Foodservice

Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

Wimbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges.

New call for mandatory out-of-home food labels

Health campaigners Action on Sugar and Action on Salt are calling on government to make colour-coded nutrition labelling mandatory on café and restaurant items.

Suppliers fall short of PHE sugar reduction targets

Food and drink suppliers have fallen short of government targets to reduce sugar.

Brits spend £10,000 on meal deals in their lifetime

British consumers splash out more than £10,000 on lunch meal deals in their working lifetime, according to new research.

Tim Hortons set to open first Northern Ireland site

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is to open its first site in Northern Ireland.

SSP Group profits up by almost a third year on year

New contracts and operational improvements have driven a 32.6% increase in underlying operating profit at travel site operator SSP Group.

Speciality Breads expands frozen dough range with ciabatta trio

Margate-based Speciality Breads has developed its frozen dough range to include a trio of ciabatta options: plain, sundried tomato and olive.

Patisserie Valerie up 13.2% as expansion continues

Revenue across the Patisserie Valerie brand has risen 13.2% in the past half-year.

Carrs Foods launches Jumbo Hot Dog Rolls

Carrs Foods is launching Jumbo Hot Dog Rolls under its revamped Baker Street brand.

Délifrance invests in sites and brand refresh

Délifrance is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the UK with investment in new and existing sites, a design refresh and a restructure of its brands.

NPD helps NI bakery Sweet Things treble sales

Sales at Northern Irish bakery Sweet Things have trebled to £1.5m over the past year, driven partly by NPD.

Pidy extends Trendy pastry cases range

Belgian-based producer Pidy has added a larger size to its Trendy range of sweet ready-to-fill pastry cases.

Bakers celebrate royal wedding with NPD

The forthcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has taken the nation by storm, with a flurry of products hitting the market in time for their nuptials on 19 May.

Crowdfunding helps gluten-free bakery plan second site

A gluten-free Edinburgh bakery plans to open a second store within the next year following a successful crowdfunding push that has raised more than £30,000.

Real Good Food secures further £8.2m funding

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has secured a further £8.2m financing – and stated that, without this, there was a “significant risk” it would not be able to trade.

Acquisition bid for Ministry of Cake owner

Private equity firm IK Investment Partners, which has interests in a host of food businesses across Europe, is aiming to acquire Mademoiselle Desserts.

Just days left to enter the Baking Industry Awards!

The closing date for entries to the 2018 Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching.

Cake Brands names Rachel Clark accounts manager

Baked goods supplier Cake Brands has appointed Rachel Clark as national accounts manager for its Sussex-based More Food business.

Planet Doughnut to open shop in Shrewsbury

Shropshire-based Planet Doughnut is to open its first permanent site, in Shrewsbury.

Lee Birmingham appointed Pukka foodservice head

Pukka Pies has named Lee Birmingham as head of its UK and international foodservice business.

Speakers and topics for FOB conference announced

Health, the economy and food safety are to be the key themes of this year’s Federation of Bakers conference.

Sprouted Genius crackers hit foodservice

Tapping into growing demand for products using ancient grains, cracker brand Sprouted Genius has created tubs for foodservice.

What we learned at the BSB Spring Conference 2018

Bread Ahead founder Matthew Jones and Barry Callebaut’s Beverley Dunkley were among speakers at the British Society of Baking’s (BSB) Spring Conference, which took place on Wednesday 25 April.

Available now - British Baker’s Bakery Market Report 2018

British Baker’s Bakery Market Report is a unique snapshot of Britain’s retail bakery market, offering details of the ‘BB75’ – the country’s 75 largest bakery-focused operators – and much, much more.

Costa and Co-op debut on Coronation Street tonight

As part of a ‘landmark’ product placement deal, Costa and Co-op are launching store façades on Coronation Street.

Dawn expands premium doughnut ranges

Dawn Foods has expanded its premium doughnut range with two limited-edition flavours – Lovely Lemon and Cookie Crush.

Three-quarters of card payments in bakeries are contactless

Bakeries have the highest rate of contactless card payments of any merchant type in the UK in 2017, a study has revealed.

‘Kidults’ drive trend for retro sweet shop flavours

Retro is all the rage, from dungarees to roller skates, and there’s a whole generation of consumers looking backwards for inspiration.

Whitbread to spin off Costa business in UK

Costa is to be demerged from the Premier Inns business and become listed as a separate company within the next two years.

Just Desserts targets indies with vegan cake range

Shipley-based manufacturer Just Desserts has launched a vegan cake range aimed at independent cafés, coffee shops and delis.

Subway aims to open 35 sites in Kent and Surrey

Subway has revealed ambitions to increase its numbers of stores in Kent and Surrey to more than 125 in the next two years.

Greggs and Costa top ‘brand momentum’ ranking

Greggs is the most successful quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand in the eyes of consumers, and Costa the most successful coffee shop brand, according to a new study.

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Earth Day: how bakeries are making a difference

Millions of people across the world celebrated Earth Day yesterday (22 April) – a global initiative that aims to educate communities about environmental issues and take action to reduce humankind’s impact upon the planet.

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Takeaway deliveries set to become £5bn market

Takeaway deliveries – serviced by businesses such as Deliveroo, Just Eat, HungryHouse and UberEats – are tipped to soar by 17% in the next two years.

Vegan egg replacer wins Free From Food Awards

A vegan egg replacer from Australian supplier Orgran has won the top prize at the UK’s Free From Food Awards this week.

Eric Lanlard partners with Virgin for 38,000ft high tea

Cake Boy owner Eric Lanlard has partnered with airline Virgin Atlantic to create bespoke afternoon teas, which will be served at 38,000ft.

Lees summons unicorn to promote its Macaringues

Teacakes and meringues supplier Lees of Scotland has promoted its pastel-coloured Macaringues meringue shells by summoning a unicorn to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.

Paul UK on par with Pret for reusable cup discount

Paul UK has doubled the discount it gives customers for using a reusable cup, from 25p to 50p.

Blooming marvels: flower-themed bakes for spring

As Britain’s flower beds come to life this month, we’ve collected together unusual and stunning floral-based creations from bakers across the country.

Pret ‘natural’ claim banned over E-numbers in bread

Claims that some of Pret A Manger’s products were ‘natural’, when its sandwich bread contained artificial additives, have been banned by the advertising watchdog.

Adelie Foods to distribute Addo products to convenience stores

Adelie Foods is rolling out a direct-to-store delivery service for c-stores that will see it distribute pastry products made by Addo Food Group alongside its Urban Eat range.

Central Foods rolls out mini doughnuts and muffins

Frozen food distributor Central Foods is tapping increasing demand for smaller sweet treats with a five-strong range of bite-sized baked products.

RedBlack Software unveils cloud-based Cybake 4

RedBlack Software is evolving its Cybake bakery management system with a cloud-based version.

Pret introduces vegan cookie in spring menu

Pret A Manger has unveiled its spring menu, which includes its first vegan cookie and a range of baguettes.

Damian McLoughlin to head Premier Foods foodservice

Premier Foods has hired former Unilever sales director Damian McLoughlin to head up its foodservice division.

Lebanese Lagona Bakery opens in Cambridge

A Lebanese bakery has opened in Cambridge, serving more than 50 traditional sweet and savoury pastries, breads and treats.

Coffee shop numbers may overtake pubs by 2030

With three stores opening in the UK every day, coffee shops are set to outnumber pubs by 2030.

Waitrose to axe disposable coffee cups this year

Waitrose has pledged to remove takeaway disposable coffee cups from its shops by this autumn.

Waffle machine firm to ramp up overseas business

Waffle machine supplier The Malted Waffle Company is aiming to increase its overseas business after securing funding from Santander.

Cuckoo’s Bakery launches vegan cupcakes

Edinburgh-based Cuckoo’s Bakery has launched a vegan cupcake range today (9 April) in response to increased consumer demand for dairy- and egg-free sweet treats.

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