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Dublin opens ‘smart’ bakery

The world’s first ‘smart’ bakery has opened in Dublin, equipped with its own phone app, Bitcoin payment methods and Segway-style boards for the bakers to travel on.

Subway asks customers to ‘Stay Picky’

Subway has launched a new brand campaign with the tagline ‘Stay Picky’.

John Kay at the bakery
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Manchester bakery gives election views to BBC

Manchester-based Robinsons the Master Bakers appeared on BBC One’s 1pm news this week, talking about the upcoming election.

Brownie firm doubles production

Bad Brownie bakery has more than doubled its product output after opening a new kitchen.

Independent sandwich firm reaches central London

Cook & Garcia, an artisan food-to-go retailer, is to open its second shop as it gains some presence in the capital.

Greggs new style 'bakery-to-go' shop
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Greggs turns in another robust performance

Greggs the bakers has posted another set of “strong” trading results, with like-for-like sales up 5.9%- ahead of its expectations.

Morrisons hails ‘unique’ fresh offer

Morrisons supermarket has praised itself on making “more fresh food than any other supermarket”, giving it a unique selling point. 

Welsh pasty maker embraces snacking

Peter’s Food Service has moved into the snack market after launching a new multipack pasty product.

Product innovation sees Costa LFL sales surge

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, has seen like-for-like sales leap by 6%, driven by an increase in transactions.

Pump Street Bakery
Pump Street Bakery today opens a pop-up in Shoreditch
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Suffolk bakery opens London pop-up

Suffolk-based Pump Street Bakery is to venture into London, as it opens a pop-up shop in the capital. 

Snacking on the rise, while average spend falls

More people are buying snacks and meals to eat outside the home as the number of foodservice outlets and cuisine choice continue to grow.

Richard Pegg, Wrights van sales manager
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Wrights invests in delivery vans

Wrights Food Group has made a major investment in its delivery fleet to meet sales needs.

Tesco to slow Euphorium roll-outs

Tesco has revealed a ‘strategic’ plan to slow the roll-out of Harris+Hoole and Euphorium sites, after it wrote down £82m over the joint investments.

Pastry and sandwiches outlet added at The Savoy

The ninth food and drink outlet at the Savoy has opened, selling sandwiches and pastries with a focus on éclairs.

Shortbread gains renewed popularity

Shortbread is seeing 6.1% year-on-year growth as it becomes a year-round sweet biscuit option.

Starbucks
Starbucks launches second evening site in UK
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Starbucks introduces second Evening store in UK

Coffee giant Starbucks has launched a second trial of its evening concept at Edinburgh Airport. 

EAT
EAT follows ambitious expansion plans
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Sandwich chain outlines ambitious store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

Watch: bakers explore potential in farm shops and delis

British Baker visited the Farm Shop & Deli show in the NEC and asked the question: why supply a farm shop or deli?

Cold Brew
Starbucks has launched Cold Brew in three of 30 initial sites
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Starbucks brews up cold speciality

Starbucks has today launched Cold Brew in three central London stores, ahead of a roll-out to 30 sites. 

Holland & Barrett
Free-from store Holland & Barrett More has opened in Chester
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Holland & Barrett launches first of 50 free-from stores

Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. 

Toppings Pies reaches south with Budgens

Doncaster-based Toppings Pies has struck a deal with Budgens, in a bid to spread further down south.

Tesco suffers record loss

Tesco has posted a record £6.4bn annual pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February.

Which?
Which? has issued challenge on supermarket pricing
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Which? issues challenge on supermarket pricing tactics

Consumer rights campaigner Which? has issued the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with a “super-complaint” regarding supermarket pricing practices. 

New York Bagel Company
New York Bagel Company joins the Thins market
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New York Bakery Company launches Sandwich Thins

The New York Bakery Company is adding Bagel Sandwich Thins to its range this spring with a £2.5m campaign. 

Mr Kipling boosts Premier’s performance

Premier Foods continues to show improved trading performance in Q1 as master brand Mr Kipling “remains the star”.

Bakery firms scoop supplier awards

United Biscuits and Allied Bakeries have taken two top-spots in The Grocer’s Supplier of The Year competition for the Bakery category.

Subway
Subway continues to target non-traditional locations
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Subway opens 500th non-traditional store

Sandwich chain Subway has hit another 2015 milestone in opening 500 stores in non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland. 

Linda Hill
Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers was delighted to win the Scotch Pie award
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Scotch pie winner sees sales surge

The current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. 

Ditty's
Ditty's smoked oatcakes to be listed in M&S
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Ditty's oatcakes now listed in M&S

Ditty’s oatcakes has won a listing in Marks & Spencer (M&S), adding to the bakery names to land deals with the retailer since it launched its new British Foods range. 

Eclairs
Some of the eclairs on offer at Maître Choux
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Three-Michelin starred pastry chef opens London patisserie

Specialist patisserie Maître Choux has opened today in South Kensington, London. 

Blog: is Tesco euphoric over bakery deal?

Bronya Smolen asks, how do you solve a problem like the ISB? 

Stephens Bakery targets hungry motorists

Stephens Bakery has opened two sites in service station locations, as it resubmits plans for the bakery drive-thru concept.

Grahams Chocolate Sponge
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Northern Irish bakery grows UK presence

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has expanded its reach in the UK, scoring two deals with major retailers.

Gerhard’s blog: Vote rhubarb

The election is not far off, but Gerhard Jenne has just one piece of advice for the baking fraternity...

Cocoa
Cocoa fibre could replace cocoa as prices are set to soar
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Product replacement aims to reduce cocoa dependence

Natural food expert Naturis has developed a cocoa replacement as real cocoa prices continue to rise.

Farm Shop & Deli show the biggest yet

Next week’s Farm Shop & Deli Show is set to be the biggest yet – with 200 new exhibitors and a bigger machinery, packaging and equipment offer.

New savoury snack line joins Ritz brand

Mondelēz International has unveiled its new Ritz Crisp & Thin products, in conjunction with a £10m brand marketing campaign.

Scottish bakery clinches M&S deal

Scotland’s Stag Bakeries has landed a supply deal with Marks & Spencer (M&S) as part of its new Taste of the British Isles initiative.

Bakers urged to participate in Doughnut Week

There are just four weeks until National Doughnut Week (9 to 16 May) hits, so bakers are urged to register.

Own-brand bakery rescued from administration

All 60 jobs at supermarket own-brand bakery Bakeaway have been secured after the business was bought out of administration.

Cookie Crumbles appoints distributor for baking mixes

Cookie Crumbles is set for expansion following its appointment of Blakemore Fine Foods as a distributor of its baking mix range.

Biscuit firm keeps sale option open

Thomas J Fudge, biscuit maker, has revealed it has been working with corporate adviser Grant Thornton about the potential sale of the business to achieve growth plans.

Swapping guns for buns: Stallone meets Warburtons

Hollywood movie star Sylvester Stallone starred in Warburtons’ multi-million pound advert this weekend, for the new campaign ‘The Deliverers’.

Crosstown's new spring doughnuts
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Doughnut firm extends product range for summer

London-based artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched a trio of new products for summer.

L-R: Christoper and Lewis Freeman by the bakery display in Crouch End Budgens
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Budgens favours greater bakery selection in new concept stores

Budgens has added its first patisserie counter to its third concept store following a major refit.

Gail's currently has 19 sites open in London
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Gail’s reveals 20th bakery location

Gail’s Artisan Bakery is to open its 20th site in Temple Fortune, north-west LondonBritish Baker has learned.

The new own branded packaging means the bakery can expand into retailers
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Exclusive: Raise Bakery reveals major expansion plans

Sussex-based Raise Bakery has revealed plans to open its first branded retail site in Hove, as it aims to expand the business nationwide.

US sandwich restaurant to open in UK

US sandwich chain Potbelly is looking to open 15-20 stores in London, in its first move into Europe.

Warburtons
Warburtons' #TheDeliverers ad airs tomorrow on ITV at 8pm
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Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone TV ad airs tomorrow

Warburtons has begun its countdown to the big unveil of its new advert starring Sylvester Stallone, which airs at 8pm on ITV tomorrow (11 April). 

Free from hot cross buns saw sales up 124% this year
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Waitrose reports free-from boom over Easter

Waitrose has seen sales in free-from goods rocket this Easter, with gluten-free hot cross buns up 124% on last year.

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