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Cash usage could be on the decline
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Cashless payment takes lead for first time

Cash was overtaken by non-cash payments for the first time ever last year.

Jack Hancock
Jack Hancock is commercial director of Meadow Foods
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Meadow Foods appoints sugar boss

UK dairy and milk-based ingredients supplier Meadow Foods has appointed Jack Hancock as commercial director of the firm’s sugar division. 

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Greggs faced a media storm over customer question about bread
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Greggs’ bread ‘news’ is old news

Greggs has faced a media storm after a customer asked the bakery why it was unable to buy a loaf of bread in a store. 

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Warburtons Thins plant officially opens in Burnley
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Warburtons opens Burnley Sandwich Thins plant

Bread giant Warburtons has officially opened its new £20m sandwich alternatives plant in Burnley. 

M&S declares ‘outstanding’ full-year food results

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland has praised the retailer’s food division for having an “outstanding year in a difficult market”.

West Cornwall Pasty Co has revamped its estate and offer
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West Cornwall Pasty Co sees 6% LFL growth

The new owners of West Cornwall Pasty Co have seen like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 6% in the year since they took over, it has been revealed.

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Patisserie Valerie has seen financial growth in the past six months
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Ebitda up 23% at Patisserie Holdings

Underlying profit increased by 23.1% to £8.7m at Patisserie Holdings in the six months to 31 March 2015.

Kingsmill revamped to show ‘warm, wholesome’ side

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a fresh new design for the Kingsmill brand by updating its logo and packaging.

Bakery charged over contaminated water

Irish bakery brand Easibake Food has been found guilty of using contaminated water in its products at its Pontypool facility in Wales.

Asda reports Q1 3.9% decline in LFL sales

Asda has announced a 3.9% fall in like-for-like sales in its first quarter, in what it describes at the “most challenging year yet” for UK supermarkets.

Sandwich award-winners revealed

Greenhalgh’s bakery has scooped the Bakery Sandwich Shop of the Year chain category at the Sandwich Industry Awards (Sammies).

‘Gay cake’ bakery guilty of discrimination

A judge has found Belfast’s Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination against a gay customer.

Convenience sector boost Greencore profits

Sandwich-maker Greencore has seen profits soar as its convenience food sector booms, despite a challenging market.

Premier Foods reports full-year losses, due to impairment of sweet sector

Food giant Premier Foods has increased its losses due to impairment charges, largely related to its sweet business, which includes the Mr Kipling brand.

Aryzta extends Wrapped To Go line

Bakery specialist Aryzta has added two products to its individually Wrapped To Go range.

Scottish firm mistaken for ‘gay cake’ bakery

Scotland’s Ashers Bakery has received a backlash of emails, after it has repeatedly been mistaken for the Belfast bakery involved in the ‘gay cake’ row.

Hovis
Former Dairy Crest man Martyn Wilks has taken up the reins at Hovis
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Former Dairy Crest man to head up Hovis

Hovis has filled its long-vacant position of chief executive today with former Dairy Crest managing director Martyn Wilks. 

BFP appoints new chief executive

Bakery ingredients supplier BFP Wholesale has appointed a new chief executive, it was revealed today.

Chicken sandwich
Chicken is still the most popular flavour in sandwiches
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Sandwiches take healthy share of food-to-go

Sandwiches account for a 20.2% share of the total food-to-go category worth £4.4bn, according to new data from the British Sandwich Association (BSA). 

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Genius steak pie
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Genius boosts frozen gluten-free range

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has “significantly increased” the distribution of its frozen range with the launch of five skus into Tesco and Morrisons. 

Jacob's
Jacob's new cracker crisp salt and balsamic vinegar variety
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UB introduces Jacob’s Cracker Crisps

United Biscuits (UB) has unveiled its biggest NPD of 2015 so far with the £6m launch of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps. 

Warburtons
Warburtons heads the top British FMCG brands
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Warburtons heads baked goods in top 10 FMCG list

Four of the top 10 FMCG brands are baked products, with Bolton-based bread giant Warburtons leading the way. 

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Not enough meat-free sandwich options, says study
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Healthier sandwich choices needed

Food manufacturers are failing to provide healthier sandwich options for people trying to eat well, according to a new survey. 

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Euphorium welcomes new CFO
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Euphorium appoints former Harris + Hoole CFO

Euphorium Bakery, the Tesco-owned chain, has appointed a new chief financial officer. 

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Bako NW buys Northern & Scotland
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Bako NW buys Northern & Scotland

Bako North Western is to buy sister company Bako Northern & Scotland, it has been revealed. 

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RGF sugar arm Napier Brown's sale is approved
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Real Good Food sugar arm sale approved

Real Good Food’s proposed sale of its subsidiary Napier Brown Sugar has been approved. 

Stop the Week: online

We look at a revolutionary cake-cutting invention and Prince Harry's clear love of bakery in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week.

Video: Baker of the Year at Brook Food

In an attempt to boost British Baker’s baking skills, the team visited Brook Food in Somerset where we caught up with Mark Bennett, our 2014 Baking Industry Awards Baker of the Year.

Genius
The Genius ad depicts animals including robins suffering from bloating before the discovery of Genius bread
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Genius embarks on major gluten-free drive

Free-from bakery brand Genius Gluten Free is launching “the largest ever above-the-line investment in free-from bakery”. 

The Grocer
The Grocer own-label awards saw winners and losers
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Discounters dominate gold in Grocer Awards

There were clear winners and losers in The Grocer Own Label Food & Drink Awards, with the discounters drawing in top place with Asda. 

Keith Houliston (r), with Mich Turner MBE and President John Gall
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Scottish Bakers recognises key members

A selection of bakers have been recognised at the Scottish Bakers Conference, for their service to the Scottish bakery sector.

Jill Richardson (l) and Emma Pitt-Steele with Edme's Technical Baker, Richard Ball
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Edme shows support for coeliacs

Ingredients company Edme is supporting Coeliac Awareness Week, following the instalment of its gluten-free mill earlier this year.

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Craft Bakers' Week's new website is launched
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New website introduced for Craft Bakers’ Week

Craft Bakers’ Week (28 September to 3 October) has launched its new website as the “new look and feel” event ramps up for 2015. 

The new Costa to Go store
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Costa trials new to-go format

A new concept store named ‘Costa to Go’ is being trialled by the coffee shop in locations across London.

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UB revamps McVitie’s Breakfast biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) has relaunched the McVitie’s Breakfast biscuit range, including two new products and a £3m media spend. 

Andrew Ingredients
Andrew Ingredients makes major investment
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Bakery ingredients firm invests £750k in facilities

Northern Ireland-based bakery ingredients supplier Andrew Ingredients is investing £750,000 that will include two new-build projects at its facilities in Lisburn. 

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling adds new Snack Pack flavours with Milkshake Slices
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Premier extends Mr Kipling Snack Packs

Premier Foods has added three new flavours to its Mr Kipling Snack Pack range with its Milkshake Slices. 

Morrisons reinstates fresh doughnuts

Morrisons has bought back its fresh in-store doughnuts due to customer demand

EDME invests £2m in manufacturing site

Bakery ingredients supplier EDME is investing over £2m into its manufacturing facilities in Essex.

New study prompts cake tax calls

There have been renewed calls for a tax on biscuits, sweets and cakes, as research revealed that fruit and vegetables have tripled in price in the past three decades.

Carlisle bakery goes up in flames

The Lakeland Bake bakery in Carlisle has been destroyed in a fire, with the cause as yet unconfirmed. 

Petition launched to save train station café

A petition has been launched to save a local café after it was told it was not “trendy and rustic enough”.

TV's Peter Sidwell helps NHS with healthy offering

TV chef and judge on Britain’s Best Bakery Peter Sidwell is to help NHS Scotland in creating healthy bakery options in its coffee shop chain Aroma.

Mix'ems
Mix'ems is the latest launch from Burton's under the Maryland brand
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Burton’s adds another line to Maryland brand

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Maryland Mix’ems – another derivative of the popular £47m Maryland brand. 

Cadbury
Cadbury Mini Rolls adds four news flavours along with TV campaign
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Cadbury revamps Mini Rolls

Premier Foods has relaunched Cadbury Mini Rolls with new flavours, new packaging and a TV campaign for the first time in eight years.

Pieminister
Pieminister to launch summer pies with cider
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Pieminister's flagship Leeds site opens

Pieminister has opened its flagship store in Leeds – its biggest yet – as it gears up for a summer pies launch next month. 

Hovis
Sharon Barraclough is first innovation director at Hovis
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Innovation role filled at Hovis

Hovis has appointed its first innovation director to lead the brand’s NPD programme. 

Scottish co-operative gets behind Real Bread Week

Scotmid Co-operative is supporting the seventh Real Bread Week (9 to 15 May) in partnership with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery.

Baguette
Filled baguettes are the most popular sandwich option
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Sandwich popularity flies in the face of low-carb trend

Sandwiches are three times as popular as salads among the people of Britain with the baguette coming out on top. 

Bright Blue Foods aims to boost turnover with licensed cakes and own-label goods
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Bright Blue Foods sets sight on £100m in sales

Cake firm Bright Blue Foods has said it will target £100m in sales in the next four years, after investing £2m in its Blackburn bakery.

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