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ABF profits up despite “challenges” in bakery

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has seen grocery profits rise, despite a fall in sales and “challenges” within the UK bakery market.

Bexhill Farm Kitchen scoops hat-trick in Britain’s Best Loaf

Lee Smith, co-owner of Bexhill Farm Kitchen, has won Britain’s Best Loaf for the third time with a white tin loaf.

Topping to present Queen with birthday pie

Yorkshire family bakery The Topping Pie Company has baked a Queen’s Pie, which will be delivered to Her Majesty on 20 April.

60% of consumers want sugar tax

The Grocer’s Bridgethorne Shopper Index has shown that 60% of consumers are in favour of a sugar tax. 

New GM for Comark

Comark Instruments, the international manufacturer of precision thermometers, data loggers and wireless monitoring solutions, has appointed Lika Dutta as general manager.

One of the amazing Bakeorama creations from Charlotte O'Toole
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Manchester welcomes first dessert restaurant

Due to open next month, Milk Jam is the brainchild of Manchester baking trio Claire Kelsey, Charlotte O’Toole and Nicky Griffiths. 

Cooplands staff walk out in Lincoln

Staff at Cooplands of Doncaster bakery firm in Lincoln have walked out, as they say they have not been paid for several weeks.

ADM Milling supports Great Ormond Street

Essex-based ADM Milling has launched a new partnership with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

Dominique Ansel reveals first London bakery location

British Baker can exclusively reveal the location of Dominique Ansel’s first bakery in Europe, in London’s Belgravia. 

Ginsters revamps slices

Cornwall-based pasty producer Ginsters is revamping its slices range with improved recipes and updated packaging.

William Jackson Food Group acquires health food brand

William Jackson Food Group has acquired healthy snacking and bread brand The Food Doctor for an undisclosed sum.

Cornish pasty producer receives top health accreditation

Cornwall-based Etherington’s Farm Shop has received a new health standard accreditation for its pasties.

Coffee sales to hit over £3bn in 2016

Coffee shop's sales are expected to hit £3.14bn this year, according to new research by Mintel.

Border Biscuits launches new line in Scotland

The Dark Chocolate Gingers and Orange add orange pieces to the brand’s bestselling Dark Chocolate Gingers recipe. The biscuits launch from this month in 98 Tesco stores.

Ian Thurgood, outgoing joint managing director of Wilkin & Sons
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Wilkin & Sons expands tearoom chain

Jam-manufacturer Wilkin & Sons has revealed ambitions to expand its chain of tearooms beyond its Essex base.

Brioche Pasquier launches Tartelettes Tatin

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has launched a mini apple tarte Tatin, aimed at the foodservice sector.

WH Smith to extend café offering

The high street stationers has 17 café outlets nationwide, which are now being rebranded and improved under the name Coffee House.

Online grocery boom worth £8.6bn last year

One in four consumers now shops for groceries online, according to a new survey by Mintel.

New ad campaign for Bahlsen

German biscuit brand Bahlsen is set to air a £5m UK television campaign from 18 April.

Sneak Peek: Lily Vanilli patisserie at Fortnum & Mason

Lily Vanilli last week unveiled her new range of patisserie with premium food retailer Fortnum & Mason.

Warburtons says baking industry doesn’t get enough credit

Warburtons’ chairman Jonathan Warburton has said that the baking industry doesn’t get enough credit for its work on reducing salt levels.

Brownings the Bakers will no longer make Killie Pies

Ayrshire-based Brownings the Bakers will no longer serve Killie Pies at Kilmarnock FC, following a dispute over trademarks.

Waitrose launches own premium range

Waitrose has launched its first ever premium range, Waitrose 1, which includes a selection of breads and oatcakes.

Riverside Bakery’s MD wins award

Deborah Bolton, managing director of Riverside Bakery, part of Addo Food Group, has won East Midlands Chamber’s Businesswoman of the Year award. 

Tesco records first quarterly sales growth in three years

Supermarket giant Tesco reported a £162m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 February, its first quarterly sales growth since 2013.

Peel & Stone opens first retail site

Artisan bakery Peel & Stone is set to open its first retail-focused site in Harborne, Birmingham.

Caffè Nero scraps free staff lunches following NLW

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has stopped giving its staff free lunches, in response to the National Living Wage (NLW), which came into effect on 1 April.

New Real Bread Week plans

The eighth annual Real Bread Week is proving nicely, and will be coming out of the oven on 14 May.

Just Desserts expands bakery

West Yorkshire-based bakery and patissier Just Desserts is to increase the footprint of the business by 50%, following a 30% sales growth in the last year. 

Tower Bakery in Scottish Lidl deal

Perth-based Tower Bakery has agreed a deal to supply 90 Lidl stores across Scotland with a range of six products. 

McVitie’s drives price-marked packs through convenience

McVitie’s has launched a range of flapjack and slice PMPs (price marked packs) aimed at the convenience market.

Jacobsens recalls Disney cookies

Danish cookie manufacturer Jacobsens Bakery is recalling tins of its Disney-brand cookies due to the presence of undeclared milk.

Independent cafés see sales rise, but challenges remain

Brits just cannot get enough caffeine, according to new figures which show 74% of independent café owners increased like-for-like turnover in 2015.

Mr Kipling revives ‘exceedingly good’ descriptor

Mr Kipling is returning to its “exceedingly good” strapline with a new £2.5m marketing campaign.

Tesco rumoured to be selling off Euphorium and Harris + Hoole

Tesco is reportedly on the verge of selling its offshoots Euphorium Bakery and the coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole.

Greggs trials Balanced Choice bakes

High street food-to-go retailer Greggs is trialling its first low-calories bakes, under its Balanced Choice range.

SIN boosts sales with new website

Gluten-free baker SIN has launched a new website, and has been nominated for an award for the design. 

SDEA elects new president and vice president

Last week, the Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) elected a new president and vice president elected at its AGM.

Accountant steals over £26,000 from Délifrance

A Leicestershire accountant has narrowly avoided jail after stealing more than £26,000 from café chain Délifrance.

New dog bakery for Edinburgh

Harry’s Gourmet Treats, a bakery specialising in luxury dog treats, is to open its first bricks and mortar site in Portobello, Edinburgh.

Exclusive: M&S extends fibre policy

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has confirmed it will be extending its added fibre policy to instore bakery products, British Baker can reveal.

Wrights celebrates 90th birthday

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group is to stage a series of celebratory events throughout 2016, to mark the company’s 90th anniversary.

Sales of Tunnock’s tea cakes soar

Following a boycott by hard-line Scottish nationalists, sales of Tunnock’s iconic tea cakes have risen by 10%.

New Cadbury Cookies

Burton’s Biscuits will introduce Cadbury Cookies this month, the first premium biscuit range from the chocolate producer.  

60% of consumers pick desserts over starters

New research by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates, which launched its rebrand of Delice de France last year, has found that 60% would take the sweet course over a savoury starter.

Almondy launches lactose-free cake

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has launched a lactose-free chocolate and almond cake.

Co-op boss takes pay cut as profits dip

The Co-operative Group has reported 3.3% underlying profit growth in food sales, up to £250m for the 52 weeks to 2 January 2016.

Exercise detail urged for food labels

Food labels should show how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories consumed, an expert has said.

M&S food sales up 4% in Q4

In its fourth-quarter trading update issued today (7 April), Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported that food sales were up 4%, in contrast to its “unsatisfactory” clothing and home division.

Callebaut issues ‘solid’ half-year results

Chocolate and cocoa manufacturer The Barry Callebaut Group is buoyant, despite the impact of a strong Swiss franc and a weak cocoa products market, leading to a slump in net profits.

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