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BN biscuit range new ads
1.3m ad campaign:
“These catchy ads will re-launch the famous BN brand"
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UB extends its ‘sweeet’ biscuit campaign

United Biscuits (UB), a leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has invested £1.3m in an advertising campaign for McVitie’s BN biscuit range.

Bakery chain uses tech to tackle waste and stock

Bakery chain Chatwins, will roll out a new point-of-sale solution to improve stock management and customer experience.

Asda to make more than 1,000 redundant

Asda’s latest shake-up is likely to result in 1,360 redundancies. 

New packaging for hovis
Going green:
Hovis will reduce it's carbon footprint 'by 75%'
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Hovis develops eco-friendly bread bag

Hovis Seed Sensations will be sold in a new green-friendly bread bag.

Irish chocolatier pulls out of UK café scene

Gourmet Irish chocolatier Butlers Irish Chocolates has closed its only UK café and left the country.

Golden loaf raymond blanc
Expensive loaf:
The loaf is made with gold flakes and champagne
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Baker launches golden bread

A loaf made with champagne and 24 carat gold is to be launched by a baker.

Warburtons turnover rise
Success:
Warburtons see's positive growth due to wide product range
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Diversification pays off for Warburtons

Warburtons has reported a 52% increase in operating profit after diversifying and expanding its range.

Callebaut sales increase
Barry Callebaut:
The company have also opened a new factory and academy earlier this month
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Chocolate firm reports strong sales growth

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut saw sales increase by 22% to CHF4.3m (£2.8m) in the first nine months of its financial year.

Parkers sell penny loaf
Northfield Avenue, West London:
The penny loaf will be sold for just one day
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Return of the penny loaf

A London bakery will celebrate 100 years of their business by selling a traditional penny loaf.

Geary's bakery expands
Geary's:
Loughborough bakery expands after just 4 years in new premises
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Geary’s bakery plans £2m extension

Loughborough based Geary’s bakery plans to spend £2m on a 10,000sq ft extension, British Baker can reveal. 

Greggs LFLS up
Growth:
Greggs sees increase in sales
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Greggs LFLS up by 3.2%

Greggs, the BB75 leading bakery retailer, has seen like-for-like sales growth of 3.2% in the first 26 weeks of the year to 28 June.

Bewley's cafe, dublin, rent hike
Court battle:
Bewley's must pay increased rent
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Irish café loses fight to halt rent hike

Bewley’s Café, Dublin has lost a court case against its landlord to prevent a hike in its rent and now faces a bill of 1.5 billion (£1.2bn).   

The doorstop bakery, fife
A recipe for success:
Scottish community bakery shares knowledge
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Scottish community bakery to share first-class business model

A community bakery in Scotland, Fife, is fired up to support social entrepreneurs by sharing its business secrets. 

Grocery market
On the up!
lowest levels of grocery inflation since October 2006
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Grocery sales figures rebound after historic low

Grocery market growth has bounced back to 2.8% in the 12 weeks to 22 June after a historic low of 1.7% last period.

Waterstones selects Yorkshire producers to supply to in-branch café

Yorkshire’s local foodstuffs will be on sale in Waterstones’ Café W, Coney Street, York, thanks to the book shop giant choosing local producers to supply the branch, such as Shipley bakery, Just Desserts.

Subway opens new store
Sub of the day:
Subway reaches milestone opening
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Milestone opening of Subway store

The Subway brand has opened its 1,800th store in the UK and Ireland. 

Hamish Allan
Hamish Allan opens the head offices at Scottish Bakers
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Success for Scottish Bakers head office opening

Scottish Bakers opened its new head office in Dunfermline last week.

Greggs go Wimbledon crazy
Strawberries and cream flat-breads:
Would you go for it?
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Greggs set to serve a Wimbledon-inspired range

Greggs is set to serve up a strawberries and cream-inspired sandwich, after a survey indicated fewer than 7% of Britons immediately associated Wimbledon with tennis.

Scottish snowballs
The snowball:
A soft marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut
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A snowballing victory: Scottish snowballs win VAT-free status

Scottish snowballs, made by Lees of Scotland and Thomas Tunnock, have been ruled as zero-rated on tax, after they were classed as cakes.

Genius loaf
A bold move:
This will be the first time gluten-free options will be sold with mainstream bread
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Genius to merge loaves with mainstream bread aisle

Gluten-free brand Genius is to introduce its bread to the mainstream bread aisle of 150 Asda stores across the UK.

Nisa launches new-look pies and pastries

Nisa has revamped its Heritage range of pies and pastries to begin its re-launch of the own-brand label.

New app for coeliac sufferers

Coeliac UK has announced the launch of its new app, ‘Gluten-free on the Move’.

Dr Zak's protein bread
Dr Zak's plans product expansion amid anticipated sales growth
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Dr Zak's plans to treble sales amid product extension

High-protein bread brand Dr Zak’s plans to double or treble sales in a year with several new product launches planned by the end of 2014.

Gluten-free brand moves into the breakfast market

Yorkshire-based brand Feel Free for Gluten Free has moved into the breakfast market with the launch of its granola cereals and granola bars. 

Student conference attracts greater participation

Lesley Foottit reports from the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST’s) annual conference 2014, which saw the AGM, prizes awarded and plenty of opportunities for students to network with industry professionals.

Delice de France launches Customer Innovation Centre

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

Craft bakers week
Craft bakers week 2014
A range of bread, cakes and pies will be available for people to try and buy at the event
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Bakers urged to sign up for Craft Bakers’ Week

Bakers are encouraged to sign up to take part in Craft Bakers’ Week to maximise the support available.

Sugar Tax Survey
Sugar tax bakers survey
Sugar Tax: Your Views.
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Sugar survey: bakers, give us your views on tax

There has been a mixed reaction to plans announced this week to introduce a sugar tax and reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020. But what do you think?

Greggs Breakfast Club
Greggs Breakfast Club
Greggs launches 250th primary school Breakfast Club
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Greggs reaches 250th school Breakfast Club

The Greggs Foundation, a registered charity associated with Greggs, has launched its 250th primary school Breakfast Club and will reach 300 by the year end.

Wall's ensures pasties are Cornish by moving production

Kerry Foods has relocated production of its pasties to ensure that the pastries keep their Cornish status. 

Torbay bakery for sale

Paignton Bakery in the English Riviera is being sold.

Campaigners call for sugar tax

Campaign group, Action on Sugar has called on the government to introduce a sugar tax and to reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020.

Pullins takes top prize in new bread competition

Pullins Bakery of Yatton has won the top gong in the Worshipful Company of Bakers’ bread competition at the Bath and West Show.

Dunkin’ Brands plans motorway expansion

Ice cream and desserts operator Baskin-Robbins has revealed plans to open four sites at Welcome Break motorway service stations, along with one Dunkin’ Donuts.

Premier Foods shares fall on sales warning

Shares in the embattled food group Premier Foods fell by nearly 10% after the company, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, said it had seen falling sales in its so-called ‘Power Brands’.

BAKO NW reveals competition winners

BAKO North Western (BNW) invited customers to create the perfect birthday cake as part of its 50th-year celebrations.

Healthy ‘buzzwords’ mislead, says academic

Buzzwords on food packaging is duping consumers into believing the products are healthier than they are, an academic has claimed.

Restructure sees 2,600 jobs go at Morrisons

Supermarket giant Morrisons is to cut 2,600 jobs as part of a restructuring plan. 

Premier Foods enters into JV for £16m beverages and desserts business

Premier Foods has entered into another joint venture (JV) to manufacture powdered beverages and desserts worth around £16m.

Oliver Adams launches cricket ground store

Oliver Adams, the craft bakery chain, has opened a new shop at Northants Cricket Ground - its first partnership with a sports brand.

80,000 “fake” biscuits seized

A European crackdown on fake food and drink has seen nearly 100 arrests and the seizure of 80,000 biscuits, it has been revealed.

Public open to Brazillian food ideas, says survey

A new survey claims more than a quarter of people will try Brazillian influenced food and drink during the World Cup.

Coopland & Son trainees gear up for ABST competitions

Coopland & Son, the craft bakery chain, has entered seven of its apprentices into competitions at the upcoming student bakery conference.

Subway signs new petrol station deal

Subway, the sandwich retailer, has announced plans to open further stores on petrol forecourts via MRH, one of the largest independent operators in the UK.

Scottish bakery moves and expands

One of Scotland’s oldest bakeries is expanding after relocating to more modern premises last weekend.

Brownings bakery van driver attacked

A delivery driver from Scotland’s Brownings the Bakers was attacked by a gang of thugs as he went about his rounds in the small hours.

Co-op relaunch sees own-label bread sales double

The Co-operative says sales of its own-label bread have doubled since it was relaunched and lowered to 75p.

Harris+Hoole adds buy ahead function to app

Customers of Harris+Hoole, the Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, are now able to pre-order their drinks via the company’s app.

Kamps targets new stores in UK

German bakery chain Kamps has revealed plans to expand in London and the rest of the UK.

Morrisons chairman to step down

The chairman of the under-fire supermarket chain Morrisons has announced he plans to step down.

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