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Hovis records £19m loss in second year of trading

UK baking giant Hovis has recorded a £19m loss in its second year of trading since Premier Foods wrote off part if its investment into the company.

Maison Blanc store review risks 300 jobs

Patisserie chain Maison Blanc’s future has become uncertain after the owner launched a review of its stores portfolio – potentially putting 300 jobs at risk, the Evening Standard has discovered.

Macphie raises £450 in charity run

Staff from Glenbervie-based food ingredients manufacturer Macphie have raised £450 for the charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland by taking part in The Beast, a 10km obstacle race.

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

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

Centre-back row - Peter Wright CEP Wrights Food Group; centre holding the hamper - Robin Edwards, chairman of South West Cheshire Scout Group
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Wrights Food presents hamper to local scouts group

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has presented a Cheshire scout group with a special commemorative hamper as part of the company’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

Lower-fat pasty from Proper Cornish

Cornish pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish has launched a lower-fat pasty aimed at providing great-tasting, nutritional foods as part of a more balanced diet. 

Zeelandia offloads bakery equipment

Zeelandia has agreed to sell its bakery equipment business, Zeelandia Technical Solutions (ZTS), to Everbake Group to focus on its bakery ingredients portfolio.

Hovis hosts community tea party

UK baking giant Hovis hosted a tea party for local families at a community centre in Beckton, East London this week.

BBC seeks Northern Ireland’s best bakery

The BBC is searching for Northern Ireland’s best bakery for its Good Food Show, part of Bread and Baking, which is part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink.

Bells Food Group completes first phase of investment

Scotland-based pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has completed the first part of a three-year £3.6m investment that will double its pastry production.

Pret A Manger to open first motorway outlet

Coffee shop chain Pret A Manger will be opening its first motorway service shop, as part of a trial partnership with Welcome Break. 

Macphie employees take on charity mud run

A team of staff from independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie took part in the Pretty Muddy race to raise money for Cancer Research.

Square Pie predicted Brexit

Last week Hackney-based Square Pie successfully predicted the EU referendum result through sales of its pies in a Brexit Bake Off.

Dawn announces American week

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week is back for a third year, and to mark the occasion Dawn has developed recipes and ideas for bakers.

Robinson’s opens fourth shop

Wolverhampton bakery chain Robinson’s has opened its fourth store, in Chapel Ash. Owned by Valencia Fine Foods, it is operating out of former Firkins Bakery sites.

Sussex-based pizzeria makes festival final

Sussex-based The Hearth has been picked from almost 2,000 pizzerias to take part in the London Pizza Festival.

New Subway at Southampton hospital

The new Subway store at University Hospital Southampton offers patients and visitors freshly prepared subs, flatbreads and salads.

Video: National Cupcake Championships 2016 want YOU

The National Cupcake Championships 2016 are officially open for entries from the great and the good of the cupcake world.

Lincat takes on two new managers

Lincoln-based commercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat has appointed two new managers to its sales team.

Cornish baker adopts National Living Wage

W C Rowe, one of the first large-scale Cornish employers, has adopted the soon-to-be-mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for its workforce.

Bidvest unveils four new desserts

Wholesale retailer Bidvest has unveiled a new selection of frozen dessert products as part of its Create Summer range.

Morrisons details strategy for growth

Morrisons has listed six key priorities, as part of its ongoing strategy to improve profitability.

New coffee shop and eatery for Blackpool

Tower Coffee Company, a new 1,500 sq ft coffee shop and eatery, will be opening in the Lancashire town of Blackpool.

New £3.6m expansion for Scottish bakers Bells

Family-run bakers, Bells Food Group, is looking to recruit up to 30 workers as part of the expansion plan.

White bread sales drop by 75%

There has been a dramatic shift away from white bread, according to the National Food Survey.

Tower Bakery wins £10,000 in Dawn competition

Perthshire-based Tower Bakery has won £10,000 worth of bakery equipment, in a competition run by Dawn Foods, in conjunction with Mono Equipment.

Bake Off star to join cruise line

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

Mark Sheath of Jengers Craft Bakery
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BBC Sussex visits Jengers Craft Bakery

As part of its ‘winter warm up’ tour around the county, BBC Sussex visited Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst, West Sussex. 

New £100M investor for Bakkavör

An American hedge fund has invested in excess of £100M in Britain’s biggest prepared fresh foods supplier.

Michael Portillo makes pasties with Warrens Bakery

Former MP and journalist Michael Portillo was taught how to make the “perfect” Cornish pasty in Penzance, as part of a television series that aired last week. 

Peter’s launches family-sized pies as part of an £800k investment

Following an £800k investment, Peter’s Pies has launched family-sized versions of its most popular pies, in a bid to appeal to families.

Muffin Break introduces new Muffin Lab concept

All Muffin Breaks will sell a “bold new creation to excite and intrigue” each month from now on, as part of the company’s new Muffin Lab concept.

Losses surge at Tesco coffee shop offshoot

Tesco is having to commit millions of pounds to keep solvent a rapidly expanding, loss-making coffee chain it part owns.

Muffin Break has opened a store in Newport
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Muffin Break opens second Welsh store

Muffin Break, the bakery café, has opened its second Welsh store in Newport as part of rapid expansion plans to open 14 stores by the end of 2016.

Full steam ahead for EAT

Sandwich and coffee chain EAT has announced plans to tackle the burgeoning train station and airport market as part of its expansion plans.

Staff from Macphie crossing the line
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Macphie runners raise over £1,000 for charity

Brave staff members from Macphie, the Scottish food ingredients manufacturer, have raised £1,355 for a cancer charity by running a gruelling obstacle race.

Craft Bakers’ Week starts with TV appearance

Craft Bakers’ Week got off with a bang when Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers’ Association appeared on Channel 4.

Gunns Bakery moves to revamped heritage location

Gunns Bakery has opened a new site on a revamped high street in Bedford.

World's first cheese toasty subscription gets national support

A cheese toastie delivery service is to reach mailboxes very soon, after hundreds of backers helped crowdfund the concept.

Jacob's Cracker Crisps
The TV campaign or Jacob's Cracker Crisps has launched as part of a £15m spend for the brand this year
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Jacob’s Cracker Crisps campaign gets under way

The media campaign for United Biscuits’ (UB) latest product launch for savoury brand Jacob’s has kicked off as part of a £15m investment in the Masterbrand. 

Boosting bread among the young

As part of the #WeLoveBread campaign British Baker filmed a Grain Chain masterclass for teachers.

Gerhard’s blog: Bread and Circuses

Gerhard casts serious doubt on whether Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread for his diet is a healthy choice. 

Mr Kipling makes edible ad campaign

Mr Kipling, owned by Premier Foods, has created a poster board made from baked goods as part of its ‘Life is better with cake’ campaign. 

Tesco rolls Euphorium Bakeries into C-stores

Tesco has introduced a Euphorium Bakery at Hammersmith Metro, as part of the refresh programme.

White’s wins contracts with major retailers

Family-run White’s Bakery has won contracts with John Lewis and Asda, as part of its plans to build on four years of successive growth. 

SSP to link with celebrity chef for airport bakery concept

SSP Group, worldwide operator of outlets in travel locations, has revealed plans for a new bakery concept with UK chef James Martin, as part of a £135m contract.

Workfare demonstrators target Greggs

Demonstrators have protested outside a central London Greggs store, as part of a direct action campaign against its involvement in the government’s Workfare Scheme.

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