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Tesco to delist Kingsmill sliced

Tesco is to delist the entire range of Kingsmill’s sliced loaves as part of its new “volume-driven strategy”.

Aryzta
Aryzta posts financial results for the half-year to 31 January
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Aryzta sees demand for bakery in half-year results

Swiss bakery specialist Aryzta has announced a revenue increase of 17.2% to €1.86bn (£1.33bn) in its food group for the six months to 31 January 2015. 

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Michiel de Ruiter: new chief executive of Zeelandia
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New head for Zeelandia

International bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has appointed Michiel de Ruiter as chief executive as of 1 May 2015. 

‘Radical’ review of business rates launched

The UK Treasury has launched its largest review of business rates in the UK in ‘a generation’, a move that will affect 1.8m properties in England which currently pay the tax. 

Roberts invests millions in new bread facility

Cheshire-based bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has invested in a new multi-million-pound bakery to produce its branded Roberts Bakery bread.

Wafflemeister
Wafflemeister has 11 sites worldwide
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Waffle retailer reveals plans for expansion

Belgian waffle specialist Wafflemeister plans to double its UK sites in 2015 and reach £5m in revenue by year-end. 

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Puratos bread using S500
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Puratos marks 40 years of bread improver

Bakery ingredients firm Puratos has marked 40 years since the launch of its S500 bread improver. 

Muffin Break in first retail park move

Muffin Break has opened its first site within a retail park, with further openings in the pipeline.

M&S backs bread as part of healthy diet after loaf sales rocket

High street retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has seen sales of its ‘healthy breads’ up 37% on last year, noting that people were seeing the benefits of eating the carbohydrate.

New gluten-free bakery line to launch at IFE

French bakery specialist Bridor is to launch a new gluten-free range at this year’s IFE exhibition this month.

Bakers involved in the #WeLoveBread campaign deliver letters to Number 10
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Downing Street replies to #WeLoveBread

The #WeLoveBread campaign has received response from Number 10, following a visit to personally deliver letters to the Prime Minister.

Feel Free For Gluten Free doughnuts
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Gluten-free brand sets up plant in Worthing

Free-from food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free has acquired its own manufacturing site in Worthing, West Sussex, in a move that will increase production by around 20%.

Brioche Pasquier:
The new Milton Keynes factory should be operational by the end of this year
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Brioche Pasquier completes UK site

French patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has completed the build of its first UK bakery, in Milton Keynes.

The supermarket saga: can the phoenix rise again?

Reporter Bronya Smolen considers the road ahead for supermarket retailers in the wake of this week’s headlines.

Bakels
Bakels launches bread mixes for consumers
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Bakels introduces first consumer bread mix

Ingredients supplier Bakels has launched its first consumer brand following the development of new and secret technology.

Pieminister
Pieminister: new site in Leeds
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Pieminister to open largest site in Leeds

Bristol-based pie company Pieminister aims to open its “most ambitious project to date” in Leeds at the end of April following a £300,000 refurbishment. 

Waitrose
Waitrose market share is up
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Investment curbs Waitrose profits, despite sales rise

Waitrose has posted an increase in gross sales of 6.5% to £6.51bn in its unaudited results for the 53 weeks ending 31 January 2015. 

Adelie Foods is behind the popular sandwich brand, URBAN eat
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Private equity firm snaps up Adelie Foods

Food-to-go giant Adelie Foods has been acquired by the European arm of global private equity firm, H.I.G Capital.

The limited-edition Lemon Cream Buns
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Cream cakes take off for Spar wholesaler

James Hall & Co, the northern Spar wholesaler, has seen sales of its cream cakes soar since opening its Huntcoat factory in 2013.

Morrisons sees profits plummet

Morrisons has posted its worst results in eight years, as it revealed a profit loss of £792m before tax after taking account of a £1.3bn write down in the value of its supermarkets. 

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Tasha Devey has completed an apprenticeship with Bakkavör
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Bakkavör apprentice marks 2,000 milestone

A trainee with food manufacturer Bakkavör has been declared the 2,000th person to complete an apprenticeship in England’s food manufacturing industry in 2014. 

Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts set for UK growth, according to Horizons
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Foodservice forecast to grow by £10bn in next four years

The UK foodservice sector is set for value growth of £10bn giving it a worth of £56.3bn by 2019, according to consultancy Horizons. 

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Wrights confectionery production is up 32%
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Wrights boosts confectionery with £6m spend

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group’s £6m investment in a new confectionery line has increased productivity by 32% in the last 12 months. 

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Paul A Young: helping bakers grab their piece of Easter trading
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Easter how to: a fondant egg with Paul A Young

Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. 

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UKTI: supporting medium sized businesses aiming to export
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Government boosts export support to medium-sized firms

The government has today announced its increased support to medium-sized businesses (MSBs) trying to export. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week can help trade
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Survey: bakers reveal benefits of British Pie Week

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) is over for another year, but did bakers reap the benefits? 

GM crop benefits detailed in new study

A major cereals levy board has outlined the benefits of GM crops for both consumers and farmers.

Burton's Biscuit Company
Burton's Biscuit Company plans US expansion
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Burton’s Biscuit Co signs US distribution deal

Burton’s Biscuit Company has today announced a US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA) to realise a projected $100m (£66.1m) business ambition in the US. 

Ocado has seen sales up nearly 20%
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Ocado sees sales up while average order value declines

Online retail giant Ocado has seen sales for the group rise by 19.2% to £271.1m, despite a decline in average order value.

Supermarkets
Grocery inflation is the lowest since records began in 2006
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Grocery deflation hits new low

Deflation has reached a new low of -1.6% in its 18th successive fall as the supermarket price war rages on. 

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Christine Tacon: questioned tomorrow by House of Lords
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GCA questioned on new food waste powers

The House of Lords is to take evidence from Christine Tacon CBE, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, regarding powers to fine certain large retailers 1% of their turnover. 

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Quarterly food sales were up 0.5% in February
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Broad-based rise in food sales

Quarterly food sales were up 0.5% in February - the best performance since January 2014. 

Cooplands HQ
Cooplands of Doncaster bakery and HQ up for sale
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Cooplands of Doncaster bakery up for sale

Cooplands of Doncaster head office and bakery has been brought to market for an undisclosed sum, after the bakery went into administration this February. 

Premier Foods
Premier Foods: doubling apprentices
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Premier Foods raises apprentice numbers

Premier Foods has committed to double its intake of apprenticeships, just as a group of MPs has spoken about the lack of teenagers in the overall schemes. 

Roelof Krist:
will retire in April
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Zeelandia CEO steps down

The chief executive international bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia Group, Roelof Krist, is to leave the company after more than 11 years.

Tesco coffee shop director ‘leaves’ business

The Tesco boss in charge of in-store restaurants and coffee shops, such as Harris + Hoole and Euphorium, has reportedly left the business.

Cadbury Fingers
Cadbury Fingers: Salted Peanut Crunch
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‘Swavoury’ trend inspires new Cadbury Fingers

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched two new variants of Cadbury Fingers inspired by the ‘swavoury’ (sweet and savoury) trend. 

Starbucks
Starbucks pleased with wireless charging trial
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Starbucks’ wireless charging trial deemed a success

Starbucks has said it is “very pleased” with the initial results of its wireless charging trial. 

Woodstock's Artisan Bakery is located in Stony Stratford
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Craft bakery strikes deal for second retail site

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery, Northamptonshire, has linked up with a local café to expand into its second branded retail outlet.

Sheldon's Bakery rebranded products
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Manchester bakery sights 27% sales uplift after rebrand

Manchester-based firm Sheldon’s Bakery has set its sights on a 27% sales increase over the course of this year, after relaunching the brand.

Gluten-free plans for Chaucer Foods

Chaucer Foods, a global ingredients producer, has spoken of its plans to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Topping Pie Company
Caramelised red onion-topped pies
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Dinky pie range launched at Selfridges

A range of Dinky pork pies from Doncaster bakery The Topping Pie Company has been launched at the Manchester Selfridges store in honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March). 

Martin Glenn
Martin Glenn: outgoing United Biscuits chief executive
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United Biscuits chief executive to step down

United Biscuits (UB) chief executive Martin Glenn is stepping down from the post in early April. 

Bread tops food waste list, finds study

Latest research has found that 25% of adults waste their bread – topping the list for the most thrown-away item.

Coffee chain expands in UK and abroad

Ca’puccino, the Italian coffee house, is set to open its sixth site in the UK, as it plans to expand internationally.

Sugar trade questions WHO recommendations

The sugar industry has hit back at the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) sugar recommendations - calling a review on the scientific evidence behind the guidelines.

High Crown Bakery
High Crown Bakery: re-opened following cockroach infestation
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London bakery re-opens following cockroach closure

A bakery in the London borough of Brent has re-opened following a £1,559 fine and forced closure for a cockroach infestation. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week: tell us how it's going
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British Pie Week: top facts

There are still two days left in British Pie Week 2015 and British Baker has rounded up some facts about the UK pie eater. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week celebrates the pie
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British Pie Week: Top 10 pies in pictures

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) ran this week and to celebrate the Pierateers put together a list of the top 10 British pies. 

New food skills career website launched

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has launched a new website to encourage more youngsters into the industry.

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