Foodservice

National Free From Week: what is your favourite free-from brand?

Free-from brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free is searching for the UK’s favourite free-from brands as part of National Free From Week (26 September – 2 October).

Real Good Food secures further debt facility

Shareholders in Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food have agreed to give the business a £4m short-term debt facility.

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.

Subway introduces 99p ‘Brek-Fest’ sub campaign

High street sandwich chain Subway is offering customers the opportunity to purchase its Mega Melt Breakfast Sub for just 99p for one week only.

Patisserie Valerie continues rapid expansion with Bracknell opening

Patisserie Valerie is expanding its presence further in the UK with a site opening at Bracknell’s Lexicon Shopping Centre.

Fipronil contamination: Pidy profiteroles withdrawn from sale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.

Lotus Biscoff targets food manufacturers with new Crumble range

Lotus Biscoff has launched a ‘Crumble’ version of its biscuit for use as a cake base or topping.

Chevler adds stylish pattern to cupcake case range

Welsh baking case manufacturer Chevler has expanded its Vogue range with patterned cupcake cases. 

Speciality Breads strengthens brioche range

Margate-based Speciality Breads has bolstered its brioche range with an edition initially targeted at the Christmas season.

Pastry firm challenges students to revamp the vol-au-vent

Belgian-based ‘ready-to-fill’ pastry manufacturer Pidy is launching a new challenge aimed at catering and hospitality students within the UK.

CSM rolls out American sweet bakery mixes range

CSM Bakery Solutions has launched a new range of American sweet bakery mixes, including muffins, brownies and doughnuts.

Dawn Foods kicks off Halloween campaign

Dawn Foods has kicked off its Halloween campaign to help bakers tap into the spooky season.

Orchard Valley Foods and Candeco merge

Orchard Valley Foods has merged with Swedish decorations manufacturer Candeco Confektyr AB.

Patisserie Valerie to open new site in Worthing

Patisserie Valerie is to open a new site in Worthing later this year.

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.

Cake Angels set to re-ignite home baking with brand revamp

Banbury-based decorations supplier Cake Angels has unveiled new branding that it claims will “blaze a new trail in home baking”.

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.

Paterson’s Shortbread reaches £100k for MacMillan

Shortbread brand Paterson’s has hit its target of raising £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in a single year.

Revealed: First site of SSP and Paul Hollywood bakery concept Knead

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP is to open a new bakery concept with Paul Hollywood at London’s Euston station.

Independent bakery start-ups rise 20%, claims study

The number of independent bakery start-ups has increased 20% in the past year, according to research by insurance brokers Simply Business.

Esquires Coffee continues expansion with new sites

Franchised coffee chain Esquires Coffee has added two stores in Balham, London, and Esher, Surrey.

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.

GALLERY: Bakeries to feature in London’s biggest Asian foodhall

London’s biggest Asian foodhall Bang Bang Oriental, which opened in Colindale, north London this week, will feature a number of bakery kiosks.

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.

Do you want a slice of the growing vegan market?

Vegan bakery and pie businesses will be among those exhibiting at the UK’s first vegan trade and media show in London this October.

Burns the Bread to open Somerton outlet

Burns the Bread is preparing to unveil its seventh site on the premises of a former charity shop.

Federation of Bakers steps up #betterwithbread with café opening

An innovative pop-up café is set to make its debut in Shoreditch, London designed to promote the #betterwithbread campaign.

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.

Wall’s to offer prize giveaway as part of Helping Hand campaign

Wall’s Pastry will be offering an on-pack promotion as part of its Helping Hand campaign.

Thomas Ridley expands with new frozen storage facility

Wholesaler Thomas Ridley Foodservice has expanded with a new 25,000 sq ft freezer facility.

Full English with a stuffed crust? Get ready for breakfast pizza

Breakfast pizzas are the next big thing, according to Kara Foodservice, part of Finsbury Food Group.

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.

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.

Family-run Talerddig Bakery up for sale

Family-owned Talerddig Bakery, founded in 1925, is selling its business, equipment, freehold and fleet of vehicles.

Waitrose hires first director of food service

Waitrose has recruited its first director of food service Simon Burgess as the retailer taps growth in casual dining and grazing.

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.

Poole Bakery restructure puts jobs under threat

Addo Food Group-owned Poole Bakery has proposed a restructure that could put five jobs under threat.

Costa brand chief to lead Tim Hortons’ UK growth

Canadian café and bakery business Tim Hortons has appointed Kevin Hydes to lead its development in the UK.

Pork Farms launches TV ad campaign

Pork pie brand Pork Farms has launched a new advertising campaign, following a successful TV stint in 2016.

Incredible Bakery set to increase Northamptonshire operation

Wholesale craft business The Incredible Bakery Company is set to expand its site in Warkton, Northamptonshire.

NI manufacturer buys London sandwich and snack business

Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has purchased London-based Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group PLC.

Ole & Steen bakery owner Lagkagehuset sold

Danish bakery business Lagkagehuset – owner of the Ole & Steen bakery brand – has been acquired by private equity firm Nordic Capital.

Addo Food Group expands into foodservice sector

Pastry producer Addo Food Group is expanding into the UK foodservice sector.

Prewett’s introduces EU-friendly packaging

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has rebranded its Family Favourites range as it moves into the European market.

Subway hires regional development trio to drive growth

High street sandwich chain Subway has hired Bob Dalgarno, Liam Dalgarno and Adrian Johnson to oversee brand development in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Trade welcomes May’s EU citizens plan - but warns more needs to be done

Trade body the British Sandwich Association has said it remains “extremely concerned” about the availability of migrant labour despite Theresa May’s commitment that EU citizens living in the UK would be able to stay.

Paul Rhodes Bakery adds eight vehicles to fleet

London-based business Paul Rhodes Bakery has purchased eight specially adapted Renault Master LoLoader vehicles from Devon-based manufacturer Trucksmith.

Revealed: How Brexit has hit the foodservice trade

Growth in the British foodservice industry has slowed in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote, according to new research.

Finsbury Food Group expands Kara brand with Sourdough Doughballs

Kara, the foodservice brand of Finsbury Food Group, has expanded its line-up with the launch of Sourdough Doughballs.

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