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Gail’s debuts its ‘12 days of Christmas’ advent calendar

Gail’s Bakery has rolled out its first-ever advent calendar, featuring chocolate treats and gift certificates that can be exchanged for baked products such as mince pies.

BakePlan MD Jane Tyler and York Central MP Rachael Maskell try out the software
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BakePlan Software receives £43k grant to cut retail waste

BakePlan Software has been given a £43,600 grant by innovation agency Innovate UK to create a system to reduce food waste across retailers.

Brioche Pasquier creates afternoon tea mini-cakes range

Brioche Pasquier has introduced a six-strong sweet and savoury mini-cakes range.

Crikey! Doughnut Time rolls out cricket-topped treat

Doughnut Time UK has launched a cricket-loaded doughnut to mark the return of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

Pladis creates The Queen and Prince Philip anniversary cake

McVitie’s owner Pladis has marked the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip by creating a 35kg fruit cake.

Coeliac UK rolls out gluten-free recipe calendar

Coeliac UK has launched a gluten-free recipe calendar as part of the company’s 50th anniversary.

Pukka Pies set to create 150 jobs with factory expansion

Pukka Pies is set to expand its factory in Leicestershire and create 150 jobs.

Baking bread reduces anxiety, study finds

Baking bread reduces anxiety and increases happiness in those struggling with mental health, according to a study by the Real Bread Campaign.

Baked goods firms ordered to pay out £150k for hygiene offences

Edmonton-based Doce Bakers & Sweets Ltd and Sweet Mahall Ltd, which share the same premises, have been ordered to pay a total of £152,823.23 for a string of hygiene failings.

Lincoln’s Ticklebelly to open bakery shop and tea house

Lincoln-based Ticklebelly Lane Bakery is to open a bakery shop and tea house later this week. 

Muntons invests in new truck designs

Ingredients supplier Muntons has arranged for its branding to appear on two new trucks. 

Gingerbread flavours are focus for Aldi festive NPD

Aldi has released a number of gingerbread creations ahead of Christmas.

AmazonFresh launches medieval mince pie

Amazon’s grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh, has launched a traditional meat-filled mince pie. 

Prima Bakeries unveils premium filled doughnut range

Cornish wholesale bakery Prima Bakeries has launched a range of premium filled doughnuts.

Muffin Break unveils four locations in expansion drive

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has revealed the locations of four new stores.

McVitie’s and Tesco set up charity campaign

McVitie’s has teamed up with Tesco in a partnership with charities Fareshare and The Trussell Trust.

Gallery: Harrods unveils from-scratch bakery

Harrods has officially opened the first phase of its Food Halls’ transformation, unveiling a from-scratch bakery and coffee roastery.

Warrens unveils festive NPD, including vegan pasty

Warrens Bakery has become the latest food-to-go outlet to unveil its Christmas menu, which includes a vegan pasty.

Sainsbury's eyes a pizza the action with takeaway trial

Sainsbury’s is to trial a pizza pre-ordering service at three of its stores, in a move which sees the retailer go head to head with the likes of Domino’s.

Premier Foods: Mr Kipling sales dip as own-label soars

Sales of Premier Foods’ own-label cakes have far outpaced its branded lines in the past six months.

Aryzta completes Park Garage Group in-store bakery roll-out

Aryzta Food Solutions has completed the installation of Cuisine de France in-store bakeries across 49 Park Garage Group forecourt convenience stores.

Exclusive: Warburtons and union in deal to boost staff conditions and flexibility

Warburtons and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have agreed a “landmark” deal to improve employee terms and make the business more agile.

Subway unveils expansion plans for south coast

Subway has unveiled plans to expand the number of its stores on the south coast by more than 20 over the next 18 months.

First-ever Cornish Pasty Week set for next February

The first-ever Cornish Pasty Week is set to take place from Sunday 25 February to Saturday 3 March. 

Stores sold 10m packs of festive biscuits last month

Supermarket shoppers bought more than 10 million packs of Christmas biscuits in October, latest Kantar Worldpanel data has shown.

Warburtons drops Newburn name from gluten-free lines

Warburtons is rebranding its Newburn Bakehouse free-from range as Warburtons Gluten Free.

Aryzta hires Tony Murphy as chief people officer

Global bakery business Aryzta has appointed Tony Murphy as its first chief people officer (CPO). 

Bettys unveils its first ever TV advert

Bettys has launched its first ever TV advert, starring chocolate animals in an enchanted forest.

Season's eatings: Greggs launches advent calendar

Greggs is set to launch its first advent calendar, featuring tokens that can be exchanged for items such as sausage rolls. 

Brian Stockdale receiving the award from Steph McGovern, from BBC Breakfast and Watchdog
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Spooner wins awards for apprenticeship scheme

Bakery equipment supplier Spooner Industries has been awarded the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business award for its apprenticeship scheme. 

Union claims Midlands faces bread shortages if Allied Bakeries strike goes ahead

Allied Bakeries drivers are being balloted for strike action that could bring a “bread drought” to the north west and Midlands, according to union Unite.

Best-selling bakery products revealed by Palmer & Harvey

Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has revealed a guide of best-selling products across the bakery sector to help retailers stock the correct items in their core range.

Warrens Bakery unveils its first gluten-free pasties

Warrens Bakery has introduced its first ever gluten-free pasty range to fill the gap in its offering.

Breadcraft Bakery forced to close after pest infestations

London-based Breadcraft Bakery has closed after health inspectors found cockroaches and pigeons in its storeroom.

Muffin Break rolls out festive bakery range

Muffin Break has launched its Christmas range, including two new festive paninis and muffins.

Michael McCallion, Asda NI buying manager and Michael Murphy, CEO of Irwin’s Bakery
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Irwin’s secures major batch bread contract with Asda

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery has secured a major contract with Asda to supply batch bread to 300 stores across the UK. 

Sainsbury’s launches Snow Globe Christmas sandwich

Sainsbury’s has launched a star-topped Snow Globe Sandwich as part of its Christmas range. 

Irwin’s eyes brunch with artisan range

Irwin’s Bakery has expanded its range with two new artisan loaves, including a sourdough.

Bakery margins squeezed tighter as wheat costs rise

Rising wheat prices are heaping further pressure on UK bread margins.

Tim Hortons continues expansion with second Glasgow site

Tim Hortons is set to open a second outlet in Glasgow as part of the firm’s nationwide roll-out plan in the UK.

Butt Foods’ sourdough naans listed at Soho Coffee

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has secured a contract to supply its sourdough naans to Soho Coffee Co.

EU plans too late for many workers, warn trade bosses

Industry bosses have welcomed government plans to allow EU citizens to stay in the UK – but point out that many workers have already left the country.

Charity launching bakery employing young people with autism

A charity is planning to build a commercial bakery employing young people with severe autism.  

Roberts Bakery joins SOFHT High 5 training scheme

Roberts Bakery has joined the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT)’s High 5 scheme.

Barry Callebaut bucks declining chocolate market

Chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has bucked a declining overall EMEA chocolate market to grow its volumes 6.4%.

Most EU citizens will be allowed to stay in UK after Brexit, says government

EU citizens are to be given a two-year ‘grace period’ following Brexit to apply for settled status in the UK.

Farm Shop & Deli show 2018 dates revealed

The Farm Shop & Deli show is set to return to the NEC, Birmingham from 16-18 April 2018 – with more than 450 companies predicted to exhibit.

Gallery: Greggs reveals its festive menu

Greggs has unveiled its sweet and savoury Christmas menu that will feature nine new baked products.

Pret A Manger unveils Christmas sandwich range

Pret A Manger has launched its Christmas sandwich range – including its first-ever vegan festive sandwich.

Former bakery boss disqualified from running a business for five years

A former director of The Royal William Bakery in Plymouth has been disqualified from running a business for the next five years after failing to pay more than £130k in tax bills.

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