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Grocery market growth slows

Grocery market growth has seen the biggest slump for 11 years, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.  

Bacheldre Watermill for sale for £1.4m

An award-winning watermill business, which supplies organic and traditional flours and bread mixes, has been placed on the market for £1.4m. 

EAT plans UK expansion

The private equity-backed sandwich chain EAT plans to expand beyond London – after securing a further £40m in funding.

New high street plan published

Town centres must have five-year plans and embrace digital opportunities, according to a new report on the future of the nation’s high streets.

Entries invited for FreeFrom awards

The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards are open for entry across seven categories including cafés and coffee shops.

Kindred bounces back from flood

Business is booming at London’s Kindred Bakery following a devastating flood at its Herne Hill branch in August 2013.

Craft Bakers' Association to focus on youth

The Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has begun a journey which will see it focus on youth and training in the baking industry.

David Wood expands with Creative purchase

David Wood Baking, the Leeds-based bakery wholesaler, has acquired the ready meals firm Creative Foods.

Millie’s investigates c-store unit options

Millie’s Cookies, the SSP-owned brand, has revealed plans to offer standalone units in convenience stores.

Bakeries urged to get involved in Vintage Tea Week

National Cupcake Week’s major sponsor Wellbeing of Women is hosting a Vintage Tea Week in June and is urging bakeries to get involved.

Subway updates app with nutritional info

The sandwich chain Subway has updated its mobile app to include nutritional information.

Exeter Street Bakery gains news Waitrose listing

Exeter Street Bakery, a London bread supplier, is to launch four new loaves in 14 Waitrose stores.

Scotmid celebrates Ashers’ success

Scottish Co-operative Scotmid has congratulated its local bakery partner, Ashers of Nairn, after it was crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.

Britvic pushes soft drinks for summer

Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic is launching a Taste of Summer portfolio promotion for retailers to inspire shoppers to ‘shake up’ their routines.

Video: the CBA one year on

It has been a year since the rebranding which saw the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) come to the fore and here British Baker catches up with its senior management team.

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Kingsmill launches Bagel Thins

Kingsmill, the bakery brand, has launched Bagel Thins, which are significantly thinner than a regular bagel, and contain only 122 calories.

Food LFLs up at M&S, profits down

Marks & Spencer (M&S), the high street stalwart, today revealed its food like-for-like sales improved by 1.7% in the past year – because it was “more specialist” and focused on “quality and innovation”.

Tesco triumphs in own-label awards

Tesco came out top in the Grocer’s Own-Label Awards in the baked goods category - and went home with almost a third of the total awards.

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Britain’s Best Bakery judges describe winning formula

The judges on TV’s Britain’s Best Bakery have explained what they think is the winning formula at the Scottish Bakers’ Conference.

Waitrose lists ITV viewer’s ‘cherubs’

Waitrose has introduced a new item to its patisserie counters, designed by an ITV viewer.

Asda announces major restructure

The supermarket chain Asda announced a massive restructuring yesterday – a move that puts 4,100 jobs into consultation.

UK sandwich market in growth

The UK sandwich market has grown in value by 2% in the past year, with the number of sandwiches sold up by 6%, according to data released today by the British Sandwich Association (BSA).

Subway adds new motorway services outlet

Sandwich chain Subway is expanding with another Welcome Break services outlet.

FSA reiterates food ‘glitter’ rules following court case

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has re-issued guidance on food glitter and ‘dust’ following the successful prosecution of EdAble Art.

Warburtons heads consumer popularity ranking

Warburtons has been listed as the brand bought by the most consumers, most frequently for the second year running.

Patisserie Holdings begins share flotation

Patisserie Holdings, the parent company behind coffee and bakery chain Patisserie Valerie, has been valued at £170m on its conditional admission to AIM. 

Caffeina brings taste of Italy to London

Italian company Caffeina has opened its first site in London.

Birds sees good sales of gingerbread footballers

Derby bakery Birds the Confectioners has experienced strong sales of its new gingerbread footballers.

Northern Irish macaron firm plans exports

Northern Irish patisserie business Eva Paris has launched a range of handmade macarons in local delis and is gearing up for exports to mainland Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Employment hits fastest rate since 2007, claims CIPD

UK employers are hiring staff at the fastest rate since before the financial crash, according to latest reports.

Surge in number of coeliac sufferers

The number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has increased fourfold since 1990, new results show.

Coffee#1 enjoys 55% rise in sales

Rapidly growing coffee shop chain Coffee#1 saw sales grow by 55% last year as it continued to open new outlets.

Curly Whirly Cake achieves Eurovision limelight

Konditor & Cook’s Curly Whirly Cake has gone viral after it appeared on Eurovision 2014.

Burton’s rumoured to be targeting Fox’s

Burton’s Biscuit Company has approached the owner of Fox’s Biscuits for a potential takeover deal, according to reports.

Finsbury appoints new chairman

Bread and cake manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has appointed Peter Baker as non-executive director chairman, effective from 1 July 2014.

Irish bakery extends Tesco contract

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has signed a deal to extend its Freshly Baked table bread range across 25 Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

Dawn plans American bakery week

Dawn Foods is to launch a new national bakery week as part of its American bakery campaign.

Chocolate supplier sets out ambitious expansion plan

Belocade is investing €21m (£17.1m) in an expansion that will increase capacity by 50% amid plans to grow turnover to €5bn by 2030.

Pieminister chooses Brazilian theme

Bristol firm Pieminister has released a Brazil-inspired pie in time for this year’s Football World Cup.

Poll: Is this the end of the ISB?

This week revealed the news that Tesco is to close more than 100 in-store bakeries in a shock move.

Research finds health is key to gluten-free

Health has become the main reason consumers purchase gluten-free products, according to a new survey.

Waitrose introduces new-style bakery counters

Waitrose has launched new-look bakery and patisserie counters in 12 branches, selling coffee, cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

Pie company introduces miniature versions

Gourmet chain Square Pie has launched a wholesale range of miniature pies.

Rascals change to Scallywags in Yorkshire scone stand-off

A Yorkshire bakery claims it has been forced to change the name of one of its best-selling scones after a request by famous tearoom and bakery Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

Bakkavör enjoys positive Q1 growth

Like-for-like revenues at fresh prepared foods company Bakkavör increased by 6% in the first quarter, thanks to favourable weather and successful new products.

Warburtons introduces gluten-free wraps to coffee chains

Warburtons’ Newburn Bakehouse brand is launching its gluten-free wraps into Starbucks UK and Costa Coffee.

Morrisons’ share price takes a hit as sales drop

Morrrisons saw like-for-like sales tumble 7.1% in the 13 weeks to 4 May – a bigger fall than many analysts were expecting.

Pret bullish as it reports 15% sales increase

Pret A Manger has reported a 15% rise in sales as it continues to expand across the UK.

Food and drink initiative targets women

The government has launched a national campaign to attract more women into the food and drink industry.

Tesco ISB staff react angrily to closure plans

Reports of Tesco’s plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries has been met with anger from staff.

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