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Aryzta names former Glanbia boss as new CEO

Kevin Toland, a former chief executive and president of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, is to replace Owen Killian as CEO of global bakery business Aryzta.

Greggs chairman Ian Durant to lead DFS Furniture board

Greggs chairman Ian Durant has been appointed chairman of furniture business DFS.

Tromp Group appoints UK sales manager

Tromp Group, a producer for turnkey projects within the baking industry, has appointed David Rowland as the sales manager for the UK and Ireland.

Longest-serving Roberts Bakery employee retires

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery’s logistics co-ordinator Mike Dutton has retired following a 53-year career at the firm.

House of Flavours appoints Dave Twiss new MD

Food flavouring and ingredients manufacturer House of Flavours has appointed Dave Twiss as managing director.

Samworth Brothers boss quits

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers has announced that its chief executive Alex Knight has stepped down from his post.

Graze hires new finance and ‘people’ chiefs

Healthy snack brand Graze has appointed Mark Wood as its new chief technology officer (CTO) and Louise Patterson as chief people officer (CPO).

Sharpham Park announces new manager

Spelt supplier Sharpham Park has announced the appointment of Martin Brooks as sales & operations manager.

EPP creates new after-sales contract manager role

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has appointed Rob Pedlar to the newly-created role of after-sales contract manager.

Aryzta reports 2.8% revenue decline in half-year results

Aryzta has announced that its revenue has fallen by 2.8% to €1.9bn (£1.6bn) for the six-month period ended 31 January 2017.

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer

Following the launch of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana brand, British Baker spoke with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer.

John Whaite bakes the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’ for British Pie Week

John Whaite, winner of The Great British Bake Off’s third series, has created a pie celebrating the nation’s official top five favourite fillings and baked using energy-efficient tips during British Pie Week (6-12 March).

Edme celebrates success for National Apprentice Week

As part of National Apprentice Week (6-10 March 2016), ingredients supplier Edme is reflecting on the success of its own trainees.

Community bakery crowdfunding for premises

Sussex-based Stoneham Bakehouse is crowdfunding in order to set up permanent premises, and is offering rewards in return for donations.

Canadian triumphs at pasty champs

A Canadian baker has claimed the top title at the World Pasty Championships, using skills he learnt from his Cornish mother.

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Baker spends over £1,500 on tattoos of pastries

Lancashire pastry chef Michael Lambert has spent more than £1,500 on tattooing his patisserie creations on to his right arm.

Premier appoints non-exec director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Daniel Wosner as a non-executive director of the company, effective 1 March.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bennett plans to open in Dubai – and you could go with him

Patisserie Mark Bennett has been approached by an investor with a view to opening an outlet in City Walk, Dubai, British Baker has learnt.

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery

Addo Food Group-owned Riverside Bakery may cut as many as 44 jobs following a review of its business.

VIDEO: In conversation with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod

Following its acquisition by French manufacturer Mademoiselle Desserts in January 2017, British Baker caught up with Ministry of Cake MD Chris Ormrod in Taunton, Somerset.

Christine Cooke scoops top honour at Canadian Maple syrup competition

Christine Cooke has been crowned winner of the Pure Canadian Maple syrup competition, which was held at the University College Birmingham.

Bread helping to destroy the planet? – The industry reacts

Scientists this week published research claiming a single loaf produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram (kg) of carbon dioxide. It’s a claim that has left some industry experts ‘bemused’.

Welsh Hills wins export award

Family-run operation Welsh Hills Bakery triumphed at the South and Mid Wales Chambers Welsh Business Awards in the Success in Overseas Trade category and went on to be named overall winner on the night.

Greggs falls ‘fowl’ of persistent thief

A branch of high street chain Greggs, in Scotland’s Arbroath, is being terrorised daily by a bird that staff have named Steven Seagull.

Food industry ‘being sacrificed to keep prices low’

Food safety expert professor Chris Elliott has called for a new approach to food at The City Food Lecture 2017.

New MD for West Cornwall Pasty Co

Samworth Brothers-owned West Cornwall Pasty Company (WCPC) has appointed Tony Keating as its new managing director.

AMF Bakery Systems promote Jason Ward as president

AMF Bakery Solutions has promoted its vice-president Jason Ward to president with immediate effect.

Pie at centre of potential FA investigation

Sutton United’s hopes of FA Cup glory may be pie in the sky, but the non-league’s side reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw could face disciplinary action from the Football Association after eating a pie on the bench in the team’s loss to Arsenal.

BSB announces Morrisons’ Andy Clegg as main speaker for spring conference

Morrisons category manager of bakery Andy Clegg will be keynote speaker at this year’s British Society of Baking (BSB) spring conference.

VIDEO: How technology can play a big role in the baking industry

British Baker spoke with Shilpa Agarwal, sales and marketing director for the Indian market, on how food-tech companies are currently thriving in India.

Bakers left ‘devastated’ following government report on underpaid staff

Bakers have hit out at a report naming businesses that have underpaid staff – saying it is ‘misleading’ and has branded ‘honest people’ as criminals.

Prue Leith in the running to become The Great British Bake Off judge

Chef and author Prue Leith is a contender to replace Mary Berry as a judge for The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

GALLERY: Ansel turns pastries pink for Valentine's

To mark his first Valentine’s Day in London, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has turned his pastries pink.

VIDEO: In conversation with Signature International Foods MD Yatin Patel

British Baker made the trip to Nashik, India to speak with Signature International Foods managing director Yatin Patel.

Edme appoints Ashley Clinton as new sales manager

Ingredients supplier Edme has appointed a new sales manager with experience of the fast-growing gluten-free market.

Gail’s calls for volunteers

Gail’s Bakery has launched a call to arms for local volunteers to help it deliver bread to charities in Brighton and Hove.

Real Bread Week 2017 prepares for launch

The Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is calling on bakeries and baking schools to join in the ninth annual Real Bread Week between 6 and 14 May.

International businesses partner up to combat child labour

Food and agriculture company Cargill has partnered with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Co-op CEO Richard Pennycook to be replaced by Steve Murrells

Richard Pennycook, the man credited with saving The Co-op Group, is to step down as CEO.

Fish finger sandwich finalists announced

Birds Eye has announced the three finalists who will battle it out to become the first ever winner of the Birds Eye Fish Finger Sandwich Awards.

The Western CBA weekend deemed a huge success

Ninety-one bakers and their associates from across the south west swapped dough for haute cuisine as they gathered for the first time in 12 years.

Pastry chefs encouraged to enter MCA Awards

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) has launched the eighth Master of Culinary Arts (MCA), aimed at pastry chefs, head chefs and restaurant managers.

Former Morrisons boss Sir Ken Morrison dies

Former Morrisons chairman and life president Sir Ken Morrison CBE has died.

GALLERY: Lancashire dog bakery is one of a kind

There are many canine bakeries popping up online, but Millie and Ruby’s in Great Harwood is among the first to open a bricks-and-mortar bakery devoted entirely to dogs. 

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Bakers needed for delivery service

Nationwide cake delivery service Mums Bake Cakes is looking to recruit more bakers to sell their products through its website.

Lancashire bakery fined £10,000 for mouse droppings

A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.

VIDEO: UK triumphs at Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

The UK pastry team won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

Charlie Hodson crowned The Great Sausage Roll Off champion

Purple Plum Catering chef director Charlie Hodson has been crowned winner of The Great Sausage Roll Off 2017 competition.

VIDEO: Eric Kayser comes to London

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

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