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BFree
BFree wraps to join Costa menu
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BFree wraps snapped up by Costa

Health-conscious bakery brand BFree has partnered with Costa Coffee so the high street chain can use its BFree Multigrain Wraps. 

Starbucks shuts La Boulange bakeries

Starbucks is to close its La Boulange bakery outlets, however will continue to serve the brand in US stores.

Foxcroft & Ginger
Foxcroft & Ginger opens specialist poached egg bar in Dalston
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Foxcroft & Ginger opens specialist bar

Artisan baker Foxcroft & Ginger has opened a specialist poached egg bar in Dalston, east London. 

Cake sales boost Premier, says analysts

Analysts have praised a ‘good uplift’ in the cake category at Premier Foods, while warning of potential delistings depending on actions of Tesco.

Survival of the high street ‘turns corner’

The future of the British high street is looking up, as a report reveals that store survival rate is up to 42% in 2014.

Genius avoids delisting after product recall

Genius Foods has said no retailers have delisted their products, following a mass product recall when a gluten contamination was detected.

Irwin's Rankin
Irwin's gives Rankin bread range an update
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Irwin’s revamps Rankin breads range

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has invested £350,000 in rebranding its Rankin Selection range of traditional Irish breads. 

Cornish bakery steps into snacks market

Warrens Bakery is making a move into the snack market after acquiring a local crisp firm.

Gluten-free range goes online

Bath Bakery has launched its gluten-free products online as it introduces a new range.

The new shop will be ready to open by the end of this week
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Worthing bakery opens first shop

Raise Bakery is to open its first retail shop in Hove this week, and will sell bread for the first time.

Warburtons Shapes
Warburtons chose cats and vans for its Shapes launch
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Warburtons launches Shapes for children

Warburtons has today launched ‘Shapes’ to bring some fun to children's lunchboxes. 

National Doughnut Week
Bakers get involved with National Doughnut Week
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National Doughnut Week on track to hit fundraising target

National Doughnut Week saw 707 bakeries take part and is on target to make over £25,000 for The Children’s Trust. 

Schär gluten-free brand launches in UK

Dr Schär has launched gluten-free brand Schär, which is well known in Europe, in the UK with nine new products.

Subway moves cookie production from US to Germany

Subway has moved the production of its cookies to Europe - the first time they have been produced out of the US - as it chases European expansion.

Jaffa Cakes: Now it’s personal

Jaffa Cake fans can now look for packages with their very own name on them as McVitie’s responds to hundreds of requests for personalised packets.

Gay cake bakery outlines appeal grounds

Ashers Baking Company, the business at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row, has outlined the grounds which it will appeal over.

Genius
Genius social media hit hard over contaminated products fall-out
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Genius faces consumer backlash on social media

‘Gluten-free’ brand Genius is facing the backlash as consumers say their piece following the recall of 25 products made at its Bathgate bakery. 

Genius
Genius gluten-free crumpets were one of 25 products to be contaminated
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Genius recalls five more lines over contamination fears

Five more supermarket own-label products have been recalled by gluten-free label Genius following a contamination issue revealed earlier this week. 

The Kingsmill 50/50 loaf was dropped from Morrisons in March
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Morrisons drops Kingsmill 50/50 loaves

Allied Bakeries has suffered another blow to its Kingsmill brand, as British Baker can reveal Kingsmill 50/50 loaves have been dropped from Morrisons.

Reading sandwich vans could face new £861 licensing fee

Mobile sandwich traders in Reading could face a new annual charge of £861, as Reading Borough Council considers a new report.

Esquires new packaging
Esquires Coffee has launched new packaging
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Coffee chain Esquires overhauls its estate

Franchise coffee shop chain Esquires Coffee has introduced a new menus and packaging at its 24 stores. 

Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

A government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.

Sainsbury’s Q1 LFLs down

Sainsbury’s has seen like-for-like (LFL) sales down 2.1% for its first quarter, fighting what it calls “a highly competitive pricing backdrop.”

Paul UK
Paul UK at Waterloo Road
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Paul reports big jump in turnover

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has revealed EBITDA has climbed 19.2% to £4.3m for the year ended 31 December 2014. 

Food sales ‘normalising’ despite deflation

Total food sales grew 0.5% for the three months to May, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) sales monitor.

Tesco sandwich
Sandwiches falling out of favour with Tesco customers
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Sandwiches under threat as Tesco trebles salad range

Tesco said it was a case of “move over sarnies” as it trebled its ready-to-eat salad range to nearly 50 lines. 

Apple Pay
Pret and Costa will use Apple Pay from launch
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Pret and Costa introduce mobile phone payments

High street chains Pret A Manger and Costa are among the first companies in the sector to confirm they will adopt Apple Pay - new technology that enables customers to pay for purchases with their mobile phones. 

Biscuit distributor opens bakery

Biscuit and bakery products distributor Arden Fine Foods has installed a bakery operation at its Coventry office to help it understand the sector further.

£1 café opens in London

A new café selling food for just £1 per item, including pastries and sandwiches, has opened in London.

One Stop strikes ISB deal

One Stop convenience stores has struck a new partnership with Country Choice, as it sees opportunity in the in-store bakery sector.

Genius crumpets
Genius crumpets are one of the items recalled following gluten contamination
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Genius 'gluten-free' products recalled by supermarkets

A number of Genius-branded and own-label gluten-free products have been recalled after it was found they are contaminated with gluten. 

Greencore
Greencore invests millions in Worksop site
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Greencore makes 'multi-million' investment at Worksop site

Convenience giant Greencore has made a multi-million pound investment at its Worksop sandwich distribution hub. 

Melba toasting loaf
Melba toasting loaf from Marks & Spencer
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M&S to fortify all bread with vitamin D

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced all of its bread is to be made using yeast fortified with vitamin D.

Wayne Caddy
Wayne Caddy to host bakery class with Mono
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Wayne Caddy offers masterclass at Mono

Mono Equipment, the Swansea-based machinery supplier, is holding its first-ever bakery masterclass featuring award-winner Wayne Caddy.

Federation of Bakers
L-R Black, Garner, Peck and Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers sit a Q&A panel
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AUDIO: FOB conference gives verdict on supermarket bakery

The bread and bakery industry's "pint is half full" according to speakers at the Federation of Bakers’ (FOB) annual conference. 

Joe & The Juice expands

Joe & The Juice, the expanding Swedish coffee and juice shop, has opened a new site in Manchester’s Trafford Centre and is set to open in Newcastle soon.

Supermarkets see slight sales growth

New figures show continued slow growth in the supermarket sector, with sales up 0.2% for the 12 weeks to 24 May.

Real Good Food: bakery and cakes showing growth

Real Good Food plans to focus on its cake decorating and bakery arm, the company revealed this morning.

Subway opens first eco-store

Subway franchisees will be able to receive 100% green electricity following a renewed deal, as it opens its first eco-store.

Olive oil shortage threat

Soaring olive oil prices and the looming threat of shortages caused by poor harvests in Italy and Spain could force speciality bread bakers to increase prices.

Hobnobs
National Biscuit Day prompts biscuit Vs personality poll from McVitie's
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What does your biscuit say about you?

It is National Biscuit Day (29 May) and a poll has revealed what your biscuit choice says about you. 

Starbucks
Starbucks is top of the coffee shops in global brand value chart
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Discounters perform in global brands chart

Aldi and Lidl once again showed up the Big Four in the most valuable global retail brands chart. 

Esquires coffee
A revamped Esquires site
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Esquires Coffee rolls out store revamps

Franchise coffee shop chain Esquires Coffee has launched a refurbishment programme across its 24 stores as it looks to grow rapidly in the UK. 

Northampton bakery
Products from the artissan bakery run by female ex-offenders
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Not-for-profit bakery set to open in Northampton

The artisan bakery and café that aims to help women who are ex-offenders is to open on 1 July. 

Mice
Sharon's Bakery has reopened following mice and cockroach infestations
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Bakery fined £28k over pest infestation

A bakery has been fined £28,000 after mice and cockroach infestations were discovered at two London branches. 

Retail
Strong food retail performance last year reported
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Retail food sales show strong growth

Food retailers reported robust sales volumes last year reflecting a strong performance from the British retail sector as a whole. 

Wafflemeister
Wafflemeister academy opens today
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Waffle retailer opens training academy

The Wafflemeister Academy officially opens today, while its eighth UK site at Westfield Stratford will start trading from 1 June. 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger to open first hospital location
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Pret A Manger to open first hospital location

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger will open its first hospital location in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in early June. 

Whitbread appoints next CEO

Whitbread, the company behind Costa, has filled the position of chief executive with Lloyds Banking boss, Alison Brittain.

Tesco to discuss 'gay cake' supply contract

Supermarket giant Tesco has said it is ‘reviewing’ the judgement of Ashers Baking Co, after it was found guilty of discrimination towards a gay customer.

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