Mary Berry is to leave The Great British Bake Off ahead of the show's recently announced move to Channel 4.

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.

Group sales at Ocado climbed 15.4% to £314 million in the third quarter, despite the chief executive indicating that price wars were expected to continue in the future.

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

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

A new webinar, ‘How to embed online learning into your organisation’, aims to explore how the food and drink sector is changing in regards to technology, especially when it comes to staff training and compliance.

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.

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed group, is to open sites in St Albans, Hertfordshire and One Tower Bridge, London.

Fried chicken sandwich street-food outlet Butchies is to launch its first permanent site in London’s Camden Market later this month.

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

Burton’s CEO steps down

31 August, 2016

Ben Clarke has announced he will step down from his post as chief executive of Burton’s Biscuits Company after seven years in the post. 

Next week the Real Bread Campaign’s (RBC’s) fourth annual #SourdoughSeptember begins.

Ronnie Draper, general secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said action was taken over something he wrote on social media.

The palletising of artisanal loaves has been revolutionised by the new system at Speciality Bread (SB)’s £3m state-of-the-art Margate bakery. 

Kerry Foods, the owner of Homepride flour, is to launch a 100% British Wheat Campaign in September which will involve new marketing and packaging for the brand. 

California-based baking supplier Bellarise has developed an organic gluten substitute that it says can replace 25% to 50% of gluten used by bakers.

Musician and cheesemaker Alex James has joined United Biscuits (UB)-owned Jacob’s as chief taste curator for a new lunchtime campaign.

Scotland’s new food authority, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take a hard line on tackling obesity, with suggested measures including a junk food tax and advertising bans.

Bakers have been told by the government to cut the amount of sugar in their products by 20% over the next four years.

Unilever has expanded its partnership with Dorset-based Thomas J Fudge’s Remarkable Bakery to produce an on-the-go Marmite snack.

The flour has been sifted, the sparkles have been sprinkled, and now it’s time for the icing on the cake – we are delighted to announce the National Cupcake Championships finalists 2016! 

High street sandwich chain Subway has launched its Summer of Music with Pepsi, featuring award-winning Grime artist Stormzy.

Hobart cycles for charity

15 August, 2016

Chris Birch, Hobart Warewash’s marketing manager, is to compete in the Springboard Charity’s 240-mile Team Velo London to Paris Cycle Challenge.

New trustees for GroceryAid

10 August, 2016

Food industry charity GroceryAid has added Waitrose’s Mark Williamson and Procter & Gamble’s Helen Tucker to its board of trustees.

French analysts have revised down their expectations for the country’s milling wheat harvest, but UK traders are eyeing export opportunities to North Africa.

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Last year cake sales grew at the fastest rate since 2011, with the market estimated to have grown by 3% to reach £1.22bn, according to research by analyst Mintel.

Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor Destiny Foods has launched its Christmas range.

The latest Barclaycard consumer confidence research has shown caution among consumers, as spending rose 2.6% in July, with growth levels down on those seen in May and June. 

The French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in London’s Covent Garden on 22 August. 

The third year of Dawn Foods’ National American Sweet Bakery Week was embraced by UK bakers and deemed a success by the Evesham-based bakery ingredients supplier.

Newport-based Brace’s Bakery has announced the teams that will receive a slice of £10k as part of its Community Sport Fund.

Bulk ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle PLC said its Q1 profits from 1 April 2016 to 30 June 2016 were up on the same period last year.

George Eustice has retained his position as food and farming minister in the latest round of ministerial appointments by prime minister Theresa May. 

Job losses at Allied

18 July, 2016

Allied Bakeries, the company behind Kingsmill, Allinson and Burgen, plans to shut a distribution centre in Flintshire, which will put 53 jobs at risk.

Pidy, the Belgian pastry products business, has been acquired by French operator Biscuits Bouvard Group. 

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has outlined the industry’s key priorities in the Brexit negotiations in an open letter to incoming prime minister Theresa May.

Bakers hoping to triumph at this year’s National Cupcake Championships have been given more time to enter. Last entries will now be accepted on 29 July.

A leaked copy of David Cameron’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has prompted campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS) to call for its revision.

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce the BIA finalists for 2016!

Popstar Olly Murs paid Wrights Pies a visit in his home town of Stoke, and took to social media to praise the bakery.

French bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has launched new Mini Toasts, made from biscotte.

Pie manufacturer Holland’s Pies has teamed up with AB World Foods to launch a new on-pack promotion to celebrate the success of its Guinness range.

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