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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.

Bakkavor to create 470 jobs

Bakkavor, the fresh prepared food manufacturer, plans to create 470 new roles in its deli and desserts businesses.

Ashers to sell pupil’s marshmallow scones

A raspberry, white chocolate and marshmallow scone recipe by schoolgirl Grace Wakeford is now on the shelves at Ashers bakery in Moray.

NI’s first bakery academy

Bakery firm Genesis Crafty has set up the first bakery academy in Northern Ireland.

Bidvest wins four awards

Bidvest Foodservice has won four British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Awards: Best New Bakery Product, Best New Dessert and Best New Main Course, with products from their own brand Premium Selection range.

Starbucks to take on 1,000 apprentices in four years

Starbucks has pledged to double the number of apprentices it takes on in the UK by 2020. 

Robinson’s opens fourth shop

Wolverhampton bakery chain Robinson’s has opened its fourth store, in Chapel Ash. Owned by Valencia Fine Foods, it is operating out of former Firkins Bakery sites.

New bakery for Peyton and Byrne

Artisan bakery Peyton and Byrne has opened a fifth shop in the capital.

United Biscuits part of new firm

United Biscuits (UB) owner Yildiz Holdings has combined its global biscuits and confectionery businesses to form a new company worth £3.57bn ($5.2bn).

Scottish oat brand takes bakery and cereals award

Oats-specialist Stoats is celebrating the victory of its new muesli product at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016.

Bakery is Northern Family Business of the Year

Family Business United (FBU) has announced Bradleys Bakery is North & Northern Ireland Family Business of the Year 2016.

M&S lunch for the Queen

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has created a picnic hamper containing pork pies for guests attending The Patron’s Lunch in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

TOWIE star promotes the health benefits of bread

The Federation of Bakers has teamed up with TOWIE star Georgia Kousoulou to launch a sportswear range inspired by bread. 

Morrisons’ lunch for the Queen

Morrisons has released a spoof video of 'the Queen' as it prepares to launch its own value version of the Patron’s Lunch ahead of her official 90th birthday. 

New director for SDEA

The Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) has a new director in Antony Behiels, after Lawrence Cutler stepped down. 

New baking diploma for Nottingham

The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has secured national recognition for its Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking.

Oliver Adams saved from collapse

Oliver Adams, the Northamptonshire bakery chain which recently closed 11 sites, has entered into a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) – in a bid to save the company.

Get your BIA tickets before they’re all gone!

Time is running out to get your tickets for the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs) 2016. Over 80% have already gone, and we don’t want you to miss out. 

David Smart: Clean eating is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books”

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has claimed the clean eating movement is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books.”

Fiona Sample, founder of the Oswin Project
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Charity project aims to turn criminals into bakers

A new project is aiming to give prisoners a second chance by turning them into professional bakers.

New patisserie for Ainsdale

A new patisserie and macaron maker has opened in Ainsdale, Merseyside offering a range of homemade chocolates and pastries.

GroceryAid announces new director general

Food industry charity GroceryAid has appointed a new director general.

New Subway at Southampton hospital

The new Subway store at University Hospital Southampton offers patients and visitors freshly prepared subs, flatbreads and salads.

Waitrose launches dog muffins

Iced Woofins, iced muffins for dogs made of sponge cake, are now available in Waitrose.

Oliver Adams to close nine bakeries

Northampton bakery Oliver Adams closed two outlets, and will close nine in total. It has said it is restructuring, because some outlets are “losing money hand over fist”.

New competition from Patisserie Valerie

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie has launched the #MyValerieGateau competition, which will see the public design the company’s next gateau. 

Real Bread Campaign ad complaint rebuffed

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has declined to take action following a complaint by the Real Bread Campaign (RBC) about advertising claiming that artisan bread can be made using a packet mix.

Pieminister launches 10,000 pie giveaway

Premium pie maker Pieminister has launched a summer giveaway, which will see over 10,000 pies delivered to selected events across the UK.

Tesco launches commemorative shortbread

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday this summer, supermarket giant Tesco has launched a tin of commemorative shortbread. 

Pret launches Android Pay service

High street coffee chain Pret A Manger has announced that the Android Pay service is now available in all of its UK stores. 

McCormick was a ‘phantom bid’ says Premier

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Premier Foods, has said a firm bid from the American spice firm never happened. 

Squires Kitchen tutor leads team to Bake Off victory

The BBC’s quest to find the country’s best pastry chefs has come to an end after Mark Tilling and his team triumphed in the Bake Off: Crème de la Crème final.

Scotch Pie Champ spat as organisers split

Scottish Bakers is to become the sole manager of the World Scotch Pie Championships following a row between the competition’s organisers.

£67k raised for GroceryAid

A rowing charity event in the Lake District, sponsored by Mars UK, has raised more than £67k for GroceryAid.

Warburtons wins award

Warburtons has won a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award for helping children learn about the importance of health and nutrition.

Coup de Pates launches student competition

A competition organised by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates is offering student chefs tickets to Taste of London.

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