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Doughnut Time partners with GBBO star for new store opening

Australia’s Doughnut Time has partnered with Great British Bake Off finalist Steven Carter-Bailey ahead of the opening of its third store in Notting Hill this Saturday (27 January).

Tesco replaces budget own-label loaves with exclusive HW Nevill’s brand

Tesco has replaced its Everyday Value bread loaves with a new brand named after a historical London bakery.

Maryland £1m marketing drive launched by Burtons

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched a £1m advertising campaign for its Maryland brand.

Allied Bakeries recovering losses, reports ABF

Allied Bakeries has made “some progress” in reducing its previously announced losses, according to its parent company.

Fortnum & Mason launches ‘Adam & Steve’ biscuits

Fortnum & Mason has unveiled gingerbread biscuits featuring gay and lesbian couples as part of its Valentine’s Day range.

Finsbury UK sales up as overseas business dips

Finsbury Food Group has said it is maintaining its focus on offsetting cost increases after reporting a 2.5% rise in revenue in the last six months of 2017.

Asda taps vegan trend with new food-to-go lines

Asda has launched a vegan food-to-go range featuring a new wrap and sandwich.

Iceland set to axe plastic bakery packaging

Iceland has pledged to swap plastic packaging across its own-label bakery lines for paper-based material.

Premier Foods Q3: Cadbury and Mr Kipling sales decline

Premier Foods’ Mr Kipling and Cadbury cake sales have fallen in the past three months – although the business has reported strong growth in its own-label cake business.

How was 2017 for Britain’s bakery industry?

British Baker wants you to say what the past 12 months have meant for the retail bakery market.

Margin pressure continues to push up bread prices

The average price of a large loaf of wrapped bread has risen 6p in the past year as rising costs put pressure on Britain’s bakers.

Plastic crackdown: Call for end to avoidable waste

Theresa May has called for ‘plastic-free’ supermarket aisles selling loose food as part of a strategy to eliminate avoidable plastic waste in the next 25 years.

Ditty’s adds Irish Apple Oatcakes to its portfolio

Northern Ireland’s Ditty’s Home Bakery has extended its range with cider-infused oatcakes.

Asda and Sainsbury’s put rival’s crumpets on sale

Asda and Sainsbury’s have been selling each other’s own-label pikelets following a supply chain mix-up.

Mince pie sales soar as festive spend rises £1bn

Supermarket grocery sales rose by £1bn over the festive period as shoppers traded up to premium products.

MPs call for 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups

The government is being urged to introduce a 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups.

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PETA launches petition for Greggs vegan sausage roll

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK has launched a petition calling for Greggs to add a vegan sausage roll to its menu.

Iceland and M&S clash over crumpet advert

Iceland has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for running an ad describing its crumpets as better in quality than Marks & Spencer’s.

Mr Kipling launches reduced-sugar cake slices

Premier Foods is rolling out a three-strong range of reduced-sugar cake slices under the Mr Kipling brand.

Pieminister debuts ‘Kevin’, the vegan pie

Pieminister has launched its first vegan pie through its own restaurants and selected Waitrose stores.

Warrens launches lower-calorie Good Taste Range

Warrens Bakery has launched a range of lower-calorie baked goods including a signature Pie Thin. 

Granier Bakery grows UK presence with Stratford site

Spanish bakery and café brand Granier has continued its UK expansion with a new store in Stratford, London. 

Pladis extends Go Ahead Goodness Bar range

Pladis-owned snacking brand Go Ahead has added a coconut flavour to its range of Goodness Bars.

Modern Baker gains listing at Selfridges

Modern Baker has launched 12 sourdough products at Selfridges, including breads, cakes and biscuits.

A very merry Christmas to all British Baker readers!

The British Baker team would like to wish its readers a happy and prosperous Christmas - and hopes the new year gets off to a great start for you all.

Review of the Year 2017: October to December

We look back at some of the major stories that affected the baking industry in the last quarter of 2017.

Greencore recalls wraps in metal contamination alert

Food-to-go giant Greencore has recalled Chicken and Bacon Caesar Wraps produced for Aldi, Co-op and Morrisons over fears they may contain pieces of metal.

How was 2017 for Britain’s bakery industry?

British Baker wants you to say what the past 12 months have meant for the retail bakery market.

Bakery retail NPD 2017: our top ten picks

It’s been a busy year for bakery in the NPD department, with a raft of interesting, innovative and, in some cases, unusual products hitting supermarket shelves.

Review of the year: July – September

As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the major stories that have impacted the baking industry in 2017.

Greggs launches Festive Bake Sprinkles

Greggs has released limited-edition Festive Bake Sprinkles – the crunchy crumb topping used on its Christmas menu staple.

Waitrose drives food innovation with new development facilities

Waitrose has invested £1.5m in food development facilities at its Bracknell head office as part of its long-term focus on product innovation.

Gallery: Britain’s bakers reveal more festive treats

Christmas is less than a week away and the nation’s bakers have been busy crafting festive fancies, cakes and gingerbread in preparation.

Pictured with the new pies is Bells sales and marketing director Gordon Smith
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Bells Food Group launches festive steak pies

Scottish pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has introduced two new pies to take advantage of the seasonal sales spike.

Review of the year 2017: April to June

As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the major stories that have impacted the baking industry in 2017.

Pieminister to boost capacity and open new sites

Pieminister is acquiring new plant and machinery and opening three new restaurants after securing £1.65m in financing.

Real Bread's Iceland ad complaint rejected

The Real Bread Campaign has criticised a ruling by the advertising watchdog that an advert for Iceland bread would not mislead consumers.

Review of the year 2017: January to March

As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the major stories that have impacted the baking industry in 2017.

  (Photo: Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy Stock Photo )

Warburtons in ‘furries’ social media mix-up

Warburtons has changed the hashtag used on a celebrity-backed competition after realising it is shared by a subculture known as ‘furries’.

Gallery: Bakers reveal their festive fancies

It’s Christmas! Ok, not quite, but that hasn’t stopped bakers whipping up delicious treats fit for Father Christmas himself.

Subway set to trial home delivery

Subway has announced it will trial a home delivery service in London from next year.

Crowdfunding push for ‘Slutty’ gingerbread axed

A London bakery has called off a Kickstarter campaign for its range of ‘Slutty’, ‘Bossy’ and ‘Sassy’ gingerbread women over concerns customers were confused about the crowdfunding system.

Walkers van sales service launches after P&H collapse

PepsiCo UK has set up a vans sales operation to distribute Walkers snack products to independent retailers and foodservice operators.

Apprentice winner’s cakes recalled due to allergen labelling

Ridiculously Rich by Alana, the cake company started by The Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer, has recalled a raft of products due to undeclared and incorrectly labelled allergens. 

Greggs raises more than £800k for Children in Need

Greggs has raised £832,573 for this year’s BBC Children in Need campaign through fundraising events.

Allinson offers ‘best bread experience’ with three new artisan loaves

Allied Bakeries is set to launch a three-strong artisan loaf range under its Allinson brand, which it claims will offer the ‘best bread experience’ within the wrapped bread category.

Zizzi and Sainsbury’s team up for takeaway pizza trial

Pizza restaurant chain Zizzi has partnered with Sainsbury’s to pilot a takeaway scheme. 

Heston serves up ‘sprout’ dessert for Christmas

Heston Blumenthal is celebrating Christmas at Waitrose by serving up a giant Brussels ‘sprout’ filled with profiteroles. 

Federation of Bakers and Hovis sign up to Courtauld Commitment 2025

The Federation of Bakers, Hovis and the Real Bread Campaign are among the latest organisations to sign up to Courtauld 2025.

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