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Sainsbury’s-Asda merger ‘could push up prices’

The proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda suffered a blow today (20 February) as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that it could push up prices and reduce quality.

Brace’s Bakery unveils ‘Welsh Legends’ range

Brace’s Bakery has launched new range of bloomers and batch loaves called Welsh Legends.

Honeybuns extends vegan cake offering

Free-from bakery Honeybuns is to add three new variants to its vegan cake range next month, bringing the total number to five.

Pidy adds chocolate waffle basket to UK portfolio

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry manufacturer, has unveiled a chocolate waffle basket ahead of Easter.

Prepare for egg sandwich shortage, says British Lion

Food businesses need to brace themselves for a shortage of egg sandwiches and empty shelves post-Brexit, experts have warned.

Addo promotes Deborah Bolton to CEO

Deborah Bolton has been named as Addo Food Group’s new chief executive officer.

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Mini Miss Bread to open sourdough bakery in Essex

Sourdough bakery Mini Miss Bread is opening a store in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Vegan sausage rolls boost sales at Greggs

Vegan sausage rolls have helped to boost an “exceptional sales performance” at Greggs, with total sales up 14.1% for the seven weeks to 16 February.

Ghanaian bakery secures listings with Morrisons

A London-based Ghanaian specialist bakery has secured listings for its products in Morrisons.

Redblack Software creates delivery app for bakers

RedBlack Software has created a cloud-based mobile delivery management app to help wholesale bakers simplify operations, reduce paper and data re-entry.

Lottie Shaw’s gains first national supermarket listing

Yorkshire bakery Lottie Shaw’s has gained listings at Sainsbury’s for its Yorkshire Parkin cake.

40 years service: (L-R) Steve Clarke, Segundo Verdusojo, Mike Roberts, Mark Lyons and Dave Clarke
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Roberts staff celebrate over 1000 years’ joint service

Fifty-six long-serving employees at Roberts Bakery are celebrating more than 1000 years’ joint service.

Are supermarkets treating bakers fairly, asks GCA

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon is urging bakery suppliers to say whether major groceries retailers are treating them fairly.

Cargill launches new cocoa powder for bakers

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate has unveiled a new cocoa powder designed specifically for bakers.

Pukka Pies gains listings for three lines at Waitrose

Pukka Pies has secured listings in Waitrose for three of its products.

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).

No-deal 'catastrophe' fears for British wheat exports

A no-deal Brexit could have a catastrophic impact on wheat exports, millers have warned.

Bridor adds Breton cake-inspired Breizh’N’Roll

French bakery manufacturer Bridor has launched Breizh’n’Roll.

Buyers found for Patisserie Valerie and Philpotts

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

Fri-Jado UK launches multi-deck hot food units

Food retailing equipment provider Fri-Jado UK has launched a range of heated multi-deck ‘eyeline’ merchandisers.

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.

Cafés urged to apply calorie labelling to scones

Coffee shops and cafés in Northern Ireland should consider applying calorie labelling to scones, according to the Food Standards Agency.

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.

Délifrance launches filled Madeleines into UK market

Délifrance UK has expanded its range with a filled and shaped selection of Madeleines.

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.

Asda labels buns and baps to raise cancer awareness

Asda is stickering items including buns, baps and pancakes to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The Wicked Cake Co adds low calorie cake bars

Family-owned business The Wicked Cake Company has extended its line-up with portion controlled cake bars.

Nairn’s unveils its lowest sugar biscuit

Nairn’s has extended its portfolio with Coconut & Chia Oat Biscuits that it claims have 55% less sugar than the average sweet biscuit.

Ministers urged to delay non-Brexit consultations

The UK’s food and drink industry has urged the government to pause current and planned consultations or risk trade associations not responding.

Lantmännen Unibake UK appoints head of technical

Lantmännen Unibake has appointed Dr Stefania Cuffari as head of technical.

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.

Welsh companies team up to create Bakery Gin

Swansea-based Lewis Pie & Pasty Co has collaborated with a local brewery and distillery to create a gin made from surplus bread.

Mono Equipment to run free chocolate workshop

Mono Equipment has organised a free Chocolate Made Easy workshop at Priestley Bakers in Slough.

Feeling the love: more Valentine’s bakery NPD

Bakers and food manufacturers are giving consumers the chance to spread the love in a host of ways including doughnuts, biscuits and Yorkshire puds (yes, you read that right).

NYBC and pizzeria team up to create ‘Bagelizza’

New York Bakery Co has teamed up with London restaurant Mulberry Street Pizza to develop what is claimed to be the UK’s first bagel/pizza hybrid – dubbed the Bagelizza.

Yorkshire Baker founder launches new pastry brand

Gill Ridgard, founder of Yorkshire Baker, has launched new pastries business The Original Baker.

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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.

Cake Décor appoints UK sales manager for B2B

Cake Décor has appointed Paul Parkinson as UK sales manager for business to business. 

Pret food safety chief warns of incident reporting delays

Pret A Manger food safety boss Tim Smith has urged for change in the way allergen-related deaths and serious incidents are reported.

McVitie’s promotes mental health initiative

McVitie’s has joined forces with charity initiative Time to Change to promote conversations around mental health on Time to Talk Day (7 February 2019).

Finsbury Food Group invests £1m in Kara plant

Finsbury Food Group has boosted efficiency and capacity at its Kara foodservice facility in Manchester with a £1m investment.

Burton’s acquires premium supplier Thomas Fudge’s

Burton’s Biscuit Co is to boost its presence in the premium biscuit market with the acquisition of Thomas Fudge’s.

Defra reveals no-deal food labelling changes

The government has laid out rules for what food and drink businesses must show on product labels if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019.

Brook makes first charity donation for anniversary

Brook Food Processing Equipment is marking its 25th anniversary this year by making 12 charitable donations.

Valentine’s bakery trends to make hearts flutter

As Marvin Gaye once sang, Let’s Get It On. We are, of course, talking about the oven as bakers gear up for Valentine’s Day 2019.

Burton’s rolls out Cathedral City Crumbly Bites

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded its Cathedral City range with Cathedral City Crumbly Bites.

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.

Pladis expands Godiva line-up with luxury biscuits

Pladis is expanding its luxury chocolate brand Godiva with a trio of biscuit-based NPD.

Aryzta unveils Otis cracked egg muffin for Easter

Aryzta Food Solutions has launched a Cracked Egg Muffin under its Otis sweet bakery brand.

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