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Cooplands of Doncaster criticised for ‘offensive’ t-shirts

Staff at the Baxtergate branch of Cooplands of Doncaster were wearing t-shirts with the logo ‘Sex and drugs and sausage rolls’.

In pictures: Scottish Baker of the Year 2016

Last weekend saw Scottish Bakers hold its Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

Jason Cotta new MD for Costa UK

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee has appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland in Jason Cotta.

Nation takes CBA president to its heart

Yesterday, (11 May) Craft Bakers Association (CBA) president David Smart gave an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV's This Morning, and the nation loved it.

Northern Irish bakery signs £220k Tesco deal

Moditions, the Ballymena-based gluten-free bakery has signed a deal worth an estimated £220,000 with Tesco Northern Ireland.

New Eat concept store

Sandwich chain Eat is continuing its expansion programme with the launch of a new concept store in London’s Finsbury Pavement yesterday (11 May).

Ministry of Cake marks 3m-a-week milestone

Taunton bakery and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has marked the fact it now makes 3m cakes a week by launching a new website.

Fairypan launches smallest cupcake

London-based bakery Fairypan has launched bite-size cupcakes, which it believes are the smallest cupcakes on the market.

Ireks fundraises for Macmillan

Ten bakers from Chester-based bakery ingredients company Ireks UK have cycled around Loch Ness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Craft bread is ‘good value’ says CBA president

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers Association, has given an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live.

UCB bakery student in prestigious final

Professional bakery student Megan Roberts of University College Birmingham (UCB) is entering the finals of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award. 

Costa launches selfie zones

High street coffee chain Costa has installed selfie zones as part of its Seriously Summer refurbishments at selected stores. 

Gallery: Love Cheesecakes introduces new retail range

The Lancashire-based online cheesecake retailer Love Cheesecakes has introduced a new retail range of cheesecakes, which will be available this week.

Kandy Bar named Scottish Baker of the Year

The Kandy Bar has been named Scottish Baker of the Year – just months after it clinched the World Scotch Pie Championships.

Stop the press: Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

Think you have left it too late to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIA)? Think again - the deadline has just been extended to 20 May.

Welsh Hills bakery staff walk for Coeliac UK

Staff from the Aberdare-based gluten-free bakery have walked 10k to raise money for Coeliac UK.

Square Pie nominated for business award

Pie restaurant chain Square Pie has been nominated for an Evening Standard Business Award.

Ministry of Cake to export to China

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, has told British Baker that he expects the company to start exporting to China “within the year”.

Italian study tour hailed a success

A recent five-day study tour organised by Brook Food Processing Equipment in association with Scottish Bakers took 10 bakers to Italy to see local bakers and manufacturers.

New boss for software specialist

Fresh food supply chain software specialist Linkfresh has appointed Andy Makeham as chief executive officer.

Mono launches Doughnut Week competition

To help celebrate National Doughnut Week (7-14 May), Mono Equipment is running a Decorate a Doughnut competition.  

BFP Wholesale goes into administration

Bakery indredients supplier BFP Wholesale has gone into administration and announced 74 redundancies at its Highbridge and Sevenoaks sites.

Whitbread acquires Pure stake for £6.8m

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has announced that it has acquired 49% of London-based food-to-go chain Healthy Retail Ltd, which trades as Pure, for £6.8m.

Speciality Breads nominated for award

Speciality Breads, the Margate-based wholesale bakery, has been nominated as a Responsible Business Champion of north and south Thanet.

Le Pain Quotidien cuts staff breaks

In response to the introduction of the national living wage (NLW) last month, Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to end paid staff breaks.

Ginsters’ new pasty for Help for Heroes

Ginsters has launched a limited-edition beef & horseradish pasty to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Castle Bakery shops for sale

Having closed in February, three of the nine Castle Bakery shops in north Wales are now up for sale.

Brownings rebrands pie

Following a dispute with Kilmarnock Football Club, Brownings the Bakers has rebranded the Killie Pie as the Kilmarnock Pie. 

Hertfordshire bakery fined more than £5k

The owner of The Garden City Bread Company in Hertfordshire, has been fined more than £5,500 after pleading guilty to 16 food hygiene offences.

Sugar smart app reaches 2m downloads

Public Health England’s (PHE’s) sugar reduction app has been downloaded nearly two million times since it was launched in January.

New Gail’s bakery in Oxford

Gail’s Artisan Bakery recently opened a store in Summertown, Oxford, its’ first out-of-London venture. 

Kate’s Cakes to close Ashington and Esher sites

Staff at the CSM Bakery Solutions-owned Kate’s Cakes sites in West Sussex and Surrey were given a letter on Wednesday (27 April) informing them that the outlets are to close “by the end of 2017”.

Leicester MP rounds on Samworth

Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West, has demanded that Ginsters' manufacturer Samworth Brothers scrap their newly-imposed contracts, as they are accused of “systematic bullying”.

New packaging for Sheldon’s

Lancashire-based family bakers Sheldon’s has added black-and-white family portraits to their packaging, to highlight the company’s 70-year history. 

Lincat takes on two new managers

Lincoln-based commercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat has appointed two new managers to its sales team.

Union to stage protest over Giles Foods

Union GMB is planning to stage a series of protests outside supermarket chains Lidl and Morrisons, over a dispute at Warburtons-owned supplier Giles Foods.

The Topping Pie Company supports Yorkshire cycle race

The Topping Pie Company is to support the Tour de Yorkshire, an international cycle race taking place between 29 April and 1 May. 

Roberts Bakery raises £25k for charity

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery has raised £25,000, half its target, to help Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Asda to change "misleading" promos

Supermarket giant Asda has agreed to make changes to “misleading” promotional practices as part of a wider crackdown by The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Hobart MD moves into European role

Warewash equipment manufacturer Hobart’s managing director, David Riley, has had his current role expanded to cover warewashing sales operations in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Howzat! Tuffers backs National Doughnut Week

Ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell tucks into a tasty treat in the lead-up to National Doughnut Week, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month. 

Wrights opens new store in Stoke-On-Trent

Pie lovers in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent, can now visit Wrights the pie maker, following the opening of a new retail shop in the town.  

RedBlack appoints new account manager

RedBlack Software has appointed Brett Jones to the position of account manager. Based in Bristol, he will have particular responsibility for the south of England and Wales. 

Boris Johnson visits Subway

Mayor of London Boris Johnson met staff at the Uxbridge branch of Subway to talk about key issues affecting the food industry.

Time to enter the Baking Industry Awards

Are you the very best in bakery? If so, time is running out to enter the prestigious Baking Industry Awards.

Samworth Brothers in NLW row

Ginsters’ manufacturer Samworth Brothers remains embroiled in controversy surrounding alleged cuts to pay and conditions, which have been made in a bid to offset the impact of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Changes to Finsbury board

Retail and foodservice bakery group Finsbury Food has a new non-executive director in Zoe Morgan, and is to lose a non-executive director in Edward Beale. 

Bondgate Bakery is Farm Shop & Deli Show’s Baker of the Year

Yorkshire-based Bondgate Bakery was one of nine winners at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2016.

Bath bakery to open in Bristol

Bath-based Mokoko coffee house and artisan bakery is to open a second outlet in Bristol in June.

Higgidy Pies expands

Shoreham-based Higgidy Pies has won a major food contract, requiring it to double annual output by 2018. 

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