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World’s first sugar tracking app launched

Public Health England (PHE) has created a mobile phone app that allows parents to monitor the sugar intake of their children. 

Earl of Sandwich to reopen in UK

Earl of Sandwich, the American sandwich chain, has announced it will relaunch in the UK two years after the closure of its only UK outlet.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the British Retail Consortium, has been awarded an OBE
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New Year Honours list foodies

Several leading lights in the food industry have been recognised in the New Year Honours list. Most notably, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson was awarded an OBE. In addition:

Bagelman switches strategy on stores

Bagelman, the Brighton-based bagel chain, has put plans to franchise on hold as it instead looks to expand its portfolio of company-owned stores.

Fox’s Biscuits sale speculation

Fox’s Biscuits, the UK’s fourth largest biscuit manufacturer, may be sold by owner Boparan Holdings, according to people close to the issue.

Pieminister returns to profitability

Pieminister, the luxury pie manufacturer and restaurant chain, has reported profits of £99,000 for the 12 months to 31 March 2015, reversing the previous year’s loss of £109,000.

From left to right: John Foster, Alex Langlands, Joe Swift, Annie Gray, Duncan Glendinning and Harpreet Baura
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Modern bakers to explore lives of Victorian forbears

A new TV series will send four 21st century bakers back in time to explore what it meant to be a professional baker in the Victorian era.

Looking Forward: 2016 trends and threats

Invest: Bishop, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank and Richard Mathea, managing director of Jungs Bakery
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Jungs plans expansion after investment

Jungs, the continental bakery and patisserie, has revealed ambitions to expand after securing a new six figure funding package.

Review of the Year: Part 2

Sadly, 2015 could not all be about good news. It was a tough year for craft bakeries and even mighty brands like Hovis found themselves needing to cut costs. This was also the year the health debate around sugar erupted, with the full effect perhaps yet to be felt in 2016.

Review of the Year: Part 1

The past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.

Baked goods sales to tumble 5% by 2020

UK sales of bread and baked goods are set to fall by 5.3% over the next five years, according to a report by market insight company Mintel, with market value dropping from £3.9bn to £3.7bn.

Stop the week online: Hollywood and Star Wars

As a little festive treat here are a few funnies from the web as we approach Christmas.

Christmas Greetings from British Baker

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close British Baker would like to send a festive greeting to all its readers. 

Hot cross buns on sale for Christmas

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

Cake sales fall in run up to Christmas

Christmas cake and pudding sales have slumped in the run up to Christmas, down 5.3% on last year for the two weeks to 12 December.

Blackthorn Foods launches free-from fudge

Blackthorn Foods, the Belfast-based fudge and toffee manufacturer, has launched a range of free-from fudges.

Richard Watts, founder and managing director at Destiny Foods
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Destiny Foods to triple storage with new warehouse

Destiny Foods, the Manchester-based foodservice patisserie firm and distributer, has bought a 30,000sq ft warehouse which it says will triple its storage capacity.

Colin Reese QC, the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Company of Bakers installs new Master

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Folic acid must be added to flour, say experts

UK experts are calling for the fortification of folic acid to be made mandatory in order to reduce serious birth defects.

Professor Keith Edwards of the University of Bristol
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Wheat research project receives £3.68m in government funding

A long-term study to improve the efficiency of wheat breeding is to be set up using £3.68m of funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers
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Scottish Bakers scoops conference award

Scottish Bakers has won the Conference Development Award at the UK Association Awards 2015.

Northern Irish bakery secures first British foodservice deal

Yummie Bakes, the Co Antrim-based frozen goods bakery, has secured its first Great British contract with foodservice-provider Sodexo.

Greggs has recently opened its 100th franchise store
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Greggs opens 100th franchise store

Greggs, the high street bakery, recently passed 100 franchise stores as it opened another partnership with fuel station forecourt manager Euro Garages.

Village Bakery aims for environmental first

A Welsh business intends to become the greenest bakery in Britain after installing more than 1,000 solar panels on its premises in Wrexham.

Starbucks UK has seen pre-tax profits rise to £34.2m for the year to 27 September
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Starbucks UK’s profits leap forwards

Starbucks UK has seen year-on-year pre-tax profits jump £32.2 million to reach £34.2m in the year to 27 September.

Dum Dum Doughnuts is to open its fifth London store this weekend
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Doughnut firm moves into Camden, makes international debut

British firm Dum Dum Doughnuts is to unveil its fifth London store this weekend and its first international outlet in Dubai at the end of the month.

Dawn Foods expands brownie mix offering

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is set to launch two new dry mixes and a frozen batter for bakers and foodservice operators to create authentic American-style brownies. 

Coffee shops forecast to reach £15bn in next 10 years

Britain’s love affair with coffee looks set to continue with the UK coffee shop market expected to be worth over £15bn by 2025, according to the latest report from Allegra World Coffee Portal.

Andy Underwood and Alastair Macphie, managing director and chairman at Macphie
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Macphie doubles profit in bullish year

Macphie, the Scottish-based bakery and food ingredients manufacturer, has seen profits and sales increase off the back of weaker dairy prices.

2 Sisters sees quarterly drop in sales and profits

Boparan Holdings – the owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales slump by 3.5% to £778.3m in the three months to 31 October.

Derek Ferrol, founder of EasyRecruitUK
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Recruitment firm urges flexibility ahead of Living Wage

The founder of a Glasgow-based recruitment agency for the food and drink and hospitality industries has warned that businesses need to adopt a “flexible labour mode” ahead of the National Living Wage (NLW).

Sainsbury's was the only one of the Big Four to post sales growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December
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Sainsbury’s bucks Big Four downward trend

Sainsbury’s was the only Big Four supermarket to show growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December 2015, up 1.2% to achieve a market share of 16.7%.

London bakery goes cashless

Sweet Things will be the first London eatery not to accept cash payments when it opens in Notting Hill on 4 January.

Expansion for tea and crumpet concept

A specialist London-based tea and crumpet kiosk intends to open a second outlet in the New Year. 

Auchtermuchty secures Selfridges deal

Auchtermuchty Cake Company, the Fife-based gluten-free bakery, has secured its first retail listing with Selfridges.

Aldi broadcasts British Baker awards success on TV

Here is the Aldi Christmas advert which trumpets the success of its Specially Selected Mince Pies at the British Baker Christmas Stars awards.

Double-digit revenue growth for The Bread Factory

The Bread Factory has reported another year of double-digit growth, with revenue up 25% from £36.1m to £45.1m.

Warburtons won battle of the Christmas adverts with help from The Muppets
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British Baker's seven-day news round-up

British Baker’s round-up of the most important stories from the last seven days.

Kingsmill loaves back on Tesco shelves

Tesco has relisted several of Kingsmill’s core branded bread loaves, nine months after they were cut as part of supermarket’s ‘Project Reset’ simplification of its SKUs.

Pop culture icon inspires festive doughnuts

London artisan donutterie Dum Dum Doughnuts has rolled out three limited-edition festive-themed treats in the shape of pop culture creature Domo. 

Mark Tilling, Squires Kitchen’s Master Chocolatier and resident tutor
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Squires prompts cake decorators to enter contest

Squires Kitchen is urging creative cake decorators to enter its annual cake competition.

Jamaica Blue, the coffee chain, is to open four new stores next year
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Australia franchise café firm reveals UK expansion plans

Jamaica Blue plans to open four new cafés in ‘affluent’ areas of the UK in 2016.

Samantha Cameron among celebs joining charity Bake Off

The 16 celebrity contestants for a charity run of the Great British Bake Off have been announced.

Have YOUR say on the state of the baking world

British Baker’s Bakery Business Survey is still open for you to tell us about your experience of the industry.

Ginsters to release spicy double bill

Ginsters is to roll out two spicy limited edition flavours at the end of the month.

Waitrose withdraws biscuit packs after mix-up

Waitrose has withdrawn packs of its own-label Stem Ginger Cookies 200g after it was found they contained the supermarket’s Cherry & Almond Cookies 200g.

Maxime Michelot, winner of Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest
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Harrods pastry chef wins Christmas log competition

Maxime Michelot, a pastry chef at Harrods, beat off competition from 24 other UK-based chefs to win Classic Fine Foods’ Christmas Log Contest.

Pieter Totté, executive chairman at RGF
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RGF buys sports supplements brand

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has bought ISO2 Nutrition, the sports supplements brand, for a nominal amount.

Warburtons finalises five-year wheat contracts

Warburtons, the bakery giant, has today announced the finalising of new wheat-growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers.

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