August

Slimming cake ingredient could get UK go-ahead

A chemical firm has revealed a powder derived from a cake ingredient could be used to help people lose weight.

Early quality reports poor for wheat

Early quality reports poor for wheat

The UK wheat harvest has been progressing steadily, but early reports on quality have been poor, according to the latest ADAS report, published yesterday (23 August).

Tesco supports hybrid food labelling

Tesco has decided to combine the “traffic light” colour-coding and Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) formats for its future food labelling.

Fudges makes appointment for growth

Fudges Bakery has appointed a new member to its sales team in a bid to move the firm from local producer to key category supplier.

Dutch equipment firm declared bankrupt

Dutch bakery equipment company Capway Systems has filed for bankruptcy, it has been revealed.

Hain Celestial to sell Daily Bread

USA-based The Hain Celestial Group has signed a letter of intent to transfer its sandwich business Daily Bread to a strategic buyer.

Greenhalgh’s links with brewer for new pie

Greenhalgh’s Bakery has teamed up with Bolton’s largest-capacity brewery to create a new savoury pie.

Jonathan Warburton leaves beverage board

Jonathan Warburton has stepped down from his role as non-executive director at beverage firm AG Barr.

Bath cake firm expands business

The Bath Cake Company has opened a new sugarcraft shop in a bid to respond to the growing demand in bakery.

Kingsmill lines up new breakfast items

Kingsmill has targeted the breakfast category with the launch of a new line of products.

UB begins search for snacks business buyer

Representatives from United Biscuits’ (UB) snacks business have talked to a handful of potential buyers, according to the latest reports.

Hovis retains skeleton staff at Eastleigh site

A Hovis production facility in Hampshire, which was due to close in June, could continue to operate until the end of the year.

New jobs on cards as Yorkshire Baker expands

Yorkshire Baker could create up to 300 new jobs as part of an expansion plan, according to the latest reports.

United Biscuits targets Halloween

United Biscuits (UB) has created a new line of Halloween and Bonfire Night-themed products under its McVitie’s Cake Company (MCC) business.

GBBO champ launches London bakery

Edd Kimber, the first winner of BBC2's The Great British Bake Off in 2010, has set up a new bakery business in London.

One of the judges from this year's National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, Kimber said he will be trialling the new Eddible Bakery business at Maltby Street market in Bermondsey, south London, on Saturday 8 September.

Virtual sandwich for Greggs’ UK stores

Greggs is continuing to invest in social media with the launch of an online sandwich competition.

Puratos launches new online portal

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has launched a new website as part of a corporate rebranding exercise.

SAS hires new director

Alan Burgess has been appointed as a director of food manufacturing equipment firm Spice Application Systems (SAS).

Brand fight back begins

Costa Coffee has come under fire recently from independent businesses in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset, who have expressed concern over a potential new outlet opening in the area.

LFLs slow at Asda

Asda has reported a 0.7% rise in like-for-like sales (LFLs), excluding fuel and VAT, in its second-quarter trading results.

Campden BRI hosts food legislation courses

Campden BRI has launched a series of training workshops designed to keep those in the food industry aware of the latest and most up-to-date legislation.

Krispy Kreme UK launches autumn collection

Krispy Kreme UK will introduce a new line of decadent doughnuts this September.

Plans for Cornish pasty drive-thru

The team who set up The West Cornwall Pasty Company has dreamed up a new retail bakery concept – a pasty drive-thru.

Jobs saved at The Cake Crew

Around 100 jobs at The Cake Crew were under threat following an incident at its north Wales site this week.

July food sales show upward momentum

Food store sales value increased by 2.9% in July, compared to the same month last year, according to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Patisserie Valerie launches gluten-free line

Patisserie Valerie is to target coeliacs and those suffering with allergies to gluten with a new range of products.

Brace’s sponsors toast artist’s exhibition

Brace’s Bakery has partnered with a local food artist to showcase a number of bread-based creations.

Worshipful Company makes TV appearance

The Master and the Court of the Worshipful Company of Bakers were featured on last night’s episode of The Great British Bake Off.

Pie Face eyes up UK

An Australian bakery chain is set to expand into the UK market, according to the latest reports.

UK revival for Dunkin’ Donuts

US-based Dunkin’ Donuts is looking to return to the UK market next year as part of a Europe-wide expansion plan.

Greggs employee completes Olympic marathon

An employee from Greggs’ Aylesbury store in Buckinghamshire competed in one of the final events of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Anuradha Cooray represented his home country Sri Lanka last Sunday, as one of the finalists in the Men’s Marathon race, which took place around the streets of the capital.

Waitrose launches global food-to-go range

Waitrose has launched a new food-to-go range, inspired by street food from across the globe.

The Great British Bake Off returns

Series three of BBC2's The Great British Bake Off will air this Tuesday at 8pm testing 12 of the country's best amateur bakers.

Tesco moves into coffee shop market

Tesco will challenge the likes of Starbucks and Costa Coffee as it opens a new high street coffee shop business, as part of a joint venture.

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Olympic trading success for bakers

Customers have flocked to high street bakeries throughout the UK during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Despite reports of ‘ghost town’ scenes in the capital, Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said last week’s sales at its London outlets were up over 10% on a like-for-like basis, while growth in shops near Olympic venues, rose between 30-80%.

Paul UK hosts baguette relay

To celebrate the Olympic relay events today, Paul UK is holding its own 'baguette relay' between its two shops on the Strand near Charing Cross, London.

USDA posts downward revision for maize

US maize production estimates have been revised downwards in the latest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grains: World Markets and Trade report.

Dundee Cake needs single recipe

The campaign to gain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Dundee Cake is gaining momentum, as Scottish bakers will meet to decide on a single recipe.

Home-based baker’s deal with Tesco

Home-based business The Chocolate Brownie Company has struck a deal to supply 50 Tesco stores in Wales, on an introductory price promotion.

CSM sees Q2 improvement

CSM Global has achieved higher sales in the second quarter of 2012, with preparatory work to divest its Bakery Supplies business under way.

Ballot for industrial action at Park Cakes

Union members at Park Cakes are currently being balloted for industrial action, following a dispute over pay.

Male bakers on the rise

A new bread-making school in south London has seen a surge in male bakers interested in the craft.

Rank Hovis ups price of flour

Following declarations from other millers, including ADM Milling, Rank Hovis has now revealed exclusively to British Baker that it, too, will be increasing the price of its flour.

Views required on vitamin D-rich yeast

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling for views on the application for a vitamin D-rich baker’s yeast to be marketed as a ‘novel food ingredient’.

Record rainfall hits Greggs’ LFL sales

Greggs is looking to maximise on new markets and store formats, as like-for-like (LFLs) sales dropped 3.5% in the second quarter of 2012.

Premier’s bread division sees revenue plunge

Revenue contributed from Premier Foods’ Bread division has dropped by 27% in the half-year to 30 June 2012.

Ditty’s lands oatcake deal with Tesco

Ditty’s Bakery has told British Baker it has signed an agreement to supply a series of oatcakes for Tesco’s Irish stores this September.

High street gluten-free bakery to open

The Foodamentalists will be opening a new gluten-free high street bakery this November.

Greggs reaches 500,000 Facebook ‘likes’

Greggs has reached a social media milestone by accumulating more than half a million 'likes' on its Facebook page.

United Biscuits separates snack business

United Biscuits (UB) has finally announced it has separated its snacks business, after steadily denying the related rumours over recent weeks and months.

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