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The Worshipful Company of Bakers

has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at Bakers' Hall in London. Pictured left to right with the Master, Peter Gossage (centre), are Graham Duckworth, industrial ingredients specialist at Puratos and the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees' competition chairman, and Simon Jeffreys, chief operating officer for global charity Wellcome Trust.

Starbucks rolls out Android app in UK

Starbucks is to expand its mobile platform, with the roll-out of its Android app to the UK and Canada.

Spinata&co to open sixth site

Artisan bakery Spinata&co will open its sixth outlet in London’s Mayfair this month.

Subway to appeal toasted sandwich tax

Sandwich franchise chain Subway will appear in the High Court on 23 July over the 20% VAT added to its toasted subs.

Garth Bakery moves into Tesco

Garth Bakery has agreed to supply 35 Tesco stores in South Wales with nine of its bakery lines as part of a new contract.

Estate clean-up costs West Cornwall Pasty Company

The West Cornwall Pasty Company has reported a £2.8m drop in turnover during the past 12 months.

Four new liverymen at Worshipful Company

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has admitted four new liverymen as part of its July Court meeting at the Bakers’ Halls.

BRC develops free small business lease

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a free small business retail lease in a bid to attract independent businesses back on to the UK’s high streets.

Terry Tang to appear in new TV series

Terry Tang, last year's winner of the Celebration Cake Maker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards (BIA), will appear in a Sky One television series this November.

Government publishes response to pasty tax U-turn

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a document of the responses it received during the consultation period on its proposals to add 20% VAT on hot takeaway food.

BSA coffee shop judging commences

Coffee shops and cafés around the UK are being visited by judges of the Beverage Standard Association’s (BSA) Awards panel.

Jamie Oliver’s bakery opens at Gatwick

Jamie’s Italian Bakery has now opened at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal – his first airport location.

Deadline today for London bakery competition

The Real Bread Campaign is urging London bakers to enter their best loaves by today’s deadline as part of its latest bakery competition.

Supermarkets to up farmer relationships

Waitrose and Morrisons have topped a study into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the UK's biggest supermarket chains.

In pictures: Bakers’ Fair Summer 2012

Hundreds of visitors turned out to enter the competitions, watch the masterclasses and network with the exhibitors at Bakers’ Fair Summer on Sunday 24 June.

Administrators close three Peters' outlets

Administrators have closed three of Peters Bakers' retail outlets resulting in 17 redundancies, following its collapse into administration earlier this month.

Students install new alliance president

David Goddard has become the new president of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST), as announced at this year's conference.

Bakers' charity faces huge drop in donations

The Bakers' Benevolent Society (BBS) has seen a fall in donations of around 85% during the past 12 years. At its 179th annual general meeting, the registered charity highlighted a drop in appeal income, including donations and fundraising events, from around £200,000 in 2000 to £27,071 this year.

Greggs focuses on bakery in third store format

Greggs, the BB75 leading bakery chain, has launched its take on a local bakery a new third-style retail format for the company.

Gail’s awards top barista in Coffee Olympics

Gail’s Bakery has awarded Marianna Hives from its Crouch End outlet the Coffee Master 2012 barista title, as part of its Coffee Olympics.

Howell House in supermarket deal

Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Irish company Irwin’s Bakery, has secured a £400,000 export deal with Tesco and Asda.

Jubilee boost for June’s grocery sales

Grocery retailers have reported their highest balance of year-on-year (YOY) sales this month since February 2010, according to the latest statistics.

WRAP introduces new waste agreement

Government-funded organisation WRAP has called for bakery firms, food manufacturers and food-to-go businesses to sign up for a new food and packaging waste initiative.

Gail’s takes store count to 11

Gail’s is continuing its ongoing expansion plan throughout London with the opening of its 11th outlet in Chelsea.

Jamie Oliver opens new concept

Jamie Oliver has opened a new takeway food unit at the Bicester Village high-end shopping mall.

Thomas the Baker revamps IT software

Thomas the Baker has collaborated with RedBlack Software as part of a £200,000 investment in overhauling its current IT infrastructure.

Bakery to open on site of former pub

At the height of their decline, pubs were closing at the rate of 35 a week thanks to the introduction of the smoking ban.

Greggs unveils new store format

Greggs has unveiled its latest concept shop – its take on a local bakery-style shop – as exclusively revealed by British Baker last November.

Newcastle bakery finds buyer

Eighty-five jobs have been saved after Tindale & Stanton’s Newcastle bakery was sold as a going concern. The bakery has been acquired by new company, Star Cottage Bakery, made up of a consortium of four former managers.

Crowds gathered for Bakers’ Fair Summer

Hundreds of visitors turned out to enter the competitions, watch the masterclasses and network with the exhibitors at Bakers’ Fair Summer yesterday (Sunday 24 June).

Pennington BBS chairman for ninth consecutive year

Marshall Pennington has been announced as The Bakers’ Benevolent Society’s chairman of trustees for 2012/13 – his ninth year in a row in the position.

Tesco takes Tan Y Castell Welshcakes national

Welshcakes producer Tan Y Castell has secured a deal with Tesco for its products to be distributed throughout its UK stores.

Costa Coffee joins BRC

Costa Coffee has become the latest retail member of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Bakery stalwart passes away

British Baker regretfully announces that Ken Glennon has passed away, following a long battle with leukaemia.

Tesco tops supermarket sales thanks to Jubilee

UK supermarkets managed to accumulate an extra £213m during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, according the latest data.

Costa UK LFL sales up 8.4%

Costa Coffee has reported a 21.5% growth to £123.9m in UK retail system sales in its first-quarter financial results.

Shuga Budz seeks out new premises

Shuga Budz Bakery in Wolverhampton is on the hunt for a larger premises to cope with a growth in business.

In pictures: ABST Conference 2012

This year’s Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) Conference at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire included bakery competitions, presentations from those within the industry and a prestigious awards dinner celebrating new talent.

Bakery Products fails to find a buyer

Bakery Products, which went into administration earlier this month, has been unable to secure a buyer, resulting in more than 100 job losses at its Scarborough bakery.

Hummingbird Bakery creates mobile unit

The Hummingbird Bakery has invested in a new mobile bakery unit designed to cater for festivals and events across the UK.

Jubilee boosts supermarket trading

Supermarket sales during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations increased by 12.5% year-on-year.

Patisserie Valerie opens 54th outlet

Birmingham-based bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has opened its 54th outlet in Reading.

Q1 LFLs up 1.4% at Sainbury’s

Sainsbury’s, the supermarket retailer, yesterday unveiled a 1.4% increase in its first-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs), which it said had been boosted by Jubilee trade.

Exquisite Handmade Cakes launches charity tea party

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, the Leeds based-bakery and confectionery company, is to sell its wares at an event to raise money for a cancer charity.

New dispute legislation unveiled as study shows caution

The government has unveiled plans for the quicker resolution of workplace disputes – as new research suggested that UK employers remained “cautious” on recruitment.

Peters Bakery goes into administration

Peters Bakery, the north-east bakery chain and wholesaler, has gone into administration.

Tesco sees UK LFL sales fall

Tesco has said its UK performance has been in line with expectations, despite falling like-for-like sales.
 

Craft baker Pryces launches e-commerce site

Pryces the Bakers has launched a new website - www.pryces.com - where customers can order a selection of goods including muffins, cookies and gift hampers.

Nordic Bakery up to three

Nordic Bakery has opened its third site in London, near to Baker Street.

Goldman Sachs sells Pret A Manger stake

Goldman Sachs has sold its £50m stake in Pret A Manger, the sandwich chain.

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