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Earl of Sandwich closes only UK outlet

The American Earl of Sandwich sandwich chain has closed its only UK outlet, but vowed to be back soon.

Discounters like Lidl and Aldi led the way in recent grocery sales figures
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Aldi and Lidl show record-breaking growth

Aldi and Lidl once again achieved record-breaking growth in the 12 weeks to 30 March, while grocery shares fell overall.

Private equity backing for Genius?

Gluten-free brand Genius has reportedly received a funding boost from a private equity backer.

Caffè Nero faces tax accusations

Caffè Nero has become the latest big name brand to be accused of not paying corporation tax since 2007 – despite amassing £100m in profits during the period. 

2 Sisters to invest in bakery, appoints new head

2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Lochlain Feeley to the newly created role of bakery managing director.

Sales and profits up at Barry Callebaut

European sales and profits were up for Barry Callebaut, the global cocoa business, in its first half, the company has revealed.

Taxes and obesity conference to be held

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is to hold a mini conference on the subject of food taxes and the role they have in battling obesity.

New boss of SSP UK & Ireland

SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has appointed Simon Smith as chief executive of UK & Ireland.

New sales & marketing boss at Taura

Taura Natural Ingredients, the fruit ingredients and snacks company, has appointed a new head of sales and marking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Folic acid fortification on the way?

There have been further hints the government will announce the mandatory fortification of flour, following a debate in the House of Lords yesterday.

Carr’s new pack scoops award

A packaging makeover for flour brand Carr’s has been recognised, with a design award for the agency behind the transformation.

Tate & Lyle: profits on course

Tate & Lyle, the global sugar and ingredients company, expects end-of-year profit before tax to be in line with its expectations.

UB puts all savouries under Jacob’s banner

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a new £10m advertising campaign for Jacob’s.

Gerhard’s Blog: Customer perspective

Gerhard Jenne explains why a look at any business from the customer’s angle is important

Bakery burglars caught on CCTV

Police have released CCTV images of a pair of burglars who stole a safe and its contents from a bakery shop in York. 

GBBO winner devises recipes for prune body

The Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn has been signed up by California Prunes to create two prune-based recipes. 

Bakels wins Great British Bounce Back title

Bakery ingredients supplier British Bakels has won the Great British Bounce Back – a competition run by the organisers of Foodex – which celebrates food and drink manufacturers that are recovering from the recession and investing for the future.

Scottish bakery invests £100k for growth

Scottish business Johnstone’s Bakers has invested £100,000 in product development and expansion.

Bakery Market Report available to buy

The Bakery Market Report, which features the BB75 breakdown of the largest bakery retailers, is on sale now.

Bakery offers gluten-free ‘first’ for UK

The Riverside Bakery is launching what it believes is the UK’s first chilled gluten-free savoury pastry range.

Hovis joint venture gains EC approval

Premier Foods has been granted competition approval by the European Commission for the deal it struck in January to partly hive off its bread business in a joint venture.

Caffè Nero moves into Ireland

Coffee chain Caffè Nero is planning to invest €20m in Ireland over the next five years, creating 320 jobs.

New ‘lunch box’ guide to bust bread myths

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has launched a new tongue-in-cheek guide to packing a lunchbox.

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Former Bake Off winner brings out second title

John Whaite, winner of the third series of The Great British Bake Off, has released his second book: John Whaite Bakes At Home.

Scandinavian firm adds to gluten-free range in UK

Scandinavian gluten-free bakery brand Fria is launching six new products into the UK market.

scotmid opens 100th bakery

Scotmid reaches bakery target

Scottish Co-operative Scotmid has opened its 100th bakery as part of its local bakery project.

In pictures: Foodex 2014

British Baker looks back at the highlights of Foodex 2014, held at Birmingham’s NEC (24-26 March), in an exclusive picture gallery.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne’s Icing on the Cake

Gerhard Jenne muses on the huge change in customers’ demands since he started out in the bakery retail business.

No quick fix to industry skills gap

There are no quick fixes to the current skills gap within the food and drink industry, according to Derek Williams, standards and quality director at food qualifications body FDQ.

Bread flavour plea for industry

More needs to be done to get flavour back into bread, according to the chairman of the British Society of Baking.

Pork Farms revamps chilled foods range

Pork Farms has rebranded packaging for its chilled savoury foods range.

United Biscuits to help with convenience sales

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a new convenience programme to help retailers grow their biscuit sales.

Foodex opens for baking industry

Foodex, the UK’s largest exhibition for food processing, packaging and logistics, opened yesterday and saw thousands of people pour through its doors.

Fabulous Baker Brothers to front trade week again

The Fabulous Baker Brothers have signed up for a third year as the faces of Craft Bakers’ Week. 

Finsbury: profits up, slashes debt

Bread and cake maker Finsbury Food Group revealed this morning its operating profit increased by 5.2% to £2.6m in the first half of the year to 28 December 2013.

UK food exports up, Chinese market doubles

Total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew 5% to £12.8bn in 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Top 5 tips for Foodex

Here are British Baker's top tips for Foodex, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 24 - 26 March. 

The Heatherslaw Bakery Company to close

The Heatherslaw Bakery Company, the wholesale finished goods company, is to close after 22 years of trading and is to go into liquidation.

First Heston Easter egg

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to follow the success of its Christmas products to launch its first Heston Blumenthal Easter egg.

Lidl close to 100% target on in-store bakeries

Lidl has revealed that 94% of its UK stores now have an in-store bakery (ISB).

Best Bakery winner spends £90k on business

The Cake Shop Bakery, Suffolk has invested £90,000 in expanding the business and updating its image.

Zeelandia explains baking science to students

Bakery ingredients manufacturer Zeelandia has held a workshop for students at the National Bakery School, London to showcase the science behind baking.

Greencore eyes growth in US with new plant

Convenience food producer Greencore has announced plans to build a new sandwich manufacturing facility in the US.

Osborne: budget for “makers, doers and savers”

Chancellor George Osborne has announced more help for businesses in a budget he said was for “makers, doers and savers”.

The Co-op restructures executive roles

The Co-operative group has revealed changes to its executive management, having postponed the release of its annual results by three weeks.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne's Icing on the Cake

Gerhard Jenne looks at American styles on both sides of the pond.

Federation forum to look at bakery skills

The Federation of Bakers’ will focus on skills in the baking industry at its Annual General Meeting in Salford on 7 May.

Village Bakery lays plans for a baking academy

Welsh business The Village Bakery has submitted a planning application for a new baking academy.

Shopper numbers drop in February

Shoppers’ footfall fell last month as exceptionally wet weather impacted consumer spending, the latest figures reveal.

Village Bakery gains enterprise award

Welsh firm The Village Bakery has been recognised at the first St David Awards.

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