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Salmonella risk triggers tikka sandwich recall

Two sandwich brands have recalled products using tikka powder supplied by Catermix, due to the possible presence of salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.

Real Good Food’s share price falls 20%

Food ingredients and bakery supplier Real Good Food (RGF) saw share prices drop 20% after it warned that profits for the year would not hit market expectations.

Bad Brownie wins Dragons Den investment

The London brownie company won a £60,000 investment from the dragons.

Stephen Hargreaves, chief executive of Cranleigh
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New patisserie and Champagne bar in the Lake District

A brand new patisserie and Champagne concept, The Fizzy Tarté, will open in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District next month.

Border Biscuits launches marketing campaign

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, has launched a major rebranding and advertising programme along with a new biscuit range.

Wenzel’s to give away £2,016

Wenzel’s The Bakers will be giving away £2,016 to one lucky customer at its London Designer Outlet bakery.

Greggs and Patisserie Valerie to open in Belfast

High street bakery chain Greggs is planning a third stand-alone store in Belfast, while high street patisserie and cake shop, Patisserie Valerie (PV), will make its Northern Irish debut a few doors away.

Real Good Food warns it will miss profit expectations

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has warned profits for the year ended 31 March will not hit market expectations.

Northern Irish bakery wins Dubai contract

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has won a contract to supply its baked goods to a United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarket giant.

Fazer brings Arctic Thin Breads to the UK

Finland-based Fazer Group’s Arctic Thin Breads are available now from Worldwide Cuisine (WWC).

Gail’s celebrates Orchid Festival with biscuit

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the London-based company, has produced a special biscuit to celebrate Orchid Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Cuisine de France launches Valentine’s Day mini loaf

Cuisine de France has released a heart-shaped loaf for Valentine’s Day, to allow lovers to say it with bread.

Bidvest revamps own-brand bakery

Bidvest Foodservice, the wholesale retailer, has released a range of bakery goods as part of a major relaunch of its own label products.

Will Torrent’s patisseries in Harrods

Award winning patissier Will Torrent will have two patisserie lines available exclusively in The Tea Room at Harrods next month.  

Roberts Bakery launches pink loaf

Roberts Bakery is selling pink packaged wholemeal loaves in local supermarkets in aid of breast cancer, as part of an initiative with Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Pukka Pies sales up but profits down

Independent pie manufacturer, Pukka Pies, has reported a “satisfactory year”, with a pre-tax profit of £4.3 million in the year to 25 May. 

Kara launches new cake range

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has a new Indulgent Cake Collection.

Freakshake – the Australian craze comes to London

Newly-opened bakery, Molly Bakes in New Dalston, has brought the freakshake to London, following in the footsteps of The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle.

Carlisle’s Tesco reopens after floods

Following severe flooding before Christmas, Tesco re-opened its Carlisle store to customers.

UK economy expands 0.5%

The UK economy expanded by 0.5% in the final three months of last year.

SSP reports strong first quarter

SSP Group, the travel location food and drink brand operator, has reported a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 4.3% for its first quarter. 

Pastry chef launches pet treat business

Claire Carter has been in the catering and hospitality business for over 24 years, and now runs her own pet treat business, Ollie’s Pet Pawtisserie.

Coffee Republic strikes new deal with Midcounties Co-operative

The Midcounties Co-operative has launched a new franchise partnership with coffee chain Coffee Republic.

Peter’s acquires Mom’s Fabulous Foods

Peter’s Foodservice has acquired the Farnham-based gourmet hot dog business Mom’s Fabulous Foods. 

Cake firm profits from BBC appearance

Sales have rocketed for Hampshire-based Odiham Cake Company after it appeared on BBC2’s The Millionaire’s Gift Guide.

New equipment seller targets small bakeries

MyDelightful, a Cheshire-based online company, was launched on Friday, selling wholesale bakery supplies to small retail businesses.

Mark Sheath of Jengers Craft Bakery
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BBC Sussex visits Jengers Craft Bakery

As part of its ‘winter warm up’ tour around the county, BBC Sussex visited Jengers Craft Bakery in Billingshurst, West Sussex. 

Tesco reprimanded over treatment of suppliers

Supermarket giant Tesco will be censured by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), following a year-long investigation into its payment terms.

William Jackson reports pre-tax profit of £18m

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has seen pre-tax profits rise to £18m for the year ending 25 April 2015, from £15.8m the year before.

Greencore reports positive Q1 revenue growth

Greencore, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported revenue growth of 7.2% to £356m for the 13 weeks to 25 December.

Tarte & Berry invests in its first bakery

Online artisan brownie business Tarte & Berry is to open its first bakery in response to overwhelming demand.

MSK Ingredients receives £750K funding

Online food and ingredients supplier MSK Ingredients is set to expand, following investment from Santander.

Mr Kipling releases oat-based cake slices

Mr Kipling, the Premier Foods owned cake-manufacturer, has released two new oat-based cake slices.

Dawn Foods launches new pomegranate compound

A pomegranate compound is the latest addition to Dawn’s existing range of 20 compound flavours.

New £100M investor for Bakkavör

An American hedge fund has invested in excess of £100M in Britain’s biggest prepared fresh foods supplier.

Tesco to close upmarket sandwich shops

Tesco is to beat a retreat from the food-to-go market just a year-and-a-half after opening its first sandwich shop.

Toast Ale launches bread-based beer

Toast Ale, the Hackney-based company, has started trading by selling a pale ale made with waste bread.

21-year old opens Little Lucy’s Bakery studio in Essex

Lucy Norwood set up the bakery business from her Braintree home three years ago, and has now expanded into her own studio.

Solvay launches two new flavours to “help reduce sugar”

Vanilla flavour manufacturer, Solvay Aroma Performance, has launched two new natural flavours.

Letter: FSA responds to labelling claims

Michael Wight, head of food safety policy at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), responds to our Reporting In column in the 8 January issue.

Pidy launches spicy macarons

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has launched one of the first ever spicy and curry flavoured macarons. 

GroceryAid to help apprentices with finances

GroceryAid has now opened up applications for apprentices in the grocery industry looking for extra financial support.

Crafty Cakes, Exeter closes coffee shop to focus on cakes

Devon’s Crafty Cakes Café has closed, so that owner Becky Cuming can focus on her cake business.

Premier Foods reports strong Q3 sweet treats sales

Premier Foods, the St Albans-based food group, posted positive Q3 sales growth of 6.5% for its sweet treats division against the backdrop of a virtually static group performance of 0.1% growth.

Handmade Cake UK to expand after investment

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods, which owns Handmade Cake UK, has secured a £1m investment from NatWest Scotland to expand into new premises.

Eat Square launches gluten-free range

Eat Square, the Wiltshire-based pie producer, has released a range of gluten-free pies, which includes dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan variants.

Waitrose to take 25 tonnes of sugar out of own-label products

Retailer Waitrose has revealed plans to remove 25 tonnes of sugar from its own-label products this year.

New patisserie cartons for bakers

LINPAC and Graphic Packaging have collaborated to design a premium range of patisserie cartons. 

Paul Thompson, sales manager for Brioche Pasquier
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Brioche Pasquier appoints new manager

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has added Paul Thompson to its UK foodservice team as sales manager.

Bakery hotplate firm secures £1m order from USA

Manufacturer of hotplate equipment, Sugden Limited, has secured a deal worth £1m to sell its muffin-making equipment to America. 

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