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Hovis back on TV screens

Hovis has returned to TV screens for the first time in three years with a modern twist on its iconic ‘boy on a bike’ ad. 

Starbucks franchisee secures expansion funds

Owner of the UK’s first Starbucks franchise Anil Patil has raised £10m to open 16 new sites.

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Top 5 stories this week

Been a bit busy? Read our round-up of the five biggest stories this week. 

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Graze moves into the retail arena
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Online snacks firm enters retail arena

Graze, the online snack subscription business, has moved into retail for the first time. 

5 things you can learn from the Bakery Market Report

The Bakery Market Report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery sector in the UK. Here we outline the reasons YOU need this product.

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Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel launches Tokyo site
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Cronut creator opens in Tokyo

Cronut king Dominique Ansel has opened his first international bakery in Japan. 

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The free from category has plenty of growth left
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Gluten-free set for more aggressive growth

The meteoric rise of gluten-free is set to continue for at least three years before starting to plateau. 

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Melba toasting loaf from Marks & Spencer
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M&S to fortify all bread with vitamin D

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced all of its bread is to be made using yeast fortified with vitamin D.

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Wayne Caddy to host bakery class with Mono
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Wayne Caddy offers masterclass at Mono

Mono Equipment, the Swansea-based machinery supplier, is holding its first-ever bakery masterclass featuring award-winner Wayne Caddy.

Sales climb to nearly €1bn for Aryzta

Aryzta, the Swiss-based bakery group behind brands like Delice de France and Otis Spunkmeyer, saw its third-quarter revenue climb 13.2% to nearly €1bn. 

Joe & The Juice expands

Joe & The Juice, the expanding Swedish coffee and juice shop, has opened a new site in Manchester’s Trafford Centre and is set to open in Newcastle soon.

Supermarkets see slight sales growth

New figures show continued slow growth in the supermarket sector, with sales up 0.2% for the 12 weeks to 24 May.

Real Good Food: bakery and cakes showing growth

Real Good Food plans to focus on its cake decorating and bakery arm, the company revealed this morning.

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National Biscuit Day prompts biscuit Vs personality poll from McVitie's
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What does your biscuit say about you?

It is National Biscuit Day (29 May) and a poll has revealed what your biscuit choice says about you. 

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Wicked Cake Company's tulip muffin range
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Wicked muffins on board the Eurostar

The Wicked Cake Company has had its Wickedly Good range of tulip muffins listed by Eurostar. 

SSP sees UK LFLs growth

SSP, the leading food operator in travel locations worldwide, saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) grow by 3.7% in the UK in its first half.

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Greggs faced a media storm over customer question about bread
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Greggs’ bread ‘news’ is old news

Greggs has faced a media storm after a customer asked the bakery why it was unable to buy a loaf of bread in a store. 

West Cornwall Pasty Co has revamped its estate and offer
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West Cornwall Pasty Co sees 6% LFL growth

The new owners of West Cornwall Pasty Co have seen like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 6% in the year since they took over, it has been revealed.

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Patisserie Valerie has seen financial growth in the past six months
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Ebitda up 23% at Patisserie Holdings

Underlying profit increased by 23.1% to £8.7m at Patisserie Holdings in the six months to 31 March 2015.

Napier Brown to sell for £34m

Real Good Food is to sell its sugar distribution business Napier Brown for £34m to Tereos, the world’s fifth-largest sugar group.

Great North Pie Co. takes Supreme Champion title

A chicken, mushroom, English mustard and cream pie made by Great North Pie Co. has taken home the title of Supreme Champion at this year’s world-renowned British Pie Awards. 

Bread fibre argument lacking, says expert

A leading nutritionist says the importance of fibre in food such as bread is “poorly recognised” - with the nutrition of a loaf “well below the radar”.

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James Martin opens site at Stansted development
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Celebrity chef opens Stansted outlet

The first-ever bakery and food-to-go site for celebrity chef James Martin has opened in Stansted airport. 

Thomas J Fudges launches new savoury products

Thomas J Fudge’s Remarkable Bakery is launching a raft of new savoury products in Waitrose.

Redesign for Braces Bakery

Braces Bakery has rebranded its sliced bread, with packaging that will improve the firm’s carbon footprint. 

Exclusive: Allied Bakeries’ chief executive to leave

The chief executive of Allied Bakeries is to leave the business – just weeks after parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) declared the UK bakery market “intensely competitive”.

The best bacon sarnie revealed

A survey has revealed the nation’s favorite way to eat a bacon sarnie is in white bread, with smoked bacon and brown sauce.

Boosting bread among the young

As part of the #WeLoveBread campaign British Baker filmed a Grain Chain masterclass for teachers.

GBBO winner John Whaite is opening a bakery school
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GBBO winner opens bakery school

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) 2012 winner is to open a cookery school this summer, named John Whaite’s Kitchen. 

Cllr Simon Pickering Chairman with Sarah Mace Primal Joy Foods
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Free-from firm strikes first supermarket deal

A Gloucestershire ‘free-from’ snacks business has won its first supermarket listing after a £3,000 investment from the council.

The Pasty:
top 80 world foods
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Cornish Pasty makes top 80 global foods list

The Cornish Pasty has been dubbed one of the top 80 world foods by a team of foodie experts.

Grocery inflation low
Inflation decrease means food costs are the same as last year
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Supermarket war continues as market reaches low

Competition within supermarkets has driven down grocery inflation to zero. 

Torbay bakery for sale

Paignton Bakery in the English Riviera is being sold.

Campaigners call for sugar tax

Campaign group, Action on Sugar has called on the government to introduce a sugar tax and to reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020.

Greencore disposes of Ministry of Cake

Convenience food producer Greencore has announced the  disposal of its foodservice desserts business Ministry of Cake in its half-year results.

2 Sisters sees increased loss and debt in Q2

The makers of Fox’s biscuits and Goodfellas pizzas has announced widening losses and increased debt in its second-quarter results.

Sugar the main health target of 2014

A group of health experts and academics have pledged to tackle rising obesity by combating sugar.

McGhee’s named Scottish Baker of the Year

McGhee’s Bakery has been named Scottish Baker of the Year.

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