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Lottie Shaw’s gain national distribution

Yorkshire craft bakery Lottie Shaw’s looks set to see its products delivered nationwide after signing up distributor Hider Foods.

Indulgence signs Virgin cupcake deal

Indulgence Cupcake Company has said it looks set to boost turnover by 250% after landing a second deal with Virgin Atlantic.

Starbucks acquires US-based baker

Starbucks, the global coffee shop chain, has made its first foray into baking – with the acquisition of the US-based Bay Bread and its La Boulange bakery brand for $100m.

Premier Foods chairman leaves company

Ronnie Bell, the chairman of under-fire Premier Foods, has stepped down from his role after 21 months.

New cake division at 2 Sisters

2 Sisters Food Group has created a new cakes division following its recent bakery acquisitions.

Government reveals new sat fat pledge timeline

Saturated fat reduction is set to re-emerge on the government's nutrition agenda, with plans for the Responsibility Deal Food Network to draft new pledges later this year, BB can reveal.

Industry celebrates over government's tax U-turn

"This is a great day for bakers, no matter how large or small," Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs told British Baker, following the government's U-turn on pasty tax. The move, which would have seen 20% VAT slapped on all hot bakery products, prompted a nationwide campaign by bakers for the government to rethink its proposals. This included a rally of more than 500 bakers at Downing Street to deliver a petition with more than half a million signa-tures to the government.

New chairman at Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) has elected a new chairman – Paul Molyneux of Premier Foods.

Ginsters’ £100,000 government donation during ‘pasty tax’

Samworth Brothers’ director Mark Samworth has handed over £100,000 to the Conservative Party, at the same time the now-scrapped ‘pasty tax’ was announced.

'Pastygate' timeline highlights government u-turn

British Baker has compiled the key dates in the pasty-tax campaign over the past two months, which have shaped the government's decision to scrap its proposal for 20% VAT to be added to all hot takeaway bakery products.

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