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Only one week left to enter Christmas Stars 2017

There’s only one week left to enter the 2017 Christmas Stars competition – the ideal way to make your products stand out in the festive crowd.

HOW TO: make festival-themed biscuits

Festival season is here, and baking decoration specialists Cake Angels are making the most of it with some festival-themed biscuits.

Greggs launches Valentine’s and Easter ranges

The months of love (and chocolate) are upon us, and high street baker Greggs has launched its seasonal ranges to celebrate. 

New Cranberry Pan Rustic Rolls from Speciality Breads

Kent-based Speciality Breads has launched a new Pan Rustic Cranberry Roll. 

Christmas cake and pud sales 12% behind last year

Supermarket sales of Christmas cakes and puddings – and many other festive favourites – are currently trailing last year’s.

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.

Baker receives Corbyn-styled request for wedding cake

Manchester-based business Bakeorama has created a wedding cake featuring Jeremy Corbyn’s face.

Baker has a bugbear over his cakes

Edinburgh-based baker Cyril Barthelme has revealed that the secret of his cake recipes is grinding insects into flour before making them into cakes.

BIAs feature on BBC

Baker of the Year Dominic Salter of The Sandwich Box in Cheltenham and Salt Bakehouse has appeared on BBC Points West with his Baking Industry Award (BIA).

Baker Perkins adds seeding and inclusions innovation

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins has created two new innovations for its Multitex4 bread moulder, enabling it to enrobe standard loaves with seeds or grains and/or create swirled loaves.

Zut alors! No fries at McDonald’s

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

**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.

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

Sandwich Box owner takes top bakery accolade

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

Linda Hill outside her bakery in Perth

Baker to promote local fare through Scottish Food and Drink fortnight

Linda Hill, owner of Murrays Bakers of Perth and World Scotch Pie Champion 2015, is to take a high-profile role in Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (SFDF), which runs from 3-18 September.

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.

Brook Food and Mark Bennett launch new course

Williton-based equipment company Brook Food has teamed up with award-winning master baker Mark Bennett, owner of Patisserie Mark Bennett, to launch a three-day intensive bakery course aimed at those looking to start a commercial bakery business.

Winners to be announced 1st August at 2pm

British Baker’s Christmas Stars to reveal winners this Monday

The entries are in, and the judges are ready! British Baker’s Christmas Stars will be announcing winners on Monday 1 August at 2pm.

Artisan baker wins award at Cotswold Life Food and Drink event

Gloucestershire-based bakery The Artisan Baker has won the Food Product of the Year award for its Nelson Loaf at the 14th annual Cotswold Life Food and Drink awards at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Vegan baker scoops third award in 10-month spell

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

Baker left distraught as thief steals company’s van

Matt Fountain, founder of Glasgow-based business Freedom Bakery, has been left devastated after a thief stole the company’s van and demanded money for its return.

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.

Hobbs House Bakery creates gluten-free GiFt

Gloucestershire-based Hobbs House Bakery has given a name to its first gluten-free loaf, following a lengthy process to create a product suitable for coeliacs.

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

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

Last call for British Baker’s Christmas Stars

Hurry and get your entries in now for British Baker’s Christmas Stars! The entry deadline is this Friday, 15 July and you don’t want to miss out.

Baker signs 500k deal with Allergy and Free From Show

Doves Farm, the family-owned Wiltshire-based miller and baker, has confirmed a £500k deal with the Allergy and Free From Show. 

Sainsbury’s to increase baked free-from range

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

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

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

Tate & Lyle profits up by 5%

Ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has posted flat sales but has seen a boost to profits, with unadjusted pre-tax profits rising from £25m to £126m.

Specialist baker launches new brand

Nottingham-based baker Butt Foods has marked its 25th anniversary with a new brand, called Baked Earth. 

In pictures: Scottish Baker of the Year 2016

Last weekend saw Scottish Bakers hold its Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

Partial sale of bakery supplier BFP Wholesale agreed

Part of the collapsed bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has been bought by a firm which is run by a director of Kent Foods for an undisclosed sum, British Baker can reveal.

Kandy Bar named Scottish Baker of the Year

The Kandy Bar has been named Scottish Baker of the Year – just months after it clinched the World Scotch Pie Championships.

Bertinet Bakery launches sliced sourdough in Waitrose

Bath-based bakery the Bertinet Bakery is to supply six Waitrose branches with sliced sourdough tin loaves in white and malted wheat versions.

Video: Charlotte White talks hot cake-decorating trends

Charlotte White, founder of Restoration Cake, gave a presentation of her cake decorating skills at the recent Farm Shop and Deli Show 2016.

New packaging for Baker Street rolls from Carrs

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

10 things to do at next week’s exhibitions

Next week British Baker is exhibiting at Farm Shop & Deli Show and here is our guide of what you should do while visiting it, Foodex and Food & Drink Expo.

Bakery company fined over £7k after accident

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has been fined £7,191.45 following an incident that left a worker with several broken fingers.

WH Smith to extend café offering

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

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.

Video: Behind the scenes at Café Royal's dessert restaurant

Café Royal in Regent Street, London, recently gave dessert lovers everywhere cause for delight by launching a dessert restaurant.

Thomas the Baker raises £64,000 for charity

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has raised over £11,500 for cancer charity Marie Curie in the last year.

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.

Gallery: the best sandwiches in the world

These are the best sandwiches in the world.

Revealed: how to make rainbow bagels

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

Michel Roux Jr

This week British Baker met Michel Roux Jr – two-star Michelin chef, TV star, and, as we discovered, passionate baker.

5 things you can learn about Greggs

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

Greggs’ Annual Report at a glance

Greggs reported record revenues and pre-tax profits yesterday, proving the wisdom of its transition from traditional baker to food-to-go retailer.

Applegreen to trial Bakewell Café in the UK

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

Miss it, miss out!

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

Entries open for Baking Industry Awards

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

Prolific baker’s first book

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

Manchester baker lands Harvey Nichols contract

Charlotte O’Toole is to supply Harvey Nichols in Manchester with products from her company, Bakeorama. 

Video: In Conversation with Alex Gooch - Baker of the Year 2015

British Baker caught up with Baker of the Year 2015 Alex Gooch to talk about the Baking Industry Awards, his business and the beauty of sourdough

John Swift has been inspired to create new breads by his time on Victorian Bakers
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Victorian Bakers show inspires participant to use old methods for new breads

The BBC TV history programme Victorian Bakers has inspired participating baker John Swift to create new breads from old ideas. 

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.

From left to right: John Foster, Alex Langlands, Joe Swift, Annie Gray, Duncan Glendinning and Harpreet Baura
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Modern bakers to explore lives of Victorian forbears

A new TV series will send four 21st century bakers back in time to explore what it meant to be a professional baker in the Victorian era.

Review of the Year: Part 1

The past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.

Auchtermuchty secures Selfridges deal

Auchtermuchty Cake Company, the Fife-based gluten-free bakery, has secured its first retail listing with Selfridges.

Aldi broadcasts British Baker awards success on TV

Here is the Aldi Christmas advert which trumpets the success of its Specially Selected Mince Pies at the British Baker Christmas Stars awards.

Bakery Business Survey still taking entries

British Baker is carrying out its third Bakery Business Survey to reveal how the industry looks from the ground and needs YOUR help.

Tunnocks hit by online petition

An online petition targeting the use of palm oil by Tunnock’s, the family owned Scottish baker, has attracted nearly 3,500 signatures since it was launched 11 days ago.

Blog: Who is winning the battle of the Christmas ads?

With the crucial battle for Christmas sales joined in earnest, British Baker asked marketing expert Mark McCulloch, founder and chief executive of agency WE ARE Spectacular, for his opinion on this year's advertising strategies.

Another record year for Patisserie Holdings

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

Christmas adverts hit the screen

With the major grocery retailers having broken their Christmas adverts for 2015, British Baker picks apart their strategies.

Aldi trumpets British Baker awards success

Cuckoo's Bakery in Edinburgh launched a range of cupcakes for Halloween
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Bakers say 2015 was best Halloween ever

Bakers have reported that sales boomed over Halloween, with the strongest sales ever this year.

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

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

Village Bakery extends Co-op contract

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has received a double boost from winning an award and an extended contract with supermarket chain The Co-operative.

GBBO winner steps out a ‘giant’

Nadiya Hussain, winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has described how she felt like a “giant” after scooping the top prize.

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

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

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.

Cupcakes take over the internet

National Cupcake Week took the internet by storm last week, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

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. 

Ask the expert: GBBO does bread

It’s bread week on the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), so who better to speak to for our #AskTheExpert blog than master baker Wayne Caddy.

Watch: bakery @ Hyper Japan 2015

With influence from abroad bang on trend, British Baker decided to gather some inspiration from Japan. 

People love pasties: Cornish pasty drive-thru a success

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

Barry Callebaut urges support for Afternoon Tea Week

Operators, including bakeries, are being urged to support Afternoon Tea Week between 10 to 16 August to boost their businesses.

McGhee’s named Scottish Baker of the Year

McGhee’s Bakery has been named Scottish Baker of the Year.

British Baker poll predicts election result

The election polls have been slammed this morning with media asking "how did they get it so wrong?", however a different tale can be told here at British Baker

Baker sought for Scottish island

A Scottish Isle is seeking a baker to set up business and help boost food tourism as well as the skills set in the area.

Gerhard’s… away, this is Martyn’s blog

British Baker editor Martyn Leek asks whether the competitive bread market has claimed its first real casualty.

Greggs
Greggs posts strong 2014 performance
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Greggs' results by numbers

High street bakery chain Greggs has posted its 2014 preliminary results including its best own-shop like-for like sales since 2007. 

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. 

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. 

Dee Light
Dee Light Bakery owner on hunt for second site
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Dee Light Bakery seeks second London site

The Baker of the Year winner in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards is on the search for a second site. 

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.

Providence Row Bakery will deliver goods via bike
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Social bakery adds mobile delivery service

London social enterprise bakery, Providence Row Bakery, has launched a new bike delivery service for products.

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. 

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.

The Challenge of Bakery Retail: register now!

In a free online event, British Baker is bringing you a panel of first-class experts to discuss the challenge of bakery retail in the UK.

BF Done's Wednesfield is closed until further notice
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BF Done & Son shuts shop over Christmas

A Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice - just before the busy Christmas period.

Bakery Business Survey 2015 launched

British Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.

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. 

Louise Jones:
baker and winner at the Worker of the Year 2014 awards
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Baker scoops win at worker awards

A baker from Manchester has won runner-up in this year’s Worker of the Year 2014 awards.

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. 

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. 

Nancy Birtwhistle:
GBBO winner 2014
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Great British Bake Off star explains passion for teaching

Just a week after Nancy Birtwhistle won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), she is looking forward to her future in the world of bakery. In an exclusive interview with British Baker, she updates us on her life since bake-off, and plans for the future.

Bakels launches gluten-free bread mixes

 Ingredients supplier British Bakels has launched a range of gluten-free bread mixes for retail.

Finsbury Food Group: we could buy again

Finsbury Food Group could acquire further businesses in its bid to grow and has predicted there will be further consolidation in the bakery sector in the next five to six years.

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. 

Profits up at Finsbury Food as it plans to grow

Finsbury Food Group, the licensed cake supplier to supermarkets, said its adjusted profit before tax increased by 18% to £6.5m in the past year.

PETA opens vegan bake-off voting

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

Sign up for British Baker's latest web event

Registration is still open for British Baker’s latest webinar, which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme. 

GBBO poll rakes in results: don’t miss out on your say

This week The Great British Bake Off contestants will try their hands at bread - a daunting task under the watchful eye of Paul Hollywood.

Giant tea cakes:
The costumes were created by the production company with the permission from Tunnocks
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Tunnock's predicts sales increase after games display

Scottish confectionery company Tunnock's has predicted an increase in sales of its teacakes, after the treat was aired on BBC One on Wednesday as dancers performed in giant teacake costumes.

Tea and cake
National Tea and Cake Break day is coming up
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Bakers urged to celebrate tea and cake day

Cafes owners and bakers are being urged to engage with National Tea and Cake Break on 17 October.

Study fins pesticides in bread
'Scaremongering':
The federation of bakers claim the report is missleading
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FOB hits back at bread pesticide ‘scaremongering’

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has slammed a report claiming two thirds of bread contains pesticides. 

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.

Geary's bakery expands
Geary's:
Loughborough bakery expands after just 4 years in new premises
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Geary’s bakery plans £2m extension

Loughborough based Geary’s bakery plans to spend £2m on a 10,000sq ft extension, British Baker can reveal. 

Bakels improves digital presence

Supplier Bakels has embraced the digital revolution with a host of interactive products for the tech-savvy baker.

Brotform micro-business now in production

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

Bakers in the south face further flood warnings

Further flooding is threatening bakery trade in the south as the Met Office issued an Amber warning.

Warburtons pulls out of France

Plant bread baker Warburtons has said au revoir to the French bread market – after it decided to stop selling its Le Toastie loaf there.

Fabulous Baker Brother unveils culinary plans

Baker Tom Herbert – one half of the television duo The Fabulous Baker Brothers – has unveiled plans to open a restaurant and cookery school at the flagship family bakery in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.

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