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Sainsbury’s suffers in fourth quarter

Sainbury’s has revealed its fourth-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs) were down 3.8% and said last year it had benefited from the horsemeat crisis during the same period.

Quiznos to restructure in pre-pack deal

US sandwich chain Quiznos has filed for pre-packaged bankruptcy.

Costa looks ahead to summer

Costa Coffee has unveiled its summer bakery menu.

Subway scoops top franchise award

Subway has been named the top global franchise for the fourth year in a row.

Student chocolatier competition gets under way

Sheffield-based chocolate supplier Keylink will hold its Student Chocolatier of the Year competition for the fourth year running in June.

Hovis returns to 100% British wheat

Hovis has returned to using 100% British wheat.

Supermarket price war fears

Fears of a price war between supermarkets and discounters yesterday saw around £2bn wiped off the combined value of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons shares.

Bakery team to ride Tour de France stage for charity

Team members at RedBlack Software, the developers of epos and bakery software, are to ride a stage of the Tour de France in a bid to raise money for charity.

Scottish retailer introduces healthier Scotch pie

Scotmid Co-operative has launched a low-fat Scotch pie across its stores.

Hovis worker hurt in accident

A worker at a Hovis bakery in Wigan was taken to hospital after a piece of machinery fell on him.

Muppets help Subway drive new campaign

Subway has launched a Muppets-themed campaign aimed at families.

Organic bakery down despite overall market growth

Sales of organic bakery products slumped last year, despite the overall market bouncing back to growth after four years of decline.

Morrisons to restructure following pre-tax loss

Morrisons has launched a major restructure of its business after announcing a loss for the year to February 2014.

Mr Kipling may lose famous tagline

Premier Foods has issued a print ad following speculation its Mr Kipling brand could drop its ‘Exceedingly Good’ tagline.

Doughnut Week open for sign-ups

Registration is now open for this year’s National Doughnut Week.

Rise in national minimum wage

The national minimum wage will increase by 3% in October this year, the government has announced.

In pictures: Europain 2014

British Baker recently visited Europain 2014 at the Paris Norde Villepinte exhibition centre, France. Check out our gallery below featuring highlights from the show, including images from the hotly contested Bakery Masters competition featuring UK entrant, Wayne Caddy. 

Blog: Gerhard Jenne's Icing on the Cake

Gerhard Jenne takes a trip overseas to have a scout around the cupcake bakeries.

Co-op boss steps down

Euan Sutherland, the chief executive of the Co-operative Group, resigned yesterday saying it was “impossible” to change the business because of the way it is governed.

Scottish bakery takes cupcake referendum

Edinburgh’s Cuckoo’s Bakery has come up with its own version of the Scottish independence referendum - a cupcake poll.

New figures show latest world bread prices

The UK was among the cheapest countries in the world in which to buy bread last year, according to new figures from Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Cookie firm gains Fortnum & Mason listing

Boutique bakery start-up Nila Holden’s vintage cookies have been listed at London store Fortnum & Mason.

Warburtons given permission to build £20m bakery

Warburtons has been granted planning permission to build a new £20m alternative sandwich breads bakery in Burnley.

High street consumers regain confidence

Shopper confidence is at its highest since January 2011, according to new research from  IGD ShopperVista.

New salt targets “challenging”

The Department of Health (DoH) has unveiled its long-awaited salt reduction targets for 2017 which have been labelled as “very challenging” by the industry.

David Bentley addresses students at the National Bakery School
David Bentley addresses students at the National Bakery School
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National Bakery School prepares for redevelopment

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers has visited the National Bakery School as it prepares to start work on its redevelopment.

Greggs makes two board changes

Greggs, the bakery retail chain, has appointed two new non-executive directors.

Kingsmill hopes its new loaf will add fibre to people's diets
The new Kingsmill Great White
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Kingsmill unveils Great White loaf

Allied Bakeries today launched a new white loaf under its Kingsmill brand which it claims will revolutionise the category.

The sugar row intensifies
Sugar is squarely in the hot seat in 2014
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WHO: we should halve sugar intake

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a public consultation on guidelines for sugar intake – and says our daily limit should be halved.

Premier Foods to meet unions over Hovis developments

The senior management of Premier Foods is to meet with union bosses to discuss Hovis workers affected by the partial sale of the bread brand. 

Caffè Nero takes first steps into the US

Coffee chain Caffè Nero is expanding into the USA, with its first café due to open in Boston, Massachusetts in late-April.

Krispy Kreme grows Scottish presence

Doughnut retailer, Krispy Kreme, has started an expansion drive across Scotland, after opening a factory shop in Edinburgh in February 2013.

Welsh cake takes world record

The Welsh town of Bala set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest Welsh cake on St David’s Day (March 1). 

Garvin Darby, Premier Foods' CEO
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Premier Foods announces £1.13bn refinancing deal

Premier Foods has announced a £1.13bn refinancing plan aimed at reducing its heavy debts and reviving the business.

Companies line up to support new food engineering degree

Dozens of food and drink businesses have pledged practical support for students studying for the UK’s first food engineering degree.

Bakels improves digital presence

Supplier Bakels has embraced the digital revolution with a host of interactive products for the tech-savvy baker.

Brioche Pasquier plans new UK site and expansion

International bakery giant Brioche Pasquier is to open a 250,000sq ft bakery in Milton Keynes in December 2015 as it expands in the UK.

Food and drink apprenticeships reach record levels

Statistics released today show that the number of completed apprenticeships at food and drink businesses in England is at a record high.

Tyne & Wear bakery loses £2,000 in robbery

A family bakery in Tyne & Wear lost more than £2,000 last week after a drug addict crawled through an air vent and emptied the company safe.

Musgrave launches new sandwiches range

Buying group Musgrave has launched a new range of own-brand sandwiches for Budgens and Londis retailers, with RSPs lowered.

BakeAway achieves sustainability target

Chilled home bakery supplier BakeAway has achieved its target of 100% fully sustainable and segregated palm oil across its range.

Food suppliers make big strides in reducing waste

Food and drink manufacturers have achieved “substantial reductions” in the amount of waste sent to landfill, according to the latest results.

Greggs hopes new coffee blend will bolster sales

Greggs wants its coffee sales to grow by at least the current rate of 20% per year, according to its chief executive.

Record attempt for Welsh cake

The Welsh town of Bala is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for the biggest Welsh cake this St David’s Day.

Food suppliers make big strides in reducing waste

Food and drink manufacturers have achieved “substantial reductions” in the amount of waste sent to landfill, according to the latest results.

New finance head at Pret

Pret A Manger has appointed Adam Jones as its new chief financial officer.

Scottish association begins hunt for top baker

A bakery masterclass has been held with celebrity cake-maker Mich Turner to mark the search to find the Scottish Baker of the Year 2014.

Kent bakery teams with Waterstones for book launch

Cake business Bluebell Kitchen is producing 190 cupcakes in support of Waterstones’ World Book Day.

Greggs introduces loyalty app

Greggs has launched a new mobile payment app, designed to reward customer loyalty.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne's Icing on the Cake

The planets are aligning for Gerhard Jenne, as he dusts down and shapes up his business for the year ahead.

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