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Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero respond to faecal bacteria investigation

Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero have pledged to take action following a BBC Watchdog investigation found that their ice contained bacteria from faeces.

Greencore buys Heathrow food-to-go site from Tasties of Chester

Greencore has acquired a manufacturing facility opened by Tasties of Chester 18 months ago.

Did you know? Greggs has been quietly giving away cake in Scotland since 2016

For more than a year, 20 Scottish Greggs stores have been offering free cakes to people who host a tea party for lonely OAPs.

Edme appoints Metin Fevzi as operations and technical director

Ingredients supplier Edme has named Metin Fevzi as the company’s new operations and technical director.

Billington’s Gingerbread rolls out new-look packaging

Shropshire-based Billington’s Gingerbread is to launch its new packaging today (28 June).

Need advice on selling overseas? Visit the Food Export Conference

Whether you are looking for your first export opportunities or want to grow your existing overseas sales, the Food Export Conference should be a date in your diary.

New sugar reduction course announced

Sugar Reduction In Foods is a new course from Chipping Campden-based Campden BRI, taking place on 31 October at its Gloucestershire centre.

Hovis releases Despicable Me 3 on-pack promotion

Hovis has teamed up with Universal Pictures for an on-pack promotion to support the release of Despicable Me 3 in UK cinemas on 30 June.

Sainsbury’s unveils edible flower cake toppings

Sainsbury’s has unveiled a range of edible flowers that can be used as a topping on cakes.

Addo Food Group expands into foodservice sector

Pastry producer Addo Food Group is expanding into the UK foodservice sector.

Great Northern Bakehouse unveils nationwide charity fundraiser

Darlington-based bakery the Great Northern Bakehouse has worked with Marie Curie to send its artisan Battenburgs to 73 sites across the UK in support of its Blooming Great Tea Party campaign.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018 open for entries

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, next year are now open for entries.

Jordans Cereals founders sell oat milling business

Bedford-based milling business European Oat Millers has been acquired by Canadian agricultural giant Richardson International.

Warburtons-owned Giles Foods confirms site closure

Giles Foods has confirmed it is to close its bakery in Milton Keynes.

Prewett’s introduces EU-friendly packaging

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has rebranded its Family Favourites range as it moves into the European market.

Competitive wrapped bread market takes £25m toll on Warburtons

Warburtons’ turnover fell more than £25m last year as the “increasingly competitive” wrapped bread market impacted the business.

Subway hires regional development trio to drive growth

High street sandwich chain Subway has hired Bob Dalgarno, Liam Dalgarno and Adrian Johnson to oversee brand development in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Deli Food sandwiches recalled over wrong use-by date

Deli Food (Scot) has recalled six varieties of sandwiches as they are labelled with the wrong use-by date.

Guenther Bakeries extends partnership with Axis Cleaning

Banbury-based Guenther Bakeries has awarded Axis Cleaning and Support Services with a new five-year cleaning and hygiene maintenance contract.

HOW TO: make festival-themed biscuits

Festival season is here, and baking decoration specialists Cake Angels are making the most of it with some festival-themed biscuits.

Trade welcomes May’s EU citizens plan - but warns more needs to be done

Trade body the British Sandwich Association has said it remains “extremely concerned” about the availability of migrant labour despite Theresa May’s commitment that EU citizens living in the UK would be able to stay.

Pidy announces 50 cyclists for charity ride

Pastry manufacturer Pidy has announced that 50 riders have signed up for the Ride 4 Hope charity cycle ride from Northampton to Ypres, Belgium.

Heygates acquires flour miller C Marston & Sons in pre-pack deal

Suffolk-based family flour milling company C Marston & Sons has been bought out of administration by Heygates Limited.

Laura’s Little Bakery criticises X Factor free cake request

Liverpool-based business Laura’s Little Bakery has criticised an email request from X Factor representatives to provide a free cake for the judges.

Südzucker UK achieves new BRC standard

Livingston-based sugar producer Südzucker UK has achieved the new BRC Agents & Brokers certification.

Thomas the Baker raises £10k for British Heart Foundation

Yorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has presented a cheque for £10,000 to the British Heart Foundation.

Paul Rhodes Bakery adds eight vehicles to fleet

London-based business Paul Rhodes Bakery has purchased eight specially adapted Renault Master LoLoader vehicles from Devon-based manufacturer Trucksmith.

Book your tickets now for the Baking Industry Awards

Giddyup folks! Book your tickets for the biggest hoedown in the bakery calendar – British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.

Costa sales up 8.7% as Whitbread records ‘good start’ to year

Whitbread has reported an 8.7% hike in total sales at Costa in its first-quarter results for the 13 weeks to 1 June.

Baking hot: How is the trade coping in the heat?

With temperatures forecast to hit 34 degrees in parts of the UK today (21 June), we asked Britain’s bakers how they are dealing with the summer sizzle.

Ishida launches new series of mid-range multihead weighers

Ishida has launched mid-range multihead weighers for weighing free-flowing and semi-sticky products.

Revealed: How Brexit has hit the foodservice trade

Growth in the British foodservice industry has slowed in the wake of the Brexit referendum vote, according to new research.

NFU president to discuss Brexit implications at Agribusiness 2018

National Farmers’ Union president Meurig Raymond will be among the keynote speakers at the annual event for the UK agrisupply industry, Agribusiness 2018.

Line between snacking and breakfast blurring, says Euromonitor

Snacking continues to rise in importance as consumers move away from eating three fixed meals a day, researchers have found.

Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf receives MBE

Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his services to baking and confectionery.

Sainsbury’s unveils Gin & Tonic and Prosecco baking flavourings

Sainsbury’s has rolled out two new baking flavourings, Gin & Tonic and Prosecco, to its stores.

Funnybones unveils US-styled cookie dessert duo

North and South American specialist wholesaler Funnybones Foodservice has launched two baked desserts into the UK foodservice market.

Finsbury Food Group expands Kara brand with Sourdough Doughballs

Kara, the foodservice brand of Finsbury Food Group, has expanded its line-up with the launch of Sourdough Doughballs.

Linpac invest £320k in energy-efficient cooling system

Fresh food packaging company Linpac has invested more than £320k in a state-of-the-art outside chill plant at its Featherstone headquarters in West Yorkshire.

Soreen secures listing at WHSmith Travel stores

Malt loaf maker Soreen has linked up with WHSmith for a new distribution partnership of its Malt Loaf bar.

Colin Lomax to be 130th president of CBA

Colin Lomax has been appointed president elect of the Craft Bakers Association (CBA), and will be installed as president next June.

Aryzta aims for ‘Instagram appeal’ with red and black burger buns

Global bakery business Aryzta Food Solutions has unveiled red and black coloured burger buns.

Amazon buys Whole Foods Market in $13.7bn deal

Amazon is to acquire grocery business Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7bn.

Wholebake gets green light for £14m factory plan

Baked snacks manufacturer Wholebake has been given the go-ahead for a £14m factory development in North Wales as it aims to grow its turnover to £40m in the next few years.

GALLERY: #CupcakeDay 2017

Yesterday, bakers across the UK were hard at work making cupcakes for #CupcakeDay, which raises money for the Alzheimers Society.

McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year and Big School Bake Off finalists unveiled

Finalists have been announced by Premier Foods and Unilever Food Solutions for the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year and Big School Bake Off competitions, both of which will reach their climax at the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) Main Event on 6 July.

What was the UK’s most recalled bakery item in 2016?

New research from pest control experts Rentokil has examined the cost of product recalls to the bakery industry, and how they can be avoided. 

Hovis unveils 30% Lower Carb bread range

UK baking giant Hovis is tapping consumer demand for healthier bread with the launch of a three-strong Lower Carb range.

VIDEO: How to make a chocolate beer cake for Father’s Day

Banbury-based baking decorations supplier Cake Angels has come up with a way to offer dads a treat combining cake and beer. 

Carrs Foods in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list

Manchester-based bakery business, Carrs Foods, has been ranked at number seven in this year’s The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

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