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Bakkavör appoints two non-executive directors

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

Baked goods must become less sweet or smaller says government

Restaurants have been ordered to cut the size of their puddings by the government, or face being named and shamed.

Zut alors! No fries at McDonald’s

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

Miss Macaroon prepares to launch

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

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.

Genesis Crafty bullish on exceeding £16m in sales

Northern Irish family bakery Genesis Crafty has said it is confident its 2016 turnover will exceed that of last year following a rise in sales to almost £16m in the year ending October 2015.

Morrisons shores up Ocado deal

Morrisons.com has finalised an agreement with online supermarket Ocado, and says this will allow big four retailer to grow profitably across Britain.

Greggs reports 6% sales boost for H1

Leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer Greggs has seen total sales rise 6% to £422m for the 26 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

Norfolk bakery expands business with lucrative deals

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

Brand new dessert bar opens in Manchester

Caramello Gelato and Patisserie has opened its doors for dessert lovers around Manchester to indulge in various baked puddings.

Food charity fumes at bread overproduction

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

Northern Irish bakery on course to increase sales overseas

Portadown-based wholesale business Kitchen Bakes is on target to increase cross-border sales by 50% as it celebrates 30 years in business.

New bakery for Peyton and Byrne

Artisan bakery Peyton and Byrne has opened a fifth shop in the capital.

Tesco to sell Giraffe

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

CSM and Bako launch Euro 2016 promotion

Ingredient suppliers CSM Bakery Solutions and Bako have launched a tie-in promotion with the UEFA Euro 2016 football championships.

William Jackson Food Group acquires health food brand

William Jackson Food Group has acquired healthy snacking and bread brand The Food Doctor for an undisclosed sum.

New dog bakery for Edinburgh

Harry’s Gourmet Treats, a bakery specialising in luxury dog treats, is to open its first bricks and mortar site in Portobello, Edinburgh.

Lily Vanilli launches Fortnum & Mason collaboration

Lily Jones, aka Lily Vanilli, has entered into a permanent partnership with premium London food retailer Fortnum & Mason.

Premier Foods writes off Hovis stake

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

United Biscuits to encourage a new generation

Leading food and drink manufacturers, including United Biscuits, will join forces this week to inspire more young people to consider careers in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

Waitrose operating profit up despite tough market

Waitrose has reported a 3.9% rise in operating profit for the year, to £232.6m, despite “exceptionally tough” market conditions.

Sussex bakery fined £14,392 for rodent infestation

Falcone Baking Company in Newhaven has been fined after being found guilty of five offences relating to poor food hygiene, including a “serious rodent infestation”. 

Britain’s first chocolate kebab shop

The Chocolate Kebab House will open in Swansea in June, serving crêpes, churros, waffles and milkshakes.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Pudding
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Ministry of Pudding expands production capability

Ministry of Pudding has spent around £500,000 on new equipment, ahead of fresh product releases later in the year.

Will Torrent discusses the perfect afternoon tea

Celebrated pastry chef Will Torrent recently launched his third recipe book, Afternoon Tea at Home, and British Baker went along to find out more.

New sponsor for British Pie Awards

Borough Market’s Roast restaurant in London has been announced as a sponsor for the British Pie Awards 2016.

New equipment seller targets small bakeries

MyDelightful, a Cheshire-based online company, was launched on Friday, selling wholesale bakery supplies to small retail businesses.

Patisserie Valerie launches Gloriously Gluten Free range

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

The Snapery founder, Richard Snapes
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London bakery smashes crowdfunding target

The Snapery, the London-based artisan bakery, has soared through its crowdfunding target of £5,000 to raise funds for the installation of a new bakery.

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

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

London bakery goes cashless

Sweet Things will be the first London eatery not to accept cash payments when it opens in Notting Hill on 4 January.

Costa Fresco focuses on food
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Costa launches Fresco

Costa Coffee has launched a new concept which focuses on food-to-go sales.

Dowson moves to larger plant

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

MPs back sugar tax, but industry fights back

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

Pieminister intends to open four restaurants by the end of 2016
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Pieminister reveals 2016 expansion plans

Gourmet pie and mash restaurant Pieminister intends to open four new restaurants in 2016, including a flagship venue in Nottingham.

Greenhalgh's won Bakery of the Year at The Food Awards England 2015
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Greenhalgh’s scoops top award

Greenhalgh’s, the wholesale bakery, has won Bakery of the Year at The Food Awards England 2015.

Aldi trumpets British Baker awards success

Manchester bakery launches crowdfunding campaign

Manchester-based artisan bakery Trove has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund expansion plans.

Macphie has launched a new website
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Macphie launches new website

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

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

Warburtons launches giant crumpets

Warburtons hopes to revolutionise traditional “on toast” suppers by launching a giant version of its crumpets.

The Vegan Cakery founder Michelle Orme
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Vegan bakery scoops award

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

Aldi supermarket sales increase by a third

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

Phat Pasty Co sees sales jump 22%

Pasty concept Phat Pasty has seen sales surge thanks in part to a big increase in the number of universities selling its products and using its branded counters and point-of-sale material.

Biscuit distributor opens bakery

Biscuit and bakery products distributor Arden Fine Foods has installed a bakery operation at its Coventry office to help it understand the sector further.

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

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

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