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Timeline: Euphorium Bakery & Tesco

Following the news that Tesco plans to close more than 100 in-store bakeries, British Baker looks back at the development of the Euphorium Bakery.

Aldi and Lidl hold strong as competition heats up

Once again, Aldi and Lidl have continued to dominate market share, while market growth hit its lowest level in 11 years.

Starbucks' Seattle's Best Coffee available in Asda

Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Coffee Company, is now available in select partner cafés in the UK including Asda.

Silver environment award for Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf Bakery UK has been recognised at the Zero Waste Awards 2014.

Village Bakery gains permission for academy

Welsh business the Village Bakery has secured planning permission for a new £2.3m baking academy.

Tesco to close 100 in-store bakeries

Tesco is set to close more than 100 in-store bakeries affecting 600 staff.

London sees arrival of gourmet doughnut firm

New artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched today in London with a market stall.

John Jackson, Midlands regional general manager
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Allied completes £25m bakery spend at West Bromwich

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a £25m investment at its West Bromwich bakery.

Bakels bring out retro doughnut fillings

A new range of retro flavoured doughnut fillings has been launched by Bakels to coincide with the start of National Doughnut Week. 

Handmade Cake Company targets pubs

Pubs are a target for business growth for cake manufacturer The Handmade Cake Company, its managing director has revealed.

König devises new roll plant line

Manufacturer König has created a new automatic roll plant range.

Innovation is key, says Warburtons

Product innovation is the key to Warburtons’ survival within the market, according to its chairman.

Morecambe Football Club scoops British Pie Award

Morecambe Football Club has been named Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Interbake designs own depositor

Interbake, the bakery equipment supplier, has designed its own depositor and claims it is set to boost the company’s profits by 50%.

Folic acid decision delayed

The government will delay its decision to reintroduce folic acid into flour until 2015.

Bachmann’s in finals of excellence awards

Former Baking Industry Awards winner Bachmann’s Patisserie and Chocolate Creations has been made a finalist in the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2014.

Ashford café fined on insurance failure

An Ashford café business has been fined £800 by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for not holding Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) or ELCI.

Pieter Totte, executive chairman of The Real Good Food Company
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Sugar dispute blow for The Real Good Food Company

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RFGC) has warned that an ongoing dispute with British Sugar will hurt its underlying profits.

Arla VP to step down

Global dairy company Arla Foods Ingredients has announced UK executive vice-president Peter Lauritzen will step down after seven years in the role.

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Greggs’ sales boosted by lower costs

Like-for-like sales (LFLs) at Greggs, the BB75 bakery retailer, have increased by 3.7% – helped by weaker comparatives and lower cost inflation.

Costa sees LFLs and profit growth

It seems the nation’s thirst for coffee shows no signs of abating - as Costa revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) growth of 5.7% this morning.

Cornish brewer introduces baked goods in pubs

St Austell Brewery has launched a range of bakery products across its managed pubs as it expands its Brewer & Bean brand to include stand-alone coffee shops.

Cranks to sell sandwich competition winner across UK universities

Sandwich supplier Cranks has introduced the winning sandwich from a student competition into universities nationwide.

Greggs is second most popular brand among young people

Retail bakery chain Greggs is the second most popular brand on social media for young people, according to a new report.

Starbucks reports first sales drop in 16 years

Starbucks has reported a drop in UK sales for the first time in its 16 year history, and revealed it closed 44 branches last year.

World's largest Costa Coffee opens in Norton Canes

The world’s largest Costa Coffee has opened at Roadchef’s Norton Canes service area.

New bread price war could spell ‘race to the bottom’

Loaves at 75p are at the front line of a new price war between the major multiples, which campaigners say threatens to become a “race to the bottom”.

City centre bakery to open in Birmingham

The founders of a Birmingham food project have launched a commercial bakery in the city centre.

Patisserie Valerie to extend its UK reach

The company behind Patisserie Valerie is to open shops in Wales and Northern Ireland for the first time, as well as branching into retail parks and service stations.

Artisan scoops inaugural Coffee Stop Awards title

Putney coffee shop Artisan was named the best in the capital in the bakery category at last night's inaugural London Coffee Stop Awards.

Subway signs up Liverpool Football Club to sponsorship deal

Sandwich chain Subway will be able to use Liverpool football stars, such as Daniel Sturridge, in its marketing activity after signing a sponsorship deal to become the Premier League leader's ‘official training food’ partner.

New boss for Cornish pasty firm

West Cornwall Pasty Company has appointed a new executive chairman.

Warburtons rolls out gluten-free thins across Tesco Express

Tesco Express is rolling out Warburtons’ gluten-free White and Seeded Sandwich Thins.

Patisserie Holdings to float on AIM market

Patisserie Holdings, the parent company behind coffee and bakery chain Patisserie Valerie, has announced plans to proceed with an initial public offering.

Brixton prisoners to learn art of coffee-making

Inmates at a London prison are to learn coffee-making skills to help find employment upon release.

Biscuits see value growth in 2013

Sales of biscuits defied tough economic conditions last year to grow by 3.6% in value.

Baker takes educational cycle ride

A Bristol baker aims is raising awareness of where bread comes from by embarking on a 300-mile cycle ride collecting the ingredients for a loaf on the way.

Coeliac charity urges multiples to act on gluten-free

Charity Coeliac UK has launched a campaign urging supermarkets to improve the availability of gluten-free foods in their smaller stores.

UK’s chocolate consumption habits revealed

Consumed one too many Easter eggs this weekend? New research has revealed that eight million British consumers eat chocolate every day.

Front-of-pack labelling scheme attracts more participants

More suppliers have agreed to sign up to the government’s hybrid front-of-pack labelling system, it has been revealed.

Delice de France takes product launch award

Baking manufacturer and foodservice supplier Delice de France has triumphed at the Essential Café Trade Awards 2014.

Hovis introduces flavoured loaves

Hovis is to introduce three flavoured sliced loaves to its range as consumers demand innovation.

Waitrose TV welcomes bakery celebrity

TV bakery judge Paul Hollywood has made his debut on Waitrose TV with his own online bakery video collection.

Starbucks moves European HQ to London

Global coffee chain Starbucks will move the regional headquarters of its Europe, Middle East and Africa business from Amsterdam to London by the end of 2014.

Co-op suffers ‘worst year in history’

The Co-operative Group has announced a downturn in food revenue from £7.44bn to £7.24bn, with an overall loss of £2.5bn for the year to 4 January.

Easter boosts cake decorating sales at Waitrose

Waitrose has reported a 20% increase in cake decorating sales, thanks to the Easter school holidays.

Burton's ploughs £14.75m into factory investment

Burton’s Biscuit Company will invest £14.75m in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

Scottish firm relocates silo in expansion drive

Scottish manufacturer Brownings the Bakers is relocating its flour silo as part of a £1.3m expansion plan.

Tesco profits slump again

Supermarket giant Tesco has this morning reported a 6% fall in group trading annual profit to £3.3bn – the second year in a row it has announced falling profits.

Warburtons takes first steps in Channel Islands

Warburtons bread made its debut in the Channel Islands this week, with a roll-out programme to follow.

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