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Cornish baker adopts National Living Wage

W C Rowe, one of the first large-scale Cornish employers, has adopted the soon-to-be-mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for its workforce.

Allied Bakeries avoids strike disruption

A hot cross bun shortage has been avoided following successful talks between Allied Bakeries and union officials.

Ian Deste, former managing director UK & Ireland for Burton's Biscuits
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Burton’s MD leaves after only months

Burton’s Biscuits has confirmed the departure of Ian Deste just six months after he joined the company.

New director for Tesco

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced that Lindsey Pownall will join the board as an additional independent non-executive director.

Warburtons extends its School Visitor programme

There is now a team of 21 people nationwide, who deliver the company’s food education programme. 

Pudding Fairy wins at exhibition

Laure Moyle has taken first prize at the Squires Exhibition in Surrey, with her haute couture-inspired cake design. 

Paterson Arran to be sold

Alan Hardie and Ian Appleton, owners of Paterson Arran Limited, which produces shortbread, oatcakes, jams, chutney and relishes, are to sell the business and retire.

Hambleton Bakery to open new branch

A sixth branch of the award-winning Hambleton Bakery will open next week in Oundle.

Premier Foods appoints new international managing director

Premier Foods has announced the appointment of Jette Andersen as managing director of its International Business Unit.

FSA announces new appointments to the board

David Brooks, Rosie Glazebrook, Stewart Houston and Paul Williams will serve an initial three year term with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), ending in 2019.

FDF opposes Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) wants the UK to remain part of the European Union (EU), as 71% of its members “overwhelmingly endorse” staying in Europe.

Warrens plans to expand in St Just

The directors of Warrens Bakery hope plans to grow the company’s St Just production site will enable them to extend the confectionery side of the business.

United Biscuits to encourage a new generation

Leading food and drink manufacturers, including United Biscuits, will join forces this week to inspire more young people to consider careers in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

Costa wins family-friendly award

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee has won Best Family Friendly Café at the Tommy’s Awards for the third year in a row.

New national commitment to sustainable food and drink

Resource efficiency charity WRAP has pledged to reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food and drink by one-fifth, saving £20bn.

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.

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