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McGhee’s named Scottish Baker of the Year

McGhee’s Bakery has been named Scottish Baker of the Year.

British Baker poll predicts election result

The election polls have been slammed this morning with media asking "how did they get it so wrong?", however a different tale can be told here at British Baker

Jon Jenkins will become the new head of Allied Bakeries
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Exclusive: New managing director appointed at Allied Bakeries

Jon Jenkins, the boss of tea firm Twinings, has been appointed as the new head of Allied Bakeries, British Baker can reveal.

Stop the Week: online

We look at how to "say it with cake" and a really long baguette in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week.

Bakers sought for Victorian bakers programme
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Bakers sought for Victorian bakers' TV series

The BBC is making its last call for bakers to take part in a new series about baking in the Victorian era. 

National Doughnut Week kicks off on Monday
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National Doughnut Week kicks off

National Doughnut Week (9 to 16 May) kicks off the other side of the weekend and bakers are being urged to prepare. 

Live: Election 2015

David Cameron will return as Prime Minister after the Tories gain a majority- defying polls and winning the general election. 

Baker sought for Scottish island

A Scottish Isle is seeking a baker to set up business and help boost food tourism as well as the skills set in the area.

US bakery firm makes ingredients transparency pledge

An American bakery giant, Panera Bread, has pledged to simplify what goes into its goods by publishing a ‘No No List’.

Aunt Bessie's
Aunt Bessie's makes a first move into the ambient cake market
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Aunt Bessie’s moves into cakes

Yorkshire pudding favourite Aunt Bessie’s is expanding into the ambient cake category through a licensing agreement with Bright Blue Foods. 

Supermarkets
Supermarket sales growth slows in 12 weeks to April
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Grocery price deflation hits supermarket sales

Supermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Kingsmill launches Burger Thins

Allied Bakeries has extended its range of sandwich alternatives by launching new Kingsmill Burger Thins.

Bakery Market Report 2015
Bakery Market Report 2015 lists the top 75 bakery companies
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Is the future of bakery bright? You told us:

Almost 55% of bakers are more positive about the future of their bakeries than one year ago, British Baker can reveal. 

Gerhard's blog: Fartons

Gerhard Jenne discovers a true Spanish speciality on a recent visit to Valencia

Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe insists company is strong
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Sainsbury's posts first loss in a decade

Sainsbury’s has revealed a pre-tax loss of £72m for the year to 14 March - its first loss in a decade. 

John Duffy: "strategy to diversify into new channels."
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Finsbury Food to save 150 jobs in desserts acquisition

Bakery giant Finsbury Food Group has today announced the proposed acquisition of Johnstone’s Just Desserts (Johnstone’s), from administrators FRP Advisory.

Royal baby cupcakes
Cupcakes in honour of the royal princess sold out in minutes
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Royal baby cakes sell out fast

A Norwich baker sold out of royal baby-themed cakes in 20 minutes following the arrival of Kate and Will’s second child. 

Shopping
Staple items are down overall on the last month
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Aldi retains lowest price position for bakery

Aldi remains the cheapest supermarket for bakery items while the cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen £1 overall in the last month. 

Irwin’s strikes deal with Tesco for Joeys

Northern Irish company Irwin’s Bakery has secured a deal with Tesco to stock its Jammy Joeys and Snowy Joeys in more than 700 Tesco stores across Britain.

Fudge firm triples production capacity

Cornish fudge company, The Buttermilk Confectionery Co, has completed its move to a new £600k site, tripling production space.

Bakers urged to use safe eggs

Bakers have been warned to make sure they are sourcing eggs from verifiable sources following the conviction of an American egg supplier.

Last chance to enter the Baking Industry Awards

The entry for British Baker’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards has been extended.

Gay cake row decision due

The verdict on the gay cake row is expected to be announced on 7 May, the same day as the UK election.

Allied Bakeries embraces free-from market

Allied Bakeries has made a move into gluten free, launching two ‘free-from’ products under the Burgen brand.

Stop the Week: online

We look at where Mary Berry is scoring outside her day job and how cake can found relationships in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

Election
The election outcome is still uncertain
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Election: bakers put Conservatives in first place

With six days to go until the election a British Baker poll has placed the Conservatives out in front, commanding 48% of the vote. 

Dublin opens ‘smart’ bakery

The world’s first ‘smart’ bakery has opened in Dublin, equipped with its own phone app, Bitcoin payment methods and Segway-style boards for the bakers to travel on.

Subway asks customers to ‘Stay Picky’

Subway has launched a new brand campaign with the tagline ‘Stay Picky’.

John Kay at the bakery
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Manchester bakery gives election views to BBC

Manchester-based Robinsons the Master Bakers appeared on BBC One’s 1pm news this week, talking about the upcoming election.

Thorntons suffers sales decline, despite better Easter

Sales at chocolate company Thorntons have dropped in both its retail and FMCG divisions, as the firm has lost orders from a commercial customer.

Tom Chandley owner passes on

The funeral details of Tom Chandley owner, Eric Dyson, have been announced, after he sadly died earlier this month.

Research firm identifies morning goods and lunch opportunities

The morning goods market is expected to grow 2.7%, as retailers are advised to capitalise on the convenience food trend.

Brownie firm doubles production

Bad Brownie bakery has more than doubled its product output after opening a new kitchen.

Independent sandwich firm reaches central London

Cook & Garcia, an artisan food-to-go retailer, is to open its second shop as it gains some presence in the capital.

Napier Brown to sell for £34m

Real Good Food is to sell its sugar distribution business Napier Brown for £34m to Tereos, the world’s fifth-largest sugar group.

Greggs new style 'bakery-to-go' shop
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Greggs turns in another robust performance

Greggs the bakers has posted another set of “strong” trading results, with like-for-like sales up 5.9%- ahead of its expectations.

Morrisons hails ‘unique’ fresh offer

Morrisons supermarket has praised itself on making “more fresh food than any other supermarket”, giving it a unique selling point. 

British Sugar factory at Bury St Edmunds
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Farmers’ alliance to stage British Sugar protest

A farmer’s movement is to march outside British Sugar’s Bury St Edmunds factory today (29 April) to protest the “lack of support” for small-scale producers.

Welsh pasty maker embraces snacking

Peter’s Food Service has moved into the snack market after launching a new multipack pasty product.

Product innovation sees Costa LFL sales surge

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, has seen like-for-like sales leap by 6%, driven by an increase in transactions.

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier launches Baked Bread Bites
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Brioche Pasquier makes a play for snack market

Brioche Pasquier has launched a range of savoury baked products, in a bid to move into the snack market. 

Pump Street Bakery
Pump Street Bakery today opens a pop-up in Shoreditch
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Suffolk bakery opens London pop-up

Suffolk-based Pump Street Bakery is to venture into London, as it opens a pop-up shop in the capital. 

Snacking on the rise, while average spend falls

More people are buying snacks and meals to eat outside the home as the number of foodservice outlets and cuisine choice continue to grow.

Richard Pegg, Wrights van sales manager
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Wrights invests in delivery vans

Wrights Food Group has made a major investment in its delivery fleet to meet sales needs.

Tesco to slow Euphorium roll-outs

Tesco has revealed a ‘strategic’ plan to slow the roll-out of Harris+Hoole and Euphorium sites, after it wrote down £82m over the joint investments.

Pastry and sandwiches outlet added at The Savoy

The ninth food and drink outlet at the Savoy has opened, selling sandwiches and pastries with a focus on éclairs.

Shortbread gains renewed popularity

Shortbread is seeing 6.1% year-on-year growth as it becomes a year-round sweet biscuit option.

Great North Pie Co. takes Supreme Champion title

A chicken, mushroom, English mustard and cream pie made by Great North Pie Co. has taken home the title of Supreme Champion at this year’s world-renowned British Pie Awards. 

Starbucks
Starbucks launches second evening site in UK
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Starbucks introduces second Evening store in UK

Coffee giant Starbucks has launched a second trial of its evening concept at Edinburgh Airport. 

EAT
EAT follows ambitious expansion plans
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Sandwich chain outlines ambitious store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

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