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Brace’s launches £10k community sport fund

Newport-based bakery firm Brace’s has launched a £10k community sport fund, with the aim of supporting grassroots sports clubs in south Wales. 

New CEO for Hovis

Hovis has announced that Nish Kankiwala will be its new chief executive, as Martyn Wilks retires. 

GALLERY: See all the winners at Britain's Best Loaf 2016

All the winners and highly commended entries at this year's Britain's Best Loaf, which took place at the Farm Shop & Deli Show.

Bexhill Farm Kitchen scoops hat-trick in Britain’s Best Loaf

Lee Smith, co-owner of Bexhill Farm Kitchen, has won Britain’s Best Loaf for the third time with a white tin loaf.

Topping to present Queen with birthday pie

Yorkshire family bakery The Topping Pie Company has baked a Queen’s Pie, which will be delivered to Her Majesty on 20 April.

60% of consumers want sugar tax

The Grocer’s Bridgethorne Shopper Index has shown that 60% of consumers are in favour of a sugar tax. 

New GM for Comark

Comark Instruments, the international manufacturer of precision thermometers, data loggers and wireless monitoring solutions, has appointed Lika Dutta as general manager.

One of the amazing Bakeorama creations from Charlotte O'Toole
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Manchester welcomes first dessert restaurant

Due to open next month, Milk Jam is the brainchild of Manchester baking trio Claire Kelsey, Charlotte O’Toole and Nicky Griffiths. 

Cooplands staff walk out in Lincoln

Staff at Cooplands of Doncaster bakery firm in Lincoln have walked out, as they say they have not been paid for several weeks.

ADM Milling supports Great Ormond Street

Essex-based ADM Milling has launched a new partnership with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

Dominique Ansel reveals first London bakery location

British Baker can exclusively reveal the location of Dominique Ansel’s first bakery in Europe, in London’s Belgravia. 

Bakery company fined over £7k after accident

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has been fined £7,191.45 following an incident that left a worker with several broken fingers.

ABF director retires

Associated British Foods (ABF) has announced Peter Smith has stepped down as a non-executive director after nine years.

Brownings the Bakers will no longer make Killie Pies

Ayrshire-based Brownings the Bakers will no longer serve Killie Pies at Kilmarnock FC, following a dispute over trademarks.

Riverside Bakery’s MD wins award

Deborah Bolton, managing director of Riverside Bakery, part of Addo Food Group, has won East Midlands Chamber’s Businesswoman of the Year award. 

Caffè Nero scraps free staff lunches following NLW

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has stopped giving its staff free lunches, in response to the National Living Wage (NLW), which came into effect on 1 April.

New Real Bread Week plans

The eighth annual Real Bread Week is proving nicely, and will be coming out of the oven on 14 May.

Christopher Rogers, outgoing MD of Costa Coffee
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Costa MD resigns

High street café Costa Coffee has announced that managing director Christopher Rogers is to step down.

Tower Bakery in Scottish Lidl deal

Perth-based Tower Bakery has agreed a deal to supply 90 Lidl stores across Scotland with a range of six products. 

SDEA elects new president and vice president

Last week, the Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) elected a new president and vice president elected at its AGM.

Accountant steals over £26,000 from Délifrance

A Leicestershire accountant has narrowly avoided jail after stealing more than £26,000 from café chain Délifrance.

Baker & Spice launches first gluten-free range

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice will launch its own gluten-free range this week, and has grand expansion plans.

Wrights celebrates 90th birthday

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group is to stage a series of celebratory events throughout 2016, to mark the company’s 90th anniversary.

Linpac appoints new director

Dr Helene Roberts has been appointed group marketing and innovation director, a newly created role at Linpac Packaging.

60% of consumers pick desserts over starters

New research by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates, which launched its rebrand of Delice de France last year, has found that 60% would take the sweet course over a savoury starter.

Co-op boss takes pay cut as profits dip

The Co-operative Group has reported 3.3% underlying profit growth in food sales, up to £250m for the 52 weeks to 2 January 2016.

M&S food sales up 4% in Q4

In its fourth-quarter trading update issued today (7 April), Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported that food sales were up 4%, in contrast to its “unsatisfactory” clothing and home division.

Peter Sidwell’s app shortlisted for award

Described as “Netflix for food lovers”, the baker’s app, Simply Good Food TV, has been shortlisted for The Guardian’s Start-up of the Year award.

Jammie Dodgers thieves sentenced

The gang who stole £20,000 of Jammie Dodgers from a Burton’s Biscuits factory in Cwmbran, Wales, have been jailed for more than 11 years.

Personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day on 19 June.

AHDB International Baking Workshop

AHDB is staging an International Baking Workshop, taking place from 12-14 April, to showcase the export potential of British milling wheat to international buyers.

Thomas the Baker raises £64,000 for charity

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has raised over £11,500 for cancer charity Marie Curie in the last year.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year finalists

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year shortlist has been announced – British Baker caught up with the finalists ahead of the big day.

New patisserie course from Mark Bennett

Award-winning Dorset-based baker Mark Bennett is to run a patisserie course in May, following the success of Bakery Excellent, and Bake French last year.

Pret covers NLW by putting prices up

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger is covering the cost of the new national living wage (NLW) by charging customers more for their coffee.

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

Bakery launches online to help homeless

London social enterprise bakery Providence Row has rebranded as Rise Bakery and launched an online bakery, designed to help support the homeless back into work. 

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.

Former Morrisons director joins 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.

Long-serving Edme engineer steps down

An engineering supervisor with malted ingredients supplier Edme has retired after 42 years with the company. 

GALLERY: Bakers make cakes for RNLI

A group of professional hobby bakers has helped to raise more than £1,000 for charity after producing a selection of nautical-inspired cakes.  

Historic bakery closes

John Smith & Sons in Aberdeenshire has failed to win £1m in funding from the Big Lottery, and is having to close as a result.

Patisserie Holding’s Luke Johnson backs Brexit

The Vote Leave campaign group has published a list of 250 business leaders whom it says support Britain leaving the EU, including Luke Johnson, chairman of Patisserie Holdings.

Professional Bake Off set to air

The Great British Bake Off will hit new heights of technical excellence tonight, as the professional version of the show launches.

GBBO threatens legal action

The producers of The Great British Bake Off have threatened a charity baking competition in Cardiff with legal action.

Peter Ellis, Mission Foods' new managing director for the UK and Ireland
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Mission Foods appoints new MD

Mission Foods has announced that Peter Ellis is to become its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s board

Sainsbury’s has announced Brian Cassin will join its board as a non-executive director.

Tim Peake eats bacon sandwich in space

Not only that, which is brilliant enough, but the British astronaut’s sandwich was also specially designed by Heston Blumenthal for the occasion.

MPs underline commitment to apprenticeships

MPs George Eustice and Nadhim Zahawi spoke at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) stand at the Big Bang UK Scientist and Engineers Fair in Birmingham last week.

Freedom Bakery crowdfunding for second site

In response to “growing demand”, Freedom Bakery will launch a second crowdfunding campaign on 7 April. 

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