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Barry Johnson to represent UK in 2018 World Chocolate Masters final

London Southbank Bakery College lecturer Barry Johnson has won the UK and Irish national selection of the World Chocolate Masters competition.

Aryzta’s UK business hit by weak pound and soaring butter costs

Rising butter costs and the impact of weakened sterling have taken their toll on Aryzta Food Solutions’ UK business in the past year.

Schär launches seven new products into UK supermarkets

Gluten-free brand Schär has unveiled seven new products including gluten-free flour and gluten-free waffles, which will be rolled out into UK supermarkets.

Givaudan partners with food ingredients distributor IMCD

Flavourings supplier Givaudan has announced a partnership with chemicals and food ingredients distributor IMCD.

‘Low prices of SMP have reduced the profitability of butter’

Michael Liberty, market analyst at Mintec, on the background to today’s soaring butter prices – and what the future might hold

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.

Costa brand chief to lead Tim Hortons’ UK growth

Canadian café and bakery business Tim Hortons has appointed Kevin Hydes to lead its development in the UK.

Benier UK rebrands and appoints Ashley Morris MD

Bakery equipment supplier Kaak Group has rebranded its subsidiary, Benier UK, to become Kaak Group United Kingdom. It has appointed Ashley Morris as managing director of the Milton Keynes-based company.

Bread dominates list of UK’s most-shopped brands

Bread brands have again taken three of the top spots in a list of Britain’s most chosen brands.

Greencore H1 revenue breaks £1bn barrier – but UK profits are flat

Revenue at food-to-go business Greencore has soared following the acquisition of US company Peacock Foods.

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.

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.

Available to subscribers now: The 2017 Bakery Market Report worth £250!

Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

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

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.

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.

US winter wheat plantings lowest in more than 100 years

Winter wheat plantings for the coming year are the second-lowest ever recorded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Subway appoints Peter Dowding as country director

High street sandwich firm Subway has appointed Peter Dowding country director for the UK and Ireland.

Bakkavör appoints two non-executive directors

Bakkavör has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors – including McDonald’s veteran Denis Hennequin.

Will these be the secrets to foodservice success in 2017?

Local sourcing, quality of customer experience and a flexible approach to retailing will be key to success in the foodservice market in 2017, according to analysts.

British food firms cut back on promotional activity

UK food businesses have put the brakes on promotions – with activity declining more here than in other European markets.

Tesco's free mince pie van returns

Tesco’s mince pie van has returned to the streets of Britain to deliver its pies free to 18 areas across the nation.

Upper Crust operator SSP to launch Paul Hollywood bakery concept

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has secured an agreement with Paul Hollywood to open a new bakery concept called Knead.

Bells of Lazonby extends ‘We Love Cake’ range

Gluten-free bakery Bells of Lazonby has added two new gluten-free products to its ‘We Love Cake’ range.

New savoury crowns for Lantmännen

Lantmännen Unibake UK has launched two new savoury crowns under its Schulstad Bakery Solutions brand.

FDF policy manager wins award for Brexit work

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) policy manager Dominic Goudie has been named Young Association Executive of the Year at the National Association Awards last week.

Zeelandia acquires fillings producer James Fleming & Co

Mincemeat and fillings supplier James Fleming & Co has been acquired by Zeelandia.

Fulton marks 50 years of UK manufacturing

Fulton Limited has marked 50 years of manufacturing heat transfer solutions in the UK by hosting a ceremony at the M-Shed museum in Bristol.

Subway launches first ever festive sub

High street sandwich firm Subway has introduced its first ever seasonal sub to its stores – the Festive Feast.

Breakfast and meal deals helping brands transform foodservice market

Brits are snubbing independent foodservice operators in favour of branded business, according to a new study.

Morrisons offers one-hour full shop through Amazon Prime

Shoppers in some parts of the country can now order a full Morrisons shop through Amazon Prime and have it delivered within one hour.

Greencore sales up 10.6% in strong food-to-go market

Sandwich and convenience food giant Greencore has reported a surge in revenue as demand for food to go remains strong.

Alain Dufait, business director at Cargill Starches & Sweeteners.
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Cargill spending £30m to ramp up glucose-fructose production

Ingredients supplier Cargill is investing more than £30m in manufacturing operations as it looks to tap opportunities created by the end of the European sugar regime.

Lovemore free-from brand set to expand into China

Gluten and wheat-free brand Lovemore is set to extend into the Chinese market after attending a trade event in the country last month.

Greencore to acquire US firm Peacock Foods in £600m deal

Convenience food business Greencore – which describes itself as the largest sandwich manufacturer in the world – is set to ramp up its US profile with the acquisition of Peacock Foods.

Walkers products set to rise by 5p following weakening of the pound

Britain's biggest crisp brand Walkers is set to increase prices of its products by 5p as a result of the pound weakening.

Patisserie Valerie set to open second Northern Ireland store

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie is set to open another store in Belfast, which will create 20 new jobs.

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Churros, bao buns and mini treats – Waitrose reveals hot food trends of 2016

Churro-styled doughnuts and steamed bao buns have been flagged up as some of the hottest foods of 2016 by Waitrose.

High street store decline continues to accelerate

High street stores have taken a major hit, with PwC research produced by the Local Data Company finding that 15 stores closed every day in the first six months of this year.

Nick Clegg: ‘Food prices face cliff edge if UK leaves Single Market’

Liberal Democrat politician Nick Clegg has warned that UK food prices will see a steep hike if the government opts for a hard Brexit and leaves the Single Market.

What could Brexit mean for the UK wheat industry?

Increasing productivity and profitability across the agricultural supply chain will be essential following Brexit, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has warned.

Wheat meeting bread quality requirements could hit 10-year high

The proportion of UK wheat hitting the high-quality bread specification is set to be the highest in 10 years, latest Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) figures have revealed.

World Scotch Pie Championships launched

Scottish Bakers has announced the dates for the 18th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Cornelius joins with New Holland Extraction to develop into Europe

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius is teaming up with New Holland Extraction to continue its development within Europe.

Tesco continues growth curve amid competitive environment

Supermarket giant Tesco 'is regaining competitiveness' in its core UK business as it records a seventh consecutive quarter of growth.

Le Cordon Bleu launches bakery diploma

World-famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, based in London, has launched a new bakery diploma, the Diplôme de Boulangerie.

Krispy Kreme abandons £200m London flotation

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has chosen to withdraw its planned £200m London flotation after announcing the 100% sale of its shares to US parent brand owner Krispy Kreme Group.

Aunt Bessie’s expands hot dessert portfolio

The William Jackson Food Group brand Aunt Bessie’s has expanded its hot dessert selection with two new variant pudding pots.

Biscuiteers aims for growth via crowdfunding

Handmade biscuits company Biscuiteers is launching a crowdfunding campaign with Crowdcube in a bid to achieve accelerated growth.

BB’s launches charity muffin with Ronan Keating

BB’s has launched Mrs Pink Muffin in aid of breast cancer charity The Marie Keating Foundation, founded by pop star Ronan Keating.

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.

Edme extols benefits of sprouted grains

Ingredients supplier and manufacturer Edme is ramping up sales of its new Wholesoft concept in a bid to counteract declining sales of bread and bakery products and appeal to millennial consumers.

UK e-commerce grocery market grows by 6.9%

According a report published by Kantar Worldpanel, sales of groceries in the UK through e-commerce platforms has increased by 6.9% in the 12 months to June 2016.

Le Chouxnut arrives at Selfridges

London-based Bijou Choux, creator of Le Chouxnut, an éclair-doughnut hybrid, has seen its products listed in the foodhall of upmarket UK retailer Selfridges this month.

Kellogg’s hires new MD

Snacks and Cereal manufacturer, Kellogg’s has appointed Dave Lawlor as managing director of its UK and Ireland division.

World Chocolate Masters looks to future

Chocolate competition The World Chocolate Masters is set to kick off is national pre-selections in the run-up to the 2017/18 event.

Pidy takes straight-sided option in latest range

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, has unveiled the straight-sided Tellines to its range due to customer demand and current food trends.

AHDB survey records three-year high in British wheat

UK milling wheat is set to be on the up from a good-quality harvest as demand is increasing from Europe due to the French crops falling to a 10-year low.

Co-op profits down by over 50%

Profits at the Co-op Group more than halved to £17m in the first six months of the year, hit by the group's three-year plan to rebuild the business.

Aldi reports record sales but profits hit by price war

Discount supermarket Aldi has reported record sales in the UK and Ireland for 2015 and said it will invest £300m in revamping its stores, but profits have been hit by the supermarket price war.

Bread Factory scoops second FDF award

London-based bakery The Bread Factory has won the Regional Growth Business of the Year category for the second year in a row at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards.

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.

Border Biscuits boosts its retail presence with new variants

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, will improve its presence in major retailer Asda this month, with the introduction of Dark Chocolate Gingers and Orange - a new variant to its chocolate ginger range.

Whitworths focuses on superfoods for new snacks line

UK snacking and baking brand Whitworths has launched its first superfood range of snacks, called Full of Super.

Eoin Tonge, CFO, Greencore

New CFO for Greencore

Convenience food and cakes and desserts manufacturer Greencore Group has appointed Eoin Tonge as chief financial officer and as a director of the group with effect from 3 October 2016.

BIA: a tribute to our sponsors

British Baker would like to take the opportunity to thank all of its generous sponsors at the recent Baking Industry Awards, held on 7 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London.

Pidy cycling event raises thousands for homeless charity

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, organised a 270-mile bike ride from Northampton to Ypres, Belgium, with 28 amateur cyclists raising over 20k for the homeless charity, Northampton Hope Centre (an official figure is yet to be confirmed).

Irwin’s secures national supply contract with Asda

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin’s has landed a contract with major retailer Asda to produce a new range of Extra Special Muffins.

Carotino Group launches two new varieties to Baker’s Friend

The London-based Carotino Group has launched two new varieties of the new bakery product, Baker’s Friend.

Burton’s unveil Jammie Dodger snack packs

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Jammie Dodgers in an exclusive snack pack range, following the launch of this year's ‘Best Ever Recipe’.

Real Good Food confirms Renshaw US division

Real Good Food has confirmed that it has created a new 100% wholly-owned subsidiary business in the US, under the name Renshaw US Inc.

Multi-channel strategy reaps significant rewards for Finsbury

Cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has enjoyed a near 25% rise in group revenue for the financial year ended 2 July 2016, according to preliminary results from the company.

Zut alors! No fries at McDonald’s

Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

Miss Macaroon prepares to launch

Birmingham social enterprise company Miss Macaroon will be opening its first shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade in the last week of October.

Coup de Pates appoints new director of creation and innovation

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates has announced that Fabrice Prochasson will join the company as its new director of creation and innovation.

Paul UK flags up a birthday

The Paul UK bakery chain is celebrating the first birthday of its Le Restaurant De Paul at Tower 42 in London with a French flag promotion.

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

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

Lidl announces new CEO

Lidl UK has appointed Christian Härtnagel as its CEO with immediate effect, following the surprise departure of Ronny Gottschlich last week.

ABF posts positive trading update

Associated British Foods was upbeat about its UK bakery, sugar, ingredients and cereals businesses as it posted a trading update this morning, with underlying profit said to be “ahead of expectations”.

Puratos UK unveils £1.27m innovation centre

Bakery supplier Puratos UK today unveiled a £1.27m innovation centre at its UK Fringford Mill site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.

GALLERY: Macmillan 25,000 biscuit sculpture

In celebration of the millions of people around the UK who make the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning a record-breaking fundraising event, Macmillan Cancer Support has built the UK skyline from biscuits.

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.

Soreen Lunchbox Loaves approved by Mumpanel

Mumpanel, a 15,000-strong online forum, has said 95% of its members would recommend the loaves to other parents.

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.

Ann Wells, Brook Food; Dominic Salter, The Sandwich Box; Matt Dawson

Sandwich Box owner takes top bakery accolade

Cheltenham-based baker Dominic Salter has chased off stiff competition to claim the Baker of the Year Award at this year’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

Muffin Break introduces latest creation to UK stores

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has unveiled the latest invention to its muffin lab – ‘Earl Grey Tea and Raspberry’.

Former Wagamama chief operating officer joins Caffè Nero

According to a report from MCA, Glyn House, who earlier this year stepped down from his post as chief operating officer at Wagamama, will take the helm at Caffè Nero.

Dawsonrentals devises ‘revolutionary’ hot product cooling and freezing

UK temperature control specialist Dawsonrentals has devised a new approach to ‘hot product cooling’ prior to blast chilling or freezing, which it says will slash costs for bakers.

Cornelius launches creative centre

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

Almondy creates lactose-free dessert

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

Brakes reveals new pricing strategy

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes has revealed a new and more transparent pricing strategy, which will go live in November following extensive pilots.

Subway adds to social media portfolio

High street sandwich chain Subway has set up the company’s first ever Instagram account, aiming to create a community around conceptually high-quality content.

The Fine Cheese Co creates ‘unique’ type of toast

Exporter of artisan British cheeses The Fine Cheese Co has joined forces with cheese-maker Joe Schneider to create the thin and crispy pack - ‘Stichelton Toast’.

British Sugar selects new bulk transporter

British Sugar has chosen a UK provider of bulk food transport services, Abbey Logistics Group, to manage its bulk sugar movements across the nation in a long-term deal.

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

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

Waitrose recalls cookie range as precautionary measure

Waitrose recalls cookie range over nut concern

UK supermarket Waitrose has recalled its 150g Orange and Milk Chocolate Cookies, with a best-before date of 30 March 2017 over concerns that some of the packs may contain hazelnuts.

Carr's Kircaldy flour mill at night

Carr’s Food sold to Whitworths

Agriculture, food and engineering group Carr’s has announced the disposal of its food division, Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, to flour milling business Whitworths Holdings Limited (Whitworths) for a gross consideration of £36m.

FDF reveals rise in UK exports to non-EU countries

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced British food and drink exports are up by 6.2% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, following the fall of the pound since Brexit.

North American chain Tim Horton

Tim Horton’s to extend to UK market

Canadian and US restaurant chain Tim Horton’s will expand into the UK market after announcing a joint venture with a British investor.

New editor for British Baker

British Baker is delighted to announce that Vince Bamford will be joining the magazine as the new editor, effective 10 October.

Pantheon appoints new sales director

Lancashire-based business Pantheon Catering Equipment has appointed Stuart Hayes as its new sales director.

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.

Baked goods increase by 10% for breakfast consumers

Baked products are becoming more popular among the British public for breakfast after a 10% rise in consumption, according to research from The Grocer.

Dominique Ansel sets London opening date

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

Foodwrap Co launches new website

An independent supplier of vegetable papers to the baking industry, Foodwrap Co, has designed a brand new website aimed to provide an improved experience for existing and new customers.

Food equipment manufacturer designs UK’s first machine to solve dried fruit solution

Food equipment manufacturer Concept Engineering has introduced to the UK market a machine that specifically loosens up dried fruit.

Amazon could ‘dash’ the hopes of UK supermarket sales

The launch of Amazon Dash service could take away 20% of UK supermarket online sales by 2020, according to e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero.

Amazon delivery service extends across England

Amazon has extended its express Prime Now delivery service to new areas in the north and east of England.

Burton’s expands Christmas biscuit range

Burton’s Biscuit Company has unveiled a new addition to its Christmas Biscuits range, the Cadbury Snowy Fingers, which will be available from 1 September.

Edme brings ancient grain back to Britain

Food ingredients supplier Edme is reintroducing the ancient grain naked barley into Britain - the first commercial crop was recently harvested.

GroceryAid on the hunt for volunteers

GroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (NGBF), is searching for volunteers to help with its welfare work.

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.

Tesco sells Euphorium Bakery

Tesco has agreed to sell its Euphorium Bakery business for an undisclosed sum.

Coultons creates new depot for Allied Bakeries

UK bakery distribution business Coultons Bread is to open a new depot in Caernarfon, creating 20 jobs, after teaming up with Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries.

Scotland takes charge on childhood obesity challenge

Scotland is taking the challenge of tackling childhood obesity into its own hands, after the Scottish government expressed disappointment at the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy, published last week.

Alex James joins Jacob’s for new campaign

Musician and cheesemaker Alex James has joined United Biscuits (UB)-owned Jacob’s as chief taste curator for a new lunchtime campaign.

Arla Foods launches major breakfast campaign

Denmark-based firm, Arla Foods Ingredients has launched an exclusive breakfast campaign for its £100m commitment to back healthier eating among its consumers.

Innovative Bites announces new premises

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

Sodexo announces plans to source only cage-free eggs

International foodservice firm Sodexo has announced that it will source only cage-free eggs globally by 2025.

BBC criticised over lack of Scottish presence for new Bake Off series

Scottish Bakers criticises The Great British Bake Off for lack of Scottish contestants.

Bread Factory and Gail’s bakery sales climb

The Bread Factory and Gail’s artisan bakery annual revenues are up by 41.5%, suggesting that UK consumers’ hunger for artisan bread shows no signs of dying out.

‘Bake Off’ effect hits Manchester

Greater Manchester has seen a 27% rise in specialist bakeries since The Great British Bake Off series first aired in 2010, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Halloween focus for McVitie’s

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s is launching a range of “spook-tacular” cakes in time for Halloween.

Brioche Pasquier launches new breakfast pastry

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has launched a new Pain au Chocolat Crème Pâtissière.

BRC Standard awarded to bakery ingredients firm

Bakery supplier Unicorn Ingredients has been awarded the BRC Standard for Agents and Brokers as a broker of seeds, sesame and olive oils, honey and pulses.

FSS committed to tackling obesity

Scotland’s new food authority, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take a hard line on tackling obesity, with suggested measures including a junk food tax and advertising bans.

Asda suffers largest quarterly sales decline in history

Supermarket giant Asda has been hit with the biggest sales decline in its history, as like-for-like sales decreased by 7.5%.

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.

Go Compare launches UK dessert map

UK price-comparison website, Go Compare has created an interactive map displaying British region’s favourite desserts based on the frequency of Instagram tags.

Businesses and government must make food fairer, UK shoppers say

The majority of British consumers believe it is the responsibility of businesses and government to make food fair, according to a survey carried out by an independent research consultancy, GlobeScan.

Campaigners slam government obesity strategy

Action on Sugar (AOS) has lambasted the government over its “weak obesity strategy”, describing it as “appalling” that no further action to improve the strategy has been taken since the leaked report a few weeks ago.

Sugar tax popular with consumers, finds study

Nearly half (48%) of consumers agree with the sugar tax and a large proportion of them want more products, such as cakes and biscuits, to be added to it, according to market research firm Future Thinking.

Coeliac UK introduces new gluten-free app

Charity Coeliac UK has launched a new mobile app named Gluten-free food checker, designed to help those on a gluten-free diet find food while shopping.

Latest sandwich trends sweep across Instagram

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

Supermarket sales below £100bn for first time in six years

Supermarket sales have decreased below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continues in the UK grocery sector.

Subway teams up with Pepsi for music campaign

High street sandwich chain Subway has launched its Summer of Music with Pepsi, featuring award-winning Grime artist Stormzy.

Samworth to extend food-to-go presence

Leicestershire-based chilled and ambient foods supplier Samworth Brothers has plans to expand into the food-to-go sector with the launch of its new Deli Bite brand.

Phone app designed to ‘fight war on food waste’

Entrepreneurs Jamie Crummie and Chris Wilson have designed an app to offload bakery products that are destined for the bin at a discounted price.

Bakkavör enjoys Q2 revenue increase

International food manufacturer Bakkavör has seen revenues rise 3.2% to £438.7 million in its second-quarter (Q2) results for the 13 weeks ended 25 June 2016, compared with the same 2015 period.

Lidl unveils bakery at new store

Discounter Lidl has revealed a new state-of-the-art bakery at a new store in Penicuik, Scotland.

Genius announces new CSR partnership

The number one gluten-free bakery brand in Britain, Genius Gluten Free, has announced a new CSR partnership with social enterprise Allergy Adventures, to educate schoolchildren about food allergies and intolerances.

UK wheat traders may capitalise on poor French harvest

French analysts have revised down their expectations for the country’s milling wheat harvest, but UK traders are eyeing export opportunities to North Africa.

Schär launches six new UK products

Schär, the fastest-growing gluten-free brand in the UK, has brought six new lines to market.

Pasty firm starts concept store roll-out

West Cornwall Pasty Co will open West Cornwall Food Co stores nationally ‘in the coming months’, following a successful inaugural trial in Canterbury.

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.

Minimal places left at the Baking Industry Awards

Calling all bakery professionals, this is your last call to book yourself a place at the Baking Industry Awards, with only a handful of places up for grabs.

Asian bakery delivers sweet success for new £1.2m Costcutter

An Asian bakery has helped a Costcutter forecourt boost weekly sales by 25%.

Genius produces the first gluten-free toastie loaf

Free-from bakery, Genius has expanded its bread range by bringing out the first gluten-free toastie loaf – Genius Toastie.

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.

Lidl brings out bread making machine

Lidl is to introduce the Silvercrest Bread Maker to its UK stores from today (Thursday 4 August 2016), despite the fact that the retailer has an in-store bakery in each of its outlets.

Esquires Coffee continues expansion

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

Village Bakery to supply pies to Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham-based business The Village Bakery will supply its pies to Wrexham football supporters for their first home game of the season this weekend at The Racecourse.

Family bakery launches exclusive gluten-free Cornish pasty

Helston-based company The Good Food Bakery has launched what it claims is the world’s first gluten-free Cornish pasty after taking four years to develop the product.

Bakery items reduced by 18% in latest Morrisons move

Morrisons is slashing prices on its bakery, cakes and desserts by an average of 18% as part of the retailer’s biggest price crunches on 1,045 products.

Aldi sweeps the board in British Baker’s Christmas Stars

UK supermarket Aldi was the stand-out winners in all four categories at the 2016 British Baker Christmas Star awards, with Nevis Bakery and Bakkavör Bread winning the highly recommended accolades.

Baker takes steps to counter Brexit effect

Britain’s only organic gluten-free bakery is looking to expand into Europe in a bid to combat escalating costs caused by Brexit.

Norfolk bakery expands business with lucrative deals

Norfolk-based bakery Sponge Cakes has expanded its business by securing deals with sports clubs, royal palaces and attractions around the UK.

Morrisons recalls children’s cake over salmonella worries

UK supermarket, Morrisons has recalled its Busy Bee Cake after discovering that a batch of its stock may contain traces of salmonella.

Urban Eat extends sandwiches and wraps

Food to go brand Urban Eat has developed a range of sandwiches and wraps aimed at vegetarians and vegans.

Dawn’s American Week hailed a success

The third year of Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week was embraced by UK bakers and deemed a success by the Evesham-based bakery ingredients supplier.

Greencore reaps benefits of food to go

Food to go has continued to drive sales for manufacturer Greencore Group’s convenience division.

Vegan baker scoops third award in 10-month spell

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has won her third national baking award within a period of 10 months after being crowned the ‘Best Vegan cakes/desserts’ category at the Vegan Awards UK in Sheffield over the weekend.

Morrisons pie voted best in the UK

Supermarket chain Morrisons’ £1.50 pie has been crowned the Best Pie in the United Kingdom at the recent SuperMeat Awards 2016, held in London.

Genius scoops Fast Track 100 award

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has scooped the Ones to Watch award at the 19th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 awards.

Food charity fumes at bread overproduction

Food waste charity The Real Junk Food Project has hit out at retailers regarding overproduction.

Wallet Circle offers free mobile loyalty to cafés and bakeries

Digital start-up company Wallet Circle is redefining its business model so that large and small retail businesses can join its mobile loyalty app for free.

Starbucks to trial recyclable coffee cups

Starbucks will begin testing a new kind of recyclable coffee cup as it looks to cut waste.

Tulip muffin wrap range extended

Telford-based i2r Packaging Solutions has expanded its range of tulip muffin wraps to include both stepped and micro sizes.

Cake Angels reveals spooky decorations range

Banbury-based decorations supplier Cake Angels has released details of its Halloween products, which will sell through major UK retailers.

Why these Brazilian cheese balls could be the future of gluten free

It looks like bread, behaves like bread and is named after bread, but Pão de Queijo is actually made from tapioca and cheese, and could be the next big thing in the lucrative gluten-free market.

Tate & Lyle profits from weak sterling

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle PLC said its Q1 profits from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016 were up on the same period last year.

Cadbury cake drives Premier’s sweet treats

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has delivered sales growth of 1.9% for the 13 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

Asda warned against irrational price war

Bosses from retailer Sainsbury’s have suggested that starting a price war would be not be a logical step forwards for rival retailer Asda.

Bakers urged to end use of wheat pesticide

Campaigners have called on high-profile bread manufacturers and supermarkets not to use wheat that is sprayed with glyphosate before harvest.

Oven giant aims to deliver 35% energy savings

Scandinavian oven company Sveba-Dahlen has claimed that its recently launched eco+ concept will save 35% in oven energy.

Muntons scoops sustainability award

Muntons, the Suffolk-based maltster and malted ingredients supplier, has won a top accolade at the AD and Biogas Industry Awards for its Stowmarket plant.

Local bakeries to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival

A variety of Leicestershire-based baking companies are set to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival, taking place from 24 October – 4 November.

Leeds firm eyes cake packaging sector

UK thermoformed packaging manufacturer Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) is launching a range of two-part cake domes, in a bid to significantly grow its share of the UK retail cake business.

Asda recalls bakery product over allergy concern

UK supermarket Asda has recalled packs of its Baker’s Selection 20 Mini Rocky Road Bites, with a best-before date of 4 August.

Bakery set to wrap up free-from market

A bakery that specialises in artisan wheat- and gluten-free breads, Wheat Free Bakery Direct, has purchased the new FP016 evo flow wrapper from packaging supplier KernPack.

Ministry of Cake owner nominated for CEO award

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, has been announced as winner of the CEO of the Year award for the south west in the Management Team Awards 2016, organised by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

Artisan bakery to take centre stage at UK’s small business campaign

An award-winning Fulham-based micro bakery, Ma Baker, is to take centre stage at the launch of the UK’s 2016 Small Business Saturday campaign on 3 December.

Finsbury Food Group reports near 25% sales jump

Leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported a rise in sales revenue of 24.8% to £319.7m for the full financial year ended 2 July.

FDF appeals to May over Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has outlined the industry’s key priorities in the Brexit negotiations in an open letter to incoming prime minister Theresa May.

Action on Sugar slams government obesity report

A leaked copy of David Cameron’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has prompted campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS) to call for its revision.

Oreo to launch two new biscuit flavours

Biscuit company Oreo has revealed that it will bring out two new flavours to its UK range: mint and the limited-edition strawberry cheesecake.

McColl’s to buy 298 Co-op stores

Convenience store and newsagent operator McColl’s has agreed to buy 298 stores from The Co-operative Group, in a deal worth £117m.

Le Pain to open in Leeds

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, has announced its first regional city opening at a £165m development in Leeds.

Pidy produces gluten-free pastry tartelettes

Belgian family food business Pidy has devised a new range of gluten-free pastry tartelettes.

Muffin Break announces new summer menu

Artisan bakery Muffin Break will launch its summer menu in all its UK stores this month.

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.

Edme gives students science lesson

Science students from Bishop Stopford’s College in Enfield enjoyed an educational day at food ingredients’ company Edme learning about science in the ‘field to fork’ supply chain in the baking industry.

EHL ingredients recruits new manager to secure sales targets

Food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients has welcomed Natalie Daley into its emerging team as the new technical manager.

Bahlsen in 500,000 multipack pick drive at Tesco

Biscuit brand Bahlsen has offered 500,000 pick-up multipacks over the summer to 100 Tesco stores around the UK.

Mrs Crimbles bought by Wessanen

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Dutch organic and natural food company Wessanen.

Grocery prices see largest drop in over a year

Food prices saw their biggest fall for over a year last month as prices continued to drop, according to market analyst British Retail Consortium-Nielsen (BRC).

Thirty three go coast to coast for GroceryAid

Thirty-three cyclists undertook a 333km expedition from Whitehaven to Whitby to raise funds for GroceryAid.

Bakkavör sells Vaco

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer the Bakkavör group has agreed the sale of Belgian fresh prepared food business, Vaco, to Culinor Food Group.

Warburtons profits hit by supermarket price war

Continued pressure on the UK grocery market has hit profits at bread giant Warburtons. 

Waitrose targets ex-pats after deal with online retailer

Suppliers of Waitrose’s own-label biscuits and cakes could benefit from a new deal between the supermarket chain and international online retailer British Corner Shop.

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Krispy Kreme takes to the air

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is ramping up its UK business with two new outlets opening in Glasgow and a new high-flying deal on airline Flybe.

Gail’s launches breakfast drive for charity

London-based Gail’s Artisan Bakery is heading a campaign to raise funds for Magic Breakfast, a charity that aims to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools. 

New trucks for Roberts

Roberts Bakery has five new bespoke bread transport trucks, thanks to its contract with Bibby Distribution.

Bonds to launch American baked goods line

Traditional British confectionery company, Bonds of London, has launched an extensive new range of American products.

Barclaycard launches mentoring programme

Barclaycard and The Guardian Small Business Network have teamed up with leading entrepreneurs to champion UK small businesses

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.

Sainsbury’s to close Netto chain

Sainsbury’s is to close its Netto stores after deciding to end its joint venture with Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked in the UK.

Lidl adds to portfolio with Store of the Future

Bakery will be at the heart of a new Lidl of the Future supermarket, due to open in Oban, Scotland, in September.

Hobart in Top 100 for record fourth time

Warewash equipment manufacturer Hobart has appeared in The Top 100 awards for the most innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in its native Germany.

New patisserie lines for Coup de Pates

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates unveiled two new patisserie lines at the Taste of London food festival.

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.

Brexit chaos? ‘Storm in a teacup,’ says David Smart

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the impact of Brexit on small businesses.

Spelt mix brand gains Ocado listing

Cathy's, an Irish spelt brand based in Co Wicklow, has secured a major listing with Ocado in the UK.

UK food prices to go up, says NFU

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned the UK leaving the EU will probably result in a short-term spike in the price of food, and has called for MPs to support farmers.

Costa considers Brexit impact as coffee prices rise

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread may rein back investment following the Leave win in last week’s referendum, while coffee prices could soon rocket due to severe droughts.

Bien cuit baking comes to Manchester

A Manchester foodie duo will be introducing a new style of dark-bake sourdough loaves to the UK when they launch the Pollen Bakery in Manchester in August.

Duchess of Cornwall visits sandwich shop

The Duchess of Cornwall posed for a selfie at The Social Bite café in Edinburgh while HRH The Prince of Wales flipped pancakes.

Pidy UK appeals for riders for its 2016 “Ride 4 Hope”

Supplier Pidy UK is looking for amateur cyclists to take part in its 2016’s Ride 4 Hope, a 300-mile sponsored cycle ride, which will raise around £30,000 for a homeless charity.

Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffè Nero

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero is to acquire the coffee chain Harris + Hoole from Tesco.

Pasties under threat?

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has raised concerns that a Brexit could invalidate the PGI status that protects their products.

Costa boosts Whitbread performance

Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee has boosted the group’s overall Q1 performance for the 13 weeks to 2 June 2016, with total sales at the high street coffee chain up 11.5% to £414.3m and retail like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 2.6%.

Stag completes £5k programme

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

Miss Macaroon to expand across UK

Miss Macaroon, the Essex patisserie concept from chef Rosie Gindlay, is set to open 100 shops and concessions in the next five years.

Free-from opportunity being missed

The food industry needs to catch up with consumer demand for free-from, according to new research.

Action on Sugar targets breakfast biscuits

The campaign group Action on Sugar has said most breakfast bars contain the same or more sugar than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops.

Eat whole grains, live longer, say new studies

In good news for bakers, two large-scale studies have concluded that whole grains can lengthen your life and reduce disease risk.

Aldi is Grocer of the Year

Discount supermarket Aldi has been crowned Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards, for the third time in four years.

Ocado shares plummet as Amazon Fresh launches

Ocado shares are at a three-year low following the UK launch of Amazon Fresh, which is making it more susceptible to a takeover, according to City experts.

Pidy adds to Trendy range

Pidy, the Belgian pastry producer, has announced an exciting addition to its Trendy range, with the launch of Trendy Coco Shell Cases.

Canadian coffee chain expands

Canadian coffee chain Second Cup has revealed plans to open five new sites across the UK this year.

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.

NI’s first bakery academy

Bakery firm Genesis Crafty has set up the first bakery academy in Northern Ireland.

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. 

Amazon Fresh launches

Amazon Fresh has made its entrance into the UK grocery market, in a move which threatens Britain’s already under-pressure supermarkets.

Tesco to sell Giraffe

Tesco is expected to announce the sale of its Giraffe restaurant chain, which has reignited speculation that the Euphorium bakery chain and coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole will be next.

Sainsbury’s to increase baked free-from range

Baked goods will be featured in Sainsbury’s upcoming expansion of its free-from range, British Baker has been told.

New premium doughnut range from Dawn

Dawn Foods has launched a new range of premium ring doughnuts, each with its own end-to-end filling.

David Smart: Clean eating is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books”

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has claimed the clean eating movement is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books.”

New recipe and packaging for Hovis

Hovis will introduce a new ‘softer’ recipe for its Best of Both and Soft White, supported by new packaging designs.

New Subway at Southampton hospital

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

Waitrose launches dog muffins

Iced Woofins, iced muffins for dogs made of sponge cake, are now available in Waitrose.

Dispotool Roadshow hits the UK

The Dispotool Roadshow recently came to the UK, giving industry leaders a chance to see the logistical software in action.

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.

Costa Coffee starts accepting Android Pay

Costa Coffee has announced it is accepting payment with the Android Pay app at participating stores.

Warburtons most-bought FMCG brand

Bread giant Warburtons has topped a list of the UK’s most-bought fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands. There are four bakery brands in the top 10.

Foodservice growth rate to slow by end of year

The UK foodservice market is continuing to grow, according to foodservice consultancy Horizon, although the rate of growth is expected to slow.

Pieminister launches 10,000 pie giveaway

Premium pie maker Pieminister has launched a summer giveaway, which will see over 10,000 pies delivered to selected events across the UK.

SSP reports profit leap

SSP, the travel location foodservice brand operator, has reported a 41.5% surge in underlying profit before tax from £16.4m to £23.2m for the six months to 31 March 2016.

Pret launches Android Pay service

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has announced that the Android Pay service is now available in all of its UK stores. 

£67k raised for GroceryAid

A rowing charity event in the Lake District, sponsored by Mars UK, has raised more than £67k for GroceryAid.

Greencore reports H1 sales growth

Greencore Group, the international convenience food producer, has reported an 8.5% growth in operating profit to £43.5m during its H1 period.

Pieminister expands after £1.4m investment

Bristol-based pie business Pieminister will open five new restaurants across the UK and create more than 80 new jobs after securing a £1.4m finance package from HSBC.

Muntons expands abroad

Muntons, the Suffolk-based maltster and malted ingredients company, has opened its first plant outside the UK.

Gluten-free bread has up to seven times more fat

Own-label gluten-free options often contain up to seven times more fat, according to research for The Grocer.

Coup de Pates launches student competition

A competition organised by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates is offering student chefs tickets to Taste of London.

Jason Cotta new MD for Costa UK

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee has appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland in Jason Cotta.

Ministry of Cake marks 3m-a-week milestone

Taunton bakery and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has marked the fact it now makes 3m cakes a week by launching a new website.

Ireks fundraises for Macmillan

Ten bakers from Chester-based bakery ingredients company Ireks UK have cycled around Loch Ness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Krispy Kreme agrees to US sale

The US doughnut company Krispy Kreme has agreed to be bought by Kenco coffee owner, JAB Holding, for £935m ($1.35bn).

UCB bakery student in prestigious final

Professional bakery student Megan Roberts of University College Birmingham (UCB) is entering the finals of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award. 

Hotel Chocolat’s shares rocket following stock market debut

Hotel Chocolat, the upmarket confectioner, has seen shares surge after the company listed on the stock market for the first time this week.

Elizabeth Shaw bought by Colian

British chocolate brand Elizabeth Shaw has been acquired by Polish confectionery producer and distributor Colian Holding SA.

Costa pledges to reduce sugar by 2020

Costa Coffee, the high street café chain, has announced it will reduce the added sugar content in its beverage range by 25% by 2020.

KWS launches high-yield biscuit wheats

KWS Wheat has launched two new wheat varieties that offer high yields of grain suitable for biscuit and cake flours.

Paul increases turnover to £28.7m

Turnover at French bakery and café Paul is up 17% in its results for the year ended 31 December 2015, and group turnover increased to £28.7m.

Welsh Hills bakery staff walk for Coeliac UK

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Prewett’s launches gluten-free competitions

Gateshead-based Prewett’s, the gluten-free biscuit brand, will launch a series of social media competitions to highlight Coeliac Awareness Week (9-15 May).

Dawn lists new chocolate toppings and decorations

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is offering Dobla-branded premium Belgian chocolate decorations and toppings to bakers in the UK.

Sainsbury’s underlying profits down 14%

Sainsbury's has announced a fall of 14% in underlying yearly profits in its trading update, but saw a turnaround in pre-tax profits, which were up by £620m.

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.

Le Pain Quotidien cuts staff breaks

In response to the introduction of the national living wage (NLW) last month, Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to end paid staff breaks.

Jacob’s announces reality TV stars for new ad

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that Jacob’s latest advert will feature Mark-Francis Vandelli of TV’s Made in Chelsea, and James ‘Arg’ Argent of The Only Way is Essex.

Kate’s Cakes to close Ashington and Esher sites

Staff at the CSM Bakery Solutions-owned Kate’s Cakes sites in West Sussex and Surrey were given a letter on Wednesday (27 April) informing them that the outlets are to close “by the end of 2017”.

Lincat takes on two new managers

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

Burton’s relaunches Cadbury Animals

Burton’s Biscuits is to relaunch its Cadbury Animals and Cadbury Dinos biscuit ranges with an updated recipe and new pack designs.

Roberts Bakery raises £25k for charity

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has raised £25,000, half its target, to help Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Choc full of ideas: Ruth Hinks interview

Ruth Hinks is the UK World Chocolate Master and entrepreneur behind the multi-award winning chocolatier and patisserie near Edinburgh, Cocoa Black. Alice Cooke caught up with her to talk all things chocolate.

Costa sales up 15.7%

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has reported that UK retail sales at Costa were up 15.7% in the year ending 3 March.

Boris Johnson visits Subway

Mayor of London Boris Johnson met staff at the Uxbridge branch of Subway to talk about key issues affecting the food industry.

Mary Berry launches first chilled dessert range

Mary Berry has launched her first range of chilled desserts, produced under license by The Hain Daniels Group.

Premier Foods enters into Nissin deal

Premier Foods has officially entered into its previously-announced relationship agreement with Japanese instant noodle firm Nissin.

Time to enter the Baking Industry Awards

Are you the very best in bakery? If so, time is running out to enter the prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

New packaging for Baker Street rolls from Carrs

The Baker Street soft rolls, made by Carrs Foods, now have branded display trays produced by DS Smith.

Kudos Blends presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Ingredients supplier Kudos Blends has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 in the international trade category.

Addo Food Group to remarket brands

Two of Addo Food Group’s brands, Wall’s Savoury Pastry and Pork Farms, are to be relaunched later this month.

ABF profits up despite “challenges” in bakery

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has seen grocery profits rise, despite a fall in sales and “challenges” within the UK bakery market.

RedBlack Software launches Cybake Instore and new range

RedBlack Software has launched CyBake Instore, and has announced it has become the exclusive UK reseller of weighing, ingredient control and traceability solutions from North American specialist, SG Systems.

ADM Milling supports Great Ormond Street

Essex-based ADM Milling has launched a new partnership with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

Coffee sales to hit over £3bn in 2016

Coffee shop's sales are expected to hit £3.14bn this year, according to new research by Mintel.

WH Smith to extend café offering

The high street stationers has 17 café outlets nationwide, which are now being rebranded and improved under the name Coffee House.

New ad campaign for Bahlsen

German biscuit brand Bahlsen is set to air a £5m UK television campaign from 18 April.

McCormick drops bid for Premier Foods

US spice brand McCormick has walked away from talks to buy Mr Kipling-maker Premier Foods after examining its books.

Tesco records first quarterly sales growth in three years

Supermarket giant Tesco reported a £162m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 February, its first quarterly sales growth since 2013.

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Costa MD resigns

High street café Costa Coffee has announced that managing director Christopher Rogers is to step down.

Carr’s Group ekes out profit rise despite fall in revenue

Carr’s Group has reported a small 0.5% rise in operating profit to £9.6m for the six months ended 27 February 2016, despite a 9.4% plunge in revenue to £189.1m.

Accountant steals over £26,000 from Délifrance

A Leicestershire accountant has narrowly avoided jail after stealing more than £26,000 from café chain Délifrance.

Gluten sensitivity is a growing problem

A leading consultant has suggested that the UK might be suffering from gluten overload.

60% of consumers pick desserts over starters

New research by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates, which launched its rebrand of Delice de France last year, has found that 60% would take the sweet course over a savoury starter.

United Biscuits targets convenience stores in biscuit growth initiative

United Biscuits (UB) is aiming to grow biscuit sales by £88m over the next five years, by helping convenience stores optimise their range offer.

Pidy’s gluten-free range wins award

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has won an award for its recently launched gluten-free range.

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.

Brioche Pasquier starts production at new UK site

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

Bakers advised to secure dairy supplies

Bakers have been warned to lock in their dairy commodity prices, which are at a 10-year low.

Grocery prices drop for 4th consecutive month

The cost of groceries has dropped for the fourth month in a row, according to mySupermarket.co.uk. 

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.

United Biscuits identifies £500m growth opportunity in biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) has identified £500m of growth opportunity in the UK biscuit market as part of its first Biscuit Review.

Former Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.

Brioche Pasquier achieves new Sainsbury’s listings

French bakery Brioche Pasquier has added five new products to its range in Sainsbury’s, which takes the company’s listing with the supermarket up to nine.

Premier rejects third takeover bid

Premier Foods has rejected a fresh offer from US spice brand McCormick, which valued the company at 65p per share.

Linpac invests £1.2m in machinery

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

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

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

New Krispy Kreme in Peterborough

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is to open a restaurant and production hub in Peterborough.

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Mission Foods appoints new MD

Mission Foods has announced that Peter Ellis is to become its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Premier Foods sells 17.27% stake

Nissin, a Japanese instant noodle firm, has committed to buy a 17.27% stake in Premier Foods.

Premier Foods’ shares jump after takeover rejection

Shares in Premier Foods jumped to a high of 54.05p yesterday, after the company announced it had rejected a takeover bid by US spice brand McCormick.

Foodservice sales growth slowing

The growth in the UK food sector will not match that of 2015, according to data analysis company Horizons’ managing director Peter Backman. 

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.

Top ten hot cross buns

No Easter would be complete without them – now Cambridge Market Research has published the results of a consumer blind taste test to see which hot cross bun is best.

Premier Foods writes off Hovis stake

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has revealed it is to write off its £8m investment in Hovis.

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

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

Pret A Manger scores food-to-go double win

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has been named the UK’s best café and sandwich shop.

Tim Peake eats bacon sandwich in space

Not only that, which is brilliant enough, but the British astronaut’s sandwich was also specially designed by Heston Blumenthal for the occasion.

Sugar tax: Action on Sugar says bakery could be next

Industry experts have said that the sugar tax on soft drinks is “a slippery slope”, and the bakery industry could be next.

PHE says UK salt intake has stayed the same

The UK is consuming the same amount of salt as it was three years ago, despite numerous campaigns, according to Public Health England (PHE). 

MPs underline commitment to apprenticeships

MPs George Eustice and Nadhim Zahawi spoke at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) stand at the Big Bang UK Scientist and Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

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Burton’s MD leaves after only months

Burton’s Biscuits has confirmed the departure of Ian Deste just six months after he joined the company.

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.

First gluten-free industry event launched

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is hosting its first gluten-free networking event for food industry professionals who wish to benefit from the growing gluten-free market. 

Defra urges manufacturers to apply for PDOs

UK manufacturers are to be encouraged to apply for protected status for their regional speciality food and drink names, according to Elizabeth Truss, minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Scott’s Bakery wins seasonal Asda contract

Easter has come early for Scott’s Bakery, after it won a contract to supply Asda with three seasonal lines.

Demand for more independent coffee shops

Despite high street domination by the branded coffee chains, it is independent coffee shops that consumers want, according to new research.

FSA announces new appointments to the board

David Brooks, Rosie Glazebrook, Stewart Houston and Paul Williams will serve an initial three year term with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), ending in 2019.

FDF opposes Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) wants the UK to remain part of the European Union (EU), as 71% of its members “overwhelmingly endorse” staying in Europe.

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Budget 2016 – key points for the bakery sector

A rise in the number of businesses able to access Small Business Rate Relief, and a tax on sugary drinks, were among key commitments set out by the Chancellor, George Osborne.

Finsbury Food reports strong H1 growth

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 91% growth in its H1 UK bakery operating profit, from £3.8m to £7.2m.

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.

New national commitment to sustainable food and drink

Resource efficiency charity WRAP has pledged to reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food and drink by one-fifth, saving £20bn.

Mark Muncey’s blog: Taking Cornwall to Shanghai

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

Revealed: how to make rainbow bagels

The rainbow bagel craze has finally crossed over to the UK from the USA, thanks to the Beigel Shop.

Sugar is Brit’s biggest health concern, not fat

New research from market analyst, Mintel, has shown that we are more concerned about sugar than fat and calories.

“Significant growth” for Bokomo Foods

Cereal maker Bokomo Foods is now the main supplier to all major supermarkets’ own-brand cereal products.

New edible Ghostbusters merchandise

Innovative Bites, the American snack and confectionary supplier, has signed a deal to launch limited-edition Ghostbusters Twinkies, called Key Lime Slime.

Greggs launches flat white with Nappuccino lab

To mark the launch of its new flat white coffee, high street baker Greggs has bought an “adult naptime pod” to London.

Caffè Nero roasted for tax avoidance

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has come under widespread media criticism for paying no corporation tax in the last financial year, despite posting a profit of almost £23.6m.

United Biscuits releases teacakes

United Biscuits (UB) is to expand further into the cake aisle with the release of two teacake products.

The New York Bakery Co launches wholemeal bagel

The wholemeal bagels from The New York Bakery Co (NYBC) are low in saturated fat and are a source of fibre.

Prewett’s extends gluten-free biscuit range

The UK gluten-free biscuit brand has further extended its range to include milk-free biscuits, ‘indulgent’ all butter cookies and individually wrapped chocolate-coated biscuit bars.

New mini pastry collection

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has launched a Mini Signature Selection, made up of Danish pastries.

Bakery among biggest UK exports

Baked and cereal exports increased to £2.3bn in 2015, according to new HM Customs & Excise data.

Samworth at the House of Commons

Keith Vaz MP met with Alex Knight, chief executive of Samworth Brothers, to discuss “grave concerns” about the food manufacturer’s wage proposals.

Costa reports slowing sales

The high street coffee shop chain’s owner, Whitbread, has blamed mild weather for disappointing sales.

New Brioche Pasquier macarons

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier aims to target “the consumer’s growing passion for macarons”.

Fairtrade sales up, but not sugar

The Fairtrade Foundation charity said that shoppers and businesses are choosing Fairtrade for most groceries, but not sugar.

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.

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.

5 things you can learn about Greggs

Greggs' record annual profits off the back of a bold food-to-go strategy gives any bakery pause for thought. British Baker takes a look at the key factors which give the high-street baker its competative edge.

Waverley Bakery bought for £5.2m

Scottish ice-cream cone and wafer maker Waverley Bakery has been bought by Nordic business Orkla Food Ingredients (OFI).

New funding for The Cornish Bakery

A seven-figure funding package for The Cornish Bakery could create up to 180 jobs and eight new stores “by spring 2016”.

Irwin’s wheaten bread in Asda

Irwin’s Bakery is to supply more than 100,000 packs of its new wheaten bread products to all Asda stores in Northern Ireland.

Nina Bakery launches new Sub Pita

Artisan pitta bread producer Nina Bakery released ready-baked Sub Pitas at Hotelympia in London yesterday.

Applegreen to trial Bakewell Café in the UK

Applegreen has told British Baker that it will bring the successful motorway service café concept in the UK.

Warburtons makes Top 25 of Sunday Times’ companies

Warburtons has been named one of the Best 25 Big companies to work for.

Poundbakery launches Italian range

An Italian-inspired range has been launched by budget bakery chain Poundbakery.

New maple syrup in industry-friendly packaging

Pure Maple, the new 100% pure Grade A Canadian maple syrup, has launched a new convenient Bag in a Box specifically for the foodservice and bakery sectors.

National Toast Day hailed a success

#NationalToastDay trended for hours, not only in the UK but also in America and Canada.

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.

Allied makes savings through stock profiling

Specialist stock profiling from Brammer, a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services, is set to deliver cost savings for Allied Bakeries.

BakeArt manufactures first sugar sprinkles in the UK

BakeArt has become the first company to manufacture sugar sprinkles in the UK, at its plant in Ashington, Northumberland.

Sandwiches and baguettes in top ten dishes, says Premier Foods

New research for the St Albans-based food group by M&C Allegra found that the bread-based meals ranked 9th for dishes enjoyed out of home in 2015.

Food firms sign letter opposing Brexit

A clutch of leading food firms have joined nearly 200 business leaders saying leaving the European Union would threaten jobs and put the UK's economy at risk.

Brakes Group sold to US firm for £2.2bn

Brakes Group, the food supplier that had purportedly been considering a flotation, has been sold to US company Sysco in a deal worth $3.1bn (£2.2bn).

Rainbow bagels hit the UK

Everyone left green-eyed by the new rainbow bagel obsession in America has had their prayers answered, after Beigel Shop decided to create their own.

Hovis launches chia bread

With its Hovis Seed Sensations Chia Bread, Hovis has become the first major bread brand to launch chia bread in the UK.  

United Biscuits launches new app and “sweeetest ever ad break”

United Biscuits (UB), has launched two new initiatives – a new TV advert and the new McVitie’s iKitten app.

Sugar tax would save £10m a year

A tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7m obesity cases by 2025, according to Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.

Warburtons invests £300k in charity initiative

Warburtons has announced a three-year partnership with parkrun, which organises running events across the country.

Boulder Brands UK recalls products over sesame contamination

Boulder Brands UK, which owns the Udi’s Gluten Free brand, is recalling packs of several products, due to possible contamination with sesame seeds.

Pies for rail travellers on Global Scouse Day

Rail travellers across the UK will get a taste of Liverpool on 28 February.

The Yolkin hits London

Stand aside the Cronut, for the UK has a few amazing bakery inventions of its own. The latest is the Yolkin, a macaron ice cream sandwich, from eponymous London pop-up bakery Sammie Le.

Gordon Polson, director of the federation of bakers
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Federation of Bakers’ annual conference

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) is to hold its AGM, annual conference and lunch on 18 May at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham.

Former baker launches online artisan food marketplace

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

Free-from market set for strong growth

The UK free-from market could grow 13% to £531m in 2016 and climb to £673m by 2020, a new report by market analyst Mintel has claimed.

Clean label opportunities for bakers

A new study, Cracking the Clean Label Code, has highlighted clean-label opportunities for manufacturers and retailers in the baking industry.

Fats and oils supplier joins Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers has welcomed AAK, the UK arm of Swedish fats and oil ingredients manufacturer, as a new member. 

5 bakeries spreading the love this Valentine’s Day

With romance in the air ahead of Valentine's Day on 14 February, British Baker takes a look a five bakeries producing sumptuous little treats for the event.

Tesco buys Harris +Hoole coffee shops outright

Tesco now has full ownership of its in-store coffee shop business Harris + Hoole.

Supermarket special offers to be banned?

Major supermarkets are under official investigation after it emerged that questionable special offers encouraged shoppers to spend, not save.

Welcome to Cornucopia: investors sought for Britain’s first Cornish pasty museum

WMC Retail Partners, the company that plans to open the UK's first ever pasty museum, is looking for investors.

Bakkavor delivers strong ebitda growth despite revenue slump

Food manufacturer, Bakkavor, has seen adjusted UK ebitda grow 10% from £112.9m to £124.1m for the 52 weeks to 26 December.

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.

Feel Free for Gluten Free launches in Morrisons

Food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free (FFFGF), is adding to its retail stockists with five new listings in Morrisons.

Cornelius to expand range

Cornelius Group, an independent European distributor of raw materials and ingredients, will expand its health and nutrition offer across Europe.

Bread vital to nation’s future health, says Warburtons research

Bread has an important role to play in UK consumers’ micronutrient intake, said Warburtons, following recent research commissioned by the company.

United Biscuits’ new launches

United Biscuits (UB) will launch McVitie’s Digestive Nibbles, in what the company described as its “biggest new product development” for 2016.

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company brings back bara brith

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company, one of the biggest pie and pasty manufacturers in the UK, has collaborated with Welsh Brew Tea to produce the traditional Welsh sweet treat bara brith.

New biscuit wrapper for UK market

Ulma Packaging, a designer and builder of packaging machinery, has introduced a new version of its Atlanta range of horizontal flow wrapping machines to the UK. 

Subway opens second car dealership outlet

Sandwich retailer Subway has opened a store at Jennings Kia dealership in Stockton, Teesside.

No extra pay for Tesco bakers working anti-social hours

Tesco has confirmed it is cutting pay for certain staff who work on Sundays, Bank Holidays, late nights and overtime.

Grocery prices lowest in over a year

The cost of a basket of 35 popular products – including white bread – fell £85.80 in January, the cheapest it has been in more than a year.

Vincent Brook, UK retail commercial manager at Aryzta Food Solutions
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Aryzta appoints Brook to top sales role

Aryzta Food Solutions has announced Vincent Brook as its UK retail commercial manager.

Greggs and Patisserie Valerie to open in Belfast

High street bakery chain Greggs is planning a third stand-alone store in Belfast, while high street patisserie and cake shop, Patisserie Valerie (PV), will make its Northern Irish debut a few doors away.

New director for Finsbury

Finsbury Foods, the retail and foodservice bakery group, has a new non-executive director in Marnie Millard.

Northern Irish bakery wins Dubai contract

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has won a contract to supply its baked goods to a United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarket giant.

Fazer brings Arctic Thin Breads to the UK

Finland-based Fazer Group’s Arctic Thin Breads are available now from Worldwide Cuisine (WWC).

Bake Off Blog: Sam Cam scoops first challenge title

The charity version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, launched last night, pitting celebrities against cake.

UK economy expands 0.5%

The UK economy expanded by 0.5% in the final three months of last year.

Coffee Republic strikes new deal with Midcounties Co-operative

The Midcounties Co-operative has launched a new franchise partnership with coffee chain Coffee Republic.

Nick Young, new UK chief executive of Aubaine
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Aubaine announces new UK chief executive

Aubaine, the London-based restaurant and patisserie concept, has appointed Nick Young as its new UK chief executive.

Tesco reprimanded over treatment of suppliers

Supermarket giant Tesco will be censured by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), following a year-long investigation into its payment terms.

Greencore reports positive Q1 revenue growth

Greencore, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported revenue growth of 7.2% to £356m for the 13 weeks to 25 December.

World Health Organisation backs sugar tax

A new report by The World Health Organisation (WHO) has backed the divisive plans to implement a sugar tax as a method of tackling childhood obesity.

Dawn Foods launches new pomegranate compound

A pomegranate compound is the latest addition to Dawn’s existing range of 20 compound flavours.

Frustrated Scotland considers folic acid legislation

Scotland is considering introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in an effort to reduce the number of children born with birth defects.

GroceryAid to help apprentices with finances

GroceryAid has now opened up applications for apprentices in the grocery industry looking for extra financial support.

Handmade Cake UK to expand after investment

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods, which owns Handmade Cake UK, has secured a £1m investment from NatWest Scotland to expand into new premises.

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.

Steve Loughton, managing director at Jestic Foodservice Equipment
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Sveba-Dahlen awards sole UK contract to Jestic

Jestic Foodservice Equipment, the food manufacturing machinery company, has been awarded the sole UK distribution right to Sveba-Dahlen machinery.

Ashers Baking Company enlists top lawyer in gay cake row

Ashers Baking Company has enlisted the help of human rights lawyer Professor Christopher McCrudden as it prepares to appeal against an anti-gay discrimination ruling.

General Mills confirms Berwick closure

General Mills UK, which manufactures Jus-Rol pastry, is to close its Berwick bakery following a review of the business.

Bread in 28% of UK breakfasts

Research by Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board Cereals and Oilseeds (AHDB) has found that bread features in 28% of breakfasts in the UK.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ managing director leaves to join Domino’s

Jim Johnstone, managing director of Dunkin’ Brands in the UK and Ireland, has left his role to join Domino’s.

H1 sales up by 46% at Finsbury

Finsbury Food Group, the UK bakery group, has seen its total company sales increase by 46% to £156.6m in its first half.

Tesco’s festive LFL rise fails to reverse Q3 fall

Tesco has reported a 1.3% growth in UK like-for-like (LFL) sales for its Christmas trading period in the six weeks to 9 January.

Allied Bakeries reports increased sales in challenging times

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries achieved a substantial increase in sales volumes for the 16 weeks ending 2 January, “although pricing and margins remain challenging”.

Five things YOU can learn from Greggs today

British Baker highlights some of the key take-outs from the Greggs fourth-quarter update today. Where is the company heading and what will its full year results look like?

Handmade Cake Company sees profit growth

The Handmade Cake Company, the Berkshire-based foodservice cake business, has reported an increase in operating profit from £1.7m to £2.4m for the year ending 31 March 2015.

Le Pain Quotidien to open first regional UK outlet

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to make its UK regional debut on 29 January at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, in a move announced as the company’s first out-of-London site. 

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.

Piero Scacco, director at Montana Bakery
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Montana Bakery suffers profit drop

Montana Bakery, the artisan wholesale bakery, has reported a slump in operating profit from £1.3m to £1.2m for the 12 months to 28 March 2015.

Border Biscuits to add second production line

Border Biscuits, the Lanarkshire-based biscuit producer, is to build a second production line at its Lanark facility.

Costa is first coffee chain to launch vegan line

Costa Coffee has become the first UK coffee shop chain to launch a vegan product registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.

Seasonal bakery sales up thanks to sweet-toothed shoppers

Christmas cake, pudding and confectionery sales were up 8.3% on 2014 as UK consumers spent £219m in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. 

Pie firm invests £60k in production

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company, one of the biggest pie and pasty manufacturers in the UK, has invested £60,000 in new equipment to improve its production line.

Who ya gonna call? – Finsbury granted licence for Ghostbusters

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

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.

Hot cross buns on sale for Christmas

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

Richard Watts, founder and managing director at Destiny Foods
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Destiny Foods to triple storage with new warehouse

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributer, has bought a 30,000sq ft warehouse which it says will triple its storage capacity.

Folic acid must be added to flour, say experts

UK experts are calling for the fortification of folic acid to be made mandatory in order to reduce serious birth defects.

Professor Keith Edwards of the University of Bristol
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Wheat research project receives £3.68m in government funding

A long-term study to improve the efficiency of wheat breeding is to be set up using £3.68m of funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers
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Scottish Bakers scoops conference award

Scottish Bakers has won the Conference Development Award at the UK Association Awards 2015.

Greggs has recently opened its 100th franchise store
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Greggs opens 100th franchise store

Greggs, the high street bakery, recently passed 100 franchise stores as it opened another partnership with fuel station forecourt manager Euro Garages.

Starbucks UK has seen pre-tax profits rise to £34.2m for the year to 27 September
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Starbucks UK’s profits leap forwards

Starbucks UK has seen year-on-year pre-tax profits jump £32.2 million to reach £34.2m in the year to 27 September.

Coffee shops forecast to reach £15bn in next 10 years

Britain’s love affair with coffee looks set to continue with the UK coffee shop market expected to be worth over £15bn by 2025, according to the latest report from Allegra World Coffee Portal.

2 Sisters sees quarterly drop in sales and profits

Boparan Holdings – the owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales slump by 3.5% to £778.3m in the three months to 31 October.

Derek Ferrol, founder of EasyRecruitUK
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Recruitment firm urges flexibility ahead of Living Wage

The founder of a Glasgow-based recruitment agency for the food and drink and hospitality industries has warned that businesses need to adopt a “flexible labour mode” ahead of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Jamaica Blue, the coffee chain, is to open four new stores next year
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Australia franchise café firm reveals UK expansion plans

Jamaica Blue plans to open four new cafés in ‘affluent’ areas of the UK in 2016.

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.

Maxime Michelot, winner of Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest
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Harrods pastry chef wins Christmas log competition

Maxime Michelot, a pastry chef at Harrods, beat off competition from 24 other UK-based chefs to win Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest.

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.

Costa Coffee reports Q3 sales growth

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned café chain, has posted UK like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 2.5% for the 13 weeks to 26 November 2015.

Warburtons’ Muppets ad crowned Christmas best

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

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has urged employers to prepare for the National Living Wage
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Employers must prepare for Living Wage, says BIS

UK bosses have been urged to better prepare for the National Living Wage (NLW) and avoid potential legal action by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as it emerged only 45% of employers had updated their payrolls.

European stance on trans fats welcomed

Campaigners against trans fats (TFAs) in food have welcomed a report from the European Commission stating legal limits on their presence in food would be the most effective response to improve public health.

Greggs embarks on business transformation

Greggs has built on an existing relationship with technology company Keytree by appointing it to carry out the first phase of its business transformation programme.

Jennifer Irvine, the third UK brand ambassador for the California Prune Board
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Prune board adds new ambassador

A third UK brand ambassador has been recruited by the California Prune Board.

10 magical mince pies you'll want to munch right now

Mince pies hold a special place in the hearts of the British public, comforting, portable and one of the few British Christmas bakes only a few “don’t really like”. British Baker takes a look at 10 great places to buy these little pieces of festive heaven:

Fiona Kendrick, president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and chief executive and chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland
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FDF president pledges to treble apprenticeships

Fiona Kendrick has announced a pledge to treble apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and grow value-added exports a third by 2020.

Independent bakers missing out on Bake Off opportunity

High street bakery outlets are failing to cash in on a surge in consumption of sweet-tasting bakery and dessert products, in a trend driven by The Great British Bake Off.

United Biscuits (UB) now runs 16 trucks on waste cooking oil
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UB slashes CO2 emissions

United Biscuits (UB), the biscuit and snack manufacturer, has extended its fleet of trucks fuelled by waste cooking oil to 16.

Brains gains £85m to expand Coffee#1 chain

Drinks and hospitality firm Brains has been given an £85m funding packing to help accelerate the roll-out of its coffee chain business Coffee#1.

Grocery retailers set for strong Christmas

UK shoppers are expected to spend £20.3bn on groceries over the Christmas period, a 1.4% rise on last year.

Europeans are decreasing their sugar intake, says study

The majority of consumers in key European markets are cutting back on their consumption of sugar, new research from Mintel has revealed.

Invest in automation to increase output by 25%, says Barclays

The food and drink industry is among the UK manufacturing sectors that have the most to gain from investments in automation and robotics, according to a report by Barclays.

Aryzta enjoys Q1 revenue growth

Aryzta, the Irish-Swiss bakery group, has reported a 6.1% rise in revenue to €995m (£701m) for the three months to 31 October.

Dowson moves to larger plant

Dowson Food Machinery, the bakery equipment manufacturer, is moving to a larger factory in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

MPs back sugar tax, but industry fights back

A group of MPs has thrown its weight behind a proposed tax on sugary drinks to battle child obesity – along with other measures.

Another record year for Patisserie Holdings

Patisserie Holdings, the company behind a host of high street chains, has delivered another “record” year after its underlying profit increased by 22% to £18.8m.

Mono Equipment supplies Scandi bakery

Mono Equipment, the bakery and foodservice equipment manufacturer, has supplied its products to new Cardiff bakery and café Brød.

Chris Jenkins, cluster director for the UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods
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New director at Dawn

Dawn Foods, the bakery ingredients producer, has recruited a new boss to head up its business in the UK and Ireland.

SSP reports 3.7% LFL growth

SSP, the travel location food and drink brand operator, has reported a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 3.7% for the year ended 30 September 2015.

Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.

Finsbury celebrates 78.1% revenue increase

Finsbury Foods, the retail and foodservice bakery group, has reported UK bakery revenue growth of 8.7% for the first four months of its financial year.

Greencore Group has recorded a 10.6% rise in group operating profits
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Greencore announces factory investment following strong sales

Greencore Group, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported a 10.6% rise in group operating profits to £91.7m for the year ended 25 September 2015.

UB invests £15m in export drive

United Biscuits (UB) is planning to invest £15m to increase capacity at its biggest factory next year and is forecasting a 50% increase in its exports by 2020.

AB Mauri unveils new Centre of Excellence

Bakery ingredients supplier AB Mauri has officially opened its new Centre of Excellence.

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.

Almondy produces gluten-free cakes
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Almondy bought by Danish bakery

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has been acquired by the Danish group Givesco Bakery.

Aldi trumpets British Baker awards success

The first publicly available advice on producing free-from products has been published
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First free-from food manufacturing advice published

The first publicly available guidance for food manufacturers aiming to produce free-from products has been published.

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a Chinese eCommerce store
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UB launches Chinese eCommerce store

Biscuit manufacturing group United Biscuits (UB) has launched an eCommerce store for Chinese consumers on Alibaba Group’s Tmall Global platform.

A mouse infestation has shut down a Birmingham branch of Muffin Break
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Mouse infestation closes Birmingham Muffin Break

A recently opened branch of Muffin Break in Birmingham’s flagship Grand Central shopping mall was shut down due to mouse infestation yesterday (9 November).

Outgoing chief executive of Samworth Brothers, Lindsey Pownall
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Seven day round-up

The last seven days have produced some interesting stories for the baking industry, from Lindsey Pownall annoucing her retirement from Samworth Brothers to Morrisons unveiling plans to enter the fresh sandwich market. British Baker looks back over the top 5.

Florian Poirot with the sculpture which won him the UK Pastry Open 2015
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UK World Pastry Cup team announced

The UK team for the 2017 Pastry World Cup has been announced at an exclusive afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, London.

Carr’s records healthy profit growth

Unaudited figures show the food division of Carr’s Group has enjoyed a 6.3% rise in profit before tax for the year ended 29 August 2015.

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.

Premier Foods was named as best bakery at the FMEAs
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Premier Foods scoops food manufacturing award

Premier Foods, which owns Mr Kipling, has scooped the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2015.

New legislation could trigger a flood of cheap sugar
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Liberalised sugar market could lead to a flood of cheap imports

Europe could be flooded by cheap sugar because of plans to liberalise the sugar market, according to a new study.

Glanbia gluten-free oats gain official recognition

Oats from Glanbia Nutritionals have been recognised for their gluten-free purity by three leading European coeliac organisations.

MacLean’s Bakery accepted in national scheme

MacLean’s Bakery has become one of four companies and the only bakery to be included in a Scotland-wide scheme to provide food for council projects.

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.

Key consumer trends were revealed at Taste Tomorrow London
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Global study identifies key bakery trends

A global study for Belgian ingredients manufacturer Puratos has unveiled key trends in the baking, patisserie and chocolate markets.

Pieminister has raised funds for 57,176 trees
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Bristol pie-makers fight hunger with trees

Bristol-based pie restaurant and manufacturer Pieminister has smashed its target of planting 50,000 trees in Malawi with its Pie One Get One Tree campaign.

Aviva survey shows ‘invisible’ spend

A typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items such as coffees, shop-bought lunches, post-work drinks and treats for children, says a new survey commissioned by insurance company Aviva.

Délifrance UK has unveiled a new £30m investment
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Seven day news round-up

Here’s the British Baker guide to the past seven days and all the stories you need to inform your business decisions.

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.

Lantmännen Unibake UK's new head of marketing, Ian Harris
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Lantmännen Unibake announces new head of marketing

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has named Ian Harris as its new head of marketing. 

Délifrance unveils £30m investment and new bread line

Délifrance UK has unveiled a new £30m investment to its bakery in London which has already seen the installation of a state-of-the-art stone baked bread line.

IGD predicts online shopping surge

Up to 42% of British shoppers could be converted to online grocery shopping, according to food and grocery research and training charity IGD.

Costa reports strong sales growth

Whitbread-owned coffee brand Costa has posted UK like-for-like sales growth of 4.4% for the six months to August 27 2015.

Top five stories in past seven days

A week is a long time in bakery – or so it seems. But you can catch up here with our round-up of the biggest stories of the past seven days.

Scottish Bakers helps exporters with new brochure

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

US gluten-free brand expands UK in-store trial

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

The Vegan Cakery founder Michelle Orme
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Vegan bakery scoops award

Leicestershire-based The Vegan Cakery has won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.

LPQ bemoans rents rise

Le Pain Quotidien has become the second major bakery chain to say that the cost of rents is a major downside of running a business in central London.

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.

Record wheat yield at harvest

This year’s harvest is set to become the biggest wheat yield on record, it has been revealed.

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

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

Tesco records drop in UK like-for-like sales

Supermarket giant Tesco saw its operating profit fall by nearly 55% to £354m in its first half, it revealed this morning.

Carrier bag charge comes into force

From today English shoppers will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags at the checkout.

Innovation rife at IBA

A staggering 77,000 people went through the doors at last month’s IBA exhibition in Munich, Germany.

Bakery fat up by a third at New Britain Oils

Liverpool-based New Britain Oils has increased its bakery fats production capacity by 30% to cope with increasing demand for traceable, segregated palm-based products.

Spanish artisan bakery opens second UK bakery

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

Starbucks franchisee secures expansion funds

Owner of the UK’s first Starbucks franchise Anil Patil has raised £10m to open 16 new sites.

Invicta adds business development manager

Bakery, catering and food processing supplier Invicta Bakeware has appointed a new business development manager as part of a planned expansion.

Aldi supermarket sales increase by a third

Discount supermarket Aldi has recorded record sales of £6.89 billion for its last financial year, a 31% increase on the previous (2013) year’s figure of £5.27bn.

Ultrasonic cutter on display at the IBA.
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Brook Food launches ultrasonic cake cutter

Brook Food has introduced the Reach Food Systems Ultrasonic Cake Cutter to the UK bakery market.

Active Families, Happy Families with Soreen
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Soreen launches active families campaign

Samworth Brothers-owned Soreen has launched a partnership with charity Youth Sport Trust called Active Families, Happy Families.

Nina Bakery has launched a new pita
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Nina Bakery launches “no tear” pita

Artisan pita bread company Nina Bakery is launching its new range of ‘no tear’, stone oven pitas in the UK, suitable as sandwich carriers.

John Titmuss
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UB appoints new head of group supply chain

United Biscuits has announced John Titmuss as its new group supply chain director.

Managing director of Village Bakery Robin Jones
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Welsh baker sets sights on Japan with crumpets

Wrexham baker Village Bakery is planning to launch its sourdough crumpets in Japan.

Discounters soar in stagnant supermarket sector

Discount giants Aldi and Lidl have recorded double-digit growth against relatively static supermarket growth of 0.9%, according to the latest statistics.

Marketing director to leave Allied Bakeries

Jon Wilson, marketing director at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries, is to leave the business, British Baker can reveal.

Finsbury: analysing the results

Finsbury Food Group unveiled revenue and profit growth yesterday – but what were the drivers for the increases? Here British Baker analyses the performance of the bakery group in greater detail.

New salt link to obesity

Obesity could be linked to a high salt intake – regardless of overall calorific consumption, a new study has found.

Northern Irish bakery sees sales surge

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has seen weekly like-for-like sales sustain a significant 60% uplift since January this year.

Limit on contactless payments rises

Contactless payments are set to account for more retail transactions now the upper limit has increased from £20 to £30.

Mr Kipling extends sharing cake range

Premier Foods is extending its Mr Kipling cake lines to target sharing occasions, as it prepares for a complete packaging redesign.

Food and drink industry to create thousands of jobs

Firms in England and Wales’ food and drink sector will create 73,000 jobs in the next five years, according to a new study by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

UK shoppers cite sugar as major concern, finds study

Sugar content in food is the UK’s biggest concern, research has found.

Salmonella concerns linked to one supplier

The recall of four products due to the possibility of salmonella presence has been linked to one Dutch supplier.

Speciality coffee market set to grow

A study suggests the UK coffee market is becoming increasingly specialist – with a new wave of baristas accounting for 15% of the market.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens first London outlet

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first central London shop, as it continues to expand across the UK. 

UK food manufacturing facing staff shortages by 2020

UK food manufacturing will see a significant increase in managerial, professional and technically skilled vacancies, paving the way for more apprentices.

Tattie Scones at Tesco
The ISB Potato Scones are called Tattie Scones in Scotland
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Tesco “pinch of salt” response to rumours Tattie Scones had been renamed

Tesco has responded to headlines suggesting that it was changing the name of its Tattie Scone.

Lagkagehuset
Danish bakery Lagkagehuset is set to open in the UK
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Danish bakery business to make UK debut

Lagkagehuset, the Danish bakery chain, is set to launch in the UK amid international expansion plans. 

WATCH: Bunnychow shows #WeLoveBread the diversity of a loaf

Our #WeLoveBread campaign visited London’s Bunnychow, to see how bread can be used for more than just a sandwich.

Biscuit firm reaches recycling landmark

United Biscuits (UB), the biscuits and cake manufacturer, has reached the one million milestone in its recycling plan.

Greggs tweeted this picture of Jake Gyllenhaal with his beloved baguette
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A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal loves Greggs

Southpaw and Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed his love of high street bakery giant Greggs.

SACN consults on Vitamin D intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published draft recommendations on vitamin D, finding that the UK is not getting enough in winter.

Thorntons to exit Stock Exchange

Thorntons has officially requested to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange, in anticipation of its pending takeover by Ferrero International.

Frank Roberts
Mike Roberts collects the award
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Roberts Bakery picks up Made in the UK Award

Cheshire bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has won a manufacturing award following a year that saw its market share rise from 2.95% to 3.44% [Nielsen w/e 20 June 2015].

Food and drink firms unite behind diet and health research

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers are helping to fund a £3.7m research project investigating the link between diet and health, which will ultimately inform new product development.

Financial distress worsens for food suppliers

The number of UK food suppliers experiencing significant financial distress has increased by 54% in the past 12 months as the supermarkets slash prices and delay payments, according to business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

Gordon Polson
Work to lower calories
Gordon Polson
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Sugar: the reaction

The report today on sugar and carbohydrates has prompted a raft of mixed reactions - from supporters to those who feel the targets will be difficult to attain. Here British Baker compiles those comments:

Bakkavör sells off pizza firm

Bakkavör Group has completed the sale of its remaining pizza business to Dreamfood.

Greggs gets behind high street regeneration

Bakery giant Greggs is backing a scheme to help regenerate high streets across the UK.

Finsbury Food Group
Finsbury posts sales jump
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Finsbury reports strong sales growth

Speciality bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group is outperforming profit expectations as its total sales revenue grew to £256.2m in the year to 27 June 2015. 

Bakery companies move to contactless

With the launch of Apple Pay in the UK, bakery and café companies are refreshing payment options.

Square Pie issues ‘Pie Bonds’ on CrowdCube

Retail pie brand Square Pie is crowdfunding investors to grow its business across the UK.

Ferrero-Thorntons bid ‘unconditional’ as decision deadline nears

Ferrero's £112m takeover bid of Thorntons has become ‘wholly unconditional’, subject to the chocolate brand’s acceptance by shareholders.

Only five days until Cupcake Championships deadline

Bakers have just five days to enter the National Cupcake Championships 2015 as we confirm events for the grand final.

Renewed calls for sugar tax

There has been a renewed call for a tax on sugar – with the British Medical Association (BMA) suggesting 20% be levied on sugary drinks.

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.

Ingredients firm raises money for cancer

Bakery ingredients company Ireks UK has launched a new fundraising campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support.

5 things you can learn from the Bakery Market Report

The Bakery Market Report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery sector in the UK. Here we outline the reasons YOU need this product.

Hovis drives premium loaves in landmark campaign

Hovis is relaunching its Seeded and Granary ranges, in what it calls its biggest campaign since the new ownership.

Ministry of Cake
Chris Ormrod leads the Ministry of Cake business
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Ministry of Cake ploughs through growth target

Cake and desserts manufacturer Ministry of Cake has smashed its targets one year after becoming independent as it achieves 25% growth year-on-year. 

Ferrero makes £112m play for Thorntons

Ferrero International, the maker of Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Nutella, has offered to buy Thorntons for around £112m.

Burton's
Ian Deste joins Burton's Biscuit Company
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Maryland biscuit firm appoints UK and Ireland MD

Burton’s Biscuit Company has appointed its first managing director of UK and Ireland. 

Schär gluten-free brand launches in UK

Dr Schär has launched gluten-free brand Schär, which is well known in Europe, in the UK with nine new products.

Jaffa Cakes: Now it’s personal

Jaffa Cake fans can now look for packages with their very own name on them as McVitie’s responds to hundreds of requests for personalised packets.

Olive oil shortage threat

Soaring olive oil prices and the looming threat of shortages caused by poor harvests in Italy and Spain could force speciality bread bakers to increase prices.

Wholesaler Bidvest changes name

UK foodservice provider Bidvest 3663 will now be known as Bidvest Foodservice.

Convenience sector boost Greencore profits

Sandwich-maker Greencore has seen profits soar as its convenience food sector booms, despite a challenging market.

Aryzta extends Wrapped To Go line

Bakery specialist Aryzta has added two products to its individually Wrapped To Go range.

BFP appoints new chief executive

Bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has appointed a new chief executive, it was revealed today.

The new Costa to Go store
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Costa trials new to-go format

A new concept store named ‘Costa to Go’ is being trialled by the coffee shop in locations across London.

Last chance to enter the Baking Industry Awards

The entry for British Baker’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards has been extended.

Gay cake row decision due

The verdict on the gay cake row is expected to be announced on 7 May, the same day as the UK election.

Thorntons suffers sales decline, despite better Easter

Sales at chocolate company Thorntons have dropped in both its retail and FMCG divisions, as the firm has lost orders from a commercial customer.

Tom Chandley owner passes on

The funeral details of Tom Chandley owner, Eric Dyson, have been announced, after he sadly died earlier this month.

Grahams Chocolate Sponge
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Northern Irish bakery grows UK presence

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has expanded its reach in the UK, scoring two deals with major retailers.

US sandwich restaurant to open in UK

US sandwich chain Potbelly is looking to open 15-20 stores in London, in its first move into Europe.

FDF
FDF: revealed figures on food and drink growth
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UK food and drink enjoy global demand

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have almost doubled in value over the past 10 years, growing 2.6% in 2014 to £12.8bn. 

Bakery brands jump on eclipse-themed marketing

A number of bakery brands have created lunar-themed adverts to promote their products, off the back of today's eclipse.

Brioche Pasquier:
The new Milton Keynes factory should be operational by the end of this year
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Brioche Pasquier completes UK site

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has completed the build of its first UK bakery, in Milton Keynes.

Tesco coffee shop director ‘leaves’ business

The Tesco boss in charge of in-store restaurants and coffee shops, such as Harris + Hoole and Euphorium, has reportedly left the business.

Coffee chain expands in UK and abroad

Ca’puccino, the Italian coffee house, is set to open its sixth site in the UK, as it plans to expand internationally.

Exclusive: Allied Bakeries’ chief executive to leave

The chief executive of Allied Bakeries is to leave the business – just weeks after parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) declared the UK bakery market “intensely competitive”.

Costa Coffee
Costa goes 'from strength to strength'
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Analyst gives positive verdict on Costa

High street coffee chain Costa has gone “from strength to strength” in the UK aided by the benefits of being part of a larger company, according to a City analyst. 

French dip sandwiches tipped amongst latest emerging UK trends

French dip sandwiches and meat-style sauces have been revealed to be the latest trends in the UK high street.

David Potts: the new chief executive of Morrisons
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Morrisons appoints new chief executive

David Potts, the former boss of Tesco in Ireland and Asia, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Morrisons.

The new Ziferblat coffee shop, Manchester
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Second social project café opens doors

The UK’s second café that charges customers by time and not purchases has opened in Manchester.

British Baker leads bread campaigners to Number 10

The nation’s bakers visited Number 10 today to express their anger over Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to give up bread to fight the flab.

The brand's giant cheese sandwich bus
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Anchor plans cheese sandwich campaign

The humble cheese sandwich has taken a hit in the popularity stakes, according to cheese brand Anchor Cheddar.

Cereal sugar levels up on 2012

Sugar lobbyists have found that some cereals contain more sugar than they did in 2012.

Javier Mercado, Martin Chiffers, Barry Johnson and Andrew Blas (L to R)
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UK team comes 6th in 2015 World Pastry Cup

The team representing the UK in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - the World Pastry Cup - has placed sixth in the competition, despite their ice sculpture breaking in half.

Javier Mercado hard at work at the World Pastry Cup 2015
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UK takes on World Pastry Cup challenge

A UK team is competing in the World Pastry Cup today (26 January) in Lyon, France.

Pasty firm to revamp retail chain

Cornish pasty maker Warrens Bakery is to rebrand and expand retail shops, after receiving £1.6m in funding.

The UK Bakery Team with Zeelandia MD David Amos.(l to r David Mizon, David Amos, Mikael Jahan, Craig Machin
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UK bakery team named for Sigep competition

A bakery trio have today (20 January) represented the UK at this year’s competition for the Sigep Bread in the City held at Rimini in Italy.

The Morning Foods new gluten free range
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Gluten-free oat range launched

Oat miller and manufacturer Morning Foods has launched a new gluten-free oat range, in a bid to break into the free-from sector.

UK retailers ‘optimistic’ for 2015

UK retailers are ‘optimistic’ about the year ahead, according to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Beer Bread mixes introduced to UK

South African baking company Barrett’s Ridge has launched a range of bread mixes that can be made with beer to British consumers. 

Paul UK expands beyond capital

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

Chris Ormrod:
Managing director spoke to British Baker about plans
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Ministry of Cake ponders export potential

Independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake is debating how to take the company abroad.

ON THE UP: SSP brands like Upper Crust are performing well
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Sales up 4% at SSP

SSP, the global giant behind travel brands such as Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, has seen revenue increase by 4% - helped by a strong performance in the UK.

Crepe firm plans broad international growth

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

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.

New Chevler acquisition increases production

Chevler, the manufacturer of baking cases and muffin, has clinched a deal for the production rights and machinery of a mini-loaf cake maker that will dramatically increase its output.

Urban eat:
Adelie owns the sandwich brand
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Private equity firms show interest in UK sandwich business

UK sandwich company Adelie Food Group is being eyed for a buy-out by an American private equity firm.

Changes will be made to the way food must be labelled
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New food labelling laws meet mixed preparation

A new report has found that that some businesses are still struggling to prepare for new food regulations, which will be enforced next month.

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.

Eat chain launches Xmas menu

High street sandwich and cafe brand Eat has launched its Christmas food range.

PAUL UK:
The new site on Oxford high street
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Paul UK opens first site outside the capital

French artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.

Costa Coffee growth continued in H1
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Costa underlying profit up 20.5%

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, saw its first-half underlying profit increase by 20.5% to £52.4m, it revealed today.

Premier Foods Halloween range from Mr Kipling
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Consumers to spend £240m on Halloween

Consumers will spend up to £240m on Halloween in 2014, according to the latest research.

Finsbury acquires Fletchers for £56m

The private equity-owned Fletchers Group of Bakeries has been sold to Finsbury Food Group for £56m – a deal which will create one of the largest specialist bakery companies in the UK.

Blind cake icing
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BAKO North Western raises £550 for Craft Bakers’ Week charity

BAKO North Western (BNW) has raised more than £550 for the Make-A-Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ Week.

The low carb bakery will open this month
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Andre Agassi fronts expansion plans for healthy Bistro-deli in UK

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Insomnia:
Irish coffee brand will come to the UK next year
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UK in sight for Irish coffee retailer Insomnia

Irish coffee chain Insomnia will open its first UK outlet early in 2015.

Otis Spunkmeyer moves across the pond to European foodservice

Legendary American bakery brand Otis Spunkmeyer has been launched into the foodservice sector in Europe with its range of cookies, donuts and muffins.

Peter Sidwell
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Celebrity chef to headline for Unox at Restaurant Show

Unox UK has joined forces with celebrity chef Peter Sidwell for the Restaurant Show 2014.

UK consumer confidence declines

GfK has revealed a decline in consumer confidence this month.

Aldi profits boom

Aldi has announced a soar in profits after competitive prices attracted customers to the discounted supermarket.

Coffee Republic sees first foreign airport franchise

The first Coffee Republic franchise in a foreign airport has opened its doors.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Bentley with Mary Berry CBE, who has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Company of Bakers in the City of London.
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Mary Berry joins the Worshipful Company of Bakers

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Mary Berry has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London. 

Board change at Adam Foods

Adam Foods has announced that CEO Ian Toal, a former managing director of Delice de France, is to leave the company the end of the month.

Costa Coffee:
The brand has seen an impressive sales growth in the past year
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Costa Coffee sales boom

Costa has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.

The Jordans Cereal brand produces a range of breakfast items
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Jordans Cereal founders take controlling share in milling firm

The Jordans brothers have acquired a majority ownership in European Oat Millers (EOM) in a bid to develop the milling company.

Brace yourselves! Just seven days until National Cupcake Week

Calling all bakers! You had better sit down and prepare yourselves because National Cupcake Week 2014 is just a week away.

Gluten intolerance:
Gluten free products have become more popular due to allergies
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One in five suffer food allergies

Research has revealed that one in five people are now affected by a food allergy or intolerance.

Food inflation at record low

Inflation on food hit its lowest-ever recorded level in August, at 0.3%.

PETA opens vegan bake-off voting

Animal rights charity PETA has opened the voting in its bid to find the best vegan baker in the UK. 

Paul UK updates telecoms estate as business grows

Paul UK, the French family bakery and patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage its mobile telecoms estate. 

Harris +Hoole Tesco Concession
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Closures for Harris + Hoole Tesco-backed coffee shops

Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, Harris + Hoole, will reportedly close six stores around the UK.

Pomme de Pain:
The sandwich chain prepares for UK expansion
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French sandwich firm targets London

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

Pret Leavers Programme increases intake for third year

Café chain Pret A Manger is offering 30 places on its National Apprenticeship Service scheme.

Morrisons extends opening hours for shopping trends

Morrisons has extended its opening hours in response to the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper trend.

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.

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

UK bread prices comparatively cheap

A Guardian survey reveals UK bread is the second-cheapest out of seven cities from around the world. 

Doves White Rye Flour
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Doves Farm launches artisan flours

UK specialist flour mill Doves Farm is adding organic wholemeal emmer and organic white rye flour to its range of heritage flours.

Afternoon tea week:
Charlies & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
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Bakeries get creative for Afternoon Tea Week

A number of UK venues have launched their own versions of afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week, running from 11 to 17 August.

Sales up for Starbucks

Starbucks has seen a 3% rise in third quarter European like-for-like sales.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

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Pauk Rankin:
The Irish breads will be on Abu Dhabi shelves within 24 hours
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Irish bakery expands to Abu Dhabi

Irish breads, developed by UK celebrity chef Paul Rankin, will now be on the shelves in LuLu supermarkets in Abu Dhabi.   

New MD for Lantmännen

Tim Robinson has become the new managing director of Lantmännen Unibake UK. 

Gay cake bakery
"Gay cake" row:
The image the customers wanted on the cake
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‘Gay cake’ row could go to court

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing legal action after it refused to produce a cake with the picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie in support of gay marriage. 

BN biscuit range new ads
1.3m ad campaign:
“These catchy ads will re-launch the famous BN brand"
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UB extends its ‘sweeet’ biscuit campaign

United Biscuits (UB), a leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has invested £1.3m in an advertising campaign for McVitie’s BN biscuit range.

Genius loaf
A bold move:
This will be the first time gluten-free options will be sold with mainstream bread
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Genius to merge loaves with mainstream bread aisle

Gluten-free brand Genius is to introduce its bread to the mainstream bread aisle of 150 Asda stores across the UK.

 3.4% rise in the bread market
On the rise:
A 10.9% growth is expected to be made between now and 2018
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Bread market to grow 10.9% despite overall decline

The UK retail market for bread and bakery products grew by 3.4% in 2013 despite continued decline in bread consumption and volume sales.

Salt pledge 2017
Lantmännen Salt pledge 2017
The 2017 pledge hopes to achieve an average intake of 6g per day for adults.
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Lantmännen is first to sign up to 2017 salt pledge

Leading bakery and finished goods supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK is the first to commit to the Department of Health 2017 salt pledge.

Brioche Pasquier starts work on first UK site

Brioche Pasquier has started work on its first UK bakery.

Kingsmill hopes its new loaf will add fibre to people's diets
The new Kingsmill Great White
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Kingsmill unveils Great White loaf

Allied Bakeries today launched a new white loaf under its Kingsmill brand which it claims will revolutionise the category.

The sugar row intensifies
Sugar is squarely in the hot seat in 2014
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WHO: we should halve sugar intake

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a public consultation on guidelines for sugar intake – and says our daily limit should be halved.

Caffè Nero takes first steps into the US

Coffee chain Caffè Nero is expanding into the USA, with its first café due to open in Boston, Massachusetts in late-April.

Krispy Kreme grows Scottish presence

Doughnut retailer, Krispy Kreme, has started an expansion drive across Scotland, after opening a factory shop in Edinburgh in February 2013.

Brioche Pasquier plans new UK site and expansion

International bakery giant Brioche Pasquier is to open a 250,000sq ft bakery in Milton Keynes in December 2015 as it expands in the UK.

Italy complains about “traffic light” food labelling

Italy has complained over the UK’s use of voluntary colour-coded food labels, claiming the system is discriminatory.

Indulgence Patisserie completes second desserts manufacturing site

Desserts manufacturer Indulgence Patisserie has completed the construction of a second manufacturing facility in Colchester.

What is this year’s cronut?

British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that will help your business identify the key trends in bakery in 2014.

Brotform micro-business now in production

Breadstead, a micro-business set up to offer a UK alternative to brotforms and bannetons shipped from overseas, has now produced its first run of baking bowls

Insights into the bakery market

Do you want to know more about the retail bakery market in the UK? British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that can help.

Grupo Bimbo to buy Canada Bread

Mexican bakery firm Grupo Bimbo has acquired Canada Bread, the bread division of Maple Leaf Foods, for C$1.8bn (£1bn).

Sugar the main health target of 2014

A group of health experts and academics have pledged to tackle rising obesity by combating sugar.

International climate change has greater UK impact

A new report has suggested that climate change abroad will have more of an impact on the UK than that from climate change at home.

BLT scoops nation’s favourite sandwich accolade

The BLT has been voted the UK’s favourite sandwich in a poll conducted by the British Sandwich Association.

Warburtons relaunches free-from range

Warburtons has created a dedicated brand for its relaunched line of gluten-free and wheat-free bakery products.

Food labelling plan launched

The government has announced plans for consistent front-of-pack food labelling, which will include traffic lights and guideline daily amounts (GDAs), to be introduced next year.

Global summit to promote UK food exports

A global summit and a showcase of food and drink was held yesterday in a bid to highlight the UK success story in exports.

Bagel Factory bought by Italian food operator

An Italian foodservice operator has bought Bagel Factory in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £2m.

July retail sales weak

It was meant to be the summer of sales - because of the Olympics.

Edme appoints new MD

Edme, the bakery ingredients producer, has announced that Peter Tichbon, a former director of Allied Bakeries, has joined the group as its new managing director.

Tichbon replaces David Amos, who stepped down earlier this year to take a job with Zeelandia, and joins the Edme on 25 September.

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.

Scottish Bakers and NAMB seal new training deal

The training arm of the Scottish Bakers, National Bakery Training (NBT), has signed an agreement to become a preferred provider of training within the whole of the UK.

Jubilee boost for June’s grocery sales

Grocery retailers have reported their highest balance of year-on-year (YOY) sales this month since February 2010, according to the latest statistics.

WRAP introduces new waste agreement

Government-funded organisation WRAP has called for bakery firms, food manufacturers and food-to-go businesses to sign up for a new food and packaging waste initiative.

Warburtons’ closures hits company profits

Warburtons has seen a 37% decline in profits to £16.3m in 2011, which the firm has attributed to the restructuring of its bakery operations.

Younger generation prefer classic biscuits

New research has discovered youngsters prefer traditional biscuits such as Bourbons and Custard Creams.

Tesco takes Tan Y Castell Welshcakes national

Welshcakes producer Tan Y Castell has secured a deal with Tesco for its products to be distributed throughout its UK stores.

Hummingbird Bakery creates mobile unit

The Hummingbird Bakery has invested in a new mobile bakery unit designed to cater for festivals and events across the UK.

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