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Thirty three go coast to coast for GroceryAid

Thirty-three cyclists undertook a 333km expedition from Whitehaven to Whitby to raise funds for GroceryAid.

The Cornish Bakery wins awards for rebrand

A recent rebrand across its outlets has earnt The Cornish Bakery a Gold Design Business Award from the Design Business Association.

Gail’s launches breakfast drive for charity

London-based Gail’s Artisan Bakery is heading a campaign to raise funds for Magic Breakfast, a charity that aims to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools. 

Barclaycard launches mentoring programme

Barclaycard and The Guardian Small Business Network have teamed up with leading entrepreneurs to champion UK small businesses

Sainsbury’s to close Netto chain

Sainsbury’s is to close its Netto stores after deciding to end its joint venture with Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked in the UK.

Mich Turner to become tv presenter

Mich Turner, founder of Little Venice Cake Company, is joining Create and Craft TV as a guest presenter. 

Big fire at Morrisons bakery

A huge fire broke out at a bakery owned by Morrisons in Wakefield yesterday afternoon.

Get your BIA tickets before they’re all gone!

Time is running out to get your tickets for the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) 2016. Most have gone, and we don’t want you to miss out. 

Ex UB boss is new Continental Bakeries chairman

Jeff van der Eems, the former chief executive of United Biscuits (UB), has been made chairman at European bakery group Continental Bakeries (CB).

Macphie employees take on charity mud run

A team of staff from independent food ingredients manufacturer Macphie took part in the Pretty Muddy race to raise money for Cancer Research.

Pies in space

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has seen one of its pies sent into space as part of a project to support the 2016 KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition.

Birds raises £5k to fund guide dog

Birds bakery of Derby has raised £5k to sponsor Daisy, a six-week-old puppy, through her guide dog training. 

Brexit chaos? ‘Storm in a teacup,’ says David Smart

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the impact of Brexit on small businesses.

Roberts Bakery partners county show

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery sponsored the food halls at the Royal Cheshire County Show this month, and used the opportunity to present an educational programme. 

GroceryAid ball raises record £188k

The GroceryAid Summer Ball this month in London raised £188k for the food industry charity, the most it has ever made at the event. 

Funding helps traybakes firm plan growth

A bakery in Cumbria has doubled the size of its workforce and has its sights set on national growth, thanks partly to investment from a Regional Growth Fund supplied by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Change to board at Greggs

High street bakery chain Greggs has announced that Raymond Reynolds, currently retail director, will become property and business development director.

Ghanaian Bakery expands

London-based Uncle John’s Bakery, the Ghanaian specialist chain, is to expand its Tottenham store, which will re-open on 11 July.

Janet Carr with Craig McPhie and Brian Irwin.
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CBA conference focuses on future success

At its annual conference, the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) welcomed a new president and announced changes to the board. 

Christmas Stars deadline extended

In exciting news for bakers looking to cash in on seasonal sales growth, there’s still time to enter our Christmas Stars competition! Entries now close on 8 July. 

Tributes paid to David Wright

Tributes have been paid to former Wrights Pies director David Wright, who passed away last week in sudden and unexpected circumstances.

Square Pie predicted Brexit

Last week Hackney-based Square Pie successfully predicted the EU referendum result through sales of its pies in a Brexit Bake Off.

Duchess of Cornwall visits sandwich shop

The Duchess of Cornwall posed for a selfie at The Social Bite café in Edinburgh while HRH The Prince of Wales flipped pancakes.

Sandwiches losing out to street food, says new research

There has been a dip in the popularity of sandwiches, while sales of hot food and drinks are up, according to new research from labelling and eco packaging company Planglow.

Pidy UK appeals for riders for its 2016 “Ride 4 Hope”

Supplier Pidy UK is looking for amateur cyclists to take part in its 2016’s Ride 4 Hope, a 300-mile sponsored cycle ride, which will raise around £30,000 for a homeless charity.

Scotmid takes bakery initiative into school

Scottish convenience store chain Scotmid has been involved in an initiative with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery to take education on how to bake breads and muffins into the classroom.

Park Cakes secures development funding

Park Cakes, a major supplier of own-brand cakes and desserts for retailers, plans to pursue further growth and investment opportunities, after securing a multi-million-pound funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

Brownie specialist eyes £350k turnover

Production to be increased by up to 250% for Brown & Blond, thanks to plans to break through the £350,000 turnover barrier with a move to new premises. 

Scotland’s Superstars charity in cake challenge

Scottish bakers Jenni Bone and Karen Oudnie this week created a metre-long sponge cake to celebrate the first birthday of Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier scoops top truffles awards

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier is celebrating after winning a hat-trick at the International Chocolate Awards for two of its truffles.

MBE for Bob Burns

Bob Burns, founder of Glastonbury bakery Burns the Bread, is to be awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community he lives in.

Demonstration planned at Samworth

A demonstration will take place outside Ginsters manufacturer Samworth Brothers’ head office in Melton Mowbray, according to the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).

Royal opening for pastry school

Next month HRH Prince Edward will officially open The Chocolate & Pastry School, run by Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks.

A Hello Kitty café in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Hello Kitty joins Soho café

A Hello Kitty-themed pop-up café is being run over the summer months at Cutter & Squidge in London.

Hinks fronts Marie Curie campaign

World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks is supporting Marie Curie through her new exclusive chocolate brownie recipe.

Miss Macaroon to expand across UK

Miss Macaroon, the Essex patisserie concept from chef Rosie Gindlay, is set to open 100 shops and concessions in the next five years.

Tesco ‘wasted’ 119m meals last year

The supermarket chain threw away the equivalent of 119m meals last year, with bread and sandwiches among the most commonly discarded items. 

Ten year old wins Tesco competition

Mollie Philips’ Cheesy After-School Muffins have won £5k worth of equipment in a bakery competition, run in partnership with Tesco. 

Speciality Breads shortlisted

Margate’s Speciality Breads is one of 16 shortlisted companies for the overall Responsible Business Champion award. 

Mono announces competition winner

The winner of Mono equipment’s Dec-A-Doughnut Competition is coffee shop owner Berris Evans from Pontypridd, South Wales.

Aldi is Grocer of the Year

Discount supermarket Aldi has been crowned Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards, for the third time in four years.

ABST Awards winners from UCB
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ABST Awards results

Bakery students were feeling rightly celebratory at this year’s Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference, and British Baker was there to see the great and the good pick up their awards.

Ocado shares plummet as Amazon Fresh launches

Ocado shares are at a three-year low following the UK launch of Amazon Fresh, which is making it more susceptible to a takeover, according to City experts.

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Top change at Asda

Walmart has confirmed Andy Clarke will step down from his post as chief executive and president of Asda in July.

Happy Bread found guilty of fraud

Bradford bakery firm Happy Bread has been found guilty of driving qualifications fraud.

Tesco bakers in £1m lottery win

The 12-strong bakery team at Tesco, Chester formed a syndicate and have scooped £1m between them. 

Roberts wins business award

Northwich-based Roberts Bakery has been recognised in the 2016 North West Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC). 

Greggs to extend healthy range

High street bakery chain Greggs has said it plans to increase the number of healthy options it offers, including a gluten-free range.

FDF warns against Action on Sugar

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned members not to engage with health charities on product reformulation.

New five year contract for 2 Sisters

Birmingham-based 2 Sisters, which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, has signed a five-year contract with Sheffield-based Gunstones Bakery, and elsewhere at the company there are further BFAWU strikes planned.

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