July

Olympic fever hits UK bakeries

The opening weekend of the London 2012 Olympic Games boosted sales and volumes at bakeries UK-wide.

Tesco trials new food-to-go format

Tesco reportedly opened a new trial food-to-go format at its Chester Frodsham Square site last week, which offers goods from its in-store bakeries.

Krispy Kreme celebrates doughnut on the road

Krispy Kreme UK has hit the road to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its signature original glazed doughnut.

SSP to run Starbucks airport sites

SSP has sealed a deal to operate seven of Starbucks’ UK sites in national airports.

World Chocolate Masters competition is launched

Five UK finalists will compete against each other this September, for a place at the grand final of the World Chocolate Masters in 2013.

Breaking news: Peters Bakery sold to Coopland

Peters Bakery has been sold to Scarborough-based Coopland & Son in a deal that will save more than 200 jobs.

Food retailer jobs boosted despite drop in shops

Food retailers have provided more work in the second quarter of 2012, despite the first drop in shop numbers in at least three years.

Bako partners in Genius foodservice move

Bako has teamed up with Genius Foods as part of the gluten-free bakery brand’s move into the foodservice sector.

ADM Milling puts up price of flour

Spiralling wheat costs have prompted ADM Milling to put up the price of its flour by £75 per tonne.

Golden Valley opens new site

Golden Valley Pallet Wrap (GVPS) has invested in a new warehouse and national distribution centre to cope with a growing demand for its products.

New guidance for sustainable businesses

UK businesses can highlight their corporate sustainability credentials in a simple way thanks to new guidance released yesterday.

Speedibake MD raises funds for prostate charity

Peter Jones, managing director of Speedibake, has completed a 177-mile walk to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Reports of UB snacks business auction

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) is rumoured to be putting its snacks business up for auction at the end of the summer, according to Dow Jones.

Pure to take store count to six

A London independent bakery and food-to-go business will look to open four outlets in the next 12 months as part of an expansion plan.

Portas picks 15 new towns

An additional 15 UK towns have been selected to be part of the government’s high street revival scheme, headed up by retail guru Mary Portas.

No bread guidelines for Olympic Games

Organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have ignored suggestions from The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) on the standard of bread and baked goods.

Campden highlights importance of gluten-free

Independent food research firm Campden BRI will host a two-day conference for bakers and food manufacturers to examine the technological challenges associated with gluten-free baking.

Finsbury reports positive bread and cake sales

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 9.4% rise in total sales to £207m.

Tesco to spend millions on bakery revamp

Tesco has announced plans to overhaul 850 of its in-store bakeries (ISB) to offer a wider range of continental bread products.

The supermarket chain has said it will invest millions of pounds in the new bakery format, which will be called Your Bakery at Tesco, and will extend its current speciality breads line from 10 to 30 products.

McVitie’s to make breakfast biscuit?

McVitie’s looks to be considering a move into the breakfast biscuit market, in a bid to rival the likes of Kraft’s Belvita brand.

Call for better salt labelling to cut cancer risks

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has called for better traffic light labelling on products such as bread in a bid to reduce the number of stomach cancer cases linked to salt consumption.

Warburtons faces opposition over wind turbine

Warburtons’ plans to build a single wind turbine at its Severn Beach site has reportedly been met with strong opposition from locals.

Greencore defends itself against Unite attack

Greencore has again hit back at accusations by union Unite that it has breached employment law.

Spianata&co continues London expansion

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

Food retailers faring best in Scotland

Food sales in Scotland during June helped to achieve a 1.2% growth in total sales compared to the previous year.

Elephant Atta sale on OFT radar

The proposed sale of ethnic flour business Elephant Atta to Associated British Foods (ABF) has come under the watchful gaze of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

This week, the OFT issued an ‘invitation to comment’ on the move, which would see Premier Food’s Elephant Atta business sold to rival ABF’s Westmill Foods subsidiary for a cash consideration of £34m.

It is considering whether the acquisition has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation, under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, which could potentially result in a less competitive marketplace, in the area of the ‘supply of chapatti flour’.

Pop sensation boosts London bakery business

The Cake Store has been inundated with a wealth of new orders and social media followers after producing a bespoke cake for One Direction boy band member Louis Tomlinson.

CakeyPigg says it with cake

Edible gift specialist CakeyPigg Originals is branching out with new Cakey Cards.

Wet weather sees Poole’s pie sales soar

Poole’s Pies has seen an 11% increase in its year-on-year pie sales this summer, as the wet weather drives consumers towards comfort food.

Supermarket grocery market shares down to 2.1%

The latest grocery share figures have revealed a drop in growth to 2.1% for the 12 weeks ending 8 July 2012.

Fletchers Group bags top foodservice award

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has scooped the Frozen Food Supplier of the Year title for its Kara foodservice brand.

Craft bakers' packs in short supply

Bakers are being urged to sign up for a limited-edition ingredients and equipment pack as part of this year’s National Craft Bakers’ Week (8-13 October).

Bakeries make shortlist for FDF awards

Three biscuit manufacturers have been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Community Partnership Awards (CPA).

Limits near for salt reduction levels

Food manufacturers are reaching their limits in salt reduction, according to the latest research.

Subways for school lunch?

Subway is in initial discussions with a sixth form college in Manchester about offering lunch provisions for its students.

Foster Refrigeration raises £12k for charity

Staff and clients of Foster Refrigeration have raised £12,028 for two charitable causes.

TV star presents new Poole’s Pies website

Poole’s Pies has enlisted the help of TV presenter Stuart Hall to launch a brand new website.

Greencore accused of attack on workers’ rights

Greencore has been accused of an attack of its workers’ rights by union Unite, as 236 staff face redundancy.

Perfection Foods expands in UK

Walsall cake manufacturer Perfection Foods will launch a series of new brands in the UK during the next 12 months.

Spinata&co to open sixth site

Artisan bakery Spinata&co will open its sixth outlet in London’s Mayfair this month.

ABF’s ingredients see drop in revenue

Associated British Foods' (ABF) ingredients division has seen a 2% reduction in revenue, despite an 11% growth in overall group revenues for the year-to-date.

Starbucks rolls out Android app in UK

Starbucks is to expand its mobile platform, with the roll-out of its Android app to the UK and Canada.

Garth Bakery moves into Tesco

Garth Bakery has agreed to supply 35 Tesco stores in South Wales with nine of its bakery lines as part of a new contract.

EDME wins business award

Bakery ingredients supplier EDME is celebrating after winning a regional business award for its commitment to the rural community.

Bookings open for ‘lean manufacturing’ conference

Campden BRI and the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) will be hosting a conference to look at ways of improving manufacturing efficiency in the food and drink sector.


Subway to appeal toasted sandwich tax

Sandwich franchise chain Subway will appear in the High Court on 23 July over the 20% VAT added to its toasted subs.

Four new liverymen at Worshipful Company

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at the Bakers’ Halls.

United Biscuits reveals environmental progress

United Biscuits (UB) has claimed 2011 was its most environmentally friendly year. According to the company, it sent no waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites during 2011, reduced water usage by up to 12%, and reduced carbon emissions by 6%, meeting its self-imposed sustainability targets.

Estate clean-up costs West Cornwall Pasty Company

The West Cornwall Pasty Company has reported a £2.8m drop in turnover during the past 12 months.

Terry Tang to appear in new TV series

Terry Tang, last year's winner of the Celebration Cake Maker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIA), will appear in a Sky One television series this November.

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