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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.

M&S food ‘outperforms a competitive market’

Profits at Marks & Spencer (M&S) dropped by a fifth, it announced in its full-year results today. But food fared better than its other divisions, despite “difficult trading conditions”.

Sandwiches most popular cold food-to-go

The new Food-To-Go Market Factsheets from packaging specialist Huhtamaki have revealed that sandwiches, wraps and paninis are the most popular cold choices.

New Bunting Label from Planglow

Food label-designer Planglow’s new Bunting Label has a bright polka dot bunting print on a blue striped border, and is designed with summer in mind.

Fresh baked goods are top convenience choice

Over half of those who regularly shop in convenience stores have said they regularly buy freshly baked goods, according to research analyst Mintel.

Welsh Hills Bakery celebrates Morrisons advert appearance

Free-from food producer Welsh Hills Bakery is celebrating the appearance of its chocolate sponge cake in a Morrisons TV advert.

Coffee #1 recalls brownie over milk concerns

Coffee #1 is recalling its gluten- and dairy-free hazelnut and praline brownies because they have been found to contain milk.

Students design limited-edition Subway sandwich

Students from Leeds have won a competition which will see their design for a Subway sandwich sold to the public.

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.

Warburtons most-bought FMCG brand

Bread giant Warburtons has topped a list of the UK’s most-bought fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands. There are four bakery brands in the top 10.

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.

Squires Kitchen tutor leads team to Bake Off victory

The BBC’s quest to find the country’s best pastry chefs has come to an end after Mark Tilling and his team triumphed in the Bake Off: Crème de la Crème final.

Scotch Pie Champ spat as organisers split

Scottish Bakers is to become the sole manager of the World Scotch Pie Championships following a row between the competition’s organisers.

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.

Specialist baker launches new brand

Nottingham-based baker Butt Foods has marked its 25th anniversary with a new brand, called Baked Earth. 

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.

Premier Foods reports £86.1m profits

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has reported a 3.5% rise in pre-tax profits to £86.1m for the year to the start of April.

Pieminister expands after £1.4m investment

Bristol-based pie business Pieminister will open five new restaurants across the UK and create more than 80 new jobs after securing a £1.4m finance package from HSBC.

Muntons expands abroad

Muntons, the Suffolk-based maltster and malted ingredients company, has opened its first plant outside the UK.

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.

New petits fours collection for Brioche Pasquier

The Black & White petits fours collection from French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier is made up of nine pieces.

Irwin’s secures new Waitrose listing

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s has secured a contract with Waitrose to supply its new Rankin Selection Cinnamon and Raisin Toasty Loaf, a twist on traditional Irish fruit bread, in 150 stores.

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.

Bakkavör reports “solid revenues” in Q1

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavör has reported £415.8m revenue in its first-quarter results for the 13 weeks to 26 March.

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.

Northern Irish bakery signs £220k Tesco deal

Moditions, the Ballymena-based gluten-free bakery has signed a deal worth an estimated £220,000 with Tesco Northern Ireland.

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. 

Fairypan launches smallest cupcake

London-based bakery Fairypan has launched bite-size cupcakes, which it believes are the smallest cupcakes on the market.

Craft bread is ‘good value’ says CBA president

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers Association, has given an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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.

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.

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.

In pictures: 10 top doughnut shops for National Doughnut Week

National Doughnut Week (7-14 May) is upon us for a historic 25th year, with official sponsor CSM Bakery Solutions and a host of other bakeries raising money for child brain injury charity The Children’s Trust.

Greggs sales up thanks to sandwiches

Greggs, the high street bakery, has reported like-for-like (LFL) sales were up 3.7% for the first 18 weeks of the year, which it credited to hot sandwiches and breakfasts.

Stop the press: Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

Think you have left it too late to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIA)? Think again - the deadline has just been extended to 20 May.

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.

Chevler reintroduces Union Jack baking cases

Welsh baking case manufacturer Chevler is reintroducing its Union flag cases due to popular demand. 

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.

Square Pie nominated for business award

Pie restaurant chain Square Pie has been nominated for an Evening Standard Business Award.

Krispy Kreme launches hole-in-the-wall doughnut dispenser

US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is launching a hole-in-the-wall doughnut dispenser in London.

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