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The #GBBO phenomenon and big brands

The Great British Bake Off is back and here British Baker looks at how the show has become a social media phenomenon.

Krispy Kreme revamps selected stores

Doughnut retailer, Krispy Kreme, is revamping the design at several of its cafe/retail outlets.

Britain's Best Loaf: revealed at the Bakers' and Butchers' Fair
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Search is on for Britain’s Best Loaf

Do you make Britain’s Best Loaf?  If so, here is your chance to prove it at this autumn’s Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair.

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Greg Madigan: Joining UK and Ireland Subway team
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Subway appoints area development manager to develop UK

Subway has appointed an area development manager in the UK and Ireland to further progress the brand.

SSP to link with celebrity chef for airport bakery concept

SSP Group, worldwide operator of outlets in travel locations, has revealed plans for a new bakery concept with UK chef James Martin, as part of a £135m contract.

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Pop up cookie firm looks for permanent site

A new cookie concept is to open a permanent shop in London, after pop-up stall successes. 

United Biscuits:
Kellogg company declines comment on £2bn bid
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United Biscuits bid speculation

Kellogg Company has declined to comment on speculation regarding a £2bn bid for United Biscuits (UB).

Oliver Peyton:
"bakeries on every high street."
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Peyton and Byrne sets bakery sights high

Restaurateur Oliver Peyton has spoken of his vision to have a bakery on every high street.

Anaerobic plant plans for malted ingredients company

Muntons, the UK malted ingredients company, is to invest £5.4m in an anaerobic digestion plant to treat liquid waste from its Stowmarket headquarters. 

China’s bakery market on the rise

A new report has predicted the Chinese bakery and cereals market will become the second most valuable market by 2018.

Fire in Bolton Bakery

A fire has begun Pound Bakery in Bolton town centre.

Nine days left to enter National Cupcake Championships

Nine days remain for professional bakers to have their shot at the cupcake crown this year.

Channel 4 Dispatches:
Supermarkets: The Real Price of Cheap Food aired on Monday
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Documentary highlights health and safety issues at honeytop bakery

Bakery supplier Honeytop Speciality Foods was featured on television’s Channel 4 after a reporter went undercover in the factory, allegedly discovering numerous health and safety breaches. 

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry:
GBBO returns tonight at 8pm, BBC 1
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Great British Bake Off returns amid drop in home baking

The Great British Bake Off hits TV screens tonight for a fifth series, but a new report has suggested the number of Brits who are baking at home is falling.

Poll: Does GBBO help or hinder your business?

Popular baking programme The Great British Bake Off begins again this Wednesday, 6 August. But what do you bakers think of it? 

Jo Johnson:
Orpington MP outside the Allied bakery site
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Allied Bakeries to shut Orpington bakery

Allied Bakeries, producer of Kingsmill and Allinson, is looking to shut its Orpington bakery, affecting about 170 jobs.

Costa NHS
Costa Coffee
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NHS criticised for junk food

The NHS has been criticised for fuelling obesity levels after an investigation revealed hospitals house dozens of fast food restaurants and coffee shops.

Mexican grocer expands gluten-free range

Online Mexican grocery supplier, mexgrocer.co.uk, has expanded its gluten-free product range.

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Welsh pie firm retains top accreditation

Lewis Pie & Pasty Company, the Welsh pie producer and exporter, has retained its A Grade BRC accreditation.

Bako NW celebrates 50th year anniversary in the baking industry

Bakery wholesaler Bako North Western hosted a family fun day last weekend, in celebration of its 50th year in the industry.

FSA
Allergen information necessary to avoid fines from 13 December
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Lack of allergen info could result in 'unlimited fines'

Bakeries that fail to warn customers about possible allergens in their food could face an unlimited fine, under new EU rules.

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championships: deadline for entry is 15 August
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Time running out to enter National Cupcake Championships

Professional bakers have less than two weeks left to pit their skills against peers for cupcake maker glory.

BFP wholesale:
The distributor has been sold to Zimt Holding
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BFP Wholesale sold to private equity group

Lesaffre has sold UK food distributor BFP Wholesale to private equity consortium Zimt Holding for an undisclosed sum.

Little Waitrose:
The shop will open with a bake-off oven
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Waitrose to open first railway store

Waitrose will open its first railway-based store at London King’s Cross station, creating up to 60 new jobs.

UK bread prices comparatively cheap

A Guardian survey reveals UK bread is the second-cheapest out of seven cities from around the world. 

British sugar dispute still impacts RGFC sales

Bakery ingredients supplier The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) reveals sales are still being impacted by ‘anti-competitive’ behaviour by British Sugar, part of Associated British Foods (ABF).

New Britain Palm Oil reports strong trading, but uncertainty surrounds company future

New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) has reported strong trading for the first half of 2014, however the company could face a new take over bid, after its biggest shareholder revealed it is disposing of its 48.97% stake in the company.

Supermarket sandwich sales
Supermarket sandwich sales ahead of market, says Greencore
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Supermarket sandwich sales ahead of market

Sales of sandwiches are growing twice as fast in grocery retail as in the UK market overall, own-label supplier Greencore has claimed.

Burton’s Biscuits focuses on international plans

Burton’s Biscuit Company has appointed a development team and international business director to support continued growth in domestic and international markets.

GBBO influences sales of whole cakes

Great British Bake Off influences sales of whole cakes

Rise in home baking thanks to shows like The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) have influenced a 3.1% drop in whole cake sales.

Grain markets need broader approach, says analyst

The grain market outlook is booming, but farmers must consider the wider implications, according to a leading market analyst.

Cotswold flour miller in board shake-up

Co-owner of FWP Matthews, Graham Matthews, has sold his interest for an undisclosed sum to pursue new challenges.

Doves White Rye Flour
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Doves Farm launches artisan flours

UK specialist flour mill Doves Farm is adding organic wholemeal emmer and organic white rye flour to its range of heritage flours.

Online confectionery sales soar

Consumers spend more than £100m on online confectionery, according to a report.

Greggs’ healthy sandwich range boosted by good weather

Greggs has seen sales of over £1m a week on its healthier range of sandwiches, helped by good weather, the company claimed.

2 Sisters satisfies FSA auditors

Food Standards Agency audits into the 2 Sisters Food Group sites enmeshed in The Guardian poultry investigation have found both sites to be adequate.

Greggs interim results:
The baker reports strong trading results
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Greggs sees turnaround for LFLs

High street bakery chain Greggs has reported a 3.2% increase in first-half like-for-like sales (LFLs), an improvement on its half-year 2013 LFL decline.

Fabulous Bakin' Boys:
Kids get stuck in at aspiration day
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys hosts children’s visit

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ headquarters in Witney recently welcomed schoolchildren to find out about the development of bakery products.

Keith Chegwin
Keith Chegwin:
The TV star will attend this years Bakers' & Butchers' Fair
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Keith Chegwin confirmed at Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair

TV favourite Keith Chegwin is to appear at the 2014 Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair.

Great British Bake Off contestants are announced

Bake off fever has hit! The Great British Bake Off, the nation’s televised baking competition, will hit the screens from BBC One next Wednesday.

MCC holds Lord’s Bicentenary Cake Bake

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has invited budding bakers to enter its baking competition to mark the 200th anniversary of the current Lord’s Cricket Ground. 

Grocery price inflation falls
Grocery price inflation falls as market growth tails off
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Grocery price inflation and market growth drop

Competitive pricing of staple items such as milk and bread has driven inflation to the lowest level since October 2006.

Greencore reports revenue growth and year expectations

Greencore Group has recorded revenue of £310.5m from its convenience food division, 8.7% higher than the prior year on a reported basis.

Hovis launches granary Seed Sensations loaf

Hovis has this week launched a granary loaf to its Seed Sensations brand.

Aldi home baking
Aldi makes home baking a 'destination category'
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Aldi ramps up home baking offer

Discounter Aldi has made home baking a focus with ramped up products.

Pasty company sends 6,000 pasties to France

Trevithick Bakery is sending 6,000 pasties to Brittany as part of an international festival being held from 1-10 August.

CBA gives cautious welcome to ‘Tesco Tax’

Proposals to tax large supermarkets have been welcomed with caution by the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA). 

BIA finalists announced

So the judges have finally completed their work and we can announce the finalists for the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2014.

Sales up for Starbucks

Starbucks has seen a 3% rise in third quarter European like-for-like sales.

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