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New café opens in Merseyside

Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

Nina Bakery releases pitta sticks

Artisan pitta bread producer Nina Bakery has released new product savoury pitta sticks.

Délifrance UK has unveiled a new £30m investment
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Seven day news round-up

Here’s the British Baker guide to the past seven days and all the stories you need to inform your business decisions.

Wrights targets ‘on-the-move’ market with new slice

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has introduced a new Meatball Marinara Lattice to its food-to-go range.

Higgidy launches Sofa Supper campaign

Sussex-based pie manufacture Higgidy is hosting two pie-themed nights to launch its Higgidy Sofa Supper Campaign.

Sweetpea Pantry listed by M&S and Booths

Baking-mix producer Sweetpea Pantry has secured deals with supermarket chains Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Booths.

Bread Factory joins with chefs on bakery charity event

A bread-themed charity event in support of Action Against Hunger is being organised by London artisan bakery the Bread Factory and executive chef at Duck and Waffle Daniel Doherty.

American bakery joins historic Soho market

American-inspired bakery Elizabeth D Bakes is among six new stalls to join the newly refurbished Berwick Street Market in Soho, London.

Subway failed to pay staff, says BIS report

Sandwich retailer Subway has appeared in a new report naming and shaming firms who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

Gluten-free products ‘not up to scratch’, says research

A new study has found nearly 40% of coeliac sufferers are critical of gluten-free bread and mixes currently on the market.

Pukka Pies launches unbaked products

Five new unbaked frozen products have been released by pie manufacturer Pukka Pies.

Ministers urged to introduce sugar tax in new report

A sugar tax and reductions in the sugar content and portion size of everyday food and drink products are among the recommendations made by Public Health England (PHE) to address concerns about the nation’s sugar consumption.

Lantmännen Unibake UK's new head of marketing, Ian Harris
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Lantmännen Unibake announces new head of marketing

Swedish bakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has named Ian Harris as its new head of marketing. 

Shoppers set own healthy-eating rules

Four out of five (80%) consumers do not trust the health advice they are given, according to The Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2015.

Whitbread shares jump in value

Whitbread shares increased around 3.3% yesterday following the company reporting like-for-like sales (LFLs) growth of 3.6% for the six months to August 27.

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Mark Price resigns from Waitrose

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to lose its managing director as Mark Price has announced he is to stand down.

Délifrance unveils £30m investment and new bread line

Délifrance UK has unveiled a new £30m investment to its bakery in London which has already seen the installation of a state-of-the-art stone baked bread line.

Delay on sugar report criticised

Campaigners have blasted a move to shelve a report which claimed a sugar tax would decrease purchases of the types of food and drinks blamed for Britain’s obesity crisis.

Samworth Brothers posts big profit increase

Food manufacturer Samworth Brothers saw pre-tax profit rise 25% last year, according to figures filed at Companies House, up from £33.5m in 2013 to £41.8m in 2014 (year ending 27 December).

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Krispy Kreme gives commuters Halloween surprise

US doughnut brand Krispy Kreme staged a spooktacular event at London’s Waterloo station on 19 October by handing out 1,000 free doughnuts.

IGD predicts online shopping surge

Up to 42% of British shoppers could be converted to online grocery shopping, according to food and grocery research and training charity IGD.

Primrose Bakery releases fifth cookbook

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

Deflation saves households £58 a year on grocery bills

Supermarket price wars have left the average household better off by £58 a year, according to Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending October 11, 2015.

Dum Dum Doughnuts to expand in UAE

Dum Dum Doughnuts has launched a new website and announced expansion plans in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Costa reports strong sales growth

Whitbread-owned coffee brand Costa has posted UK like-for-like sales growth of 4.4% for the six months to August 27 2015.

Warburtons launches giant crumpets

Warburtons hopes to revolutionise traditional “on toast” suppers by launching a giant version of its crumpets.

Big brands join forces to call for trans-fat limit

Major food producers Mars, Kellogg’s, Nestlé and Mondelēz have thrown their weight behind a campaign to put a limit on trans-fats in food by signing an open letter to the European Commission.

Top five stories in past seven days

A week is a long time in bakery – or so it seems. But you can catch up here with our round-up of the biggest stories of the past seven days.

Village Bakery extends Co-op contract

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has received a double boost from winning an award and an extended contract with supermarket chain The Co-operative.

Tom and Henry Herbert, the Fabulous Baker Brothers
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Fabulous Baker Brothers create beer bread for pop-up

Six limited edition breads have been created by Tom and Henry Herbert, aka the Fabulous Baker Brothers, to star in a beer-themed pop-up in Hoxton, London.

Special yeast decimates bread cancer chemical

In-house testing of Renaissance Ingredients’ acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast has suggested its use lowers the presence of the chemical in fresh and toasted bread by an average of 80%.

Brioche Pasquier launches mini choux buns

French patisserie manufacturer Brioche Pasquier has expanded its catering range with its Bulles de Fruits line of frozen choux buns.

Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack
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CyBake trialled by M&S

Bakery management software CyBake is being trialled by clothing and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) across a selection of its in-store bakeries.

Scottish Bakers helps exporters with new brochure

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

Mark Fairweather
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Whitworths appoints new chief executive

Fruit and nut supplier Whitworths has announced Mark Fairweather as its new chief executive.

Tesco raises £250m in property sale

The sale of 14 development sites to pan-European property investor Meyer Bergman has raised £250m for troubled supermarket giant Tesco.

New bakery concept to be introduced to London

A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

US gluten-free brand expands UK in-store trial

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Square Pie hits crowdfunding target

Gourmet pie-themed restaurant chain Square Pie has raised a final figure of £681,500 through the sale of its ‘Pie Bonds’, surpassing its target of £450,000 by 51.4%.

Caffè Nero introduces first hot food menu

Caffè Nero has launched its first ‘hot food’ menu with a range of Italian-inspired dishes.

Iceland has bread advert banned

Iceland has had one of its bread adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a complaint it misled the public.

The Vegan Cakery founder Michelle Orme
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Vegan bakery scoops award

Leicestershire-based The Vegan Cakery has won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.

Left: finance and operations director, Ian Tatchell. Right: sales and procurement director, Graham Davenport
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Petrow opens Suffolk facility

Dried fruit and nuts supplier Petrow Food Group has opened an 80,000sq ft factory and warehouse at Haverhill, Suffolk.

LPQ upgrades EPoS

Artisanal bakery-chain Le Pain Quotidien is in the final stages of upgrading its EPoS system across its 25 London locations.

EAT appoints new chairman

John Derkach has been appointed chairman of on-the-go food outlet EAT.

Irwin's Howell's House brand is being revamped
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Irwin’s revamps Howell’s Handmade range

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery is to revamp its Howell’s Handmade range, changing the name and adding eight new product lines.

British Lion Eggs’ Code of Practice reviewed

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is preparing to relaunch its Lion Eggs Code of Practice at the end of this month, and has also lodged a trademark application for a logo for products such as quiche made with Lion eggs.

LPQ bemoans rents rise

Le Pain Quotidien has become the second major bakery chain to say that the cost of rents is a major downside of running a business in central London.

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Street artist helps launch autumnal artisan doughnuts

London-based coffee and artisan doughnut chain Crosstown Doughnuts launched its autumn range with a bang, with help from street artist Nathan Bowen.

ADM announces FIE plans

Food ingredients manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced plans to exhibit its expanded range at Food Ingredients Europe 2015.

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