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Save the date for British Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week, running from 14–20 May 2017, is a week-long celebration of that iconic British culinary invention, the sandwich.

Claire Clark MBE to launch patisserie academy

Pastry chef Claire Clark has announced that she will open up the Claire Clark academy on the 18th May 2017 at Milton Keynes College.

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Audit demands mean bakers need to be proactive on maintenance, says EPP

Epsom-based bakery innovation company EPP has argued that bakery audits being conducted by major retailers require companies to provide proof of the reliability of their plant and reveal contingency plans in the event of equipment failure.

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Bakery Andante extends Scottish supermarket reach

Morningside’s Bakery Andante has secured a deal to supply a further four branches of Waitrose in Scotland with artisan bread.

Hobart wins European Award for second year running

Hobart Warewashing has won a Star Award in Innovation for its new enhanced flight-type dishwasher.

Flora Shedden launches crowdfunding campaign

Flora Shedden, runner-up in 2015’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund major structural problems to her new artisan bakery.

WC Rowe’s creates world’s biggest Easter biscuit for Asda store

Falmouth-based bakery WC Rowe’s has baked what it claims is the world’s biggest Easter biscuit for an Asda store in Barnstaple.

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.

Tesco sales driven by strong food growth

Tesco has announced sales growth and profit recovery in its preliminary results for 2016/17, its first UK like-for-like sales rise since 2009/2010.

New Gail’s for Ealing

Gail’s Bakery is to open up a new outlet at Dickens Yard in Ealing.

National American Sweet Bakery Week 2017

Bakers are being encouraged to get involved in National American Sweet Bakery Week, in order to help build sales of American-style bakery products.

Lily Vanilli launches the Battenbun for Easter

London bakery Lily Vanilli has come up with an Easter bakery hybrid that is taking social media by storm.

Fewer deals but brands not budging on price, says IRI

The IRI’s new Big Question report on the grocery price war revealed it has saved UK shoppers £9.3bn over three years.

Prewett’s launches White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has extended its Gorgeously Gluten Free range with the launch of White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies.

Sixty-three per cent choose sandwiches

According to research commissioned by global packaging specialist Huhtamaki, 63% of adults who have bought food-to-go in the last month have chosen a sandwich.

Brown & Blond expands retail offering

Leeds-based brownie maker Brown & Blond has launched its first pop-up shop at York Railway station. 

Pidy introduces family-sized wholemeal quiche

Belgian pastry products business Pidy is tapping into the health trend with the introduction of a new 22cm Wholemeal Quiche.

Mondelēz launches first Cadbury biscuit innovation

Mondelēz International has unveiled the Cadbury Roundie for UK consumers - the first Cadbury biscuit launch since it bought the license to produce them from Burton’s Biscuit Company in August 2016.

Tim Hortons to make UK debut

Canadian coffee and doughnut franchise chain Tim Hortons has announced that it will roll out its stores throughout the UK this year.

Irwin’s secures GB listings for new Easter range

Northern Irish business Irwin’s Bakery has secured listings with Nisa, Spar and Co-op to stock its new Howell’s Easter products.

New Apprentice category at Tiptree World Bread Awards

The winner of the category will be named Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker 2017.

Rivington Biscuits for sale

The assets of the Wigan-based manufacturer Rivington Biscuits are now for sale, after the company went into administration in December.

EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Bakers Basco general manager

Following a number of incidents on baking companies using bread baskets without permission, British Baker caught up with Bakers Basco general manager Steve Millward.

Federation of Bakers to host industry dinner for 75th anniversary

The Federation of Bakers will mark its 75th anniversary with an industry dinner on 27 September 2017 at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge.

Bun fight: Shoppers rank supermarket hot cross bun innovation

Bakery has become a hotbed of innovation at Easter time – particularly when it comes to hot cross buns.

EXCLUSIVE: Reynards enters administration – and is resurrected by Intelipac

Bakery packaging specialist Reynards, which entered administration last month, has been resurrected by Intelipac, a supplier of products including bakery and deli bags, carrier bags and corrugated cardboard boxes to retailers in the UK and Australia.

Genius Foods axing 115 jobs and ending production of unbranded products

Genius Foods is to make 115 workers redundant as part of plans to end production of non-branded products.  

Holland’s unveils new branding

Holland’s Pies has revealed a brand new look to its packaging as it embarks on a year of “innovation and growth”.

Frozen bakery market to grow globally by 2020

UK suppliers are diversifying their product ranges to tap soaring demand for frozen bakery goods, according to analysts.

Honeyrose rebrands and goes gluten-free

London-based craft bakery Honeyrose has rebranded and become totally organic and gluten-free.

North east farmer diversifies into ancient grain

Craggs & Co has now become the only large-scale producer of spelt flour grown, harvested, milled and stored in the UK that comes with the Red Tractor and TASCC seal of approval.

Dominique Ansel named The World’s Best Pastry Chef

Cronut inventor and world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel was given the award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017.

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Real Good Food acquires majority stake in snack bar firm Brighter Foods

Renshaw and Haydens owner Real Good Food has acquired a majority share in snack bar manufacturer Brighter Foods.

Battle Oats secures first listing with Holland & Barrett

Hull-based nutrition brand Battle Oats has secured a deal to supply its products to 300 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK.

Dawn Foods reformulates with range of bakery mixes and bases

Dawn Foods has reformulated its range of American Bakery mixes and bases for its muffins, cookies, crème cake and carrot cake.

New ancient grain sourdough range from NI bakery

Specialist sourdough baker Go Yeast in Northern Ireland has developed a new range of white and wholemeal sourdough breads featuring heritage grains.

Walkers Shortbread unveils innovative 3D range

Walkers Shortbread has announced the introduction of an innovative 3D Carton Miniature Shortbread range.

McVitie’s Nibbles launched in confectionery-style ‘handy packs’

McVitie’s is going head-to-head with confectionery countlines by launching ‘handy packs’ of its Digestive Nibbles.

Alan Clarke to leave Scottish Bakers

The association has today announced that Alan Clarke, who has been chief executive for seven years, will leave Scottish Bakers in June.

Kara unveils two brand new sliced bloomers

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched two new sliced bloomers.

Free-from sales up by a third this year, says Kantar

More than half of Brits have bought a free-from product in the past three months – 3.3 million more shoppers than a year ago.

Bakkavor appoints new technical director

Fresh prepared food manufacturer Bakkavor has announced the appointment of Yvette Sowerby as the company’s new technical director.

Krispy Kreme introduces Hershey’s doughnuts

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has partnered with confectionery giant Hershey’s to create two new limited-edition Cookies ‘n’ Creme doughnuts.

Oliver Adams bakery goes bust with 150 redundancies

Northampton-based bakery Oliver Adams has closed its 17 outlets resulting in 150 employee redundancies.

Pladis reveals biscuits purchased by 99% of UK households

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis has announced that biscuits were purchased by 99% of UK households in 2016 despite a sales plunge in overall performance.

Scottish Baker of The Year shortlist announced

Find out which bakeries have won at least a Regional Bronze Award for one of their products – among them is the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017.

Orkla joins UK confectionery ingredients market

Bakery ingredients supplier Orkla Food Ingredients has purchased 85% of the shares in sales and distribution company, Orchard Valley Foods Limited.

Nexus gets new CEO

Denmark-based Nexus, the independent research and innovation centre behind the emulsifiers and stabilisers of Palsgaard, is to welcome a new CEO.

New Meringue Drops from Flower & White

Rainbow-finished Meringue Drops will be a new addition to Flower & White’s award-winning Merangz range, and will be available in May.

EXCLUSIVE: Country Style completes European expansion

In-store bakery supplier Country Style Foods has acquired a bakery plant in Belgium, formerly owned by Belgian bakery business, Le Bon Grain Group.

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