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Former management consultant opens Italian-style bakery in Cambridge

A management consultant has left behind a 23-year corporate career to pursue his dream of opening a traditional bakery.

UK pastry team wins international sugar prize

The UK pastry team has won the Best Sugar Piece prize and placed eighth overall at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

Warburtons fined £2m after worker breaks back

A Warburtons worker broke his back after falling nearly two metres at the bakery’s Wednesbury site.

Greggs jobs at risk in Scotland and Wales in manufacturing shake-up

Greggs has revealed further shake-ups in its manufacturing structure following news it is to convert its bakery in Birmingham into a distribution centre.

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GALLERY: Day one of the Finale Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie

The UK Pastry Team competed in day one of the finals of the biannual Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France – and British Baker was there to watch the action unfold.

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Cornelius appoints sales manager

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has appointed Adrian Barnfield as sales manager.

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer launches new cake brand

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed the transition to her cake firm’s brand from Narna’s Cakes to Ridiculously Rich by Alana.

Lotus Bakeries UK founder Paul Hunter to lead Urban Fresh Foods

Lotus Bakeries UK founder Paul Hunter has become managing director of healthy snacks business Urban Fresh Foods (UFF).

Abbey appoints new group operations director

Bulk food transport service provider Abbey Logistics Group has appointed Tony Kenny as operations director.

Industry responds to PM’s plans to leave single market

Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK is set to leave the single market, the industry has reacted to the news that could affect their businesses.

California Prunes appoints new brand ambassador

Leicestershire-based business California Prunes has appointed Peter Cook as the company’s new brand ambassador.

Holland’s Pies launches campaign to encourage workers to take lunchbreaks

Holland’s Pies has launched a campaign giving businesses the chance to win a ‘canteen kit out’.

Premier Foods launches McDougalls wholesaler baking competition

Premier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.

Should the NHS be paying £25m for gluten-free food?

Medical experts have been fiercely debating the £25m the NHS spends on prescription gluten-free food for coeliacs.

Plymouth bakery to make giant pasty for Plymouth Argyle FC

Friary Mill Bakery is to present the Plymouth Argyle team with a massive pasty as a ‘well done’ from the town for their 0-0 draw against Liverpool last weekend.

Little Cheesecake Factory forced to change name

Bolton-based Farzana Dipoti has been forced to change her bakery’s name by the multi-billion dollar US business The Cheesecake Factory.

Sam Allardyce given pasties for Bolton return

Bolton Wanderers staff gave Sam Allardyce a welcome present when he returned to his former club last weekend.

Jobs under threat at Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery

Forty-six jobs are at risk at Spalding Bakery after the business revealed plans to shake up its shift system.

Apprentice winner Alana Spencer seeking pastry chef

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer is looking for a production pastry chef for her cake business Narna's Cakes.

Eric Kayser to open first UK bakery

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Customer designs new cake for Patisserie Valerie

A customer has designed a new whole gateau and individual slice for Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie.

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Baker recognised in New Year’s Honours list

Cynthia Stroud, founder and director of business Pretty Gorgeous Cakes, has been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Dawn appoints first student ambassador

As part of a partnership with University College Birmingham (UCB), Laura Gibbons has been appointed as Dawn Foods’ first student ambassador.

Bake Off’s Flora Shedden to open Dunkeld bakery

Flora Shedden, runner-up in the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off in 2015, has started work on a new bakery in her home town.

British Baker's top 10 most-read bakery industry stories of 2016

As the year draws to a close, we present the 10 stories that attracted the largest audience among subscribers to British Baker’s e-newsletter in 2016.

The Bread Factory MD to hike through Nepal for charity

The Bread Factory MD Dean Arbel is to trek through the Himalayan mountains in a bid to raise £120,000 for charity Action Against Hunger.

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Warburtons and Allied Bakeries MDs go back to school for IGD initiative

Warburtons and Allied Bakeries MDs are among business bosses who have taken part in IGD’s charitable initiative Feeding Britain’s Future, which helps students explore their employment options.

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Alana Spencer crowned winner of The Apprentice

Luxury cake company owner Alana Spencer has been crowned winner of The Apprentice.

GBBO finalist Andrew Smyth on engineering the perfect gingerbread house

Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth – who is also an aerospace engineer – has helped to engineer the perfect Christmas gingerbread house.

Former Genius chief exec Roz Cuschieri to chair Emily Crisps

Former Genius Gluten Free boss Roz Cuschieri has been appointed chairman of snack brand Emily Crisps.

Hospitality Action online auction breaks record amount

Trade charity Hospitality Action has raised a record-breaking £5k at its Christmas online auction, which ran for its 13th consecutive year.

Scottish baker fined £60k for fraud

A Lanarkshire baker has been fined £60,000 by HMRC over false repayment claims.

Subway appoints Peter Dowding as country director

High street sandwich firm Subway has appointed Peter Dowding country director for the UK and Ireland.

Allied Bakeries appoints Liam McNamara as sales director

Allied Bakeries has recruited Liam McNamara as the company’s new sales director – leaving his role as managing director at tea business Twinings.

SSP Group confirms two new James Martin food-to-go bakeries

Food and drink travel outlet operator SSP Group has opened two new James Martin Kitchen outlets, at Manchester Piccadilly station and Debenhams at Intu Lakeside, Essex.

Dominique Ansel reveals his new creation – the ChurroDuo

Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel has unveiled his latest creation - the ChurroDuo made from interlocking pyramid-shaped black and white sesame churros.

Premier Foods CEO appointed FDF president

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

Tangerine workers set for further strike action

Workers at the Tangerine Confectionery factory in York will begin fresh industrial action in the run-up to Christmas.

VIDEO: How to make 720 mince pies a minute – and without the ‘air gap’!

Asda innovation development chef Mark Richmond has created a way to remove the ‘air gap’ from his mince pies.

Two hospitalised after Fox’s factory fire

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at the Fox’s biscuit factory in Uttoxeter.

Waterfield’s plans to close 11 bakeries

Ninety-year-old Wigan business Waterfield’s is set to close 11 bakeries in and around the area. 

Bakkavör appoints two non-executive directors

Bakkavör has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors – including McDonald’s veteran Denis Hennequin.

GBBO producers seeking amateur bakers for first Channel 4 series

Love Productions has begun searching for amateur bakers to appear in The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) TV show when it moves to Channel 4 next year.

FDF Awards open for applicants

The Food and Drink Federation is inviting entries for its annual awards.

Parkside appoints new head of innovation & NPD

Packaging manufacturer Parkside has appointed Phil O’Driscoll head of innovation & NPD.

Worshipful Company of Bakers appoints new Master

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has elected Patrick Wilkins as its new Master.

J&I Smith Bakers shortlisted for Scotch Pie Awards 2017

Aberdeenshire-based bakery J&I Smith Bakers has secured a place on the shortlist of the 18th World Scotch Pie Awards.

Genesis Crafty boss scoops accolade at Institute of Directors Awards

Brian McErlain, managing director of Northern Ireland-based artisan bakery Genesis Crafty, has won a major honour at the Institute of Directors Awards at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

Bakkavör announces significant recruitment drive

Fresh prepared food manufacturer Bakkavör has announced that it is aiming to recruit more than 300 new employees across its UK sites, due to an increased demand from its customers.

Autumn Statement: FDF boss Ian Wright responds

FDF director general Ian Wright has said an effective partnership between the industry and government has “never been more important”.

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