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Costa Express hits the 6,000 mark

Costa Express has installed its 6,000th self-serve coffee bar globally in Tesco High Wycombe and says it is on track to have more than 8,000 machines by 2020.

Scotty Brand and Kerrs celebrate Asda listing

Scotland’s Scotty Brand has gained a £150,000 listing with Asda to stock two cake lines in Scottish stores, with both lines handmade by Motherwell’s Kerrs Bakery.

Manchester bakery Sheldon’s remains upbeat

Manchester wholesale bakery GH Sheldon’s saw a sharp drop in profits in the year to the end of February, according to its recently filed annual accounts.

End of an era for Burton’s Biscuits

Planning permission is set to be granted for almost 300 new homes to be built on the former Burton’s biscuit factory site in Moreton, Wirral.

Paul UK flags up a birthday

The Paul UK bakery chain is celebrating the first birthday of its Le Restaurant De Paul at Tower 42 in London with a French flag promotion.

The Co-op's Truly Irresistible range will be renamed Irresistible
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Co-op overhauls own-label range

A range of bakery products are set to be repackaged as The Co-op shakes up its 3,500-line own-label offer.

Lidl announces new CEO

Lidl UK has appointed Christian Härtnagel as its CEO with immediate effect, following the surprise departure of Ronny Gottschlich last week.

Greggs introduces a lower-calorie, lower-fat sourdough pasty

Bakery chain Greggs is introducing sourdough pasties with less than 300 calories and up to two-thirds less fat and saturated fat than its standard pasty.

New online learning webinar launched

A new webinar, ‘How to embed online learning into your organisation’, aims to explore how the food and drink sector is changing in regards to technology, especially when it comes to staff training and compliance.

Macphie throws Cherry Bakewell into the mix

Macphie has added a new Cherry Bakewell flavour to its Sensations range of mixes.

Lower-fat pasty from Proper Cornish

Cornish pasty manufacturer Proper Cornish has launched a lower-fat pasty aimed at providing great-tasting, nutritional foods as part of a more balanced diet. 

Bakery takes ‘more masculine’ approach

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2016, held this week, saw one bakery company stage a fightback against “cutesy” bakery.

Gail’s expands in Herts and London

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed group, is to open sites in St Albans, Hertfordshire and One Tower Bridge, London.

Veggie Pret set to stay put due to popular demand

Pret A Manger CEO Clive Schlee has announced on his personal blog that the company’s temporary vegetarian pop-up will remain permanent in Soho, London.

M&S announces proposed change to UK HQ

Supermarket giant Marks & Spencer has announced that it will be discussing proposals with its employees to make significant changes to its UK head office structure.

Warburtons introduces protein-packed bakery

Leading wrapped bakery brand Warburtons has bolstered its portfolio with a range of new Protein, loaves, wraps, rolls and thins.

Waitrose recalls cookie range as precautionary measure

Waitrose recalls cookie range over nut concern

UK supermarket Waitrose has recalled its 150g Orange and Milk Chocolate Cookies, with a best-before date of 30 March 2017 over concerns that some of the packs may contain hazelnuts.

Dominique Ansel sets London opening date

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

Amazon could ‘dash’ the hopes of UK supermarket sales

The launch of Amazon Dash service could take away 20% of UK supermarket online sales by 2020, according to e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero.

Burton’s CEO steps down

Ben Clarke has announced he will step down from his post as chief executive of Burton’s Biscuits Company after seven years in the post. 

Moditions bakery secures Asda contract

The Ballymena-based Moditions bakery will be supplying its gluten-free ranges to Asda stores across Northern Ireland, the company has announced.

Poundbakery carrier bag charge benefits hospice

The Bolton branch of Poundbakery has donated £1,000 to the Bolton hospice from charging 5p for its carrier bags.

Insomnia announces Blakemore & Son partnership to increase store numbers

Irish coffee shop chain Insomnia has announced a partnership with Spar petrol forecourt operator Blakemore & Son as it aims to increase its UK store count to 12 by the end of this year.

Tesco sells Euphorium Bakery

Tesco has agreed to sell its Euphorium Bakery business for an undisclosed sum.

M&S petitioned by MPs over wage cuts

MPs will petition Marks & Spencer over the planned changes to pay that could leave thousands of workers worse off.

Scotland takes charge on childhood obesity challenge

Scotland is taking the challenge of tackling childhood obesity into its own hands, after the Scottish government expressed disappointment at the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy, published last week.

New gluten replacer for industrial bakeries

California-based baking supplier Bellarise has developed an organic gluten substitute that it says can replace 25% to 50% of gluten used by bakers.

Alex James joins Jacob’s for new campaign

Musician and cheesemaker Alex James has joined United Biscuits (UB)-owned Jacob’s as chief taste curator for a new lunchtime campaign.

M&S reveals hidden jewels for Christmas

Hidden centres “abound” in this year’s Christmas bakery offer from Marks & Spencer.

Bread Factory and Gail’s bakery sales climb

The Bread Factory and Gail’s artisan bakery annual revenues are up by 41.5%, suggesting that UK consumers’ hunger for artisan bread shows no signs of dying out.

Summer sun warms grocery trade

Recent warmer weather has spurred the grocery trade with the market growing at 0.3% for the 12 weeks to 14 August 2016, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Asda suffers largest quarterly sales decline in history

Supermarket giant Asda has been hit with the biggest sales decline in its history, as like-for-like sales decreased by 7.5%.

Morrisons appoints the UK’s first ‘bake officer’

Supermarket giant Morrisons has appointed the UK’s first ‘bake officer’ in anticipation of the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off, which begins on BBC One from 24 August.

The industry reacts to reformed childhood obesity plans

Bakers have been told by the government to cut the amount of sugar in their products by 20% over the next four years.

Lidl to expand bakery in second Scottish store

Discount retailer Lidl has submitted a planning application to extend its Dalry, North Ayrshire store in order to include a larger bakery.

Muffin Break launches health range in support of the NHS

Bakery retail chain Muffin Break has announced that it will support the NHS’s introduction of a 20% sugar tax in hospitals by 2020 by bringing out a healthier range of products at its stores based in the University Hospital Lewisham and Whittington Hospital, both in London.

Supermarket sales below £100bn for first time in six years

Supermarket sales have decreased below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continues in the UK grocery sector.

GMB protest over Bakkavör working conditions

Trade union GMB has protested outside Sainsbury’s headquarters over its frustrations about the working conditions at Bakkavör.

Tesco set to launch mobile payment service

Supermarket giant Tesco will launch its mobile payment service nationally by the end of the year, after a successful trial period.

Flour Pot Bakery extends retail presence

Brighton-based business Flour Pot Bakery has opened up a new branch this week in Hove, taking its total number of retail sites to four.

Lidl unveils bakery at new store

Discounter Lidl has revealed a new state-of-the-art bakery at a new store in Penicuik, Scotland.

Warrens creates Perfect Picnic range

Cornish pasty and cake-maker Warrens Bakery has launched a new Perfect Picnic cake range, aimed at consumers looking for a treat for barbecues or afternoon tea in the garden.

New trustees for GroceryAid

Food industry charity GroceryAid has added Waitrose’s Mark Williamson and Procter & Gamble’s Helen Tucker to its board of trustees.

Italian bakery expands and rebrands range

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Destiny Foods launches Christmas line

Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributor Destiny Foods has launched its Christmas range.

Consumer spending slowed in July

The latest Barclaycard consumer confidence research has shown caution among consumers, as spending rose 2.6% in July, with growth levels down on those seen in May and June. 

Bakery goods make Great Taste Top 50

Two bakery products and one dessert item have made the Top 50 Foods shortlist in this year’s Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.

Aubaine confirms new opening date

The French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in London’s Covent Garden on 22 August. 

Morrisons shores up Ocado deal

Morrisons.com has finalised an agreement with online supermarket Ocado, and says this will allow big four retailer to grow profitably across Britain.

Morrisons and Sainsbury’s recall desserts over metal issue

Supermarket giants Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have taken the precautionary measure to recall some of their chilled desserts after manufacturer Bakkavör reported they could contain flakes of metal.

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