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9bar gets new sales director

Wholebake, owner of snack brand 9bar, has appointed Matt Hollier as sales director.

Fabulous Baker Brothers:
Tom and Henry Herbert are supporting Craft Bakers' Week 2014
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Craft Baker’s Week begins!

A whole week dedicated to celebrating craft bakeries has kicked off today.

National Cupcake Week makes its mark on Twitter

The sixth National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September) gained huge attraction on social media with an average of 600,000 Twitter accounts reached each day of the week. 

Still time to sign up for EDME webinar

Time is running out to sign up for the latest British Baker webinar held in conjunction with bakery ingredients supplier EDME.

Pierre Hermé:
The chef is set to open it's second stand alone London boutique
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Pierre Hermé to open London boutique bakery

Pierre Hermé, French pastry chef, is to open a stand-alone boutique in London, located in the Seven Dials area.

Real Good Food plc:
Name change for parents of Napier Brown sugar
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Real Good Food changes name

The Real Good Food Company has announced a name change as of today (29 September) to Real Good Food plc.

Fox's front man:
Vinnie the panda
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Fox's Biscuits drives relaunch campaign

Fox’s Biscuits is running a £10m relaunch campaign, fronted by Vinnie the Panda.

Batch #5:
Gluten-free cupcakes
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Bath Bakery wins gluten-free certification

Bath Bakery’s Batch #5 range has been awarded the Cross Grain Symbol, following testing of its gluten-free products. 

British Society of Baking
British Society of Baking annual conference 2014 coming up
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British Society of Baking gears up for 2014 autumn conference

The British Society of Baking (BSB) autumn conference 2014 will feature speeches on topical issues and challenges in the sector as well as the opportunity for delegates to network with peers. 

Craft Bakers' Week
Craft Bakers' Week: just days to go
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Craft Bakers' Week kicks off in three days

Craft Bakers’ Week kicks off on Monday (29 September) and almost 400 bakeries have already signed up. 

Handmade:
New shops in the pipeline for Patisserie Valerie
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Patisserie Valerie accelerates expansion plans

Patisserie Valerie has said it is currently opening “a store every two to three weeks”, this comes after its stock market floatation plans prove successful. 

'Artesian feel':
The new look display table for larger stores
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Cuisine de France to roll out 120 refreshed in-store bakeries

Cuisine de France, part of food business Aryzta, has said it aims to roll out 120 new-look in-store bakeries over the next year. 

Greggs
Greggs launches New York style hot dog
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Greggs expands to-go range with NY hotdog

Greggs has launched its hot dog product into 1,700 shops, after New Yorkers approved the recipe. 

The Glanbia oatmeal plant
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Glanbia Nutritionals launches gluten free oats for baking industry

Glanbia Nutritionals, the fast growing foods ingredients company, has developed a new range of gluten free oats for the baking industry.

Starbucks
Starbucks links with healthy food brand POD in three stores
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Starbucks teams with Pod for healthy menu trial

High street coffee giant Starbucks has teamed up with healthy food outlet Pod. 

Figures suggest organic is best

A study has revealed organic grocery sales are out-performing non-organic sales in the supermarkets. 

Ingredion invests $100m (£61m) to fill ingredient demands

Global ingredients supplier Ingredion will invest around $100m (£61m) in increasing its manufacturing capacity for speciality ingredients. 

Lunch market
Sandwiches: eaten 'al desko' by 52% of Londoners
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London tops UK charts for lunch-to-go

Londoners pay 24% more for lunch-to-go and the capital accounts for 18% of Britain’s lunch-to-go spend, according to a new report. 

Real Good Food notches up new supply deals

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has negotiated two new supply contracts as it takes its complaint against British Sugar to the European Competition Authorities in Brussels. 

EAT
EAT: rebrand and site search in full swing
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EAT to focus on central London in new drive for sites

High street sandwich and coffee chain EAT will open 10 central London stores between January and July next year following a major rebrand. 

Napier Brown to step up sugar complaint

Napier Brown, UK sugar distributor, is planning to take its dispute with British Sugar to the European Complaint Authorities. 

BFree gains fajita kit listing in Tesco

Gluten- and wheat-free brand BFree will launch its new fajita kit into 1,200 Tesco Extras and Superstores in the second week in October. 

Study reveals misunderstanding on sugar

AB Sugar has found that many people misunderstand the outcome of reformulating a product. 

Bakery chains to attend trade show for lunchtime market

The lunch! trade show commences today with more than 6,000 visitors from retailing, hospitality, snacking, convenience and catering sectors expected over the next two days.

Tate & Lyle said the severe winter in the US hit stock levels
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Tate & Lyle make profit warning

Tate & Lyle has warned on profit in its half year trading update, after bad weather in the US hits stock. 

National Cupcake Week
Emily Johnson of Upsy Daisy Bakery teaches Ruth and Eammon to ice cupcakes
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National Cupcake Week captures nation’s attention

National Cupcake Week caught the attention of the nation’s media last week – after it appeared on television twice and saw social media get fully behind it. 

Alan Stewart, former finance director of Marks and Spencer, will start work today at Tesco
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Tesco’s financial officer is called in months early

Tesco has pushed forward the start date of chief financial officer Alan Stewart by more than two months, as he begins with immediate effect. 

Moves to restructure UB's Manchester plant could lead to 157 job cuts
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United Biscuits to cut jobs at Manchester site

United Biscuits (UB) has confirmed it could cut up to 157 jobs at its McVitie’s plant in Manchester. 

Burton's Biscuits:
The new line up of 'out of home' snacks
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Burton's Biscuits expands snack range

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded into the 'out of home' market, by launching a range of single serve snack packs aimed at adults.

Scotland votes no to independence

Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Grain For Good webinar registration still open

Bakery professionals can gain insight and free expert advice on using whole grains by signing up to the latest British Baker webinar.

Harvest Cheweee
Harvest Cheweee: £1.1m investment
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Cereal bar Harvest Cheweee ploughs £1.1m in ad campaign

UK cereal bar brand Harvest Cheweee is highlighting its relaunch with a TV advertising campaign in a £1.1m year-long investment.

October's Bakers' Fair is on its way

The annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair is fast approaching and with it, your chance to prove you make Britain’s Best Loaf.

Kandy Bar Bakery delivers pies for terminally ill man

The Kandy Bar Bakery in Scotland has come to the aid of a terminally ill man with a delivery of his favourite pies. 

Scottish referendum
Voting for Scottish independence via cupcakes
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Scottish independence: let the cupcakes decide

Cupcakes don’t just look pretty and taste good - they are also a barometer of political opinion judging by an unexpected twist in the Scottish independence referendum.

Eric Lanlard
Lanlard: more cafe sites look likely
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TV baker Eric Lanlard eyes new sites for Cake Boy café

Master French patissier and TV star Eric Lanlard is in talks to open more cafés in London and abroad.

GBBO: a Kouign-what?

“I never thought I would care enough about it that I would cry over an éclair,” said an emotional Martha Collison...

Home Bargains discounter stocks loaves

The discount chain Home Bargains has introduced bread in its stores for the first time, British Baker understands.

Gerhard’s blog: The customer is always right

Gerhard Jenne deals with two different customer reactions and ponders whether the customer is, indeed, always right.

National Cupcake Week means TV appearance for British Baker

British Baker's associate editor Lesley Foottit has made her TV début to speak about National Cupcake Week in a live broadcast. 

AB Sugar fights back in sugar obesity row with facts website

Bakery supplier AB Sugar has launched a new website that aims to debunk some of the myths around sugar and obesity.

Artist impression of what the new shop will look like
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Rebrand for Esquires coffee house

Franchise chain Esquires Coffee is to reopen its first new-look shop in Durham as part of its plans to rebrand.

Lidl
Lidl launches TV campaign
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Lidl drives in new TV campaign

Lidl has launched a Little Market advertising campaign, comprising 13 separate adverts including one that champions its baked goods.

Premier Foods restructure allowing honed focus on cakes

Premier Foods has announced the restructure of its commercial sector, creating three new Strategic Business Units (SBU’s).

Slash sugar intake further say experts

Health experts have called for a more ambitious target on sugar reduction. 

Asda commits to gluten-free campaign

Asda is the first supermarket to sign up to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free campaign. 

Fletchers introduces Half & Half loaf

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has launched a Half & Half sliced loaf under its Kara brand, in response to demand from younger customers. 

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championship finalists revealed
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National Cupcake Week competition finalists revealed!

The wait is over and we can reveal the best cupcake makers in the UK today - the first day of National Cupcake Week. 

Gallery: spot yourself at BIA 2014

Take a look our favourite pictures from the big night!

Waitrose
Waitrose: operating profits slump but market share grows
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Waitrose operating profit slumps but market share grows

High-end supermarket Waitrose has posted a 9.4% drop in operating profit in its half-year results to 26 July as the fierce competition battles on. 

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