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Italian firm Granarolo buys Midland Food Group

Chilled and frozen food wholesaler Midland Food Group (MFG) has been acquired by Italian dairy business Granarolo Group.

Pudding firm Ultimate Food Co enters administration

Christmas pudding supplier The Ultimate Food Company has entered administration after trading for more than 30 years.

St John Bakery opens pop-up at Old Street Station

St John Bakery has opened a temporary site at Old Street station in London.

Love at first bite: Man proposes in Greggs

A graphic designer from Hertfordshire proposed to his girlfriend at a Valentine’s Day celebration hosted by Greggs.

Tropical flavours tipped to be major macaron trend

Floral and tropical flavoured macarons are set to become the next big thing, according to Brioche Pasquier.

Behold! The Valentine’s Day-themed toastie

Bristol-based delivery service Cheese Posties has marked Valentine’s Day with cheese toasties inspired by red velvet cupcakes.

Bakers share the love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here and the nation’s bakers have been whipped into a frenzy creating treats to mark the occasion.

Aryzta unveils four new sourdough breads

Aryzta Food Solutions has launched four new sourdough breads to boost foodservice operator menus.

Five top trends for National Pizza Day

Happy National Pizza Day! Businesses across the country are celebrating with supermarket deals and discounts on delivery.

New York Bakery Co rolls out bagel beer

New York Bakery Co has launched a limited-edition beer made with bagels in celebration of today’s National Bagel Day (9 February).

Auntie Anne’s launches apple cinnamon mini pies

Franchise business Auntie Anne’s has rolled out limited-edition apple cinnamon mini pies to tap growing interest in the snacking market.

US sandwich chain Which Wich set to make UK debut

American sandwich brand Which Wich is set to open its first site in the UK at the St Giles Plaza in London.

Bells taps free-from rise with double choc brownie

Family bakery Bells of Lazonby has introduced a gluten-free and milk-free double chocolate brownie to meet a gap in the foodservice market.

Deliveroo launches Treat Yo-Self bakery

Delivery service Deliveroo has launched the Treat Yo-Self bakery to help Londoners see off their January diets in style.

Greggs to open store in Three Bridges station

Greggs is to open a new shop at Three Bridges railway station, West Sussex, next week (Saturday, 3 February).

Revealed: how to cut the carbon footprint of sarnies

Sandwich manufacturers could reduce the carbon footprint of their products by as much as 50% through recipe changes and waste reduction, a study by The University of Manchester has found.

Booming food-to-go market drives growth at Greencore

Soaring food-to-go sales have driven a 9.2% rise in reported revenue for Greencore’s UK and Ireland operations.

Greggs offers candlelit dinners for Valentine’s Day

Greggs is offering romantic candlelit dinners in its stores for the first time this Valentine’s Day.

Kara extends Indulgent Cake Collection range

Kara, the foodservice brand of Finsbury Food Group, has made four additions to its Indulgent Cake Collection.

Ten new products on show at Europain 2018

Thousands of professionals from the bakery, pastry and chocolate-making industries are set to descend upon France’s Paris-Nord Villepinte for trade show Europain next month.

Veganuary gains pace with savoury bakery NPD

Veganuary is drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean the flurry of meat- and dairy-free NPD to hit the market has slowed. 

Aryzta cites Brexit pressure as it issues profit warning

Aryzta has warned its earnings will be down 15% year on year, but insists revenue is ‘relatively’ stable.

Krispy Kreme to open second store in Brighton

Doughnut specialist Krispy Kreme is set to open a second store in Brighton on Thursday 8 February.

Pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s to open in the north west

Franchise business Auntie Anne’s has revealed expansion plans for the next year that will see it open its first stores in the north west of England.

Roberts Bakery teams up with Brazilian street artist

Roberts Bakery has teamed up with Brazilian street artist Mateus Bailon to promote its recent rebrand.

New initiatives and passenger numbers drive SSP UK growth

Group revenue at Starbucks and Upper Crust travel sites operator SSP grew 13.5% in the last quarter of 2017.

Finsbury UK sales up as overseas business dips

Finsbury Food Group has said it is maintaining its focus on offsetting cost increases after reporting a 2.5% rise in revenue in the last six months of 2017.

Butterscotch Bakery’s new afternoon tea site

London-based Butterscotch Bakery is to open its second site in Marylebone, London, specialising in afternoon tea.

Five tips for reducing bakery surplus and waste

Surplus and waste stock can be a drain on bakery businesses of all sizes in addition to being an environmental concern.

Muffin Break expands bakery range

Muffin Break has expanded its range with three new paninis and a limited-edition muffin.

Greggs reveals plan to accelerate store openings

Greggs is aiming to grow its estate to almost 2,000 stores in the coming year with the opening of up to 130 new sites.

How was 2017 for Britain’s bakery industry?

British Baker wants you to say what the past 12 months have meant for the retail bakery market.

Coffee shop market up 7.3% despite Brexit pressures

More than 1,200 coffee shops were opened in the UK in the past year, according to a new study.

Real Bread Campaign launches guide to cutting bakery surplus and waste

A new guide to help small bakeries reduce surplus and waste has been published by The Real Bread Campaign.

Paul UK raises over £13k for food charity campaign

Paul UK has raised £13,280 for The Felix Project’s ‘Help a Hungry Child’ campaign from sales of its breads.

Greggs, SSP and Caffè Nero to present at conference

Leading figures from businesses including Greggs, SSP, Caffè Nero and Itsu will be speaking at the 2018 MCA Food-to-go Conference.

MPs call for 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups

The government is being urged to introduce a 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups.

PETA launches petition for Greggs vegan sausage roll

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK has launched a petition calling for Greggs to add a vegan sausage roll to its menu.

Central Foods continues free-from launches with new sausage roll

Central Foods is continuing to cater for free-from products with the introduction of a gluten-free sausage roll.

Pieminister debuts ‘Kevin’, the vegan pie

Pieminister has launched its first vegan pie through its own restaurants and selected Waitrose stores.

Brioche Pasquier launches Crunchy Coulant Caramel

Brioche Pasquier has rolled out a new addition to its entremets range, inspired by the salted caramel dessert trend.

Warrens launches lower-calorie Good Taste Range

Warrens Bakery has launched a range of lower-calorie baked goods including a signature Pie Thin. 

Granier Bakery grows UK presence with Stratford site

Spanish bakery and café brand Granier has continued its UK expansion with a new store in Stratford, London. 

A very merry Christmas to all British Baker readers!

The British Baker team would like to wish its readers a happy and prosperous Christmas - and hopes the new year gets off to a great start for you all.

How was 2017 for Britain’s bakery industry?

British Baker wants you to say what the past 12 months have meant for the retail bakery market.

Greggs launches Festive Bake Sprinkles

Greggs has released limited-edition Festive Bake Sprinkles – the crunchy crumb topping used on its Christmas menu staple.

Bread Ahead set to open third site

Bread Ahead is to open a new bakery and café in Soho, London, next year.

Review of the year 2017: April to June

As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the major stories that have impacted the baking industry in 2017.

Pieminister to boost capacity and open new sites

Pieminister is acquiring new plant and machinery and opening three new restaurants after securing £1.65m in financing.

Doughnut Time reveals three new London locations

Doughnut Time has revealed the locations of three new stores in London, with one in Shoreditch opening last Friday (15 December).