By Vince Bamford

Fipronil: More shoppers want manufacturers to always use British eggs

Consumer demand for the use of British egg in products has increased in the wake of the fipronil contamination scandal, according to British Lion Egg Processors.

Deadline extended for Christmas Stars 2017 entries

We have extended the entry deadline for the 2017 Christmas Stars competition – giving businesses one more week to show off their festive creations.

Finsbury boss: ‘Business environment isn’t going to get any easier’

Finsbury Food Group – which last month announced plans to close its Grain D'Or bakery in London – has said its focus on driving efficiency and scale has helped it weather challenging market conditions.

Bristol-based Pinkmans Bakery and 19 jobs saved in pre-pack deal

Pinkmans Bakery in Bristol has been rescued out of administration in a pre-pack deal.

Fipronil contamination: Pidy profiteroles withdrawn from sale

Pidy has taken action to ensure its egg supply chain is free from fipronil contamination – including the use of new suppliers – following the discovery of “very small amounts” of the insecticide in three batches of its profiteroles.

Real Good Food vows to shake up financial reporting

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has said it is committed to improving its corporate governance and reporting after failing to fully report details of payments made to directors.

ABF: Ingredients in growth but bread under pressure

Allied Bakeries has been hit by “significant margin decline” as a result of low prices and cost pressure, according to parent company Associated British Foods (ABF).

Bako Select reassures customers over fipronil

Bako Select has taken action to reassure customers following a number of cake mix withdrawals in the wake of the fipronil contamination scandal.

Bells launches dedicated pastry supply division

Bells Food Group has created a new arm of the business dedicated to the manufacture and supply of pastry.

Packaging and Labelling: Is packaging keeping up with latest trends?

We asked a range of experts whether bakery packaging is fit for purpose as the market continually evolves. Here’s what they had to say…

Greencore fined £1m after death at cake factory

Greencore has been fined £1m after a worker died at its cake and desserts factory in Hull.

Nestlé combines KitKat and cheesecake in Chunky NPD

Nestlé has unveiled a new KitKat Chunky bar inspired by New York cheesecake.

Pre-pack deal saves Sussex cake firm and 150 jobs

Sussex-based handmade cake business More Foods – which supplies retailers including Waitrose and Budgens – has been rescued in a pre-pack deal.

You’ve had dark, milk and white – now Barry Callebaut unveils ruby chocolate

Barry Callebaut has launched ruby chocolate, claiming it is the fourth type after dark, milk and white.

Last chance to book your place at the Baking Industry Awards

It’s almost awards time folks! The biggest night in the baking industry calendar is just days away.

Sales of Scots baked goods booming in Co-op stores

Bakery products are driving a surge in sales of home-grown food and drink in Scottish Co-op stores.

Roberts set to shake up wrapped bakery category with radical relaunch

Roberts Bakery has unveiled a radical relaunch, featuring new branding and NPD including gin & tonic-flavoured buns and wrapped bloomer loaves.

Fipronil scandal: now trade cake mixes are withdrawn

Trade packs of cake mixes from suppliers including Domson and Bako have been withdrawn over fears they may be contaminated with fipronil.

Premier agrees expanded Cadbury licensing deal with Mondelēz International

Premier Foods has secured an expanded licensing deal with Mondelēz International to produce Cadbury-branded cakes and ambient desserts.

Winter harvest: most of Group 1 wheat meets milling spec

With two-thirds of the harvest complete, reports suggest most Group 1 winter wheat is meeting specification.

Cocovite manufacturer reassures customers following fipronil egg alert

Cocovite producer Lodewijckx has said customers can be confident its egg products comply with EU fipronil standards.

Baking Industry Awards 2017 – just one week to the big night!

If you haven’t got your tickets for the biggest night in the bakery calendar, don’t leave it a moment longer!

Renshaw owner Real Good Food reduces expected earnings for second time

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has further reduced its earnings expectations.

AB Mauri given AA accreditation in BRC audit

AB Mauri has secured AA accreditation in its latest British Retail Consortium audit.

Finsbury Foods set to close Grain D’Or business

Finsbury Food Group is planning to close premium baked goods business Grain D’Or, with the potential loss of 250 jobs.

Irwin’s rolls out lower-calorie bread to 630 stores

Irwin’s Bakery has secured listings in 630 stores for its Better You lower-calorie breads.

Specialists losing coffee market share to bakers and fast food operators

Specialist shops are losing coffee market share to the likes of Greggs and Patisserie Valerie.

Network with the biggest names in bakery at the Baking Industry Awards

The clock is ticking, pardners – there are just a couple of weeks left to ensure your place at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

CSM partnership to bring 3D printing to bakers

CSM Bakery Solutions has teamed up with 3D Systems Corporation to develop, sell and distribute 3D printers and products for the food industry.

Wrights Food Group acquires bread supplier Premier Catering

Wrights Food Group is to acquire Stoke-on-Trent bakery Premier Catering, which has been supplying it with bread for more than 30 years.

Real Good Food agrees £2m overdraft to plug funding gap

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has secured a £2m overdraft facility with Lloyds Bank after discovering a shortfall in its finances.

Bakery deals down as supermarket promos fall to lowest level in 10 years

Supermarket promotions have fallen to their lowest level in 10 years, according to a new study.

Aldi unveils ‘low priced’ gluten-free range

Aldi has ramped up its activity in the free-from market with a limited-edition range of gluten-free products.

Keith Hamill to replace David Beever as Premier Foods chair

Keith Hamill is to replace David Beever as non-executive chairman of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods.

Founder and finance director leave in shake-up at Real Good Food

Real Good Food – which last week saw its shares plunge following a profit warning – has announced the departure of its founder and its finance director.

Real Good Food shares crash following profit warning

Shares in Renshaw and Haydens Bakery owner Real Good Food plunged by a third yesterday (1 August) after the business issued a profits warning.

Yeast: Rise to the challenge: yeast's shifting demand

How are yeast suppliers adapting to changing conditions in the bakery market and increased flavour demand?

Greggs’ yum-yums production boosted by supply chain shake-up

Greggs has reported that its manufacturing and logistics shake-up, which has brought the closure and restructure of a number of sites, is boosting efficiency and product quality.

Aiming to grow overseas sales? Make this event your first port of call

Have you booked your place for the Food Export Conference?

Paul UK bucks ‘challenging conditions’ to grow 12%

Store refurbishments and new product development have helped drive growth at bakery and café chain Paul UK.

Patisserie Valerie opens in former Maison Blanc and extends Sainsbury’s tie-up

Patisserie Holdings is further expanding its presence with the acquisition of four former Maison Blanc sites and the extension of a retail tie-up with Sainsbury’s.

Do you have a star product in your festive line-up?

Entry is now open for the 2017 British Baker Christmas Stars competition – the ideal way for your products to stand out in the festive crowd.

Premier Foods Q1: Cake sales growth offset by grocery brands decline

New gluten-free Mr Kipling products have helped drive growth in Premier Foods’ cake division – although a steep drop in sales of grocery lines has dragged down the company’s overall performance.

Selling like hot cakes: Get your tickets for the Baking Industry Awards now!

Tickets for the hottest date on the baking industry calendar are selling out fast!

10 steps to ‘best Brexit outcome’ for food industry

Food industry groups including the Federation of Bakers and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers have set out 10 Brexit negotiation priorities to protect the food and farming sector.

Marriage & Sons miller awarded advanced diploma

A Marriage & Sons miller has become one of only 24 people to be awarded the UK Advanced Milling Diploma in the past decade.

Sonneveld and Credin partner for UK cake ingredients launch

Sonneveld is widening its UK product range by forming a joint venture with Credin.

Finsbury UK bakery sales down 1.4% in full-year figures

Declining prices have contributed to a 1.4% drop in UK bakery turnover at Finsbury Food Group.

Tasties of Chester rescued from administration

Food-to-go supplier Tasties of Chester has been rescued from administration in a deal that has saved 188 jobs.

Warburtons products secure KLBD kosher certification

A wide range of Warburtons products – including bread and morning goods - have been certified kosher.

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