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Renewed calls for sugar tax

There has been a renewed call for a tax on sugar – with the British Medical Association (BMA) suggesting 20% be levied on sugary drinks.

Florence Hellier and Darren Bland of the Hoxton Bakehouse
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Hampshire's Hoxton Bakehouse to move into retail

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

Waitrose
Waitrose makes sales gains as the sun shines
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Sun helps Waitrose sales soar

Sales at Waitrose leapt 6% to £132.2m in the 22nd week of its current financial year versus the same week in 2014. 

Cocktail Fancies
Mr Kipling's French Fancies have grown up
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Mr Kipling dresses up French Fancies

Mr Kipling has launched a revved up version of its French Fancies in the form of Cocktail Fancies. 

People love pasties: Cornish pasty drive-thru a success

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

Cleaning fluid found on Co-op doughnuts

Co-operative shoppers in Oswestry, Shropshire have been left feeling ill after eating doughnuts that had been contaminated with cleaning fluid.

Costa
Select London Costa outlets will sell Chop'd meals in a trial until September
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Costa links with fresh food firm in new initiative

From today, a Costa link-up with London salad chain Chop’d will launch across six sites in the capital. 

Barry Callebaut urges support for Afternoon Tea Week

Operators, including bakeries, are being urged to support Afternoon Tea Week between 10 to 16 August to boost their businesses.

Essex to see new bakery hybrid

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)

Summer Budget: what you need to know

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the planned relaxation of Sunday trading hours and a national living wage in the Summer Budget.

United Biscuits Sweeet campaign turns to breakfast

A flying squirrel with jet-pack is the latest character being used to advertise United Biscuits (UB) products with the relaunch of McVitie’s Breakfast range. 

Budget
George Osborne will reveal plans in today's Budget
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Union slams Sunday all-day trading plans

The GMB union has lashed out at government plans to introduce all-day trading on Sundays in the biggest reform of opening hours for 20 years. 

Nostalgia a driver in confectionery, claims Canadean

Six out of 10 consumers go for confectionery that reminds them of their childhood.

M&S enjoys Q1 food sales increase

Marks & Spencer has seen food sales rise in its first quarter, while it remains on track to open 90 new Simply Food stores this year.

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Grocery basket price rises
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Price of grocery basket rises

Prices for the UK’s most popular grocery products have risen for the first time in more than six months. 

Insomnia
Insomnia has added a wrap line to its Food for Life range
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Insomnia adds to Food for Life line

Irish coffee shop chain Insomnia has added more lines to its Food for Life range. 

Pinkmans
The bakery will open in Bristol city centre- opened by Steven Whibley (Le Pain Quotidien, GAIL’s Bakery)
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Bristol to see new-concept bakery

An experienced restaurant duo are to open a new-concept bakery in Bristol. 

Coffee
Coffee is still on the rise
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Ireland’s coffee shop market rises 14%

Ireland’s coffee shop market is outperforming the Irish retail sector with sales growth of 14%. 

Tesco relists two Kingsmill loaves

Kingsmill loaves are back in Tesco, after the major multiple delisted the brand’s sliced range earlier this year.

Mondelēz puts on the Ritz in new £10m campaign

Mondelēz International is boosting its new Ritz Crisp & Thin baked snack products with a multi-million-pound marketing campaign.

Hatton baker strengthens hand with Aberdeen acquisition

Murdoch Allan bakers has bought a Scottish bakery firm, as it expands to meet demand.

Birds in cancer charity cupcake fundraising

Birds of Derby has raised £2,500 for a charity appeal by selling cupcakes.

‘Brutal’ price wars hit bread spend, while sales improve

Supermarket bread sales are up for the first time in four years – but ‘brutal’ price wars have hit spending.

5 things you can learn from the Bakery Market Report

The Bakery Market Report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery sector in the UK. Here we outline the reasons YOU need this product.

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration (l) with James Stoddart, of On A Roll (r)
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Sandwich company invests £3.6m in production

A Middlesbrough sandwich firm, On A Roll Sandwich Company, is to invest £3.6m in a new factory – almost tripling its production space.

Scotmid doubles mac pie sales amidst Greggs discontinuation

Scotmid convenience has seen a macaroni pie sell-out, after it teamed up with The Scottish Sun to boost its #savethepie marketing campaign.

Irish Pride Taghmon site
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Potential deal for Irish Pride Bakeries on cards

It is rumoured that a rescue-deal for Irish Pride Bakeries is under way, after it went into receivership last month.

Free-from supplier expands offer to meet retailer demand

Free-from manufacturer Free’ist has upped its production in response to retailers expanding offerings.

Wimbledon cake pops by www.definitelycake.com
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8 Wimbledon-inspired cakes from UK bakers

Bakers have been batting their best Wimbledon-inspired cakes on social media, as the two-week championships begin this week.

Paris firm secures contract with Starbucks

Paris bakery Michel & Augustin has struck a deal with Starbucks to sell its cookies in 25 locations in New York, before potentially coming to the UK. 

Bake Off contestant lands recipe deal

Last year’s Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Henry has launched a partnership with fine food company Bennett Opie.

Brace’s appoints new CEO

Brace’s Bakery, the South Wales family-run bakery, has appointed former sales and marketing director Scott Richardson as its new chief executive.

Macaroni pies dilemma reaches parliament

The campaign to save the macaroni pies has reached Scottish Parliament, after Greggs bakery discontinued the product.

Tesco beats expectations as sales decline slows

Outlook for Tesco is looking up as the retailer boasts an improved sales performance in its first quarter trading update.

Patisserie Valerie to open in Debenhams

Growing confectionery chain Patisserie Valerie has signed a deal to open six Debenhams concession shops.

Pieminister rejected from Glasto for first time in over a decade

A ‘pie-panic’ has spread across social media, as Glastonbury-goers discovered veteran attendee Pieminister will not be at the festival this year.

NCW
Enter the National Cupcake Championships today
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Nine reasons why you need to enter the National Cupcake Championships

National Cupcake Week is back! From 14 to 20 September we shall be all about the little cakes and we want bakers to get involved as well. 

Greggs links with VoucherCodes for sausage roll drive

Bakery giant Greggs is treating consumers to a free sausage roll this week, with 6,000 to give away each day. 

Man arrested over Jammie Dodgers factory theft

A man has been arrested following the theft of £12,000 of biscuits from a Burton’s factory.

Tea biscuit
SK Biscuits adds tea to the mix
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A fresh take on shortbreads

SK Biscuits has taken the tea-biscuit dunk a step further with a new range of shortbreads with tea flavouring. 

ABST Conference 2015 in pictures

Student and delegate attendance was up 30% at the annual ABST Conference last weekend (19-21 June).

Pork pie-maker embraces export markets

Walker & Son has stepped into the export market, after finding a way to deliver its Dickinson & Morris pork pies frozen.

Ansel cronut
Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel launches Tokyo site
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Cronut creator opens in Tokyo

Cronut king Dominique Ansel has opened his first international bakery in Japan. 

Start-up Irish biscuit firm makes €15m investment

New biscuit manufacturer The East Coast Bakehouse is to invest €15m (£10.7m) in its manufacturing facility in Drogheda, Ireland.

The new-look Chatwins sites aim to look more modern, and now make fresh sandwiches to order
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Chatwins closes Hanley outlets but revamps other stores

Chatwins bakery has shut three shops around Hanley, while it continues to refit and re-brand other more profitable stores.

Social media
Social media engagement differs hugely between brands
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Research reveals bakery’s social media stars

Coffee chains Costa Coffee and Starbucks and bakery giant Greggs both appear in the top 10 ranking of companies leading the way in social media. 

Stag Bakeries
Stag Bakeries' smoked butter oatcakes
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Hebridean bakery enjoys sales success

Stag Bakeries, a family-owned bakery based in Stornoway, Lewis, has doubled year-on-year sales for the third consecutive year. 

Cornish pasty
Portreath Bakery is to open a Cornish pasty drive-thru
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Cornish pasty firm to open drive-thru

A Cornish pasty drive-thru to open in the South West could be a world first. 

Costa
Costa used telephone boxes to raise awareness of it ice-cold coffees
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Costa employs technology in latest outdoor campaign

High street coffee chain Costa has launched an outdoor advertising campaign on public telephone boxes using a printing technique that creates the illusion of movement.

Gail’s opens for Wimbledon goers

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has opened as a pop-up space in Wimbledon, before refurbishing to be a permanent site after the tournament.

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