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Phil Brooks
Chevler's Phil Brooks will spearhead the new division
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Baking case firm Chevler sets up papers division

UK baking case manufacturer Chevler has established a speciality papers division. 

Crepeaffair
Crepeaffair eyes more sites
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Crepe firm reveals plans for new outlets

London-based Crepeaffair has just opened its 12th UK outlet as it strives for 15 in total by mid-summer as well as adding international sites and launching a ‘grab and go’ range. 

Pidy
Pidy launches new products including mini vol au vents
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Pidy launches retail pastry products

Pastry manufacturer Pidy is adding six retail products to its portfolio. 

Bridor
Michel Roux and Frédéric Lalos partner with Bridor
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Bridor partners with Michel Roux Jr for bread line

French bakery specialist Bridor has developed a range of gluten-free products and joined forces with restaurateur Michel Roux Jr for a bread range. 

WC Rowe
WC Rowe commits to paying living wage from November 2015
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WC Rowe is largest baker to commit to the living wage

Cornish baker WC Rowe has become the third and largest baker to commit to paying the living wage. 

Trew Era Cafe
Trew Era Cafe will be run as a community project
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Russell Brand opens not-for-profit London cafe

Comedian and TV star Russell Brand has opened his first cafe in Hackney, east London. 

Stop the Week: online

We look at deep-fried cake, baking with alcohol and why the fish finger sandwich will never die in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

ABST
ABST held NPD training day at Tameside College
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Bakery student body holds NPD learning day

The Alliance for the Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) held a Learning Day at Tameside College to teach students the process of new product development (NPD). 

Coffee #1
Coffee #1 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
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Coffee#1 reports 30% sales increase

SA Brain & Co, parent company of Coffee#1, has announced a 30% rise in sales compared to last year for the coffee shop. 

Bakery Market Report 2015
The Bakery Market Report 2015 is now available to buy
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Webinar debates latest bakery retail trends

A new ‘battleground’ for retail bakeries was explored in British Baker’s web event, which saw experts discuss today’s industry ahead of an exclusive market report. 

Kraft and Heinz merge to create food giant

Kraft Foods, parent company of Mondelez, has merged with H J Heinz, resulting in what has been called the fifth-largest food and drink company in the world.

The day will be held at the Forest of Arden Golf & Country Club
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Baking society sets date for golf day

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is to hold its 25th annual golf day in Warwickshire this June.

The bakery's ad will air on ITV
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North-west bakery to air first TV ad in marketing drive

Sheldon’s Wholesale Bakers is to launch its first TV advertisement next month on ITV, after rebranding to boost sales.

Hotel Chocolat throws down the gauntlet on the high street

The high street chocolate war is on, after Hotel Chocolat saw better financial results than Thorntons.

Gerhard’s Blog: overseas visitor

Gerhard Jenne, downed by the flu, misses the opening of his new shop, which welcomed a baker-visitor from the US. 

The new site at Prologis Park, Heathrow
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Food-to-go group expands capacity with new lease

Adelie Foods Group is to lease a 100,000sq ft distribution site in Heathrow in a bid to expand capacity.

Olives Et Al seeks more partners, while opening third deli store with Wyevale

Olives Et Al is to open a third deli and bakery concept this month, with plans for more sites in high streets and department stores.

Holland’s takes expert advice for chocolate pies

Holland’s Pies has teamed up with two experts to create a series of recipes for incorporating chocolate into pies.

Deli Santé will look to expand this year
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Waitrose pastry supplier seeks to extend business

Waitrose pastry products supplier, Deli Santé is looking for a national distributor to extend its customer base.

Niklas Andersson is the new marketing and communications directer at Cargill
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Cargill strengthens marketing with new director

Cargill has appointed a new marketing and communications director, as it puts greater focus on its cocoa and chocolate business.

David Potts, new Morrisons boss
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New broom in Morrisons as CEO shakes up management

New Morrisons boss David Potts has waved goodbye to five senior directors who operated under outgoing chief executive Dalton Philips, according to reports.

The gluten-free bakery will soon launch a bespoke cake range with restaurant chain Leon
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Honeybuns strikes deal with Leon restaurants

Gluten-free bakery, Honeybuns, will soon launch a bespoke cake range with London restaurant chain Leon as it outgrows its current Dorset premises.

URBAN eat's new ‘eat better' range
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Urban Eat brings out healthier food-to-go line

Sandwich brand Urban Eat is grabbing a piece of the healthy eating market by launching a selection of healthier food-to-go options called Eat Better.

Craig McAulay, Stockbridge store manager
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Scotmid scoops convenience retailer accolade

Scotmid Co-operative has been named Convenience Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Convenience Retail Awards (CRAs).

Finsbury’s share price hits highest level in a year

Finsbury Food Group’s share price closed yesterday (23 March) almost 6% higher than on opening that day at 73.6p, up 5.9%.

The new factory will open Bodmin in June
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Proper Cornish gets set for new plant opening

Pasty company Proper Cornish is to open its new £6.5m factory in Bodmin this June.

Checkout chocolate
Chocolate at checkouts under fire from Birmingham nutritionist
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Nutritionist calls for ban on ‘unhealthy’ foods at checkouts

A nutritionist has likened the sales of sweets, chocolate and crisps at store checkouts to those of cigarettes and has called for a ban. 

Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke supports NBT changes
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National Bakery Training rebrands to include food and drink sectors

National Bakery Training (NBT) is to rebrand to become the National Food & Drink Training, as it plans to expand into other areas of teaching. 

Bakery Market Report
Bakery Market Report 2015 launch coincides with our live webinar
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Sign up now for bakery trends webinar

Time is running out to sign up for British Baker’s exclusive webinar on the current trends in bakery retail. 

Warburtons
Warburtons takes second place in The Grocer brand poll
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Warburtons at number two in Grocer top 100

The big three bread brands, plus McVitie’s biscuits have graced The Grocer magazine’s list of Britain’s 100 biggest grocery brands, with Warburtons taking the number two spot. 

Finsbury
Finsbury Food Group's Frozen cake has enjoyed popularity
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Finsbury turns in positive revenue performance

UK bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has posted group revenue up 24.1% to £107.6m following it's acquisition of Fletchers Group last year. 

FDF
FDF: revealed figures on food and drink growth
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UK food and drink enjoy global demand

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have almost doubled in value over the past 10 years, growing 2.6% in 2014 to £12.8bn. 

Eric Lanlard: sets sail on Britannia this week

Patissier Lanlard sets sail on Britannia

Master patissier Eric Lanlard will this week man his café aboard cruise ship The Britannia as he closes in on a site in Dubai. 

Bakery brands jump on eclipse-themed marketing

A number of bakery brands have created lunar-themed adverts to promote their products, off the back of today's eclipse.

Proper Cornish
Proper Cornish recruits for growth
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Proper Cornish adds senior personnel for growth

Pasty company Proper Cornish Group has appointed two senior personnel to focus on increasing sales and turnover. 

Stop the Week: online

We look at Easter ideas and why cake is good for you in the first move online for our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week. 

Premier Foods
Premier Foods plans to double its apprentice intake
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Blog: apprenticeships are on the up in bakery

At British Baker, we have been inundated with news of apprenticeship uptake in the food and drink industry of late. 

Thomas J Fudges launches new savoury products

Thomas J Fudge’s Remarkable Bakery is launching a raft of new savoury products in Waitrose.

Redesign for Braces Bakery

Braces Bakery has rebranded its sliced bread, with packaging that will improve the firm’s carbon footprint. 

Skills organisations help bakery bodies on management training

A new management scheme has been developed for the baking industry.

Starbucks
Starbucks has seven-point plan for five years
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Starbucks reveals five-year growth strategy

Coffee giant Starbucks yesterday outlined a major seven-stage plan for the brand, including growing the number of stores from 22,000 to 30,000 worldwide, with a particular focus on China and on tea. 

Greggs and Pret win top spot over Starbucks

Greggs and Pret A Manger have beaten Starbucks to top the list of the UK’s most desired coffee shop and snack hotspots.

Konditor & Cook reveals growth plans

Konditor & Cook is to open its sixth shop today in Goodge Street, as it announces extensive expansion plans for the business - with six more openings in the next three years.

The 2015 budget: what you need to know

The Chancellor has revealed his sixth, and final, budget of this Parliament- and declares that Britain is “walking tall”. 

BB's Coffee & Muffins
BB's Coffee & Muffins eyes expansion
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BB’s Coffee & Muffins chain sold

The BB’s Coffee & Muffins chain has been bought by private equity company Brentwood Investments for a sum rumoured to be around €10m (£7.1m). 

Soreen sets sights on export markets

Malt loaf brand Soreen is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product, as it plans to expand into export markets.

Fabulous Bakers
New branding for The Fabulous Bakers' flapjack range
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Rebrand for The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, the muffin and flapjack producer owned by Daelmans Group, has rebranded to The Fabulous Bakers ahead of a major marketing push this summer. 

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carr's
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Carr’s Milling proposes name change

Carr’s Milling Industries is to change its name, in order to better reflect the broad operations the company runs.

National Doughnut Week
National Doughnut Week can help increase bakeries' footfall
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Doughnut Week 2015 invites baker participation

National Doughnut Week is back for 2015, from 9 to 16 May, and registration is open for bakers to maximise their sales. 

Sainbury's
Sainsbury's reports small decline in Q4 sales
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Sainsbury’s records decline in Q4 sales

Sainsbury’s has reported like-for-like retail sales were down 1.9% in its fourth-quarter trading statement as “the trading environment remains challenging”. 

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