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The Great British Bake Off triumphs at the National TV Awards

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) took the Best Challenge Show award at the 2016 National Television Awards (NTAs).

Handmade Cake UK to expand after investment

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods, which owns Handmade Cake UK, has secured a £1m investment from NatWest Scotland to expand into new premises.

Brook introduces French baking course

Former Baking Industry Awards Baker of the Year Mark Bennett is to teach a traditional French breads and pastries course at Brook Bakery School.

Paul Thompson, sales manager for Brioche Pasquier
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Brioche Pasquier appoints new manager

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has added Paul Thompson to its UK foodservice team as sales manager.

Patisserie Mark Bennett runs charity bake off

Tim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.

Martin Brown, new operations manager at Invicta Bakeware
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New manager at Invicta Bakeware

Invicta Bakeware, equipment manufacturer and supplier, has hired a new manager to keep up with customer demand.

Dominique Ansel. Credit Thomas Schauer
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Dominique Ansel to open London bakery

The pastry chef who invented the Cronut and is best known for his Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is now bringing the concept to the UK.

The Lovington Bakery opens in Wincanton

Wholesale enterprise Lievito Bakery in Lovington, near Castle Cary, Somerset, has expanded into new high street premises in Wincanton, under the name The Lovington Bakery.

Raise Bakery pays Living Wage to staff

Raise Bakery, the Worthing-based cake maker, has pledged to pay its staff the Living Wage of £8.25 per hour.

Michael Portillo makes pasties with Warrens Bakery

Former MP and journalist Michael Portillo was taught how to make the “perfect” Cornish pasty in Penzance, as part of a television series that aired last week. 

Dunkin’ Donuts’ managing director leaves to join Domino’s

Jim Johnstone, managing director of Dunkin’ Brands in the UK and Ireland, has left his role to join Domino’s.

Lewis Pies increases workforce

The Lewis Pies and Pasty Company has hired a new sales manager in order to focus more on van sales.

The Kandy Bar wins World Scotch Pie Championship for a second year

The Kandy Bar has been crowned World Scotch Pie Champion 2016 – the Saltcoats-based bakery also took home the title in 2014.

Richard Hazeldine to join the board of BSB

The British Society of Baking (BSB) has announced that Richard Hazeldine, national sales manager at Zeelandia, has become a member of its executive committee.

Le Pain Quotidien to open first regional UK outlet

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to make its UK regional debut on 29 January at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, in a move announced as the company’s first out-of-London site. 

Appleby’s family bakery in Salisbury to close

Eighty-year-old business Appleby’s bakery, based in Salisbury, will close this month so that owner Mark Appleby can have some time off “while I’m still young enough to enjoy it”.

Sixty Six Bakery back in business after fire

A popular Ruislip Manor bakery is back open after “an unhappy Christmas with a lot of hard work”.

Flooding round-up: how bakers coped

Bakers nationwide have been left counting the cost after high winds and heavy rain devastated the UK over Christmas and the start of the New Year.

Seasonal bakery sales up thanks to sweet-toothed shoppers

Christmas cake, pudding and confectionery sales were up 8.3% on 2014 as UK consumers spent £219m in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. 

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

Enormous challenges at Carr’s

Carr’s Group has faced “enormous challenges as a result of the flooding”, the company’s first-quarter trading update has confirmed. 

Who ya gonna call? – Finsbury granted licence for Ghostbusters

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the British Retail Consortium, has been awarded an OBE
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New Year Honours list foodies

Several leading lights in the food industry have been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Most notably, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson was awarded an OBE. In addition:

From left to right: John Foster, Alex Langlands, Joe Swift, Annie Gray, Duncan Glendinning and Harpreet Baura
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Modern bakers to explore lives of Victorian forbears

A new TV series will send four 21st century bakers back in time to explore what it meant to be a professional baker in the Victorian era.

Colin Reese QC, the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Company of Bakers installs new Master

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Derek Ferrol, founder of EasyRecruitUK
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Recruitment firm urges flexibility ahead of Living Wage

The founder of a Glasgow-based recruitment agency for the food and drink and hospitality industries has warned that businesses need to adopt a “flexible labour mode” ahead of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Mark Tilling, Squires Kitchen’s Master Chocolatier and resident tutor
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Squires prompts cake decorators to enter contest

Squires Kitchen is urging creative cake decorators to enter its annual cake competition.

Samantha Cameron among celebs joining charity Bake Off

The 16 celebrity contestants for a charity run of the Great British Bake Off have been announced.

Maxime Michelot, winner of Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest
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Harrods pastry chef wins Christmas log competition

Maxime Michelot, a pastry chef at Harrods, beat off competition from 24 other UK-based chefs to win Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest.

Lily Vanilli is to create products for healthy snack producers Graze
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Lily Vanilli announces snack box partnership

Lily Vanilli has revealed she is to design some sweet healthy treats for the online snack box company Graze.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has urged employers to prepare for the National Living Wage
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Employers must prepare for Living Wage, says BIS

UK bosses have been urged to better prepare for the National Living Wage (NLW) and avoid potential legal action by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as it emerged only 45% of employers had updated their payrolls.

Jennifer Irvine, the third UK brand ambassador for the California Prune Board
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Prune board adds new ambassador

A third UK brand ambassador has been recruited by the California Prune Board.

Bakery involved in alleged ‘slave labour’

West Midlands Police has rescued three men who were allegedly being used for slave labour at a Black Country bakery. 

Carlisle factory hit by floods

United Biscuits’ (UB) Carlisle factory has been flooded by over a metre of water in the wake of Storm Desmond and staff have been told to stay home.

Nadiya Hussain, this year's Great British Bake Off winner
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Bake-Off turns professional in new series

Professional pastry chefs are going to get their own show in a spin-off from The Great British Bake Off.

Michael Carr, new sales director at Edme
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Edme appoints new sales director

The malted ingredients producer Edme has announced that Michael Carr is to be its new sales director. 

Aryzta enjoys Q1 revenue growth

Aryzta, the Irish-Swiss bakery group, has reported a 6.1% rise in revenue to €995m (£701m) for the three months to 31 October.

Pieminister raises funds for homeless on Black Friday

Pieminister, the luxury pie restaurant chain and manufacturer, has staged a charity pie give-away to coincide with the Black Friday spending frenzy.

Chris Jenkins, cluster director for the UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods
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New director at Dawn

Dawn Foods, the bakery ingredients producer, has recruited a new boss to head up its business in the UK and Ireland.

Iain Anderson, new national account manager at New Britain Oils
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New Britain Oils hires expert to lead foodservice expansion

New Britain Oils, the Liverpool-based sustainable palm oil producer, has appointed Iain Anderson as national account manager.

Hovis considers more cuts to combat an expected fall in demand
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Hovis threatens to cut more Wigan jobs

Hovis workers in Wigan have been hit with fresh woes after it was announced cut-backs were putting 111 jobs at risk.

Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.

LPQ appoints new head of operations

Le Pain Quotidien, the artisan bakery chain, has appointed Jon Abrahams as head of operations.

Baker fights back after Poppy Appeal theft

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

Americans introduced to sausage rolls

It started when a recipe was run by the New York Times. Then it went as viral. It seems our American friends have no clue what a sausage roll is so the article, where they were touted as a traditional British Boxing Day treat, came as a revelation.

Roberts Bakery hopes to raise over £50,000 to improve breast cancer screening.
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Roberts Bakery to raise £50,000 in breast cancer campaign

Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.

Florian Poirot with the sculpture which won him the UK Pastry Open 2015
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UK World Pastry Cup team announced

The UK team for the 2017 Pastry World Cup has been announced at an exclusive afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, London.

10 patisseries YOU must visit

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

Peter Thompson, new operations director at Silvery Tweed Cereals
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Silvery Tweed Cereals appoints new ops director

Peter Thompson has joined Silvery Tweed Cereals as operations director.

Premier Foods was named as best bakery at the FMEAs
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Premier Foods scoops food manufacturing award

Premier Foods, which owns Mr Kipling, has scooped the Bakery Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) 2015.

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