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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.

Dominique Ansel creates St George’s Day pastry

Exclusive to his London bakery, Cronut inventor and pastry chef Dominique Ansel has created a limited-edition St George’s Day pastry.

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.

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.

BFree partners with e-commerce channel to expand US distribution

Dublin-based bakery BFree has set up a partnership with e-commerce site GlutenFreeMall.com to expand its distribution in the US market.

REVEALED: Top 10 best places in the UK to open a bakery

A new study claims to have identified the 10 best places for bakers to open up shop in the UK. 

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).

Can you name the most searched-for recipes of 2016?

It was a year when sugar, salt and gluten made many a headline, but which baking recipes were most searched-for online in 2016?

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.

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.

Warburtons van designed by schoolchildren

Lucas and Kye from Charfield Primary School in Gloucestershire have won a competition to decorate a Warburtons van.

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.

Hill Biscuits in management buyout

Private equity investor LDC has backed a management buyout of Manchester-based Hill Biscuits.

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.

Real Bread Campaign launches 'I Love Gluten' t-shirts and aprons

To coincide with Real Bread Week (6-14 May), Balcony Shirts is producing limited-edition ‘I Love Gluten’ aprons and t-shirts.

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.

Save the date for British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week, running from 14–20 May 2017, is a week-long celebration of that iconic British culinary invention, the sandwich.

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.

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Bakery Andante extends Scottish supermarket reach

Morningside’s Bakery Andante has secured a deal to supply a further four branches of Waitrose in Scotland with artisan bread.

Hobart wins European Award for second year running

Hobart Warewashing has won a Star Award in Innovation for its new enhanced flight-type dishwasher.

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.

Tesco sales driven by strong food growth

Tesco has announced sales growth and profit recovery in its preliminary results for 2016/17, its first UK like-for-like sales rise since 2009/2010.

New Gail’s for Ealing

Gail’s Bakery is to open up a new outlet at Dickens Yard in Ealing.

National American Sweet Bakery Week 2017

Bakers are being encouraged to get involved in National American Sweet Bakery Week, in order to help build sales of American-style bakery products.

Lily Vanilli launches the Battenbun for Easter

London bakery Lily Vanilli has come up with an Easter bakery hybrid that is taking social media by storm.

Fewer deals but brands not budging on price, says IRI

The IRI’s new Big Question report on the grocery price war revealed it has saved UK shoppers £9.3bn over three years.

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.

Sixty-three per cent choose sandwiches

According to research commissioned by global packaging specialist Huhtamaki, 63% of adults who have bought food-to-go in the last month have chosen a sandwich.

Brown & Blond expands retail offering

Leeds-based brownie maker Brown & Blond has launched its first pop-up shop at York Railway station. 

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.

Irwin’s secures GB listings for new Easter range

Northern Irish business Irwin’s Bakery has secured listings with Nisa, Spar and Co-op to stock its new Howell’s Easter products.

New Apprentice category at Tiptree World Bread Awards

The winner of the category will be named Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017.

Rivington Biscuits for sale

The assets of the Wigan-based manufacturer Rivington Biscuits are now for sale, after the company went into administration in December.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

North east farmer diversifies into ancient grain

Craggs & Co has now become the only large-scale producer of spelt flour grown, harvested, milled and stored in the UK that comes with the Red Tractor and TASCC seal of approval.

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