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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.

PAUL UK:
The new site on Oxford high street
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Paul UK opens first site outside the capital

French artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.

M&S
Marks & Spencer: topped 'authentic brands' list
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Supermarkets top ‘most authentic’ brands list

Marks & Spencer and Tesco have topped the UK’s most ‘authentic’ brands list. 

Kate's Cakes lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge squares will be sold in Tesco
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Kate’s Cakes hit Tesco shelves

Cake brand Kate’s Cakes has launched its new square cake product range into Tesco stores nationwide.

Second Cup
Second Cup: opening in Manchester
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Canadian coffee shop comes to the UK

Canada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. 

DS-gluten free bourbon biscuits
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Boots to stock DS-gluten free snacks

Gluten-free company DS-gluten free has announced it will be launching into Boots retailers with immediate effect. 

LSBU grants former bakery graduate Honorary Fellowship

Baking entrepreneur David Powell has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the London South Bank University (LSBU). 

Paul Sykes:
founder of Paul's Pies
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Pie firm strikes first supermarket deal

Paul’s Pies has secured its first supermarket listing in 20 Asda supermarkets.

Profile 66 chocolate tart
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Chocolate supplier creates exclusive item for London hotel

French chocolatier Valrhona has developed a product exclusively for London’s Hotel Café Royal.

HealthBread
HealthBread: spreading word on more nutritious baking techniques
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Project seeks to drive healthy bread technology across the EU

The EU HealthBread project intends to form an association to drive commercialisation of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across the Europe. 

Greggs:
the popular bakery will soon open on a Whitelink ferry
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Greggs bakery gets its sea legs

Greggs bakery is to open its first branch on a ferry. 

Warburtons BHF packaging
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Warburtons strikes two-year partnership with BHF charity

Warburtons has announced a two-year commercial venture with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to raise awareness about healthy eating.

Tesco shares hit rock bottom

Tesco shares have hit an 11-year low last night after newly appointed chief executive Dave Lewis refused to reveal his business plans for the struggling supermarket.

Irish bread week proves to be a hit

National Bread Week took off in Ireland this year, baking up 62,000 tweets on Twitter about the event.

This week's top bakery stories

A round up of our top five headlines that you loved this week! 

Foodservice sales rise as confidence returns

The foodservice industry is seeing an increase in food sales year-on-year, with half of retailers serving more meals on weekends.

NBPO:
the company have a Liverpool plant
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Independent panel gives thumbs-up to NBPO offer

A panel of independent advisors has described the potential £1.1bn takeover offer for New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) as “fair and reasonable”.

Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Café:
the bakery is a social enterprise
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Artisan bakery plans £500k investment for growth

A Darlington bakery plans to make a £500,000 investment to double its retail outlets after expanding into a new production site.

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling rebrand delivers market share growth
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Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast

Premier Foods has praised its Mr Kipling relaunch as “delivering encouraging share gains” as it revealed an underlying sales decline of 4.7% in the third quarter. 

Bertinet Bakery
Bertinet Bakery to open second site
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Artisan bakery signs with Warburtons for wholesale

The Bertinet Bakery has formed a partnership with Warburtons to expand its wholesale production output. 

Mich Turner
Mich Turner will present cupcake winners with their awards
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Celebrity cake-maker to present Cupcake Championships

Luxury cake-maker and TV star Mich Turner will present the National Cupcake Championship winners with their awards next month at the NEC. 

Wafflemeister is to open site number seven
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Waffle firm seeks UK expansion

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

The Bakers’ Marque
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Commercial partner sought for Bakers’ Marque

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced it is seeking a commercial partner for its quality assurance standard, The Bakers’ Marque.

Louise Jones:
baker and winner at the Worker of the Year 2014 awards
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Baker scoops win at worker awards

A baker from Manchester has won runner-up in this year’s Worker of the Year 2014 awards.

Discounting causes grocery deflation

Heavy discounting by supermarkets means the grocery market has been pushed into deflation, according to the latest figures.

United Biscuits appoints new non-exec chairman

United Biscuits (UB) has appointed Frank Meysman as non-executive chairman of the group as of today (21 October 2014). 

Vanessa baker
Vanessa Brewster: granted Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Co awards top recognition to young bakery student

A young baking prodigy has been awarded the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers after graduating with the highest marks in her class. 

Costa Coffee growth continued in H1
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Costa underlying profit up 20.5%

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, saw its first-half underlying profit increase by 20.5% to £52.4m, it revealed today.

Delice de France
Savoury cheese and bacon muffin from Delice de France and Coup de Pates catalogue
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Aryzta bakeries reveal autumn/winter selection

Bakeries Delice de France and Coup de Pates have unveiled an autumn/winter catalogue with almost 50 new lines for bakers. 

BFP Wholesale
BFP Wholesale: closing Tamworth depot
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Baker expresses upset at BFP depot closure

An independent baker has accused BFP Wholesale of a lack of transparency in informing customers of its depot closure, meaning she was forced to source products elsewhere. 

Warrens Bakery
Warrens Bakery launches winter range
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Warrens Bakery launches sweet autumnal line

Cornish bakery Warrens Bakery has launched a range of sweet products with the approach of winter in mind. 

Report shows young less keen to use freezers

A new survey has found that freezers are ‘neglected’ and have been dubbed ‘graveyards’ by younger consumers. 

The Village Bakery
The Village Bakery's Robin Jones receives award (second right)
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The Village Bakery named fastest growth manufacturer in Wales

Welsh craft bakery The Village Bakery has been named Wales’ fastest-growing manufacturer as it revealed it is in 444% year-on-year growth. 

McVitie's Digestives
McVitie's Digestives still performing well
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Biscuit market enjoys value increase

The biscuit market has seen 1.8% value growth in the last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Caffe Nero
Caffe Nero: gross profit up 10.4%
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Caffé Nero revenue up as it eyes new sites

Italian coffee shop chain Caffé Nero has posted an 8.8% rise in revenue to £222.4m as it looks to add around 40 stores next year. 

New BSB Chairman Mike Bagshaw with Sara Autton
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BSB conference tackles key bakery topic

The recent British Society of Baking (BSB) conference saw speakers discuss topics ranging from health and European trends to running a successful bakery. Here, Martyn Leek and Sylvia Macdonald outline some of the key points from the event.

Wheat
Wheat: good yield for 2014/2015
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Industry warned to expect ‘complex market’ for wheat

While wheat yield is up this year, bakers should expect a wide price spectrum depending on which type they need. 

BFP wholesale to close its Tamworth depot
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BFP to close Midlands depot

BFP Wholesale will close its Tamworth depot at the end of the month in a move that could see 20 jobs cut.

Skills Academy appoints head of programmes

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has taken on a head of programmes to lead the industry’s Industry Skills Partnership.

Nancy Birtwhistle:
GBBO winner 2014
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Great British Bake Off star explains passion for teaching

Just a week after Nancy Birtwhistle won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), she is looking forward to her future in the world of bakery. In an exclusive interview with British Baker, she updates us on her life since bake-off, and plans for the future.

Droppa & Droppa
Droppa & Droppa: gluten-free campaign
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Gluten-free campaign launched to inspire Christmas caterers

Droppa & Droppa Specialist Foods the gluten-free training company, has launched its new campaign to help caterers provide for gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free customers.

Bakels launches gluten-free bread mixes

 Ingredients supplier British Bakels has launched a range of gluten-free bread mixes for retail.

Plymouth bakery invests £80k to grow business

Artisan bakery The Column Bakehouse is to make an £80,000 investment in its infrastructure to increase production by at least 50%.

Premier Foods Halloween range from Mr Kipling
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Consumers to spend £240m on Halloween

Consumers will spend up to £240m on Halloween in 2014, according to the latest research.

Crop sizes are up on last year
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Bumper crop predicted for EU cereals

The EU cereals crop for the 2014/2015 marketing year is estimated to be a bumper one, up 6.1% on last year.

Allergen training offered

Following the new allergen legislation for food manufacturing employees, Train4Academy has launched a new training package to prepare food handling staff for the laws. 

Tesco
Tesco: three executives leave
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Tesco latest: three more execs suspended after profit error

Tesco has asked three more executives to leave the company, in its latest move since its £250m profit overstatement. 

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