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AAE young pastry chef of the year announced

Sophie Bamford of Newcastle restaurant 21 has been named Young Pastry Chef of the Year in the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE).

Prescot bakery in £30,000 crowdfunding push

An independent bakery in Prescot has raised almost £10,000 in 13 days as part of a £30,000 crowdfunding push to help expand its business.

Adelie Foods expands Urban Eat vegan line-up

Five more vegan products are being added to Adelie Foods’ Urban Eat range.

Paul A Young develops first vegan-specific product

Chocolatier Paul A Young has expanded its range with a vegan dark chocolate brownie.

AB Mauri completes Holgran / Fleming Howden acquisition deal

AB Mauri has acquired ingredients suppliers Holgran and Fleming Howden from Rank Hovis Milling.

Pidy revamps and extends Veggie Cup line-up

Pastry supplier Pidy has launched an improved recipe across its vegan Veggie Cup mini canapé case range and extended it with a new flavour.

The initial trial was in 35 London stores
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Starbucks 5p paper cup charge rolled out across UK

Starbucks is to test a 5p paper cup charge across all 950 UK stores following a three-month trial in London.

Modern Baker co-founders Melissa Sharp and Leo Campbell
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Bakery wins funding for frozen bread research

Bakery brand Modern Baker is working with Campden BRI to establish whether freezing can raise the health credentials of bread.

Speciality Breads aiming to halve single-use plastics

Frozen bread and dough supplier Speciality Breads has set out new environmental targets, including a 50% reduction in consumption of single-use plastic by 2020.

Pasty maker Crantock closes with loss of 109 jobs

Cornwall-based pasty and pastries supplier Crantock Bakery has shut with the loss of more than 100 jobs.

Patisserie Valerie to be sold in 70 Sainsbury’s stores

Sainsbury’s has extended its partnership with Patisserie Valerie to 70 stores.

Bake Off: The Professionals – Episode 10

‘Can I have counselling after this?’ wondered contestant Bharat Chandegra at one dramatic point in the final of this year’s Bake Off: The Professionals.

CO2 shortage: Allied cuts rolls and thins shelf life

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries has temporarily abandoned the use of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for some products as a result of the carbon dioxide crisis.

Speciality Breads launches mini ciabatta rolls

Speciality Breads has expanded its artisan-style frozen breads line-up with a range of mini ciabatta rolls.

Gradz Bakery rolls out cake and premium dessert range

Gradz Bakery is targeting independent retailers, coffee shops and delis with its first cake and dessert range.

Cornish Pasty Association unveils retailer scheme

Trade body the Cornish Pasty Association has launched a scheme for retailers that sell genuine Cornish pasties but don’t necessarily make their own.

Truro and Penwith College bakery team with Jason Bennellick and Mark Norton from Prima Bakeries (centre) and Mark Fletcher from Warrens Bakery (far right)
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Bakery firms and college create new apprenticeship

Prima Bakeries and Warrens Bakery have worked with a college to develop a new apprenticeship.

CO2 shortage: Hovis reduces best-before dates

Hovis has reduced the best-before date of some of its products as a result of the carbon dioxide shortage.

Paterson Arran keeps bees on site
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Paterson Arran shortlisted for European green award

Shortbread supplier Paterson Arran has been named as one of two British finalists in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

American Pan UK joins the Federation of Bakers

American Pan UK has become the latest associate member of the Federation of Bakers.

Raw vegan cake shop Rawnchy opens in Glasgow

A self-taught raw cake maker who has catered for the likes of Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood has opened a vegan cake shop in Glasgow.

Bakery uses Internet of Things technology to save money and boost quality

A Dublin-based baking business has shaved 14% off its electricity bill within months after investing in internet of things (IoT) technology.

Deadline nears for gluten-free funding applications

Bakery businesses are being urged to apply for a new £750,000 research fund from Coeliac UK and Innovate UK.

Warburtons crumpet production back to normal after CO2 supply is secured

Warburtons crumpet production has returned to normal after the business secured a supply of carbon dioxide.

Dr Oetker Professional rolls out sweet pizzas

Dr Oetker Professional has expanded its range of foodservice offerings with the launch of two dessert pizzas.

CO2 shortage prompts Campden shelf life study

Campden BRI is launching a project to investigate the impact of carbon dioxide on the shelf life of modified atmosphere packed foods.

Dawn Foods to exclusively supply NI doughnut shop

Dawn Foods has partnered with Ireland’s biggest bakery distributor, O’Brien Ingredients, to supply products to a new doughnut retailer in Northern Ireland.

Baker Perkins adds to range with granola bar machine

Equipment supplier Baker Perkins is tapping into trend for healthier snacking with the development of machinery to create crunchy granola bars.

Margins threatened by rise in wheat and butter costs

Bakers are facing continued increases in wheat prices as a result of the dry weather – as butter once again heads towards record highs.

Royal Academy AAE pastry winners announced

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced the winners of its Annual Awards of Excellence 2018.

Bake Off: The Professionals – Episode 9

If you like piña coladas you’re in for a treat this week as they feature in two of the contestants’ recipes on Bake Off: The Professionals.

Morrisons’ bakery officially reopens following fire

Morrisons’ Rathbones Bakery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has officially reopened following a major fire two years ago.

Tim Hortons plans Northern Ireland drive-through site

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

Bakers serve up treats for Wimbledon

Bakeries, hotels and bars are among businesses whipping up tennis-inspired treats to get the nation into the swing of Wimbledon fortnight, which starts today [Monday, 2 July].

Tesco and Carrefour to agree joint purchasing deal

Tesco and global retail giant Carrefour are set to enter a long-term strategic alliance designed to help the businesses lower prices.

CO2 supply crisis now impacting bakery industry

Warburtons' crumpet production has become the latest victim of the carbon dioxide shortage.

Warburtons: non-bread drives sales as profits fall

Warburtons’ operating profit fell by more than a third last year as the business was hit by rising costs and a decline in the bread market.

Mr Kipling gets tropical with Flamingo Slices

Premier Foods is tapping the flamingo trend with the launch of limited-edition Mr Kipling Flamingo Slices.

New York Bakery Co rolling out festival bagel truck

New York Bakery Co has created a bespoke ‘bagel truck’ to target festival and spectators at sporting events throughout 2018.

Paul bakeries to give away croissants for Bastille Day

Bakery and pâtisserie chain Paul is to give away croissants and run a promotion on baguettes to mark Bastille Day.

Subway set to be delivered nationwide by Just Eat

Subway has launched trial deliveries through Just Eat and revealed plans to offer a nationwide service by the end of the year.

Third Wimbledon win for Traybakes slices

Traybakes Ltd is to hold court at Wimbledon for the third year running after securing a deal to supply more than 55,000 of its single-serve slices.

Low shopper footfall hits Costa like-for-like sales

Costa like-for-like sales have fallen in the last three months – although overall sales rose thanks to new store openings and Express machine roll-outs.

Franchise business Cake Box listed on AIM market

Egg-free cake retailer Cake Box has been listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) from today (27 June) in a move valuing the business at £43m.

Former Hovis bakery site in Wigan sold for housing

The site of a former Hovis crumpet and bread bakery has been sold to house-builder Taylor Wimpey.

Latest acrylamide survey results published by FSA

Food safety chiefs have said the latest results of its acrylamide testing have not increased its concern about the risk to human health.

Dawn Foods appoints UCB student ambassador

Dawn Foods has named University College Birmingham (UCB) student Rebecca Orrell as its second student ambassador.

Aryzta expands executive team with new hire

Bakery business Aryzta has appointed Rhona O’Brien as its new general counsel and company secretary.

Health chiefs in new push for menu calorie labelling

Government health bosses are to start consultations over calorie labelling on restaurant, café and takeaway menus as part of new plans aimed at combatting childhood obesity.

Shareholder reveals why it wants Premier Foods boss out

Oasis Management Company – the largest independent investor in Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods – has accused CEO Gavin Darby of driving the business into “its current zombie-like state”.

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