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Can you name the most searched-for recipes of 2016?

It was a year when sugar, salt and gluten made many a headline, but which baking recipes were most searched-for online in 2016?

Warburtons van designed by schoolchildren

Lucas and Kye from Charfield Primary School in Gloucestershire have won a competition to decorate a Warburtons van.

Hill Biscuits in management buyout

Private equity investor LDC has backed a management buyout of Manchester-based Hill Biscuits.

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Bakery Andante extends Scottish supermarket reach

Morningside’s Bakery Andante has secured a deal to supply a further four branches of Waitrose in Scotland with artisan bread.

WC Rowe’s creates world’s biggest Easter biscuit for Asda store

Falmouth-based bakery WC Rowe’s has baked what it claims is the world’s biggest Easter biscuit for an Asda store in Barnstaple.

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.

Tesco sales driven by strong food growth

Tesco has announced sales growth and profit recovery in its preliminary results for 2016/17, its first UK like-for-like sales rise since 2009/2010.

New Gail’s for Ealing

Gail’s Bakery is to open up a new outlet at Dickens Yard in Ealing.

National American Sweet Bakery Week 2017

Bakers are being encouraged to get involved in National American Sweet Bakery Week, in order to help build sales of American-style bakery products.

Lily Vanilli launches the Battenbun for Easter

London bakery Lily Vanilli has come up with an Easter bakery hybrid that is taking social media by storm.

Fewer deals but brands not budging on price, says IRI

The IRI’s new Big Question report on the grocery price war revealed it has saved UK shoppers £9.3bn over three years.

Prewett’s launches White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has extended its Gorgeously Gluten Free range with the launch of White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies.

Sixty-three per cent choose sandwiches

According to research commissioned by global packaging specialist Huhtamaki, 63% of adults who have bought food-to-go in the last month have chosen a sandwich.

Brown & Blond expands retail offering

Leeds-based brownie maker Brown & Blond has launched its first pop-up shop at York Railway station. 

Irwin’s secures GB listings for new Easter range

Northern Irish business Irwin’s Bakery has secured listings with Nisa, Spar and Co-op to stock its new Howell’s Easter products.

New Apprentice category at Tiptree World Bread Awards

The winner of the category will be named Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017.

Rivington Biscuits for sale

The assets of the Wigan-based manufacturer Rivington Biscuits are now for sale, after the company went into administration in December.

Bun fight: Shoppers rank supermarket hot cross bun innovation

Bakery has become a hotbed of innovation at Easter time – particularly when it comes to hot cross buns.

EXCLUSIVE: Reynards enters administration – and is resurrected by Intelipac

Bakery packaging specialist Reynards, which entered administration last month, has been resurrected by Intelipac, a supplier of products including bakery and deli bags, carrier bags and corrugated cardboard boxes to retailers in the UK and Australia.

Dominique Ansel named The World’s Best Pastry Chef

Cronut inventor and world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel was given the award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017.

Battle Oats secures first listing with Holland & Barrett

Hull-based nutrition brand Battle Oats has secured a deal to supply its products to 300 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK.

Free-from sales up by a third this year, says Kantar

More than half of Brits have bought a free-from product in the past three months – 3.3 million more shoppers than a year ago.

Scottish Baker of The Year shortlist announced

Find out which bakeries have won at least a Regional Bronze Award for one of their products – among them is the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017.

Orkla joins UK confectionery ingredients market

Bakery ingredients supplier Orkla Food Ingredients has purchased 85% of the shares in sales and distribution company, Orchard Valley Foods Limited.

Nexus gets new CEO

Denmark-based Nexus, the independent research and innovation centre behind the emulsifiers and stabilisers of Palsgaard, is to welcome a new CEO.

New Meringue Drops from Flower & White

Rainbow-finished Meringue Drops will be a new addition to Flower & White’s award-winning Merangz range, and will be available in May.

EXCLUSIVE: Country Style completes European expansion

In-store bakery supplier Country Style Foods has acquired a bakery plant in Belgium, formerly owned by Belgian bakery business, Le Bon Grain Group.

Sugar reduction targets: the industry reacts

Specific sugar reduction targets have been published by Public Health England today (30 March). But what does this mean for bakers?

ASA throws out Real Bread Campaign complaint about Tesco ad

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) has said it is “deeply disappointed” that advertising watchdogs have rejected its claim that a Tesco TV ad implies the retailer makes additive-free loaves in small batches by hand.

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

Veggie Pret set to open second permanent site in Shoreditch

Pret A Manger is to open a second permanent Veggie Pret site in London.

Morrisons to pay small suppliers within two weeks

Morrisons is to shorten its payment terms for smaller suppliers to a maximum of 14 days, and will introduce a new supplier portal to make invoicing easier.

GALLERY: Greggs launches limited-edition range

Greggs has added seven new limited-edition products to its line-up.

UCC Coffee launches new coffee service programme

A new training scheme has been developed that could help bakeries wanting to diversify into coffee.

Brioche Pasquier turns its desserts into petits fours

Brioche Pasquier has turned some of its popular dessert recipes into petits fours, so that diners can enjoy a bite-size taste of all their favourites.

Artisan Biscuits extends Two by Two range with new flavour

Ashbourne-based bakery Artisan Biscuits has expanded its Two by Two children’s shortbread range with the introduction of peach biscuits.

Welsh newsagent sparks social media storm with bonkers baguettes

A Cardiff shop is serving up sandwiches in flavours ranging from liquorice allsorts to chocolate orange, both served with lettuce.

Three new UK coffee shops open every day

A study commissioned for UK Coffee Week has found coffee shops pour £8.9bn into the UK economy a year.

Available to subscribers now: The 2017 Bakery Market Report worth £250!

Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

Federation of Bakers partners with Instagram star

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) and the Flour Advisory Bureau have launched a #betterwithbread campaign with Instagram star Deliciously Stella.

Record year for Scottish food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421m in 2016 to a record £5.5bn.

Philip Moody named Openfield chairman

Grain co-operative Openfield has appointed Philip Moody as group chairman. 

REVEALED: Finsbury Foods’ Mary Berry range

Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. 

Park Cakes in management buy-out

Own-label cake and dessert supplier Park Cakes has been acquired in a management buy-out from private-equity firm Vision Capital.

Family-run Ellis’s Bakery up for sale

A Devon-based business that has been run by the same family for 50 years is up for sale.

Pret set to launch ‘Big Experience Week’ initiative in response to staffing concerns

Pret A Manger – which recently flagged up concerns about recruiting staff in the wake of Brexit – is launching a work experience drive.

‘Britain only’ button to be introduced?

Talks are under way that could make it easier for online grocery shoppers to only buy British products, a minister has said.

Pasty and pasty-inspired single launched for charity

Prima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. 

Pladis announces global expansion plans

Biscuit and cake manufacturer Pladis, and owner of brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s and Carr’s, is set to expand internationally.

Bea Vo to open new bakery

American chef and duffin inventor Bea Vo will launch Butterscotch Bakery in Shepherd’s Bush, London this summer. 

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