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Christmas 2018: top trends for festive bakery

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Britain might be in the middle of a heatwave, but the UK’s biggest retailers are busy gearing up for Christmas.

Bakers urged to use high-fibre alternative flours

Bakers could capitalise on the wellness trend by introducing more fibre-rich flours into their recipes, a registered nutritional therapist has claimed.

Délifrance unveils £4m Viennoiserie expansion

Bakery supplier Délifrance has completed a year-long £4m expansion of its Viennoiserie production facility in Wigston, near Leicester.

EHL Ingredients launches Lähde foodservice division

Supplier EHL Ingredients has launched a new foodservice brand that will be run by a dedicated team.

The Ampersand Hotel's Science Tea
  (Photo: Amy Murrell )

London venues triumph in Afternoon Tea Awards

A five-star hotel, a science-inspired afternoon tea and a children’s afternoon tea were among the winners at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2018.

Tritordeum cereal supplier secures PepsiCo funding

Agrasys, the company behind sustainable cereal Tritordeum, is to receive a PepsiCo grant worth €20,000 to help develop its business.

RSSL opens acrylamide lab as need for testing grows

A dedicated acrylamide laboratory has been set up by Reading Scientific Services (RSSL) to meet rising demand for testing.

Cake study shows sugar cut potential, say campaigners

A new study by health campaigners has found wide variation in sugar and calorie content in the same styles of cakes and biscuits. This, they claimed, showed how it was possible for bakers to reformulate products.

Warburtons rolls out new gluten-free wraps

Warburtons has unveiled its first new free-from products since dropping the Newburn Bakehouse branding from its gluten-free range

Warburtons donates £10k to help fund community kitchen

Warburtons has donated almost £10,000 to an East Lancashire-based project that aims to help vulnerable people.

Vegetable pizza flours launched by Eurostar

Eurostar Commodities has launched a three-strong range of vegetable pizza flour mixes.

It’s a pizza art: Zizzi partners with micro-artist

Zizzi has teamed up with a micro-artist to help showcase its new summer menu.

Christmas preview: retailers reveal bakery NPD

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – for those working in the supermarkets at least, as retailers start revealing what they’ve got planned for the 2018 festive season.

Costa rolls out new summer bakery items

Costa Coffee has launched a cinnamon brioche bun and raspberry & blackcurrant ripple cake as part of its summer menu.

Severe obesity in Year 6 schoolkids hits record high

The proportion of 10 to 11-year-old children who are severely obese has reached a record high, according to new figures.

Graze rebrands to tackle negative views of snacking

Graze has unveiled new branding as part of a bid to challenge negative perceptions around snacking.

The Artisan Bakery to supply recipe box firm

West London business The Artisan Bakery is to supply recipe kit delivery service Gousto with baked goods.

Food artist constructs BFG from Mr Kipling cakes

A food artist has constructed a giant sculpture of Roald Dahl’s beloved character, The BFG, entirely from Mr Kipling cakes.

Michelle Taylor Jones, Matt Cooke, Margaret Edwards, Tao and Jeanette Owens
  (Photo: Village bakery )

Bun out the oven: Baby born outside Village Bakery

A mum and dad have thanked staff at the Village Bakery who helped deliver their baby.

Au Naturel greaseproof paper range launched

A range of eco-friendly greaseproof paper using ‘next generation inks’ has been launched by a Mid-Glamorgan-based supplier.

Search begins for Bake Off: The Professionals teams

Think you’ve got what it takes to please Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin? Then Channel 4 wants to hear from you.

Dutch vegetable pizza bases roll out in Waitrose

Dutch plant-based brand Magioni has gained its first UK listings for vegetable pizza bases.

Pladis extends McVitie’s Thins range

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis has expanded its range of McVitie’s Thins with three pieces of NPD.

B-Tempted launches gluten-free vegan range

Free-from brand B-Tempted has unveiled a selection of gluten-free vegan cupcakes and muffins.

Sweet Yorkshire puddings hit shelves in Asda

The Real Yorkshire Pudding Co has gained listings in Asda for two new dessert Yorkshire puddings.

Gail’s Bakery opens site in Muswell Hill

Gail’s Bakery has today (19 July) opened a new shop in Muswell Hill, London, serving freshly baked loaves, cakes and lunches.

Tiny Rebel brews beer from Iceland’s surplus bread

Frozen retailer Iceland has teamed up with Newport-based brewery Tiny Rebel to create a beer made from excess bread.

Bake Off champs create show-themed afternoon tea

The winning team from this year’s Bake Off: The Professionals have created an afternoon tea inspired by their time on the Channel 4 show.

Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby re-elected as CEO

Gavin Darby has been re-elected as chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods – although more than 40% of the vote went against him.

Brioche Pasquier launches lattice-topped tart

French bakery manufacturer Brioche Pasquier has launched a variant on the classic apple pie, which it says taps into the trend for smaller, less rich desserts.

Mr Kipling turnaround drives Premier growth

A surge in sales of the previously ailing Mr Kipling brand has driven growth in Premier Foods’ revenue.

Freshpack to close after low margins deter buyers

Frozen pies and snacks manufacturer Freshpack is to close following an unsuccessful search for a buyer.

Air sector drives growth in SSP UK sales

SSP, which operates UK travel sites for brands including Starbucks and Upper Crust, has reported a 2.7% increase in like-for-like sales in its third quarter.

Warrens Bakery reveals summer line-up

Warrens Bakery is tapping the trend for nostalgic flavours with its summer range, which includes a Traditional Cream Horn and Mirror Glaze Doughnuts.

The fireplace, where the bread was found, is in the middle
  (Photo: Alexis Pantos )

World’s oldest bread found by archaeologists

The charred remains of flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago have been found by archaeologists at a site in north-eastern Jordan.

Lidl initiative showcases bakery innovation

Lidl is testing a new promotional strategy that enables it to showcase innovative products from bakery suppliers.

Baking Industry Awards 2018 finalists announced

Here they are, the 31 finalists in the 2018 Baking Industry Awards!

McDougalls reveals 2018 Young Baking Team winner

Premier Foods has awarded pupils from St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School in Windermere, Cumbria, the title of 2018 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year.

More Foods donates cakes to mark NHS anniversary

More Food, part of the Cake Brands group, has donated more than a thousand cakes to charity to help celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.

Finsbury Food Group fights 'unprecedented' cost hikes

Finsbury Food Group says it will deliver profits in line with expectations despite “unprecedented commodity and labour inflation”.

Vegan patisserie Café Forty One opens in London

A business that claims to be London’s first vegan patisserie has opened near Hyde Park.

Adelie Foods lost £28.8m in 18-month shake-up

Food-to-go-firm Adelie Foods lost almost £30m in the 18 months the business was being restructured.

Innocent’s Kate Voss joins Modern Baker as COO

Modern Baker, the Oxford-based healthy baking business, has recruited Innocent’s Kate Voss as its new chief operating officer.

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
  (Photo: Starbucks )

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.

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