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Cornish fudge judged best of South West confectionery
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Buttermilk Confectionery wins for the west

Cornish fudge producer, The Buttermilk Confectionery Co, has won the Best of Confectionery title in the 2014 Taste of the West Awards.

Vinnie the Panda:
chief of biscuits
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Fox’s invests £20m in infrastructure to make products more ‘delicious’

Fox’s Biscuits is to make a £20m investment in infrastructure over the next 18 months to drive down costs.

Finsbury Food Group: we could buy again

Finsbury Food Group could acquire further businesses in its bid to grow and has predicted there will be further consolidation in the bakery sector in the next five to six years.

Finsbury and Fletchers: the build-up to the buy-out

Finsbury Food Group's acquisition of Fletchers Bakeries has shocked the industry today, creating a new £300m business. We look back at some of the key moves from the firms, that led up to today's buy-out. Below is an interactive timeline, click on the links to reveal the full stories. 

Britain's best loaf 2013:
chickpea and cumin sourdough
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Are you coming to the Bakers’ Fair this weekend?

This Sunday British Baker, along with a host of industry experts, will be at the annual Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair!

Finsbury acquires Fletchers for £56m

The private equity-owned Fletchers Group of Bakeries has been sold to Finsbury Food Group for £56m – a deal which will create one of the largest specialist bakery companies in the UK.

NBPO:
New Britain Palm Oil's dockside processing facility in Liverpool
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Update: NBPO 'welcomes' £1.1bn cash takeover

New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) has welcomed a cash takeover bid of £1.1bn, subject to approval from shareholders, it has confirmed.

Chia seeds:
the seeds have more omega-3 than salmon
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Chia seed company applies for EU approval

Another company has approached the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to consider the approval of chia seeds for use in the European Union. 

The Sawley Kitchen
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The Sawley Kitchen hopes for hat-trick with local awards

Artisan biscuit bakery The Sawley Kitchen has been shortlisted for two Yorkshire awards. 

Barry Callebaut makes commitment to cocoa farmers

Barry Callebaut Group has pledged to help farmers improve their cocoa yields to improve farmer productivity. 

Nancy Birtwhistle:
“Fancy Nancy” wins the GBBO 2014 title
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Nancy Birtwhistle wins GBBO final 2014

Nancy Birtwhistle, a 60-year-old retired GP practice manager from Hull has won The Great British Bake Off 2014 in a tense TV final tonight.

Andrew Higginson
Andrew Higginson: Tesco woes have weakened the industry
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Tesco woes weaken grocery market, claims industry veteran

Tesco’s downward performance has weakened the grocery market as a whole, claimed a leading supermarket figure. 

McVities

Innovation not always the answer, argues United Biscuits director

Brands need to focus on their core products rather than striving for constant innovation, according to a top United Biscuits (UB) executive. 

IGD:
the convention hosted a line-up of conferences and events about the retail industry
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Simple strategies advocated by food company CEOs

Food company chief executives, speaking at the IGD Convention in London, agreed that keeping business strategies simple is important during a challenging economy.

Bakels Group:
The 35 managing directors flew into the UK for a conference in Bicester to help drive exports from the town
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Bakels Group MDs visit UK to see investment

A senior management team from Bakels Group came to the UK last week to view British Bakels latest £500,000 baking centre. 

Mary Berry worked as a food writer since the 1960s
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Panasonic finds that GBBO sparks increase in home baking

Ahead of tonight’s Great British Bake Off final, research finds 57% of people have been inspired to bake more, after watching this year’s show.

Highest wheat yield on record
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Wheat yields ‘highest on record’

A survey has found that the 2014 UK harvest for wheat has a record high yield, following “near perfect” growing conditions. 

Blind cake icing
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BAKO North Western raises £550 for Craft Bakers’ Week charity

BAKO North Western (BNW) has raised more than £550 for the Make-A-Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ Week.

IGD chief executive predicts a £31bn growth in Convenience, discount and online retailing
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IGD forecasts continued change to retail landscape

Convenience, discount and online retailing are predicted to grow by more than £31bn in the next five years and claim 43% of the grocery market.

Catch up with the Grain for Good webinar

There is still time to listen to the British Baker webinar, held in conjunction with bakery ingredients supplier EDME.

The low carb bakery will open this month
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Andre Agassi fronts expansion plans for healthy Bistro-deli in UK

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Insomnia:
Irish coffee brand will come to the UK next year
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UK in sight for Irish coffee retailer Insomnia

Irish coffee chain Insomnia will open its first UK outlet early in 2015.

Beans and Steam
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Bidvest introduces new coffee brand package

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has launched a ‘full front of house’ coffee brand named Beans and Steam.

Britain's Best Loaf
Britain's Best Loaf: last chance to enter
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Do you have Britain’s Best Loaf? If so, prove it

Bakers have their last chance to prove they make Britain’s Best Loaf. 

Will innovation in food take a further slump?

A study has found that the number of food innovations reaching the consumer since 2008 has decreased by 6.5%. 

Cranks brings veggie breads to the market

The market for veggie breads is set to widen as licensed bread brand Cranks is being expanded into the sector. 

Kingsmill Great White
Kingsmill Great White wins award
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Great White Loaf scoops Industry win

Allied Bakeries took home the Grocery Product Launch of the Year 2014 award at the Retail Industry Awards for its Great White Loaf. 

Walkers shortbread
Walkers Shortbread launches gluten-free biscuits
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Walkers adds gluten-free line

Walkers Shortbread has joined the rapidly-expanding gluten-free market with the launch of three products. 

Rocky road sponge:
the bakery sells classic and new flavour bakes
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Sponge soaks up £300k eco revamp

Norfolk-based cake company Sponge, owned by Byfords, has just completed a £300,000 refurbishment on its bakery to make it more eco-friendly.

Bakers' Fair returns next weekend

Just over one week until this year’s Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair!

The system ranks levels of fats, sugar and salt on a scale of green to red
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Italy fights against labelling system

Italy has won a ruling from the European Commission that the traffic light system is overly ‘simplistic.’

Weetabix
Weetabix revenues rise
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Weetabix revenues up after NPD

Weetabix has grown revenues and profits in its first full year of ownership by China’s Bright Food Group. 

Morrisons:
the loyalty card scheme will reach all of its supermarkets by Christmas
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Morrisons takes on discounters with loyalty card

Morrisons is to launch a new loyalty card scheme in a bid to climb back up the ranks in the supermarket battles. 

Ministry of Cake opens pudding site

Independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has opened its second site, Ministry of Pudding, following a £1m investment.

Otis Spunkmeyer moves across the pond to European foodservice

Legendary American bakery brand Otis Spunkmeyer has been launched into the foodservice sector in Europe with its range of cookies, donuts and muffins.

Cake firm launches nostalgic ranges

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, based in Leeds, will launch cocktail and sweet shop cake ranges early next year.

Paul Mear:
founder of Tan Y Castell bakery at the awards
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Bakery firms enjoy Grocer awards success

Burton’s Biscuits, Pukka Pies and the Tan Y Castell bakery all scooped success at The New Product Awards 2014, run by The Grocer.

FSA testing:
warnings about food containing soya must appear on labels
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FSA tests for soya presence in flour

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is beginning its sampling and testing programme at 13 milling plants across the UK, to look for the presence of soya in wheat flour.

Peter Sidwell
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Celebrity chef to headline for Unox at Restaurant Show

Unox UK has joined forces with celebrity chef Peter Sidwell for the Restaurant Show 2014.

Gerhard
Gerhard Jenne: thoughts on business evolution
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Gerhard’s blog: Business evolution

From pruning the product selection to a decision to exit the wholesale arena, Gerhard Jenne finds his business moving into autumn with a renewed vigour. 

Annual gathering:
BCA visit Renshaw
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Renshaw hosts confectioners’ meeting

Icing specialist Renshaw hosted the British Confectioners’ Association’s (BCA) annual gathering for 50 members at its Liverpool headquarters.

UK consumer confidence declines

GfK has revealed a decline in consumer confidence this month.

Salted caramel:
Clam's Cakes delivers around the UK
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Clam’s Cakes set to hit £1m turnover

Handmade cake supplier Clam’s Cakes has predicted a turnover of £1m this year, after expanding into larger premises in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

Dave Lewis:
new chief is dealing with the impact of the overstatement
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Financial Conduct Authority to investigate Tesco

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for overstating profits by £250m.

Mike Coupe:
Sainsbury's chief outlines future plans
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Sainsbury’s bullish despite drop in LFL sales

Sainsbury’s has seen a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales, due to a “dynamic and fiercely competitive market”, according to the supermarket.

Liverpool plant:
New Britain Palm Oil refinery in Merseyside
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Sale of major stake in NBPO collapses

The potential sale of nearly half of New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) has fallen through, it has been announced.

Stephen McAllister:
Current 'world champion' for his Scotch pies
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World Scotch Pie Championships 2014 open

The entries for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships have opened, with butchers and bakers getting ready to battle it out for the top spot.

Aldi profits boom

Aldi has announced a soar in profits after competitive prices attracted customers to the discounted supermarket.

Global snack market is on the up
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Global snacks market rises 2%

Consumers globally spent $374bn (£230bn) on snack foods in the year from 2013 to 2014, according to the Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking. 

Aryzta AG:
The company has invested £77.9m in bakery expansion
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Aryzta boosts revenue amid bakery investments

Swiss bakery group Aryzta has lifted European revenue, boosted by a reorganisation of its bakery and food solutions arm.

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