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Sainsbury’s/Asda deal: first details are revealed

Sainsbury’s and Walmart, owner of Asda, have this morning (30 April) released details of plans to merge the two UK supermarket chains.

Aryzta names new Europe CEO as Murphy steps down

Former Friesland Campina chief operating officer Gregory Sklikas has been appointed CEO of Aryzta’s European business.

Sandy Scott (right) judging at Scottish Baker of the Year
  (Photo: Katielee Arrowsmith/Scottish Bakers )

Cybake supplier Redblack names Sandy Scott CEO

Cybake bakery management solutions supplier RedBlack Software has appointed Sandy Scott as chief executive officer.

The Artisan Bakery taps vegan trend with new range

West London business The Artisan Bakery has rolled out a vegan range of pastries.

Brakes UK names Hugo Mahoney as CEO

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes UK has appointed Hugo Mahoney as CEO.

Scottish Bakers names Alasdair Smith as CEO

Scottish Bakers has named Alasdair Smith as its new chief executive officer.

Bako North Western names Mike Tully CEO

Former Bako Northern & Scotland boss Mike Tully has been appointed chief executive of Bako North Western Group.

Dirk Van de Put to succeed Irene Rosenfeld as CEO of Mondelēz

Mondelz International has announced that McCain Foods president Dirk Van de Put will succeed Irene Rosenfeld as the new CEO following her decision to step down.

Aryzta names former Glanbia boss as new CEO

Kevin Toland, a former chief executive and president of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, is to replace Owen Killian as CEO of global bakery business Aryzta.

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.

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

New apprenticeship challenge launched

Trade charity Hospitality Action is urging foodservice and hospitality organisations to fundraise with their apprentices.

Pukka Pies unveils £8m brand relaunch

Pukka Pies has announced a brand relaunch that will be supported by an £8m marketing investment.

Aryzta earnings per share falls by 20%

Global bakery business Aryzta has reported that underlying earnings per share has fallen 20% compared to the previous year, following a review of five months of trading ending December 2016.

Paul UK raises over £15k for The Felix Project

Bakery chain Paul UK has announced that it has raised £15,013 for The Felix Project, which is part of the Sharing Our Daily Bread initiative.

Customer designs new cake for Patisserie Valerie

A customer has designed a new whole gateau and individual slice for Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie.

Pret A Manger to trial sandwich bread with fewer additives

Pret A Manger has revealed it is to trial sliced sandwich bread free from all additives except ascorbic acid following claims by The Real Bread Campaign that the chain is serving baked goods containing additives to “unsuspecting customers”.

Bakkavör appoints two non-executive directors

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

Crouton and bread snacks supplier Chaucer acquired by Japanese firm

Bread products and freeze-dried foods supplier Chaucer Food Group has been acquired by Japanese firm Nagatanien.

Barry Callebaut launches ‘Forever Chocolate’ sustainability strategy

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has launched its sustainability strategy ‘Forever Chocolate’, with the ultimate goal of making its chocolate 100% sustainable.

Asda boss Clarke ‘encouraged’ despite 5.8% sales decline

Asda like-for-like sales fell 5.8% year on year in the quarter to 30 September 2016, according to figures released by owner Walmart.

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.

Delicious Alchemy appoints new CEO

Sheffield-based gluten- and dairy-free specialist Delicious Alchemy has appointed Iain Macpherson as the company’s new chief executive officer.

Ministry of Cake director to share success story

MD of Ministry of Cake, Chris Ormrod, will share his success story with aspiring food entrepreneurs on the 12-13 November at the Bread and Butter festival at the Institute of Directors, London.

Tesco partners with Hubbub to deploy new crowdfunding platform

Major retailer Tesco has chosen Hubbub to help it with the launch of a new crowdfunding platform – Tesco BackIt, which aims to give smaller food businesses the chance to showcase food and drink products to customers online to help them grow.

Barry Callebaut extends supply partnership with Mondelēz

The Barry Callebaut Group is to acquire and integrate the chocolate production facility of Mondelz International in Halle, Belgium, resulting in a long-term supply agreement between the two companies.

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.

Veggie Pret set to stay put due to popular demand

Pret A Manger CEO Clive Schlee has announced on his personal blog that the company’s temporary vegetarian pop-up will remain permanent in Soho, London.

Genius Gluten Free appoints new CEO

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius has announced Jeremy Bradley as the company’s new CEO. He will succeed Roz Cuschieri from the 16 October.

Small Batch Coffee to expand outside Brighton

Artisan coffee shop chain Small Batch Coffee has revealed that it will relocate outside of Brighton and Hove for the first time and will open up a site in Worthing, West Sussex in October.

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.

Patisserie Valerie CEO aims for 20-strong Irish estate

High-street bakery Patisserie Valerie (PV) has set itself the target of building a 20-strong estate across Ireland, according to its chief executive Paul May.

Burton’s CEO steps down

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

Tesco sells Euphorium Bakery

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

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%.

Frozen pizza and white bread buck rising grocery price trend

Frozen pizza and white bread have fallen in price despite the cost of a basket of popular supermarket items jumping by 1% in July, latest figures from mysupermarket.co.uk show.

Taura celebrates 20th anniversary with on-track sales targets

Global ingredients company, Taura Natural Ingredients will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the news that its European sales are on target to increase by 20% this year.

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.

Mark Tomlinson, CEO, Bako NorthWestern

Bako boss takes on charity challenge

Bako North Western Group CEO Mark Tomlinson is to raise money for charity by cycling the length of the country, from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

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.

Chocolate maker signs deal for total traceability

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut has signed a strategic partnership with Amsterdam-based Tony’s Chocolonely to produce chocolate from fully traceable sustainable cocoa.

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).

Pies in space

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has seen one of its pies sent into space as part of a project to support the 2016 KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition.

Canadian coffee chain expands

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

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.

New boss for software specialist

Fresh food supply chain software specialist Linkfresh has appointed Andy Makeham as chief executive officer.

New CEO for Hovis

Hovis has announced that Nish Kankiwala will be its new chief executive, as Martyn Wilks retires. 

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.

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).

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.

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