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Liz Cox:
new sales manager at Bath Bakery
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Bath Bakery updates team to support expansion

Bath Bakery has appointed a new sales manager so the bakery can continue to expand, the business says.

Biscuiteers:
the new shop front will be hand-illustrated
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Biscuiteers to open second shop

London biscuit company Biscuiteers is to open its second retail site this month.

Mike Coupe:
new chief executive at the supermarket
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Underlying profits and LFLs down at Sainsbury’s

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s this morning unveiled a 2.1% fall in like-for-like sales and said underlying profit had dropped by 6.3% to £375m.

National Cupcake Championships 2014: The day in pictures

Last Saturday (8 November) saw the top cupcakes in the UK go through to the final round of judging at Cake International in Birmingham.

National Cupcake Championships 2014: The winners

Last Saturday (8 November) saw the top cupcakes in the UK go through to the final round of judging at Cake International in Birmingham.

Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers completes £150k expansion

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Pudsey
Warrens Bakery raises money for Children in Need with Pudsey cakes
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Warrens Bakery raises money for Children in Need

Warrens Bakery has produced more than 50 special Pudsey Bear cakes as part of its drive to raise over £5,000 for Children in Need. 

Greencore:
the sandwich company are to employ from abroad
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Greencore forced to recruit staff from Hungary

Sandwich maker Greencore Group has hit the headlines this morning after the Daily Mail revealed it had been forced to look for workers in Eastern Europe for its new factory because Britons won’t do the job.

Chefs at work in the innovation centre
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New name for Delice de France

Delice de France is to rebrand as Coup de Pates in a bid to appeal more to UK chefs.

National Cupcake Championship
Laura Morris wins overall in the National Cupcake Championship homebakers' category
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National Cupcake Champions announced

Daniel Addy and Laura Morris took the top prizes at this year’s National Cupcake Championships. 

Tim Davies:
Carr's chief executive
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Carr’s Milling hails record profits

Carr’s Milling Industries has announced another year of record profits in 2013/14, with EBITDA up 9.1% to £20.4m.

WC Rowe reopens after fire

Cornish firm WC Rowe has officially reopened its Falmouth bakery – just 72 days after it was ravaged by fire.

Dundee Cake
Dundee Cake may soon be a protected product
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Dundee cake moves closer to protected status

Dundee cake may soon become a geographically protected product, preventing imitations from being made elsewhere. 

Foxcroft & Ginger
Foxcroft & Ginger: cutting down on food waste
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Foxcroft & Ginger takes steps against food waste

Two-site artisan cafe and wholesaler Foxcroft & Ginger is donating leftover food to a homelessness charity and helping to cut down on food waste. 

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle results suffer from adverse weather
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Tate & Lyle profits tumble

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has announced a 40% fall in first-half adjusted pretax profit at the top end of its range. 

Gay cake row
Ashers Baking Co to face legal action over 'gay cake' row
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'Gay cake' row bakery to face legal action

The Equality Commission has confirmed plans to take legal action against a Northern Ireland bakery which refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. 

Barry Callebaut
Juergen Steinemann expects challenging times
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Barry Callebaut sales volume up 11.8%

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut increased sales volume by 11.8% in the year to 31 August 2014, helped by the integration of the cocoa business acquired in June 2013. 

Snaps & Rye launches in London

A new Danish kitchen and bakery concept has opened in North Kensington.

Eat chain launches Xmas menu

High street sandwich and cafe brand Eat has launched its Christmas food range.

LFLs slump again, Morrisons insists it’s on track

Like-for-like sales suffered a 6.3% slump in the 13 weeks to 2 November 2014 at under pressure supermarket Morrisons.

Peter Verhagen:
new CEO
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Bakery ingredients group appoints new CEO

Bakery ingredients firm, Sonneveld has appointed Peter Verhagen as chief executive, taking over the position from Cees Hack who resigned earlier this year.

M&S
M&S: good growth in food
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M&S food shows strong sales growth

Marks and Spencer (M&S) food business has reported like-for-like sales are up 1%. 

Cereal Killer cafe
Cereal Killer Cafe: opens in Brick Lane, London next month
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Cereal café to open doors in London

The UK’s eat-out breakfast offering is to expand as a new cereal café opens in Shoreditch next month. 

Shopping
Food inflation at lowest since December 2006
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New low for food inflation

Food inflation has reached a record low, falling to 0.1% - the lowest rate since December 2006. 

Kingsmill Thins
Kingsmill Thins: launched later in 2014
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ABF turns in 24% profit rise

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported its grocery operating profit increased by 24% in the year to 13 September 2014, although growth was affected by low sugar prices in the EU. 

AB Mauri:
"strong turnaround" for the ingredients firm
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ABF reports turnaround for ingredients division

Associated British Foods (ABF) has described its bakery ingredients business AB Mauri as making a “strong turnaround” in its year-end results.

Irwin's Bakery
Irwin's Bakery scoops award
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Irwin’s strikes gold at Irish Food Awards

Irwin’s Bakery has scooped two gold awards at the Irish Food Awards 2014. 

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier gains listing with Ocado
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Brioche firm gains Ocado listing

French bakery Brioche Pasquier is to list two of its ranges with retailer Ocado for the first time. 

United Biscuits
United Biscuits: sold to Yildiz
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United Biscuits sold to Yildiz

The sale of United Biscuits (UB) to international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding has been confirmed. 

British Baker round up: our favourite stories from the latest issue

Have you read your copy of British Baker this week? Have a look at our favourite stories from the most recent issue! 

Macphie
Creations to be made with Macphie ingredients
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Scottish ingredients firm enjoys rise in turnover

Independent bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie has reported a 3.5% growth in turnover to £44.4m. 

UK living wage increases
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‘Living wage’ rate raised by 20p

The UK “living wage” has been raised by 20p to £7.85 an hour.

Wrights:
Lisa Smith has joined the board as finance director
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New finance director at Wrights Pies

Wrights Food Group has appointed a new finance director, Lisa Smith.

Fabulous Bakin' Boys
Fabulous Bakin' Boys go nuts
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to invest in new on-the-go snacks

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys is making a “major brand investment” that will see new product lines from March 2015 amid a move away from its nut-free manufacturing status. 

Pieminister
Pieminister counter at Exeter University
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Pieminister expands business along several avenues

Pie-maker Pieminister has established shops in a university and three London pubs as it reported its own shop business was 35% up year on year. 

Urban Eat
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Urban Eat introduces Christmas specials

Sandwich brand Urban Eat has unveiled a range of five Christmas specials available from today.

Wheat grower 2014:
Joe Boddington (left) is presented with his award
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Wheat grower of the year announced

A Cheltenham farmer has won this year’s Nabim/HGCA Milling Wheat Challenge.

4 new Warburtons loaves:
"guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds"
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Warburtons invests £750k in new bread offering

Warburtons has added a new line of more premium everyday loaves to its bread range.

Starbucks
Starbucks: 19th consecutive quarter rise of 5% or more
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Starbucks sees 5% LFL sales growth in Q4 with UK at forefront

Coffee giant Starbucks has reported a 5% rise in global like-for-like sales with a “particularly strong performance in the UK” in Q4. 

Halloween’s scariest cakes

Bakers around the country have been preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, so we thought we’d round up the most gruesome cakes on Twitter this year. 

Greggs
Greggs joins Prompt Payment advisory board
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Greggs joins Prompt Payment advisory board

Greggs bakery has been appointed to a new advisory board, designed to help strengthen the official code for businesses to follow when dealing with suppliers

Peyton Byrne
Oliver Peyton plans expansion
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Peyton and Byrne invests £1m in new central bakery

TV Judge Oliver Peyton, of Peyton and Byrne, is to make a £1m investment in a new 18,000sq ft central bakery.

Cordon Bleu
Le Cordon Bleu London attracts males to bakery courses
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Le Cordon Bleu patisserie courses attract more men

Renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu London has noted a dramatic rise in the number of men applying for patisserie courses year on year. 

Bob Spooner Hovis
Bob Spooner: Hovis chief executive steps down
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Hovis chief executive to leave business

Chief executive of Hovis Bob Spooner has resigned his post to take up an opportunity abroad. 

Costa Starbucks
Costa and Starbucks win on consumer engagement
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Coffee chains gain top scores in social media study

Coffee chains Starbucks and Costa Coffee have come out on top in a list of how well brands engage with their UK social media users. 

Euro Bakery Naan:
the bakery sold products in Tesco and Morrisons
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Jobs hit as Asian bakery is liquidated

A Manchester Asian bakery has gone into liquidation, resulting in the loss of 18 jobs.

Sir Peter Gershon:
company chairman
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Tate & Lyle announces new non-executive director

Ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle has appointed Paul Foreman as new non-executive director.

Dave Lewis
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Tesco probed by Serious Fraud Office

Tesco has confirmed it is under investigation from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Gerhard’s blog: Spitalfields is open

Following a quick brush with some TV stars, Gerhard Jenne celebrates the opening of the firm’s new shop in Spitalfields 

The Biscuiteers:
DC comic biscuits
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Biscuiteers signs licensing deal with Warner Bros

London biscuit company The Biscuiteers has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK & Ireland for a range of iced biscuits, cupcakes and cakes, inspired by popular blockbusters.

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