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Second Cup
Second Cup Coffee Company is planning 500 sites in the UK
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Canadian coffee chain plans UK expansion

Second Cup Coffee Company, the Canadian chain, is planning to open 500 UK sites in the next 10 years. 

Trans fats
Momentum is building against trans fats
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Trans fat ban could lower death rate, finds study

A total of 7,200 deaths could be prevented in the next five years if trans fats were removed from processed food in the UK, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported. 

Morrisons
Morrisons downgraded by Moody's
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Morrisons’ rating downgraded following profit fall

Moody’s, the investors service, has downgraded its rating for Morrisons. 

Greggs
Greggs is reportedly spreading its reach across Ireland
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Greggs ready to set down roots in Ireland

Greggs is to debut in Ireland later this year or early in 2016, Applegreen chief operations officer Joe Barrett has told the Irish Independent newspaper. 

Real Bread
Real Bread Campaign wants a legal definition for sourdough
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Real Bread urges legal ‘sourdough’ definition

The Real Bread Campaign is calling for a legal definition of the word ‘sourdough’ as part of an Honest Crust Tax. 

Muffin Break
Muffin Break launches grab and go concept
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Muffin retailer introduces grab-and-go

Muffin Break to launch its first grab-and-go concept at Birmingham New Street Station on 24 September. 

Cupcake winners
Helen Bollen of Mrs B's Cakes (centre right) won three categories as well as Overall Champion
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Wiltshire baker takes the National Cupcake crown

A baker from Wiltshire swept the board at the National Cupcake Championships 2015 winning three categories as well as the Overall Champion crown. 

Hollywood
Paul Hollywood and Carrs Foods' collaboration bread is hitting stores now
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Carrs Foods teams with Paul Hollywood for bread range

Paul Hollywood has thrown down the gauntlet to in store bakeries with a new range of premium ready to bake rolls. 

Boots sandwich criticised on social media

Boots is not naming the supplier who produced a Delicious Simply Ham sandwich that has been showcased on social media. 

Cupcake
National Cupcake Championships final is today
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Cupcake championship finals today

The winners of the National Cupcake championships will be revealed tomorrow after the judging is held today (14 September) at British Bakels’ headquarters in Bicester.

Pasty company launched consumer competition

The West Cornwall Pasty Co is giving an individual the chance to design their own innovative pasty.

BB's King's Lynn
BB's in King's Lynn has just opened
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BB's Coffee & Muffins plans to double in size

BB’s Coffee & Muffins plans to double in size in the next five years as it opens sites in the UK and Ireland including a new masculine-look concept in Dublin. 

GBBO
The Great British Bake Off is fronted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
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Blog: Is The Great British Bake Off good for the industry? Give us your view

If you type The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) into Google you get a staggering 21 million hits. There can be no doubt the show is a media phenomenon. 

Top five
Check out our top 5 stories this week
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Top 5 stories this week

Been a bit busy? Read our round-up of the five biggest stories this week. 

FDF Awards
Orchard Valley collect their FDF award
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Bakery firms scoop accolades at food and drink awards

A trio of bakery manufacturers were among those crowned winners at the 2015 Food and Drink Federation Awards. 

National Cupcake Championshisps
National Cupcake Championships are nearly here
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National Cupcake Week and Championships are around the corner

The National Cupcake Championships are nearly here as National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) kicks off next week. 

Prima Bakeries
Prima Bakeries anticipates rapid growth
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Cornish Prima Bakeries anticipates rapid growth

Prima Bakeries, the Cornish company, has just invested £100,000 as it anticipates major growth for the brand. 

Waitrose
Waitrose sees LFL sales drop in first half
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Waitrose sees drop in first-half LFLs

Waitrose has revealed that like-for-like sales were down by 1.3% in its first half, as it insisted cut-price techniques were not hitting profits. 

Morrisons LFLs down 2.7%, reveals plans to sell 11 stores

Morrisons saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) drop by 2.7% in its first half – and has announced plans to close 11 stores.

Train coffee
Commuters love a coffee on the go
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Railway station coffee sales on the up

Rail passengers spent more than £11m in coffee shops at Britain’s biggest railway stations from April to June this year. 

BIA
The BIA champions for 2015 have been revealed
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Winners of Baking Industry Awards revealed

So here they are… the 2015 winners of the prestigious Baking Industry Awards. 

Apostrophe
Apostrophe is going through senior management changes
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Apostrõphe managing director exits the business

Apostrõphe, the bakery café group, is missing a managing director after Richard Franks stepped down. 

Costa
Costa prices may rise to offset National Living Wage
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Whitbread may increase prices to offset National Living Wage

Costa’s parent company Whitbread has warned that it may be forced to raise prices to combat the effects of the National Living Wage. 

Costa
Costa launches limited edition roast with a Nicaraguan blend
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Costa launches fancy limited edition roast

Costa, the high street coffee shop chain, is launching a limited edition roast to join its Old Paradise Street range. 

Grahams Bakery
Grahams Bakery embarks on social media campaign alongside GBBO
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Grahams Bakery’s social media drive coincides with GBBO

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has launched a social media campaign to coincide with The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). 

Tonight GBBO does desserts including vol-au-vents and frangipane

Ask the Expert: GBBO does pastry

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

Genius Foods
Genius Foods has launched new recipes with 'flash' packaging
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Genius adapts gluten-free recipes

Genius Foods, the gluten-free brand, is hoping to “change the face” of the UK gluten-free bread market following changes to its recipes. 

Burton's Biscuit Company
Jammie Bakes is one of the products that were due for marketing this summer
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Burton’s delays TV campaign

Burton’s Biscuit Company has delayed TV advertising campaigns that had been mooted to air this summer, British Baker understands. 

Sugar
FDF director advises industry to unite in war on sugar
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FDF urges industry to unite on sugar attack

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss has warned the industry that no sector is safe from the attack on sugar. 

McVitie’s details its Christmas cake and biscuit offer

United Biscuits (UB) has revealed its festive cake and biscuit line-up under its McVitie’s brand. 

Mangobean
Mangobean has aggressive expansion plans
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Franchise coffee chain reveals expansion plans

Mangobean, the franchised coffee shop operator, has a pipeline of openings planned this year with the goal of achieving an estate of 125 shops. 

Costa
Costa posts strong Q2 performance despite wet August
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Costa sees 4% LFL sales increase

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee brand, has posted an increase in like-for-like sales of 4% for the 11 weeks to 13 August 2015. 

Thorntons
Thorntons launches new cake bites snack to capitalise on growing market
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Finsbury launches Thorntons cake bites brand

Finsbury Food Group is launching a new Thorntons-branded range of cake bites in resealable bags under licence. 

Applaud Coffee
Applaud Coffee will open on Thursday following its name change
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Family company changes name after trademark mix-up

A two-year-old family company has been forced to change its name after finding a similar name had already been taken just weeks before it set up. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Week is for bakers! Download posters to tell your customers
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Get your poster for National Cupcake Week - one week to go!

National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) is nearly here and we encourage all bakers to get involved. 

Exports
UK bakery exports are up but were impacted by the strength of the pound
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Bakery a highlight as exports fall

Cereals and bakery exports increased by 10% in the first half of the year – but total food and drink sales abroad fell because of the strength of the pound. 

Craft Bakers' Week
There is still time to register for Craft Bakers' Week
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Still time to register for Craft Bakers’ Week

There is still time left for bakers to register for Craft Bakers’ Week. 

Doughnut firm sets up truck at London market

Crosstown Doughnuts, the London-based artisan doughnut concept, has taken up residency next to Old Spitalfields Market in east London.

Celebrity chef attacks sugar in new documentary

A new documentary by Jamie Oliver in which he urges the government to reduce the nation’s sugar intake is aired tonight.

New salt link to obesity

Obesity could be linked to a high salt intake – regardless of overall calorific consumption, a new study has found.

Northern Irish bakery sees sales surge

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has seen weekly like-for-like sales sustain a significant 60% uplift since January this year.

Limit on contactless payments rises

Contactless payments are set to account for more retail transactions now the upper limit has increased from £20 to £30.

The Topping Pie Company
The Topping Pie Company will be sold in Co-operative stores across Yorkshire
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Pie firm strikes local deal with Co-op

The Topping Pie Company, based in Doncaster, has been chosen by The Co-operative to supply its pies across Yorkshire. 

New York Bakery Company
New York Bakery Company has branched out into pretzels
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New York Bakery Co branches into pretzels

New York Bakery Co (NYBC) is moving out of the bagel world with the launch of a packaged soft pretzel as it aims to become an “all-round” bakery business. 

Warrens Bakery
Warrens Bakery has seen positive effects from its company-wide rebranding programme
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Rebranding boosts Cornish pasty firm

Warrens Bakery, the Cornwall-based 50-strong chain, has revealed that retail sales and wholesale have jumped following a rebranding programme. 

Mary Eastman
Mary Eastman of Mary's Fairies has seen increased interest after being shortlisted in the National Cupcake Championships
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Cupcake Championship finalist sees orders influx

A baker has seen an uplift in cake orders following her announcement of becoming a finalist in the National Cupcake Championships 2015. 

Flooding impacts Hertfordshire baker’s trade

Rickmansworth bakery Cinnamon Square has lost out on trade after flash flooding this week.

Bakers' Mock the Week

This week's Bakers' Mock the Week includes the superhero wedding cake and police defending their bakery-loving reputation. 

Bread Ahead team at the Westfield Stratford shop
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Second outlet opens for Bread Ahead

Bread Ahead Bakery has opened its second retail site in Westfield Stratford, as it looks to expand.

Croissants
Morning goods were one area identified for growth
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Sweet bakery: steps to growth identified

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK claims the sweet bakery category can grow by £59m in the next five years. 

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