foods-owed Mr Kipling has introduced a 3ft tall cake and flower bouquet in time for Valentine’s Day.

Record quantity of wheat milled in first half of season

Britain’s milling industry used a record amount of wheat between July and December last year.

New cake bars from Mrs Crimble’s

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is to launch three new cake bars in supermarkets from April.

Muffin Break launches new range

Muffin Break has unveiled new range Curious Creations, which will bring the launch of a new muffin each month.

Gail’s calls for volunteers

Gail’s Bakery has launched a call to arms for local volunteers to help it deliver bread to charities in Brighton and Hove.

Blog: British Baker reports from India

Multimedia reporter Ashley Williams is in Mumbai to examine the differences between the British and Indian bakery markets. Here he talks with the boss of one of India’s leading food distributors.

Warrens opens first store outside the West Country

Cornish pasty maker Warrens will open a new store in Sutton Coldfield, its first venture outside its West Country heartland.

Real Bread Week 2017 prepares for launch

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is calling on bakeries and baking schools to join in the ninth annual Real Bread Week between 6 and 14 May.

Gluten-free bakery expands and rebrands

Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. 

New Cadbury Tarts for Premier

Premier Foods is launching a range of indulgent Choc Tarts this month under the Cadbury Cakes brand. 

Sandwiches ‘possibly unfit for human consumption’ recalled

Blackpool-based Great Northern Sandwich Co (GNSC) has recalled six chicken sandwich products because of possible contamination.

Higgidy rebrands as part of five-year plan

Premium pie and quiche brand Higgidy has announced a new brand renovation programme, and aims to “disrupt” the category.

International businesses partner up to combat child labour

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

KernPack becomes GSP’s sole UK distributor

Hampshire-based KernPack, distributor of specialist packaging machinery and solutions, has announced an exclusive UK and Ireland sales and distribution agreement with General System Pack (GSP).

New sharing pork pie for Valentine’s

Leicestershire-based Dickinson & Morris has launched a Valentine Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in time for the season of love.

Consumer spending up according to Barclaycard

The latest consumer spending figures from Barclaycard have shown that, following a lull in December, record expenditure on essential items drove a 4.4% uplift in consumer spending in January. 

Fish finger sandwich finalists announced

Birds Eye has announced the three finalists who will battle it out to become the first ever winner of the Birds Eye Fish Finger Sandwich Awards.

Sayers sales and profits fall in ‘challenging’ year

Consumer uncertainty following the Brexit referendum made for a challenging financial year, Sayers the Bakers has reported.

Greggs launches Valentine’s and Easter ranges

The months of love (and chocolate) are upon us, and high street baker Greggs has launched its seasonal ranges to celebrate. 

The Western CBA weekend deemed a huge success

Ninety-one bakers and their associates from across the south west swapped dough for haute cuisine as they gathered for the first time in 12 years.

Pastry chefs encouraged to enter MCA Awards

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) has launched the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), aimed at pastry chefs, head chefs and restaurant managers.

Brook launches new online store

Somerset–based equipment firm Brook Food Processing Equipment has launched an online shop for bakery accessories and sundries.

Baker adds beer to brownies to create ‘Brewnies’

Heather Moore, owner of We Luv Brownies, has created what is described as a unique recipe by adding beer to her products.

York bakeries defy advertising ban

Cafés and bakeries in York have remained defiant in the face of a new city-wide ban on A-boards on the pavements, which came into effect this week.

VIDEO: British Baker speaks with Bakels MD Paul Morrow

Following the launch of Bakels’ £1.5m caramel production line, British Baker visited its site in Bicester, Oxfordshire to speak with managing director Paul Morrow.

GM ‘super wheat’ trial approved by Defra

Researchers have been given the go-ahead to carry out field trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Hertfordshire.

Jestic launches new countertop charcoal oven

Kent-based Jestic Foodservice Equipment has launched  the Josper HJX38, a countertop charcoal oven.

New Cranberry Pan Rustic Rolls from Speciality Breads

Kent-based Speciality Breads has launched a new Pan Rustic Cranberry Roll. 

GALLERY: Lancashire dog bakery is one of a kind

There are many canine bakeries popping up online, but Millie and Ruby’s in Great Harwood is among the first to open a bricks-and-mortar bakery devoted entirely to dogs. 

Bakels invests £1.5m in caramel production line

Ingredients supplier Bakels has invested £1.5 million on a new line to produce a range of caramels aimed at the global market.

Floor and drainage upgraded at Brioche Pasquier bakery plant

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has had a food-grade hygiene flooring and drainage system installed at its bakery in Milton Keynes.

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Food-to-go drives 9.1% like-for-like sales growth at Greencore

Strong food-to-go sales have driven a 9.1% increase in like-for-like revenue at Greencore Group in the 13 weeks to 30 December 2016.

Barry Callebaut introduces new range of fillings

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has launched a range of chocolate and fruit fillings designed to tap consumer demand for premium products.

Pukka Pies unveils £8m brand relaunch

Pukka Pies has announced a brand relaunch that will be supported by an £8m marketing investment.

Tim Bentley, 2016's Board Games Champion
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Pork Farms replays Board Games Championships

Pie maker Pork Farms, part of Addo Food Group, has relaunched the Board Games Championships following its success last year.

Bakers needed for delivery service

Nationwide cake delivery service Mums Bake Cakes is looking to recruit more bakers to sell their products through its website.

Lancashire bakery fined £10,000 for mouse droppings

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

Food Utopia ends production at Avana Bakeries

Newport-based business Avana Bakeries has shut its doors for good, with the loss of 161 jobs.

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McVitie’s launches Digestive Thins to woo younger shoppers

McVitie’s has unveiled its first new retail range for 2017 with the launch of Digestive Thins in three variants.

VIDEO: UK triumphs at Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

The UK pastry team won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

Charlie Hodson crowned The Great Sausage Roll Off champion

Purple Plum Catering chef director Charlie Hodson has been crowned winner of The Great Sausage Roll Off 2017 competition.

Mr Kipling reveals Valentine’s Day packaging

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has released a seasonal range of packaging designed by agency BrandOpus to help consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Charles Wilson, CEO of Booker (left) and Tesco CEO Dave Lewis. Photo credit: Tesco website
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Tesco merger: the industry reacts

Following the announcement that retailer Tesco and wholesaler Booker Group will be merging to create the “UK’s leading food business”, the industry has given its thoughts on the impact that the £3.7bn deal will have on the food sector.

Hovis reassures Mothers Pride consumers

UK baking giant Hovis has reassured consumers in Scotland that its Mothers Pride Scottish Plain loaf is to stay on shelf following social media fears that it was in danger of being axed.

Kettle Foods extends Bites range with two new variants

Baked snacks company Kettle Foods has announced that it will be extending its Bites range by introducing two new variants.

Maclean’s Bakery secures Lidl listing for its oatcakes

Scottish-based business Maclean’s Highlands Bakery has secured its first Lidl contract, worth more than £120k, for its oatcakes.

VIDEO: Eric Kayser comes to London

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

Sainsbury’s launches baked-in-store gluten-free bread

Sainsbury’s has this week begun selling baked-in-store gluten-free bread – a move it claims is a first for a UK supermarket.

SSP UK growth driven by rise in air passenger numbers

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has reported a 4.3% increase in sales for the first quarter of its financial year.

VIDEO: Yorkshire bakery saved from liquidation

All 13 staff who were due to be laid off from Olivia’s Artisan Bakery in Darlington, County Durham, have retained their jobs following new investment.

Subway to donate 50 six-inch subs for fundraising event

High street sandwich chain Subway will be donating 50 six-inch subs to help with the afternoon ‘foot-tea’ event in Yeadon, Yorkshire.

Kirriemuir expands Gingerbread cake range for export market

Scottish cake manufacturer Kirriemuir, which is part of the Bells Food Group, will expand its Signature Gingerbread cake range with two new variants that will appeal to the export market.

Aryzta launches spring specials bakery range

Aryzta Food Solutions has announced the launch of the spring specials range for the Cuisine de France and Aryzta non-concept bakery.

Greggs shake-up: Norwich site to close with loss of 50 jobs

Greggs has revealed its Norwich bakery is to close as part of a major shake-up of its manufacturing and distribution structure, which is feared to have put hundreds of jobs at risk.

How rising costs took their toll on Waterfields bakery chain

Craft bakery chain Waterfields (Leigh) has said a combination of cost increases and disappointing summer sales prompted its recent decision to place the company into a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Former management consultant opens Italian-style bakery in Cambridge

A management consultant has left behind a 23-year corporate career to pursue his dream of opening a traditional bakery.

Marks & Spencer unveils vegan sandwich range

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching its first-ever vegan sandwich range.

Border Biscuits launches Ginger January campaign for 30th anniversary

Lanark-based manufacturer Border Biscuits is running a Ginger January social media campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of its Gingers biscuit range.

Roberts Bakery adds Microlise to its fleet

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery has started using the Microlise transport management system across its 90-strong fleet.

UK pastry team wins international sugar prize

The UK pastry team has won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

Aryzta earnings per share falls by 20%

Global bakery business Aryzta has reported that underlying earnings per share has fallen 20% compared to the previous year, following a review of five months of trading ending December 2016.

Cyrus Todiwala whipping up a sourdough naan bread recipe
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Butt Foods launches new sourdough naan bread

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has launched a new Baked Earth sourdough naan bread in response to a new wave of Indian food dining experiences.

Warburtons fined £2m after worker breaks back

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

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GALLERY: Day one of the Finale Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

The UK Pastry Team competed in day one of the finals of the biannual Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France – and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

New use-by date guidance set to reduce sandwich waste

Tonnes of sandwiches and other chilled food that would have gone to waste may now be made available for charity use under new ‘use-by’ date guidance.

Bridor to launch award-winning croissant/burger bun hybrid

In keeping with the ongoing trend for hybrids, Bridor plans to bring its Bun ‘n’ Roll, a croissant/burger-bun hybrid, to the UK market before the end of this year.

Walker’s launches Champions League promotion sharing bags

Britain’s biggest crisp brand Walkers has rolled out a re-sealable 175g sharing pack featuring on-pack promotion as part of its UEFA Champions League sponsorship.

Sandwiches taken off menu at hospitals in payment dispute

Sandwiches are no longer on the menu at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals after bosses attempted to delay payments to its sandwich supplier.

Yellow Door begin research into ancient grains of healthy baking

Northern Ireland artisan bakery Yellow Door has begun research into using ancient grains for baking healthier bread.

Last year's winner Phil Harrison celebrating his victory. Credit: The Red Lion pub in Barnes, London
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The Sausage Roll Off 2017 announces line-up

Professional chefs from around the UK will face off next week with the return of The Sausage Roll Off.

Greggs to convert Birmingham bakery into ‘logistics centre of excellence’

High street bakery chain Greggs has revealed plans to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

Spice up packaging for Valentine’s Day, urge manufacturers

Food to go and casual dining businesses are being encouraged to use seasonal-themed packaging to mark special occasions such as Valentine’s Day.

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Cornelius appoints sales manager

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has appointed Adrian Barnfield as sales manager.

MCA Food to Go conference returns in 2017

Foodservice information service MCA – owned by British Baker publisher William Reed Business Media – is next month holding a Food to Go conference

Tottle launches cheesy pork pie for National Cheese Lovers Day

Addo Food Group-owned Tottle Bakery has launched a new Pork, Cheddar and Ale pie to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day (20 January).

Finsbury Foods investing to combat commodity cost hikes

Finsbury Foods has said continued investment will help it address commodity cost inflation, but has warned it may also have to raise prices.

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Bridor launches new line of filled croissants

French bakery specialist Bridor has launched a new line of four filled croissants to tap the expanding breakfast market.

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer launches new cake brand

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed the transition to her cake firm’s brand from Narna’s Cakes to Ridiculously Rich by Alana.

Own-label takes bite out of Mr Kipling mince pie sales

Premier Foods’ branded cakes sales fell in the last quarter of 2016 as mince pies volumes shifted from Mr Kipling to own-label products.

Paul UK raises over £15k for The Felix Project

Bakery chain Paul UK has announced that it has raised £15,013 for The Felix Project, which is part of the Sharing Our Daily Bread initiative.

Abbey appoints new group operations director

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has appointed Tony Kenny as operations director.

Mondelēz investigates live maggot in Cadbury biscuit

Mondelēz International has launched an investigation after a consumer found a live maggot in the wrapper of a Cadbury’s biscuit selection box.

Industry responds to PM’s plans to leave single market

Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK is set to leave the single market, the industry has reacted to the news that could affect their businesses.

Premier Foods launches Cadbury Mini Rolls Raspberry variant

Premier Foods has added a new variant to the Cadbury Mini Rolls range, with the introduction of the raspberry twin-pack format.

Greggs trading update: Food-to-go continuing to drive growth

Greggs says its “growing strength” in food-to-go has contributed to a 4.2% hike in like-for-like sales through its company-managed stores in the past year.

Federation of Bakers welcomes new associate member

The Federation of Bakers has announced a new associate member – Toolbox Software GmbH.

J&I Smith Bakers scoops several accolades at World Scotch Pie Championships

Aberdeenshire-based bakery J&I Smith Bakers has won Gold awards at the World Scotch Pie Championships for its Mince Bridie and Football Pie products.

Premier Foods launches two McDougalls pancake mixes

Premier Foods has unveiled two new McDougalls’ pancake mixes ahead of Shrove Tuesday.

Greggs Delivered expands delivery service trial to London

Greggs Delivered, the new delivery service from the food-to-go retailer, is being trialled in London from today (Monday 16 January).

Walkers launches Mediterranean range to the UK

Britain’s biggest crisp brand Walkers has rolled out a new premium Mediterranean range that is cooked in 100% Spanish olive oil.

Konditor & Cook to offer cake giveaway on Blue Monday

London-based bakery Konditor & Cook will today (16 January) give away 5,000 Red Velvet Mini Bakes across its six stores to cheer up the public in what is regarded as the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

How has the big chill affected Britain’s bakers?

As snow sweeps the country to varying degrees, we take a look at how the baking industry is affected by consumer reactions to the weather… and why. 

Parsons Bakery to re-open eight Bath Bakery shops

Parsons Bakery is to re-open eight former Bath Bakery shops closed after the business ceased trading.

California Prunes appoints new brand ambassador

Leicestershire-based business California Prunes has appointed Peter Cook as the company’s new brand ambassador.

Graze runs 50%-off promotion at WHSmith travel stores

Snack brand Graze is running a 50%-off promotion on its products at WHSmith Travel stores across the UK as part of a January health push.

Holland’s Pies launches campaign to encourage workers to take lunchbreaks

Holland’s Pies has launched a campaign giving businesses the chance to win a ‘canteen kit out’.

Run for your Bun in London

In a bid to combat ‘al desko’ office lunches, David Lloyd gym group is offering Londoners a free bread-based lunch if they exercise for six minutes.

Warburtons set to open R&D bakery at Bolton HQ

Warburtons is planning to create a campus-style research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton as it aims to become “Britain’s best food business”.

Brownings the Bakers named 2017 World Scotch Pie Champion

Kilmarnock-based business Brownings the Bakers has won the top accolade in the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017.

Newburn Bakehouse launches gluten-free crumpets

Gluten-free crumpets are the latest addition to the free-from line-up from Warburtons-owned Newburn Bakehouse.

Premier Foods launches McDougalls wholesaler baking competition

Premier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.

Sandwich-makers set out vision for post-Brexit foodservice staffing

Trade groups including the British Sandwich Association have set out plans for foodservice staffing in post-Brexit Britain.

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods set to raise prices

Premier Foods, owner of a raft of household brands including Mr Kipling, is preparing to increase the price retailers pay for its products.

Should the NHS be paying £25m for gluten-free food?

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

Plymouth bakery to make giant pasty for Plymouth Argyle FC

Friary Mill Bakery is to present the Plymouth Argyle team with a massive pasty as a ‘well done’ from the town for their 0-0 draw against Liverpool last weekend.

Premier Foods joins supplier scheme

Premier Foods has become the latest member of the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

New tart for Brioche Pasquier

The Tarte Tatin has been given a twist with the new Normande version from Brioche Pasquier.

Egg prices set to surge

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

Little Cheesecake Factory forced to change name

Bolton-based Farzana Dipoti has been forced to change her bakery’s name by the multi-billion dollar US business The Cheesecake Factory.

Sam Allardyce given pasties for Bolton return

Bolton Wanderers staff gave Sam Allardyce a welcome present when he returned to his former club last weekend.

Pieminister sales up 17% year on year

Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.

New gluten-free trade association formed

New trade body the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) has been created in response to soaring sales of gluten-free food.

Ministry of Cake acquired by French business Mademoiselle Desserts

Ministry of Cake has been sold to French manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts for an undisclosed sum.

Eric Kayser to open first UK bakery

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Butt Foods scoops accolade at Brakes’ Supplier Conference

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has been awarded the Desserts and Bakery Supplier of the Year honour at the Brakes Supplier Conference.

Sweet Nothings set to create unique all-butter flapjack range

Cheshire-based baked snacks brand Sweet Nothings has revealed to British Baker that it is bringing out a unique all-butter flapjack bites range, with no added sugars and 100% natural ingredients.

Customer designs new cake for Patisserie Valerie

A customer has designed a new whole gateau and individual slice for Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie.

Do you know the bakery trends of 2017?

Dawn Foods has said it does, and is willing to share them with you until the end of January.

Pidy unveils meal-sized vol-au-vents

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, has unveiled a range of ’meal-sized’ vol-au-vents it claims are “bigger and better than ever”.

Cynthia Stroud, founder and director of Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company
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Baker recognised in New Year’s Honours list

Cynthia Stroud, founder and director of business Pretty Gorgeous Cakes, has been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Burton’s develops Maryland into Cookie Bites

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded its Maryland brand into the sharing category with the release of Cookie Bites.

Bread Ahead to open fourth retail outlet

Bread Ahead bakery is to open its fourth retail outlet in Chelsea, London on 6 January.

Dawn appoints first student ambassador

As part of a partnership with University College Birmingham (UCB), Laura Gibbons has been appointed as Dawn Foods’ first student ambassador.

Four ways wholegrains can help you lose weight

Paediatric dietitian Maeve Hanan has written a report in the Network Health Digest extolling the benefits of wholegrains on weight management.