By Ashley Williams

Bakeries to feature in C4 Extreme Cake Maker TV series

Peboryon Bakery and The Gourmet Cake Company are among businesses to feature in new Channel 4 series Extreme Cake Makers.

Premier Foods secures long-term contract with XPO Logistics

Premier Foods has secured a long-term contract with XPO Logistics that will cover inbound transport, warehousing and outbound distribution to customers throughout the UK.

Pret A Manger set to reach 500 shops worldwide

Pret A Manger has announced that it set to open its 500th shop worldwide in the next 12 months as it announced its financial results for the 52 weeks to 29 December 2016.

Walkers Shortbread granted Royal Warrant Appointment by The Queen

Walkers Shortbread has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment from The Queen for the supply of shortbread to the Royal Household.

Topping unveils Gourmet and Speciality frozen pie ranges

Yorkshire-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has unveiled new Gourmet and Speciality baked frozen pie ranges, as well as a selection of unbaked frozen products.

Tromp Group appoints UK sales manager

Tromp Group, a producer for turnkey projects within the baking industry, has appointed David Rowland as the sales manager for the UK and Ireland.

Gluten-free Mr Kipling cake launched by Premier Foods

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has rolled out a wheat and gluten-free loaf cake range nationally.

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Haydens Bakery announces multi-million pound investment

Wiltshire-based business Haydens Bakery has embarked on a multi-million pound investment plan.

Roberts Bakery baker to tackle Toughest Mudder for Cotswold House

Roberts Bakery baker Stuart Brotherton will be competing in the Toughest Mudder event at Belvoir Castle, Midlands on 13 May 2017.

Warrens Bakery launches healthy delivery mobile app at Derriford hospital

Cornish business Warrens Bakery has launched a healthy menu delivery app for Plymouth-based Derriford Hospital to offer support to the medical team and staff.

Longest-serving Roberts Bakery employee retires

Northwich-based business Roberts Bakery’s logistics co-ordinator Mike Dutton has retired following a 53-year career at the firm.

Greggs set to open Inverurie outlet

High street bakery chain Greggs has unveiled plans to open up a new outlet in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, British Baker can confirm.

Asian-inspired bakery opens in Beeston

A bakery specialising in Asian-inspired breads, biscuits and cakes has opened in Beeston, Nottingham.

Paul Hollywood to star in new TV series A Baker’s Life

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is to be the focus of a new baking series on Channel 4.

Ursa Minor Bakehouse backed to spread message on artisan techniques

Northern Irish sourdough specialist Ursa Minor Bakehouse has won international backing to set up a working expo to spread the message about artisan breads.

Study reveals ‘poor offering’ in Irish gluten-free bakery

Bakery in Ireland has been identified as having a “poor offering” in gluten-free, according to shopper research by Irish food organisation Bord Bía.

Brexit is ‘unique opportunity’ to update bread labelling laws, say campaigners

The Real Bread Campaign has renewed its call for updated and improved loaf labelling and marketing legislation in a letter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Bakery packaging supplier Pulse Flexible Packaging to lose 150 jobs

Pulse Flexible Packaging, which supplies businesses including Walkers Shortbread and Samworth Brothers, is to start production again after entering administration earlier this month.

Bakkavor set to employ 100 new staff at Lincolnshire factory

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 100 new members of staff at its factory in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

House of Flavours appoints Dave Twiss new MD

Food flavouring and ingredients manufacturer House of Flavours has appointed Dave Twiss as managing director.

Birds Bakery begins work on new site in Stretton

Birds Bakery has begun work to build a new shop in Stretton, Staffordshire in response to customer demand from the local area.

Bells of Lazonby ordered to pay £70k fine over injuries

Gluten-free bakery Bells of Lazonby has been ordered to pay more than £70k following two workers suffering hand injuries while operating machinery.

Festival dedicated to sandwiches set to launch in London

A one-day festival created to celebrate sandwiches is being launched in Hackney, London on 20 May 2017.

Claire Clark MBE to launch patisserie academy

Pastry chef Claire Clark has announced that she will open up the Claire Clark academy on the 18th May 2017 at Milton Keynes College.

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Audit demands mean bakers need to be proactive on maintenance, says EPP

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has argued that bakery audits being conducted by major retailers require companies to provide proof of the reliability of their plant and reveal contingency plans in the event of equipment failure.

Flora Shedden launches crowdfunding campaign

Flora Shedden, runner-up in 2015’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund major structural problems to her new artisan bakery.

WC Rowe’s creates world’s biggest Easter biscuit for Asda store

Falmouth-based bakery WC Rowe’s has baked what it claims is the world’s biggest Easter biscuit for an Asda store in Barnstaple.

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.

Prewett’s launches White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has extended its Gorgeously Gluten Free range with the launch of White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies.

Pidy introduces family-sized wholemeal quiche

Belgian pastry products business Pidy is tapping into the health trend with the introduction of a new 22cm Wholemeal Quiche.

Mondelēz launches first Cadbury biscuit innovation

Mondelēz International has unveiled the Cadbury Roundie for UK consumers - the first Cadbury biscuit launch since it bought the license to produce them from Burton’s Biscuit Company in August 2016.

Tim Hortons to make UK debut

Canadian coffee and doughnut franchise chain Tim Hortons has announced that it will roll out its stores throughout the UK this year.

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Bakers Basco general manager

Following a number of incidents on baking companies using bread baskets without permission, British Baker caught up with Bakers Basco general manager Steve Millward.

Federation of Bakers to host industry dinner for 75th anniversary

The Federation of Bakers will mark its 75th anniversary with an industry dinner on 27 September 2017 at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge.

Genius Foods axing 115 jobs and ending production of unbranded products

Genius Foods is to make 115 workers redundant as part of plans to end production of non-branded products.  

Sourdough & Rye Bread: Growing your slice of the sourdough market

As the supermarket price of standard sliced bread hits a new low, how hard is it to convince shoppers to spend £5 on an artisan loaf?

Fruit, Nuts and Seeds: Counting the cost of Brexit

Brexit has put ingredients prices under pressure, but this is unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm bakers and their customers have for fruits, nuts and seeds

Holland’s unveils new branding

Holland’s Pies has revealed a brand new look to its packaging as it embarks on a year of “innovation and growth”.

Frozen bakery market to grow globally by 2020

UK suppliers are diversifying their product ranges to tap soaring demand for frozen bakery goods, according to analysts.

Battle Oats secures first listing with Holland & Barrett

Hull-based nutrition brand Battle Oats has secured a deal to supply its products to 300 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK.

Dawn Foods reformulates with range of bakery mixes and bases

Dawn Foods has reformulated its range of American Bakery mixes and bases for its muffins, cookies, crème cake and carrot cake.

Walkers Shortbread unveils innovative 3D range

Walkers Shortbread has announced the introduction of an innovative 3D Carton Miniature Shortbread range.

Kara unveils two brand new sliced bloomers

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched two new sliced bloomers.

Bakkavor appoints new technical director

Fresh prepared food manufacturer Bakkavor has announced the appointment of Yvette Sowerby as the company’s new technical director.

Krispy Kreme introduces Hershey’s doughnuts

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has partnered with confectionery giant Hershey’s to create two new limited-edition Cookies ‘n’ Creme doughnuts.

Oliver Adams bakery goes bust with 150 redundancies

Northampton-based bakery Oliver Adams has closed its 17 outlets resulting in 150 employee redundancies.

Pladis reveals biscuits purchased by 99% of UK households

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis has announced that biscuits were purchased by 99% of UK households in 2016 despite a sales plunge in overall performance.

BFree scoops top accolades at 2017 FreeFrom Food Awards

Dublin-based bakery BFree has been awarded three top accolades at the 10th anniversary FreeFrom Food Awards for its Sweet Potato Wraps and Stone Baked Pitta Bread.

Greencore launches Chupa Chups celebration cake

Convenience food firm Greencore has launched a Chupa Chups-branded celebration cake.

Samworth Brothers boss quits

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers has announced that its chief executive Alex Knight has stepped down from his post.

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