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‘Bakery is arguably a perfect example of the range of roles available’

Ian Wright, director general of the Food & Drink Federation, on the skills shortage facing bakeries and the wider food and drink industry

New dried fruit inclusions company launched

Dried fruit industry innovator Andy Humphries has launched a new company, Electric Cherry.

lunch! exhibition returns to London next week

One of the UK’s biggest shows for food-to-go trades, lunch! will be at the Business Design Centre, London on 21-22 September.

New online learning webinar launched

A new webinar, ‘How to embed online learning into your organisation’, aims to explore how the food and drink sector is changing in regards to technology, especially when it comes to staff training and compliance.

Food and drink manufacturers to benefit from £3.5m programme

Food and drink manufacturers looking to expand, take on extra staff, develop new products or access financing will be aided by a £3.5million programme, part-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

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.

Bakery signs up for food and drink apprenticeship scheme

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has joined a food and drink apprenticeship scheme that aims to regenerate the skills in the food and drink sector.

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.

Fresh baked goods are top convenience choice

Over half of those who regularly shop in convenience stores have said they regularly buy freshly baked goods, according to research analyst Mintel.

Sugar tax to be extended?

The recently-announced levy on fizzy drinks has edged closer to the bakery sector, as it could soon affect cereals and snacks, according to a government health minister. 

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.

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.

Organic bakery sector recovering

Sales of organic bakery and cakes have improved significantly since the Soil Association’s (SA) 2015 Market Report. 

Jestic to expand into bakery

Jestic Foodservice Equipment has announced its expansion into the bakery sector. 

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.

Bakery Business Survey launched

British Baker is calling on the industry to give us its views about the retail landscape.

Genius buys frozen pie producer

Genius Food, the gluten-free bakery, has bought frozen pie-producer Chapel Foods in a £3.5m deal.

Primrose Bakery releases fifth cookbook

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

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.

Convenience store body warns of Living Wage impact

The government’s plan to introduce a £7.20 National Living Wage in April 2016 will put tens of thousands of livelihoods at a risk in the independent retail sector, according to research from the Association of Convenience Stores.

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Coffee is still on the rise
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Ireland’s coffee shop market rises 14%

Ireland’s coffee shop market is outperforming the Irish retail sector with sales growth of 14%. 

Foodservice demi-baguettes launched

Speciality Breads has launched a new range of demi-baguettes available for the foodservice sector. 

BIA Outstanding Contribution in pictures

Time is running out to nominate someone for the Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry accolade.

Convenience sector boost Greencore profits

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

 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.

Bakery Market Report available to buy

The Bakery Market Report, which features the BB75 breakdown of the largest bakery retailers, is on sale now.

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