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The limited-edition Lemon Cream Buns
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Cream cakes take off for Spar wholesaler

James Hall & Co, the northern Spar wholesaler, has seen sales of its cream cakes soar since opening its Huntcoat factory in 2013.

Morrisons sees profits plummet

Morrisons has posted its worst results in eight years, as it revealed a profit loss of £792m before tax after taking account of a £1.3bn write down in the value of its supermarkets. 

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Dunkin' Donuts set for UK growth, according to Horizons
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Foodservice forecast to grow by £10bn in next four years

The UK foodservice sector is set for value growth of £10bn giving it a worth of £56.3bn by 2019, according to consultancy Horizons. 

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Paul A Young: helping bakers grab their piece of Easter trading
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Easter how to: a fondant egg with Paul A Young

Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. 

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British Pie Week can help trade
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Survey: bakers reveal benefits of British Pie Week

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) is over for another year, but did bakers reap the benefits? 

Ocado has seen sales up nearly 20%
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Ocado sees sales up while average order value declines

Online retail giant Ocado has seen sales for the group rise by 19.2% to £271.1m, despite a decline in average order value.

Tesco coffee shop director ‘leaves’ business

The Tesco boss in charge of in-store restaurants and coffee shops, such as Harris + Hoole and Euphorium, has reportedly left the business.

Woodstock's Artisan Bakery is located in Stony Stratford
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Craft bakery strikes deal for second retail site

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery, Northamptonshire, has linked up with a local café to expand into its second branded retail outlet.

Sheldon's Bakery rebranded products
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Manchester bakery sights 27% sales uplift after rebrand

Manchester-based firm Sheldon’s Bakery has set its sights on a 27% sales increase over the course of this year, after relaunching the brand.

Coffee chain expands in UK and abroad

Ca’puccino, the Italian coffee house, is set to open its sixth site in the UK, as it plans to expand internationally.

New food skills career website launched

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has launched a new website to encourage more youngsters into the industry.

Ian Wright, FDF's new director general
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Former Diageo man to head FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed former Diageo director Ian Wright as the new director-general of the trade association.

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Aldi offers cheapest bakery items
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Aldi named cheapest for bakery in grocery tracker

German discounter Aldi has been named the cheapest supermarket for bakery items as the price of a weekly shop rose 0.55% in the last month to £88.59. 

Tom’s Pies launches at Ocado

Premium pie company, Tom’s Pies, has launched five products at ocado.com- its first listing at a major retailer.

The best bacon sarnie revealed

A survey has revealed the nation’s favorite way to eat a bacon sarnie is in white bread, with smoked bacon and brown sauce.

French dip sandwiches tipped amongst latest emerging UK trends

French dip sandwiches and meat-style sauces have been revealed to be the latest trends in the UK high street.

Krispy Kreme gives away one million doughnuts

Krispy Kreme has estimated it gave out around 1m doughnuts worldwide, in a one-day-only promotion to celebrate the opening of its 1,000th store.

David Potts: the new chief executive of Morrisons
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Morrisons appoints new chief executive

David Potts, the former boss of Tesco in Ireland and Asia, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Morrisons.

Gail’s Bakery eyes sites outside of London

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has revealed plans to expand out of the capital, but has turned down opportunities to go into travel locations.

Suffolk bakery gets Oscar mention

The Pump Street Bakery, Suffolk, has gained Oscar fame after it was mentioned in a speech by winning director, Mat Kirkby.

Sandwich firm on minimum wage shaming list

A sandwich firm is among 70 firms named and shamed by the government, which have failed to pay the minimum wage.

Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill in London’s Savoy Hotel charges £9 a head to serve their own cake- the same price as a dessert
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London venues charging cakeage fee

The so-called ‘cakeage fee’ – a charge restaurants command when customers bring their own cake – has shot up to as much as £9 in some big-name restaurants.

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Jammie Bakes: Jammie Dodgers for adults
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Jammie Dodgers branch out

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched a new version of its well-loved Jammie Dodgers brand aimed at adults. 

One of the offerings will be a macaroni cheese
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Starbucks embarks on evening offering

Starbucks has launched its first evening offering in the UK at Stansted Airport, offering hot and cold food, wine and beer.

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Scottish duo open first bakery outlet

A Scottish bakery has opened its first shop, after previously running a home bakery from the south of Glasgow.

Brighton bakery opens sites and expands wholesale

The Flour Pot Bakery in Brighton is to open two more sites, as it also secures its first London customers for wholesale.

Asda’s LFL sales fall marginally amid challenging environment

Asda has seen like-for-like sales fall 1% this year, in what it has called one of “its most challenging and changeable periods in history”.

#WeLoveBread – the best bread adverts on TV

Since British Baker launched the #WeLoveBread campaign our social media pages have been swamped by retweets and support.

Krispy Kreme in hot water over KKK promotion

A Krispy Kreme branch has hit the headlines for its promotion of ‘KKK Wednesdays’ – Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesdays – after a series of complaints.

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Dum Dum Donutterie aims for expansion
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Doughnut firm’s success prompts expansion plans

The London-based Dum Dum Donutterie is expanding, with locations earmarked in the UK and several overseas as it looks to triple its first year’s turnover. 

Pop-up porridge café planned

A porridge café pop up is to open next month in London, serving a variety of different versions of the breakfast dish.

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Hovis 800g price down to 75p in Sainsbury's
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Sainsbury’s escalates bread price war

Sainsbury’s has added to the supermarket bread price war by slashing prices of large Hovis loaves to 75p. 

Scottish bakery closes shops - turning attention to supermarkets

Mathiesons Bakery in Scotland has shut its retail shops, as it says it will now concentrate on supplying supermarkets.

McVitie’s Cuddle Café attracts broad interest

More than 1,000 consumers visited McVitie’s London Cuddle Café in one day, during the brand’s promotion of its continued Sweeet campaign. 

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Proper Cornish launches a student campaign
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Pasty firm uses student campaign to boost customers

Proper Cornish, a handmade Cornish Pasty company, has boosted its customer base by launching a student campaign called The Pasty Society. 

Cinnamon Square bakery to reach wider audience

The Cinnamon Square bakery in Rickmansworth, has told British Baker of its ambitions to get its trademark Cinnamon Bun further afield.

Dalton Philips will leave Morrisons on Monday
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Dalton Philips departs Morrisons early

Morrisons has announced that Dalton Philips, chief executive, will leave the company earlier than expected.

The new Ziferblat coffee shop, Manchester
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Second social project café opens doors

The UK’s second café that charges customers by time and not purchases has opened in Manchester.

Cinnamon pretzel from Knot
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Pretzel bakery expands in the capital

Knot Artisan Coffee and Pretzel bakery has opened a fourth site in London’s Victoria station.

L-R: Gilles Defrance, Nigel Chadd and Claire-Burgess
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South-west bakery moves into foodservice

A Plymouth bakery has signed a new wholesale contract with catering suppliers Chadd’s Foodsmiths, allowing it to grow the business.

Mariam French, head of marketing for Aryzta Food Solutions
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Interview exclusive: Coup de pates launches rebrand

Coup de pates has officially launched its rebrand of Delice de France, making its first appearance this year at the Hospitality Show in January.

New area manager joins Bath Bakery

Bath Bakery has employed a new area manager to run the bakery’s Moorland Road café and all its Keynsham operations.

PM makes pledge on business loans

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to guarantee business loans by private lenders, if he wins the general election in May.

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Grocery market picks up
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Grocery market picks up pace

The grocery market is growing at its fastest rate since June last year at 1.1%. 

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One of the options in the #PieElection
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Pieminister to revive three historic pies

In honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) Pieminister is holding a #PieElection to get the old favourites back for pie fans. 

Cooplands’ shop closures revealed

Details of the closing Cooplands of Doncaster shops have been released, after the bakery went into pre-pack administration last week.

Bakers take to social media after David Cameron delivery

Prime Minister David Cameron received a pile of letters from some key members of the baking industry on Friday (6 February), following his decision to give up bread.

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Cooplands of Doncaster head office
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Cooplands undergoes pre-pack administration

Cooplands of Doncaster has undergone a pre-pack administration with the loss of 300 jobs.

Tesco back in eye of storm as GCA investigates

Tesco faces more scrutiny as an investigation is initiated into its relations with suppliers.

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