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Tesco back in eye of storm as GCA investigates

Tesco faces more scrutiny as an investigation is initiated into its relations with suppliers.

Cake charge
Bodeans charges £1.50 per slice of birthday cake per person
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Restaurant chain charges birthday ‘cakeage’ fee

London restaurant chain Bodeans Bar-B-Q is charging a £1.50 a head “cakeage” fee to people who eat their own birthday cakes in its branches. 

NO.G
NO.G quiches now stocked in Asda
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Gluten-free brand signs deal with Asda

Six products from chilled gluten-free brand NO.G will be launched in up to 245 stores Asda this week. 

Limagrain
LCI produces salt substitute for bakery
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New salt substitute launched

Ingredients firm Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI), has introduced a new substitute for bakery products to reduce salt. 

Mondelez
Mondelez builds facility in Bahrain
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Mondelēz starts construction of Bahrain biscuit site

Mondelēz International, owner of Cadbury’s, has laid the cornerstone for the construction of its $90m (£59.6m) biscuit plant in Bahrain as it seeks a firmer foothold in the Middle East. 

Dee Light Bakery scoops Farm Shop & Deli Show award

The Dee Light Bakery in London has been named the Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year.

North-south divide on empty shops

Almost one in five shops in England’s northern towns and cities lie empty, compared with just one in 10 in the south, according to a new study.

Food deflation hits new high

Food prices slumped by 0.5% in January - the steepest decline since records began in December 2006.

Cameron halts pasty eating habits
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PM’s diet sees pasties ditched alongside bread

The Prime Minister David Cameron has given up the Cornish Pasty, just weeks after he announced his decision to stop eating bread.

Christophe Duchez, export director of Grands Moulins de Paris
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French flour prices rise after poor harvest

French millers have been forced to source strong wheat from Canada for the first time in decades, after heavy rain damaged the 2014 harvest.

The new app for bakers can be downloaded from iTunes
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New resource app from Scottish Bakers

Scottish Bakers has launched a new Google and iTunes app, which includes a training module to help staff learn how to cut waste and save money.

GBBO:
the baking game show starts again with a star studded cast for Comic Relief
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Star studded line up for Great Comic Relief Bake Off

The 16-strong celebrity line up has been announced for this year’s the Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

Eating out grows as economy improves

Britons are eating out more as economic conditions improve, according to a new report. 

Our Daily Bread signs with food distributor Simply Wild
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Wheaten bread company signs distribution deal

Northern Irish bakery Our Daily Bread has signed a deal with a food distributor, which enables it to supply customers south of the border.

The brand's giant cheese sandwich bus
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Anchor plans cheese sandwich campaign

The humble cheese sandwich has taken a hit in the popularity stakes, according to cheese brand Anchor Cheddar.

Bert and Ernie
Bert and Ernie pro-gay marriage cake refused by bakery
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‘Gay cake’ lawsuit imminent

The lawsuit against the bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake will be heard this month. 

Cooplands of Doncaster head office
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Jobs at risk at Cooplands

Cooplands of Doncaster has warned staff that jobs are now at risk, as it enters a consultation period with a restructuring company. 

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mySupermarket revealed 5% drop in basket cost in a year
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Fall in cost of supermarket shopping

The cost of a weekly shop has dropped by more than 5% in the last year, according to mySupermarket.co.uk

Shipton Mill
Shipton Mill launches gluten-free flours
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Gluten-free flour range launched

Shipton Mill is to launch a new range of gluten-free flours after opening a new purpose-built facility. 

Bakery Market Report 2015
Bakery Market Report 2015
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Last chance to complete survey

Time is running out to complete the Bakery Business Survey. 

Allied Bakeries announces 100% sustainable palm oil usage

Allied Bakeries, owner of brand Kingsmill, has announced that it will now be using 100% sustainably sourced palm oil.

Groceries Adjudicator gets new fine powers

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has been handed the power to fine large supermarkets up to 1% of their UK turnover.

Buy a cake with your free drink, says Waitrose

Waitrose has changed its free drink offering to mean customers must also purchase a cake or a sandwich to claim the deal.

Bertinet Bakery
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Bertinet Bakery expands presence in Waitrose

Bertinet Bakery has launched its craft bread range into 12 more Waitrose shops.

We Love Bread campaign
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We Love Bread: British Baker campaigns for the loaf

This is a call to arms. Bakers we need you to defend bread.

Warrens Bakery is famed for its pasties
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Pasty retailer eyes future in London

Warrens Bakery chairman has told British Baker that he has visions of opening 50 shops in London.

The new Jammie Dodger cake from Burton's and Finsbury Foods
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Finsbury and Burton’s launch Jammie Dodgers cake

Burton’s Biscuit Company has partnered with Finsbury Foods to launch its first licensed product: the Jammie Dodgers Celebration Cake.

The Breadwinner Bakery currently supplies craft bread to 15 Scotmid sites
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Scotmid to extend Breadwinner offer

Scotmid has told British Baker of plans to expand its offering from The Breadwinner Bakery into 30 more stores throughout this year.

Gail's Bakery
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Gail’s brings in new operations boss

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s has appointed AJ Steer of Jamie’s Italian, as its new operations director.

New global campaign for Oreo
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Oreo campaign focuses on fun

Mondelez’ biscuit brand Oreo has launched a new global campaign focusing on the “fun side” of the brand.

Jenne appeared on The Fixer with Alex Polizzi last night in his shop in The Gherkin
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British Baker blogger appears on BBC’s Alex Polizzi – The Fixer

Gerhard Jenne from Konditor & Cook made a guest spot on last night’s episode on BBC Two, in which presenter Alex Polizzi attempted to save Torquay business, the Singing Kettle tearooms.

The 2,000th store in the UK and Ireland opened in Hemel Hempstead
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Subway reaches new store milestone

Subway today opens its 2,000th store in the UK and Ireland in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Cereal sugar levels up on 2012

Sugar lobbyists have found that some cereals contain more sugar than they did in 2012.

Christmas cake
Christmas desserts enjoy growth
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Christmas desserts see festive success

All the major four traditional Christmas desserts enjoyed significant growth in both volume and value sales over the 2014/2015 festive period. 

Holland's Pies
Holland's Pies embarks on TV advertising
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Pie firm embarks on TV ad drive

Lancashire-based pie and pastries producer Holland’s Pies has invested in a series of TV adverts to launch on 2 February. 

The CBA and FoB have posted letters to Number 10
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Letters to Cameron: industry bodies make a stand

The baking industry has written to Prime Minister David Cameron, to express concern about his decision to give up bread.

Lotus Krispy Kreme
Lotus Biscoff and Krispy Krememeam up for super doughnut
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Krispy Kreme and Biscoff join forces on new doughnut flavour

Krispy Kreme and Lotus Biscoff have teamed up to launch a doughnut that uses the popular biscuit flavour. 

Javier Mercado, Martin Chiffers, Barry Johnson and Andrew Blas (L to R)
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UK team comes 6th in 2015 World Pastry Cup

The team representing the UK in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie - the World Pastry Cup - has placed sixth in the competition, despite their ice sculpture breaking in half.

Greencore sees Q1 LFL sales boost

Greencore group, one of the UK’s biggest sandwich producers, has delivered a 4.4% total like-for-like (LFL) sales bump in its first quarter.

Simon Wooster (l), Edme technical director with Peter Tichbon (r), Edme managing director outside the Gluten-Free Mill
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Edme opens new gluten-free facility

Edme, the bakery ingredients supplier and manufacturer, has opened a new gluten-free mill.

Providence Row Bakery will deliver goods via bike
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Social bakery adds mobile delivery service

London social enterprise bakery, Providence Row Bakery, has launched a new bike delivery service for products.

Foxcroft and Ginger
Foxcroft and Ginger ventures into pop up world
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Foxcroft & Ginger plans pop-up bakery

Artisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is opening a pop-up site at London’s hip Old Street area in April. 

Maryland Soft Baked
Maryland Soft Baked have launched to good reaction
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Video: Burton’s director of sweet sets out strategy

British Baker met Toby Baker, director of sweet at Burton’s Biscuits Company, for a tour of Blackpool’s Cookie Centre of Excellence and to discuss this month’s launch of Maryland Soft Baked cookies as well as other plans for the future. 

Schools and business are taking part in Breakfast Week 2015
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Breakfast Week gets under way

Breakfast Week 2015 has kicked off, with bakeries, businesses and schools from around the country holding events to promote breakfasts.

The Bakery
The Bakery at the Crown & Garter, Inkpen, Berkshire
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Pub expands bakery offer

The product range sold at Berkshire pub the Crown & Garter’s new bakery is to be expanded. 

Javier Mercado hard at work at the World Pastry Cup 2015
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UK takes on World Pastry Cup challenge

A UK team is competing in the World Pastry Cup today (26 January) in Lyon, France.

ACS&T will distribute the frozen bakery goods
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Bakery firm signs new distribution deal

A frozen bakery company has signed a five-year contract with food logistics specialist ACS&T to distribute its products.

Trade bodies combat negative image of bread

Two bakery trade organisations have met up to discuss the negative press around bread.

Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone is set to be the face of Warburtons new TV ad campaign.
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Warburtons enlists celeb Sylvester Stallone for new ad

Warburtons has confirmed that Rocky actor, Sylvester Stallone, will star in its new TV advert.

Pasty firm to revamp retail chain

Cornish pasty maker Warrens Bakery is to rebrand and expand retail shops, after receiving £1.6m in funding.

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