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Dean Arbel and Tom Thexton are growing their supply of gluten-free bread to restaurants
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The Bread Factory strikes gluten-free partnership

The Bread Factory has partnered with Wild Thexton to up its gluten-free offering, as it opens its new 30,000sq ft bakery.

Fabulous Bakers launches mass campaign drive

The Fabulous Bakers, previously the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, has launched a nationwide marketing campaign focusing on its natural ingredients.

BRC reports first drop in food sales for 2015

Food sales fell for the first time this year, as budgets and weather affected shopper habits.

Burton’s to launch Cadbury Screme Egg biscuits

Burton’s Biscuits has introduced Cadbury Screme Egg biscuits to its Halloween range.

Cake and biscuits market in slow growth, but future positive

The biscuit and cake market has seen a “subdued” growth, threatened by home baking and competition between confectionery, health foods and ice cream products.

Gluten-free roll takes Dragons’ Den spotlight

Gluten-free business Rule of Crumb has defended its award-winning white roll, after it was dubbed “truly horrible” on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den last night. 

High-GI diet found to contribute to depression

Research in America has suggested that the consumption of things like sugary foods and white bread are linked with an increased risk of depression in women. 

Asda celebrates 50th with cake tour

Supermarket chain Asda has completed a countrywide tour to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Swedish bakery opens second UK outlet

Swedish bakery Fabrique is opening its second UK shop in West London.

BSB opens back catalogue to encourage bakery youngsters

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is opening up its past papers to all as it launches a new website.

Real Good Food
Renshaw is performing well
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Real Good Food business outlook breakdown

Real Good Food posted full-year results including an operating loss of £741,000 for the year to 32 March 2015. 

Real Good Food
Real Good Food company has shed Napier Brown
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Sugar hurts Real Good Food profit, but outlook good

The bakery group Real Good Food made an operating loss of £741,000 last year after it was hit hard following a dispute over sugar. 

Mono Equipment: a correction

In our e-mail newsletter on Wednesday 5 August we incorrectly reported that Mono Equipment had spent £10,000 on a new innovation centre. The figure that was spent was in fact in excess of £100,000.

Somewhere west of Madeira

You’ll know where to find me on Wednesday evenings in the weeks to come, says British Baker Blogger Gerhard Jenne. Yes, the Great British Bake Off is back, with a set of new bakers and 30 challenges to find this year’s champion.

SSP acquires 32 bakery outlets in Germany

SSP Group has agreed to acquire 32 German bakery outlets from confectioner Wiener Feinbäckerei Heberer, for a cash consideration of ‘approximately’ £5m.

GBBO contestant launches dessert restaurant

A former Great British Bake Off contestant has struck upon a sweet concept by launching a niche ‘fine dining’ dessert restaurant in Birmingham.

British Baker’s Christmas Stars revealed

They’re here! These are the first-ever winners of British Baker’s Christmas Stars.

Wheat cost helps drive food price inflation

Food prices returned to inflation in July for the first time this year driven in part by the rising cost of wheat, according to latest figures released by the British Retail Consortium. 

Scottish firm brings out new cake decoration products

A cake decoration supplier has launched two new products designed for the food-to-go market.

Ginsters announces new managing director

Ginsters, the Cornish pasty giant, has announced the appointment of a previous Coca-Cola marketing boss as its new managing director.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens first London outlet

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first central London shop, as it continues to expand across the UK. 

Discounter Lidl targets Warburtons in new advert

Warburtons bread has become the latest brand to feature in Lidl’s ‘Shop a Lidl Smarter’ advertising campaign which aims to promote the message that tasty food does not have to be expensive. 

Don’t miss it: British Baker’s Christmas Stars announced tomorrow

The winners of British Baker’s Christmas Stars awards will be announced in an exclusive web broadcast tomorrow.

UK food manufacturing facing staff shortages by 2020

UK food manufacturing will see a significant increase in managerial, professional and technically skilled vacancies, paving the way for more apprentices.

Andrew Jones, managing director at Mono with the new centre
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Mono invests £100k in product innovation

Mono Equipment has built a new product innovation centre to encourage NPD.

Lidl now sells the pizza in its in-store bakeries for 59p
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Lidl expands ISB range

Lidl has expanded its in-store bakery (ISB) range to include products like pizza and goat’s cheese focaccia, made with “high- quality” ingredients.

Series 6 of the Great British Bake Off starts tonight (5 August) on BBC 1
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Ask the expert: GBBO does cake

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is back for series six – with ‘cake’ taking centre stage on BBC1 tonight. But how can the contestants succeed? We spoke to expert Chris Ormrod of Ministry of Cake.

Allied Bakeries reviews 23 jobs in streamlining operation

A major restructure at Allied Bakeries will see 23 management and admin roles go under review, including its category director position.

Shopping
Average grocery basket went down last month
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Price of average grocery shop sees deflation

Grocery prices in July fell by 1% compared to the previous month, according to groceries website mySupermarket.co.uk. 

Lunch box
Packed lunches are becoming less popular
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Lunchboxes on the way out, new survey suggests

Just 5% of people take a homemade lunch to work, a new survey has revealed. 

Worshipful
Delegates on last year's trip to Akademie Weinheim
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German baking trip places available

There are places remaining on a trip to Frankfurt, Germany with the Worshipful Company of Bakers. 

Burton’s in the frame to buy Nakd bars

Burton’s Biscuits, owner of Jammy Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, is reportedly in the running to make a £60m bid for the maker of Nakd bars.

Wayne Caddy gives his three top tips for artisan baking
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Wayne Caddy: 3 things you need to know about artisan baking

Master Baker Wayne Caddy took Mono Equipment's artisan bakery masterclass, and spoke to British Baker about his top tips for getting the perfect bake.

Oreo boosts range in marketing drive

Oreo, the biscuit brand, has launched two new flavours, as part of a multimillion pound marketing investment.

National Cupcake Championships
National Cupcake Championships: final call for entries
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Have you entered yet? Final call for Cupcake Champions

It is the last chance for wannabe cupcake champions to get their entries in for the National Cupcake Championships. 

Tattie Scones at Tesco
The ISB Potato Scones are called Tattie Scones in Scotland
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Tesco “pinch of salt” response to rumours Tattie Scones had been renamed

Tesco has responded to headlines suggesting that it was changing the name of its Tattie Scone.

Costcutter
Costcutter's own-label sandwich range has hit the market
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Costcutter introduces own-label sandwiches

Costcutter is introducing sandwiches, wraps and rolls to its own-label Independent range. 

Wheat
Wheat crop estimates are down on 2014
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Wheat crop estimates down for 2015

Current estimates for the UK’s 2015 wheat crop are down 3% on 2014 at 1.87Mha. 

Mock the Week the bakery way

This week's round up of weird and wonderful happenings in the sector includes a mini meadow in London, Johnny Vegas taking on a massive eclair and how Cecil will never be forgotten through the medium of cake. 

Greggs
Greggs has revamped its pizza offer for a thin crust market
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Greggs revamps pizza for current market

High street bakery giant Greggs is replacing its thick-base square pizza slices for a thin crust triangular version. 

Cadbury
Cadbury Amaze Bites to hit stores in october
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Cadbury launches 'step-change' products in snacking

Premier Foods and Cadbury owner Mondelez are entering the snacking arena with the launch of “step-change product” Cadbury Amaze Bites. 

Bramley apple pie filling given protected status

Traditional Bramley apple pie filling has joined the Cornish Pasty in being given protected status by the European Commission.

Greggs
Greggs runs a loyalty card scheme
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Consumers still love a loyalty scheme

A total of 87% of consumers say a good loyalty scheme will encourage them to repeatedly buy, research has revealed. 

Harry Potter
Lara Clarke's cake of Harry Potter being jinxed
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Bakers worldwide celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with cake art

It’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday today and an award-winning baker from the West Midlands has joined a worldwide collaboration to create an edible world of Harry Potter for author JK Rowling’s birthday (31 July). 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger could introduce all-vegetarian outlets
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Pret takes a vote on going vegetarian

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, is considering opening an all-vegetarian shop. 

Mr Crisp
Mr Crisp will offer exclusively crisp sandwiches
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Fancy a crisp sandwich? Shop launches in Yorkshire

An outlet that sells only crisp sandwiches has launched in West Yorkshire. 

Costa
Costa introduces healthy smoothies into SE London and South Yorkshire stores
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SuperDay Smoothies range on trial at Costa

Costa Coffee, the high street coffee giant, is trialling a SuperDay Smoothies range across two regions in the UK. 

BIA
BIA finalists are revealed ahead of the 9 September ceremony
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Baking Industry Awards finalists are revealed

The finalists in the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2015 have been unveiled.  

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger's evening trial is proving popular
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Night time’s the right time for Pret trial

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, has said that its alcohol offer is “proving popular” in its evening trial site. 

Lagkagehuset
Danish bakery Lagkagehuset is set to open in the UK
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Danish bakery business to make UK debut

Lagkagehuset, the Danish bakery chain, is set to launch in the UK amid international expansion plans. 

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