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M&S uses macaroons to celebrate

Marks & Spencer has developed a line of macaroons to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Morrisons listings for Bacheldre

Bacheldre Watermill has secured listings for six of its lines in 383 Morrisons stores.

Bakers prepare for grand Jubilee

Bakers are set to cash in next month as the country celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Redundancies follow loss of contract for W C Rowe

Cornish bakery firm W C Rowe is making around 40 redundancies following a major contract loss, believed to be with Tesco.

Bakers stage renewed effort to avert 20% VAT

The baking industry is set to meet HM Revenue & Customs' officials for last-ditch talks about the introduction of 20% VAT on hot pie and pasties.

Morrisons: 1% LFLs decline “satisfactory”

Morrisons yesterday unveiled a 1% dip in like-for-like sales (LFLs) yesterday – describing its first-quarter performance as “satisfactory”.

EAT strengthens management team

EAT, the sandwich shop chain, which was acquired by private equity firm Lyceum Capital last year, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Tony Campbell as its new chairman and Sarah Doyle as its first marketing director.

Tesco’s Everyday Value range makes TV debut

Tesco has aired a TV advert as part of a national marketing campaign to promote its refreshed low-cost brand, Everyday Value.

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Bakers make Profit Track 100 listing

A number of bakery and food manufacturing firms have been included in The Sunday Times’ Profit Track 100 list.

The league table has positioned Noble Foods, based in Tring, Hertfordshire, as part of its top 100 British private firms with the fastest-growing profits, based on the last three years of available accounts.

Royal Assent for relaxed Sunday trading

A Bill to relax Sunday trading laws was been given Royal Assent yesterday (Tuesday 1 May).

UK youth bakers win Russian awards

The Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees' (ABST) UK youth baking team has scooped a number of awards at the 12th Russian Bread Cup in Moscow.

Organised by The Russian Guild of Bakers and Confectioners, the competition on 26-27 April saw the team pick up a gold award in the Production Class for the most product made in weight.

The team consisted of team captain Nicole Haymes of the Chatsworth House Farm Shop, alongside Jaegar Andrew and Emily Harrison of Sheffield City College.

Bread Factory unveils electric vans

London artisan bakery The Bread Factory revealed its new fleet of electric delivery vans at its base in Hendon yesterday (Monday 30 April).

Greggs’ bake-at-home products land in Iceland

Greggs’ product trial with frozen food retailer Iceland has paid off as it is adding a full range of nine savoury and sweet products into UK stores.

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ABF’s CEO ranked 10th-richest Briton

Associated British Foods’ chief executive George Weston remains in the top 10 of The Sunday Times’ Rich List.

Bpex awards open to bakers

Bakers are being encouraged to enter the Pork and Pastry category for this year’s Bpex Foodservice Pork Product of the Year competition.

In pictures: Say No to pasty tax demo

See yesterday's demo in British Baker's exclusive picture gallery. More than 500 bakers protested outside Downing Street against the proposed 20% pie tax.

Bakers in 20% pasty tax Downing Street demonstration

More than 500 bakers protested at Downing Street yesterday over the proposed 20% pasty tax and a petition with more than half a million signatures was handed to the government.

The rally - which was organised by Greggs and the National Association of Master Bakers - heard Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, accuse the government of being out of touch on the matter.

And, a delegation from Greggs and the NAMB visited parliament following the demonstration to voice their concerns with MPs.

Sales and profits soar at Costa

Costa saw underlying profits surge 38% to £69.7m in the past year and benefited from a 5.5% rise in like-for-like sales at its UK equity stores as it opened 332 new stores in the UK and internationally.

Bakers to hand over 'pasty tax' petitions

Petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures apposing the 20% VAT on hot food will be delivered to the Treasury this morning.

Bakery sets children doughnut challenge

Crieff-based Campbell’s Bakery has launched a competition tasking young bakers to ‘Design a Doughnut for Charity’.

Worshipful Company launches Baker’s Marque trial

Peter Gossage, Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, has visited four bakeries taking part in a three-month trial of its Baker’s Marque Warrant.

Contract loss burdens Rowe's employees

W.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.

Pasty tax amendment defeated

A bid to overturn the changes to VAT charged on takeaway food, dubbed ‘the pasty tax’, was narrowly defeated in parliament last night.

James Hall strikes bread deal for Spar

James Hall & Co has announced a double partnership deal to supply Hovis and Roberts bread products to Spar stores in the north of England.

Greggs spends £1m on breakfast drive

Greggs is investing £1m in an integrated marketing campaign to promote its breakfast offering.

Tesco UK to invest £1bn in bid to revive profits

Tesco will be focusing on turning around declining UK trading profit with a £1bn investment plan for the next 12 months.

Pasty tax bill amendment backed by BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that would scrap the government’s planned £50m ‘pasty tax’.

Healthy food sales boost M&S’ Q4 results

Healthy food ranges have helped Marks & Spencer gain a 0.8% increase in group sales in its fourth quarter 2011/12.

Starbucks UK plans sale of selected stores

Starbucks UK is looking to place 16 of its central London sites on the property market.

Invite to BSB golf day

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is hosting a golf day on 28 May at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden, Birmingham.

Bookings open for dinner and dance

Kingston & District Master Bakers Association is to host a special dinner and dance in honour of the Queen’s 86th birthday, her Jubilee year and Saint George’s Day.

Training course on bread weights

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) is to host a one-day training course on ‘bread weights control’ on Tuesday 8 May.

Morrisons’ ‘cold cross buns’ exempt from tax?

Morrisons could be rebranding its traditional Easter hot cross buns, following the government’s proposed 20% VAT on hot food products.

March heatwave boosts UK sales

The unusual warm weather in March has helped drive UK retail sales values up by 1.3%, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Greenhalgh’s crafts giant hot cross bun

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has baked a giant hot cross bun, which was unveiled last week at the RSPB’s Saltholme wildlife reserve.

Cornish economy to be blighted by pasty tax

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has spoken out about how the 20% tax on hot takeaway food could affect profitability and jobs in the region.

Ditty’s Bakery strikes US deal

Ditty’s Bakery will see its products listed in US gourmet and speciality food retailer Dean & DeLuca.

Tesco launches Everyday Value

Tesco is to replace its Tesco Value range with a more brightly-packaged brand, Everyday Value.

Starbucks UK creates unique London stores

Ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer, Starbucks UK is investing £8m to renovate its stores within the capital.

Possible early Costa demerger, says analyst

Speculation surrounding the possibility of Costa Coffee demerging from the Whitbread Group is mounting, according to a City analyst.

Worshipful Co devises Richemont bakery course

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has organised a prestigious course at the Richemont Bakery School in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Pret plans for expansion

Pret A Manger revealed plans to open another 44 stores this year, after new shop openings in 2011 helped boost its profits by 14%.

In its annual results, the sandwich chain announced profits were just over £52m, with sales up 15%, last year, to £377.3m.

New head for Costa Coffee

Whitbread’s group finance director Christopher Rogers has been appointed as Costa Coffee’s new managing director.

Bettys comes top for afternoon tea

Bettys Café Tea Rooms has been named the best place to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK.

Councillor condemned for pasty tax comment

A Brighton and Hove City Council cabinet member has caused outrage online regarding the government’s decision to tax hot takeaway food by 20%.

Fancie’s frenzy over Creme Egg Cupcake

Cupcake bakery chain Fancie sold out of 350 Easter-themed 'special' cupcakes, which contained a whole Cadbury’s Mini Creme Egg inside, in the first hour of business last Saturday (31 March).

5,000 new jobs at Starbucks

Starbucks UK will be looking to tackle youth unemployment by creating 5,000 new jobs in the next five years throughout the UK.

TV star search

BBC producers are searching for talented young bakers to star in a TV programme later this year.

Worshipful Company of Bakers award winners announced

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced the winners of its awards who will all get the chance to attend a course at the Richemont school in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Joseph Travelling award was won by Teresa Grant of Bakemark; the Piero Scacco award was given to John Breach of Reeves the Baker and Gabrielle Baxter from Tameside college; and the ABIM accolade went to Trevor Spinks of Dunn’s of Crouch End.

Accolades were also given to the following students: Harry Clegg - Thameside College; Susina Maiden – University College Birmingham; and Holly Blackman, Nathan Giles and Mark O’Neill - The National Bakery School, London Southbank University.

Blackman was crowned the top student at The National Bakery School 2009 and will be presented with the Freedom of The Worshipful Company of Bakers at the October court meeting.

*  There are also places available on a two-day bread and confectionery course at The Richemont school in October 2009. For further details please contact clerk@bakers.co.uk or christopher@dunns-bakery.co.uk, or call Christopher Freeman on 07776 480 032.

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