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Andy Turner: returning to Brook Food
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Sales specialist returns to Brook Food

Brook Food Processing Equipment has appointed a technical sales specialist. 

Paul UK updates telecoms estate as business grows

Paul UK, the French family bakery and patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage its mobile telecoms estate. 

Nutrition labelling laws still confusing to some firms

Larger companies are making more progress towards the mandatory provision of nutrition information, as it is revealed that many firms remain confused.

Lidl:
600 Bakeries have now been rolled out by the German supermarket
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Lidl finalises in-store bakery roll-out

Discounter Lidl has completed its roll-out of in-store bakeries in all 600 nationwide outlets.

Premier introduces new campaign for Mr Kipling

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has launched a new marketing campaign pushing the idea ‘Life is better with cake’.

The winning formula: National Cupcake Week champ tells all

As the deadline for the National Cupcake Championships 2014 draws near, Bronya Smolen speaks to last year's home baker winner, Shalini Sriskandarasa, about how it felt to take the crown. 

Tesco: introduced a Polish deli at Ealing Broadway metro
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Tesco introduces Polish bakery to C-store

Tesco has launched a Polish deli counter and bakery in its Ealing Broadway metro shop.

Bakery wins contract with Cricket club

Clayton Park Bakery has won a contract to supply Lancashire Cricket Club with pies for the upcoming cricket season. 

Tea company expands range as market for ethical tea grows

The London Tea Company has launched a new range of ‘ethical’ teas, in response to the growing market for speciality teas. 

United Biscuits
United Biscuits: set for stock market flotation this autumn
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United Biscuits rumoured for stock market flotation

McVitie’s brand owner United Biscuits is expected to float on the stock market this autumn with a value of £1.5bn.

Hovis marketing director leaves as brand sets for future

Hovis bakery has announced the departure of marketing director Matt Hunt.

Hannah Strong:
New head of sales at Peyton and Byrne bakery events
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Peyton and Byrne fill head of sales role

Peyton and Byrne has announced the appointment of Hannah Strong as head of sales for the private events arm of the Peyton and Byrne bakery.

St Austell Brewer & Bean coffee
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Success for St Austell own-brand coffee

St Austell's own-brand coffee has pushed hot drinks sales up by as much as 99% in its pubs. 

On-the-go bakery style could be the future say consumers

Research has found an increased potential for on-the-go bakery snacks after many consumers now replace a three-meals-a-day routine with regular smaller eats. 

ADM milling see's promising results for crop
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Skyfall crop harvest has positive outlook

ADM Milling has described the first 2014 harvest of Skyfall, a commercial crop, as ‘very promising’.

Sourdough September launched by bread campaigners

The Real Bread Campaign is preparing to launch Sourdough September, in a bid to encourage more people to buy bread from independent bakeries. 

Sign up for British Baker's latest web event

Registration is still open for British Baker’s latest webinar, which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme. 

Harris +Hoole Tesco Concession
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Closures for Harris + Hoole Tesco-backed coffee shops

Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, Harris + Hoole, will reportedly close six stores around the UK.

Footfall down in high streets

A study has found that footfall has fallen -1.7% in July, but has increased by 1.7% in out-of-town locations.

Pomme de Pain:
The sandwich chain prepares for UK expansion
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French sandwich firm targets London

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

Pret Leavers Programme increases intake for third year

Café chain Pret A Manger is offering 30 places on its National Apprenticeship Service scheme.

Proper Cornish sets up team for growth

Proper Cornish Group is preparing for innovation growth by recruiting a new marketing director, sales director and NPD manager. 

Google hack:
Following a nasty logo replacement, Greggs social media requested a Google Doodle
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Greggs offensive logo goes viral

Greggs has been hacked on its Google listing with fraudsters putting up an offensive slogan on its official branding.

GBBO poll rakes in results: don’t miss out on your say

This week The Great British Bake Off contestants will try their hands at bread - a daunting task under the watchful eye of Paul Hollywood.

Gail’s fined £12k following customer injury

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s is to pay £12,000 after a customer fractured her pelvis at the premises.

Phat Pasty Co introduces halal products

The Phat Pasty Co has launched two halal products as part of its exotic range of pastries.

Morrisons extends opening hours for shopping trends

Morrisons has extended its opening hours in response to the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper trend.

Keep calm! National Cupcake Championships deadline extended

Think you have missed out on entering the National Cupcake Championships? Then think again… as the deadline for entries has been extended.

Pork Farms acquires Kerry Foods’ pastry assets

Pork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.

WC Rowe plans £2m spend on bakery recovery

WC Rowe is contemplating a £2m spend on its Falmouth site to bring it back up to standard, the director in charge of the renovation has said.

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championships: entry deadline is almost here
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Enter the National Cupcake Championships NOW!

Time is running out to prove your baking prowess by entering the National Cupcake Championships for National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September).

Asda: market growth and sales up
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Asda posts increase in sales and market share

Asda owner WalMart has announced a like-for-like sales growth of 0.5% for the 10 weeks to 30 June 2014.

Bloomers bakewell pudding bakery sold

Derbyshire based Bloomers Bakery is changing hands for the first time in 20 years.

GBBO 2013 winner devises prune pout recipe

Last year’s Great British Bake Off winner has created her second recipe for the California Prune Board.

Nila Holden
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Great British Bake Off Blogged: Week 2

Nila Holden, artisan baker and biscuit maker, views her way through snappy, crunchy offerings and 3D biscuit constructions, and notes a particular disdain from one judge for shop-bought fondant…

Bakkavör posts revenue climb of 1.3%

Food manufacturer Bakkavör has reported its revenues were up 1.3% to £434.2m in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

Street artist designs live installation for Greggs

A street artist is creating a graffiti image based on products from Greggs’ new sandwich range on a billboard in Old Street, London.

AAK supports government’s saturated fat pledge

UK fats and ingredients supplier AAK is helping manufacturers reduce the saturated fat content of products.

Cocomaya cronuts
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Cocomaya bakery concentrates on sweet yet innovative products

Bakery and chocolatier Cocomaya has told British Baker of its plans to develop on-trend products, but said it will also experiment with healthier alternatives.

Bakery uses crowd-funding to expand

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery is looking to expand after it celebrated its first year of trading in July. 

White’s wins contracts with major retailers

Family-run White’s Bakery has won contracts with John Lewis and Asda, as part of its plans to build on four years of successive growth. 

Competition authority reviews Dorset Cereals sale to ABF

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing the proposed £50m sale of Dorset Cereals to Associated British Food (ABF).

CBA to make Make-A-Wish logo cake toppers

The Craft Bakers’ Association is organising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK logo to be made into sugar discs as toppers.

Cornish fudge firm celebrates 50 years

A family-run Cornish bakery celebrated its 50th anniversary at the flagship Padstow store last week. 

BRC reports third fall in a row for food sales

Food sales are down for the third month in a row, in both like-for-like (LFL) and total terms, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Barry Callebaut facility hit by fire
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Barry Callebaut UK plant suffers fire

The main UK plant of chocolate processor Barry Callebaut has been damaged by fire.

BIA and social media

The finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) have been announced – and they are already causing a stir on social media.

Village Bakery adds new production line

The Village Bakery has added £600,000-worth of state of the art equipment at its site in North Wales.

Pret looks to China for growth as it plans 40 more shops

Pret A Manger is researching opportunities for growth in China as it plans 40 more openings this year in its existing markets.

Chocolatier sold by private equity owners

Premium chocolatier House of Dorchester has been acquired by confectioner Charbonnel et Walker.

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