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Baker & Spice acquired by coffee shop chain DoCASA

Four London outlets of former Patisserie Holdings business Baker & Spice have been acquired by coffee chain Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (DoCASA).

Buyers found for Patisserie Valerie and Philpotts

Patisserie Holdings businesses Patisserie Valerie and Philpotts have been sold in separate deals.

Patisserie Valerie rescued in private equity-backed MBO

Patisserie Valerie has reportedly been sold to its management team in a move backed by a private equity firm.

Gail’s adds Bacon Hot Cross Bun to Easter menu

Gail’s Bakery has unveiled its Easter 2019 range, including sweet chocolate treats and a hot cross bun with bacon.

Patisserie Valerie unveils Valentine’s NPD and brand

Patisserie Holdings – which entered administration last month – has rolled out Patisserie Valerie Valentine’s NPD and rebranded one of its flagship stores.

The Cornish Bakery reopens York store after fire

The Cornish Bakery is to reopen its Colliergate store in York today (12 February), over four months since it closed following a fire.

Bakery food-to-go sales set to grow £400m by 2022

Price, convenience and health will be key factors in tapping growth in the food to go market, according to analysts.

Prada pastry shop Marchesi 1824 to open first UK site

Prada Group-owned pastry shop Marchesi 1824 is to open a store in London’s Mayfair this year.

Graze healthy snack brand acquired by Unilever

Unilever is raising its profile in the healthy foods market with the acquisition of the Graze snacking brand.

Signorelli opens third outlet in London’s Stratford

Italian artisan bakery and pasticceria (pastry shop) Signorelli has opened its third outlet in Stratford’s newest neighbourhood.

Chantilly Patisserie sold by Real Good Food

Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has sold Chantilly Patisserie to its management team.

Caffè Nero Group acquires 70% stake in Coffee#1

Caffè Nero Group has bought a majority stake in the Coffee#1 chain.

London campaign to curb crust waste launched

A campaign to help reduce the number of bread crusts thrown away in London every year has been launched by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA).

Greencore food-to-go sales rise 6.4% in Q1

Greencore has stated that 2019 has got off to an “encouraging start”, with strong sales in its food-to-go operations.

Food firms warn of no-deal shortages and price hikes

Consumers could face availability issues and higher prices, major retailers and foodservice businesses have warned.

Laura Ashley tea rooms adds vegan afternoon tea

Laura Ashley the Tea Room has expanded its afternoon tea offering with a vegan option at its three sites.

Consultation on sandwich allergen labelling launched

A consultation - which includes a proposal of making full ingredient listing mandatory on food prepared in shops – has been launched by the government.

New London food hub to feature mill and bakery

A regeneration project in London’s Elephant & Castle, designed to highlight sustainable food, is to feature an on-site mill and bakery.

Seventy Patisserie Holdings sites to close immediately

Patisserie Holdings administrator KPMG is to immediately close 70 sites following the collapse of the business last night.

AIBI Congress to focus on bakery of the future

Jonathan Warburton and Sir John Timpson are among speakers at an event being billed as the UK’s biggest bakery conference.

Bako South Eastern merged with ABC Suppliers

Bakery supplier Bako North Western Group has merged its businesses ABC Suppliers (Norwich) and Bako South Eastern (Wimbledon).

Subway brings back savers menu with new offering

Subway has reintroduced its Savers menu with a new selection of subs and snacks that are now available in stores.

Fortnum's unveils Chinese New Year afternoon tea

Fortnum & Mason is to host an afternoon tea in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Pret A Manger unveils updated menu for winter

Pret A Manger has expanded its range of salads, soups and sandwiches for winter.

Cake Box opens new store with £123k funding

Egg-free cake supplier Cake Box has opened a new store in Slough, using a £123,000 funding package from HSBC.

Gail’s upgrades EPOS and stock control systems

Gail’s Bakery has upgraded its EPOS and stock control technology across its 47 sites. 

Central Foods adds spinach wraps to Katerbake range

Frozen food distributor Central Foods has boosted its Katerbake range of flavoured wraps for foodservice with a new spinach variant.

Jamie Oliver develops food-to-go range for Shell

Shell service stations are to carry a new range of food-to-go products – including sandwiches and wraps – created by chef Jamie Oliver.

Heart-shaped Valentine’s doughnut from Aryzta

Aryzta Food Solutions is launching a heart-shaped limited-edition doughnut for Valentine’s Day.

Eco-friendly bakery Söderberg to open in Soho

Swedish artisan bakery Söderberg is to open its first London-based café on Berwick Street, Soho.

Horler quits Patisserie Holdings non-exec role

Restaurant chain chief and hospitality industry expert James Horler has resigned as a non-executive director of Patisserie Holdings.

AOK Kitchen & Bakery to open in Marylebone

A new bakery and restaurant is to open its doors in London’s Marylebone this February.

How to boost breakfast bagel sales out of home

New York Bakery Co is looking to help foodservice operators boost their morning bagel sales with its new Breakfast Guide.

What types of tea pair best with vegan bakes?

With Veganuary in full swing, bakers and café operators – and their customers – may be looking for the ideal tea pairing for their vegan bake.

Greggs boss ‘honoured’ by OBE for promoting equality

Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside has said he is “delighted and honoured” after receiving an OBE in recognition of his services to women and equality.

Costa launches new menu and breakfast meal deal

Costa Coffee has unveiled a new food and drink menu with more sandwich options and seasonal bakes.

Vegan bakery launches for Veganuary 2019

With Veganuary – a month long celebration of plant-based eating – well under way, British Baker rounds up the latest vegan product launches.

‘Sugar tax’ schemes backed by 60% of consumers

In the week health chiefs have again raised the idea of taxing cakes and puddings, more than half of consumers have said they back ‘sugar tax’-style initiatives.

Crussh turns store fully plant-based for Veganuary

Crussh has turned its store in London’s Soho 100% plant-based for Veganuary.

PHE plans for 1,040-calorie limit on pizzas revealed

Health chiefs are considering setting tough calorie caps on a wide range of take-away and restaurant foods.

Christmas 2018: festive bakes from around the UK

School is out and offices across the country are winding down, but the nation’s bakers are still in full swing as Christmas fast approaches.

Review of the Year 2018: October to December

With 2019 fast approaching, we cast our eye over some of the bakery stories that have hit the headlines over the past 12 months.

Patisserie Valerie to launch customer loyalty app

Patisserie Valerie is set to launch a loyalty app that it says will enable it to better analyse customer behaviour.

Former Starbucks boss joins Patisserie Holdings

Patisserie Holdings has appointed former Starbucks boss Ryhs Iley as its commercial director.

Dominique Ansel to open second London store

Artisan baker Dominique Ansel is opening a second store in London, in Covent Garden.

Bad Girl Bakery expands with cake caravan

Scotland’s Bad Girl Bakery has expanded into Inverness city centre with the launch of a Cake & Coffee Caravan.

Coopland & Son fined £160k for flour dust offence

East Yorkshire bakery business Coopland & Son has been fined almost £160,000 after exposing its staff to flour dust.

Christmas 2018: bakery NPD for the festive season

Only 12 more sleeps until Christmas! But that doesn’t mean bakeries are finished for the festive season. There’s a host of NPD yet to be explored.

Costa to flag up meat content of festive toastie

Costa Coffee is to highlight the meat content of its Ultimate Christmas Toastie after coming under fire for failing to mention turkey or bacon on the front of its pack.

Dawn targets breakfast with trio of NPD

Dawn Foods has launched three frozen sweet bakery products for the foodservice breakfast market.