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High street closures at five-year low

New research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Local Data Company (LDC), shows coffee shops led the rise in new store openings last year.

One of Europe's first cashless food-to-go outlets

Healthy food-to-go outlet Tossed has opened what it claims is Europe’s first entirely cashless store, in London.

Bakkavör doubles number of apprentices

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavör is looking for 45 new apprentices to join the business in 2016. 

Bakery brings Venezuelan flair to Birmingham

Let it Dough, a newly-opened artisan bakery, is bringing Venezuelan baking techniques to Birmingham. 

UB boss steps down

United Biscuits’ chief executive, Jeff van der Eems, has stepped down with immediate effect.

Exclusive CBA news: Holling to step down

Mike Holling, the influential executive director of Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA), has stepped down from his role with the organisation.

Greenhalgh’s backs dementia initiative

Greenhalgh’s has pledged to become dementia friendly, as part of a scheme launched by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.

New directors for Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle PLC has announced that it has appointed two non-executive directors, with effect from 1 April. 

Waites will not re-open after floods

Sadness has greeted news that West Yorkshire bakery Waites will not be re-opening, having been devastated twice by water damage.

Sugarwise – a solution to the sugar debate?

Today, (11 March) students at the University of Cambridge will announce details of a “ground-breaking free sugars test”.

Stoke Newington bakery supports vulnerable women

Luminary Bakery provides training and jobs for women who are struggling with single motherhood, have faced domestic violence or homelessness, or who have a criminal record.

New boulangerie and kitchen for Fulham Road

This month, the affluent London neighbourhood around Fulham Road is to get its own French-style boulangerie and kitchen, called Orée. 

Lancashire bakery to relocate

Bowen’s Pies will move from their current Adlington base to the former Initial Laundry site on Botany Brow in April. 

British Pie Awards judging underway

Yesterday (9 March) marked the start of the eighth annual British Pie Awards, held in Melton Mowbray Church. 

Camilla Stephens, founder of Higgidy Pies
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Higgidy Pies hits 50-million milestone

Higgidy Pies is set to celebrate British Pie Week in style by producing its 50-millionth pie.

Co Down bakery re-opens under new name

The Harlequin Patisserie, based in Newtownards, is to be renamed Knead, as the traditional family bakery passes on to the founder’s son.

Brighton bakery fights food waste with new app

Angel Food Bakery is distributing leftover products through waste-prevention app, Olio. 

Folic acid “not a bakery issue” says Scottish Bakers

The Scottish government has backed mandatory fortification of flour, but industry association Scottish Bakers had said folic acid is a medical issue, not a bakery one. 

Ruth Sloan of Irwin’s Bakery, Paul Rankin and David Boyce, deputy head of Great Britain at Tourism Ireland
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Irwin’s to promote Northern Ireland

Irwin’s has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to promote a “visit Northern Ireland” message to consumers via an on-pack marketing campaign.

Caption: Jason Tarry, chief product officer at Tesco and president of GroceryAid, pictured on the night.
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Fundraising ball raises over £280k for GroceryAid

Seven hundred people from across the whole of the grocery industry gathered at the Hilton on Park Lane for the annual Diamond Ball last week. 

New bakery appointment at Jestic

The foodservice equipment manufacturing company has announced that Steven Lamb will be its new bakery product manager. 

Fresh Foods fined again

The Hayes sandwich manufacturer has been issued with a £15,220 fine for breaching hygiene regulations, for the second time. 

Sourdough cookbook to be released by bakery tutor

The secrets of successful sourdough baking are set to be revealed in a new book by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

Wrights’ Strongman Pie

Britain’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, has teamed up with Wrights Food Group to launch a beefed-up Strongman Pie in time for British Pie Week.

Walsall bakery fined £10k

Billy Bunter’s Bakehouse, based in Walsall, has been found to be in breach of a raft of food safety rules, and was issued a £10,000 fine in court this week. 

Southport bakery closure

Claude’s of Churchtown has closed after 12 years in business. 

Samworth at the House of Commons

Keith Vaz MP met with Alex Knight, chief executive of Samworth Brothers, to discuss “grave concerns” about the food manufacturer’s wage proposals.

New commercial director for Macphie

Independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has appointed Richard Cox to its executive board.

Fairtrade sales up, but not sugar

The Fairtrade Foundation charity said that shoppers and businesses are choosing Fairtrade for most groceries, but not sugar.

Cornelius Group among 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain

The Cornelius Group has been included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.

Brace’s to close Welsh factory

Around 39 jobs are to go at Brace’s Bakery, after the family-owned firm announced it was to close its site in Crumlin, near Newport.

Big School Bake Off returns

The Big School Bake Off (BSBO) competition will shortlist 12 regional winners to go head to head in the semi-finals.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs to reorganise and capitalise

Capitalising on the food-to-go market and reorganising the bakery portfolio are key priorities for Greggs, according to chief executive Roger Whiteside.

Greggs bakery closures a “devastating blow”

The loss of jobs at three bakeries run by Greggs is a “devastating blow”.

New gluten-free bakery for Bideford

The Instow Kitchen, a new bakery and coffee shop, is opening in north Devon, and everything is 100% gluten-free.

Birmingham baker produces a million macaroons

Rosie Ginday, founder of Miss Macaroon, has just produced her one millionth macaroon, a blueberry and white chocolate ganache that forms part of her spring/summer range.

Keep Sunday Special campaign rallies retailers

The Keep Sunday Special (KSS) campaign is urging retailers to attend a mass lobby of parliament next week, in a bid to persuade MPs to vote against changes to Sunday trading legislation.

Allied Bakeries invests in Northern Ireland charity initiative

The Kingsmill owner’s Belfast bakery is to produce pancakes, muffins and loaves of bread for the SOS NI charity.

Food firms sign letter opposing Brexit

A clutch of leading food firms have joined nearly 200 business leaders saying leaving the European Union would threaten jobs and put the UK's economy at risk.

Asda’s Andrew Moore in new GroceryAid role

GroceryAid has announced that Asda’s chief merchandising officer, Andrew Moore, is the new president of its fundraising committee.

Le Pain Quotidien’s former MD opens artisan bakery in Bristol

Pinkmans aims to be the “go-to place” for Bristol foodies, with Steven Whibley as a co-founder. 

Entries open for Baking Industry Awards

Do you have what it takes to compete against the very best in the industry?

Prince of Wales visits Bettys

Bettys’ craft bakery in Starbeck was the last port of call for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall yesterday. 

Florence Roberts training for Wrexham Half Marathon
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Village Bakery sponsors half marathon

Craft business Village Bakery has sponsored Wales’ oldest half marathon for the 21st time.

Shrewsbury baker celebrates football cup challenge with loaf

Bread and Loaf bakery in Castle Gates has produced the FA Cob, to celebrate Shrewsbury Town’s FA Cup draw with Manchester United. 

Chris Ormrod, managing director
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Ministry of Cake talks immigration on ITV News

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has spoken to ITV News about immigration, ahead of the Brexit referendum.

Welsh bakery to close unexpectedly

Staff at North Wales-based chain, Castle Bakery, said they had been told that the shops across Gwynedd and Anglesey were to close.

David Girard to pop-up at RHS Chelsea

David Girard, the Dorchester hotel’s head pastry chef, has collaborated with designer florist Philip Hammond to create an afternoon tea for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) show in Chelsea.

South Korea has crowned winner of the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie
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South Korea triumphs at Bakery World Cup

South Korea has beaten off competition from 11 other international teams to be crowned winner of the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, or The Bakery World Cup.

Mark Price granted peerage and appointed as trade minister

GroceryAid life patron and former Waitrose chairman Mark Price has been made a Lord and named as a trade minister.

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