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Sprouted Genius crackers hit foodservice

Tapping into growing demand for products using ancient grains, cracker brand Sprouted Genius has created tubs for foodservice.

Sainsbury’s/Asda deal: first details are revealed

Sainsbury’s and Walmart, owner of Asda, have this morning (30 April) released details of plans to merge the two UK supermarket chains.

Bakery manufacturers commit to reducing plastic

Allied Bakeries, Premier Foods and Speedibake are among 42 business to sign up to the UK Plastics Pact, a collaboration to tackle plastic waste.

Costa and Co-op debut on Coronation Street tonight

As part of a ‘landmark’ product placement deal, Costa and Co-op are launching store façades on Coronation Street.

Dawn expands premium doughnut ranges

Dawn Foods has expanded its premium doughnut range with two limited-edition flavours – Lovely Lemon and Cookie Crush.

Lantmännen invests £4.4m in Milton Keynes factory

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake is to invest £4.4m in its Milton Keynes factory following growth in the burger market.

Three-quarters of card payments in bakeries are contactless

Bakeries have the highest rate of contactless card payments of any merchant type in the UK in 2017, a study has revealed.

Petrow Food Group installs £850k processing line

Ingredients supplier Petrow Food Group has invested £850,000 in a new fruit processing line at its Haverhill production facility in Suffolk.

Inspiring natural edible flower bakes for spring

Edible flower power is back in style for spring, and British Baker has rounded up examples of some of the most creative and ingenious ways bakers can use their Instagrammable floral masterpieces.

‘Kidults’ drive trend for retro sweet shop flavours

Retro is all the rage, from dungarees to roller skates, and there’s a whole generation of consumers looking backwards for inspiration.

Whitbread to spin off Costa business in UK

Costa is to be demerged from the Premier Inns business and become listed as a separate company within the next two years.

Insurance business joins Federation of Bakers

Food and drink supply chain insurance specialist NFU Mutual has joined The Federation of Bakers.

Wheyhey launches protein-packed gluten-free brownie

Healthy ice cream brand Wheyhey has made its first foray into the ambient market with a gluten-free brownie range.

Just Desserts targets indies with vegan cake range

Shipley-based manufacturer Just Desserts has launched a vegan cake range aimed at independent cafés, coffee shops and delis.

Wall’s unveils thin NPD and half 'n’ half sausage rolls

Wall’s Pastry has unveiled a sausage roll made with 50% wholemeal and 50% white flour as part of a duo of NPD designed to appeal to health-conscious consumers.

Subway aims to open 35 sites in Kent and Surrey

Subway has revealed ambitions to increase its numbers of stores in Kent and Surrey to more than 125 in the next two years.

Greggs and Costa top ‘brand momentum’ ranking

Greggs is the most successful quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand in the eyes of consumers, and Costa the most successful coffee shop brand, according to a new study.

Bells Food Group revamps steak pie range packaging

Bells Food Group is rolling out new-look packaging for its steak pies.

RACA unveils Awards of Excellence pastry finalists

Young pastry chefs from Harrods and Asian patisserie specialist Yauatcha are among those to be shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) annual Awards of Excellence 2018.

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Earth Day: how bakeries are making a difference

Millions of people across the world celebrated Earth Day yesterday (22 April) – a global initiative that aims to educate communities about environmental issues and take action to reduce humankind’s impact upon the planet.

Aryzta names new Europe CEO as Murphy steps down

Former Friesland Campina chief operating officer Gregory Sklikas has been appointed CEO of Aryzta’s European business.

Hummingbird Bakery partnered with Deliveroo
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Takeaway deliveries set to become £5bn market

Takeaway deliveries – serviced by businesses such as Deliveroo, Just Eat, HungryHouse and UberEats – are tipped to soar by 17% in the next two years.

Graze packs turn pink to support Race for Life

Snack supplier Graze has partnered with Tesco to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this summer.

Vegan egg replacer wins Free From Food Awards

A vegan egg replacer from Australian supplier Orgran has won the top prize at the UK’s Free From Food Awards this week.

Eric Lanlard partners with Virgin for 38,000ft high tea

Cake Boy owner Eric Lanlard has partnered with airline Virgin Atlantic to create bespoke afternoon teas, which will be served at 38,000ft.

Lees summons unicorn to promote its Macaringues

Teacakes and meringues supplier Lees of Scotland has promoted its pastel-coloured Macaringues meringue shells by summoning a unicorn to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.

Blooming marvels: flower-themed bakes for spring

As Britain’s flower beds come to life this month, we’ve collected together unusual and stunning floral-based creations from bakers across the country.

Lantmännen names Richard Stowey operations director

Bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has appointed Richard Stowey to head its UK site operations.

Pret ‘natural’ claim banned over E-numbers in bread

Claims that some of Pret A Manger’s products were ‘natural’, when its sandwich bread contained artificial additives, have been banned by the advertising watchdog.

Paul UK on par with Pret for reusable cup discount

Paul UK has doubled the discount it gives customers for using a reusable cup, from 25p to 50p.

Adelie Foods to distribute Addo products to convenience stores

Adelie Foods is rolling out a direct-to-store delivery service for c-stores that will see it distribute pastry products made by Addo Food Group alongside its Urban Eat range.

Filbert’s and Hobbs House win Farm Shop & Deli award

Bakery businesses have been recognised in the 2018 Farm Shop & Deli Awards.

RedBlack Software unveils cloud-based Cybake 4

RedBlack Software is evolving its Cybake bakery management system with a cloud-based version.

Central Foods rolls out mini doughnuts and muffins

Frozen food distributor Central Foods is tapping increasing demand for smaller sweet treats with a five-strong range of bite-sized baked products.

Foodhaven sourdough declared Britain’s Best Loaf

A White Seeded Sourdough Loaf produced by Sussex-based Foodhaven has been declared Britain’s Best Loaf 2018.

Naansters revamped with new recipes and veggie NPD

Filled naan bread range Naansters has been given a new and improved recipe and a vegetarian option.

Pret introduces vegan cookie in spring menu

Pret A Manger has unveiled its spring menu, which includes its first vegan cookie and a range of baguettes.

Damian McLoughlin to head Premier Foods foodservice

Premier Foods has hired former Unilever sales director Damian McLoughlin to head up its foodservice division.

Port Royal partners hot sauce brand for patty NPD

Jamaican patty brand Port Royal has rolled out spicier versions of its beef, vegetarian and chicken patties as part of a collaboration with hot sauce brand Encona.

Kent Foods to buy Garrett Ingredients from RGF

Haydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food is selling its Garrett Ingredients business to Kent Foods Limited.

Sandy Scott (right) judging at Scottish Baker of the Year
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Cybake supplier Redblack names Sandy Scott CEO

Cybake bakery management solutions supplier RedBlack Software has appointed Sandy Scott as chief executive officer.

How Iceland has axed palm oil from its baked goods

Iceland has removed palm oil from across its baked goods range as part of a pledge to end the use of the controversial ingredient in all its own-label food by the end of 2018.

Barry Callebaut reports strong chocolate volume growth

Chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has reported booming volume sales in its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Bakeries commit to cutting loaf surplus

Ten bakeries have pledged to reduce food waste at their sites as part of the Real Bread Campaign’s No Loaf Lost commitment.

Lidl launches permanent free-from product range

Warburtons’ loaves are among products being rolled out as part of Lidl’s first free-from range.

Gail’s Bakery to host dinner made from surplus food

Gail’s Bakery has teamed up with eco pop-up Canteen No.4 to host The Waste Series – a dinner featuring a four-course menu made entirely from surplus food.

Warrens Bakery new Bognor site – ‘first of many’

Continuing its expansion across the UK, Warren’s Bakery is opening for business in Bognor Regis. 

Lebanese Lagona Bakery opens in Cambridge

A Lebanese bakery has opened in Cambridge, serving more than 50 traditional sweet and savoury pastries, breads and treats.

Bakery store numbers rise despite high street slump

Bakery and coffee shop chains have bucked the slump in high street store openings in 2017.

Coffee shop numbers may overtake pubs by 2030

With three stores opening in the UK every day, coffee shops are set to outnumber pubs by 2030.

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