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Square Pie predicted Brexit

Last week Hackney-based Square Pie successfully predicted the EU referendum result through sales of its pies in a Brexit Bake Off.

Bien cuit baking comes to Manchester

A Manchester foodie duo will be introducing a new style of dark-bake sourdough loaves to the UK when they launch the Pollen Bakery in Manchester in August.

Brexit and what it means for bakers

Britain has voted to leave the EU. On the morning of the historic vote, British Baker spoke to industry representatives about what this might mean for bakers.

Duchess of Cornwall visits sandwich shop

The Duchess of Cornwall posed for a selfie at The Social Bite café in Edinburgh while HRH The Prince of Wales flipped pancakes.

Sandwiches losing out to street food, says new research

There has been a dip in the popularity of sandwiches, while sales of hot food and drinks are up, according to new research from labelling and eco packaging company Planglow.

Pidy UK appeals for riders for its 2016 “Ride 4 Hope”

Supplier Pidy UK is looking for amateur cyclists to take part in its 2016’s Ride 4 Hope, a 300-mile sponsored cycle ride, which will raise around £30,000 for a homeless charity.

Aubaine Deli set to launch in Covent Garden

French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in Covent Garden at the end of July.

Scotmid takes bakery initiative into school

Scottish convenience store chain Scotmid has been involved in an initiative with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery to take education on how to bake breads and muffins into the classroom.

Park Cakes secures development funding

Park Cakes, a major supplier of own-brand cakes and desserts for retailers, plans to pursue further growth and investment opportunities, after securing a multi-million-pound funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

Brownie specialist eyes £350k turnover

Production to be increased by up to 250% for Brown & Blond, thanks to plans to break through the £350,000 turnover barrier with a move to new premises. 

Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffè Nero

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero is to acquire the coffee chain Harris + Hoole from Tesco.

Butterware upgrades software

Butterware, a supplier of online ordering websites to the lunch-to-go market, has launched a new mobile responsive website design, available to all customers. 

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier scoops top truffles awards

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier is celebrating after winning a hat-trick at the International Chocolate Awards for two of its truffles.

MBE for Bob Burns

Bob Burns, founder of Glastonbury bakery Burns the Bread, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community he lives in.

Patisserie Valerie expands into Doncaster

Patisserie Valerie (PV) is to open its 119th outlet at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster as it continues a rapid expansion.  

Sugar tax reduces consumption, says survey

A new study by Newcastle University shows that a sugar tax could be effective in discouraging shoppers from buying sweet products.

Pasties under threat?

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has raised concerns that a Brexit could invalidate the PGI status that protects their products.

Eat muffins, get thin?

Eating muffins made with safflower oil may aid weight loss and improve cardiovascular health, a new study has determined.

A Hello Kitty café in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Hello Kitty joins Soho café

A Hello Kitty-themed pop-up café is being run over the summer months at Cutter & Squidge in London.

Glasgow urges bakers to recycle waste bread

Bakers in Glasgow are being encouraged to turn waste bread into beer in order to build a stronger local economy.

Costa boosts Whitbread performance

Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee has boosted the group’s overall Q1 performance for the 13 weeks to 2 June 2016, with total sales at the high street coffee chain up 11.5% to £414.3m and retail like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 2.6%.

Hinks fronts Marie Curie campaign

World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks is supporting Marie Curie through her new exclusive chocolate brownie recipe.

Stag completes £5k programme

Stornoway-based Stag Bakeries has announced the completion of a £525k investment programme.

New cookie range for Border Biscuits

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, has introduced a decadent new cookies range. 

Soreen launches malt loaf bar

Malt loaf maker Soreen has expanded its product range with the launch of Soreen Loaf Bars.

Bowmans to focus on ingredients

Hertfordshire-based Jas Bowman & Sons Limited is withdrawing from the milling market to concentrate on ingredients.

Miss Macaroon to expand across UK

Miss Macaroon, the Essex patisserie concept from chef Rosie Gindlay, is set to open 100 shops and concessions in the next five years.

Free-from opportunity being missed

The food industry needs to catch up with consumer demand for free-from, according to new research.

Action on Sugar targets breakfast biscuits

The campaign group Action on Sugar has said most breakfast bars contain the same or more sugar than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops.

Tesco ‘wasted’ 119m meals last year

The supermarket chain threw away the equivalent of 119m meals last year, with bread and sandwiches among the most commonly discarded items. 

Ten year old wins Tesco competition

Mollie Philips’ Cheesy After-School Muffins have won £5k worth of equipment in a bakery competition, run in partnership with Tesco. 

Speciality Breads shortlisted

Margate’s Speciality Breads is one of 16 shortlisted companies for the overall Responsible Business Champion award. 

M&S introduces Cybake Instore

Marks & Spencer has introduced RedBlack Software’s Cybake Instore to over 500 in-store bakeries.

WHSmith expands food-to-go with Munch

Cranswick Food On The Go has partnered with high street retailer WHSmith and Fresh to Store to launch new brand Munch.

Eat whole grains, live longer, say new studies

In good news for bakers, two large-scale studies have concluded that whole grains can lengthen your life and reduce disease risk.

Central Bean expands

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

Aldi is Grocer of the Year

Discount supermarket Aldi has been crowned Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards, for the third time in four years.

Ocado shares plummet as Amazon Fresh launches

Ocado shares are at a three-year low following the UK launch of Amazon Fresh, which is making it more susceptible to a takeover, according to City experts.

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Top change at Asda

Walmart has confirmed Andy Clarke will step down from his post as chief executive and president of Asda in July.

Waitrose launches spiced cauliflower cheese sourdough

New to the Waitrose premium own-brand range Waitrose 1, spiced cauliflower cheese sourdough is on shelves now.

Pidy adds to Trendy range

Pidy, the Belgian pastry producer, has announced an exciting addition to its Trendy range, with the launch of Trendy Coco Shell Cases.

Hovis goes kosher

KLBD, a global kosher certification authority, has announced that Hovis has chosen to become kosher-certified.

Tesco bakers in £1m lottery win

The 12-strong bakery team at Tesco, Chester formed a syndicate and have scooped £1m between them. 

Roberts wins business award

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery has been recognised in the 2016 North West Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC). 

Greggs to extend healthy range

High street bakery chain Greggs has said it plans to increase the number of healthy options it offers, including a gluten-free range.

FDF warns against Action on Sugar

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned members not to engage with health charities on product reformulation.

Canadian coffee chain expands

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

Dawn announces American week

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week is back for a third year, and to mark the occasion Dawn has developed recipes and ideas for bakers.

Ashers to sell pupil’s marshmallow scones

A raspberry, white chocolate and marshmallow scone recipe by schoolgirl Grace Wakeford is now on the shelves at Ashers bakery in Moray.

NI’s first bakery academy

Bakery firm Genesis Crafty has set up the first bakery academy in Northern Ireland.

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