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Lorraine Hendle joins GroceryAid board

Lorraine Hendle, divisional managing director at William Reed publishing house is to join the board of GroceryAid trustees.

Premier chairman steps down

Premier Foods has announced that David Beever will step down as chairman of the company in 2017.

Slice of cake sells for £1.5k

A slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake, preserved since the 19th century, has been sold at auction for £1,500 by notable collector David Gainsborough Roberts.

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Lobby groups renew call for action on childhood obesity

Lobby groups have renewed calls for action as they pick over the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) published by Public Health England last week.

East Midlands bakery invests £75k in equipment

East Midlands bakery Luke Evans has invested £75,000 in new equipment, which will allow it to produce up to 9,000 bread rolls an hour.

Scottish Bakers celebrates 125th anniversary

Scottish Bakers has held an anniversary ball at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh to celebrate 125 years in the baking industry.

L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
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New MD for Speciality Breads

Margate-based Speciality Breads has appointed Simon Cannell as the firm’s new managing director, following the announcement that current MD Peter Millen will retire later this year.

Burton’s CEO steps down

Ben Clarke has announced he will step down from his post as chief executive of Burton’s Biscuits Company after seven years in the post. 

Frostings cake shop closes after 21 years of service

Twyford-based cake shop Frostings closed its doors on Saturday after 21 years of trading, having created over 7,000 cakes during that time.

Taylors Bakers closes after more than 55 years of trading

Oldham-based business Taylors Bakers has shut its doors after more than 55 years. The main reason cited for the closure was that the owners could not make enough money to keep the company going.

From left: Steve Angle, Alex Birch of Langleys Solicitors, John Haken and Hilary Angle
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£15m MBO for biscuit and confectionery marketer

A £15m Yorkshire-based biscuit and confectionery specialist Right Angle Marketing (York) has been sold in a management buy-out (MBO) for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

Warburtons celebrates 140th anniversary with prize giveaway

British baking company Warburtons will celebrate its 140th anniversary by offering people the chance to win £140 each day until 26 July.

New MD for Soreen malt loaf

Samworth Brothers has appointed Mark Simester as managing director of malt loaf brand Soreen.

Stag completes £5k programme

Stornoway-based Stag Bakeries has announced the completion of a £525k investment programme.

Central Bean expands

Coffee shop chain Central Bean is set to expand beyond its north east stronghold.

Starbucks to take on 1,000 apprentices in four years

Starbucks has pledged to double the number of apprentices it takes on in the UK by 2020. 

Bakels wins two awards

Ingredients supplier Bakels has won two titles in the 2016 Cherwell Business Awards.

Scotch Pie Champ spat as organisers split

Scottish Bakers is to become the sole manager of the World Scotch Pie Championships following a row between the competition’s organisers.

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.

Lincat takes on two new managers

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

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.

Long-serving Edme engineer steps down

An engineering supervisor with malted ingredients supplier Edme has retired after 42 years with the company. 

FDF calls for salt reduction measures

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has highlighted three key measures it says would drive down salt consumption in the UK.

Managing director leaves Edme

The malted ingredients producer Edme has announced that managing director Peter Tichbon has left the company.

Independent baker to trade in place of Waites

An independent bakery and confectionery business, Bradford-based Marshall Bakers, is to trade in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, following the closure of Waites.

Exclusive CBA news: Holling to step down

Mike Holling, the influential executive director of Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA), has stepped down from his role with the organisation.

Southport bakery closure

Claude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. 

Cornelius Group among 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain

The Cornelius Group has been included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.

Welsh Hills triumphs at Welsh Business Awards

Gluten-free bakery Welsh Hills has been revealed as joint winner of the Success through Overseas Trade category in the Welsh Business Awards.

Birmingham baker produces a million macaroons

Rosie Ginday, founder of Miss Macaroon, has just produced her one millionth macaroon, a blueberry and white chocolate ganache that forms part of her spring/summer range.

Miss it, miss out!

If you haven’t registered for the Insights from the Bakery Market Report webinar, you now have only just over a week to do so.

Yorkshire bakery suppliers join forces

The bag-sealing equipment manufacturer Select Bag Sealers (SBS) has been acquired by specialist tape manufacturer ProSpool.

Welsh bakery to close unexpectedly

Staff at North Wales-based chain, Castle Bakery, said they had been told that the shops across Gwynedd and Anglesey were to close.

Prolific baker’s first book

Clive Mellum, a master baker for more than 47 years, has seen his first book published. 

Charity baking event in Navenby

Pete Welbourne, former owner of Welbourne’s Bakery in Lincolnshire, is hosting Bread Make, Bake and Taste in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

21-year old opens Little Lucy’s Bakery studio in Essex

Lucy Norwood set up the bakery business from her Braintree home three years ago, and has now expanded into her own studio.

Paul Thompson, sales manager for Brioche Pasquier
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Brioche Pasquier appoints new manager

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has added Paul Thompson to its UK foodservice team as sales manager.

Death of Warburtons baker who was a ‘shining example’

Duncan Lees, a Warburtons manager for 30 years, has passed away aged 66. The Burnley baker’s family described him as “an unassuming man who was humble about his achievements”.

Flooding round-up: how bakers coped

Bakers nationwide have been left counting the cost after high winds and heavy rain devastated the UK over Christmas and the start of the New Year.

Dawn Foods' American Bakery campaign to return in 2016

Dawn Foods has unveiled plans to run its successful American Bakery marketing campaign again in 2016.

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

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

Earl of Sandwich to reopen in UK

Earl of Sandwich, the American sandwich chain, has announced it will relaunch in the UK two years after the closure of its only UK outlet.

Warburtons finalises five-year wheat contracts

Warburtons, the bakery giant, has today announced the finalising of new wheat-growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers.

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

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

10 patisseries YOU must visit

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

Peter Thompson, new operations director at Silvery Tweed Cereals
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Silvery Tweed Cereals appoints new ops director

Peter Thompson has joined Silvery Tweed Cereals as operations director.

New café opens in Merseyside

Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

Square Pie hits crowdfunding target

Gourmet pie-themed restaurant chain Square Pie has raised a final figure of £681,500 through the sale of its ‘Pie Bonds’, surpassing its target of £450,000 by 51.4%.

Hovis back on TV screens

Hovis has returned to TV screens for the first time in three years with a modern twist on its iconic ‘boy on a bike’ ad. 

Greenhalgh’s rewards loyal staff

Greenhalgh’s bakery has celebrated the commitment of long serving staff at a special award event.

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