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Great British Bake Blog: Episode Four

After last night’s episode of The Great British Bake Off, I’m convinced that caramel is, in fact, the nectar of the gods. This tempting, silky, golden brown delight was poured, drizzled and smothered on everything in sight, as was to be expected in the first-ever caramel week.

Orchard Valley Foods and Candeco merge

Orchard Valley Foods has merged with Swedish decorations manufacturer Candeco Confektyr AB.

Real Bread Campaign to launch #SourdoughSeptember

The Real Bread Campaign will be running its annual #SourdoughSeptember campaign for its fifth successive year.

SOFHT offers training course for bakers on food allergen management

The Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has launched a new training course to give bakers an up-to-date insight into food allergen management and practical instruction in risk assessment.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bennett plans to open in Dubai – and you could go with him

Patisserie Mark Bennett has been approached by an investor with a view to opening an outlet in City Walk, Dubai, British Baker has learnt.

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. 

The Western CBA weekend deemed a huge success

Ninety-one bakers and their associates from across the south west swapped dough for haute cuisine as they gathered for the first time in 12 years.

How has the big chill affected Britain’s bakers?

As snow sweeps the country to varying degrees, we take a look at how the baking industry is affected by consumer reactions to the weather… and why. 

Renshaw targets amateur bakers as growth market

Real Good Food is to ramp up activity targeting amateur bakers after identifying them as a growth market.

Have your say on gluten-free food labelling

Bakers are being given a chance to have their say on the introduction of new regulations in England to enforce EU rules on the labelling of gluten-free foods.

Judgment day at World Scotch Pie Champs

Judging for The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017 is now complete, with bakers waiting anxiously for the results in January.

Did you work at Park Cake Bakeries between 1976 and 1981?

A former worker at Park Cake Bakeries, Oldham, is trying to track down his old colleagues for a 40-year reunion.

Mono introduces new deck loader

Mono has unveiled an Integrated Deck Loader designed to take the strain out of manually loading each oven deck. 

Ashers Bakery loses court appeal over ‘gay cake’ row

Belfast-based business Ashers Bakery has lost its appeal against a court ruling that its refusal to make a ‘gay cake’ was discriminatory.

National Doughnut Week 2017 dates announced

Organisers have revealed the timings for next year’s National Doughnut Week charity push.

National Cupcake Week: the calm after the sugar rush

A look at who took part, where and when, to help bakers make the most of the sales opportunity.

World Scotch Pie Championships launched

Scottish Bakers has announced the dates for the 18th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Casting call for female bakers

London-based production company Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) films are looking for female bakers to feature in a new TV advertising campaign.

Cleo Rocos promotes sugar alternative

Actress, producer and presenter Cleo Rocos, who has developed a tequila brand AquaRiva, is now targeting the bakery market with an organic agave syrup under the same brand, after spending time in Mexico to source the finest quality.

From left: BBC Victorian Baker John Foster, Michele Shirlow from Food NI and Tim Andrew, Andrew Ingredients
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Irish baking workshop talks innovation

Innovation and quality were the focus at a recent Thinking Outside the Bap workshop held at Andrew Ingredients, Lisburn, suppliers of ingredients to the Irish baking and food industry.

Scottish Bakers president Craig McPhie with a bolt of tartan

Scottish Bakers unveils 125th anniversary tartan

Carr’s Flour Mills has registered an exclusive tartan for trade body Scottish Bakers  to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Scottish Bakers celebrates 125th anniversary

Scottish Bakers has held an anniversary ball at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh to celebrate 125 years in the baking industry.

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.

Bakers Basco GPS trackers land sandwich firm with heavy fine

Wolverhampton-based sandwich maker, Authentic Bite has been ordered to pay almost £7,000 in damages and costs for using bread baskets that belonged to Bakers Basco to transport its sandwiches without permission.

New gluten replacer for industrial bakeries

California-based baking supplier Bellarise has developed an organic gluten substitute that it says can replace 25% to 50% of gluten used by bakers.

BBC criticised over lack of Scottish presence for new Bake Off series

Scottish Bakers criticises The Great British Bake Off for lack of Scottish contestants.

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.

CSM Bakery Solutions launches Genoese cake mix

International ingredients and products supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has launched its first-ever Genoese Cake Mix to help bakers perfect their cakes.

Aspiring bakers to attend Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink festival

Aspiring bakers will flock to the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink festival this weekend, which will include celebrity chefs The Hairy Bikers (Si King and Dave Myers) and James Martin.

Dawn’s American Week hailed a success

The third year of Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week was embraced by UK bakers and deemed a success by the Evesham-based bakery ingredients supplier.

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.

Bakers urged to end use of wheat pesticide

Campaigners have called on high-profile bread manufacturers and supermarkets not to use wheat that is sprayed with glyphosate before harvest.

Cupcake Championships deadline extended

Bakers hoping to triumph at this year’s National Cupcake Championships have been given more time to enter. Last entries will now be accepted on 29 July.

Bakers Pantry signs new deal

North east bakery chain Bakers Pantry has partnered with Lakes & Dales Co-operative, a northern co-operative group.

Brexit and what it means for bakers

Britain has voted to leave the EU. On the morning of the historic vote, British Baker spoke to industry representatives about what this might mean for bakers.

Tesco bakers in £1m lottery win

The 12-strong bakery team at Tesco, Chester formed a syndicate and have scooped £1m between them. 

Dawn announces American week

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week is back for a third year, and to mark the occasion Dawn has developed recipes and ideas for bakers.

TOWIE star promotes the health benefits of bread

The Federation of Bakers has teamed up with TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou to launch a sportswear range inspired by bread. 

Great Fire remembered in Worshipful Company of Bakers play

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has commissioned a new dinner play to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

FoB holds annual conference

The Federation of Bakers focussed its recent annual conference on the challenges facing the food industry. 

Scotch Pie Champ spat as organisers split

Scottish Bakers is to become the sole manager of the World Scotch Pie Championships following a row between the competition’s organisers.

In pictures: Scottish Baker of the Year 2016

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

Are you ready for Real Bread Week?

Real Bread Week is fast approaching, and bakers, schools and communities around the world will be celebrating. 

Nation takes CBA president to its heart

Yesterday, (11 May) Craft Bakers Association (CBA) president David Smart gave an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV's This Morning, and the nation loved it.

Ireks fundraises for Macmillan

Ten bakers from Chester-based bakery ingredients company Ireks UK have cycled around Loch Ness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Italian study tour hailed a success

A recent five-day study tour organised by Brook Food Processing Equipment in association with Scottish Bakers took 10 bakers to Italy to see local bakers and manufacturers.

Brownings rebrands pie

Following a dispute with Kilmarnock Football Club, Brownings the Bakers has rebranded the Killie Pie as the Kilmarnock Pie. 

New packaging for Sheldon’s

Lancashire-based family bakers Sheldon’s has added black-and-white family portraits to their packaging, to highlight the company’s 70-year history. 

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.

New Real Bread Week plans

The eighth annual Real Bread Week is proving nicely, and will be coming out of the oven on 14 May.

Bakers advised to secure dairy supplies

Bakers have been warned to lock in their dairy commodity prices, which are at a 10-year low.

GALLERY: Bakers make cakes for RNLI

A group of professional hobby bakers has helped to raise more than £1,000 for charity after producing a selection of nautical-inspired cakes.  

Dawn’s new limited-edition frostings

Dawn Foods has launched three new frostings in flavours presently unique in the bakery sector, to “help bakers capture the essence of spring and summer”.

Folic acid “not a bakery issue” says Scottish Bakers

The Scottish government has backed mandatory fortification of flour, but industry association Scottish Bakers had said folic acid is a medical issue, not a bakery one. 

BakeArt manufactures first sugar sprinkles in the UK

BakeArt has become the first company to manufacture sugar sprinkles in the UK, at its plant in Ashington, Northumberland.

New £3.6m expansion for Scottish bakers Bells

Family-run bakers, Bells Food Group, is looking to recruit up to 30 workers as part of the expansion plan.

Scotland’s Bakery of the Year contest opens

On 25 February, McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow will play host to the launch of the 2016 Scottish Bakery of the Year competition.

Fats and oils supplier joins Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers has welcomed AAK, the UK arm of Swedish fats and oil ingredients manufacturer, as a new member. 

Registration opens for National Doughnut Week

National Doughnut Week will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 7-14 May.

Northern Irish baker dies aged 87

Paul McErlean of McErlean’s Bakeries, who has passed away aged 87, was one of Ireland’s top home bakers, and former chairman of the Ulster Home Bakers’ Association. 

Apprentice baker wins Scottish trophy

Nicola Reid of JB Christie Bakers in Airdrie has been announced as the winner of the 2015 James Allan Memorial Competition. 

Bakers pull together in the floods

Lisa Smith of Ginger Bakers in Kendal, Lancashire was “waist-deep in floodwater” at her catering kitchen, until local sourdough bakery Lovingly Artisan came to the rescue. 

New patisserie cartons for bakers

LINPAC and Graphic Packaging have collaborated to design a premium range of patisserie cartons. 

Tate & Lyle launches new fondants for professional bakers

Tate & Lyle Sugars, the bakery ingredients supplier, has launched a new range of fondants aimed at baking professionals.

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. 

Bakers report strong Christmas sales

Craft bakers have reported a strong Christmas trading period as it was revealed that sales of cake, pudding and confectionary surged by 8.3% in supermarkets.

Flooding round-up: how bakers coped

Bakers nationwide have been left counting the cost after high winds and heavy rain devastated the UK over Christmas and the start of the New Year.

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.

David Smart: Benevolence for bakers at Christmas

This is the time of year were we take stock of what we have achieved and enjoyed over the last twelve months.

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.

Hot cross buns on sale for Christmas

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

Colin Reese QC, the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Company of Bakers installs new Master

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers
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Scottish Bakers scoops conference award

Scottish Bakers has won the Conference Development Award at the UK Association Awards 2015.

Dawn Foods expands brownie mix offering

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is set to launch two new dry mixes and a frozen batter for bakers and foodservice operators to create authentic American-style brownies. 

Bakers Basco fights thieves with glitter

Bakers Basco has begun impregnating its bread baskets and dollies with a traceable ‘glitter’ additive to deter thieves.

Scotch Pie judging completed

More than 500 products from nearly 100 Scottish butchers and bakers have been judged for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Macphie has launched a new website
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Macphie launches new website

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

Scottish Bakers helps exporters with new brochure

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

Northumberland bakery opens new store in Morpeth

The Northumberland baker J Donkin has opened a new store in Morpeth under the rebranded name of Bakers Pantry.

Winning was amazing, says Ed
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Ask the Expert: The GBBO Final

It’s finally here. After 11 weeks of bad puns, Paul’s stares and piles and piles of cake, bread, biscuit, pastry and meringue, three bakers face their final challenge to determine who will be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off Series 6. We asked the winner of Series 1, Edd Kimber, what it felt like to win and what advice he would give the bakers.

Ask the Expert: GBBO does chocolate

Rich, creamy and intense, chocolate is for many people the ultimate in gastronomic luxury. However, it can be a tricky beast to handle, making it a fitting challenge for the Great British Bake Off semi-final.

Bakery lorry incident closes road

A Hall’s Quality Bakers lorry caused a road closure in Stroud on Saturday, after it rolled down a grassy verge and into a stream, reported the Swindon Advertiser.

Mikael Bougault
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Ask the Expert: GBBO does patisserie

Featherweight sponges, airy creams and crisp pastry – it could only be Pâtisserie Week on The Great British Bake Off.

Gerhard’s Blog – GBBO goes Victorian

I’m not surprised that The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) went back to the Victorian age for its latest round. So much of our baking is rooted in this era of enormous change. From new ingredients to production processes, this was a time so fast-moving, comparable to changes in computerisation and information technology during the modern Elizabethan age.

Gerhard’s Blog: Stayin’ Alive

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

Tonight GBBO does desserts including vol-au-vents and frangipane

Ask the Expert: GBBO does pastry

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Week is for bakers! Download posters to tell your customers
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Get your poster for National Cupcake Week - one week to go!

National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) is nearly here and we encourage all bakers to get involved. 

Craft Bakers' Week
There is still time to register for Craft Bakers' Week
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Still time to register for Craft Bakers’ Week

There is still time left for bakers to register for Craft Bakers’ Week. 

Sourdough September underway

The Real Bread Campaign is celebrating Sourdough September for the third year running this month.

CBA director acknowledges Great British Bake Off influence

The Craft Bakers Association’s (CBA’s) Mike Holling has spoken out on radio about the positive effect The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) has on bakery sales.

The baker's Mock the Week

It's that time of the week again when we round up what whacky and wonderful things have been going on in the world of bakery. This time expect cat cafes, record breaking doughnut orders and, of course, toilet cafes... 

Bakers angered by icing sugar reformulation

A reformulation of Tate & Lyle Sugars’ icing sugar has resulted in a backlog of complaints from bakers.

Dawn
National American Sweet Bakery Week involved many
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American Bakery Week deemed a success

National Sweet American Bakery Week has wrapped up for its second year after bakers nationwide got involved with the event. 

Worshipful
Delegates on last year's trip to Akademie Weinheim
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German baking trip places available

There are places remaining on a trip to Frankfurt, Germany with the Worshipful Company of Bakers. 

What are you waiting for? Cupcake title is open

We are down to the wire for entries to see which baker will be crowned Cupcake Champion 2015 – the deadline is Thursday 6 August. 

Marriage’s calls for bakers to get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week

Hannah Marriage of Marriage’s Millers has told bakers why they should get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week (CBW).

SACN consults on Vitamin D intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published draft recommendations on vitamin D, finding that the UK is not getting enough in winter.

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers Paul Heygate (left) presents to Dr John Marchant, the head of the National Bakery School
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Worshipful Company recognises head of National Bakery School

Dr John Marchant, the head of the National Bakery School, has been recognised for his work by the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Only five days until Cupcake Championships deadline

Bakers have just five days to enter the National Cupcake Championships 2015 as we confirm events for the grand final.

Baking industry concern over Budget's Living Wage

Plans to introduce a National Living Wage (NLW) will have a 'major impact' on skilled sectors like bakery, industry leaders have warned.

Wimbledon cake pops by www.definitelycake.com
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8 Wimbledon-inspired cakes from UK bakers

Bakers have been batting their best Wimbledon-inspired cakes on social media, as the two-week championships begin this week.

NCW
Enter the National Cupcake Championships today
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Nine reasons why you need to enter the National Cupcake Championships

National Cupcake Week is back! From 14 to 20 September we shall be all about the little cakes and we want bakers to get involved as well. 

Report: Scottish Bakers Conference 2015

“It’s time to invest in products, people and business,” said John Gall, president of the Scottish bakers. These three things seemed to remain the theme of the Scottish Bakers Conference for 2015.  

Craft Bakers' Week
Craft Bakers' Week's new website is launched
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New website introduced for Craft Bakers’ Week

Craft Bakers’ Week (28 September to 3 October) has launched its new website as the “new look and feel” event ramps up for 2015. 

Last chance to enter the Baking Industry Awards

The entry for British Baker’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards has been extended.

Election
The election outcome is still uncertain
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Election: bakers put Conservatives in first place

With six days to go until the election a British Baker poll has placed the Conservatives out in front, commanding 48% of the vote. 

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?

Real Bread Campaign launches bread week

Real Bread Week will kick off this May (9-15) to celebrate independent bakeries which bake ‘real bread’.

Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke supports NBT changes
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National Bakery Training rebrands to include food and drink sectors

National Bakery Training (NBT) is to rebrand to become the National Food & Drink Training, as it plans to expand into other areas of teaching. 

Bakery brands jump on eclipse-themed marketing

A number of bakery brands have created lunar-themed adverts to promote their products, off the back of today's eclipse.

Roberts invests millions in new bread facility

Cheshire-based bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has invested in a new multi-million-pound bakery to produce its branded Roberts Bakery bread.

Paul A Young
Paul A Young: helping bakers grab their piece of Easter trading
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Easter how to: a fondant egg with Paul A Young

Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. 

New food skills career website launched

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has launched a new website to encourage more youngsters into the industry.

UCB
Students at University College Birmingham
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College opens new £2m bakery training facility

A new £2m training centre for bakers has been unveiled at University College Birmingham. 

Bread
Get people back on bread
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Spread a positive message about bread

Bakers, do you tell your customers bread is good for them? 

Bakers take to social media after David Cameron delivery

Prime Minister David Cameron received a pile of letters from some key members of the baking industry on Friday (6 February), following his decision to give up bread.

L-R: Lewis Freeman- Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Hall- CBA, Amy Yeates- FoB, Mike Bagshaw- BSB and Alan Stuart- Scottish Bakers
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Industry backs new bread campaign

The industry has welcomed British Baker’s #WeLoveBread campaign – which has seen protestors visit Number 10 about David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread.

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.

We Love Bread campaign
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We Love Bread: British Baker campaigns for the loaf

This is a call to arms. Bakers we need you to defend bread.

Trade bodies combat negative image of bread

Two bakery trade organisations have met up to discuss the negative press around bread.

Harvest
The UK could hold a surplus of wheat at the end of the season
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Wheat exports low as prices stay higher than Europe

UK wheat prices must fall in order to be more competitive to export to Europe. 

The Future High Street Summit will take place in Nottingham in March
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Summit to focus on high street trade improvements

Local authorities are to be urged to think of ways to bring more trade to high streets, after Christmas demonstrated the change in consumer habits.

Bakery Market Report 2015
Fill in the survey to have your views and insight in the Bakery Market Report 2015
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Have your say in the Bakery Business Survey

British Baker needs your views to compile a review of the industry’s thoughts on the bakery sector over the last year. 

Mono Canol
Mono Equipment becomes Canol's UK dealer
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Mono Equipment becomes Canol's UK distributor

Bakery equipment manufacturer Mono Equipment will now also distribute all products of fellow manufacturer Canol to the UK. 

Bakers' blog: New Year, new ideas

Greenhalgh’s David Smart welcomes the New Year with a fresh slate, and suggests it's time to think outside the box. 

Scottish bakers are working on reducing sugar and salt in products
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Scottish bakers prove inspiration for healthy recipe guide

Small to medium food producers, including bakers and butchers across Scotland, have been lowering the salt, fat and calorie content in products by as much as 50%. 

Mary Berry is pictured with from left to right: The Clerk, Liveryman Suzanne Jones, David Bentley, Master of the Baker’s Company, Jenny Bentley and the Beadle
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GBBO’s Mary Berry made Liveryman and given freedom of the City

The Great British Bake Off host Mary Berry has been made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and been granted the freedom of the City of London.

Scottish Bakers launches new export help group

Scottish Bakers has launched an industry Bakers Export Group aimed at bakers in Scotland who are exporting or considering starting.

Wheat:
next year's harvest area could be down
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Wheat harvest area forecast to be lower next year

Areas of wheat for harvest in 2015 will be down in favour of barley and pulses, according to a survey.

The Bakers’ Marque
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Commercial partner sought for Bakers’ Marque

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced it is seeking a commercial partner for its quality assurance standard, The Bakers’ Marque.

Wheat
Wheat: good yield for 2014/2015
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Industry warned to expect ‘complex market’ for wheat

While wheat yield is up this year, bakers should expect a wide price spectrum depending on which type they need. 

Allergen training offered

Following the new allergen legislation for food manufacturing employees, Train4Academy has launched a new training package to prepare food handling staff for the laws. 

Blind cake icing
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BAKO North Western raises £550 for Craft Bakers’ Week charity

BAKO North Western (BNW) has raised more than £550 for the Make-A-Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ Week.

Bakers' Fair returns next weekend

Just over one week until this year’s Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair!

Stephen McAllister:
Current 'world champion' for his Scotch pies
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World Scotch Pie Championships 2014 open

The entries for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships have opened, with butchers and bakers getting ready to battle it out for the top spot.

Fabulous Baker Brothers:
Tom and Henry Herbert are supporting Craft Bakers' Week 2014
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Craft Baker’s Week begins!

A whole week dedicated to celebrating craft bakeries has kicked off today.

Greggs
Greggs launches New York style hot dog
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Greggs expands to-go range with NY hotdog

Greggs has launched its hot dog product into 1,700 shops, after New Yorkers approved the recipe. 

Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Bentley with Mary Berry CBE, who has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Company of Bakers in the City of London.
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Mary Berry joins the Worshipful Company of Bakers

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Mary Berry has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London. 

BIA
BIA 2014: winners revealed
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Baking Industry Awards 2014: the winners revealed

Hundreds from the baking industry turned out to see who would be crowned winners at the Baking Industry Awards 2014 (BIA) annual ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton last night. 

Brace yourselves! Just seven days until National Cupcake Week

Calling all bakers! You had better sit down and prepare yourselves because National Cupcake Week 2014 is just a week away.

Goodfellows: delighted to be let off tax charge
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Scottish baker reverses 'pasty tax' charge

Scottish craft baker Goodfellows and Steven has been let off a £65,000 HMRC ‘pasty tax’ charge.

What’s your take on GBBO?

The Great British Bake Off hit the headlines last week more than ever, thanks to the media hyped ‘Alaska-gate’.

National Cupcake Week
Mary Berry present home baker winner Sriskandarasa at the 2013 cupcake awards
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Last chance to be a National Cupcake Week champion!

You had better get baking because there is still time to enter your cupcake masterpiece in the National Cupcake Championships 2014.

Bakers take the ice bucket challenge

It’s the viral craze that is sweeping the world - from celebs to bakers.

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.

AAK supports government’s saturated fat pledge

UK fats and ingredients supplier AAK is helping manufacturers reduce the saturated fat content of products.

Britain's Best Loaf: revealed at the Bakers' and Butchers' Fair
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Search is on for Britain’s Best Loaf

Do you make Britain’s Best Loaf?  If so, here is your chance to prove it at this autumn’s Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair.

Great British Bake Off contestants are announced

Bake off fever has hit! The Great British Bake Off, the nation’s televised baking competition, will hit the screens from BBC One next Wednesday.

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. 

Campden BRI holds sugar event

Campden BRI is holding a seminar to help bakers with the challenges surrounding sugar.

Halo donuts
Popular:
A spike in doughnut sales prompts new products
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Readi-Bake launches new doughnut range

Readi-Bake, the brand owned by bakery ingredients supplier CSM, has launched a new range of sticky ring doughnuts.

David Smart of the CBA
David Smart of the Craft Bakers' Association
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Blog: And so it begins…

As I write, it’s 8:31am on Wednesday 2 July and I am aboard the ‘Virgin Pendolino’ from Wigan (God’s own country) to London for the first Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) board meeting after our conference...

American bakery week proves a success

The first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.

Geary's bakery expands
Geary's bakery
The bakery will double their capacity with extension
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Leading craft bakery joins with Federation of Bakers following £2m extension plans

Loughborough based bakery, Geary’s bakery has joined the Federation of Bakers as their 10th full member.

Delice de France launches Customer Innovation Centre

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

Independents urged to show off individuality

Independent bakers and other retailers are being urged to celebrate their individuality by holding a range of events throughout July during the fourth Independent Retailer Month campaign.

Renewed focus on sugar reduction

Dentists are calling for a reduction in sugar of around 75%, equating to just four teaspoons a day. 

Coopland & Son trainees gear up for ABST competitions

Coopland & Son, the craft bakery chain, has entered seven of its apprentices into competitions at the upcoming student bakery conference.

Blog: Craft Bakers' Association looks to the future

The Craft Bakers’ Association promised a conference that would be business orientated, relevant to today’s business needs and which would create an ideal forum for bakery owners to meet and network with like-minded people. And that’s exactly what it did.

Blog: Summer's sport gives bakers opportunities

John Young, national sales manager, Orchard Valley Foods embraces the growing diversity of baking and suggests bakers take advantage of this summer’s sporting events

Bakeries urged to get involved in Vintage Tea Week

National Cupcake Week’s major sponsor Wellbeing of Women is hosting a Vintage Tea Week in June and is urging bakeries to get involved.

Poor weather causes surge in cinnamon prices

EHL Ingredients has reported a global surge in prices for cassia cinnamon following heavy rainfall in south-east Asia.

UK food industry set to train 15,000 unemployed

The UK’s food and grocery industry has today announced that it will provide more than 15,000 training opportunities to Britain’s unemployed this September.

David Bentley addresses students at the National Bakery School
David Bentley addresses students at the National Bakery School
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National Bakery School prepares for redevelopment

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers has visited the National Bakery School as it prepares to start work on its redevelopment.

Bakels improves digital presence

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

Scottish Bakers and NAMB seal new training deal

The training arm of the Scottish Bakers, National Bakery Training (NBT), has signed an agreement to become a preferred provider of training within the whole of the UK.

Bakers welcome results of DoH salt study

Average salt intake in the England is falling, according the latest Department of Health (DoH) Urinary Analysis.

Spooner Industries joins FoB

Spooner Industries has joined The Federation of Bakers as a new associate member.

'Pastygate' timeline highlights government u-turn

British Baker has compiled the key dates in the pasty-tax campaign over the past two months, which have shaped the government's decision to scrap its proposal for 20% VAT to be added to all hot takeaway bakery products.

Pasty tax amendment defeated

A bid to overturn the changes to VAT charged on takeaway food, dubbed ‘the pasty tax’, was narrowly defeated in parliament last night.

Pasty tax bill amendment backed by BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that would scrap the government’s planned £50m ‘pasty tax’.

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