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Mr Kipling second half 2014 relaunch credited with strong results
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Premier Foods praises Mr Kipling performance in final quarter

Premier Foods has highlighted power brand Mr Kipling as its ‘stand-out performer’ in its latest trading results for the quarter to 31 December 2014. 

Traidcraft
Fairtrade giant launches gluten-free bars into Tesco
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Fairtrade gluten-free bar listed at Tesco

Fairtrade giant Traidcraft has launched the UK’s first Fairtrade gluten-free bar into Tesco stores. 

Cornish pasty
Etherington Meats takes pasty orders online
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Pasties offered for online purchase

It is now possible to order pasties online from Cornish farm shop Etherington Meats. 

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L-R: David Mizon, David Amos, Mickael Jahan, Craig Machin
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Netherlands scoops Sigep bakery prize

The Netherlands triumphed in this year’s Sigep International Bakery Cup ‘Bread in the City’ held at Rimini in Italy. 

Vandemoortele buys Italian bakery products firm

European frozen bakery producer Vandemoortele has acquired Lanterna-Agritech (LAG), a producer of frozen focaccia and bread in Italy.

The new SOHO Coffee Co site
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SOHO Coffee Co and WH Smith in new rail partnership

SOHO Coffee Co is opening its debut site in London, after partnering with WH Smith to open an outlet at Euston Station.

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Asda focuses on marketing with new recruit
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Asda appoints new marketing VP

Supermarket giant Asda has recruited a vice-president of marketing from Premier Foods, the company behind Mr Kipling cakes. 

Dr Zaks high protein bagel
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Consumers clued up on protein health benefits

A new report has found that half of UK consumers are now aware of the health benefits protein can offer.

Harvest
The UK could hold a surplus of wheat at the end of the season
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Wheat exports low as prices stay higher than Europe

UK wheat prices must fall in order to be more competitive to export to Europe. 

Gerhard’s blog: LA Baking

Gerhard reflects on a TV slot last year, soon to be aired, and reviews some of the highlights of his recent visit to Los Angeles.

Burton's new Maryland Softbake biscuits at the Cookie of Excellence centre, Blackpool
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Burton’s reveals investment and ambitions for power brands

Burton’s Biscuit Company has invested £5m at its Cookie of Excellence Centre in Blackpool as it pursues major plans for its power brands.

The Future High Street Summit will take place in Nottingham in March
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Summit to focus on high street trade improvements

Local authorities are to be urged to think of ways to bring more trade to high streets, after Christmas demonstrated the change in consumer habits.

Kara Ultimate Floured range
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Kara adds to floured baps line

Foodservice brand Kara has launched a new range of ‘premium’ floured baps to create what it calls an ‘Ultimate Floured range’.

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Huge cake marks Parliament’s 750th anniversary

A giant three tier fruit cake made to look like the Palace of Westminster was presented to Parliament to celebrate its 750th birthday. 

The new 'Create a Cake' function on Patisserie Valerie website
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Patisserie Valerie launches new website with cake tool

Patisserie and cake specialist Patisserie Valerie has launched a new website with a unique ‘virtual cake creation’ tool- what it calls a bakery first.

The UK Bakery Team with Zeelandia MD David Amos.(l to r David Mizon, David Amos, Mikael Jahan, Craig Machin
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UK bakery team named for Sigep competition

A bakery trio have today (20 January) represented the UK at this year’s competition for the Sigep Bread in the City held at Rimini in Italy.

Objections raised to new Coffee#1 shop proposal

Plans for a new Coffee #1 shop in the Bedminster district of Bristol have been knocked by local traders, who submitted over 60 objections to the planning application.

The Challenge of Bakery Retail: register now!

In a free online event, British Baker is bringing you a panel of first-class experts to discuss the challenge of bakery retail in the UK.

Rainbow Dust employs 28 people and operates out of a manufacturing site near Preston in Lancashire.
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Real Good Food buys up cake decoration firm

Real Good Food (RGF) has acquired a specialist supplier of cake decorating products for £4m.

VIDEO: How to make malt loaf

Simon Wooster, technical director at Edme, shows us how, by making a simple malt loaf recipe, you can incorporate different ingredients to create new products.

Thorntons stays upbeat despite fall in sales

Thorntons has seen total sales plummet 10.3% in its commercial division to £41.9m.

The £3.50 dish at Simply Crispy is served with soup
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Crisp sandwich pop-up proves a hit

A nostalgic pop-up sandwich shop has attracted global attention after bringing back the crisp twist.

Finsbury Food Group
Finsbury Food Group posts positive sales figures for 2014
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Finsbury’s sales boosted by Fletchers buy

Bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has reported that total sales revenue grew to £107.6m in 2014. 

Greggs
Greggs has promised a full investigation into the discovery of a glove in a pasty
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Glove discovered in Greggs pasty

Bakery giant Greggs has come under fire after a three-year-old child bit into a rubber glove baked into her pasty. 

Athenry
Foods of Athenry expands export arm
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Irish firm extends UK deals for healthy range

Irish bakery Foods of Athenry has expanded its export arm to the UK following the securing of two new deals. 

David Cameron cuts out bread

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he is ‘giving up bread’ in a bid to shed the pounds - a move that has been criticised by a nutritionist. 

Mono Canol
Mono Equipment becomes Canol's UK dealer
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Mono Equipment becomes Canol's UK distributor

Bakery equipment manufacturer Mono Equipment will now also distribute all products of fellow manufacturer Canol to the UK. 

December footfall down on 2013

Average footfall in the UK for December fell by 0.7% compared to last year’s festive season.

London bakery starts own milling project

Hackney artisan bakery E5 Bakehouse has started to mill its own wheat to make a more unique loaf.

Sugar
ABF posts revenue up in latest quarter
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ABF sees revenue rise 3% in latest quarter

Associated British Foods (ABF), the parent company of Kingsmill, has ended the 16 weeks to 3 January 2015 with revenue 3% ahead of the same period last year. 

Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers
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Perth bakers wins Scotch Pie competition

Murrays Bakers of Perth has won the crown of World Scotch Pie Champion 2015.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham would cap sugar fat and salt in products for kids
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Labour makes fats, salts and sugar pledge

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will announce that Labour would set a limit on fats, salt and sugar in food marketed to children, should they be elected.

Cereals authority to undergo name change

The HGCA is to rebrand as AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, following a decision by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to simplify its brands.

Ocado sees Christmas sales soar
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Successful Christmas for Ocado

Ocado has seen a bumper Christmas, processing nearly 40% more items for Ocado.com and Morrisons.com than over the same period last year.

Kripsy Kreme doughnuts
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are now available at Centre Parcs
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Krispy Kreme enters leisure sector

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has secured a contract with Center Parcs in its first foray into the leisure sector. 

Burton’s builds on Maryland cookie brand

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Maryland Soft Baked cookies after what it refers to as “breakthrough” technology.

British out-of-home breakfast preferences revealed

Cooked breakfast, toast and pastries top British consumers’ favourite out-of-home breakfasts, according to a study.

The bakery will power 90% of its day time electricity by these solar panels
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Lincolnshire baker goes green

Pocklington’s Bakery, a Lincolnshire-based craft bakery, has invested in a 150KW solar panel to generate power.

Sainbury’s tops table in tight big-four race

Christmas sales have closed the gap between the big four retailers, with a difference in sales growth of just 0.9% between them all.

Carr’s reports growth in flour, but lower revenue

Carr’s Milling Industries has outperformed its previous performance in food, with flour volumes up on last year.

Dunkin’ Donuts reveals broad expansion plan for China

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced plans to open 1,400 new stores in China over the next 20 years.

Bakeries set to prosper in 2015, finds study

The eating out sector is set to grow further in 2015 with bakeries among a clutch of sectors earmarked for growth.

Dalton Philips will continue in his role until the year-end results to ensure a smooth transition
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Morrisons boss to leave, following Christmas sales slump

Dalton Philips, the man at the helm of Morrisons, is to leave the company after the board announced that “it [was] time to start the search for a new chief executive”.

Food-to-go bumps up Greggs’ Christmas sales

High street bakery giant Greggs has said it had a “very strong Christmas”, with own shop like-for-like sales (LFLs) up 4.5% for the financial year.

Greggs reviews decision on Glasgow store pay

Greggs has changed its mind on a decision to dock the pay of those who didn’t work their shift, after the Glasgow lorry tragedy.

Raspberry Dawnut:
Dawn ran an American Bakery Campaign last year
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Dawn Foods continues American adventure

Dawn Foods has launched its 2015 Great Bakes of the States Adventure, which gives high street bakers the chance to win £10,000-worth of bakery equipment.

Aryzta naan
Aryzta plans to expand in-demand flatbreads category worldwide
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Aryzta enters joint venture on flatbreads

Swiss food group Aryzta plans to drive its flatbreads category Honeytop globally via a joint venture with the group that previously ran the business. 

The Morning Foods new gluten free range
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Gluten-free oat range launched

Oat miller and manufacturer Morning Foods has launched a new gluten-free oat range, in a bid to break into the free-from sector.

McVitie's DeliChoc come to the UK
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UB invests in new UK product

United Biscuits has invested £2m to bring a new product to the UK following its success in other parts of Europe.

Peros granola and rocky road
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Fairtrade range extended at Peros

Peros has extended its range of Fairtrade bakery products.

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