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**National Cupcake Championships 2016 winners**

The icing was frosted, the sponges were squidged and the cakes were tasted, and the winners are:

Christmas competition for pastry chefs launched

Classic Fine Foods and Valrhona Chocolate have launched a Christmas dessert competition, where pastry chefs can win a trip to New York. 

Lidl investigates Muffin choking incident

A one-year-old girl almost died after choking on a piece of plastic inside a mini-muffin bought from the Lidl store in Darlington, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Abbey make two appointments to senior team

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has announced two new members to bolster its team.

ABF posts positive trading update

Associated British Foods was upbeat about its UK bakery, sugar, ingredients and cereals businesses as it posted a trading update this morning, with underlying profit said to be “ahead of expectations”.

Linwoods Bakery recalls loaf

Northern Ireland-based Linwoods Bakery is recalling its Multigrain Loaf due to an inconsistent emphasis of wheat ingredients and a soya ingredient, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Macphie throws Cherry Bakewell into the mix

Macphie has added a new Cherry Bakewell flavour to its Sensations range of mixes.

Lower-fat pasty from Proper Cornish

Cornish pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish has launched a lower-fat pasty aimed at providing great-tasting, nutritional foods as part of a more balanced diet. 

Cornelius launches creative centre

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has launched a new creative centre, designed to host joint development project workshops with partners and customers.

British Sugar selects new bulk transporter

British Sugar has chosen a UK provider of bulk food transport services, Abbey Logistics Group, to manage its bulk sugar movements across the nation in a long-term deal.

Warburtons introduces protein-packed bakery

Leading wrapped bakery brand Warburtons has bolstered its portfolio with a range of new Protein, loaves, wraps, rolls and thins.

Carr's Kircaldy flour mill at night

Carr’s Food sold to Whitworths

Agriculture, food and engineering group Carr’s has announced the disposal of its food division, Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, to flour milling business Whitworths Holdings Limited (Whitworths) for a gross consideration of £36m.

Food equipment manufacturer designs UK’s first machine to solve dried fruit solution

Food equipment manufacturer Concept Engineering has introduced to the UK market a machine that specifically loosens up dried fruit.

Emma Herling and operations director Simon Thorpe with Village Bakery staff at the wheat-free factory

Village Bakery invests £500k in wheat-free bakery

Wrexham-based Village Bakery is on a recruitment drive after investing £500k in a new range of wheat-free products.

Edme brings ancient grain back to Britain

Food ingredients supplier Edme is reintroducing the ancient grain naked barley into Britain - the first commercial crop was recently harvested.

Café manager’s sandwich design nominated for national award

Susan Yarnell, who is the manager of Southport-based café A Great Little Place has been shortlisted for her sandwich design skills at the Café Life Awards held at The Lunch! exhibition on Wednesday 21 September.

Zeelandia offloads bakery equipment

Zeelandia has agreed to sell its bakery equipment business, Zeelandia Technical Solutions (ZTS), to Everbake Group to focus on its bakery ingredients portfolio.

Homepride unveils new 100% British wheat campaign

Kerry Foods, the owner of Homepride flour, is to launch a 100% British Wheat Campaign in September which will involve new marketing and packaging for the brand. 

Scotland takes charge on childhood obesity challenge

Scotland is taking the challenge of tackling childhood obesity into its own hands, after the Scottish government expressed disappointment at the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy, published last week.

New gluten replacer for industrial bakeries

California-based baking supplier Bellarise has developed an organic gluten substitute that it says can replace 25% to 50% of gluten used by bakers.

Second Queen’s Award for bakery decorations firm

Bakery decorations supplier G T Culpitt and Sons, based in Ashington, Northumberland, has been recognised for a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade this year.

Study claims salt may help cure gout

A recent study by US researchers has identified a link between a high-salt diet and lower blood levels of uric acid, a condition recognised to trigger gout, but sodium could also worsen blood pressure.

BRC Standard awarded to bakery ingredients firm

Bakery supplier Unicorn Ingredients has been awarded the BRC Standard for Agents and Brokers as a broker of seeds, sesame and olive oils, honey and pulses.

FSS committed to tackling obesity

Scotland’s new food authority, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take a hard line on tackling obesity, with suggested measures including a junk food tax and advertising bans.

Department of Health set to introduce teaspoon measures on food packs

The Department of Health has stated that food packaging will be labelled with how many teaspoons of sugar and salt are added to a product, following the decision to leave the European Union.

The industry reacts to reformed childhood obesity plans

Bakers have been told by the government to cut the amount of sugar in their products by 20% over the next four years.

Campaigners slam government obesity strategy

Action on Sugar (AOS) has lambasted the government over its “weak obesity strategy”, describing it as “appalling” that no further action to improve the strategy has been taken since the leaked report a few weeks ago.

Sugar tax popular with consumers, finds study

Nearly half (48%) of consumers agree with the sugar tax and a large proportion of them want more products, such as cakes and biscuits, to be added to it, according to market research firm Future Thinking.

Cornelius to bring new clean protein to market

The Cornelius Group has partnered with international food ingredients company Agropur to supply the purest whey protein supplement available on the market today.

Warburtons teams up with Cigi to change use of pulse flours

British baking company Warburtons is to join forces with Canadian International Grains institute (Cigi) in an attempt to revolutionise the use of pulse flours in the food sector.

Warrens creates Perfect Picnic range

Cornish pasty and cake-maker Warrens Bakery has launched a new Perfect Picnic cake range, aimed at consumers looking for a treat for barbecues or afternoon tea in the garden.

UK wheat traders may capitalise on poor French harvest

French analysts have revised down their expectations for the country’s milling wheat harvest, but UK traders are eyeing export opportunities to North Africa.

Italian bakery expands and rebrands range

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Destiny Foods launches Christmas line

Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor Destiny Foods has launched its Christmas range.

Bakery goods make Great Taste Top 50

Two bakery products and one dessert item have made the Top 50 Foods shortlist in this year’s Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.

Scotland the Bread targets £30k for wheat research

Social business Scotland The Bread (STB) is looking to raise £30,000 by the end of the month in a bid to ramp up a programme of wheat breeding and research and create the most “nutrient-dense and digestible grains and bread possible”.

FDF publishes sugar reduction guidance

Bakers are being urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content.

Real Good Food reveals future strategy for bakery and ingredients

Real Good Food has revealed several strategic plans for its brands following its move to reposition its business along three pillar markets – cake decoration, food ingredients and premium bakery.

Family bakery launches exclusive gluten-free Cornish pasty

Helston-based company The Good Food Bakery has launched what it claims is the world’s first gluten-free Cornish pasty after taking four years to develop the product.

Sugar arm disposal transforms Real Good Food’s performance

Real Good Food has reported a statutory profit before tax of £12.9m for the year ending 31 March 2016.

Food Standards Agency ‘names and shames’ bakeries in recall list

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a summary of food incidents handled between April and June 2016, which includes five bakery products.

Finsbury celebrates new licensed cake additions

Finsbury Food Group has created two new celebration cakes to coincide with the launch of two blockbuster movies this summer.

Dawn’s American Week hailed a success

The third year of Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week was embraced by UK bakers and deemed a success by the Evesham-based bakery ingredients supplier.

Taura celebrates 20th anniversary with on-track sales targets

Global ingredients company, Taura Natural Ingredients will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the news that its European sales are on target to increase by 20% this year.

Greencore reaps benefits of food to go

Food to go has continued to drive sales for manufacturer Greencore Group’s convenience division.

Lakeland Dairies survey: Butter the number-one dairy spread for consumers

Consumers have chosen butter as their preferred dairy spread, due to its taste and quality over other products, according to an independent survey commissioned by Lakeland Dairies.

Vegan baker scoops third award in 10-month spell

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has won her third national baking award within a period of 10 months after being crowned the ‘Best Vegan cakes/desserts’ category at the Vegan Awards UK in Sheffield over the weekend.

First gluten- and rice-free flour blend

Gluten-free baker Free From Fairy has launched the first ever gluten- and rice-free wholegrain flour blend – available exclusively from Honest Eats.

Bakery launches Cornish pasty flavoured crisps

The Great British Crisp Company, part of Warrens Bakery in Cornwall, has launched Cornish pasty flavoured crisps.

Cake Angels reveals spooky decorations range

Banbury-based decorations supplier Cake Angels has released details of its Halloween products, which will sell through major UK retailers.

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