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Andy Underwood and Alastair Macphie, managing director and chairman at Macphie
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Macphie doubles profit in bullish year

Macphie, the Scottish-based bakery and food ingredients manufacturer, has seen profits and sales increase off the back of weaker dairy prices.

2 Sisters sees quarterly drop in sales and profits

Boparan Holdings – the owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales slump by 3.5% to £778.3m in the three months to 31 October.

Sainsbury's was the only one of the Big Four to post sales growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December
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Sainsbury’s bucks Big Four downward trend

Sainsbury’s was the only Big Four supermarket to show growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December 2015, up 1.2% to achieve a market share of 16.7%.

London bakery goes cashless

Sweet Things will be the first London eatery not to accept cash payments when it opens in Notting Hill on 4 January.

Expansion for tea and crumpet concept

A specialist London-based tea and crumpet kiosk intends to open a second outlet in the New Year. 

Auchtermuchty secures Selfridges deal

Auchtermuchty Cake Company, the Fife-based gluten-free bakery, has secured its first retail listing with Selfridges.

Double-digit revenue growth for The Bread Factory

The Bread Factory has reported another year of double-digit growth, with revenue up 25% from £36.1m to £45.1m.

Kingsmill loaves back on Tesco shelves

Tesco has relisted several of Kingsmill’s core branded bread loaves, nine months after they were cut as part of supermarket’s ‘Project Reset’ simplification of its SKUs.

Pop culture icon inspires festive doughnuts

London artisan donutterie Dum Dum Doughnuts has rolled out three limited-edition festive-themed treats in the shape of pop culture creature Domo. 

Jamaica Blue, the coffee chain, is to open four new stores next year
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Australia franchise café firm reveals UK expansion plans

Jamaica Blue plans to open four new cafés in ‘affluent’ areas of the UK in 2016.

Ginsters to release spicy double bill

Ginsters is to roll out two spicy limited edition flavours at the end of the month.

Waitrose withdraws biscuit packs after mix-up

Waitrose has withdrawn packs of its own-label Stem Ginger Cookies 200g after it was found they contained the supermarket’s Cherry & Almond Cookies 200g.

Pieter Totté, executive chairman at RGF
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RGF buys sports supplements brand

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has bought ISO2 Nutrition, the sports supplements brand, for a nominal amount.

Costa Coffee reports Q3 sales growth

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned café chain, has posted UK like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 2.5% for the 13 weeks to 26 November 2015.

Tesco recalls shortcakes over egg labelling

Tesco has recalled packs of its own-brand Tesco Chunky Chocolate Shortcakes 175g because of a failure to declare the presence of egg on the label.

Lily Vanilli is to create products for healthy snack producers Graze
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Lily Vanilli announces snack box partnership

Lily Vanilli has revealed she is to design some sweet healthy treats for the online snack box company Graze.

Warburtons’ Muppets ad crowned Christmas best

The Warburtons’ advert promoting giant crumpets featuring The Muppets has been crowned 2015’s most successful Christmas campaign.

The Cornish Bakery has expansion plans
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Cornish Bakery eyes rapid expansion

The Cornish Bakery is embarking on an expansion drive that could see it adding up to 20 sites over the next two years.

Pinkmans has opened its doors in Bristol
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Bakery veterans launch Bristol-based Pinkmans

Pinkmans, a Bristol-based bakery concept, has opened its doors with the soft opening taking place on 3 December.

Irwin’s expands popular Softee range

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has expanded its Softee range to offer shoppers an alternative to white bread. 

Wall’s rolls out on-the-go festive products

Wall’s Pastry is giving consumers the chance to enjoy Christmas flavours on the go with two new seasonal products.

Eat Natural in peanut allergy withdrawal

Eat Natural, the fruit and nut bars and cereal company, has withdrawn one of its lines from Waitrose after a manufacturing error meant it contained undeclared peanuts.

Costa Fresco focuses on food
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Costa launches Fresco

Costa Coffee has launched a new concept which focuses on food-to-go sales.

Whitbread announces new non-executive director

Whitbread, the group that owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, has appointed Chris Kennedy as a non-executive director.

10 magical mince pies you'll want to munch right now

Mince pies hold a special place in the hearts of the British public, comforting, portable and one of the few British Christmas bakes only a few “don’t really like”. British Baker takes a look at 10 great places to buy these little pieces of festive heaven:

Fiona Kendrick, president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and chief executive and chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland
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FDF president pledges to treble apprenticeships

Fiona Kendrick has announced a pledge to treble apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and grow value-added exports a third by 2020.

M&S recalls crispbakes

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has issued a recall for its Vegetable Crispbakes with a use-by date of 7 November 2015 because it may contain egg, which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to egg.

Independent bakers missing out on Bake Off opportunity

High street bakery outlets are failing to cash in on a surge in consumption of sweet-tasting bakery and dessert products, in a trend driven by The Great British Bake Off.

Welsh bakery sets out Christmas fare

Welsh baker Tan y Castell has launched a new range of festive Welsh cakes and Bara Brith for the Christmas season. 

Stork launches Christmas home baking drive

Stork, the Unilever-owned brand, has launched a £1.6m Christmas marketing campaign to encourage consumers to home-bake with Stork with Butter. 

Brains gains £85m to expand Coffee#1 chain

Drinks and hospitality firm Brains has been given an £85m funding packing to help accelerate the roll-out of its coffee chain business Coffee#1.

Grocery retailers set for strong Christmas

UK shoppers are expected to spend £20.3bn on groceries over the Christmas period, a 1.4% rise on last year.

Europeans are decreasing their sugar intake, says study

The majority of consumers in key European markets are cutting back on their consumption of sugar, new research from Mintel has revealed.

Michael Carr, new sales director at Edme
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Edme appoints new sales director

The malted ingredients producer Edme has announced that Michael Carr is to be its new sales director. 

Caffè Nero acquires London sites

Caffè Nero, the high-street coffee chain, has acquired three London sites from struggling café business Harris + Hoole.

Aryzta enjoys Q1 revenue growth

Aryzta, the Irish-Swiss bakery group, has reported a 6.1% rise in revenue to €995m (£701m) for the three months to 31 October.

Antique mill withdraws flour

Worsbrough Mill, a 17th century working mill, has withdrawn packs of flour, bran, semolina and bread mix due to incorrect allergen information.

Another record year for Patisserie Holdings

Patisserie Holdings, the company behind a host of high street chains, has delivered another “record” year after its underlying profit increased by 22% to £18.8m.

Iain Anderson, new national account manager at New Britain Oils
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New Britain Oils hires expert to lead foodservice expansion

New Britain Oils, the Liverpool-based sustainable palm oil producer, has appointed Iain Anderson as national account manager.

SSP reports 3.7% LFL growth

SSP, the travel location food and drink brand operator, has reported a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 3.7% for the year ended 30 September 2015.

Autumn statement: govt outlines apprenticeship and business rate plans

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for three million apprentices and handed local councils the power to cut business rates.

Finsbury celebrates 78.1% revenue increase

Finsbury Foods, the retail and foodservice bakery group, has reported UK bakery revenue growth of 8.7% for the first four months of its financial year.

Paul and Katrina Allan of Murdoch Allan with Brian O'Shea of Asda (centre)
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Scottish bakers celebrate Asda listings

Three Scottish bakeries are celebrating new listings worth an estimated £275,000 in total as Asda grows its locally sourced bakery range.

Ian Firth (left), business development manager for Bibby Distribution, shakes hands with Mark Owen, logistics director at Roberts Bakery
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Roberts Bakery secures logistics deal

Roberts Bakery, the Cheshire-based firm, has agreed a deal with logistics provider Bibby Distribution, which will allow it to supply customers further afield than ever.

Greencore Group has recorded a 10.6% rise in group operating profits
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Greencore announces factory investment following strong sales

Greencore Group, the convenience food manufacturer, has reported a 10.6% rise in group operating profits to £91.7m for the year ended 25 September 2015.

Bakkavör sees revenue and underlying profit growth

Bakkavör, a leading food manufacturer, has unveiled 16% growth in its third-quarter underlying profit.

Losses surge at Tesco coffee shop offshoot

Tesco is having to commit millions of pounds to keep solvent a rapidly expanding, loss-making coffee chain it part owns.

Muppets top most-read news on bakeryinfo

Only a month ago few would have predicted that The Muppets would be back on our screens at primetime. However few would have envisioned Warburtons pumping £25m into a promotional campaign. 

Chocolatier branches out into pop-up dessert nights

An Australian pastry chef and chocolatier is celebrating a year of organising pop-up dessert nights in London with an event at Eat 17 in Homerton, east London.

Cambridgeshire bakery closes shop

A bakery in Cambridgeshire is closing one of its seven shops due to a steady decline in business in the town it is based in.

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