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Middleton brother makes another loss with cake business

The cake business of James Middleton, brother of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has made a loss for its third consecutive year.

SSP operates brands such as Millie's Cookies
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SSP food travel giant sees LFLs up

SSP, the leading food operator in travel locations worldwide, has seen like-for-like (LFL) sales grow 2.7% in its first quarter.

Village Bakery to the rescue with crumpets

The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) has come to the rescue of some hungry local schoolchildren, after their breakfast crumpets were stolen.

Naan better for Hampshire firemen

Firemen in Hampshire have broken the world record for the biggest naan in the world.

Australian coffee retailer opens second London outlet

Australian coffee shop Kaffeine is to open a second site in central London.

Bristol firm enjoys successful sales

Bristol-based café business, Boston Tea Party, has seen a 11.5% increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales for the year ending 22 October 2014.

M&S sees positive festive performance for food

Marks & Spencer hailed a “very good” Christmas in food, claiming a record sales increase of 17% in the key Christmas week.

New Year health kicks likely to hit bakery goods

A new survey from FMCG research company Canadean has suggested that sales of bakery treats may be hit this week as consumers go on New Year health kicks.

Tesco sees Christmas success, despite announcement to shut 43 stores

Tesco has made its first trading update of 2015, revealing plans to shut 43 “unprofitable” stores, most of which are likely to be convenience outlets.

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Ed Kimber:
2010 GBBO winner will judge
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TV celebrities to judge third sausage roll competition

The Great Sausage Roll Off at The Red Lion pub, Barnes, London will be back for its third year on 28 January.

Mike Coupe:
supermarket boss
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Sainsbury’s: LFLs down and warns on deflation

Sainsbury’s has revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) fell during the important festive period – and warned the remainder of its financial year would be “challenging”.

Cornish Pasty claims dismissed

The European Commission and Defra have dismissed reports that protection for EU products such as Cornish pasties could be weakened under the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.

Waitrose mince pies:
Positive festive results for the retailer
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Waitrose sees strong festive sales

Like-for-like sales increased by 2.8% at supermarket Waitrose over the Christmas period – the sixth consecutive year it has outperformed the market.

Asda's farmhouse 50p loaf
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Supermarkets reduce bread prices in ongoing cuts

The price war continues, as Asda and Sainsbury’s are to slash the prices of bread as part of new price investments.

Richard Hodgson joins Premier Food
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Pizza Express boss joins Premier Foods board

Premier Foods has appointed the chief executive of Pizza Express as a non-executive director in the company.

Competition authority moves to phase two on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will launch a phase two investigation into the acquisition by Pork Farms of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods Limited.

New plants and oat shed at Glebe Farm
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Glebe Farm invests in new gluten-free oat mill

Glebe Farm Foods, one of the UK’s biggest gluten-free oat suppliers is to build a new multi-million-pound plant to increase production.

BF Done's Wednesfield is closed until further notice
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BF Done & Son shuts shop over Christmas

A Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice - just before the busy Christmas period.

Change4life say children are consuming too much sugar
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New health campaign targets sugar

A new government campaign which encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume has been launched today.

UK retailers ‘optimistic’ for 2015

UK retailers are ‘optimistic’ about the year ahead, according to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Throntons makes profit warning
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Thorntons issues Christmas profit warning

High street chocolate company, Thorntons, has warned investors that profits will be below expectations.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: a glimpse ahead

And so we come to the end of our 12 Days of BIA…

NO.G quiches now stocked in Sainbury's
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Gluten-free win for NO.G at awards

Gluten-free bakery, No.G, has scooped the top prize for top free-from food product.

Pub opens bakery on-site

A pub in Berkshire has opened with an on-site coffee shop and bakery, to offer customers fresh food on the go.

ABST launches learning day

The Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) is to hold a learning day in March next year.

Birds of Derby's new Borrowash shop
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Birds of Derby opens new-look shop

Birds of Derby bakery has opened its 56th shop, with a new-look design created by a local shop fitter.

Christmas message for our readers

British Baker would like to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

BIA 12 days of Christmas: Sainsbury’s capitalises on win

It was Sainsbury’s that scooped the prestigious title of In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards earlier this year.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Slattery to improve online business

The tenth instalment of our Christmas treats- Slattery, the renowned Manchester-based bakery and chocolatier is to invest its online offering.

ADM to sell global cocoa business to Olam

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International, the global commodity processer and trader, for £830m ($1.8bn).

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: JG Ross see’s future in gluten-free products for 2015

Customer service winner at this year’s BIAs, JG Ross, expects competition to stiffen in 2015, but has exciting predictions for its gluten-free products.

CMA to investigate pie giant

The acquisition of Kerry Foods' savoury pastry business by pie-maker Pork Farms is to be investigated by the Competition and Marketing Authorities (CMA).

The year review: what 2014 meant for the baking industry

In a turbulent and exciting year for the baking industry, British Baker looks back at the big stories from 2014.

Real Good Food bullish despite profit drop

The ongoing dispute with a rival sugar company has continued to impact on Real Good Food’s (RGF’s) financial results, as the group showed a pre-tax profit loss of £5.2m.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Cinnamon Square to launch new brand

Winner of 2014’s Innovation Award, Cinnamon Square is number seven in the BIA 12 Days feature - ready to launch a new brand as well as expand the business.

The 2015 Bakery Market Report will provide exclusive insight into the baking world
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Have you had your say? Bakery Business Survey launches

British Baker has launched its second Bakery Business Survey, to gauge the industry’s opinions on the sector.

2 Sisters own brands such as Fox's Biscuits
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2 Sisters ‘beyond unreasonable’ on contract, says supplier

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting terms which were “beyond unreasonable” by a supplier.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Paul UK outlines expansion plans and new ranges for 2015

Another gem in our Christmas installations - artisan bakery Paul - has told us all about the business’ plans to open three shops outside the capital, and increase the number of shops which run its Bread Masterclasses.

Blaze at McVitie’s factory contained

Around 100 workers were reportedly evacuated from United Biscuit’s Mcvitie’s Stockport factory, after some digestives caught fire.

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Beer Bread mixes introduced to UK

South African baking company Barrett’s Ridge has launched a range of bread mixes that can be made with beer to British consumers. 

Robin Jones, Village Bakery managing director
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BIA 12 Days of Christmas: The Village Bakery looks to baking academy to inspire new generation of bakers

On the fifth day of the BIA 12 Days of Christmas feature, British Baker presents to you The Village Bakery’s view on 2015, and its delight with 2014.

Keynsham Civic Centre where the bakery will operate from
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Bath Bakery continues expansion plans

Bath Bakery has expanded into new public developments, as part of its rapid growth programme.

Premium tea popular at home
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More consumers want premium tea, study reveals

Over half of consumers opt for a premium tea when drinking it out of home, according to a new study.

Greggs’ shares soar on profits guidance

Shares in Greggs soared yesterday after the bakery retailer revealed that increased sales would mean better-than-expected profits.

Village Bakery Wrexham:
pictured are Village Bakery staff Chris Foxall, Tom Breeze, Simon Thorpe, operations manager, and Dan Reddin.
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Bakery invests £2m in sourdough crumpet line

The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) has invested £2m in a crumpet production line to produce what it calls the UK’s first sourdough crumpets.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Bettys opens £1m development kitchen

Day four on the BIA treat calendar comes from The Craft Business Award winner, Bettys Craft Bakery, which spills all about its new £1m research and development centre. 

Greggs raises profits outlook

Bakery chain Greggs delivered a shock trading update this morning to reveal that its full-year profits would be ahead of analysts’ expectations.

Scientists evaluate acrylamide comments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has met to discuss the results of a recent consultation on the contaminant acrylamide.

Paul UK expands beyond capital

Paul UK has opened its first site outside London, situated in Oxford city centre. 

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