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Park Cakes secures development funding

Park Cakes, a major supplier of own-brand cakes and desserts for retailers, plans to pursue further growth and investment opportunities, after securing a multi-million-pound funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

Brownie specialist eyes £350k turnover

Production to be increased by up to 250% for Brown & Blond, thanks to plans to break through the £350,000 turnover barrier with a move to new premises. 

Scotland’s Superstars charity in cake challenge

Scottish bakers Jenni Bone and Karen Oudnie this week created a metre-long sponge cake to celebrate the first birthday of Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier scoops top truffles awards

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier is celebrating after winning a hat-trick at the International Chocolate Awards for two of its truffles.

Royal opening for pastry school

Next month HRH Prince Edward will officially open The Chocolate & Pastry School, run by Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks.

Sugar tax reduces consumption, says survey

A new study by Newcastle University shows that a sugar tax could be effective in discouraging shoppers from buying sweet products.

Pasties under threat?

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has raised concerns that a Brexit could invalidate the PGI status that protects their products.

Eat muffins, get thin?

Eating muffins made with safflower oil may aid weight loss and improve cardiovascular health, a new study has determined.

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Hello Kitty joins Soho café

A Hello Kitty-themed pop-up café is being run over the summer months at Cutter & Squidge in London.

Glasgow urges bakers to recycle waste bread

Bakers in Glasgow are being encouraged to turn waste bread into beer in order to build a stronger local economy.

Costa boosts Whitbread performance

Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee has boosted the group’s overall Q1 performance for the 13 weeks to 2 June 2016, with total sales at the high street coffee chain up 11.5% to £414.3m and retail like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 2.6%.

New cookie range for Border Biscuits

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, has introduced a decadent new cookies range. 

Soreen launches malt loaf bar

Malt loaf maker Soreen has expanded its product range with the launch of Soreen Loaf Bars.

Miss Macaroon to expand across UK

Miss Macaroon, the Essex patisserie concept from chef Rosie Gindlay, is set to open 100 shops and concessions in the next five years.

Free-from opportunity being missed

The food industry needs to catch up with consumer demand for free-from, according to new research.

Action on Sugar targets breakfast biscuits

The campaign group Action on Sugar has said most breakfast bars contain the same or more sugar than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops.

Tesco ‘wasted’ 119m meals last year

The supermarket chain threw away the equivalent of 119m meals last year, with bread and sandwiches among the most commonly discarded items. 

Ten year old wins Tesco competition

Mollie Philips’ Cheesy After-School Muffins have won £5k worth of equipment in a bakery competition, run in partnership with Tesco. 

Mono announces competition winner

The winner of Mono equipment’s Dec-A-Doughnut Competition is coffee shop owner Berris Evans from Pontypridd, South Wales.

WHSmith expands food-to-go with Munch

Cranswick Food On The Go has partnered with high street retailer WHSmith and Fresh to Store to launch new brand Munch.

Eat whole grains, live longer, say new studies

In good news for bakers, two large-scale studies have concluded that whole grains can lengthen your life and reduce disease risk.

Central Bean expands

Coffee shop chain Central Bean is set to expand beyond its north east stronghold.

Aldi is Grocer of the Year

Discount supermarket Aldi has been crowned Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards, for the third time in four years.

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ABST Awards results

Bakery students were feeling rightly celebratory at this year’s Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference, and British Baker was there to see the great and the good pick up their awards.

Ocado shares plummet as Amazon Fresh launches

Ocado shares are at a three-year low following the UK launch of Amazon Fresh, which is making it more susceptible to a takeover, according to City experts.

Waitrose launches spiced cauliflower cheese sourdough

New to the Waitrose premium own-brand range Waitrose 1, spiced cauliflower cheese sourdough is on shelves now.

Pidy adds to Trendy range

Pidy, the Belgian pastry producer, has announced an exciting addition to its Trendy range, with the launch of Trendy Coco Shell Cases.

Hovis goes kosher

KLBD, a global kosher certification authority, has announced that Hovis has chosen to become kosher-certified.

Dawn announces American week

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week is back for a third year, and to mark the occasion Dawn has developed recipes and ideas for bakers.

Bakkavor to create 470 jobs

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, plans to create 470 new roles in its deli and desserts businesses.

Ashers to sell pupil’s marshmallow scones

A raspberry, white chocolate and marshmallow scone recipe by schoolgirl Grace Wakeford is now on the shelves at Ashers bakery in Moray.

Bidvest wins four awards

Bidvest Foodservice has won four British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Awards: Best New Bakery Product, Best New Dessert and Best New Main Course, with products from their own brand Premium Selection range.

Ancient grain markets to grow by over 20%

The global seed market is predicted to be worth £4.43bn by 2020, and ancient grain markets are set to experience a 20% growth, according to global market research and consulting firm Mordor Intelligence.

Muffin Break brings back the Duffin

Bakery café chain Muffin Break has relaunched the Duffin, with two brand new flavours alongside the original hazelnut chocolate. 

Amazon Fresh launches

Amazon Fresh has made its entrance into the UK grocery market, in a move which threatens Britain’s already under-pressure supermarkets.

Scottish oat brand takes bakery and cereals award

Oats-specialist Stoats is celebrating the victory of its new muesli product at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016.

£1.2m investment for Northumbrian Fine Foods

Northumbrian Fine Foods Ltd (NFF), the UK’s biggest gluten-free biscuit manufacturer, is investing £1.2m in new baking production capabilities.

Destiny Foods’ new Viennoiserie range

The Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor, Destiny Foods, has launched a new Viennoiserie range.

Biscuits buck sugar fears

Biscuit sales have remained strong despite health concerns around sugar, latest research by analysts Mintel has revealed. 

Tiptree sales up 10.6%

Essex-based jam and marmalade maker Tiptree has increased sales by 10.6% to exceed £40m for the first time, but profits were affected by abandoned factory expansion plans.

New gluten-free biscuits from McVitie’s

United Biscuits (UB) is to debut a gluten-free biscuit selection for the first time next month, under its McVitie’s brand. 

Sainsbury’s to increase baked free-from range

Baked goods will be featured in Sainsbury’s upcoming expansion of its free-from range, British Baker has been told.

Pret launches veggie pop up

Pret A Manger opened its first vegetarian pop up in Soho this week. 

New premium doughnut range from Dawn

Dawn Foods has launched a new range of premium ring doughnuts, each with its own end-to-end filling.

Square Pie launches Brexit-themed pie poll

Square Pie has waded into the Brexit debate by launching a pie-themed poll to test the nation’s mood.

New McVitie’s twin packs

United Biscuits (UB) has announced the launch of McVitie’s To Go snack packs. 

New peanut butter and jam doughnut from Krispy Kreme

Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has launched a Reese’s Peanut Butter and Jelly flavoured offering.   

New patisserie for Ainsdale

A new patisserie and macaron maker has opened in Ainsdale, Merseyside offering a range of homemade chocolates and pastries.

Cookie Crumbles to export to Middle East

London-based baking mix producer Cookie Crumbles has announced it will sell products across the Middle East. 

New recipe and packaging for Hovis

Hovis will introduce a new ‘softer’ recipe for its Best of Both and Soft White, supported by new packaging designs.

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