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New sugar replacement for baking

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

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

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

VIDEO: how to make a beautiful chocolate cake topper

British Baker spent the day with chocolate and cocoa supplier Callebaut. It wants to show bakers that making beautiful desserts with higher price points is easy. Want us to prove it? If we can do it, you definitely can…

Lidl and Aldi’s growth driven by millennials

Growth in discount retailers Lidl and Aldi is being driven by millennials, whose spend on grocery shopping is rising three times faster than that of the overall population, according to Nielsen.

Millennial baking boom

Baking is now more common among 25- to 34-year-olds than any other age group, according to food marketing agency Kindred.

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.

GALLERY: Tesco’s new-look in-store bakery

There are 30 up and running, and five more being built each week. Take a look at Tesco’s new in-store bakery offering. 

Charity produces cakes for deprived children

A charity has been set up in Burton-on-Trent to offer free cakes for disadvantaged children.

Primary school catering manager crowned Big School Bake Off winner

Sarah Levenson, catering manager from Lordsgate Township CofE Primary school, has been crowned winner of competition the Big School Bake Off, organised by Unilever Food Solutions.

Baking industry mourns death of marketing expert Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon, the well-known PR and marketing expert, who launched his own agency, Merlin Publicity, has died of a cardiac arrest.

Mrs Crimble’s launches gluten-free home baking mixes

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has released a new range of home baking mixes.

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.

From left: BBC Victorian Baker John Foster, Michele Shirlow from Food NI and Tim Andrew, Andrew Ingredients
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Irish baking workshop talks innovation

Innovation and quality were the focus at a recent Thinking Outside the Bap workshop held at Andrew Ingredients, Lisburn, suppliers of ingredients to the Irish baking and food industry.

Finalists bask in the post-BIA limelight

Finalists and winners in the Baking Industry Awards have been in the media spotlight since the ceremony at London’s Hilton Park Lane hotel last week.

**VIDEO** Meet your BIA 2016 winners

British Baker held its annual Baking Industry Awards at the Hilton Park Lane, London last night and, during the evening we caught up with the winners of the categories.

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.

David Smart encourages children to bake

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday to encourage children to get involved in baking.

Newsmith Stainless brings baking equipment to IBIE

A leading manufacturer of automated handling equipment for the baking industry, Newsmith Stainless, will bring its extensive expertise in bakery goods production equipment to this year’s International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas.

#SourdoughSeptember countdown

Next week the Real Bread Campaign’s (RBC’s) fourth annual #SourdoughSeptember begins.

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.

Morrisons appoints the UK’s first ‘bake officer’

Supermarket giant Morrisons has appointed the UK’s first ‘bake officer’ in anticipation of the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off, which begins on BBC One from 24 August.

BBC seeks Northern Ireland’s best bakery

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

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.

Cake Angels launches Crayola-themed kids’ baking kits

Baking decoration brand Cake Angels is to debut two Crayola-themed baking kits in a bid to help children express themselves and develop their social skills.

Bakeries among FDF awards shortlist

The Food and Drink Federation has announced its shortlist for its awards evening on the 22 September at The Brewery in London.

Near sell-out for Baking Industry Awards

Bakery professionals hoping to attend this year’s Baking Industry Awards are advised to make their bookings without delay.

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.

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.

Starbucks to bake in-store

High street coffee chain Starbucks has agreed an investment and global licensing deal with Italian bakery chain Princi. The deal means baking is to be introduced to Starbucks stores for the first time in 2017. 

Paul Barker outside Cinnamon Square
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Cinnamon Square to publish book

Rickmansworth bakery and café Cinnamon Square is to publish its first book, Cinnamon Square, A Measured Approach.

Get your BIA tickets before they’re all gone!

Time is running out to get your tickets for the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) 2016. Most have gone, and we don’t want you to miss out. 

New baking equipment company sets up in London

Pastry Pro, a new baking equipment business, has launched in the capital, and hopes to attract national and international clients.

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.

MBE for Bob Burns

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

NI’s first bakery academy

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

£1.2m investment for Northumbrian Fine Foods

Northumbrian Fine Foods Ltd (NFF), the UK’s biggest gluten-free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2m in new baking production capabilities.

New baking diploma for Nottingham

The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has secured national recognition for its Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking.

Lidl recalls bakery mix

Discount supermarket Lidl is recalling its Bread Baking Mix because it contains wheat, rye and barley (gluten), which is not mentioned in English on the label. 

Stop the press: Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

Think you have left it too late to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIA)? Think again - the deadline has just been extended to 20 May.

Chevler reintroduces Union Jack baking cases

Welsh baking case manufacturer Chevler is reintroducing its Union flag cases due to popular demand. 

10 reasons to enter the Baking Industry Awards

It’s the biggest night in bakery – the event when the whole of the industry comes together.

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.

One of the amazing Bakeorama creations from Charlotte O'Toole
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Manchester welcomes first dessert restaurant

Due to open next month, Milk Jam is the brainchild of Manchester baking trio Claire Kelsey, Charlotte O’Toole and Nicky Griffiths. 

Baker & Spice launches first gluten-free range

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice will launch its own gluten-free range this week, and has grand expansion plans.

AHDB International Baking Workshop

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Kara redesigns for bakery focus

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has redesigned its logo and strapline to reinforce its baking credentials. 

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.

Carritech Research launches crowdfunding campaign

Belfast-based food technology company Carritech Research aims to raise £350,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for the commercial development of ColdBake.

GBBO threatens legal action

The producers of The Great British Bake Off have threatened a charity baking competition in Cardiff with legal action.

M&S starts selling mug cakes

Marks & Spencer is offering pre-made mixes that you put in a mug and microwave. 

Bakery brings Venezuelan flair to Birmingham

Let it Dough, a newly-opened artisan bakery, is bringing Venezuelan baking techniques to Birmingham. 

Sourdough cookbook to be released by bakery tutor

The secrets of successful sourdough baking are set to be revealed in a new book by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

Entries open for Baking Industry Awards

Do you have what it takes to compete against the very best in the industry?

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.

Charity baking event in Navenby

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

Suzy Pelta launches Bake British range

Award-winning baking blogger Suzy Pelta has announced that she has launched a new range of home baking kits. 

Bake Off star to join cruise line

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

Patisserie Mark Bennett runs charity bake off

Tim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.

Tate & Lyle launches new fondants for professional bakers

Tate & Lyle Sugars, the bakery ingredients supplier, has launched a new range of fondants aimed at baking professionals.

Gluten-free bakery opens in Staffordshire

The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Invest: Bishop, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank and Richard Mathea, managing director of Jungs Bakery
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Jungs plans expansion after investment

Jungs, the continental bakery and patisserie, has revealed ambitions to expand after securing a new six figure funding package.

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

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

A Danish-style bakery has opened in Cardiff
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New bakery says ‘Hej!’ in Cardiff

A new bakery with a focus on traditional Danish recipes has opened in Cardiff.

Macphie has launched a new website
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Macphie launches new website

Aberdeenshire-based ingredients manufacturer Macphie has launched a new website.

Cookie Crumbles is to have three lines sold in France
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British baking mixes to sell in France

London-based baking mix producer Cookie Crumbles is to have three of its lines stocked by international retailer Casino Group.

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.

Whitworths has revamped its packaging
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Whitworths revamps packaging

Fruit and nut retailer Whitworths has redesigned its packaging to capitalise on the expanding snacking and home-baking markets.

Gerhard’s blog: Happy Days

Teaching one of my master classes last week, I conducted a quick straw poll as to who was going to win this year’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO).

Innovation rife at IBA

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

Profits and sales rise at ‘transformational’ Finsbury Food Group

Finsbury Food Group saw profit before tax soar by 76% to £11.4m last year, it revealed this morning.

Video: Baking Industry Awards

The Baking Industry Awards may have been and gone for 2015 - but you can relive the glamour of the fabulous evening thanks to our exclusive video.

Gerhard’s Blog – GBBO goes Victorian

I’m not surprised that The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) went back to the Victorian age for its latest round. So much of our baking is rooted in this era of enormous change. From new ingredients to production processes, this was a time so fast-moving, comparable to changes in computerisation and information technology during the modern Elizabethan age.

GBBO
The Great British Bake Off is fronted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
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Blog: Is The Great British Bake Off good for the industry? Give us your view

If you type The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) into Google you get a staggering 21 million hits. There can be no doubt the show is a media phenomenon. 

Baking Industry Awards in pictures

The prestigious Baking Industry Awards took place at London's Park Lane Hilton and were hosted by Claudia Winkelman.

Gerhard’s Blog: Stayin’ Alive

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

BIA
The BIA champions for 2015 have been revealed
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Winners of Baking Industry Awards revealed

So here they are… the 2015 winners of the prestigious Baking Industry Awards. 

Tonight GBBO does desserts including vol-au-vents and frangipane

Ask the Expert: GBBO does pastry

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

David Smart
David Smart of the CBA and Greenhalgh's is one of a top line up of speakers
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BSB reveals conference speakers

There are just five weeks until the British Society of Baking (BSB) hosts its 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Conference. 

Applaud Coffee
Applaud Coffee will open on Thursday following its name change
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Family company changes name after trademark mix-up

A two-year-old family company has been forced to change its name after finding a similar name had already been taken just weeks before it set up. 

Arla
Arla claims milk protein could spell the end for below par gluten-free products
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Arla calls time on dry gluten-free bakery products

Arla Foods Ingredients says it has developed a protein that will solve the texture problems associated with gluten-free baking. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Week is for bakers! Download posters to tell your customers
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Get your poster for National Cupcake Week - one week to go!

National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) is nearly here and we encourage all bakers to get involved. 

Craft Bakers' Week
There is still time to register for Craft Bakers' Week
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Still time to register for Craft Bakers’ Week

There is still time left for bakers to register for Craft Bakers’ Week. 

Queen’s cake slice sells for £500

A 68-year-old slice of the Queen’s wedding cake has been sold at auction for £500.

Gerhard’s Blog – GBBO: Free From

The popularity of The Great British Bake Off is unquestionable, and has brought baking to the water coolers (or coffee machines) of the nation. Staff in our local nursery not only love watching it, after each episode they re-bake one of the challenges with the kids – surely this will help secure some future baking pros! 

The Topping Pie Company
The Topping Pie Company will be sold in Co-operative stores across Yorkshire
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Pie firm strikes local deal with Co-op

The Topping Pie Company, based in Doncaster, has been chosen by The Co-operative to supply its pies across Yorkshire. 

New York Bakery Company
New York Bakery Company has branched out into pretzels
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New York Bakery Co branches into pretzels

New York Bakery Co (NYBC) is moving out of the bagel world with the launch of a packaged soft pretzel as it aims to become an “all-round” bakery business. 

Mary Eastman
Mary Eastman of Mary's Fairies has seen increased interest after being shortlisted in the National Cupcake Championships
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Cupcake Championship finalist sees orders influx

A baker has seen an uplift in cake orders following her announcement of becoming a finalist in the National Cupcake Championships 2015. 

Bread
Not In Our Bread campaign gathers momentum
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Wheat pesticide petition nears 20,000

A petition to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has reached nearly 20,000 signatures. 

Paul UK to open third bakery outside London

Paul UK, the French artisan bakery, will open its 34th shop in Birmingham on 24 September. 

Holly Bell GBBO
Holly Bell of GBBO has teamed up with Iceland for a cookbook
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Former GBBO entrant partners with Iceland on cookbook

Another Great British Bake Off star is launching an anniversary-themed cookbook in partnership with Iceland. 

Dawn
National American Sweet Bakery Week involved many
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American Bakery Week deemed a success

National Sweet American Bakery Week has wrapped up for its second year after bakers nationwide got involved with the event. 

Worshipful
Delegates on last year's trip to Akademie Weinheim
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German baking trip places available

There are places remaining on a trip to Frankfurt, Germany with the Worshipful Company of Bakers. 

National Cupcake Championships
National Cupcake Championships: final call for entries
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Have you entered yet? Final call for Cupcake Champions

It is the last chance for wannabe cupcake champions to get their entries in for the National Cupcake Championships. 

Wheat
Wheat crop estimates are down on 2014
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Wheat crop estimates down for 2015

Current estimates for the UK’s 2015 wheat crop are down 3% on 2014 at 1.87Mha. 

Greggs
Greggs has revamped its pizza offer for a thin crust market
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Greggs revamps pizza for current market

High street bakery giant Greggs is replacing its thick-base square pizza slices for a thin crust triangular version. 

Harry Potter
Lara Clarke's cake of Harry Potter being jinxed
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Bakers worldwide celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with cake art

It’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday today and an award-winning baker from the West Midlands has joined a worldwide collaboration to create an edible world of Harry Potter for author JK Rowling’s birthday (31 July). 

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. 

What are you waiting for? Cupcake title is open

We are down to the wire for entries to see which baker will be crowned Cupcake Champion 2015 – the deadline is Thursday 6 August. 

Greggs bacon roll
Greggs' breakfast and low-calorie options are a success
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Greggs sales boom with breakfast demand

High street bakery giant Greggs has reported “a strong first half” as consumer demand for its low-calorie and breakfast options grows. 

Baking Industry Awards 2015: don't miss out

Time is running out to guarantee your place at this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) – the place to be seen in the baking industry.

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.

David Smart
David Smart imparts wisdom on the bakers of tomorrow
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David Smart: A message for the class of 2015

For one brief moment, may I speak directly to the baking trade’s youth? They might be students finishing their first year or graduating after their final year. 

Paul UK
Paul UK at Waterloo Road
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Paul reports big jump in turnover

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has revealed EBITDA has climbed 19.2% to £4.3m for the year ended 31 December 2014. 

McGhee's
McGhee's Scotch pies
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McGhee’s plans £3m bakery extension

Glasgow-based McGhee's Bakery is investing £3m to extend its bakery, it has been revealed. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Week is back and we invite you to enter the Championships
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Do you have a winning cupcake?

National Cupcake Week is back for 2015 and with it comes a new-look National Cupcake Championships. 

Georgia Kousoulou
Georgia Kousoulou backs bread campaign
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TOWIE star joins pro-bread drive

The Federation of Bakers has teamed up with The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Georgia Kousoulou to counter the perception among women that bread is unhealthy. 

Bakkavor
A number of buyers are interested in stakes in Bakkavor
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Bakkavör to sell stakes in the business

A bidding war for a stake in UK convenience group Bakkavör is looming after reports of interest from a number of buyers, including private equity firms PAI Partners and Pamplona Capital. 

Bread smells nice
Freshly baked bread is officially the nation's favourite smell
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Fresh bread scents victory

Freshly baked bread has won by a nose in a poll of the nation’s favourite smells ahead of bacon and freshly cut grass. 

Cake row
Ashers Bakery to limit offer following guilty verdict over 'gay cake' row
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‘Gay cake' row bakery limits offer after guilty verdict

The ‘gay cake' row bakery is to limit its services after having been found guilty of discrimination against a gay customer. 

Delifrance
Delifrance's third place sandwich used acidic and sweet flavours
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‘Inspired’ sandwich contest winners revealed

Délifrance has awarded winners of its first international ‘inspired’ sandwich competition for young talent. 

Wafflemeister
Wafflemeister academy opens today
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Waffle retailer opens training academy

The Wafflemeister Academy officially opens today, while its eighth UK site at Westfield Stratford will start trading from 1 June. 

Muffins
Wicked Cake Company's tulip muffin range
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Wicked muffins on board the Eurostar

The Wicked Cake Company has had its Wickedly Good range of tulip muffins listed by Eurostar. 

Greggs
Greggs faced a media storm over customer question about bread
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Greggs’ bread ‘news’ is old news

Greggs has faced a media storm after a customer asked the bakery why it was unable to buy a loaf of bread in a store. 

Euphorium
Euphorium welcomes new CFO
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Euphorium appoints former Harris + Hoole CFO

Euphorium Bakery, the Tesco-owned chain, has appointed a new chief financial officer. 

McVitie's

UB revamps McVitie’s Breakfast biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) has relaunched the McVitie’s Breakfast biscuit range, including two new products and a £3m media spend. 

Andrew Ingredients
Andrew Ingredients makes major investment
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Bakery ingredients firm invests £750k in facilities

Northern Ireland-based bakery ingredients supplier Andrew Ingredients is investing £750,000 that will include two new-build projects at its facilities in Lisburn. 

Bakery Market Report 2015
Bakery Market Report 2015 lists the top 75 bakery companies
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Is the future of bakery bright? You told us:

Almost 55% of bakers are more positive about the future of their bakeries than one year ago, British Baker can reveal. 

Royal baby cupcakes
Cupcakes in honour of the royal princess sold out in minutes
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Royal baby cakes sell out fast

A Norwich baker sold out of royal baby-themed cakes in 20 minutes following the arrival of Kate and Will’s second child. 

Last chance to enter the Baking Industry Awards

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

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier launches Baked Bread Bites
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Brioche Pasquier makes a play for snack market

Brioche Pasquier has launched a range of savoury baked products, in a bid to move into the snack market. 

Pump Street Bakery
Pump Street Bakery today opens a pop-up in Shoreditch
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Suffolk bakery opens London pop-up

Suffolk-based Pump Street Bakery is to venture into London, as it opens a pop-up shop in the capital. 

EAT
EAT follows ambitious expansion plans
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Sandwich chain outlines ambitious store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

Cold Brew
Starbucks has launched Cold Brew in three of 30 initial sites
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Starbucks brews up cold speciality

Starbucks has today launched Cold Brew in three central London stores, ahead of a roll-out to 30 sites. 

Coughlans
Coughlans: won an apology from Greggs
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Greggs apologises to bakery after 'staff poaching' attempts

Bakery giant Greggs has apologised to a local baker after being accused of “poaching staff”. 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger posts strong year-end results
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Pret A Manger reveals strong full-year performance

Sandwich chain Pret A Manager has reported a 9.7% increase in like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to 1 January 2015. 

Subway
Subway continues to target non-traditional locations
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Subway opens 500th non-traditional store

Sandwich chain Subway has hit another 2015 milestone in opening 500 stores in non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland. 

Aryzta
Aryzta launches 'posh' range of pies
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Aryzta offers ‘posh’ pie range

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has launched a range of five ‘posh’ pies inspired by UK flavours. 

Linda Hill
Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers was delighted to win the Scotch Pie award
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Scotch pie winner sees sales surge

The current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. 

Bakkavor pizza
Bakkavor has sold the remainder of Italpizza to Dreamfood
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Bakkavör sells remainder of Italian pizza business

Bakkavör has sold the remaining stake of its Italian manufacturing pizza business Italpizza to Dreamfood after the sale of a 40% share in it last year. 

Wrights
Wrights' Street Pie range
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Wrights launches Street Pie range

Crewe based Wrights Food Group has rolled out a ‘kick-ass’ Street Pie to target the grab-and-go sector. 

Stop the Week: online

We look at how sausage rolls can get the coppers on your case and whether we should be chomping cheese on toast, not downing oysters in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

Warburtons
Warburtons' #TheDeliverers ad airs tomorrow on ITV at 8pm
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Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone TV ad airs tomorrow

Warburtons has begun its countdown to the big unveil of its new advert starring Sylvester Stallone, which airs at 8pm on ITV tomorrow (11 April). 

Bord Bia
Bord Bia is running a programme to introduce bakeries to foodservice
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Irish bakeries target foodservice via new programme

A group of bakeries are among 18 food and drink companies selected for a programme aimed at getting them listed in foodservice. 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger has introduced a trial Good Evenings menu at Strand site
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Pret embarks on evening dining pilot

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has commenced a trial into evening trading in the wake of similar moves from competitors. 

Hannah Marriage
Hannah Marriage is chair of Craft Bakers' Week 2015
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Craft Bakers' Week 2015 to launch with new look

Craft Bakers' Week (28 September to 3 October) has been rebranded for 2015 with a ‘new look and feel’ for the event. 

Scottish food safety body gets to work

A new Scottish independent regulatory body has launched to tackle food safety, diet and nutrition north of the border. 

Bridor Inc
Bridor plans major USA factory extension
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Bridor invests £21.5m in US bakery site

French bakery specialist Bridor is investing $32m (£21.5m) in expanding its Vineland site in New Jersey. 

Barry Callebaut
Barry Callabaut posts good results
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Barry Callebaut outpaces chocolate market in latest results

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut Group has outperformed the chocolate market in its half-year results. 

Napier Brown
Napier Brown suffering in difficult tradiing
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Real Good Food in talks over sugar division

Real Good Food, owner of UK sugar distributor Napier Brown, is “in discussions regarding a transaction” regarding its sugar arm that would “strengthen its balance sheet”. 

Black of Dunoon
Black of Dunoon wins Waitrose supply deal
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Scottish bakery secures Waitrose deal

Scottish craft bakery Black of Dunoon has signed a deal to supply Waitrose in Helensburgh with its hand-baked breads. 

Aryzta
Aryzta buys 49% stake in Picard
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Aryzta to take stake in French food retailer

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has entered into negotiations to acquire a 49% stake in Picard - a speciality French food retailer, owned by private equity group Lion Capital. 

Bagel Boy
Bagel Boy has opened second site
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Bagel Boy opens second Bristol site

New bagel brand Bagel Boy has opened its second outlet in Bristol, serving a menu including homemade bagel burgers, fries and beer. 

Firkins
Firkins 22 shops have been closed
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Exclusive: Firkins bakery shuts up shop

Newbridge Bakery (Birmingham Retail), with its beleaguered Firkins brand, has gone into liquidation, British Baker has discovered. 

Phil Brooks
Chevler's Phil Brooks will spearhead the new division
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Baking case firm Chevler sets up papers division

UK baking case manufacturer Chevler has established a speciality papers division. 

Pidy
Pidy launches new products including mini vol au vents
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Pidy launches retail pastry products

Pastry manufacturer Pidy is adding six retail products to its portfolio. 

James Martin
James Martin opens site at Stansted development
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Celebrity chef opens Stansted outlet

The first-ever bakery and food-to-go site for celebrity chef James Martin has opened in Stansted airport. 

Stop the Week: online

We look at deep-fried cake, baking with alcohol and why the fish finger sandwich will never die in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

ABST
ABST held NPD training day at Tameside College
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Bakery student body holds NPD learning day

The Alliance for the Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) held a Learning Day at Tameside College to teach students the process of new product development (NPD). 

Coffee #1
Coffee #1 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
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Coffee#1 reports 30% sales increase

SA Brain & Co, parent company of Coffee#1, has announced a 30% rise in sales compared to last year for the coffee shop. 

Bakery Market Report 2015
The Bakery Market Report 2015 is now available to buy
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Webinar debates latest bakery retail trends

A new ‘battleground’ for retail bakeries was explored in British Baker’s web event, which saw experts discuss today’s industry ahead of an exclusive market report. 

Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke supports NBT changes
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National Bakery Training rebrands to include food and drink sectors

National Bakery Training (NBT) is to rebrand to become the National Food & Drink Training, as it plans to expand into other areas of teaching. 

Bakery Market Report
Bakery Market Report 2015 launch coincides with our live webinar
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Sign up now for bakery trends webinar

Time is running out to sign up for British Baker’s exclusive webinar on the current trends in bakery retail. 

Eric Lanlard: sets sail on Britannia this week

Patissier Lanlard sets sail on Britannia

Master patissier Eric Lanlard will this week man his café aboard cruise ship The Britannia as he closes in on a site in Dubai. 

Proper Cornish
Proper Cornish recruits for growth
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Proper Cornish adds senior personnel for growth

Pasty company Proper Cornish Group has appointed two senior personnel to focus on increasing sales and turnover. 

Stop the Week: online

We look at Easter ideas and why cake is good for you in the first move online for our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week. 

Premier Foods
Premier Foods plans to double its apprentice intake
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Blog: apprenticeships are on the up in bakery

At British Baker, we have been inundated with news of apprenticeship uptake in the food and drink industry of late. 

Starbucks
Starbucks has seven-point plan for five years
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Starbucks reveals five-year growth strategy

Coffee giant Starbucks yesterday outlined a major seven-stage plan for the brand, including growing the number of stores from 22,000 to 30,000 worldwide, with a particular focus on China and on tea. 

Fabulous Bakers
New branding for The Fabulous Bakers' flapjack range
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Rebrand for The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, the muffin and flapjack producer owned by Daelmans Group, has rebranded to The Fabulous Bakers ahead of a major marketing push this summer. 

Zeelandia
Michiel de Ruiter: new chief executive of Zeelandia
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New head for Zeelandia

International bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has appointed Michiel de Ruiter as chief executive as of 1 May 2015. 

Wafflemeister
Wafflemeister has 11 sites worldwide
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Waffle retailer reveals plans for expansion

Belgian waffle specialist Wafflemeister plans to double its UK sites in 2015 and reach £5m in revenue by year-end. 

Puratos
Puratos bread using S500
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Puratos marks 40 years of bread improver

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has marked 40 years since the launch of its S500 bread improver. 

Bakels
Bakels launches bread mixes for consumers
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Bakels introduces first consumer bread mix

Ingredients supplier Bakels has launched its first consumer brand following the development of new and secret technology.

Pieminister
Pieminister: new site in Leeds
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Pieminister to open largest site in Leeds

Bristol-based pie company Pieminister aims to open its “most ambitious project to date” in Leeds at the end of April following a £300,000 refurbishment. 

Bakkavor
Tasha Devey has completed an apprenticeship with Bakkavör
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Bakkavör apprentice marks 2,000 milestone

A trainee with food manufacturer Bakkavör has been declared the 2,000th person to complete an apprenticeship in England’s food manufacturing industry in 2014. 

Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts set for UK growth, according to Horizons
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Foodservice forecast to grow by £10bn in next four years

The UK foodservice sector is set for value growth of £10bn giving it a worth of £56.3bn by 2019, according to consultancy Horizons. 

Wrights
Wrights confectionery production is up 32%
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Wrights boosts confectionery with £6m spend

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group’s £6m investment in a new confectionery line has increased productivity by 32% in the last 12 months. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week can help trade
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Survey: bakers reveal benefits of British Pie Week

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) is over for another year, but did bakers reap the benefits? 

Cooplands HQ
Cooplands of Doncaster bakery and HQ up for sale
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Cooplands of Doncaster bakery up for sale

Cooplands of Doncaster head office and bakery has been brought to market for an undisclosed sum, after the bakery went into administration this February. 

Topping Pie Company
Caramelised red onion-topped pies
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Dinky pie range launched at Selfridges

A range of Dinky pork pies from Doncaster bakery The Topping Pie Company has been launched at the Manchester Selfridges store in honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March). 

Martin Glenn
Martin Glenn: outgoing United Biscuits chief executive
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United Biscuits chief executive to step down

United Biscuits (UB) chief executive Martin Glenn is stepping down from the post in early April. 

EAT.
EAT is bringing back its slow-cooked beef and horseradish hot roll
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EAT reveals ‘ambitious’ store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT has signed for three new sites as it launches two new products. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week: tell us how it's going
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British Pie Week: top facts

There are still two days left in British Pie Week 2015 and British Baker has rounded up some facts about the UK pie eater. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week celebrates the pie
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British Pie Week: Top 10 pies in pictures

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) ran this week and to celebrate the Pierateers put together a list of the top 10 British pies. 

Foxcroft Ginger
Foxcroft & Ginger to launch 'cruffin'
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Foxcroft & Ginger introduces hybrid to range

London bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is launching a ‘cruffin’ on Friday (6 March) – the latest in bakery hybrids. 

Greggs
Greggs posts strong 2014 trading performance
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Greggs posts strong 2014 performance

The chief executive of high street bakery giant Greggs has praised “an exceptional step-up in performance” for the brand in 2014 as it revealed total sales were up 5.5% to £804m and own-shop like-for-like sales had risen 4.5%. 

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”.

Mr Pretzels
Mr Pretzels focuses on expansion plans
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Pretzel maker seeks UK expansion

Mr Pretzels UK has set its eyes on up to 10 more sites by the end of the year, with ambitions to open up in train stations. 

Paul UK
Paul UK confirms Newbury opening
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Paul reveals site of second regional outlet

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has confirmed Newbury as the site of its second regional opening. 

Helen Browning
Helen Browning: believes organic is back
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Sales boost for organic bakery

Organic products have seen a bump in sales, up 4% in 2014 compared to 2013, boosting organic bakery products. 

Gerhard
Gerhard reflects on Comic Relief's Celebrity Bake-Off as well as proper lighting
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Gerhard’s blog: Light bulb moment

Gerhard Jenne dwells on the importance of proper marketing and learns a lesson on in-store lighting. 

Greggs
Greggs saved from toilet provision across estate
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Greggs ducks toilet provision following council dispute

Greggs has been saved from flushing away millions of pounds following a ruling on whether it needed to provide toilets in its stores. 

Cooplands
Cooplands of Doncaster increases range
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Cooplands of Doncaster offers 'bigger' range under new ownership

Cooplands of Doncaster will offer a “bigger and better range”, according to its new owners, following the closure of 39 stores and a move to a major supermarket bakery supplier. 

Bunnychow
Bunnychow celebrates the loaf with hot fillings
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#WeLoveBread: The edible lunchbox

Street-food business Bunnychow, which has recently opened a site in Soho, is encouraging people to “Love [their] Loaf”, as it prides its business around using artisan bread to contain hot fillings. 

Jammie Bakes
Jammie Bakes: Jammie Dodgers for adults
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Jammie Dodgers branch out

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched a new version of its well-loved Jammie Dodgers brand aimed at adults. 

Wholewheat bread
Whole grains including bread promoted as part of a healthy diet
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Bread recommended as major part of diet in sugar swap advice

The Department of Health (DoH) is promoting bread as a way to ‘bulk up’ meals and swap out more sugar and fat-laden foods. 

Instagram
Registered domain name 'hikjacked' on Instagram
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Baker issues warning on social media domain trademarks

A baker has warned other small business owners to check social media sites after a rival business assumed her trademarked domain name. 

Subway
Subway aims for non-traditional locations
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Subway focuses development on non-traditional sites

High street sandwich giant Subway aims to have 350 stores within convenience stores and petrol and forecourt locations by the end of 2015. 

Bisto pies
New frozen pies from Bisto following deal with Peter's Food Service
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Peter’s joins forces with Bisto on frozen pie range

Peter’s Food Service has struck a deal with Premier Foods to manufacture a range of frozen pies for the Bisto brand. 

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier launches new range of macarons
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French macarons line targeted at foodservice

International bakery giant Brioche Pasquier has launched a new range of French macarons available for UK foodservice operators. 

Dum Dum
Dum Dum Donutterie aims for expansion
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Doughnut firm’s success prompts expansion plans

The London-based Dum Dum Donutterie is expanding, with locations earmarked in the UK and several overseas as it looks to triple its first year’s turnover. 

Newburn Bakehouse
Warburton's gluten-free brand wins POY award
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Warburtons secures Free-From award

Gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free seed wraps from Warburtons’ free-from brand Newburn Bakehouse have been named Product of the Year (POY) 2015 in the Free-From category. 

Pieminister
One of the options in the #PieElection
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Pieminister to revive three historic pies

In honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) Pieminister is holding a #PieElection to get the old favourites back for pie fans. 

Starbucks
Starbucks turns a profit in UK
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Starbucks turns a profit in UK

High street coffee giant Starbucks has reported a profit of £1.1m in the year to September 2014 in its first profit recorded in Britain. 

L-R: Lewis Freeman- Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Hall- CBA, Amy Yeates- FoB, Mike Bagshaw- BSB and Alan Stuart- Scottish Bakers
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Industry backs new bread campaign

The industry has welcomed British Baker’s #WeLoveBread campaign – which has seen protestors visit Number 10 about David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread.

Scotmid
Scotmid opens The Kitchen at Ratho Station, Edinburgh
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Scotmid trials food-to-go in-store

Scottish co-operative Scotmid has opened its first food-to-go provision at Ratho Station near Edinburgh as the first of three trial stores. 

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.

Cake charge
Bodeans charges £1.50 per slice of birthday cake per person
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Restaurant chain charges birthday ‘cakeage’ fee

London restaurant chain Bodeans Bar-B-Q is charging a £1.50 a head “cakeage” fee to people who eat their own birthday cakes in its branches. 

NO.G
NO.G quiches now stocked in Asda
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Gluten-free brand signs deal with Asda

Six products from chilled gluten-free brand NO.G will be launched in up to 245 stores Asda this week. 

Limagrain
LCI produces salt substitute for bakery
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New salt substitute launched

Ingredients firm Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI), has introduced a new substitute for bakery products to reduce salt. 

Eating out grows as economy improves

Britons are eating out more as economic conditions improve, according to a new report. 

Hobnobs
Hobnobs are the nation's favourite biscuits
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Chocolate Hobnob named nation’s favourite biscuit

The McVitie’s Chocolate Hobnob has taken pole position as the nation’s favourite biscuit after winning 18.4% of the vote in a consumer poll. 

Bert and Ernie
Bert and Ernie pro-gay marriage cake refused by bakery
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‘Gay cake’ lawsuit imminent

The lawsuit against the bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake will be heard this month. 

Bakery Market Report 2015
Bakery Market Report 2015
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Last chance to complete survey

Time is running out to complete the Bakery Business Survey. 

Maryland Soft Baked
Maryland Soft Baked have launched to good reaction
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Video: Burton’s director of sweet sets out strategy

British Baker met Toby Baker, director of sweet at Burton’s Biscuits Company, for a tour of Blackpool’s Cookie Centre of Excellence and to discuss this month’s launch of Maryland Soft Baked cookies as well as other plans for the future. 

The Bakery
The Bakery at the Crown & Garter, Inkpen, Berkshire
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Pub expands bakery offer

The product range sold at Berkshire pub the Crown & Garter’s new bakery is to be expanded. 

Cornish pasty
Etherington Meats takes pasty orders online
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Pasties offered for online purchase

It is now possible to order pasties online from Cornish farm shop Etherington Meats. 

Sigep
L-R: David Mizon, David Amos, Mickael Jahan, Craig Machin
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Netherlands scoops Sigep bakery prize

The Netherlands triumphed in this year’s Sigep International Bakery Cup ‘Bread in the City’ held at Rimini in Italy. 

Harvest
The UK could hold a surplus of wheat at the end of the season
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Wheat exports low as prices stay higher than Europe

UK wheat prices must fall in order to be more competitive to export to Europe. 

Gerhard’s blog: LA Baking

Gerhard reflects on a TV slot last year, soon to be aired, and reviews some of the highlights of his recent visit to Los Angeles.

Finsbury Food Group
Finsbury Food Group posts positive sales figures for 2014
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Finsbury’s sales boosted by Fletchers buy

Bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported that total sales revenue grew to £107.6m in 2014. 

Greggs
Greggs has promised a full investigation into the discovery of a glove in a pasty
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Glove discovered in Greggs pasty

Bakery giant Greggs has come under fire after a three-year-old child bit into a rubber glove baked into her pasty. 

Athenry
Foods of Athenry expands export arm
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Irish firm extends UK deals for healthy range

Irish bakery Foods of Athenry has expanded its export arm to the UK following the securing of two new deals. 

Bakery Market Report 2015
Fill in the survey to have your views and insight in the Bakery Market Report 2015
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Have your say in the Bakery Business Survey

British Baker needs your views to compile a review of the industry’s thoughts on the bakery sector over the last year. 

Kripsy Kreme doughnuts
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are now available at Centre Parcs
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Krispy Kreme enters leisure sector

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has secured a contract with Center Parcs in its first foray into the leisure sector. 

Aryzta naan
Aryzta plans to expand in-demand flatbreads category worldwide
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Aryzta enters joint venture on flatbreads

Swiss food group Aryzta plans to drive its flatbreads category Honeytop globally via a joint venture with the group that previously ran the business. 

The year review: what 2014 meant for the baking industry

In a turbulent and exciting year for the baking industry, British Baker looks back at the big stories from 2014.

The 2015 Bakery Market Report will provide exclusive insight into the baking world
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Have you had your say? Bakery Business Survey launches

British Baker has launched its second Bakery Business Survey, to gauge the industry’s opinions on the sector.

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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. 

Scottish bakers are working on reducing sugar and salt in products
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Scottish bakers prove inspiration for healthy recipe guide

Small to medium food producers, including bakers and butchers across Scotland, have been lowering the salt, fat and calorie content in products by as much as 50%. 

The Topping Pie Company
The Topping Pie Company will supply to cruise ships
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Pie firm steps aboard cruise lines

Doncaster-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has struck a deal to supply into the cruise-line market. 

Tesco
Tesco issues statement on trading profit
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Tesco issues profit warning

Tesco has stated that it does not expect group trading profit to exceed £1.4bn for the financial year, in an unscheduled trading statement. 

Nila Holden
Nila Holden's vanilla sugar cookies
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Social media opens doors to business, says baker

Nila Holden, owner of eponymous Bedfordshire-based bakery company Nila Holden, has outlined the importance of social media after she won a contract with Fortnum & Mason last year. 

Holland's Pies
Holland's Pies' steak and kidney pie
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Holland’s Pies makes charitable move for Christmas

Holland’s Pies is supplying 100 pies to a homeless shelter over the Christmas period. 

United Biscuits
United Biscuits signs three-year deal with Cargill
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UB and Cargill strike deal on chocolate

United Biscuits (UB), the international manufacturer of biscuits, has signed a three-year partnership with a fellow international producer to focus on its sweet biscuits. 

The company sells fine cakes, pastries and gateaux
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Patisserie Holdings reveals big jump in revenue

Patisserie Holdings has reported this morning that revenue is up 27.5% to £76.6m while its main trading café brand Patisserie Valerie is up 20%. 

Ashers Bakery
'Gay cake' bakery gains supports from locals
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‘Gay cake row’ petition gains hundreds of signatories

‘Hundreds’ of people have signed the MP-instigated petition in support of the Christian bakery that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake. 

Tom Dixon Sandwich
Tom Dixon Sandwich Shop open at London's Harrods
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Harrods installs upmarket Tom Dixon sandwich shop

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

National Cupcake Championship
Laura Morris wins overall in the National Cupcake Championship homebakers' category
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National Cupcake Champions announced

Daniel Addy and Laura Morris took the top prizes at this year’s National Cupcake Championships. 

Foxcroft & Ginger
Foxcroft & Ginger: cutting down on food waste
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Foxcroft & Ginger takes steps against food waste

Two-site artisan cafe and wholesaler Foxcroft & Ginger is donating leftover food to a homelessness charity and helping to cut down on food waste. 

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle results suffer from adverse weather
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Tate & Lyle profits tumble

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has announced a 40% fall in first-half adjusted pretax profit at the top end of its range. 

Gay cake row
Ashers Baking Co to face legal action over 'gay cake' row
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'Gay cake' row bakery to face legal action

The Equality Commission has confirmed plans to take legal action against a Northern Ireland bakery which refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. 

Cereal Killer cafe
Cereal Killer Cafe: opens in Brick Lane, London next month
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Cereal café to open doors in London

The UK’s eat-out breakfast offering is to expand as a new cereal café opens in Shoreditch next month. 

Shopping
Food inflation at lowest since December 2006
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New low for food inflation

Food inflation has reached a record low, falling to 0.1% - the lowest rate since December 2006. 

Irwin's Bakery
Irwin's Bakery scoops award
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Irwin’s strikes gold at Irish Food Awards

Irwin’s Bakery has scooped two gold awards at the Irish Food Awards 2014. 

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier gains listing with Ocado
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Brioche firm gains Ocado listing

French bakery Brioche Pasquier is to list two of its ranges with retailer Ocado for the first time. 

United Biscuits
United Biscuits: sold to Yildiz
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United Biscuits sold to Yildiz

The sale of United Biscuits (UB) to international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding has been confirmed. 

Fabulous Bakin' Boys
Fabulous Bakin' Boys go nuts
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to invest in new on-the-go snacks

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys is making a “major brand investment” that will see new product lines from March 2015 amid a move away from its nut-free manufacturing status. 

Pieminister
Pieminister counter at Exeter University
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Pieminister expands business along several avenues

Pie-maker Pieminister has established shops in a university and three London pubs as it reported its own shop business was 35% up year on year. 

Halloween’s scariest cakes

Bakers around the country have been preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, so we thought we’d round up the most gruesome cakes on Twitter this year. 

Greggs
Greggs joins Prompt Payment advisory board
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Greggs joins Prompt Payment advisory board

Greggs bakery has been appointed to a new advisory board, designed to help strengthen the official code for businesses to follow when dealing with suppliers

Peyton Byrne
Oliver Peyton plans expansion
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Peyton and Byrne invests £1m in new central bakery

TV Judge Oliver Peyton, of Peyton and Byrne, is to make a £1m investment in a new 18,000sq ft central bakery.

Cordon Bleu
Le Cordon Bleu London attracts males to bakery courses
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Le Cordon Bleu patisserie courses attract more men

Renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu London has noted a dramatic rise in the number of men applying for patisserie courses year on year. 

Bob Spooner Hovis
Bob Spooner: Hovis chief executive steps down
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Hovis chief executive to leave business

Chief executive of Hovis Bob Spooner has resigned his post to take up an opportunity abroad. 

Costa Starbucks
Costa and Starbucks win on consumer engagement
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Coffee chains gain top scores in social media study

Coffee chains Starbucks and Costa Coffee have come out on top in a list of how well brands engage with their UK social media users. 

Second Cup
Second Cup: opening in Manchester
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Canadian coffee shop comes to the UK

Canada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. 

DS-gluten free bourbon biscuits
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Boots to stock DS-gluten free snacks

Gluten-free company DS-gluten free has announced it will be launching into Boots retailers with immediate effect. 

LSBU grants former bakery graduate Honorary Fellowship

Baking entrepreneur David Powell has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the London South Bank University (LSBU). 

HealthBread
HealthBread: spreading word on more nutritious baking techniques
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Project seeks to drive healthy bread technology across the EU

The EU HealthBread project intends to form an association to drive commercialisation of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across the Europe. 

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling rebrand delivers market share growth
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Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast

Premier Foods has praised its Mr Kipling relaunch as “delivering encouraging share gains” as it revealed an underlying sales decline of 4.7% in the third quarter. 

Bertinet Bakery
Bertinet Bakery to open second site
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Artisan bakery signs with Warburtons for wholesale

The Bertinet Bakery has formed a partnership with Warburtons to expand its wholesale production output. 

Wafflemeister is to open site number seven
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Waffle firm seeks UK expansion

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

United Biscuits appoints new non-exec chairman

United Biscuits (UB) has appointed Frank Meysman as non-executive chairman of the group as of today (21 October 2014). 

Vanessa baker
Vanessa Brewster: granted Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Co awards top recognition to young bakery student

A young baking prodigy has been awarded the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers after graduating with the highest marks in her class. 

Delice de France
Savoury cheese and bacon muffin from Delice de France and Coup de Pates catalogue
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Aryzta bakeries reveal autumn/winter selection

Bakeries Delice de France and Coup de Pates have unveiled an autumn/winter catalogue with almost 50 new lines for bakers. 

Warrens Bakery
Warrens Bakery launches winter range
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Warrens Bakery launches sweet autumnal line

Cornish bakery Warrens Bakery has launched a range of sweet products with the approach of winter in mind. 

The Village Bakery
The Village Bakery's Robin Jones receives award (second right)
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The Village Bakery named fastest growth manufacturer in Wales

Welsh craft bakery The Village Bakery has been named Wales’ fastest-growing manufacturer as it revealed it is in 444% year-on-year growth. 

Slattery bakery
Slattery bakery launches new range of local beers
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Slattery launches new local beer range

Patissier and chocolatier Slattery has launched a new range of locally brewed beers. 

McVitie's Digestives
McVitie's Digestives still performing well
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Biscuit market enjoys value increase

The biscuit market has seen 1.8% value growth in the last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Caffe Nero
Caffe Nero: gross profit up 10.4%
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Caffé Nero revenue up as it eyes new sites

Italian coffee shop chain Caffé Nero has posted an 8.8% rise in revenue to £222.4m as it looks to add around 40 stores next year. 

Bakers' & Butchers' Fair: the day in pictures

Hundreds of bakers flocked to Newark yesterday for the Bakers’ & Butchers Fair 2014. 

Britain's Best Loaf
Britain's Best Loaf: last chance to enter
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Do you have Britain’s Best Loaf? If so, prove it

Bakers have their last chance to prove they make Britain’s Best Loaf. 

Will innovation in food take a further slump?

A study has found that the number of food innovations reaching the consumer since 2008 has decreased by 6.5%. 

Cranks brings veggie breads to the market

The market for veggie breads is set to widen as licensed bread brand Cranks is being expanded into the sector. 

Kingsmill Great White
Kingsmill Great White wins award
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Great White Loaf scoops Industry win

Allied Bakeries took home the Grocery Product Launch of the Year 2014 award at the Retail Industry Awards for its Great White Loaf. 

Walkers shortbread
Walkers Shortbread launches gluten-free biscuits
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Walkers adds gluten-free line

Walkers Shortbread has joined the rapidly-expanding gluten-free market with the launch of three products. 

Global snack market is on the up
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Global snacks market rises 2%

Consumers globally spent $374bn (£230bn) on snack foods in the year from 2013 to 2014, according to the Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking. 

National Cupcake Week makes its mark on Twitter

The sixth National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September) gained huge attraction on social media with an average of 600,000 Twitter accounts reached each day of the week. 

GBBO: a microwave, povitica and some alcoholic doughnuts

Bronya Smolen looks at the quarter-final highlights in TV’s favourite bakery contest. 

EAT
EAT: rebrand and site search in full swing
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EAT to focus on central London in new drive for sites

High street sandwich and coffee chain EAT will open 10 central London stores between January and July next year following a major rebrand. 

National Cupcake Week
Emily Johnson of Upsy Daisy Bakery teaches Ruth and Eammon to ice cupcakes
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National Cupcake Week captures nation’s attention

National Cupcake Week caught the attention of the nation’s media last week – after it appeared on television twice and saw social media get fully behind it. 

Harvest Cheweee
Harvest Cheweee: £1.1m investment
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Cereal bar Harvest Cheweee ploughs £1.1m in ad campaign

UK cereal bar brand Harvest Cheweee is highlighting its relaunch with a TV advertising campaign in a £1.1m year-long investment.

October's Bakers' Fair is on its way

The annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair is fast approaching and with it, your chance to prove you make Britain’s Best Loaf.

Scottish referendum
Voting for Scottish independence via cupcakes
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Scottish independence: let the cupcakes decide

Cupcakes don’t just look pretty and taste good - they are also a barometer of political opinion judging by an unexpected twist in the Scottish independence referendum.

GBBO: a Kouign-what?

“I never thought I would care enough about it that I would cry over an éclair,” said an emotional Martha Collison...

Blog: Baking Industry Awards and the nature of competition

Oh what a night! I am of course referring to the 2014 Baking Industry Awards, held at the Park Lane Hilton in London, a grand hotel which is well suited to accommodate a very glitzy evening. 

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Greggs posts sales rise in last 11 weeks
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Greggs sees 5.4% rise in own-shop LFLs

Pastries giant Greggs has posted an own-shop like-for-like sales growth of 5.4% for the 11 weeks to 13 September. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championship finalists revealed
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National Cupcake Week competition finalists revealed!

The wait is over and we can reveal the best cupcake makers in the UK today - the first day of National Cupcake Week. 

Gallery: spot yourself at BIA 2014

Take a look our favourite pictures from the big night!

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. 

Baking Industry Awards creates social media storm

The Baking Industry Awards boasted a fantastic turnout at the Park Lane Hilton last night and revellers took to Twitter to shout about it. 

PETA crowns vegan bake-off winner

Animal rights charity PETA has announced the winner of its vegan bake-off contest. 

BIA
BIA 2014: winners revealed
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Baking Industry Awards 2014: the winners revealed

Hundreds from the baking industry turned out to see who would be crowned winners at the Baking Industry Awards 2014 (BIA) annual ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton last night. 

Annual Bakers' & Butchers' Fair coming up

In an autumn jam-packed with top bakery events, don’t forget the annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair on 12 October. 

Hugh Dennis:
Hugh will present the awards
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One week until BIA - are you ready?

Today marks a week until the long-awaited Baking Industry Awards (BIA) - the baking industry’s answer to the Oscars!

National Cupcake Week
Mary Berry present home baker winner Sriskandarasa at the 2013 cupcake awards
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Last chance to be a National Cupcake Week champion!

You had better get baking because there is still time to enter your cupcake masterpiece in the National Cupcake Championships 2014.

The winning formula: National Cupcake Week champ tells all

As the deadline for the National Cupcake Championships 2014 draws near, Bronya Smolen speaks to last year's home baker winner, Shalini Sriskandarasa, about how it felt to take the crown. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championships: entry deadline is almost here
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Enter the National Cupcake Championships NOW!

Time is running out to prove your baking prowess by entering the National Cupcake Championships for National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September).

Asda: market growth and sales up
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Asda posts increase in sales and market share

Asda owner WalMart has announced a like-for-like sales growth of 0.5% for the 10 weeks to 30 June 2014.

Bakkavör posts revenue climb of 1.3%

Food manufacturer Bakkavör has reported its revenues were up 1.3% to £434.2m in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

Village Bakery adds new production line

The Village Bakery has added £600,000-worth of state of the art equipment at its site in North Wales.

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championships: four days to enter
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One week to enter National Cupcake Championships

The deadline for entries for the National Cupcake Championships is this Friday (15 August).

Greg Madigan Subway
Greg Madigan: Joining UK and Ireland Subway team
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Subway appoints area development manager to develop UK

Subway has appointed an area development manager in the UK and Ireland to further progress the brand.

Nine days left to enter National Cupcake Championships

Nine days remain for professional bakers to have their shot at the cupcake crown this year.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry:
GBBO returns tonight at 8pm, BBC 1
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Great British Bake Off returns amid drop in home baking

The Great British Bake Off hits TV screens tonight for a fifth series, but a new report has suggested the number of Brits who are baking at home is falling.

Poll: Does GBBO help or hinder your business?

Popular baking programme The Great British Bake Off begins again this Wednesday, 6 August. But what do you bakers think of it? 

GBBO influences sales of whole cakes

Great British Bake Off influences sales of whole cakes

Rise in home baking thanks to shows like The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) have influenced a 3.1% drop in whole cake sales.

MCC holds Lord’s Bicentenary Cake Bake

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has invited budding bakers to enter its baking competition to mark the 200th anniversary of the current Lord’s Cricket Ground. 

Finsbury invests in bakery divisions as sales drops

Cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has revealed group sales revenues dropped to £175.7m from £176.6m the previous year, following the sale of its free-from business in February last year.

Wheat yield is 22% up on last year's dire harvest
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Data reveals recovery for wheat levels

A survey has shown that wheat levels are up 22% on last year’s plummeting decrease, as anticpated by British Baker last month.

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.

Greggs Breakfast Club
Greggs Breakfast Club
Greggs launches 250th primary school Breakfast Club
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Greggs reaches 250th school Breakfast Club

The Greggs Foundation, a registered charity associated with Greggs, has launched its 250th primary school Breakfast Club and will reach 300 by the year end.

Caffè Latte plans rapid expansion

Coffee shop chain Caffè Latte plans to add 20 sites during 2014.

Companies join forces for American Sweet Bakery Week

California Raisins has teamed up with Dawn Foods to make a splash with its National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July).

Village Bakery recognised as top employer at awards

Welsh craft bakery the Village Bakery was named runner-up in Wales’ VQ Employer of the Year awards.

Call for greater transparency in palm oil sourcing

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is calling for greater tranparency on where and how palm oil is grown in the quest for responsible and sustainable sourcing.

Poor weather causes surge in cinnamon prices

EHL Ingredients has reported a global surge in prices for cassia cinnamon following heavy rainfall in south-east Asia.

Irish bakery extends Tesco contract

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has signed a deal to extend its Freshly Baked table bread range across 25 Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

In pictures: Foodex 2014

British Baker looks back at the highlights of Foodex 2014, held at Birmingham’s NEC (24-26 March), in an exclusive picture gallery.

Bakels opens “world class” baking centre

Bakels has officially opened a “world class” new baking centre at its HQ in Oxfordshire. 

Lola’s Cupcakes launches Underground cart

Lola’s Cupcakes has opened a cart at Kings Cross St Pancras London Underground station, with a further four planned for this year.

Don’t miss out! BIA tickets for sale

Do you have YOUR tickets for the bakery awards event of the year?

Bakers keen to support workable VAT solution

The baking industry is keen to promote its alternative 20% tax solution to the government, saying it understands the government’s desire to reduce anomalies and raise revenue.

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