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Letter: BSB responds to call for sugar legislation

British Baker has followed the sugar debate closely, and when campaign group Action on Sugar called for sugar tax and reductions in food, we asked bakers what they thought. Jim Brown from the British Society of Baking writes to express his views on the ongoing sugar dispute. 

Giant tea cakes:
The costumes were created by the production company with the permission from Tunnocks
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Tunnock's predicts sales increase after games display

Scottish confectionery company Tunnock's has predicted an increase in sales of its teacakes, after the treat was aired on BBC One on Wednesday as dancers performed in giant teacake costumes.

Great British Bake Off returns

Ready, set, bake…! Popular TV show The Great British Bake Off will return to screens on Wednesday, 6 August.  

Hovis to axe 200 jobs

More than 200 jobs are set to be axed at Hovis’ Leicester factory.

Third franchise for Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is to open a new store in Hounslow, as part of its newest franchise agreement.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

Paul Rankin irish bread abu dhabi lulu
Pauk Rankin:
The Irish breads will be on Abu Dhabi shelves within 24 hours
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Irish bakery expands to Abu Dhabi

Irish breads, developed by UK celebrity chef Paul Rankin, will now be on the shelves in LuLu supermarkets in Abu Dhabi.   

Premier Foods profits welcomed, sales decline a worry

Premier Foods’ hike in first-half profits has been welcomed by a leading City analyst.

Bagelman bagel
Bagelman launches flagship Brighton store
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Bagelman launches flagship store

Bagelman is launching a flagship store along with a website and franchise opportunities.

Tesco shares rise following Dave Lewis appointment

Shares in supermarket giant Tesco climbed more than 2% to 291p on the news that Philip Clarke is to be replaced by Unilever’s Dave Lewis in October.

Tea and cake
National Tea and Cake Break day is coming up
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Bakers urged to celebrate tea and cake day

Cafes owners and bakers are being urged to engage with National Tea and Cake Break on 17 October.

Premier Foods sales drop amid Mr Kipling relaunch

Premier Foods, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, has seen sales drop 6.1% in the six months to 30 June 2014 as it plans a relaunch of the famous cake brand.

Wendi Peters:
An all-star Masterchef collaboration
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Wright & Sons teams with Celebrity Masterchef finalist

Bread and cake manufacturer, Wright & Sons, have teamed up with Coronation Street actor and Celebrity Masterchef finalist, Wendi Peters.

Former Co-op boss Euan Sutherland gets £1m pay-off

Euan Sutherland, former chief executive of The Co-Operative Group, will receive a £1m pay-off.

A ripened poppy seed head:
Regulation to reduce opium levels
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Guidelines for poppy seed usage

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued new guidelines to producers to reduce the presence of opium in poppy seeds. 

New chief executive for Tesco

Tesco has announced that Dave Lewis of Unilever will replace Philip Clarke as chief executive on 1 October 2014.

Pasty maker:
Rowes bakery shows smoke damage and scorch marks
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Bakery confirms electrical fault causes fire

WC Rowe's Bakery has confrimed an electrical fault as the cause of a factory fire, which tore through its Falmouth premises late Friday evening. 

2 Sisters non-executive director steps down

2 Sisters food group has announced that Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has accepted a post as Business Minister, and will step down as a non-executive director with immediate effect. 

Wheat:
The most complete genome sequence to date
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Bread genome published to improve wheat

The genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome has been published to improve wheat crops. 

Anglia Maltings acquires Micronized Food Products

Anglia Maltings has acquired food and cereals manufacturer Micronized Food Products (MFP) for an undisclosed sum.

Michael Braddock:
position as managing director has been terminated
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'Mutual agreement' over Frank Roberts MD departure

The employment of the managing director of Frank Roberts & Sons Bakery ended following a “mutual agreement”.

Study fins pesticides in bread
'Scaremongering':
The federation of bakers claim the report is missleading
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FOB hits back at bread pesticide ‘scaremongering’

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has slammed a report claiming two thirds of bread contains pesticides. 

Finsbury invests in bakery divisions as sales drops

Cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has revealed group sales revenues dropped to £175.7m from £176.6m the previous year, following the sale of its free-from business in February last year.

Flour mill launches naturally Gluten Free range

Specialist flour mill, Doves Farm, has launched their Gourmet Collection range to meet demand for gluten free products.

‘Gay cake’ row company given extra time

The Equality Commission has given Ashers Baking Company extra time to respond to the threat of court action.

Bakery giant buys Ecuadorean Bread Maker

Worldwide bakery company Grupo Bimbo has acquired Ecuadorian brand Supan.

New MD for Lantmännen

Tim Robinson has become the new managing director of Lantmännen Unibake UK. 

NY bakery co seeded bagel
Seeds of change:
The new bagel hopes offer healthy snack alternative
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Bagel company seeds new product

New York Bakery Co. has launched a limited-edition seeded bagel to its premium bagel range.

Competitions and demos at Bakers’ Fair

The Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair returns this autumn and, with it, your chance to prove you make Britain’s Best Loaf.

The flying coffee bean expands
Unconventional:
Making the move from railway to high street
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Railway-based coffee shop chain to expand and hit the high-street

The Flying Coffee Bean is to double its number of coffee shops before venturing onto the high street.

Hovis pull contract job losses Swansea
Cost and finance:
Hovis may move work from Swansea to to Avenmouth
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Forty jobs at risk with threat of Hovis contract move

Hovis could end its contract with a logistics company, which would result in 40 job cuts or the entire work force.

CH&Co
CH&Co appoints new managing director at Apostrophe
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Apostrõphe café group gains new MD

CH&Co, the privately owned corporate and commercial caterer, has announced that Richard Franks is joining high street café group Apostrõphe as managing director.

Carrs optimistic over performance

Carrs Milling Industries is performing in line with expectations, the company said today.

Bake Off hopes for National Bakery School graduate

A National Bakery School graduate will compete in the London Lord Mayor’s Great Guildhall Cupcake Bake Off.

Firm requests FSA opinion on chia seeds approval in EU

A company has asked the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) expert advisers on novel foods to consider approving chia seeds for use in the European Union under the simplified approval procedure.

Subway extends partnership with forecourt operator

Subway and forecourt operator MRH Retail have announced a partnership that will lead to 10 more Subway stores being opened in the UK by the end of the year

Action on sugar drops bread
Misleading:
The Federation of Bakers challenged the decision to include bread in a list of sugary foods
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Bread dropped from sugary foods list

Action on Sugar has removed bread from its list of unhealthy foods, following direct action from the Federation of Bakers (FoB).

Campden BRI holds sugar event

Campden BRI is holding a seminar to help bakers with the challenges surrounding sugar.

Katy piper bakery money
£2,000:
Frozen cakes bakery supports Katy Piper charity
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Bakery raises thousands for burns charity

Swedish baker Almondy has raised £2,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation, following a week-long awareness campaign.

Halo donuts
Popular:
A spike in doughnut sales prompts new products
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Readi-Bake launches new doughnut range

Readi-Bake, the brand owned by bakery ingredients supplier CSM, has launched a new range of sticky ring doughnuts.

Bettys Tayloes Harrogate
Bettys & Taylors posts 'excellent' figures for the year to October 2013
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Bettys enjoys 12% increase in turnover

Bettys & Taylors, the bakery and café chain based in Harrogate, has revealed turnover rose by 12%, equating to £149.1m in the year ending October 2013.

Sign up for Grain for Good webinar

Have you signed up for British Baker’s latest webinar – which is being held in conjunction with bakery ingredients producer Edme?

Kingsmill Great White Rolls
Kingsmill launches Great White Rolls
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Kingsmill launches Great White Rolls

Kingsmill has launched Great White Rolls following the success of the launch of the loaf by the same name earlier this year.

Kingsmill grows share amid ‘challenging’ trading

Associated British Food (ABF), the parent company of Kingsmill, has achieved market share growth with the bread, as group revenue dropped 2% on last year.

Hi-Lo protein bread
Hi-Lo protein bread is a hit with consumers as it develops a bread roll version
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High-protein bread brand develops rolls

High-protein bread brand Hi-Lo is developing a roll version as its second product to market.

Pieminister BrewDog
Pieminister launches two pies made with BrewDog beer
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Shareholders name new Pieminister pies

Two of Pieminister’s hybrid pies have been named by the shareholders (known as ‘punks’) of Scottish craft beer company, Brewdog.

Gerhard’s blog: Raspberry fudge for brunch

Gerhard Jenne relives the rush of a television spotlight on Sunday Brunch and the challenge of making a raspberry fudge tart in front of the cameras.

Competition:
Supermarket war keeps prices consistantly low
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Supermarket price war keeps food prices low

Food prices rose by just 0.6% last month - the lowest rise ever according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

50th Subway:
Euro Garages continue expansion plans
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Subway and Euro Garages open 50th store

Subway and Euro Garages have opened their 50th integrated Subway store as part of growth plans.

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