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Warrens launches vegan pasty range

The Vegan Pasty range from Warrens Bakery was in response to ‘huge demand’ according to the Cornish business.

Former Genius chief exec Roz Cuschieri to chair Emily Crisps

Former Genius Gluten Free boss Roz Cuschieri has been appointed chairman of snack brand Emily Crisps.

New York Bakery Co scales back pre-tax losses

The New York Bakery Co has steadied its sales and has cut its losses during a strong year.

Vegan baker retains national accolade

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has retained her ‘Best Vegan Bakery’ title at the annual Vegfest UK awards in London at the weekend (Saturday 22 October).

Greggs says people don’t buy bread in bakeries anymore

Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside has suggested that bread is being phased out in bakeries as consumers turn to supermarkets for their loaves.

New manager for Wrights

Wrights Food Group has appointed a new business development manager, bringing its team of food innovators to five.

Le Cordon Bleu launches bakery diploma

World-famous culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, based in London, has launched a new bakery diploma, the Diplôme de Boulangerie.

Krispy Kreme abandons £200m London flotation

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has chosen to withdraw its planned £200m London flotation after announcing the 100% sale of its shares to US parent brand owner Krispy Kreme Group.

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).

Hovis records £19m loss in second year of trading

UK baking giant Hovis has recorded a £19m loss in its second year of trading since Premier Foods wrote off part if its investment into the company.

Premier chairman steps down

Premier Foods has announced that David Beever will step down as chairman of the company in 2017.

Great British Biscotti Co moves to new premises as demand surges

New Forest-based artisan bakery Great British Biscotti Co is moving to a new site in Christchurch, Dorset, and will be open for business next week.

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.

Real Good Food confirms Renshaw US division

Real Good Food has confirmed that it has created a new 100% wholly-owned subsidiary business in the US, under the name Renshaw US Inc.

New London bread delivery charity

Breadwinners has set up a long-term plan for those struggling to find employment, to start their own bread delivery business.

Welsh Hills welcomes Cabinet Secretary

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, visited the free-from producer Welsh Hills Bakery factory in Aberdare.

The new RGF warehouse facility in Rockaway, New Jersey
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Breaking: Real Good Food creates Renshaw US

British Baker has learnt that Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new 100% wholly owned subsidiary business, Renshaw US Inc. and opened a warehouse facility in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Barry Callebaut extends supply partnership with Mondelēz

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

Street Eats set for growth at new £4m processing centre

Food-to-go company Street Eats has moved into a state-of-the-art food processing centre as it pushes to become one of the leading food-to-go producers in the UK.

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.

Abbey make two appointments to senior team

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has announced two new members to bolster its team.

Real Good Food in upbeat mood

Real Good Food executive chairman Pieter Totté has issued a bullish statement on group trading in advance of the company’s annual general meeting today.

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.

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.

Carr's Kircaldy flour mill at night

Carr’s Food sold to Whitworths

Agriculture, food and engineering group Carr’s has announced the disposal of its food division, Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, to flour milling business Whitworths Holdings Limited (Whitworths) for a gross consideration of £36m.

West Cornwall Pasty Co continues profitable turnaround

West Cornwall Pasty Company has released its latest financial statement, with sales figures of £13m and underlying like-for-like sales increasing by 7.6% for the year ending 25 March 2016.

L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
L to r: Simon Cannell and Peter Millen
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New MD for Speciality Breads

Margate-based Speciality Breads has appointed Simon Cannell as the firm’s new managing director, following the announcement that current MD Peter Millen will retire later this year.

Moditions bakery secures Asda contract

The Ballymena-based Moditions bakery will be supplying its gluten-free ranges to Asda stores across Northern Ireland, the company has announced.

**VIDEO** In conversation with Chris Peck, executive chairman, West Cornwall Pasty Company

Chris Peck, executive chairman of the West Cornwall Pasty Company, explains the "turnaround story" for his business since he took the helm in 2014.

Coultons creates new depot for Allied Bakeries

UK bakery distribution business Coultons Bread is to open a new depot in Caernarfon, creating 20 jobs, after teaming up with Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries.

Furniss Biscuits installs new oven to increase production

Furniss Biscuits, owned by pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish, has installed a new oven in its Cornwall bakery as part of a major ongoing investment programme.

McGhee’s Bakery makes Glasgow awards shortlist

Scottish business McGhee’s Bakery has been shortlisted in the Glasgow Business Awards, organised by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bank of Scotland.

Taylors Bakers closes after more than 55 years of trading

Oldham-based business Taylors Bakers has shut its doors after more than 55 years. The main reason cited for the closure was that the owners could not make enough money to keep the company going.

Walls under new ownership after American takeover

Shetland-based Walls Bakery has been taken over by American entrepreneur Bruce Gilardi and has changed its name to Waas Bakery.

Artisan bakery scoops national award

Northumberland-based artisan bakery The Running Fox has won a Country Homes and Interiors My Country Business Award.

From left: Steve Angle, Alex Birch of Langleys Solicitors, John Haken and Hilary Angle
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£15m MBO for biscuit and confectionery marketer

A £15m Yorkshire-based biscuit and confectionery specialist Right Angle Marketing (York) has been sold in a management buy-out (MBO) for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

Bakery to create 50 jobs with new factory

Leicestershire-based craft business Geary’s bakery has been given approval by Blaby District Council to build a new factory to double its production of bread.

Bakers follow their roots at local business

Traditional German bakery products are being brought to Taunton, Somerset, by newly opened Fräulein’s Bakery, owned by Lilly Rempel and Ramona Stuber-Case.

Greencore reaps benefits of food to go

Food to go has continued to drive sales for manufacturer Greencore Group’s convenience division.

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.

Thoughtful Bread crowdfunds for expansion

Bath-based bakery Thoughtful Bread has asked the local business community to help it expand.

Wallet Circle offers free mobile loyalty to cafés and bakeries

Digital start-up company Wallet Circle is redefining its business model so that large and small retail businesses can join its mobile loyalty app for free.

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.

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.

Local bakeries to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival

A variety of Leicestershire-based baking companies are set to feature at Leicester’s Business Festival, taking place from 24 October – 4 November.

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.

Pidy produces gluten-free pastry tartelettes

Belgian family food business Pidy has devised a new range of gluten-free pastry tartelettes.

Jobs saved at BFP Wholesale’s Leeds site

Bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has announced that it is to save a number of jobs at its Leeds operation.

First BIA 2016 finalists announced

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce our first batch of BIA finalists for 2016!

EHL ingredients recruits new manager to secure sales targets

Food ingredients supplier EHL Ingredients has welcomed Natalie Daley into its emerging team as the new technical manager.

Barry Callebaut grows revenue despite ‘sluggish’ market

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut says it has grown revenues and sales volumes despite declines in the overall global chocolate confectionery market.

The Cornish Bakery wins awards for rebrand

A recent rebrand across its outlets has earnt The Cornish Bakery a Gold Design Business Award from the Design Business Association.

Barclaycard launches mentoring programme

Barclaycard and The Guardian Small Business Network have teamed up with leading entrepreneurs to champion UK small businesses

Change to board at Greggs

High street bakery chain Greggs has announced that Raymond Reynolds, currently retail director, will become property and business development director.

Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffè Nero

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero is to acquire the coffee chain Harris + Hoole from Tesco.

Speciality Breads shortlisted

Margate’s Speciality Breads is one of 16 shortlisted companies for the overall Responsible Business Champion award. 

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Top change at Asda

Walmart has confirmed Andy Clarke will step down from his post as chief executive and president of Asda in July.

Roberts wins business award

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery has been recognised in the 2016 North West Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC). 

Bakery is Northern Family Business of the Year

Family Business United (FBU) has announced Bradleys Bakery is North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year 2016.

Bakels wins two awards

Ingredients supplier Bakels has won two titles in the 2016 Cherwell Business Awards.

M&S food ‘outperforms a competitive market’

Profits at Marks & Spencer (M&S) dropped by a fifth, it announced in its full-year results today. But food fared better than its other divisions, despite “difficult trading conditions”.

Ex-con opens second bakery

An ex-offender has opened a second branch of her Manchester artisan bakery, The Barker Baker.

Greencore reports H1 sales growth

Greencore Group, the international convenience food producer, has reported an 8.5% growth in operating profit to £43.5m during its H1 period.

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.

Square Pie nominated for business award

Pie restaurant chain Square Pie has been nominated for an Evening Standard Business Award.

Speciality Breads nominated for award

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has been nominated as a Responsible Business Champion of north and south Thanet.

Hobart MD moves into European role

Warewash equipment manufacturer Hobart’s managing director, David Riley, has had his current role expanded to cover warewashing sales operations in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Dumfriesshire bakery sells to garage firm

Dumfriesshire-based Gretna Bakery has been sold for an undisclosed sum to garage business Hills of Lakeland.

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.

Five ways social media can work for you

The food industry is at the heart of the smart phone revolution, according a recent seminar on social media use at Foodex 2016.

Tesco records first quarterly sales growth in three years

Supermarket giant Tesco reported a £162m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 February, its first quarterly sales growth since 2013.

M&S food sales up 4% in Q4

In its fourth-quarter trading update issued today (7 April), Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported that food sales were up 4%, in contrast to its “unsatisfactory” clothing and home division.

Ingredients company changes name

Adams Food Ingredients has changed its name to Ornua Nutrition Ingredients.

Duncan’s expands

Aberdeenshire biscuit maker Duncan’s of Deeside is to boost production by 300% and almost double its workforce.

Former Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

Premier Foods sells 17.27% stake

Nissin, a Japanese instant noodle firm, has committed to buy a 17.27% stake in Premier Foods.

The Chancellor, George Osborne
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Budget 2016 – key points for the bakery sector

A rise in the number of businesses able to access Small Business Rate Relief, and a tax on sugary drinks, were among key commitments set out by the Chancellor, George Osborne.

Warrens plans to expand in St Just

The directors of Warrens Bakery hope plans to grow the company’s St Just production site will enable them to extend the confectionery side of the business.

Independent baker to trade in place of Waites

An independent bakery and confectionery business, Bradford-based Marshall Bakers, is to trade in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, following the closure of Waites.

Bakkavör doubles number of apprentices

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavör is looking for 45 new apprentices to join the business in 2016. 

Free’ist wins Morrisons deal

Low-sugar bakery and snack manufacturer Free’ist has won its first listing with a major British supermarket.

Border Biscuits scoops local business award

Border Biscuits has been recognised for its contribution to the local area with its win at the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2016.

Southport bakery closure

Claude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. 

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs to reorganise and capitalise

Capitalising on the food-to-go market and reorganising the bakery portfolio are key priorities for Greggs, according to chief executive Roger Whiteside.

Welsh Hills triumphs at Welsh Business Awards

Gluten-free bakery Welsh Hills has been revealed as joint winner of the Success through Overseas Trade category in the Welsh Business Awards.

Greggs' Twickenham factory
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Greggs to close three bakeries

The closure of three bakeries has been announced by food-to-go retailer Greggs, with the loss of 355 jobs.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs posts strong profit growth

Greggs saw its pre-tax profits rise by 25.4% to £73m in its last financial year and has revealed it is confident of delivering even more growth in the year ahead.

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.

Yorkshire bakery suppliers join forces

The bag-sealing equipment manufacturer Select Bag Sealers (SBS) has been acquired by specialist tape manufacturer ProSpool.

Chris Ormrod, managing director
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Ministry of Cake talks immigration on ITV News

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has spoken to ITV News about immigration, ahead of the Brexit referendum.

Tate & Lyle on track for forecast profit

Tate & Lyle, the bakery ingredients supplier, said it expected full-year reported adjusted pre-tax profit to be "modestly below" last year’s full-year figures.

New free business app to track allergens

A new app, MenuLab, designed for any business serving food to the public, is now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, free of charge.

Bad Brownie wins Dragons Den investment

The London brownie company won a £60,000 investment from the dragons.

Real Good Food warns it will miss profit expectations

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has warned profits for the year ended 31 March will not hit market expectations.

Northern Irish bakery wins Dubai contract

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has won a contract to supply its baked goods to a United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarket giant.

William Jackson staff go back to school

Staff from William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) are taking time out from work to broaden their knowledge of the six-generation family food business.

Pastry chef launches pet treat business

Claire Carter has been in the catering and hospitality business for over 24 years, and now runs her own pet treat business, Ollie’s Pet Pawtisserie.

Peter’s acquires Mom’s Fabulous Foods

Peter’s Foodservice has acquired the Farnham-based gourmet hot dog business Mom’s Fabulous Foods. 

Greencore reports positive Q1 revenue growth

Greencore, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported revenue growth of 7.2% to £356m for the 13 weeks to 25 December.

MSK Ingredients receives £750K funding

Online food and ingredients supplier MSK Ingredients is set to expand, following investment from Santander.

21-year old opens Little Lucy’s Bakery studio in Essex

Lucy Norwood set up the bakery business from her Braintree home three years ago, and has now expanded into her own studio.

Crafty Cakes, Exeter closes coffee shop to focus on cakes

Devon’s Crafty Cakes Café has closed, so that owner Becky Cuming can focus on her cake business.

Martin Brown, new operations manager at Invicta Bakeware
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New manager at Invicta Bakeware

Invicta Bakeware, equipment manufacturer and supplier, has hired a new manager to keep up with customer demand.

General Mills confirms Berwick closure

General Mills UK, which manufactures Jus-Rol pastry, is to close its Berwick bakery following a review of the business.

Lewis Pies increases workforce

The Lewis Pies and Pasty Company has hired a new sales manager in order to focus more on van sales.

Appleby’s family bakery in Salisbury to close

Eighty-year-old business Appleby’s bakery, based in Salisbury, will close this month so that owner Mark Appleby can have some time off “while I’m still young enough to enjoy it”.

West Cornwall Pasty Co suffers pre-tax loss

The UK’s largest pasty operator has announced an underlying profit of £551,000, despite having posted a pre-tax loss of £195,000.

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

Village Bakery aims for environmental first

A Welsh business intends to become the greenest bakery in Britain after installing more than 1,000 solar panels on its premises in Wrexham.

Andy Underwood and Alastair Macphie, managing director and chairman at Macphie
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Macphie doubles profit in bullish year

Macphie, the Scottish-based bakery and food ingredients manufacturer, has seen profits and sales increase off the back of weaker dairy prices.

Derek Ferrol, founder of EasyRecruitUK
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Recruitment firm urges flexibility ahead of Living Wage

The founder of a Glasgow-based recruitment agency for the food and drink and hospitality industries has warned that businesses need to adopt a “flexible labour mode” ahead of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Have YOUR say on the state of the baking world

British Baker’s Bakery Business Survey is still open for you to tell us about your experience of the industry.

Pieter Totté, executive chairman at RGF
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RGF buys sports supplements brand

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has bought ISO2 Nutrition, the sports supplements brand, for a nominal amount.

Warburtons finalises five-year wheat contracts

Warburtons, the bakery giant, has today announced the finalising of new wheat-growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers.

Greggs embarks on business transformation

Greggs has built on an existing relationship with technology company Keytree by appointing it to carry out the first phase of its business transformation programme.

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.

Bakery Business Survey launched

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

Industry reacts well to Autumn Statement

Leading industry figures have responded favourably to the Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement but raised concerns over the impact of a new Apprenticeship Levy.

Iain Anderson, new national account manager at New Britain Oils
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New Britain Oils hires expert to lead foodservice expansion

New Britain Oils, the Liverpool-based sustainable palm oil producer, has appointed Iain Anderson as national account manager.

Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.

Chocolatier branches out into pop-up dessert nights

An Australian pastry chef and chocolatier is celebrating a year of organising pop-up dessert nights in London with an event at Eat 17 in Homerton, east London.

Cambridgeshire bakery closes shop

A bakery in Cambridgeshire is closing one of its seven shops due to a steady decline in business in the town it is based in.

Timmy's Pies has launched a crowdfunding campaign
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Timmy’s Pies launches crowdfunding campaign

Timmy’s Pies, the luxury pie producer, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund growth plans.

Asian snacks firm gains funds for new production centre

An Asian sweets specialist has set up a manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing a six-figure funding package from Barclays.

RGF returns to profit

Real Good Food (RGF) has reported a profit before tax of £9.3m for its first half – compared with a loss of £4.7m for the same period last year.

Carr’s records healthy profit growth

Unaudited figures show the food division of Carr’s Group has enjoyed a 6.3% rise in profit before tax for the year ended 29 August 2015.

Charles Reed (left) of William Reed Business Media with Bob Gomersall (right) of Virtual College
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Appetite Learning is launched

William Reed Business Media, the publisher of British Baker, has partnered with Virtual College, the leading provider of e-learning and online training, to offer a range of materials for the food industry.

Peter Thompson, new operations director at Silvery Tweed Cereals
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Silvery Tweed Cereals appoints new ops director

Peter Thompson has joined Silvery Tweed Cereals as operations director.

Morrisons LFL sales have slumped 2.6% (excluding fuel)
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Morrisons hit by fresh sales slump

Supermarket chain Morrisons has seen another drop in sales, with a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales excluding fuel in the 13 weeks to 1 November 2015.

Steve and Ann Wells with Brook Food's award
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Brook Food scoops new business award

Bakery equipment supplier Brook Food Processing has won a regional award in recognition of its business model, ethics and successes.

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.

Two century-old Sussex bakery closes

Sussex-based Forfars Bakers, which was due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2018, has gone into voluntary liquidation.

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

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

New café opens in Merseyside

Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

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Whitworths appoints new chief executive

Fruit and nut supplier Whitworths has announced Mark Fairweather as its new chief executive.

Square Pie hits crowdfunding target

Gourmet pie-themed restaurant chain Square Pie has raised a final figure of £681,500 through the sale of its ‘Pie Bonds’, surpassing its target of £450,000 by 51.4%.

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.

Innovation rife at IBA

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

Invicta adds business development manager

Bakery, catering and food processing supplier Invicta Bakeware has appointed a new business development manager as part of a planned expansion.

BSB offers special guest places for anniversary conference

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the British Society of Bakers (BSB) is offering members who book a place at their upcoming conference the chance to bring a guest along for free.

David Smart: Mr Daddy Longlegs

As the saying goes, “if you live your life on social media, one day it will bite you” and, of course, we are no exception to that rule. Our Facebook account is updated almost daily, depicting new products and new promotional ideas. We also have Twitter, Instagram and a whole host of other strands of techno wizardry to push the Greenhalgh’s name out there.

Greggs' chief executive Roger Whiteside
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Greggs announces move to new office

Greggs has announced it will relocate its main offices to North Tyneside’s Quorum Business Park.

Real Good Food's Executive Chairman Pieter Totté
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RGF satisfied, but warns revenue is down

Real Good Food, the bakery ingredients group, has declared itself “very satisfied” with the start of its new financial year – despite revenue being down.

Marketing director to leave Allied Bakeries

Jon Wilson, marketing director at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries, is to leave the business, British Baker can reveal.

Northern Irish bakery sees sales surge

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has seen weekly like-for-like sales sustain a significant 60% uplift since January this year.

Real Good Food finalises sugar arm sale

Real Good Food has completed the disposal of its sugar business Napier Brown to Tereos, and announced it received a further £3.4m for the business.

Scottish confectionery firm gains £1.6m boost

Scottish fudge company Mrs Tilly’s Confectionery has secured a £1.6m finance package to extend its market.

The doughnut effect: preserves firm benefits from bakery trend

A rise in popularity of filled bakery products such as doughnuts has sparked business growth in a Manchester-based preserves company.

Aryzta scoops up Irish foodservice firm

Bakery specialist Aryzta has acquired Dublin’s La Rousse Foods, as it continues its “ambitious” growth plans in Ireland.

World's first cheese toasty subscription gets national support

A cheese toastie delivery service is to reach mailboxes very soon, after hundreds of backers helped crowdfund the concept.

CSM relocates headquarters to US

Bakery Ingredients firm CSM Bakery Solutions is relocating its global headquarters to the US from Amsterdam.

ADM cocoa will become part of Cargill
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Europe clears Cargill’s ADM cocoa deal

The European Commission has granted conditional clearance for the $440m (£226.4m) Cargill acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa business in Europe.

Bakkavör sells off pizza firm

Bakkavör Group has completed the sale of its remaining pizza business to Dreamfood.

Greggs gets behind high street regeneration

Bakery giant Greggs is backing a scheme to help regenerate high streets across the UK.

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Graze moves into the retail arena
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Online snacks firm enters retail arena

Graze, the online snack subscription business, has moved into retail for the first time. 

Truffles closes Burgess Hill bakery

Truffles Bakery has announced it will be shutting its Burgess Hill store.

MD Peter Tichbon collected the accolade
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Edme scoops top business award

Edme Ingredients has won a Food and Farming Excellence Award for its investments and future potential.

Hatton baker strengthens hand with Aberdeen acquisition

Murdoch Allan bakers has bought a Scottish bakery firm, as it expands to meet demand.

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Chris Ormrod leads the Ministry of Cake business
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Ministry of Cake ploughs through growth target

Cake and desserts manufacturer Ministry of Cake has smashed its targets one year after becoming independent as it achieves 25% growth year-on-year. 

Whitbread appoints next CEO

Whitbread, the company behind Costa, has filled the position of chief executive with Lloyds Banking boss, Alison Brittain.

Convenience sector boost Greencore profits

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

Scottish firm mistaken for ‘gay cake’ bakery

Scotland’s Ashers Bakery has received a backlash of emails, after it has repeatedly been mistaken for the Belfast bakery involved in the ‘gay cake’ row.

McGhee’s named Scottish Baker of the Year

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

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.

Blog: A day well spent..

Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s David Smart takes an eye-opening trip to the capital and comes back armed with ideas. 

Election 2015: bakers, who will you vote for?

The election is fast approaching, and, like any business person, bakers will be studying manifestos for policies that benefit their firm. But who will you be backing?

Grahams Chocolate Sponge
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Northern Irish bakery grows UK presence

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has expanded its reach in the UK, scoring two deals with major retailers.

Bakers urged to participate in Doughnut Week

There are just four weeks until National Doughnut Week (9 to 16 May) hits, so bakers are urged to register.

Own-brand bakery rescued from administration

All 60 jobs at supermarket own-brand bakery Bakeaway have been secured after the business was bought out of administration.

Biscuit firm keeps sale option open

Thomas J Fudge, biscuit maker, has revealed it has been working with corporate adviser Grant Thornton about the potential sale of the business to achieve growth plans.

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South-west bakery moves into foodservice

A Plymouth bakery has signed a new wholesale contract with catering suppliers Chadd’s Foodsmiths, allowing it to grow the business.

PM makes pledge on business loans

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to guarantee business loans by private lenders, if he wins the general election in May.

Cooplands of Doncaster head office
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Cooplands undergoes pre-pack administration

Cooplands of Doncaster has undergone a pre-pack administration with the loss of 300 jobs.

Our Daily Bread signs with food distributor Simply Wild
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Wheaten bread company signs distribution deal

Northern Irish bakery Our Daily Bread has signed a deal with a food distributor, which enables it to supply customers south of the border.

Gail's Bakery
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Gail’s brings in new operations boss

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s has appointed AJ Steer of Jamie’s Italian, as its new operations director.

Pasty firm to revamp retail chain

Cornish pasty maker Warrens Bakery is to rebrand and expand retail shops, after receiving £1.6m in funding.

Cllr Simon Pickering Chairman with Sarah Mace Primal Joy Foods
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Free-from firm strikes first supermarket deal

A Gloucestershire ‘free-from’ snacks business has won its first supermarket listing after a £3,000 investment from the council.

Frank Dale Foods:
mini cake selection
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Party food firm aims for turnover boost via exports

Premium party food manufacturer Frank Dale Foods plans to build a £1.5m export business by 2018, working with international trade advisory body UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

Middleton brother makes another loss with cake business

The cake business of James Middleton, brother of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has made a loss for its third consecutive year.

ADM and Unilever agree oils and fats business plan

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has signed a joint business development plan (JBDP) to continue to grow its relationship as an oils and fat supplier for Unilever.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Slattery to improve online business

The tenth instalment of our Christmas treats- Slattery, the renowned Manchester-based bakery and chocolatier is to invest its online offering.

Bakery Business Survey 2015 launched

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

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Bettys opens £1m development kitchen

Day four on the BIA treat calendar comes from The Craft Business Award winner, Bettys Craft Bakery, which spills all about its new £1m research and development centre. 

Record Purple Friday

Gerhard gets involved in the hype of Black Friday, and reaps the benefits with his best online sales day- ever.

David Smart’s blog: the year ahead

Greenhalgh’s David Smart looks at the economy and assesses the year ahead in the light of the latest consumer shopping trends. 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will give his annual Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December 2014.
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Retail body calls for reform of business rates

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is calling for business rates reform in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement next week.

Paul A Young to grow business

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

BFP wholesale to close its Tamworth depot
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BFP to close Midlands depot

BFP Wholesale will close its Tamworth depot at the end of the month in a move that could see 20 jobs cut.

Cornish fudge judged best of South West confectionery
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Buttermilk Confectionery wins for the west

Cornish fudge producer, The Buttermilk Confectionery Co, has won the Best of Confectionery title in the 2014 Taste of the West Awards.

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.

Rocky road sponge:
the bakery sells classic and new flavour bakes
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Sponge soaks up £300k eco revamp

Norfolk-based cake company Sponge, owned by Byfords, has just completed a £300,000 refurbishment on its bakery to make it more eco-friendly.

Annual gathering:
BCA visit Renshaw
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Renshaw hosts confectioners’ meeting

Icing specialist Renshaw hosted the British Confectioners’ Association’s (BCA) annual gathering for 50 members at its Liverpool headquarters.

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.

Premier Foods restructure allowing honed focus on cakes

Premier Foods has announced the restructure of its commercial sector, creating three new Strategic Business Units (SBU’s).

Bath Bakery branches into gluten-free

Family-run Bath Bakery has launched a new range of gluten-free goods to meet customer demands.

The Jordans Cereal brand produces a range of breakfast items
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Jordans Cereal founders take controlling share in milling firm

The Jordans brothers have acquired a majority ownership in European Oat Millers (EOM) in a bid to develop the milling company.

Cargill to buy ADM's chocolate business

Cargill is to buy the international chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for $440m (£226.4m), which will include its Liverpool chocolate plant. 

Hovis marketing director leaves as brand sets for future

Hovis bakery has announced the departure of marketing director Matt Hunt.

Harris +Hoole Tesco Concession
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Closures for Harris + Hoole Tesco-backed coffee shops

Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, Harris + Hoole, will reportedly close six stores around the UK.

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.

Bako NW celebrates 50th year anniversary in the baking industry

Bakery wholesaler Bako North Western hosted a family fun day last weekend, in celebration of its 50th year in the industry.

New chief executive for Tesco

Tesco has announced that Dave Lewis of Unilever will replace Philip Clarke as chief executive on 1 October 2014.

Callebaut sales increase
Barry Callebaut:
The company have also opened a new factory and academy earlier this month
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Chocolate firm reports strong sales growth

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut saw sales increase by 22% to CHF4.3m (£2.8m) in the first nine months of its financial 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. 

The doorstop bakery, fife
A recipe for success:
Scottish community bakery shares knowledge
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Scottish community bakery to share first-class business model

A community bakery in Scotland, Fife, is fired up to support social entrepreneurs by sharing its business secrets. 

The Co-op restructures executive roles

The Co-operative group has revealed changes to its executive management, having postponed the release of its annual results by three weeks.

Indulgence Patisserie completes second desserts manufacturing site

Desserts manufacturer Indulgence Patisserie has completed the construction of a second manufacturing facility in Colchester.

What is this year’s cronut?

British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that will help your business identify the key trends in bakery in 2014.

Demonstrators hold rally to save bakery

A rally has been held in Dublin in protest over the planned closure of The Paris Bakery, a well-known bakery and restaurant business.

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

Premier Foods launches new Hovis joint venture

Premier Foods this morning revealed it had separated its bread business into a joint venture with The Gores Group.

New dispute legislation unveiled as study shows caution

The government has unveiled plans for the quicker resolution of workplace disputes – as new research suggested that UK employers remained “cautious” on recruitment.

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