Major retailer Sainsbury’s has unveiled an overhaul of its patisserie counters as it looks to tap into the success of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO).

The Hampshire-based gluten-free bakery Mrs Crimbles has released a new range of home baking mixes.

The Lancaster London hotel will serve an exclusive spooky experience for its Halloween-themed ARTea afternoon tea, which will be available from 17-31 October.

Border Biscuits, the premium sweet biscuit producer, will improve its presence in major retailer Asda this month, with the introduction of Dark Chocolate Gingers and Orange - a new variant to its chocolate ginger range.

UK snacking and baking brand Whitworths has launched its first superfood range of snacks, called Full of Super.

British Airways (BA) is in talks to join forces with Marks & Spencer to provide travellers with its range of sandwiches and snacks on its flights.

Brioche Pasquier is introducing a selection of four continental-style desserts, aimed at targeting chocoholics on Valentine’s Day.

Biscuits and cakes manufacturer Pladis, has revealed the next phase of its convenience and impulse strategy (C&I) that will include two new channel launches and in-store merchandising support.

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, organised a 270-mile bike ride from Northampton to Ypres, Belgium, with 28 amateur cyclists raising over 20k for the homeless charity, Northampton Hope Centre (an official figure is yet to be confirmed).

Northern Ireland-based bakery Irwin’s has landed a contract with major retailer Asda to produce a new range of Extra Special Muffins.

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Jammie Dodgers in an exclusive snack pack range, following the launch of this year's ‘Best Ever Recipe’.

This week we celebrate the eighth year of National Cupcake Week (19-25 September) for all you sweet-toothed baking enthusiasts and we want to know what you will be whipping up for the next seven days.

This week, British Baker hosted the 2016 National Cupcake Championships at the AB Mauri Centre of Excellence in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Fast food chain McDonald's has opened a pilot standalone café in Paris that serves a range including macarons and muffins, but no burgers.

British Baker has learnt that Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new 100% wholly owned subsidiary business, Renshaw US Inc. and opened a warehouse facility in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has enjoyed a near 25% rise in group revenue for the financial year ended 2 July 2016, according to preliminary results from the company.

Breadwinners has set up a long-term plan for those struggling to find employment, to start their own bread delivery business.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, visited the free-from producer Welsh Hills Bakery factory in Aberdare.

A slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake, preserved since the 19th century, has been sold at auction for £1,500 by notable collector David Gainsborough Roberts.

Invicta Bakeware, the equipment manufacturer and supplier, joined forces with Sergeant Michael Cottingham to create a cake for the Royal Mail’s 500th anniversary.

Three local bakers in the Chilterns region are celebrating after winning Real Bread Awards from the Chiltern Society.

New “faster, fresher” food-to-go brand Keuken has opened its first store, on Eldon Street, London.

A one-year-old girl almost died after choking on a piece of plastic inside a mini-muffin bought from the Lidl store in Darlington, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Birmingham social enterprise company Miss Macaroon will be opening its first shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade in the last week of October.

Classic Fine Foods and Valrhona Chocolate have launched a Christmas dessert competition, where pastry chefs can win a trip to New York. 

Costa Express has installed its 6,000th self-serve coffee bar globally in Tesco High Wycombe and says it is on track to have more than 8,000 machines by 2020.

The icing was frosted, the sponges were squidged and the cakes were tasted, and the winners are:

Scotland’s Scotty Brand has gained a £150,000 listing with Asda to stock two cake lines in Scottish stores, with both lines handmade by Motherwell’s Kerrs Bakery.

Malt loaf maker Soreen has unveiled its latest new product as part of its range expansion with the introduction of the toasting format, Toast Me’s.

A giant, fully edible map of Scotland was built – and then eaten, at the Scottish Festival of Architecture on Sunday 11 September.

Co-op overhauls own-label range

13 September, 2016

A range of bakery products are set to be repackaged as The Co-op shakes up its 3,500-line own-label offer.

Associated British Foods was upbeat about its UK bakery, sugar, ingredients and cereals businesses as it posted a trading update this morning, with underlying profit said to be “ahead of expectations”.

Bakery chain Greggs is introducing sourdough pasties with less than 300 calories and up to two-thirds less fat and saturated fat than its standard pasty.

Real Good Food in upbeat mood

12 September, 2016

Real Good Food executive chairman Pieter Totté has issued a bullish statement on group trading in advance of the company’s annual general meeting today.

Linwoods Bakery recalls loaf

09 September, 2016

Northern Ireland-based Linwoods Bakery is recalling its Multigrain Loaf due to an inconsistent emphasis of wheat ingredients and a soya ingredient, according to the Food Standards Agency.

Macphie has added a new Cherry Bakewell flavour to its Sensations range of mixes.

Cornish pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish has launched a lower-fat pasty aimed at providing great-tasting, nutritional foods as part of a more balanced diet. 

In celebration of the millions of people around the UK who make the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning a record-breaking fundraising event, Macmillan Cancer Support has built the UK skyline from biscuits.

Pork Farms, part of Addo Foods Group, has launched a snack pack for its Wall’s sausage rolls range after collaborating with speciality packaging manufacturer, Parkside.

East Midlands bakery Luke Evans has invested £75,000 in new equipment, which will allow it to produce up to 9,000 bread rolls an hour.

There has been a social media backlash after Sainsbury’s removed Taste the Difference options from its £3 meal deal. The range has been renamed On The Go, and still includes a drink, sandwich and snack.

Mumpanel, a 15,000-strong online forum, has said 95% of its members would recommend the loaves to other parents.

Charity Macmillan Cancer Support is showcasing artwork featuring an entire British skyline made out of 25,000 biscuits in London.

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has unveiled the latest invention to its muffin lab – ‘Earl Grey Tea and Raspberry’.

UK temperature control specialist Dawsonrentals has devised a new approach to ‘hot product cooling’ prior to blast chilling or freezing, which it says will slash costs for bakers.

Speciality ingredients supplier Cornelius has launched a new creative centre, designed to host joint development project workshops with partners and customers.

Gluten-free bakery Almondy has launched a creamy chocolate cake with roasted almonds that is gluten- and lactose-free.

Foodservice wholesaler Brakes has revealed a new and more transparent pricing strategy, which will go live in November following extensive pilots.

High street sandwich chain Subway has set up the company’s first ever Instagram account, aiming to create a community around conceptually high-quality content.

Denmark-based firm Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a suite of protein and calcium snacking solutions for kids that offer a healthier alternative to chocolate bars and other popular children’s snacks.

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