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Avana Bakeries site in Newport to close
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Newport Avana site to close

 The 2 Sisters-owned Avana Bakeries site in Newport, Wales is to close with the loss of 646 jobs.

New boss of SSP UK & Ireland

SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has appointed Simon Smith as chief executive of UK & Ireland.

UB puts all savouries under Jacob’s banner

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a new £10m advertising campaign for Jacob’s.

Bakery Market Report available to buy

The Bakery Market Report, which features the BB75 breakdown of the largest bakery retailers, is on sale now.

Bakery offers gluten-free ‘first’ for UK

The Riverside Bakery is launching what it believes is the UK’s first chilled gluten-free savoury pastry range.

Hovis joint venture gains EC approval

Premier Foods has been granted competition approval by the European Commission for the deal it struck in January to partly hive off its bread business in a joint venture.

Caffè Nero moves into Ireland

Coffee chain Caffè Nero is planning to invest €20m in Ireland over the next five years, creating 320 jobs.

New ‘lunch box’ guide to bust bread myths

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has launched a new tongue-in-cheek guide to packing a lunchbox.

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Former Bake Off winner brings out second title

John Whaite, winner of the third series of The Great British Bake Off, has released his second book: John Whaite Bakes At Home.

Scandinavian firm adds to gluten-free range in UK

Scandinavian gluten-free bakery brand Fria is launching six new products into the UK market.

scotmid opens 100th bakery

Scotmid reaches bakery target

Scottish Co-operative Scotmid has opened its 100th bakery as part of its local bakery project.

No quick fix to industry skills gap

There are no quick fixes to the current skills gap within the food and drink industry, according to Derek Williams, standards and quality director at food qualifications body FDQ.

Pork Farms revamps chilled foods range

Pork Farms has rebranded packaging for its chilled savoury foods range.

United Biscuits to help with convenience sales

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a new convenience programme to help retailers grow their biscuit sales.

UK food exports up, Chinese market doubles

Total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew 5% to £12.8bn in 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The Heatherslaw Bakery Company to close

The Heatherslaw Bakery Company, the wholesale finished goods company, is to close after 22 years of trading and is to go into liquidation.

First Heston Easter egg

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to follow the success of its Christmas products to launch its first Heston Blumenthal Easter egg.

Lidl close to 100% target on in-store bakeries

Lidl has revealed that 94% of its UK stores now have an in-store bakery (ISB).

Best Bakery winner spends £90k on business

The Cake Shop Bakery, Suffolk has invested £90,000 in expanding the business and updating its image.

Greencore eyes growth in US with new plant

Convenience food producer Greencore has announced plans to build a new sandwich manufacturing facility in the US.

The Co-op restructures executive roles

The Co-operative group has revealed changes to its executive management, having postponed the release of its annual results by three weeks.

2 Sisters sees increased loss and debt in Q2

The makers of Fox’s biscuits and Goodfellas pizzas has announced widening losses and increased debt in its second-quarter results.

Village Bakery lays plans for a baking academy

Welsh business The Village Bakery has submitted a planning application for a new baking academy.

Shopper numbers drop in February

Shoppers’ footfall fell last month as exceptionally wet weather impacted consumer spending, the latest figures reveal.

Village Bakery gains enterprise award

Welsh firm The Village Bakery has been recognised at the first St David Awards.

Sainsbury’s suffers in fourth quarter

Sainbury’s has revealed its fourth-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs) were down 3.8% and said last year it had benefited from the horsemeat crisis during the same period.

Quiznos to restructure in pre-pack deal

US sandwich chain Quiznos has filed for pre-packaged bankruptcy.

Costa looks ahead to summer

Costa Coffee has unveiled its summer bakery menu.

Subway scoops top franchise award

Subway has been named the top global franchise for the fourth year in a row.

Student chocolatier competition gets under way

Sheffield-based chocolate supplier Keylink will hold its Student Chocolatier of the Year competition for the fourth year running in June.

Hovis returns to 100% British wheat

Hovis has returned to using 100% British wheat.

Supermarket price war fears

Fears of a price war between supermarkets and discounters yesterday saw around £2bn wiped off the combined value of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons shares.

Bakery team to ride Tour de France stage for charity

Team members at RedBlack Software, the developers of epos and bakery software, are to ride a stage of the Tour de France in a bid to raise money for charity.

Scottish retailer introduces healthier Scotch pie

Scotmid Co-operative has launched a low-fat Scotch pie across its stores.

Muppets help Subway drive new campaign

Subway has launched a Muppets-themed campaign aimed at families.

Organic bakery down despite overall market growth

Sales of organic bakery products slumped last year, despite the overall market bouncing back to growth after four years of decline.

Morrisons to restructure following pre-tax loss

Morrisons has launched a major restructure of its business after announcing a loss for the year to February 2014.

Mr Kipling may lose famous tagline

Premier Foods has issued a print ad following speculation its Mr Kipling brand could drop its ‘Exceedingly Good’ tagline.

Doughnut Week open for sign-ups

Registration is now open for this year’s National Doughnut Week.

Rise in national minimum wage

The national minimum wage will increase by 3% in October this year, the government has announced.

In pictures: Europain 2014

British Baker recently visited Europain 2014 at the Paris Norde Villepinte exhibition centre, France. Check out our gallery below featuring highlights from the show, including images from the hotly contested Bakery Masters competition featuring UK entrant, Wayne Caddy. 

New figures show latest world bread prices

The UK was among the cheapest countries in the world in which to buy bread last year, according to new figures from Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Cookie firm gains Fortnum & Mason listing

Boutique bakery start-up Nila Holden’s vintage cookies have been listed at London store Fortnum & Mason.

Greggs makes two board changes

Greggs, the bakery retail chain, has appointed two new non-executive directors.

Kingsmill hopes its new loaf will add fibre to people's diets
The new Kingsmill Great White
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Kingsmill unveils Great White loaf

Allied Bakeries today launched a new white loaf under its Kingsmill brand which it claims will revolutionise the category.

Premier Foods to meet unions over Hovis developments

The senior management of Premier Foods is to meet with union bosses to discuss Hovis workers affected by the partial sale of the bread brand. 

Caffè Nero takes first steps into the US

Coffee chain Caffè Nero is expanding into the USA, with its first café due to open in Boston, Massachusetts in late-April.

Krispy Kreme grows Scottish presence

Doughnut retailer, Krispy Kreme, has started an expansion drive across Scotland, after opening a factory shop in Edinburgh in February 2013.

Garvin Darby, Premier Foods' CEO
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Premier Foods announces £1.13bn refinancing deal

Premier Foods has announced a £1.13bn refinancing plan aimed at reducing its heavy debts and reviving the business.

Food and drink apprenticeships reach record levels

Statistics released today show that the number of completed apprenticeships at food and drink businesses in England is at a record high.

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