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Lewis Pies increases workforce

The Lewis Pies and Pasty Company has hired a new sales manager in order to focus more on van sales.

Patisserie Valerie launches Gloriously Gluten Free range

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

Hobbs House to open new bakery

Hobbs House, the Cotswolds-based artisan baker, is set to open a fourth shop in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

The Kandy Bar wins World Scotch Pie Championship for a second year

The Kandy Bar has been crowned World Scotch Pie Champion 2016 – the Saltcoats-based bakery also took home the title in 2014.

Allied Bakeries reports increased sales in challenging times

Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries achieved a substantial increase in sales volumes for the 16 weeks ending 2 January, “although pricing and margins remain challenging”.

Richard Hazeldine to join the board of BSB

The British Society of Baking (BSB) has announced that Richard Hazeldine, national sales manager at Zeelandia, has become a member of its executive committee.

M&S follows ‘healthy’ policy with new loaves

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched three new loaves of bread as part of the company’s new healthy initiative.

White bread is healthy, says Stephen Smart

Stephen Smart, head of development at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, has hit back at suggestions that white bread is unhealthy.

Greggs’ trading update triggers share-price tumble

Greggs, the high street bakery chain, suffered a sharp drop in share price as it reported a slowdown in its like-for-like (LFL) sales growth.

Irwin’s ends year in the red, despite £29.6m turnover

Irwin’s bakery has reported a turnover of £29.m, but also a loss of £128,574 for the year ending 29 March 2015. 

Southern Co-op Christmas LFLs up 4.7%

Convenience store retailer The Southern Co-operative saw a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 4.7% across the three weeks to 3 January.

Sainsbury’s sales good despite LFL drop

Sainsbury’s suffered a 0.4% drop in like-for-like (LFL) retail sales, excluding fuel, for the 15 weeks to 9 January 2016 – despite trading well over Christmas.

Sugar tax is ‘useless’ say experts

New research by the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) has suggested customers will simply opt for cheaper, poorer quality alternatives if a tax on sugar is introduced.

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M&A deals in baked goods sector rise in 2015

The amount of M&A deals in the baked goods sector in the UK increased by 25% year-on-year in 2015, according to new research.

Five things YOU can learn from Greggs today

British Baker highlights some of the key take-outs from the Greggs fourth-quarter update today. Where is the company heading and what will its full year results look like?

Devon pie producer launches Mexican pie

Chunk of Devon, the Devon-based pie maker, has launched a Mexican-inspired vegetarian pie.

Muffin Break introduces new Muffin Lab concept

All Muffin Breaks will sell a “bold new creation to excite and intrigue” each month from now on, as part of the company’s new Muffin Lab concept.

The Snapery founder, Richard Snapes
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London bakery smashes crowdfunding target

The Snapery, the London-based artisan bakery, has soared through its crowdfunding target of £5,000 to raise funds for the installation of a new bakery.

Handmade Cake Company sees profit growth

The Handmade Cake Company, the Berkshire-based foodservice cake business, has reported an increase in operating profit from £1.7m to £2.4m for the year ending 31 March 2015.

Discounters benefit at Christmas amid 0.2% drop in grocery sales

Continuing price deflation meant there was no Christmas uplift for the British grocery market as sales fell 0.2% on last year. But Waitrose, The Co-operative and Sainsbury’s successfully grew ahead of the market. 

Le Pain Quotidien to open first regional UK outlet

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to make its UK regional debut on 29 January at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, in a move announced as the company’s first out-of-London site. 

Morrisons’ trading down but improving, 2015 LFLs up 0.2%

Supermarket chain Morrisons is “working to improve” as company like-for-like sales (LFLs) excluding fuel increased 0.2% in the nine weeks to 3 January.

Greggs trading in line with expectations, 2015 LFLs up 4.7%

Bakery chain Greggs said it expected its full-year results to be “in line” with previous expectations – after announcing company like-for-like sales (LFLs) increased by 4.7% in 2015.

M&S to add fibre to all bread

Marks & Spencer (M&S), the food and clothing chain, has announced it will become the first UK retailer to start adding fibre to its entire range of pre-packed bread and rolls.

Appleby’s family bakery in Salisbury to close

Eighty-year-old business Appleby’s bakery, based in Salisbury, will close this month so that owner Mark Appleby can have some time off “while I’m still young enough to enjoy it”.

Britain’s Best Loaf contest makes welcome return

Do you have what it takes to make Britain’s Best Loaf? If so, you can prove it, as the nation’s premier bread baking competition returns for 2016.

Subway continues drive for customer footfall

The Subway brand has announced new products for its menu, as it aims to drive more traffic into its stores in the first quarter of 2016. 

Gluten-free cake firm secures Amazon deal

Gluten Free Goodies brand SIN has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its ‘Little Black Boxes’ of quality cake online.

Sixty Six Bakery back in business after fire

A popular Ruislip Manor bakery is back open after “an unhappy Christmas with a lot of hard work”.

Subway launches mobile advertising campaign

The Subway sandwich chain has launched a series of promotional activities as part of a bid to encourage traffic into stores in the first-quarter period.

New £1.2m bakery planned in Prestonpans

Peter and Graeme Ford plan to bring The Premium Bakery to East Lothian after outgrowing their current premises in Loanhead.

Bakers report strong Christmas sales

Craft bakers have reported a strong Christmas trading period as it was revealed that sales of cake, pudding and confectionary surged by 8.3% in supermarkets.

Cameron says sugar tax is still a possibility

Prime Minister David Cameron says he does not want to rule out introducing a sugar tax in order to tackle Britain's “obesity crisis”.

Flooding round-up: how bakers coped

Bakers nationwide have been left counting the cost after high winds and heavy rain devastated the UK over Christmas and the start of the New Year.

Dawn Foods' American Bakery campaign to return in 2016

Dawn Foods has unveiled plans to run its successful American Bakery marketing campaign again in 2016.

Piero Scacco, director at Montana Bakery
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Montana Bakery suffers profit drop

Montana Bakery, the artisan wholesale bakery, has reported a slump in operating profit from £1.3m to £1.2m for the 12 months to 28 March 2015.

Border Biscuits to add second production line

Border Biscuits, the Lanarkshire-based biscuit producer, is to build a second production line at its Lanark facility.

Birds has closed its Normanton Road branch but continues to open new stores, including one in Duffield (pictured above)
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Historic Birds store closes but more open

Birds Bakery, the Derby-based craft chain, has closed one of its oldest shops to reduce the amount of stores in the area.

Bako Own Label rebrands as Bako Select

Bako, the baking products and supplies company, has rebranded its own-label product line following “extensive customer research”.

Greggs reportedly planning 12 NI stores in 2016

High street bakery Greggs will reportedly open at least 12 stores in Northern Ireland in 2016, and its first stand-alone shop in the country will open in Belfast in March.

West Cornwall Pasty Co suffers pre-tax loss

The UK’s largest pasty operator has announced an underlying profit of £551,000, despite having posted a pre-tax loss of £195,000.

Costa is first coffee chain to launch vegan line

Costa Coffee has become the first UK coffee shop chain to launch a vegan product registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.

Stag Bakeries wins new M&S listing

Stag Bakeries, the Isle of Lewis-based producer, has had its Smoked Dunlop Cheese Straws listed by Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Record seasonal trading days for Waitrose

Waitrose reported record trading days on 23 and 24 December, despite the challenging grocery market. 

Wrights Food Group doubles production capacity

Wrights Food Group has installed a £1.2m pie production line, which it says will double its pie production capacity.

Seasonal bakery sales up thanks to sweet-toothed shoppers

Christmas cake, pudding and confectionery sales were up 8.3% on 2014 as UK consumers spent £219m in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. 

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

Gluten-free bakery opens in Staffordshire

The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Tunnock’s drops Scottish branding

Scotland’s biscuit brand Tunnock’s has decided to drop the Scottish Lion Rampant from its logo as it moves forward to brand its teacakes as ‘British’. 

Pie firm invests £60k in production

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company, one of the biggest pie and pasty manufacturers in the UK, has invested £60,000 in new equipment to improve its production line.

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