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Bakkavör appoints new UK chief operating officer

Bakkavör has appointed Mike Edwards as chief operating officer for its UK business.

100-year-old Spalding bakery faces closure

Bakery AE Pacey and Son in Spalding, Lincolnshire looks set to close after 100 years in business.

Kingsmill launches £4m campaign for 50/50

Kingsmill has launched a new £4m campaign for its 50/50 range, starring John Thomson.

Edme supports local care homes

Malted ingredients supplier Edme has been visiting care homes, allowing residents to ask about baking.

Marley Coffee outlines 2014 plans for UK

US-based company Marley Coffee is looking to increase its distribution and product lines in the UK and Europe in 2014.

Aldi and Lidl show continued sales growth

Aldi and Lidl continue to show strong sales growth, according to the latest results.

Gavin Darby appointed chair of food engineering board

Gavin Darby has been appointed chair of the Food Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (FEIAB) for the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.

UK inflation hits 2% target

The UK inflation rate fell to 2% in December, from 2.1% the previous month.

Newburn Bakehouse gains new Tesco listing

Warburtons’ Newburn Bakehouse brand is launching its seeded sandwich thins in Tesco this month.

Fortnum & Mason sees Christmas success

Fortnum & Mason has experienced a “highly successful” Christmas period with sales up 16%.

Premier Foods announces £20m investment

Premier Foods has announced a £20m investment to double capacity at its cake manufacturing site in Carlton, Barnsley.

Stevia’s value to reach £167m by 2017

The value of natural sweetener stevia is forecast to grow to £167m by 2017, according to research group Mintel.

UK’s first pay-per-minute café opens

Russian café concept Ziferblat has opened its first UK outlet in London.

SSP denies advisor appointment

British food outlet operator Select Service Partner (SSP) has denied the appointment of advisors for initial public offering (IPO).

Clayton Park Bakery sends 1,000 pies to Wolverhampton

Clayton Park Bakery has supplied close to 1,000 pies to football club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bakkavor pizza workers in strike vote

Bakkavor has said it was “naturally disappointed” that 600 GMB members are to be balloted for strike action, in a dispute over pay.

Greggs looks to mitigate job loss impact

Greggs will look to do everything it can to mitigate the impact of job redundancies within the company, according to its chief executive.

Tesco sees 2.4% decline in LFL sales

Tesco has reported a 2.4% decline in like-for-like (LFL) sales during the Christmas period, according to latest results.

M&S records 1.5% LFL food increase for Christmas

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has seen a 1.5% increase in like-for-like (LFL) food sales during the Christmas period, according to its latest results.

Greggs forecasts more than 400 redundancies

Greggs has announced that more than 400 jobs are potentially at risk, due to structural changes to its supply chain and a reduction in general overhead costs.

Greggs sees 2.6% LFL increase in Q4

Greggs has seen an increase of 2.6% in Q4 like-for-like (LFL) sales following “strong demand” during the Christmas period, according to its latest trading results.

Piebury Corner eyes West End expansion

North London business Piebury Corner is hoping to expand with a restaurant, following three seasons of success.

Caffè Nero announces debt financing package

Caffè Nero has announced the agreement of a new debt financing package.

Co-op sees positive food sales over Christmas

The Co-operative Group has seen a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 1% during the Christmas period following strong food sales.

UK coffee shops to exceed 20,500 by 2018

The UK coffee shop market will exceed 20,500 outlets by 2018, according to latest reports.

Pasty Presto unveils new design

Cornish bakery Pasty Presto has started a “new Cornwall-inspired” rebrand across 29 shops throughout the UK.

Fletchers completes £1m expansion

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has completed a £1m expansion of its cold storage facilities at its dedicated foodservice business unit Kara.

Tiptree World Bread Awards 2014 open for entries

Entry is now open for the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2014.

Lola’s Cupcakes launches Underground cart

Lola’s Cupcakes has opened a cart at Kings Cross St Pancras London Underground station, with a further four planned for this year.

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys appoint new chief executive

Richard Cooper has been appointed chief executive of The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, effective from January this year.

Warburtons to invest £20m in new plant

Warburtons has submitted for planning permission to build a £20m new plant at its Burnley bakery.

Jenkins Bakery opens new outlet

Jenkins Bakery has expanded with its 28th outlet in Porthcawl, South Wales.

United Biscuits brings back dunkable Digestives

United Biscuits is returning to the classic recipe for its McVitie’s Digestives, containing more saturated fat.

EasyJet founder to launch food store

EasyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has announced the launch of a pilot grocer in Croydon, called easyFoodstore.

Strike action on the cards at Hovis Wigan?

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is at loggerheads with Premier Foods over its decision to use agency staff at its Hovis factory in Cale Lane, Wigan.

BLT scoops nation’s favourite sandwich accolade

The BLT has been voted the UK’s favourite sandwich in a poll conducted by the British Sandwich Association.

Warburtons launches April Fool’s loaf

Warburtons has turned an April Fool’s joke into a reality by launching All-Ends, a loaf comprising solely of the crusts of Toastie product.

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Kingsmill embarks on breakfast programme for kids

Kingsmill has teamed up with the National Schools Partnership to educate school children about the nutritional benefits of breakfast.

Ocado sales growth slows

Online grocery company Ocado this morning reported a gross sales increase of 9.9% for its third quarter and added that year-to-date sales are running ahead by 11.3%.   

Tesco supports hybrid food labelling

Tesco has decided to combine the “traffic light” colour-coding and Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) formats for its future food labelling.

Bath cake firm expands business

The Bath Cake Company has opened a new sugarcraft shop in a bid to respond to the growing demand in bakery.

Greenhalgh’s links with brewer for new pie

Greenhalgh’s Bakery has teamed up with Bolton’s largest-capacity brewery to create a new savoury pie.

Virtual sandwich for Greggs’ UK stores

Greggs is continuing to invest in social media with the launch of an online sandwich competition.

GBBO champ launches London bakery

Edd Kimber, the first winner of BBC2's The Great British Bake Off in 2010, has set up a new bakery business in London.

One of the judges from this year's National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, Kimber said he will be trialling the new Eddible Bakery business at Maltby Street market in Bermondsey, south London, on Saturday 8 September.

LFLs slow at Asda

Asda has reported a 0.7% rise in like-for-like sales (LFLs), excluding fuel and VAT, in its second-quarter trading results.

Brand fight back begins

Costa Coffee has come under fire recently from independent businesses in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset, who have expressed concern over a potential new outlet opening in the area.

July food sales show upward momentum

Food store sales value increased by 2.9% in July, compared to the same month last year, according to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Plans for Cornish pasty drive-thru

The team who set up The West Cornwall Pasty Company has dreamed up a new retail bakery concept – a pasty drive-thru.

Campden BRI hosts food legislation courses

Campden BRI has launched a series of training workshops designed to keep those in the food industry aware of the latest and most up-to-date legislation.

Worshipful Company makes TV appearance

The Master and the Court of the Worshipful Company of Bakers were featured on last night’s episode of The Great British Bake Off.

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