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The Kaak Group is expanding in the UK
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Kaak establishes one-stop bakeware shop in UK

Bakery equipment manufacturer The Kaak Group has expanded in the UK following the acquisition from Aktrion Foods of its tin cleaning and coating division by Benier UK. 

Five of Greggs all time most popular products

High street bakery giant Greggs released its impressive first half results today. It was even hailed by Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal last week – can the company do no wrong?

WATCH: Bunnychow shows #WeLoveBread the diversity of a loaf

Our #WeLoveBread campaign visited London’s Bunnychow, to see how bread can be used for more than just a sandwich.

Tate & Lyle reports steadier trading

Global ingredients and food solutions supplier Tate & Lyle says trading performance for its first quarter has been “in line with expectations”.

What are you waiting for? Cupcake title is open

We are down to the wire for entries to see which baker will be crowned Cupcake Champion 2015 – the deadline is Thursday 6 August. 

Greggs bacon roll
Greggs' breakfast and low-calorie options are a success
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Greggs sales boom with breakfast demand

High street bakery giant Greggs has reported “a strong first half” as consumer demand for its low-calorie and breakfast options grows. 

Business finance
Fundbird can help SMEs find the right funding for business
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Funding connection for SMEs

An online platform to help small and medium businesses (SMEs) land the right funding has launched in the UK. 

Beer and doughnuts: this will make you think about flavour in a whole new way

A doughnut and beer pairing pop-up event is to take place in London, which will see tasters try flavours like Katsu doughnuts with craft ales.

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British grocery market sees slow growth
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Smaller retailers outperform slower grocery growth

British grocery sales have slowed by 0.8% in the last year, though smaller retailers have enjoyed stronger growth. 

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Greencore sees good revenue growth
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Convenience sales boost Greencore Q3 revenue

Greencore Group, the convenience foods manufacturer, has seen revenue rise 6.2% in its third quarter following increased convenience sales and strong US growth. 

Welsh bakery investigates van speeding incident

Wrexham’s Village Bakery has launched an internal investigation, after a video was released online filming one of its vans allegedly speeding.

Burton’s extends biscuit range flavours

Burton’s Biscuit Company has added another cookie flavour to the popular Maryland Gooeys range.

Biscuit firm reaches recycling landmark

United Biscuits (UB), the biscuits and cake manufacturer, has reached the one million milestone in its recycling plan.

The doughnut effect: preserves firm benefits from bakery trend

A rise in popularity of filled bakery products such as doughnuts has sparked business growth in a Manchester-based preserves company.

Lola’s Cupcakes boosts sales with new website

Lola’s Cupcakes has seen sales rise thanks to the relaunch of its website.

Marriage’s calls for bakers to get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week

Hannah Marriage of Marriage’s Millers has told bakers why they should get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week (CBW).

Aryzta scoops up Irish foodservice firm

Bakery specialist Aryzta has acquired Dublin’s La Rousse Foods, as it continues its “ambitious” growth plans in Ireland.

World's first cheese toasty subscription gets national support

A cheese toastie delivery service is to reach mailboxes very soon, after hundreds of backers helped crowdfund the concept.

Obesity
Obesity is a growing problem
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US professor identifies “harmful” ingredients

Bakery ingredients such as emulsifiers, fat and sugar could be creating harmful cycles within the human body, new evidence has shown.

Olive oil
Olive oil prices are still rising
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Olive oil prices jump 10%

Extra virgin olive oil prices are up almost 10%, with little sign of the sourcing situation improving.

CSM relocates headquarters to US

Bakery Ingredients firm CSM Bakery Solutions is relocating its global headquarters to the US from Amsterdam.

Greggs tweeted this picture of Jake Gyllenhaal with his beloved baguette
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A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal loves Greggs

Southpaw and Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed his love of high street bakery giant Greggs.

Soil Association defends Not In Our Bread campaign

The Soil Association says that the Federation of Bakers (FOB) is “wrong” for branding its Not In Our Bread campaign as “misleading”.

Coffee
Coffee drinkers are open to alcoholic drinks too
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Research identifies alcohol potential in coffee shops

There is “huge potential” for coffee shops serving alcoholic drinks, according to research from CGA Strategy. 

Stop the Week: online

This week's round-up is inadvertently animal-themed as bears and birds terrorise the bakery world. 

SACN consults on Vitamin D intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published draft recommendations on vitamin D, finding that the UK is not getting enough in winter.

Thorntons to exit Stock Exchange

Thorntons has officially requested to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange, in anticipation of its pending takeover by Ferrero International.

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods continues to make gains in cake sector
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Premier Foods claims cake share gains, despite slight sales fall

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has reported market share gains in cake and ambient desserts amid a slight decrease in sales in its last quarter. 

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Barry Callebaut will give chocolate masterclasses at the National Cupcake Championships final
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Cupcake Championships: be a finalist for a chocolate masterclass

Those chosen as finalist in the National Cupcake Championships will be treated to chocolate masterclasses by specialist Barry Callebaut. 

Frank Roberts
Mike Roberts collects the award
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Roberts Bakery picks up Made in the UK Award

Cheshire bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has won a manufacturing award following a year that saw its market share rise from 2.95% to 3.44% [Nielsen w/e 20 June 2015].

Cake company benefits from foodservice boost

South west foodservice supplier Hunt’s broke its own sales records during a recent promotion of products from the Handmade Cake Company – selling more than 3,000 cakes in a single day.

EFSA wheat pesticide review will consider carcinogen claims

The European Food Safety authority (EFSA) is officially reviewing the risks of pesticide glyphosate, and will consider new research suggesting it is “probably carcinogenic”.

Harris + Hoole founders exit the business

The Harris + Hoole (H+H) founding trio are stepping back from the Tesco-backed coffee chain.

Mondelez revamps Christmas confectionery lines

Cadbury owner Mondelez has revealed plans to boost Christmas confectionery following flat sales.

Costa
Costa customers consumed 464 million cups of coffee last year
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Costa to spend £36m on new roastery

Costa, the high street coffee shop chain, is to build a new roastery in a £36m investment to support its national and international growth ambitions. 

Convenience store body warns of Living Wage impact

The government’s plan to introduce a £7.20 National Living Wage in April 2016 will put tens of thousands of livelihoods at a risk in the independent retail sector, according to research from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Phat Pasty Co sees sales jump 22%

Pasty concept Phat Pasty has seen sales surge thanks in part to a big increase in the number of universities selling its products and using its branded counters and point-of-sale material.

Mike McDonough will leave in August
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Finance director departs Real Good Food

Real Good Food’s (RGF) finance director has left the company following a reshuffle of operations, after it sold Napier Brown Sugar.

Food and drink firms unite behind diet and health research

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers are helping to fund a £3.7m research project investigating the link between diet and health, which will ultimately inform new product development.

SSP enjoys LFL sales increase

Travel food giant SSP Group has seen like-for-like sales up 3.2% thanks to passenger growth in the air sector.

Financial distress worsens for food suppliers

The number of UK food suppliers experiencing significant financial distress has increased by 54% in the past 12 months as the supermarkets slash prices and delay payments, according to business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

JG Ross celebrates tour sell-out success

Aberdeen’s JG Ross bakery has hailed sell-out tours of its bakery.

Krispy Kreme uses live-streaming app Periscope

Doughnut giant Krispy Kreme has become potentially one of the first big bakery companies to utilise Twitter’s live streaming application.

Tromp predicts bright future as turnover leaps 10%

The Tromp Group has seen a jump in turnover of around 10% in the year since it joined the Markel Food Group in August last year.

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers Paul Heygate (left) presents to Dr John Marchant, the head of the National Bakery School
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Worshipful Company recognises head of National Bakery School

Dr John Marchant, the head of the National Bakery School, has been recognised for his work by the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

The 'Not in our bread' campaign has been fired up by The Soil Association
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Bread industry hits back at 'misleading' pesticide campaign

A campaign to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has been branded ‘misleading’ for targeting bread. 

Cupcake Championships
National Cupcake Championships deadline extended
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Cupcake Championship deadline extended

For those who needed more time – the deadline for National Cupcake Championships entries has been extended. 

Gruffalo
Partners launch new Gruffalo cake
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Park Cakes picks up Gruffalo licence

Magic Light Pictures has launched a new Gruffalo Cakes range, with licensee Park Cakes. 

The Pret shop in Brick Lane
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Brick Lane Pret sparks local outrage

Shoreditch residents have lashed out against the opening of a Pret A Manger store in the area.

ADM cocoa will become part of Cargill
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Europe clears Cargill’s ADM cocoa deal

The European Commission has granted conditional clearance for the $440m (£226.4m) Cargill acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa business in Europe.

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