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Paddington bear warburtons
Childhood favourite:
The marmalade loving Paddington bear will be the face of 'Warbeartons'
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Paddington Bear hijacks Warburtons

Warburtons will become Warbeartons as it announces a partnership with Paddington Bear this November.

American bakery week proves a success

The first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.

Doughnuts
Dawn Foods' American Sweet bakery Week saw doughnuts flying out of stores
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American bakery week proves a success

The first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.

Gay cake bakery
"Gay cake" row:
The image the customers wanted on the cake
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‘Gay cake’ row could go to court

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing legal action after it refused to produce a cake with the picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie in support of gay marriage. 

LFL sales up:
M&S are still on track to open 150 Simply Food stores
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Marks & Spencer food sales continue to grow

Total food sales at Marks & Spencer (M&S) were up 4.2%, and like-for-like sales were up 1.7% in the in the 13 weeks to 28 June.

MuscleFood.com healthy cookie
Healthy protein-enriched cookie from MuscleFood.com
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Online firm sees sell-out sales of ‘healthy’ choc chip cookie

An online retailer claims its protein-rich chocolate chip cookie can aid weight loss by keeping people fuller for longer.

BN biscuit range new ads
1.3m ad campaign:
“These catchy ads will re-launch the famous BN brand"
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UB extends its ‘sweeet’ biscuit campaign

United Biscuits (UB), a leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has invested £1.3m in an advertising campaign for McVitie’s BN biscuit range.

Bakery chain uses tech to tackle waste and stock

Bakery chain Chatwins, will roll out a new point-of-sale solution to improve stock management and customer experience.

Asda to make more than 1,000 redundant

Asda’s latest shake-up is likely to result in 1,360 redundancies. 

New packaging for hovis
Going green:
Hovis will reduce it's carbon footprint 'by 75%'
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Hovis develops eco-friendly bread bag

Hovis Seed Sensations will be sold in a new green-friendly bread bag.

Irish chocolatier pulls out of UK café scene

Gourmet Irish chocolatier Butlers Irish Chocolates has closed its only UK café and left the country.

Lallemand yeast approval
Vitamin D:
Research shows many are deficient of the vitamin
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Lallemand gains approval for vitamin D yeast

A baker’s yeast, rich in vitamin D, has been approved by the European Commission on June 24th

Golden loaf raymond blanc
Expensive loaf:
The loaf is made with gold flakes and champagne
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Baker launches golden bread

A loaf made with champagne and 24 carat gold is to be launched by a baker.

Warburtons turnover rise
Success:
Warburtons see's positive growth due to wide product range
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Diversification pays off for Warburtons

Warburtons has reported a 52% increase in operating profit after diversifying and expanding its range.

Callebaut sales increase
Barry Callebaut:
The company have also opened a new factory and academy earlier this month
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Chocolate firm reports strong sales growth

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut saw sales increase by 22% to CHF4.3m (£2.8m) in the first nine months of its financial year.

Public consultation launched on acrylamide in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is launching a public consultation on its scientific opinion about acrylamide in food.

Parkers sell penny loaf
Northfield Avenue, West London:
The penny loaf will be sold for just one day
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Return of the penny loaf

A London bakery will celebrate 100 years of their business by selling a traditional penny loaf.

Geary's bakery expands
Geary's:
Loughborough bakery expands after just 4 years in new premises
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Geary’s bakery plans £2m extension

Loughborough based Geary’s bakery plans to spend £2m on a 10,000sq ft extension, British Baker can reveal. 

FDF calls for growth agenda in food industry

The Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has set out its plans for working with the government after the 2015 election, and promoting growth in the industry. 

Greggs LFLS up
Growth:
Greggs sees increase in sales
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Greggs LFLS up by 3.2%

Greggs, the BB75 leading bakery retailer, has seen like-for-like sales growth of 3.2% in the first 26 weeks of the year to 28 June.

Bewley's cafe, dublin, rent hike
Court battle:
Bewley's must pay increased rent
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Irish café loses fight to halt rent hike

Bewley’s Café, Dublin has lost a court case against its landlord to prevent a hike in its rent and now faces a bill of 1.5 billion (£1.2bn).   

The doorstop bakery, fife
A recipe for success:
Scottish community bakery shares knowledge
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Scottish community bakery to share first-class business model

A community bakery in Scotland, Fife, is fired up to support social entrepreneurs by sharing its business secrets. 

Grocery market
On the up!
lowest levels of grocery inflation since October 2006
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Grocery sales figures rebound after historic low

Grocery market growth has bounced back to 2.8% in the 12 weeks to 22 June after a historic low of 1.7% last period.

Waterstones selects Yorkshire producers to supply to in-branch café

Yorkshire’s local foodstuffs will be on sale in Waterstones’ Café W, Coney Street, York, thanks to the book shop giant choosing local producers to supply the branch, such as Shipley bakery, Just Desserts.

Subway opens new store
Sub of the day:
Subway reaches milestone opening
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Milestone opening of Subway store

The Subway brand has opened its 1,800th store in the UK and Ireland. 

Hamish Allan
Hamish Allan opens the head offices at Scottish Bakers
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Success for Scottish Bakers head office opening

Scottish Bakers opened its new head office in Dunfermline last week.

Greggs go Wimbledon crazy
Strawberries and cream flat-breads:
Would you go for it?
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Greggs set to serve a Wimbledon-inspired range

Greggs is set to serve up a strawberries and cream-inspired sandwich, after a survey indicated fewer than 7% of Britons immediately associated Wimbledon with tennis.

Scottish snowballs
The snowball:
A soft marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut
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A snowballing victory: Scottish snowballs win VAT-free status

Scottish snowballs, made by Lees of Scotland and Thomas Tunnock, have been ruled as zero-rated on tax, after they were classed as cakes.

Genius loaf
A bold move:
This will be the first time gluten-free options will be sold with mainstream bread
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Genius to merge loaves with mainstream bread aisle

Gluten-free brand Genius is to introduce its bread to the mainstream bread aisle of 150 Asda stores across the UK.

Nisa launches new-look pies and pastries

Nisa has revamped its Heritage range of pies and pastries to begin its re-launch of the own-brand label.

New app for coeliac sufferers

Coeliac UK has announced the launch of its new app, ‘Gluten-free on the Move’.

Geary's bakery expands
Geary's bakery
The bakery will double their capacity with extension
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Leading craft bakery joins with Federation of Bakers following £2m extension plans

Loughborough based bakery, Geary’s bakery has joined the Federation of Bakers as their 10th full member.

Dr Zak's protein bread
Dr Zak's plans product expansion amid anticipated sales growth
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Dr Zak's plans to treble sales amid product extension

High-protein bread brand Dr Zak’s plans to double or treble sales in a year with several new product launches planned by the end of 2014.

Gluten-free brand moves into the breakfast market

Yorkshire-based brand Feel Free for Gluten Free has moved into the breakfast market with the launch of its granola cereals and granola bars. 

 3.4% rise in the bread market
On the rise:
A 10.9% growth is expected to be made between now and 2018
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Bread market to grow 10.9% despite overall decline

The UK retail market for bread and bakery products grew by 3.4% in 2013 despite continued decline in bread consumption and volume sales.

Sugar should be cut by half
Slash your sugar intake
The SACN report calls for daily intake of sugar to be halved
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Industry responds to sugar reccomendations

The Food and Drink federation have responded to a report which advises the government to cut the recommended sugar intake by half.

Student conference attracts greater participation

Lesley Foottit reports from the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST’s) annual conference 2014, which saw the AGM, prizes awarded and plenty of opportunities for students to network with industry professionals.

Cut down on sugar
Sugary cakes
Expert advises to cut sugar and tackle obesity
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Government expert advises people to cut down on cake and confectionery

In a BBC breakfast interview this morning, Susan Jebb, a senior adviser in the government’s battle against obesity, warned people away from sources of sugar, such as cakes and biscuits. 

Post office works for small companies
Post Office launches service to save small businesses money
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Post Office announces half-price offer on parcels for food and drink firms

Post Office is offering up to 50% off fast-track pre-paid mail services available at over 11,000 branches across the UK.

Callebaut's Chocolate Academy
Callebaut's Chocolate Academy
The centre welcomes professionals from all around the world
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Callebaut opens new flagship Chocolate Academy centre in Belgium

Callebaut’s new Chocolate Academy centre opened in Belgium yesterday, which will now enable state-of-the-art training to up to 1,000 professionals a year.

Delice de France launches Customer Innovation Centre

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

Craft bakers week
Craft bakers week 2014
A range of bread, cakes and pies will be available for people to try and buy at the event
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Bakers urged to sign up for Craft Bakers’ Week

Bakers are encouraged to sign up to take part in Craft Bakers’ Week to maximise the support available.

The Buttermilk Confectionery Co
The Buttermilk Confectionery Co
Expanding: The Buttermilk Confectionery Co team celebrates the purchase of a new factory
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Cornish fudge producer to double its factory size

A family-run Cornish fudge business has acquired a site to build a new £500,000 factory, which will almost double its production space and output. 

Genius gluten-free bread
Genius gluten-free bread
Genius sponsor 2014 Commonwealth Games
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Genius named official gluten-free supplier at Commonwealth Games

Glasgow 2014 has unveiled Genius Gluten Free as the official provider of gluten-free baked products at the Commonwealth Games.

Unicorn begins selling ingredients to China

Ingredients company Unicorn has started selling into China after recently being approved as a food importer and agent to the Chinese market.

Pork Farms pork pies
Pork Farms Pork Pies
Pork Farms Pork Pies
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Pork Farms celebrates summer with new campaign

A social summer campaign is being launched by Pork Farms to push the sales of its key products in the summer trading period.

Salt pledge 2017
Lantmännen Salt pledge 2017
The 2017 pledge hopes to achieve an average intake of 6g per day for adults.
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Lantmännen is first to sign up to 2017 salt pledge

Leading bakery and finished goods supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK is the first to commit to the Department of Health 2017 salt pledge.

Sugar Tax Survey
Sugar tax bakers survey
Sugar Tax: Your Views.
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Sugar survey: bakers, give us your views on tax

There has been a mixed reaction to plans announced this week to introduce a sugar tax and reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020. But what do you think?

Tate & Lyle brings in new CFO

Tate & Lyle has appointed ex-PepsiCo man Nick Hampton to the role of chief financial officer and to the board with effect from 1 September.

FDF puts focus on women in engineering

Yesterday marked National Women in Engineering Day at the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).

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