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How to get your bakery ready for Christmas

Christmas is coming and while many are focused on the big day, there’s much to do before the celebrations begin.

Pladis seeks increase in biscuit wrapper recycling

McVitie’s owner Pladis has unveiled a three-pronged strategy to help improve the recyclability of its packaging, including extending its partnership with recycling firm TerraCycle.

Good Grain Bakery seeks £150k via crowdfunding

Free-from baker Tara Taylor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure £150,000 investment for her Good Grain Bakery business.

French Village Bakery invests £850k in expansion

French Village Bakery has invested £850,000 to expand its current operations and develop its catering division.

Ben & Jerry’s unveils festive ice cream sandwich

Ben & Jerry’s has launched a new ice cream sandwich and layered ice cream cake as part of its Christmas line-up.

Ginsters expands bite-size range with rolls and pasties

Ginsters of Cornwall has added to its range of bite-sized savoury snacks with mini Cornish pasties and sausage rolls.

McVitie’s adds Jaffa Cakes variant to Nibbles line-up

Pladis is expanding its McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes brand with the launch of Jaffa Cakes Nibbles.

Have you downloaded your Bakery Market Report yet?

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.

Kerry to market Acryleast acrylamide-reducing yeast

Kerry has secured a licence agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to supply acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme Acryleast to food and beverage manufacturers from next year.

Patisserie Holdings names interim financial officer

Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has appointed Nick Perrin as interim chief financial officer.

Mission adds Disney Kitchen wraps for kids

Mission Deli has extended the Disney Kitchen licensed product range with fruit and vegetable wraps.

Pret A Manger rolls out ingredients labelling pilot

Pret A Manger has revealed details of the ingredient labelling scheme being introduced following the death of a teenage customer.

Greggs launches Christmas gifts and wrapping service

Greggs has launched a limited-edition range of Christmas gifts, including a jumper, socks and a phone case.

ABST launches burger bun NPD challenge for students

The Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) has created a new innovation challenge for student and trainee members.

Greencore eyes ‘significant’ UK growth opportunities

Food-to-go giant Greencore has set its sights on “significant” growth through expansion and acquisition in the UK following the disposal of its US division.

Five out-of-home food and drink trends for 2019

Stay-at-home consumers, alternative diets and simpler menus have been tipped to drive the foodservice market.

Wheat plantings forecast to reach five-year high

High prices this year have encouraged growers to increase wheat plantings for the 2019 crop.

Biscuits and tea help boost Fortnum & Mason sales

British biscuits and loose leaf tea have helped drive the sixth successive year of double-digit sales growth at Fortnum & Mason.

Crosstown Doughnuts unveils Greenwich store

Crosstown Doughnuts has opened its ninth permanent store in London.

New bakery joins Carr’s Flour for festive recipe

A new bakery set to open this month in Essex has teamed up with Maldon-based miller Carr’s Flour to create a festive sourdough.

Country Choice adds B’Break Snacking Breads

Country Choice has unveiled a new range of breads designed to tap demand for on-the-go snack products.

Gluten-free sugar replacer launched by Ulrick & Short

Ulrick & Short has unveiled a gluten-free sugar replacer for cakes, muffins and other baked goods. 

Signature bosses named joint entrepreneur of year

Signature Flatbreads bosses Charles and William Eid have triumphed in an awards ceremony that celebrates outstanding individual achievement.

Early mince pie spend up £1m compared to last year

Christmas has come early, with more consumers than ever tucking into festive bakery treats well ahead of the big day.

FSA reassures bakers over selling well-fired bread

Bakers can sell well-fired loaves as long as they follow acrylamide mitigation steps, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has stated.

Deliveroo builds house from puds, toast and pies

An edible house, built from ingredients including Yorkshire pudding, slices of bread and handmade pies, was unveiled by Deliveroo this week.

Bakels MD elected Master of Worshipful Company

British Bakels managing director Paul Morrow has been elected as the new Master of The Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Auntie Anne’s to open first store in Manchester

Pennsylvanian bakery company Auntie Anne’s is to open a store in Manchester’s Arndale centre on Monday (3 December).

Embrace social media to thrive, urges wholesaler

Takeaway food providers must utilise social media in 2019 to thrive, JJ Foodservice has cautioned.

Bakels opens new £10m Bicester distribution centre

Ingredients supplier British Bakels has opened a new £10m distribution centre in Oxfordshire.

Muffin Break to target the South and Midlands in 2019

Muffin Break is to focus its store openings on the Midlands and South of England next year.

Loma expands X5 range with new X-ray model

Loma Systems has added to its X5 X-ray series with a new model. 

300-year-old KC Bakery sold to local couple

A Northamptonshire bakery established more than 300 years ago has been acquired by a local couple.

CSM revamps Arkady range following customer survey

CSM Bakery Solutions has revamped its Arkady bread ingredients range following the results of a bakery customer survey.

Brook launches dedicated asset disposal department

Brook Food Processing Equipment has expanded its range of services with a department specialising in asset disposal.

Greggs expecting full-year profit before tax of £86m

Greggs is expecting to make a full-year profit of £86m following strong trading in October and November.

Greencore to focus on UK after completing US sale

Greencore Group has this weekend completed the sale of its entire US operation to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions.

Aryzta first-quarter organic revenue edges up 0.3%

Frozen baked goods supplier Aryzta has reported modest organic revenue growth in its first quarter – and said this reflects the ongoing stabilisation of the business.

Maid of Gingerbread makes giant baked townhouse

A model gingerbread townhouse made with more than 18kg sugar, 22kg butter, 50kg flour, 4kg of ground spices and 3.5kg of golden syrup has been on display this weekend.

Cake Box revenue and profits rise more than 40%

Sales at egg-free cake supplier Cake Box – which this year listed on AIM – have risen 44% year on year to £8.3m in the six months to 30 September.

Aryzta adds vegan savoury pastries to line-up

Azryta Food Solutions has expanded its vegan-friendly range with four new savoury pastries.

Bakers team up with Beer52 for exclusive craft brews

London eateries, including bakery Lily Vanilli and Cantonese bun restaurant Bun House, have collaborated with craft beer company Beer52 to launch an exclusive range of brews.

Carrs Foods launches Paul Hollywood sourdough rolls

Carrs Foods has extended its Paul Hollywood ready-to-bake range with a sourdough roll and secured nationwide listings in Sainsbury’s.

Image on Food launches gingerbread snack packs

Biscuit manufacturer Image on Food has launched NPD under its Original Biscuit Bakers and Billington’s Gingerbread brands.

Savoury bakery occasions up 3% out of home

Out-of-home occasions featuring a savoury bakery item are up 3% compared to Q3 in 2017, new research from analyst MCA has revealed.

Thanksgiving: why won’t Brits eat pumpkin pie?

It’s Thanksgiving – a US holiday dating back to 1621 when pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to share an autumn harvest feast.

Arla Foods unveils high-protein Whey Pro Biscuits

Arla Foods has unveiled a high-protein biscuit, which it claims taps into demand for healthy indulgence.

Black Pieday! Pieminister to sell charcoal pies for charity

Pieminister will be serving up black charcoal pastry pies this Friday (23 November) to raise money for housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

SSP Group CEO Kate Swann to step down

Kate Swann is to step down as CEO of travel site operator SPP Group after five years with the business.

Aunt Bessie’s rolls out Yorkshire pudding wraps

Aunt Bessie’s is tapping into demand for Yorkshire pudding wraps with its new frozen Yorkshire Bases.

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