By Vince Bamford

Greencore H1 revenue breaks £1bn barrier – but UK profits are flat

Revenue at food-to-go business Greencore has soared following the acquisition of US company Peacock Foods.

Aryzta names former Glanbia boss as new CEO

Kevin Toland, a former chief executive and president of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, is to replace Owen Killian as CEO of global bakery business Aryzta.

SSP Group sales rise 8.1% to more than £1bn

Profits at Starbucks and Upper Crust travel sites operator SSP have soared by almost a quarter as sales break the £1bn mark.

Greggs sales up 7.5% as breakfast demand grows

Demand for Greggs’ £2 breakfast offer has helped drive a 7.5% hike in sales across the business.

Patisserie Valerie sales up 16% as store openings continue

Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has reported double-digit increases in revenue and profits.

Jempson’s and The Rye Bakery merge baked goods production

Sussex retail and café business Jempson’s is to create a ‘state of the art’ bakery operation in partnership with The Rye Bakery.

Baking Industry Awards 2017: book your place at this year’s shindig!

It’s time to book your tickets for the biggest hoedown in the bakery calendar – British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

Supermarket prices: May 2017

Supermarket prices at 23/4/2017. Based on data from BrandView.com

Premier Foods FY results: ‘challenging’ year brings £12m profits slump

Full-year profits at Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods have fallen by almost 10% in what the company described as a challenging year.

Yee-haw! It’s your last chance to enter the 2017 Baking Industry Awards

Giddyup there pard’ners – this is the last day you can get your entries in for the 2017 Baking Industry Awards!

Reids of Caithness named Scottish Baker of the Year

Thurso-based business Reids of Caithness has been awarded the title of Scottish Baker of the Year.

Premier Foods set to renew Cadbury cakes licence with Mondelēz

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has signed an agreement to renew its licence with Mondelēz International to produce and sell Cadbury cakes.

International manager appointed to drive Scottish bakery exports

An international manager has been appointed to help grow overseas sales of Scottish bakery products.

Commodity price trends: May 2017

Commodity pricing data supplied by Mintec

Last chance to register for National Doughnut Week

Today (3 May) is the last chance for bakers to register for National Doughnut Week and get involved with the event’s fantastic fundraising activities.

Limagrain rolls out clean-label ingredients range

French supplier Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has launched a range of functional, clean-label products under LCI's Touch brand.

Gallery: Britain’s Best Loaf competition winners

Birmingham’s NEC filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread last month as 150 products did battle for the title of Britain’s Best Loaf 2017.

Greggs chairman Ian Durant to lead DFS Furniture board

Greggs chairman Ian Durant has been appointed chairman of furniture business DFS.

Scottish bakery JB Christie investigated following string of hepatitis cases

Health chiefs have praised a Scottish bakery and its staff for their cooperation following nine cases of hepatitis A infection.

Just days left to enter the Baking Industry Awards, pard’ners!

Giddy-up there, y’all – the deadline for the Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching and we don’t want you to be left in the dust.

Nestlé axing UK jobs as Blue Riband production shifts to Europe

Nestlé UK is set to axe almost 300 jobs in a shake-up that includes shifting Blue Riband wafer production to Poland.

Hobbs House Bakery named Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year

Hobbs House Bakery has been declared Baker of the Year in the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.

Seasons Bakery Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough named Britain’s Best Loaf

A Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough loaf produced by Seasons Bakery has been declared Britain’s Best Loaf 2017.

Warburtons set to close Giles Foods bakery in Milton Keynes

Warburtons plans to close its Giles Foods bakery in Milton Keynes, with the potential loss of almost 220 jobs, British Baker can reveal.

Pork Farms owner Addo Food Group sold

Pork Farms and Wall’s supplier Addo Food Group has been sold in a deal backed by private equity firm LDC.

Weak sterling and high sugar prices drive 19% ABF revenue hike

Allied Bakeries owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported 19% year-on-year growth in revenue to £7.3bn in the first half of its financial year.

EXCLUSIVE: Reynards enters administration – and is resurrected by Intelipac

Bakery packaging specialist Reynards, which entered administration last month, has been resurrected by Intelipac, a supplier of products including bakery and deli bags, carrier bags and corrugated cardboard boxes to retailers in the UK and Australia.

Bun fight: Shoppers rank supermarket hot cross bun innovation

Bakery has become a hotbed of innovation at Easter time – particularly when it comes to hot cross buns.

RGF's Renshaw academy

Real Good Food acquires majority stake in snack bar firm Brighter Foods

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has acquired a majority share in snack bar manufacturer Brighter Foods.

McVitie’s Nibbles launched in confectionery-style ‘handy packs’

McVitie’s is going head-to-head with confectionery countlines by launching ‘handy packs’ of its Digestive Nibbles.

Free-from sales up by a third this year, says Kantar

More than half of Brits have bought a free-from product in the past three months – 3.3 million more shoppers than a year ago.

Government announces 2020 cake and biscuit sugar reduction targets

Specific sugar reduction targets - and guidelines on how to achieve them - have been published by the government today (30 March).

Warburtons gets planning permission for Bolton R&D centre

Warburtons has been given the go-ahead to build a research and development (R&D) centre in Bolton.

Tesco to pay £129m fine for false accounting scandal

Tesco has agreed to pay a £129m fine for false accounting, rather than face prosecution.

Rowe’s Cornish Bakers acquired by investment firm

Cornish craft bakery WC Rowe has been acquired by investment firm Iberia Industry Capital (IIC).

Available to subscribers now: The 2017 Bakery Market Report worth £250!

Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

Finsbury Food Group has secured the licence to produce a range of Mary Berry cakes.

Bread rolls only product type meeting salt reduction targets, finds CASH

Campaigners are urging health chiefs to set mandatory salt levels after a product survey found ‘bread rolls’ is the only one of 28 food categories set to meet 2017 salt reduction targets.

Bakery Market Report 2015

Subscribers to British Baker can download the 2015 edition of British Baker's annual Bakery Market Report here.

Bakery Market Report 2016

Subscribers to British Baker can download the 2016 edition of British Baker's annual Bakery Market Report here.

Welcome to the all-new British Baker

British Baker has relaunched this month with a new look, new content and a new website.

UK wheat prices set to continue rising

Increased demand and a dip in availability have been tipped to bring further hikes in the cost of wheat.

Wrapped bread sales down in a fifth of c-stores

One in five convenience retailers say their sales of wrapped bread and bakery have declined in the past 12 months, according to a new study.

Home deliveries ruled out as Greggs unveils plans for further growth

Greggs has revealed a new strategy for growth that includes opening up to 150 new stores this year, but has ruled out a move into home deliveries.

Allied Bakeries’ margins fall in competitive bread market

Intense competition in the UK bread market has taken its toll on margins at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries.

Aryzta boss Owen Killian quits in major management shake-up

Aryzta has announced a top-level management shake-up, with chief executive Owen Killian among a trio of senior figures to leave the bakery business.

TasteTech to drive innovation with Bakery Laboratory

Flavourings and ingredients developer TasteTech has opened a bakery laboratory at its Bristol HQ.

Edme appoints Ashley Clinton as new sales manager

Ingredients supplier Edme has appointed a new sales manager with experience of the fast-growing gluten-free market.

Record quantity of wheat milled in first half of season

Britain’s milling industry used a record amount of wheat between July and December last year.

Richard Pennycook (left) and Steve Murrells
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Co-op CEO Richard Pennycook to be replaced by Steve Murrells

Richard Pennycook, the man credited with saving The Co-op Group, is to step down as CEO.

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