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Budgens
Christoper and Lewis Freeman of Dunn's Bakery supply the Crouch End store
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Budgens enjoys bakery success in new concept stores

Bakery products have “played an important role” in the success of Budgens’ new concept stores. 

James Cawthorne
Asda's senior category director for bakery James Cawthorne leaves after 15 years
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Exclusive: bakery director leaves Asda

Asda’s senior category director for bakery has left after 15 years’ service. 

Food and drink industry to create thousands of jobs

Firms in England and Wales’ food and drink sector will create 73,000 jobs in the next five years, according to a new study by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Jen's Cupcakery
Jennifer Sutton is a finalist in the National Cupcake Championships 2015
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Radio interview for Cupcake Championship finalist

A finalist in the National Cupcake Championships 2015 has revealed business plans live on the radio as we gear up for the final. 

80% of bakers said prices will have to be bumped-up
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CBA survey finds National Living Wage will cause 'major setbacks'

The Craft Bakers Association (CBA) says around 80% of bakers will have to put prices up when the National Living Wage (NLW) is introduced. 

UK shoppers cite sugar as major concern, finds study

Sugar content in food is the UK’s biggest concern, research has found.

Cadbury
Cadbury extends festive biscuits range
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Burton’s extends Cadbury Christmas biscuit lines

Burton’s Biscuit Company has added three new products to its range of Cadbury’s Christmas Biscuits for 2015. 

X-Factor judge teams with Greggs for charity

Greggs has announced a partnership with X Factor’s Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to launch a new product.

Scottish confectionery firm gains £1.6m boost

Scottish fudge company Mrs Tilly’s Confectionery has secured a £1.6m finance package to extend its market.

Greenhalgh’s embarks on new training initiative

North-west company Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has struck a partnership with Wigan Technical College to take on 12 apprentices a year in a “brand new initiative”.

Speciality coffee market set to grow

A study suggests the UK coffee market is becoming increasingly specialist – with a new wave of baristas accounting for 15% of the market.

Sponge pudding
Hot desserts sales hotting up at Aldi
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Discounters outpace traditional retailers in hot desserts

The German discounters are leaving the traditional supermarkets behind in the hot desserts market. 

Paul UK to open third bakery outside London

Paul UK, the French artisan bakery, will open its 34th shop in Birmingham on 24 September. 

Muffin break
Muffin Break outlines expansion plans
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ICYMI: Muffin Break reveals expansion plans

Muffin Break plans to open 16 more stores in the next financial year, plus its first train station site in Birmingham New Street. 

Product recall
Tesco's Belgian wafers are one of several product recalls recently
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Salmonella risk and incorrect labelling behind product recalls

Tesco and convenience store group Nisa Retail are the latest companies to recall bakery products. 

Lewis Pies targets Middle East with Halal products

Lewis Pies, the Wales-based pie and pasty manufacturer, is targeting the Middle East after securing a new sales and distribution agreement with the Yearsley Group to export.

CBA director acknowledges Great British Bake Off influence

The Craft Bakers Association’s (CBA’s) Mike Holling has spoken out on radio about the positive effect The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) has on bakery sales.

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme to target Millennials
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Krispy Kreme targets Millennials to build UK presence

Krispy Kreme is to extend its presence in the UK, targeting Millennials and ‘smart snackers’. 

The opening of its new shop in Erdington, West Midlands earlier this month.
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The Poundbakery builds on retail sites

The Poundbakery has been expanding its presence, opening three new shops this summer.

Walnuts
Cottage Kitchen recalled products that did not state the presence of walnuts
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NI bakery recalls traybakes after incorrect labelling

A Northern Ireland bakery has recalled a product after incorrect labelling neglected to state the presence of walnuts. 

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Daily Mail targets NHS spend on gluten-free

A row has broken out over a reported £116m spend on prescription gluten-free food by the NHS, which included biscuits, doughnuts, muffin mixes and bread.

Gail’s set to open 22nd bakery outlet

The Gail’s Artisan Bakery team is set to open its new bakery site in Clapham Old Town this month.

Ginsters
Ginsters signs deal with football programme
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Ginsters sponsors football TV programme

Ginsters has signed a deal to sponsor the new Football League highlights show, Football League Tonight, on Channel 5. 

Pret A Manger will trial vegetarian-friendly ideas gleaned from online poll

Pret to increase veggie option in-store

Pret A Manger will increase the vegetarian and vegan options in its stores following a blog and poll led by chief executive Clive Schlee. 

The Fabulous Bakers outlines growth plans

The Fabulous Bakers has spoken of ambitions to grow into Europe in the near future.

Outside investment need for bread, says analyst

The wrapped bread market needs outside investors, according to a top analyst, as sales decline continues within the sector.

Italian bakery expands into UK

An Italian bakery has opened its first site in the UK, as it looks set to move the brand out of Italy.

Pie firm gains Grade A food safety certification

Lewis Pies, the Swansea-based pie company, has secured a Grade A certificate for food safety from the BRC Global Standards.

Bakers angered by icing sugar reformulation

A reformulation of Tate & Lyle Sugars’ icing sugar has resulted in a backlog of complaints from bakers.

Dean Arbel and Tom Thexton are growing their supply of gluten-free bread to restaurants
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The Bread Factory strikes gluten-free partnership

The Bread Factory has partnered with Wild Thexton to up its gluten-free offering, as it opens its new 30,000sq ft bakery.

Fabulous Bakers launches mass campaign drive

The Fabulous Bakers, previously the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, has launched a nationwide marketing campaign focusing on its natural ingredients.

BRC reports first drop in food sales for 2015

Food sales fell for the first time this year, as budgets and weather affected shopper habits.

Burton’s to launch Cadbury Screme Egg biscuits

Burton’s Biscuits has introduced Cadbury Screme Egg biscuits to its Halloween range.

Cake and biscuits market in slow growth, but future positive

The biscuit and cake market has seen a “subdued” growth, threatened by home baking and competition between confectionery, health foods and ice cream products.

Gluten-free roll takes Dragons’ Den spotlight

Gluten-free business Rule of Crumb has defended its award-winning white roll, after it was dubbed “truly horrible” on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den last night. 

Asda celebrates 50th with cake tour

Supermarket chain Asda has completed a countrywide tour to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Swedish bakery opens second UK outlet

Swedish bakery Fabrique is opening its second UK shop in West London.

GBBO contestant launches dessert restaurant

A former Great British Bake Off contestant has struck upon a sweet concept by launching a niche ‘fine dining’ dessert restaurant in Birmingham.

British Baker’s Christmas Stars revealed

They’re here! These are the first-ever winners of British Baker’s Christmas Stars.

Wheat cost helps drive food price inflation

Food prices returned to inflation in July for the first time this year driven in part by the rising cost of wheat, according to latest figures released by the British Retail Consortium. 

Scottish firm brings out new cake decoration products

A cake decoration supplier has launched two new products designed for the food-to-go market.

Ginsters announces new managing director

Ginsters, the Cornish pasty giant, has announced the appointment of a previous Coca-Cola marketing boss as its new managing director.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens first London outlet

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first central London shop, as it continues to expand across the UK. 

Discounter Lidl targets Warburtons in new advert

Warburtons bread has become the latest brand to feature in Lidl’s ‘Shop a Lidl Smarter’ advertising campaign which aims to promote the message that tasty food does not have to be expensive. 

Don’t miss it: British Baker’s Christmas Stars announced tomorrow

The winners of British Baker’s Christmas Stars awards will be announced in an exclusive web broadcast tomorrow.

Lidl now sells the pizza in its in-store bakeries for 59p
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Lidl expands ISB range

Lidl has expanded its in-store bakery (ISB) range to include products like pizza and goat’s cheese focaccia, made with “high- quality” ingredients.

Allied Bakeries reviews 23 jobs in streamlining operation

A major restructure at Allied Bakeries will see 23 management and admin roles go under review, including its category director position.

Shopping
Average grocery basket went down last month
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Price of average grocery shop sees deflation

Grocery prices in July fell by 1% compared to the previous month, according to groceries website mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Lunch box
Packed lunches are becoming less popular
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Lunchboxes on the way out, new survey suggests

Just 5% of people take a homemade lunch to work, a new survey has revealed. 

Burton’s in the frame to buy Nakd bars

Burton’s Biscuits, owner of Jammy Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, is reportedly in the running to make a £60m bid for the maker of Nakd bars.

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