Ingredients

ABF’s Illovo acquisition confirmed

Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has confirmed that its proposal to move to full ownership of Illovo Sugar will go ahead. 

Real Bread Campaign ad complaint rebuffed

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has declined to take action following a complaint by the Real Bread Campaign (RBC) about advertising claiming that artisan bread can be made using a packet mix.

New crop varieties to be introduced

Next month crop supplier KWS Group is to unveil four new varieties spanning three crop types, each offering class-leading grain quality attributes. 

Sugar tax to be extended?

The recently-announced levy on fizzy drinks has edged closer to the bakery sector, as it could soon affect cereals and snacks, according to a government health minister. 

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Rye sales reverse downward trend

Sales of rye have moved into growth, according data from market analysts Nielsen, reversing a decline from the previous year.

Mr Kipling launches limited edition Fancies

Mr Kipling, the cake producer, is aiming to attract new shoppers with the launch of two limited-edition versions of its Fancies.

RGF launches Liverpool innovation centre and academy

Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new innovation centre and cake decoration academy in Wavertree, Liverpool.

Tesco launches commemorative shortbread

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer, supermarket giant Tesco has launched a tin of commemorative shortbread. 

IFBA members move to phase out trans fats

Eleven of the largest global food and drink companies have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans fats by the end of 2018.

Tesco sold 4.5m more cream cakes in 2015

Shoppers at supermarket chain Tesco bought 4.5m more luxury cream cakes in 2015 than the year before.

The Sammies Awards winners

The full list of winners at the recent Sammies Awards, organised by The British Sandwich Association.

New launch for Speciality Breads

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has launched a new malted ciapanini.

Gluten-free bread has up to seven times more fat

Own-label gluten-free options often contain up to seven times more fat, according to research for The Grocer.

Aldi expands gluten-free range

Discount supermarket chain Aldi now stocks 19 new products, which it launched during Coeliac Awareness Week.

Lidl recalls bakery mix

Discount supermarket Lidl is recalling its Bread Baking Mix because it contains wheat, rye and barley (gluten), which is not mentioned in English on the label. 

Feel Free For Gluten Free secures Morrisons listing

Yorkshire-based Feel Free For Gluten Free (FFFGF) has introduced eight frozen lines to Morrisons, including its award-winning doughnuts.

Nation takes CBA president to its heart

Yesterday, (11 May) Craft Bakers Association (CBA) president David Smart gave an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV's This Morning, and the nation loved it.

New quick breads range from Macphie

The new speciality bread range from independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie is designed to be “quick, easy and tasty”.

New gold inclusion from Pecan Deluxe Candy

A new lustre popping candy inclusion from Pecan Deluxe Candy, the European inclusions specialist, is designed to give bakery products a golden shimmer. 

Hotel Chocolat’s shares rocket following stock market debut

Hotel Chocolat, the upmarket confectioner, has seen shares surge after the company listed on the stock market for the first time this week.

Elizabeth Shaw bought by Colian

British chocolate brand Elizabeth Shaw has been acquired by Polish confectionery producer and distributor Colian Holding SA.

Costa pledges to reduce sugar by 2020

Costa Coffee, the high street café chain, has announced it will reduce the added sugar content in its beverage range by 25% by 2020.

Partial sale of bakery supplier BFP Wholesale agreed

Part of the collapsed bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has been bought by a firm which is run by a director of Kent Foods for an undisclosed sum, British Baker can reveal.

Gallery: Love Cheesecakes introduces new retail range

The Lancashire-based online cheesecake retailer Love Cheesecakes has introduced a new retail range of cheesecakes, which will be available this week.

KWS launches high-yield biscuit wheats

KWS Wheat has launched two new wheat varieties that offer high yields of grain suitable for biscuit and cake flours.

Roberts Bakery launches new brioche rolls

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery to launch The Ultimate Brioche Rolls.

Third of consumers avoid gluten, says Almondy

According to new research released by Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, millennials are driving gluten-free demand.

Welsh Hills bakery staff walk for Coeliac UK

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Lactic acid can extend shelf life says new study

The shelf life of bread can be increased by up to four days, with the addition of certain strains of lactic acid bacteria, according to a recent study.

Bertinet Bakery launches sliced sourdough in Waitrose

Bath-based bakery the Bertinet Bakery is to supply six Waitrose branches with sliced sourdough tin loaves in white and malted wheat versions.

Prewett’s launches gluten-free competitions

Gateshead-based Prewett’s, the gluten-free biscuit brand, will launch a series of social media competitions to highlight Coeliac Awareness Week (9-15 May).

New direction for West Cornwall Pasty Company

Following yesterday’s end-of-year results, West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has announced a new set of developments that include a gluten-free pasty and a new brand.

Mono launches Doughnut Week competition

To help celebrate National Doughnut Week (7-14 May), Mono Equipment is running a Decorate a Doughnut competition.  

Dawn lists new chocolate toppings and decorations

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is offering Dobla-branded premium Belgian chocolate decorations and toppings to bakers in the UK.

Caribbean bakery lands Asda deal

West Midlands-based Sunrise Bakery has signed a deal to sell its cocktail-inspired cake range, Caketails, in more than 60 Asda stores.

BFP Wholesale goes into administration

Bakery indredients supplier BFP Wholesale has gone into administration and announced 74 redundancies at its Highbridge and Sevenoaks sites.

New healthy menu for Poundbakery

Budget bakery chain Poundbakery has launched a new balanced choice menu.

Jacob’s announces reality TV stars for new ad

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that Jacob’s latest advert will feature Mark-Francis Vandelli of TV’s Made in Chelsea, and James ‘Arg’ Argent of The Only Way is Essex.

Ginsters’ new pasty for Help for Heroes

Ginsters has launched a limited-edition beef & horseradish pasty to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Kate’s Cakes to close Ashington and Esher sites

Staff at the CSM Bakery Solutions-owned Kate’s Cakes sites in West Sussex and Surrey were given a letter on Wednesday (27 April) informing them that the outlets are to close “by the end of 2017”.

Muntons invests £2.5m in software

Muntons, the Suffolk-based maltster and malted ingredient company, has invested £2.5 million in management software.

Chocolate Dessert of the Year competition launched

Aimed at chocolatiers and pastry chefs, the Chocolate Dessert of the Year competition is open now.

Sweetpea Pantry wins at FreeFrom Awards

Sweetpea Pantry, the baking mix producer, won the Store Cupboard category at the FreeFrom Awards for its Grainy Brainy Pancakes.

Greggs to roll out Balanced Choice range

In a continued bid to target the ‘healthy eating’ market, high street food-to-go chain Greggs will launch its Balanced Choice range on 2 May. 

American cookies rule says Dawn

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods has commissioned a cookie survey, which has found American-style cookies are the most popular sweet treat.

Coup de Pates launches new range

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates’ latest range contains over 180 semi-prepared, reception, patisserie and fully-finished items.

Paul launches summer éclair collection

London-based high street bakery and patisserie, Paul, is to launch a new éclair range next month called Eclectic Éclairs: The Summer Collection.

Destiny launches made-without-gluten desserts

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor, has launched a new range of made-without-gluten desserts.

Genius wants to lead gluten-free market

Gluten-free brand Genius has spelled out its ambitions to become the global leader in free-from bakery, outlining an international expansion programme.

New McDougalls sponge mixes from Premier

Premier Foods has redeveloped its McDougalls Sponge Mix and Reduced Fat Sponge Mix, and they now both contain 30% less fat.

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