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Royal wedding boosts cake and bakery goods sales

Royal wedding celebrations have driven a surge in sales of cakes and home-baking supplies.

Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

Wimbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges.

New York Bakery Co creates breakfast bagel bar

New York Bakery Co is launching a bagel pop-up site in London this weekend.

New call for mandatory out-of-home food labels

Health campaigners Action on Sugar and Action on Salt are calling on government to make colour-coded nutrition labelling mandatory on café and restaurant items.

M&S to axe 100 stores and slow food expansion

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to close more than 100 stores by 2022 and has scaled back its Simply Food openings.

Tesco bakery boss reveals retailer's future plans

Tesco bakery chief Gordon Gafa has revealed the retailer’s future plans for its in-store bakeries.

Suppliers fall short of PHE sugar reduction targets

Food and drink suppliers have fallen short of government targets to reduce sugar.

Brits spend £10,000 on meal deals in their lifetime

British consumers splash out more than £10,000 on lunch meal deals in their working lifetime, according to new research.

Warburtons launches brioche burger buns

Warburtons has expanded its Bistro range with Brioche Burger Buns.

New York Bakery Co rolls out seeded bagel thins

New York Bakery Co has added to its range of bagel thins with a soft seeded variant.

Royal wedding cake has ‘ethereal, floral’ flavour

Violet Bakery’s lemon-elderflower-meringue-buttercream creation is taking shape for the big day tomorrow (19 May).

Warburtons aims to score with football packaging

Warburtons is rolling out football-themed packaging ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Thomas the Baker unveils the Flat Cap sandwich

Thomas the Baker is giving sarnies a regional twist with the launch of a Yorkshire Flat Cap Sandwich.

Crosta & Mollica Italian-inspired breads coming to Sainsbury’s

 Baked goods supplier Crosta & Mollica is introducing four new Italian bakery lines at Sainsbury’s.

Patisserie Valerie up 13.2% as expansion continues

Revenue across the Patisserie Valerie brand has risen 13.2% in the past half-year.

Premier branded cake sales down 3% across the year

Sales of branded cakes at Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes supplier Premier Foods have fallen more than 3% year on year.

Pâtisserie Paul launching at St Pancras International

French artisan bakery and pâtisserie Paul is opening new sites in St Pancras International station and Canary Wharf this month.

Warburtons sourdough to be trialled in south east

Warburtons is aiming to tap rising demand for handmade artisan breads with the launch of three sourdough loaves.

How to use edible flowers for showstopping bakes

Edible flowers are on the rise thanks to the likes of Instagram and the upcoming royal wedding.

Le Pain Quotidien launches in Dublin

Global bakery-restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien has opened a site in Dublin’s Molesworth Street.

Hovis looks into substance abuse claims among staff in Glasgow factory

Hovis has launched an investigation into claims that workers at one of its manufacturing sites were under the influence of alcohol or drugs on-site.

Bakers celebrate royal wedding with NPD

The forthcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has taken the nation by storm, with a flurry of products hitting the market in time for their nuptials on 19 May.

Burton’s unveils Wagon Wheels Teacake

Burton’s has spruced up its Wagon Wheels range to debut what it described as a “less filling” teacake variant.

Severe winter weather hits Greggs’ sales

Weak footfall caused by severe winter weather contributed to a like-for-like fall in Greggs’ sales during the first 18 weeks of the year.

Walkers launches foodservice snack pack range

Walkers Shortbread has rolled out a range of luxury biscuit snack packs for the out-of-home and foodservice markets.

Waitrose rolls out Good Health bread range

Waitrose has revamped its own-label sliced bread portfolio with the addition of eight healthier loaves.

Pladis appoints Scott Snell to lead new customer team

McVitie’s owner Pladis has appointed former Mondelēz director Scott Snell to head up a new customer team.

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Brownings the Bakers named Scottish Baker of the Year 2018

Kilmarnock business Brownings the Bakers has been crowned Scottish Baker of the Year 2018 at the annual awards ceremony hosted in Glasgow by trade association Scottish Bakers.

M&S launches craft beer brewed with stale bread

Marks & Spencer has teamed up with Adnams brewery to sell a range of beers made from discarded bread crusts.

Manchester bakery chain closes following robbery

Dawsons Bakery, which operated four shops in the Manchester area, has entered administration following a robbery at one of its sites.

Just days left to enter the Baking Industry Awards!

The closing date for entries to the 2018 Baking Industry Awards is fast approaching.

M&S launches craft beer brewed with stale bread

Marks & Spencer has teamed up with Adnams brewery to sell a range of beers made from discarded bread crusts.

Bakery suppliers sign up to Welsh food marketing site

Suppliers are being sought for a new website promoting Welsh food.

Speakers and topics for FOB conference announced

Health, the economy and food safety are to be the key themes of this year’s Federation of Bakers conference.

Online bakery sales rise faster than overall grocery

Online sales of ambient bakery goods rose 5% in 2017 – just ahead of the increase in overall online grocery sales – according to a new study.

Heritage own-label biscuit range gets makeover

Nisa’s own-label biscuit range has been redesigned in response to member feedback and new health recommendations.

What could Sainsbury’s/ Asda deal mean for bakers?

News of Sainsbury’s proposed merger with Asda – to create a £51bn-a-year retail behemoth – has caught much of the grocery world unawares.

What we learned at the BSB Spring Conference 2018

Bread Ahead founder Matthew Jones and Barry Callebaut’s Beverley Dunkley were among speakers at the British Society of Baking’s (BSB) Spring Conference, which took place on Wednesday 25 April.

Available now - British Baker’s Bakery Market Report 2018

British Baker’s Bakery Market Report is a unique snapshot of Britain’s retail bakery market, offering details of the ‘BB75’ – the country’s 75 largest bakery-focused operators – and much, much more.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

Bells Food Group revamps steak pie range packaging

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

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.

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.

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.

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.