Bakery retailers see a rise in outlet openings

The UK's biggest bakery retailers are defying the tough economic conditions with the overall number of new outlets opened by the leading 75 companies (by store numbers) up 6.9% in the past year.

Finsbury disputes recovery costs after dioxin scare

Finsbury Foods is disputing recovery costs after its Memory Lane cakes were recalled from supermarket shelves during the egg dioxin scare.

Sugar beet quality could hit ABF rise

Associated British Foods (ABF) has warned that a damaged UK sugar beet crop could slow growth this year, after reporting group revenue up 10% in the 16 weeks to 8 January.

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UK team named as contender for Bakery World Cup

The UK will have a tense wait to find out if its team will progress to the Bakery World Cup 2012 as a wild card, after narrowly missing a guaranteed slot at the European heat this week.

Probiotics reach UK baking industry

Probiotic bread and cakes could be on UK shelves within the year, potentially stealing share from dairy cabinets.

Study points to lower sodium levels in bread

Bread accounts for lower levels of sodium in the British diet than previously claimed by both industry and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), say scientists.

Bakers' Fair to stage NAMB competitions

British Baker can announce there will be 10 competition classes open to all bakers to enter at the new Bakers' Fair Spring event this April.

Ranson aims at industrial bakers in UK

Bakery and patisserie ingredients supplier Bekaert & Dupont has changed its name to Ranson UK, and is looking to increase its turnover through more business with industrial bakeries.

UK bakery numbers hold firm despite economy

The number of UK bakery manufacturers and retail bakery businesses fell only slightly in the year to 22 March 2010, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Craft bakers hold off on passing on VAT increase

Craft bakers are waiting until spring to put up prices, fearing a VAT rise could jeopardise trade during the toughest time of the year. Although many don't sell that many VAT-rated products, such as hot takeaway food, the hike to 20% would compound a patchy Christmas nationwide.

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