Retail

Food-to-go holds key to future

A focus on food-to-go bread products is key to future growth, according to the latest research by Lantmännen Unibake UK.

Waitrose sees trading rocket over Jubilee

Waitrose achieved its highest week of trading, bar Christmas and Easter, over the Jubilee weekend. Sales were up 19.8% on last year, for the week ending 2 June.

Starbucks acquires US-based baker

Starbucks, the global coffee shop chain, has made its first foray into baking – with the acquisition of the US-based Bay Bread and its La Boulange bakery brand for $100m.

Food inflation remains stable

Food inflation stood at 4.3% in May, unchanged from the previous month, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Dundee cake in PGI claim

A group of Scottish bakers are in the early stages of applying for Protected Geographical Indi-cation (PGI) status for Dundee cake.

Industry celebrates over government's tax U-turn

"This is a great day for bakers, no matter how large or small," Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs told British Baker, following the government's U-turn on pasty tax. The move, which would have seen 20% VAT slapped on all hot bakery products, prompted a nationwide campaign by bakers for the government to rethink its proposals. This included a rally of more than 500 bakers at Downing Street to deliver a petition with more than half a million signa-tures to the government.

New chairman at Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) has elected a new chairman – Paul Molyneux of Premier Foods.

Mandatory display of food hygiene rating planned

Bakery retailers could be forced to display their Food Hygiene Rating, as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) sets out its long-term goal for the scheme.

Starbucks rated in UK’s top 10 social media brands

Starbucks has been named the second most prolific brand on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Costa director shortlisted for Women’s Award

Caroline Harris of Costa Coffee has been shortlisted for the Women’s 1st Shine Awards 2012.

Pret achieves revenue increase

Pret A Manger has posted group revenue of £377.3m for the full year to 29 December 2011, up 15% on 2010.

Mathiesons sold in pre-pack deal

Scottish bakery Mathiesons has been sold to Prestige Bakeries in a pre-pack deal, which has seen more than 240 jobs saved.

The fall and rise of Greggs’ share price

Greggs’ share price saw a 6% year-on-year rise yesterday following the government's decision to make a U-turn over the pasty tax.

GF Foods bags free-from deal with Ocado

Gluten Free Foods has struck up a new deal with online food retailer Ocado to stock its range of savoury pastry products and festive cupcakes.

Primrose targets celebrations in third book

Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas of Primrose Bakery are writing a third book based on catering for a variety of occasions.

'Pastygate' timeline highlights government u-turn

British Baker has compiled the key dates in the pasty-tax campaign over the past two months, which have shaped the government's decision to scrap its proposal for 20% VAT to be added to all hot takeaway bakery products.

Businesses going bust increase in double-dip recession

The number of retailers going out of business has risen by 38% in the first quarter of 2012, according to accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy.

Government performs pasty tax u-turn

The government has performed a dramatic u-turn on its tax for hot pies and pasties.

The move comes after weeks of sustained campaigning by the baking industry, including British Baker's own e-petition, a campaign by Greggs, the largest retail baker in the country, and a demonstration by the industry at Westminster which saw a petition of half a million signatures handed in at Number 10.

Bakers keen to support workable VAT solution

The baking industry is keen to promote its alternative 20% tax solution to the government, saying it understands the government’s desire to reduce anomalies and raise revenue.

Greggs backs food hygiene scheme

Greggs has given its backing to web-based certification SOFHTe, from The Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT).

Tesco boss refuses £372,000 bonus

Tesco chief executive officer Phillip Clarke has declined his annual bonus, as UK employees share more than £110m.

Starbucks burdened by high London rents

Starbucks UK has confirmed less profitable outlets in central London locations have contributed to its five-year run of losses.

Economic boost with "tax cuts" and lowest inflation rates

Businesses could benefit from potential temporary tax cut measures and the latest levels of inflation dropping to their lowest in more than two years.

Own-label NPD beats branded

The level of own-label food and drink NPD has risen above branded for the first time, according to new research by Mintel.

Sales up 3.7% at Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme, the doughnut retailer, has reported a 3.7% rise in revenues, driven by an increase in same-store sales.

High Street footfall reaches new low

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported a 12.6% decrease in the number of town centre shoppers in the three months to April – the worst drop in footfall since November 2009.

Whitbread boss refuses pay rise

Whitbread's chief executive Andy Harrison has turned down a 1.5% increase on his annual salary of £717,500.

M&S takes profit hit

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has seen profit before tax down £122.6m on last year, despite strong like-for-like food sales.

Gongs given for sandwich success

Greencore took the top award of the night at the Sammies last week – the British Sandwich Industry Awards – for its Food to Go range.

MPs named and shamed over ‘pasty tax’ amendment

British Baker has published the names of those MPs who voted against the amendment to the 20% tax on hot takeaway bakery products.

The vote, tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert of St Austell and Newquay, took place in the House of Commons last month and was narrowly defeated by 35 oppositional votes.

In pictures: China bakery study tour 2012

British Baker's associate editor, Georgi Gyton, travelled to China earlier this month on a bakery study tour, hosted by Rich Products. Check out our exclusive gallery of pictures, from the trade show in Shanghai to business visits in Beijing and the Great Wall of China.

Asda total sales up 7.1%

Asda has increased its like-for-like sales by 2.2% in the 12 weeks to 31 March 2012.

Glamwiches are on the rise

A new lunchtime trend – ‘the glamwich’ – has been emerging as more and more Brits are making their own packed lunches at home.

Morrisons relaunches in-store bakeries

Supermarket chain Morrisons is revamping its in-store bakeries at the end of May with new product lines, packaging and baking methods.

Morrisons set to close Wigan bakery

Morrisons has launched a year-long consultation as it looks to close its Rathbones bakery site in Wigan.

Bakers to outline anti-VAT argument

The baking industry will today outline its opposition to the proposed 20% hike to VAT on hot savouries.

Which? calls for clearer front-of-pack labelling

An investigation by Which? magazine has highlighted the need for clearer front-of-pack nutrition labelling including ‘traffic light’ colour-coding, which not every retailer supports.

Greggs: tax increase will hit sales and profits

Greggs, the BB75 leading retail bakery chain, has this morning reiterated its opposition to the proposed 20% pasty tax, saying the move would cause “new anomalies” and “uncertainties”.

Allied Bakeries supports charity rugby tournament

Staff from Allied Bakeries have helped to arrange a touch rugby tournament to raise cash for Caravan, the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund.

Groupon launches new selling app

Discounting website Groupon has launched a new online e-booking service, which it says offers businesses an easy way to manage their schedules.

Doughnut tower to raise funds for charity

A world record attempt will take place this Friday at a Derbyshire bakery to celebrate this year’s National Doughnut Week.

Government launches food labelling consultation

The government will conduct a UK-wide consultation with food manufacturers, supermarkets and health experts on how best to label nutritional content in food.

Masterchef producer launches bakery show

The producers of Masterchef are to launch a new TV show that aims to crown the best bakery in the UK.

Healthy options boost soft drinks sector

The soft drinks industry grew in value during 2011 by 5.1% to more than £14.5bn, according to the latest statistics.

Greggs director to speak at retail conference

Roisin Currie, group people director at Greggs, will join a panel of keynote speakers in a debate over the future of retail outside London.

Costa places restriction on free WiFi

Costa Coffee has announced it has signed a deal with O2 to provide free Wi-Fi internet access across its UK sites

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Mixed reaction as the Queen confirms Groceries Code Adjudicator

The Queen’s speech in the House of Lords confirming the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has been met with mixed reactions by members of the food industry.

Sainsbury’s benefits from “universal appeal”

Despite the difficult consumer environment, Sainbury’s this morning unveiled a 3.5% sales increase in its fourth quarter.

Waitrose wages price war on Tesco

Waitrose is set to compete with Tesco by matching the latter’s prices on all branded groceries.

Food inflation drops 1.1% in April

Food inflation has slowed to 4.3% for April from 5.4% in the previous month, according to the latest statistics from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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