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Greggs:
Expansion into c-stores could be on the horizon
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Greggs trial expansion in c-store sector

Greggs has teamed up with owners of Spar, Blakemore Retail to trial franchise offerings in c-stores. 

Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Bentley with Mary Berry CBE, who has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Company of Bakers in the City of London.
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Mary Berry joins the Worshipful Company of Bakers

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Mary Berry has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London. 

Prime Minister meets food bosses at job summit

Leading food companies and the major supermarkets met with the Prime Minister yesterday to discuss improving the employability skills of the young unemployed. 

Scottish referendum
Independent Scotland would mean higher food costs
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Asda's Andy Clarke: food costs will rise in an independent Scotland

Asda chief executive and president Andy Clarke has stirred up the Scottish referendum debate by advising a ‘yes’ vote next week (18 September) would force up food costs. 

Price cuts impact Morrisons’ sales and profits

Morrisons has unveiled plunging profits and like-for-like sales (LFLs) for the first half of the year, following its price cutting strategy.

Baking Industry Awards creates social media storm

The Baking Industry Awards boasted a fantastic turnout at the Park Lane Hilton last night and revellers took to Twitter to shout about it. 

Show your support for BIA

The big night is finally here, the 27th Baking Industry Awards kick off tonight at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

Gerhard’s blog: More fixes

Gerhard Jenne finds that, when it comes to TV programmes, The Fixer probably has more to offer to small bakery businesses than The Great British Bake Off

Flavour innovation at Synergy

Synergy Flavours, global manufacturer of flavourings, extracts and essences, has launched a new range of pastes and seasoning blends to be used in speciality breads.

Board change at Adam Foods

Adam Foods has announced that CEO Ian Toal, a former managing director of Delice de France, is to leave the company the end of the month.

Bath Bakery branches into gluten-free

Family-run Bath Bakery has launched a new range of gluten-free goods to meet customer demands.

UB attracts fresh interest

New bidders are believed to have entered the fray for United Biscuits (UB).

The range will be stocked in the chilled free-from section
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Gluten-free brand scoops first major multiple contract

NO.G gluten-free brand has won its first major supermarket contract with Sainsbury’s. 

Costa Coffee:
The brand has seen an impressive sales growth in the past year
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Costa Coffee sales boom

Costa has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.

Low food inflation hits sales

Food and drink sales have reached a new low in August.

The Jordans Cereal brand produces a range of breakfast items
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Jordans Cereal founders take controlling share in milling firm

The Jordans brothers have acquired a majority ownership in European Oat Millers (EOM) in a bid to develop the milling company.

The Great White loaf:
A white bread with the same amount of fibre as a wholemeal loaf.
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Allied Bakeries forecast for profit increase

Associated British Foods plc (ABF) has said sales and profits will be up this year at Allied Bakeries, following the launch of its Kingsmill Great White loaf.

First drive through bakery plans for Scotland

Scottish based Stephens Bakery hopes to open a drive-through bakery concept.

Online technology helps bakers select products

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has created an online tool to help bakery customers choose the right products.

Brace yourselves! Just seven days until National Cupcake Week

Calling all bakers! You had better sit down and prepare yourselves because National Cupcake Week 2014 is just a week away.

UK first for gluten free doughnuts

Feel Free for Gluten Free is launching what it claims is the UK’s first gluten and wheat free frozen doughnuts.

Bread manufacturer saves £35k

A major sliced bread manufacturer has saved £35,000 following free guidance from ingredients manufacturer. 

Goodfellows: delighted to be let off tax charge
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Scottish baker reverses 'pasty tax' charge

Scottish craft baker Goodfellows and Steven has been let off a £65,000 HMRC ‘pasty tax’ charge.

Pidy launches lighter pastry in response to demand

Pastry manufacturer Pidy has launched a range of lighter pastry bases in time for Christmas.

New method of grain pest control explored

Development of an admixture in grain to control insects is to begin, after technology firm Exosect was granted funding.

Annual Bakers' & Butchers' Fair coming up

In an autumn jam-packed with top bakery events, don’t forget the annual Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair on 12 October. 

Mr Kipling makes edible ad campaign

Mr Kipling, owned by Premier Foods, has created a poster board made from baked goods as part of its ‘Life is better with cake’ campaign. 

£300,000 of funding helps Northampton bakery project

The Good Loaf Community Interest Company has been granted £386,487 of National Lottery funding to employ female ex-offenders.

GBBO: Towering success… or not?

Bronya Smolen looks at the latest episode of the Great British Bake Off, where tarts, mummified pears and towers stretched the contestants’ skills. 

Battle of the loaves:
Sainsbury's have joined the price war on bread
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Sainsbury’s joins price war on loaves

Sainsbury’s is the latest in the glut of supermarkets to slash the price of its loaves in an ongoing “race to the bottom”.

The Indulgent Bakery:
The new site is set to open next month
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Warings Bakery expands

Berkshire-based Warings Craft Bakery is to open its seventh shop, under its Indulgent Bakery brand. 

Gluten intolerance:
Gluten free products have become more popular due to allergies
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One in five suffer food allergies

Research has revealed that one in five people are now affected by a food allergy or intolerance.

Hugh Dennis:
Hugh will present the awards
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One week until BIA - are you ready?

Today marks a week until the long-awaited Baking Industry Awards (BIA) - the baking industry’s answer to the Oscars!

Buttermilk's Salted Caramel Fudge:
The £60,000 deal will see products sold at NT sites across the UK
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Cornish Fudge Company bags National Trust deal

The Buttermilk Confectionery Company has won a deal to supply 60,000 packets of fudge a year to the National Trust.

Food inflation at record low

Inflation on food hit its lowest-ever recorded level in August, at 0.3%.

Lees Foods invests £1.7m after year success

Lees Foods has announced it will invest £1.7m in its Coatbridge factory to better production of its snowball and teacake products.

Cargill to buy ADM's chocolate business

Cargill is to buy the international chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for $440m (£226.4m), which will include its Liverpool chocolate plant. 

What’s your take on GBBO?

The Great British Bake Off hit the headlines last week more than ever, thanks to the media hyped ‘Alaska-gate’.

CEDA:
new director general for the association
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New man at helm of catering association

The catering equipment distributors’ association (CEDA) has appointed its first director-general in order to grow the organisation. 

Tesco share price hits 11 year low

Tesco’s share price has continued to fall following its latest warning of the supermarket’s worsening trading performance.

Tesco rolls Euphorium Bakeries into C-stores

Tesco has introduced a Euphorium Bakery at Hammersmith Metro, as part of the refresh programme.

Crantock Bakery talks possibility of second site

Cornish firm Crantock Bakery has spoken of plans for a second factory following a near six-fold increase in production.  

PETA opens vegan bake-off voting

Animal rights charity PETA has opened the voting in its bid to find the best vegan baker in the UK. 

British wheat quality on the up

A cereal survey has revealed a year-on-year improvement in Britain’s wheat quality.

Tesco cut trading profit

Tesco have cut its trading profit from £2.8bn to £2.4bn, following what it is calling ‘challenging trading conditions.’

National Cupcake Week
Mary Berry present home baker winner Sriskandarasa at the 2013 cupcake awards
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Last chance to be a National Cupcake Week champion!

You had better get baking because there is still time to enter your cupcake masterpiece in the National Cupcake Championships 2014.

GBBO: Baking bad or bad TV

British Baker editor, Martyn Leek blogs this weeks Bake Off episode- and explains why the bakers dozen might not cut the bread in the hard working baking industry. 

Philip Gladman: focusing on Hovis marketing campaign
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Hovis uses ex-Diageo man to kickstart marketing

Hovis has teamed up with a former employee of Diageo Africa to kickstart its marketing agenda and ramp up innovation.

Cargill appoints new MD of chocolate

Cargill has appointed a new managing director of chocolate for its Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEA) cocoa and chocolate business.

Lola's vegan cupcakes:
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Lola’s goes vegan in response to customer demand

Lola’s Kitchen, a London based cupcake company, has introduced a new vegan cupcake following customer feedback.

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