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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).

2 Sisters to help unemployed

Birmingham-based 2 Sisters, which owns Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, is providing young unemployed people with practical skills “that will help them find the right job”.

Lunch sales suffer as Brits go out for breakfast more

The lunch market is coming under increasing pressure as people spend more on breakfast, according to data from NPD Crest on the ‘out of home’ (OOH) foodservice market.

Macmillan launches 25,000 biscuit sculpture

Charity Macmillan Cancer Support is showcasing artwork featuring an entire British skyline made out of 25,000 biscuits in London.

Almondy creates lactose-free dessert

Gluten-free bakery Almondy has launched a creamy chocolate cake with roasted almonds that is gluten- and lactose-free.

Lactose-free requests on the up

According to research conducted by Almondy, 72% of people would like to see more lactose-free options on menus when eating out.

Café manager’s sandwich design nominated for national award

Susan Yarnell, who is the manager of Southport-based café A Great Little Place has been shortlisted for her sandwich design skills at the Café Life Awards held at The Lunch! exhibition on Wednesday 21 September.

Labour leader lends a hand at Greggs

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the Greggs bakery distribution centre in Enfield earlier this week with Ronnie Draper, general secretary of the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union, to launch the next phase of Labour’s initiative to improve workplace rights.

La Jawaab bakery closes due to cockroach infestation

Huddersfield-based bakery and deli La Jawaab has been forced to closed over hygiene concerns after an infestation of cockroaches.

Grocery Aid hails record £4.3m of welfare spending

Grocery Aid, which is the trading name of the National Grocers' Benevolent Fund (NGBF), spent £4.3m on welfare projects, according to its end of year financial results.

New project aims to track high street footfall trends

Patisserie Valerie, Pret A Manger and Aldi are reported to be involved in a new project monitoring high street footfall, which is courting controversy in the national media.

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.

Brexit and what it means for bakers

Britain has voted to leave the EU. On the morning of the historic vote, British Baker spoke to industry representatives about what this might mean for bakers.

MBE for Bob Burns

Bob Burns, founder of Glastonbury bakery Burns the Bread, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community he lives in.

New report claims fatty foods are healthy

New advice that eating more fat could be the answer to the nation’s obesity crisis has caused a furious backlash from senior UK nutritionists.

Craft bread is ‘good value’ says CBA president

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers Association, has given an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Whitbread acquires Pure stake for £6.8m

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has announced that it has acquired 49% of London-based food-to-go chain Healthy Retail Ltd, which trades as Pure, for £6.8m.

American cookies rule says Dawn

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has commissioned a cookie survey, which has found American-style cookies are the most popular sweet treat.

New Real Bread Week plans

The eighth annual Real Bread Week is proving nicely, and will be coming out of the oven on 14 May.

Wrights celebrates 90th birthday

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group is to stage a series of celebratory events throughout 2016, to mark the company’s 90th anniversary.

Sales of Tunnock’s tea cakes soar

Following a boycott by hard-line Scottish nationalists, sales of Tunnock’s iconic tea cakes have risen by 10%.

WHO takes aim at sugar

Sugary food consumption should be discouraged, according to anti-diabetes recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bakery market suffers as snacking falls

The war on sugar is starting to have an impact, with people turning their backs on sweet baked goods and pastry products because of health concerns, according to new figures.

Pret covers NLW by putting prices up

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger is covering the cost of the new national living wage (NLW) by charging customers more for their coffee.

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.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

In the second of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

United Biscuits to encourage a new generation

Leading food and drink manufacturers, including United Biscuits, will join forces this week to inspire more young people to consider careers in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

Carbs linked to lung cancer?

A US study has found a link between lung cancer and eating a diet with a high glycaemic index (GI), a measure of carbohydrate content.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs to reorganise and capitalise

Capitalising on the food-to-go market and reorganising the bakery portfolio are key priorities for Greggs, according to chief executive Roger Whiteside.

Graze launches protein flapjack

Snacking-brand Graze has launched a high-protein flapjack to capitalise on what it sees as a trend in protein consumption.

Report points to benefits of breakfast

Trying to lose weight? – Eat breakfast, according to research produced by the University of Bath.

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

David Smart: Benevolence for bakers at Christmas

This is the time of year were we take stock of what we have achieved and enjoyed over the last twelve months.

Samantha Cameron among celebs joining charity Bake Off

The 16 celebrity contestants for a charity run of the Great British Bake Off have been announced.

Have YOUR say on the state of the baking world

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

Warburtons’ Muppets ad crowned Christmas best

The Warburtons’ advert promoting giant crumpets featuring The Muppets has been crowned 2015’s most successful Christmas campaign.

Bakery Business Survey still taking entries

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

Carlisle factory hit by floods

United Biscuits’ (UB) Carlisle factory has been flooded by over a metre of water in the wake of Storm Desmond and staff have been told to stay home.

Bakkavör increases workforce as sales rise

Bakkavör Desserts is to hire 160 extra staff members to help meet demand following an increase in sales.

Premier Foods is to launch a range of baking mixes with Paul Hollywood
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Premier Foods announces Paul Hollywood baking mix range

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced it will launch a range of baking mixes with Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

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

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

Gluten-free products ‘not up to scratch’, says research

A new study has found nearly 40% of coeliac sufferers are critical of gluten-free bread and mixes currently on the market.

BSB offers special guest places for anniversary conference

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the British Society of Bakers (BSB) is offering members who book a place at their upcoming conference the chance to bring a guest along for free.

Nancy Birtwhistle, Great British Bake Off Champion 2014, supports the Love Food Hate Waste Use Your Loaf campaign
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Fresh ideas at stale bread feast

Reigning Great British Bake Off champion Nancy Birtwhistle joined forces with charity Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) to show how stale bread should be viewed as a culinary asset rather than bin lining.

Video: why you should support Craft Bakers’ Week

Here is a heart-warming video which shows why the industry should support Craft Bakers’ Week.

Stop the Week: online

This week's Stop the Week looks at a wildlife penchant for Cornish pasties and what people will do for a bacon sarnie. 

Royals open Welsh Baking Academy

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened a new £4m Baking Academy and Innovation Centre built by the Village Bakery at Wrexham Industrial Estate yesterday.

Blog: Éclairs back on-trend

Did you know the word ‘éclair’ comes from the French for ‘flash of lightning’? On learning this recently I thought, yes, it does have a lightning bolt-esque look to it, but non! They are so named as they are eaten quickly – in a flash.

Niklas Andersson is the new marketing and communications directer at Cargill
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Cargill strengthens marketing with new director

Cargill has appointed a new marketing and communications director, as it puts greater focus on its cocoa and chocolate business.

Gerhard’s blog: The future of food

With the Caveman Diet currently popular and insects on the agenda as a future food source, Gerhard Jenne ponders on how the future of baking might look

Roelof Krist:
will retire in April
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Zeelandia CEO steps down

The chief executive international bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia Group, Roelof Krist, is to leave the company after more than 11 years.

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. 

Genius bread was amongst one of the most popular gluten free products purchased
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Online research points to rise in gluten-free purchases

Gluten-free products are increasingly popular, according to a leading shopping and comparison site.

Bakkavor to give children insight into food industry

Leading food manufacturer Bakkavor is to provide children with a glimpse of working in the food industry following a deal with The Prince’s Trust.

Aldi aims for 1,000 stores in UK

The German discount supermarket operator Aldi has revealed plans to create 35,000 new jobs in the UK.

Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers completes £150k expansion

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Sir Peter Gershon:
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Tate & Lyle announces new non-executive director

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has appointed Paul Foreman as new non-executive director.

Alan Stewart, former finance director of Marks and Spencer, will start work today at Tesco
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Tesco’s financial officer is called in months early

Tesco has pushed forward the start date of chief financial officer Alan Stewart by more than two months, as he begins with immediate effect. 

Profits up at Finsbury Food as it plans to grow

Finsbury Food Group, the licensed cake supplier to supermarkets, said its adjusted profit before tax increased by 18% to £6.5m in the past year.

£300,000 of funding helps Northampton bakery project

The Good Loaf Community Interest Company has been granted £386,487 of National Lottery funding to employ female ex-offenders.

Sourdough September launched by bread campaigners

The Real Bread Campaign is preparing to launch Sourdough September, in a bid to encourage more people to buy bread from independent bakeries. 

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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