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New stores and Express sites drive Costa growth

Estate expansion and the introduction of a new range of breakfast food have helped grow sales at the Costa chain.

Bells Food Group invests £500k in cake bakery expansion

Bells Food Group has spent £500k to create a dedicated cake bakery at a former council depot in Shotts, Scotland.

Aryzta rolls out Christmas bakery range

Global bakery business Aryzta Food Solutions has introduced a nine-strong seasonal bakery range in the run-up to Christmas.

JJ Food Service launches foodservice credit card

National wholesaler JJ Food Service has launched a credit card.

Healthy eating messages contradicted by schools, claims Jamie Oliver report

School activities such as cake and bake sales contradict healthy eating messages, a report by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has claimed. 

Chefs’ Choice awards 2018 now open for entry

Do you have a star product in your foodservice line-up? If so, we want to hear from you.

Genius recruits Whitworths’ Colin Stephens as commercial director

Gluten-free bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has named Colin Stephens commercial director.

Gallery: Roberts Bakery’s Sky High Tea event

Roberts Bakery held a one-day-only pop-up restaurant suspended 100ft above Manchester’s Etihad Stadium last week.

Real Good Food to move HQ and review costs as margins take hit

Real Good Food has announced it is to move its HQ and that it now expects to make a loss in the current financial year.

Clanger sales double after Bake Off appearance

Bedfordshire clanger sales have doubled at Gunns Bakery following the appearance of the product on Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off this week.

Wall’s Pastry campaign provides £5k boost for Welsh café

Wall’s Pastry has invested £5,000 in community café Little Lounge Play Café in Pontypridd, Wales as part of its 2017 Helping Hand campaign.

Two in five Brits now buy lunch at least once a week

The number of Brits buying lunch at least once a week has risen to 40%, up from 35% in 2016.

State Fayre to step up expansion under new ownership

Manchester-based kosher bakery State Fayre has changed hands.

Graham’s Bakery secures listings with French retailer

Northern Irish business Graham’s Bakery has secured an export deal with French retailer Comptoir Irlandais.

Greggs boss backs mental health Time to Change Employer Pledge

Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside is raising awareness of mental health in the workplace by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

Winners of Tiptree World Bread Awards announced

Lee Smith of Bexhill Farm Kitchen and Poppy Seed Bakery in East Sussex has been declared overall winner of the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food.

Great British Bake Blog: Episode Eight

This episode should have contained a trigger warning. Seriously, it was harrowing to watch and I have been left emotionally scarred 75 minutes of television… as has pretty much everyone on Twitter.

‘Evolution of coating’ prompts new Invicta appointment

Bakery equipment supplier Invicta has employed Chris Higgins as the company’s new head of coating.

Premier Foods rolls out Halloween Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes

Premier Foods is getting into the Halloween spirit with the rollout of spooky Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes.

Premier Foods distributes cake lines to New Zealand

Premier Foods has secured listings for its Mr Kipling and Cadbury Cakes with New Zealand supermarket business Progressive Enterprises.

Brits have already spent £5m on mince pies and Christmas puds

Christmas came early for some bakery businesses, with supermarkets already selling more than £5m worth of Christmas puds and mince pies in recent weeks.

Walkers targets ‘night in’ market with Mint Royals Shortbread

Walkers Shortbread has extended its Chocolate Shortbread range with Mint Royals Shortbread.

Strike action threat at Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill site

Allied Bakeries faces strike action at its depot in West Bromwich in a pay row with drivers and engineers.

McVitie’s launches Halloween cake range

McVitie’s has launched a Halloween cake range under its Hobnobs and Jaffa Cakes brands.

Rhythm108 gains Costa listings for vegan biscuits

Rhythm108 has secured listings for its gluten-free, vegan Ooh-La-La biscuit range with Costa Coffee. 

Sandwiches targeted in NHS obesity crackdown

NHS bosses have set their sights on ‘unhealthy’ sandwiches as part of a clampdown on food and drink that contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

Retailers unveil spooky bakery NPD for Halloween

It’s no tricks and all treats this year as the retailers unveil their spooky bakery line-ups ahead of Halloween 2017.

Burton’s revenue and earnings down following Cadbury licence sale

A fall in revenue at Burton’s Foods has been driven by the disposal of the licence to produce Cadbury biscuits, and a drop in savoury biscuit sales.

Premier Foods extends Cadbury Cakes range with Roses bars

Premier Foods is hoping to woo older shoppers with the launch of a range of Cadbury Roses Cake Bars.

Food industry executives to support African beekeepers

A group of 14 businesswomen from the UK food industry is today (16 October) travelling to Tanzania to help support female farmers living in the remote Nou Forest.

Farm Africa ramps up scheme to help Kenya's young farmers

A project that helps young adults in western Kenya set up agricultural enterprises has secured UK Aid Match – which means the UK government will match any donations made to the project.

Waitrose reduces sugar levels in desserts by 14%

Waitrose has cut sugar levels in some of its desserts, including pies and puddings, as part of its ongoing sugar reformulation programme.

Barry Johnson to represent UK in 2018 World Chocolate Masters final

London Southbank Bakery College lecturer Barry Johnson has won the UK and Irish national selection of the World Chocolate Masters competition.

Gallery: Finsbury’s new licensed cakes

Finsbury Food Group has extended its range of licensed cakes with six new characters.

Brace’s Bakery emphasises premium sliced bread with revamp

Newport-based family business Brace’s Bakery has unveiled a brand revamp.

High tea: Roberts Bakery to hold pop-up event 100ft in the air

Roberts Bakery is to host ‘high tea’ in a pop-up restaurant suspended above Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.

Revealed: the winners of British Baker’s 2017 Christmas Stars!

Here they are – the winning products in the 2017 Christmas Stars competition!

Great British Bake Blog: Episode Seven

It’s hard to imagine the sweltering temperature inside the Bake Off tent on Italian week, particularly when you’re watching it from the sofa in your polar bear PJs under a blanket.

Veggie Pret opens third shop in Exmouth Market

Veggie Pret, the vegetarian spin-off to Pret A Manger, has opened its third shop in Exmouth market in Islington, London.

BB’s develops ‘In the Pink’ muffin for Marie Keating Foundation

Coffee chain BB’s has launched a special edition ‘In the Pink’ muffin in aid of cancer charity the Marie Keating Foundation.

Find out who British Baker’s Christmas Stars are today!

The winning products in the 2017 Christmas Stars competition will be revealed online at 3pm today (11 October).

Five trends from the Cake & Bake Show 2017

From illusion cakes to boozy bakes, there was a host of trends on display at the Cake & Bake Show held at London’s ExCeL last weekend (6-8 October).

Nairn’s adds gluten-free Crunchy Biscuit Breaks to range

Nairn’s has expanded its gluten-free range with Chunky Biscuit Breaks.

Mrs Crimble’s launches first sharing tub

Gluten-free brand Mrs Crimble’s is rolling out its first sharing tub – a 12-portion pack of Choc Macaroons.

Apprentices with Ivan Jepson, Gateshead College, and Greggs' Katie-Anne McCue
  (Photo: Greggs )

Greggs launches national apprenticeship programme

Greggs has launched a national apprenticeship programme that it claims will help to fast-track its expansion plans.

Bakkavor reveals plans for £100m flotation

Prepared food giant Bakkavor is aiming to raise around £100m through a stock market flotation.

Dr Oetker Professional launches sprinkles range

Dr Oetker Professional has launched a new range of sprinkles.

Crantock rolls out Levi Roots patties in Co-op

Cornish bakery Crantock Foods has launched two Levi Roots savoury patties into The Co-op.

Finsbury cuts sugar in Disney cakes range by 40%

Finsbury has reduced the sugar across its licensed Disney celebration cakes by 40%.

Gallery: Highlights from the Cake & Bake Show 2017

The Cake & Bake Show hit London’s ExCeL this weekend (6-8 October) showcasing the UK’s baking industry with celebrity experts, Bake Off alumni and sugar craft demonstrations. 

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