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Whitworths has revamped its packaging
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Whitworths revamps packaging

Fruit and nut retailer Whitworths has redesigned its packaging to capitalise on the expanding snacking and home-baking markets.

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

2 Sisters: biscuit market under pressure

2 Sisters Food Group, the conglomerate which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales tumble 8.2% in the 52 weeks to 1 August to £3.14bn from £3.42bn in 2014.

UK’s first crisp sandwich shop shuts down

The UK’s first crisp sandwich shop has closed down three months after opening, in a development blamed on the owner’s poor health.

Aviva survey shows ‘invisible’ spend

A typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items such as coffees, shop-bought lunches, post-work drinks and treats for children, says a new survey commissioned by insurance company Aviva.

Greggs in £2,000 robbery

Raiders forced their way into a Greggs in Birchencliffe in Yorkshire at 11.30pm on 25 October, stealing a safe containing £2,000.

New café opens in Merseyside

Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

Wrights targets ‘on-the-move’ market with new slice

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has introduced a new Meatball Marinara Lattice to its food-to-go range.

Higgidy launches Sofa Supper campaign

Sussex-based pie manufacture Higgidy is hosting two pie-themed nights to launch its Higgidy Sofa Supper Campaign.

Sweetpea Pantry listed by M&S and Booths

Baking-mix producer Sweetpea Pantry has secured deals with supermarket chains Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Booths.

Bread Factory joins with chefs on bakery charity event

A bread-themed charity event in support of Action Against Hunger is being organised by London artisan bakery the Bread Factory and executive chef at Duck and Waffle Daniel Doherty.

American bakery joins historic Soho market

American-inspired bakery Elizabeth D Bakes is among six new stalls to join the newly refurbished Berwick Street Market in Soho, London.

Subway failed to pay staff, says BIS report

Sandwich retailer Subway has appeared in a new report naming and shaming firms who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

Gluten-free products ‘not up to scratch’, says research

A new study has found nearly 40% of coeliac sufferers are critical of gluten-free bread and mixes currently on the market.

Pukka Pies launches unbaked products

Five new unbaked frozen products have been released by pie manufacturer Pukka Pies.

Shoppers set own healthy-eating rules

Four out of five (80%) consumers do not trust the health advice they are given, according to The Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2015.

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Mark Price resigns from Waitrose

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to lose its managing director as Mark Price has announced he is to stand down.

Delay on sugar report criticised

Campaigners have blasted a move to shelve a report which claimed a sugar tax would decrease purchases of the types of food and drinks blamed for Britain’s obesity crisis.

Samworth Brothers posts big profit increase

Food manufacturer Samworth Brothers saw pre-tax profit rise 25% last year, according to figures filed at Companies House, up from £33.5m in 2013 to £41.8m in 2014 (year ending 27 December).

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Krispy Kreme gives commuters Halloween surprise

US doughnut brand Krispy Kreme staged a spooktacular event at London’s Waterloo station on 19 October by handing out 1,000 free doughnuts.

IGD predicts online shopping surge

Up to 42% of British shoppers could be converted to online grocery shopping, according to food and grocery research and training charity IGD.

Primrose Bakery releases fifth cookbook

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

Deflation saves households £58 a year on grocery bills

Supermarket price wars have left the average household better off by £58 a year, according to Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending October 11, 2015.

Dum Dum Doughnuts to expand in UAE

Dum Dum Doughnuts has launched a new website and announced expansion plans in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Costa reports strong sales growth

Whitbread-owned coffee brand Costa has posted UK like-for-like sales growth of 4.4% for the six months to August 27 2015.

Warburtons launches giant crumpets

Warburtons hopes to revolutionise traditional “on toast” suppers by launching a giant version of its crumpets.

Top five stories in past seven days

A week is a long time in bakery – or so it seems. But you can catch up here with our round-up of the biggest stories of the past seven days.

Village Bakery extends Co-op contract

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has received a double boost from winning an award and an extended contract with supermarket chain The Co-operative.

Tom and Henry Herbert, the Fabulous Baker Brothers
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Fabulous Baker Brothers create beer bread for pop-up

Six limited edition breads have been created by Tom and Henry Herbert, aka the Fabulous Baker Brothers, to star in a beer-themed pop-up in Hoxton, London.

Brioche Pasquier launches mini choux buns

French patisserie manufacturer Brioche Pasquier has expanded its catering range with its Bulles de Fruits line of frozen choux buns.

Scottish Bakers helps exporters with new brochure

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

New bakery concept to be introduced to London

A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

US gluten-free brand expands UK in-store trial

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Square Pie hits crowdfunding target

Gourmet pie-themed restaurant chain Square Pie has raised a final figure of £681,500 through the sale of its ‘Pie Bonds’, surpassing its target of £450,000 by 51.4%.

Caffè Nero introduces first hot food menu

Caffè Nero has launched its first ‘hot food’ menu with a range of Italian-inspired dishes.

Iceland has bread advert banned

Iceland has had one of its bread adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a complaint it misled the public.

The Vegan Cakery founder Michelle Orme
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Vegan bakery scoops award

Leicestershire-based The Vegan Cakery has won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.

LPQ upgrades EPoS

Artisanal bakery-chain Le Pain Quotidien is in the final stages of upgrading its EPoS system across its 25 London locations.

EAT appoints new chairman

John Derkach has been appointed chairman of on-the-go food outlet EAT.

Irwin's Howell's House brand is being revamped
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Irwin’s revamps Howell’s Handmade range

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery is to revamp its Howell’s Handmade range, changing the name and adding eight new product lines.

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Street artist helps launch autumnal artisan doughnuts

London-based coffee and artisan doughnut chain Crosstown Doughnuts launched its autumn range with a bang, with help from street artist Nathan Bowen.

Costa Coffee ordered to improve hygiene

Costa Coffee has received a string of damning reports from recent hygiene inspections, making it the major high street coffee chain with the most stores rated less than satisfactory.

Krazi Baker releases first packaged product

Mark Douglas, founder of Northern Irish bakery company Krazi Baker, has launched his first packaged retail product at Belfast International Airport’s (BIA) country market.

Full steam ahead for EAT

Sandwich and coffee chain EAT has announced plans to tackle the burgeoning train station and airport market as part of its expansion plans.

United Biscuits suffers profit tumble

United Biscuits (UB) has seen pre-tax operating profits fall 47.5% to £54.7 million in the year to 3 January 2015, according to newly filed Companies House accounts.

Thorntons re-embraces biscuit market

Chocolate-maker Thorntons has returned to the world of biscuits with a new range aimed at adults. 

Tate & Lyle trading and outlook unchanged

Ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle said its trading performance in its first half had been “in line with our expectations” and its outlook for the year was “unchanged”.

Pie companies square off

Wiltshire-based pie producers Eat Square has been told not to refer to its pies as square by a London-based rival.

Northumberland bakery opens new store in Morpeth

The Northumberland baker J Donkin has opened a new store in Morpeth under the rebranded name of Bakers Pantry.

New addition to Irish breads range

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has launched a new Rankin Selection traditional Irish bread.

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