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Bread dominates list of UK’s most-shopped brands

Bread brands have again taken three of the top spots in a list of Britain’s most chosen brands.

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer launches new cake brand

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed the transition to her cake firm’s brand from Narna’s Cakes to Ridiculously Rich by Alana.

Burton’s develops Maryland into Cookie Bites

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded its Maryland brand into the sharing category with the release of Cookie Bites.

Patisserie Holdings fined £60k after mouse droppings found in bakery

Patisserie Holdings has been fined £60k after inspectors found mouse droppings at a bakery.

Udi’s owner Boulder Brands quits UK gluten-free market

Boulder Brands – owner of the Udi’s gluten-free brand – has pulled out of the UK market.

Burton’s adds festive flavour to savoury snacks

Burton’s Biscuit Company has extended its savoury snacks portfolio with a festive option in the run-up to Christmas.

McVitie’s launches Hobnob Flapjack variety packs

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has announced the launch of the brand new multipack Hobnob Flapjacks with a selection of three different variants in the range.

Strathmore Foods brand launches exclusive NPD

Strathmore Foods brand, Cone Bakes has released an innovative new food-to-go snack that can be served with hot or cold fillings inside a bread cone.

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.

Scotty Brand and Kerrs celebrate Asda listing

Scotland’s Scotty Brand has gained a £150,000 listing with Asda to stock two cake lines in Scottish stores, with both lines handmade by Motherwell’s Kerrs Bakery.

The Co-op's Truly Irresistible range will be renamed Irresistible
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Co-op overhauls own-label range

A range of bakery products are set to be repackaged as The Co-op shakes up its 3,500-line own-label offer.

Greggs introduces a lower-calorie, lower-fat sourdough pasty

Bakery chain Greggs is introducing sourdough pasties with less than 300 calories and up to two-thirds less fat and saturated fat than its standard pasty.

Subway adds to social media portfolio

High street sandwich chain Subway has set up the company’s first ever Instagram account, aiming to create a community around conceptually high-quality content.

North American chain Tim Horton

Tim Horton’s to extend to UK market

Canadian and US restaurant chain Tim Horton’s will expand into the UK market after announcing a joint venture with a British investor.

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.

Baked goods increase by 10% for breakfast consumers

Baked products are becoming more popular among the British public for breakfast after a 10% rise in consumption, according to research from The Grocer.

Zeelandia offloads bakery equipment

Zeelandia has agreed to sell its bakery equipment business, Zeelandia Technical Solutions (ZTS), to Everbake Group to focus on its bakery ingredients portfolio.

Macphie launches new shimmer gel

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has launched a brand new Shimmer finishing gel for baked goods, desserts and savoury dishes.

Cake Angels launches Crayola-themed kids’ baking kits

Baking decoration brand Cake Angels is to debut two Crayola-themed baking kits in a bid to help children express themselves and develop their social skills.

Urban Eat extends sandwiches and wraps

Food to go brand Urban Eat has developed a range of sandwiches and wraps aimed at vegetarians and vegans.

Country Choice bakery items to be offered in Jet petrol stations

A new coffee and snack concept selling Country Choice bakery items has been launched by petrol station brand Jet across its forecourt network.

Denbigh craft baker changes name

Henllan Bread, as it has been known since 1908, will now be known as Henllan Bakery, which it said is to better reflect the range of products it now sells.

New MD for Soreen malt loaf

Samworth Brothers has appointed Mark Simester as managing director of malt loaf brand Soreen.

Waitrose targets ex-pats after deal with online retailer

Suppliers of Waitrose’s own-label biscuits and cakes could benefit from a new deal between the supermarket chain and international online retailer British Corner Shop.

Central Bean expands

Coffee shop chain Central Bean is set to expand beyond its north east stronghold.

Canadian coffee chain expands

Canadian coffee chain Second Cup has revealed plans to open five new sites across the UK this year.

United Biscuits part of new firm

United Biscuits (UB) owner Yildiz Holdings has combined its global biscuits and confectionery businesses to form a new company worth £3.57bn ($5.2bn).

New gluten-free biscuits from McVitie’s

United Biscuits (UB) is to debut a gluten-free biscuit selection for the first time next month, under its McVitie’s brand. 

Burton’s relaunches Chicken ‘n’ Chips

Burton’s Biscuit Company will reintroduce Chicken ‘n’ Chips, its 1980s savoury snack brand, next month. 

New Subway at Southampton hospital

The new Subway store at University Hospital Southampton offers patients and visitors freshly prepared subs, flatbreads and salads.

Warburtons most-bought FMCG brand

Bread giant Warburtons has topped a list of the UK’s most-bought fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands. There are four bakery brands in the top 10.

Specialist baker launches new brand

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

West Cornwall Pasty Co sales up 20%

Pasty operator West Cornwall Pasty Co (WCPC) has reported like-for-like (LFL) sales are up 20% for the year ending 31 March.

New direction for West Cornwall Pasty Company

Following yesterday’s end-of-year results, West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has announced a new set of developments that include a gluten-free pasty and a new brand.

Dunkin’ Donuts fastest growing brand

The biannual Ones To Watch report by data experts Horizons, says Dunkin’ Donuts is the fastest growing brand. 

Genius wants to lead gluten-free market

Gluten-free brand Genius has spelled out its ambitions to become the global leader in free-from bakery, outlining an international expansion programme.

New investment for Thomas J Fudge’s

After 100 years of family ownership, Dorset-based Thomas J Fudge’s has secured investment from mid-market private equity business Livingbridge.

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.

Gavin Darby, chief executive at Premier Foods
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Premier Foods under fire for takeover rejection

Premier Foods has been criticised by shareholders for its handling of a takeover offer from US spice brand, McCormick.

Premier Foods’ shares jump after takeover rejection

Shares in Premier Foods jumped to a high of 54.05p yesterday, after the company announced it had rejected a takeover bid by US spice brand McCormick.

Burton’s Biscuits launches Fish ‘n’ Chip battle

Burton’s Biscuits will ask consumers to decide which flavour of sauce they would like on its Fish ‘n’ Chips brand.

Haj Atwal, manager of Subway's 5,000th European store
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Subway opens 5,000th European store

Subway has opened its 5,000th European outlet with a new site in Livingston, Scotland.

Sam Rush, president and chief executive of Derby County FC (left) with Robert Higginson, chairman of Roberts Bakery
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Roberts Bakery signs football deal

Roberts Bakery has signed an advertising deal with Derby County Football Club.

Aunt Bessie’s launches dessert duo

A duo of frozen desserts has been launched by William Jackson Food Group (WJFG), under the Aunt Bessie’s brand.

“Significant growth” for Bokomo Foods

Cereal maker Bokomo Foods is now the main supplier to all major supermarkets’ own-brand cereal products.

Costa’s fresh food initiative expands

High street coffee chain Costa has announced it will be rolling out its offering with premium salad brand Chop’d to a further 12 London stores. 

Burton’s Biscuits launches “best ever” Jammie Dodgers

Burton’s Biscuits has updated its Jammie Dodger range with a crisper biscuit and fruitier jam.

United Biscuits releases teacakes

United Biscuits (UB) is to expand further into the cake aisle with the release of two teacake products.

Stag Bakeries launches Sweet Straws

Stag Bakeries has launched a new range of biscuit-style snacks as the first stage of a new brand venture.

ABF: earnings per share will miss targets

Associated British Foods (ABF), parent company of bakery brand Kingsmill, has warned that earnings per share will be lower than expected for its half year results, due out in April. 

Hovis launches chia bread

With its Hovis Seed Sensations Chia Bread, Hovis has become the first major bread brand to launch chia bread in the UK.  

easyjet’s first supermarket – easyfoodstore.com

The budget airline has launched a 25p supermarket in Park Royal, North London.

SSP reports strong first quarter

SSP Group, the travel location food and drink brand operator, has reported a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 4.3% for its first quarter. 

5 things YOU need to know about Warrens Bakery

British Baker profiles Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery and takes at look at the key areas where it excels.

Gluten-free cake firm secures Amazon deal

Gluten Free Goodies brand SIN has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its ‘Little Black Boxes’ of quality cake online.

Tunnock’s drops Scottish branding

Scotland’s biscuit brand Tunnock’s has decided to drop the Scottish Lion Rampant from its logo as it moves forward to brand its teacakes as ‘British’. 

Who ya gonna call? – Finsbury granted licence for Ghostbusters

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

Dum Dum Doughnuts is to open its fifth London store this weekend
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Doughnut firm moves into Camden, makes international debut

British firm Dum Dum Doughnuts is to unveil its fifth London store this weekend and its first international outlet in Dubai at the end of the month.

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.

Tesco recalls shortcakes over egg labelling

Tesco has recalled packs of its own-brand Tesco Chunky Chocolate Shortcakes 175g because of a failure to declare the presence of egg on the label.

Vogel's has launched a new marketing campaign with Anorak
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Vogel’s launches picnic promotion

Seeded bread specialist Vogel’s has partnered with outdoor brand Anorak for a new Keep Exploring campaign. 

US gluten-free brand expands UK in-store trial

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Irwin's Howell's House brand is being revamped
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Irwin’s revamps Howell’s Handmade range

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery is to revamp its Howell’s Handmade range, changing the name and adding eight new product lines.

Mr Kipling extends sharing cake range

Premier Foods is extending its Mr Kipling cake lines to target sharing occasions, as it prepares for a complete packaging redesign.

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.

Jacob's Cracker Crisps
The TV campaign or Jacob's Cracker Crisps has launched as part of a £15m spend for the brand this year
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Jacob’s Cracker Crisps campaign gets under way

The media campaign for United Biscuits’ (UB) latest product launch for savoury brand Jacob’s has kicked off as part of a £15m investment in the Masterbrand. 

Square Pie issues ‘Pie Bonds’ on CrowdCube

Retail pie brand Square Pie is crowdfunding investors to grow its business across the UK.

Jaffa Orange Cakes recalled

A batch of E. Wedel Supreme Jaffa Orange Cakes has been recalled as some packs contain milk, which is not mentioned on the packaging.

Hovis drives premium loaves in landmark campaign

Hovis is relaunching its Seeded and Granary ranges, in what it calls its biggest campaign since the new ownership.

Pieminister rejected from Glasto for first time in over a decade

A ‘pie-panic’ has spread across social media, as Glastonbury-goers discovered veteran attendee Pieminister will not be at the festival this year.

Genius: highs and lows

Since the launch of the brand in 2009, Genius has come a long way, expanding its product range and customer base and becoming one of the UK’s biggest gluten-free brands.

Schär gluten-free brand launches in UK

Dr Schär has launched gluten-free brand Schär, which is well known in Europe, in the UK with nine new products.

Jaffa Cakes: Now it’s personal

Jaffa Cake fans can now look for packages with their very own name on them as McVitie’s responds to hundreds of requests for personalised packets.

West Cornwall Pasty Co has revamped its estate and offer
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West Cornwall Pasty Co sees 6% LFL growth

The new owners of West Cornwall Pasty Co have seen like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 6% in the year since they took over, it has been revealed.

Kingsmill revamped to show ‘warm, wholesome’ side

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a fresh new design for the Kingsmill brand by updating its logo and packaging.

Allied Bakeries embraces free-from market

Allied Bakeries has made a move into gluten free, launching two ‘free-from’ products under the Burgen brand.

Mr Kipling boosts Premier’s performance

Premier Foods continues to show improved trading performance in Q1 as master brand Mr Kipling “remains the star”.

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.

Tesco to delist Kingsmill sliced

Tesco is to delist the entire range of Kingsmill’s sliced loaves as part of its new “volume-driven strategy”.

Muffin Break in first retail park move

Muffin Break has opened its first site within a retail park, with further openings in the pipeline.

Coffee chain expands in UK and abroad

Ca’puccino, the Italian coffee house, is set to open its sixth site in the UK, as it plans to expand internationally.

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys plan business transformation

Muffin and flapjack brand, Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, is set to begin a major brand re-launch in what it has called the brand's "most important year".

New global campaign for Oreo
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Oreo campaign focuses on fun

Mondelez’ biscuit brand Oreo has launched a new global campaign focusing on the “fun side” of the brand.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Cinnamon Square to launch new brand

Winner of 2014’s Innovation Award, Cinnamon Square is number seven in the BIA 12 Days feature - ready to launch a new brand as well as expand the business.

Beans and Steam
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Bidvest introduces new coffee brand package

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has launched a ‘full front of house’ coffee brand named Beans and Steam.

Otis Spunkmeyer moves across the pond to European foodservice

Legendary American bakery brand Otis Spunkmeyer has been launched into the foodservice sector in Europe with its range of cookies, donuts and muffins.

Greggs:
Expansion into c-stores could be on the horizon
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Greggs trial expansion in c-store sector

Greggs has teamed up with owners of Spar, Blakemore Retail to trial franchise offerings in c-stores. 

The range will be stocked in the chilled free-from section
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Gluten-free brand scoops first major multiple contract

NO.G gluten-free brand has won its first major supermarket contract with Sainsbury’s. 

Costa Coffee:
The brand has seen an impressive sales growth in the past year
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Costa Coffee sales boom

Costa has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.

Battle of the loaves:
Sainsbury's have joined the price war on bread
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Sainsbury’s joins price war on loaves

Sainsbury’s is the latest in the glut of supermarkets to slash the price of its loaves in an ongoing “race to the bottom”.

The Indulgent Bakery:
The new site is set to open next month
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Warings Bakery expands

Berkshire-based Warings Craft Bakery is to open its seventh shop, under its Indulgent Bakery brand. 

Hovis marketing director leaves as brand sets for future

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

St Austell Brewer & Bean coffee
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Success for St Austell own-brand coffee

St Austell's own-brand coffee has pushed hot drinks sales up by as much as 99% in its pubs. 

Pret looks to China for growth as it plans 40 more shops

Pret A Manger is researching opportunities for growth in China as it plans 40 more openings this year in its existing markets.

Third franchise for Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is to open a new store in Hounslow, as part of its newest franchise agreement.

Bakery giant buys Ecuadorean Bread Maker

Worldwide bakery company Grupo Bimbo has acquired Ecuadorian brand Supan.

50th Subway:
Euro Garages continue expansion plans
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Subway and Euro Garages open 50th store

Subway and Euro Garages have opened their 50th integrated Subway store as part of growth plans.

Genius loaf
A bold move:
This will be the first time gluten-free options will be sold with mainstream bread
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Genius to merge loaves with mainstream bread aisle

Gluten-free brand Genius is to introduce its bread to the mainstream bread aisle of 150 Asda stores across the UK.

Starbucks rated in UK’s top 10 social media brands

Starbucks has been named the second most prolific brand on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

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