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Plastic straw ban to come into force in April 2020

Plastic straws and drink stirrers are to be banned in England from April 2020.

Bake Off: The Professionals 2019 – Episode Four

A new week, a new set of six teams ready to battle it in the Bake Off: The Professionals kitchen.

Ginsters of Cornwall launches first vegan pasty

Ginsters of Cornwall has reformulated its award-winning Moroccan Vegetable Pasty as the brand’s first-ever vegan product.

Pret acquires Eat to drive veggie store expansion

Pret A Manger is to buy food and drink retailer Eat – and plans to convert the brand’s shops to vegetarian Veggie Prets.

Iceland launches Big Mac-style triple burger bun

Brits can now create Big Mac-style burgers at home as Iceland rolls out a triple-layered bun.

Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery to offer DIY wedding cakes

Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery has launched a range of mail order wedding cakes that give the happy couple the option of a DIY approach.

Papa John’s claims a first with Heinz Ketchup pizza

Papa John’s has launched a hot dog pizza that swaps the brand’s usual Californian tomato base for Heinz Tomato Ketchup in what it claims is a world first.

Haden named Greencore COO following US disposal

Greencore has named Peter Haden as chief operating officer following the disposal of its US operation.

Greencore food-to-go sales up 7% in first half-year

Greencore has reported a strong performance from its food-to-go business in the first half of its financial year – although group revenue declined.

How to make the most of your sandwich offering

Finsbury Food Group foodservice brand Kara is looking to help operators make the most of their sandwich offer as British Sandwich Week gets under way.

Krispy Kreme adds Lotus Biscoff Banana Kreme Pie

Krispy Kreme has partnered with Lotus Biscoff to create a Banana Kreme Pie doughnut.

Gloucester Services to hold ‘Meet the Buyer’ event

Gloucester Services is to hold a two-day Meet the Buyer event for small and medium-sized artisan producers in the south west.

Sainsbury’s and Claire Ptak team up for birthday cake

Sainsbury’s has partnered with cake-maker Claire Ptak to create a special cake marking 150 years of the supermarket.

Co-op sandwiches go on sale in Superdrug stores

The Co-op is supplying Superdrug stores with food-to-go products including sandwiches, salads and fruit under a new trial deal.

A selection of treats from Kova Patisserie
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Three new dessert brands to open in Chinatown

London’s Chinatown is to expand its dessert offering with three new outlets due to open this summer.

Miller Kells launches ‘no time dough’ doughnut mix

Irish milling business Kells has launched a new doughnut mix designed to deliver consistent results.

Bridor adds half-baguettes to Gourmet Breads range

Bridor has added half-baguettes to its Gourmet Breads range.

Samworth Brothers rolls out food-to-go delivery

Samworth Brothers has launched a new food-to-go business and delivery service called Fresh Food For Now Company.

Peperami launches sausage roll-style pastries

Meat snacking brand Peperami is targeting on-the-go consumers looking for a ‘bigger eat’ with the launch of sausage roll-style Peperami Pastry Rolls.

Gallery: National Doughnut Week 2019 highlights

The nation’s bakers have been busy raising dough for charity The Children’s Trust in aid of National Doughnut Week (11-18 May).

Dickinson & Morris unveils new recipe Pork Pies

Dickinson & Morris has relaunched its Melton Mowbray Pork Pies with an “improved” recipe and a new look.

Battle of the bagels: NYBC hits back at Warburtons ad

New York Bakery Co is gunning for Warburtons by releasing a duo of gangster-themed ads to promote its authentic New York bagels.

Bakkavor further ramps up baking industry presence

Samworth Brothers has sold its Blueberry Foods cake and desserts business to Bakkavor Group.

Greggs procurement head Alan Honeyman, and Dale Farm group commercial director Stephen Cameron
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Greggs signs three-year supply deal with Dale Farm

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative Dale Farm is to supply Greggs with cheddar cheese for its entire UK estate.

An interview with The Bake King: from tattoos to cake

British Baker talks to Ben Cullen, cake artist and star of Extreme Cake Makers, about his path into the industry, his favourite bake and his experience on the Channel 4 show.

Five things we learned from Pladis’ 2019 biscuit report

McVitie’s owner Pladis has published a new report on making the most of biscuit sales.

Increasing costs bring end of Choccywoccydoodah

Cake business Choccywoccydoodah has ceased trading and closed its stores in Brighton and Covent Garden.

Bake Off: The Professionals 2019 – Episode three

For week three of Bake Off: The Professionals, contestants faced a series of Asia-themed challenges.

Doughnut trends '19: from savoury flavours to vegan

With National Doughnut Week well under way, Britain’s love of doughnuts is blossoming.

Laura Ashley The Tea Room to open first Cornish site

Laura Ashley The Tea Room is to open at The Cornwall hotel, Cornwall on 25 May.

Proper Cornish expands range with vegan products

Proper Cornish has expanded its range to include three vegan offerings.

Premier to sell cakes under new plant-based brand

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods is looking to tap burgeoning interest in plant-based food with a new brand called Plantastic.

Pizza deal helps drive 15% sales growth at Greggs

An afternoon pizza deal and its vegan sausage roll have contributed to a 15.1% increase in Greggs’ sales.

Just Desserts extends range with Lotus Biscoff gateau

Shipley-based manufacturer Just Desserts has added a new gateau to its Lotus Biscoff range.

CSM launches Craigmillar ready-to-use fillings range

CSM Bakery Solutions has created a four-strong range of ready-to-use fillings under its Craigmillar brand.

Macphie expands factory site in North Lanarkshire

Bakery ingredients supplier Macphie is investing in its North Lanarkshire production facility.

Robert De Niro to star in Warburtons bagel advert

Robert De Niro is the latest Hollywood A-lister to star in a Warburtons advert as he has been recruited to promote the Bolton-based brand’s latest piece of NPD.

Crussh launches debut retail range at Sainsbury’s

Healthy eating business Crussh has rolled out a range of wraps and salads into 61 Sainsbury’s convenience stores in London.

Help for Heroes reveals UK forces’ favourite cakes

Lemon drizzle is the UK’s favourite baked good – a view supported by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF), according to new research from charity Help for Heroes.

Graze adds Wow Bakes line with less than 100 calories

Healthy snacking brand Graze is launching a new range of snacks called Wow Bakes.

Spar revamps cake range and adds trend-led NPD

Spar has revamped its cake range with nine new products and the launch of limited-edition cupcakes. 

Konditor & Cook rebrands to focus on cake heritage

Konditor & Cook is rebranding to Konditor as it celebrates 25 years in business.

Egg-free cake brand Oggs gets supermarket listings

A range of egg- and dairy-free cakes is being rolled out at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose from the end of May.

Full ingredient labelling is ‘complete madness’ - BSA

Food Standards Agency (FSA) advice that full ingredients labelling should appear on all pre-packed foods for direct sale has been branded “complete madness” by the head of the British Sandwich and Food to Go Association (BSA).

Poundland unveils £2 meal deal with eight sandwiches

Poundland has launched a new meal deal, enabling customers to purchase four items for £2.

Greggs launches limited-edition summer lunch menu

Greggs has unveiled its limited-edition range of food and drink for summer.

Businesses must ‘step up to the plate’ to cut food waste

Businesses in the retail and foodservice sector have been urged by the government to take ‘ground-breaking action’ to reduce the mountain of food waste produced in the UK.

McVitie’s and Mind team up for mental health campaign

McVitie’s is partnering with charity Mind to launch a campaign aimed at promoting positive mental health by encouraging people across the UK to get talking.

RedBlack and Campden to explore dough mixing tech

RedBlack Software and Campden BRI have secured a grant to look into whether artificial intelligence (AI) can improve bread dough mixing and cut bakery waste.

Bake Off: The Professionals 2019 – Episode Two

Our five remaining teams were this week challenged with creating 48 fruit cakes and a choux tower showstopper.

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