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Greggs’ profits fall in challenging market

Greggs has seen an 18.9% fall in pre-tax profit following competitive trading conditions, according to latest figures.

Digital media programme targets smaller firms

A new initiative aimed at making the UK’s smaller businesses digitally active will be launched this spring – after it was revealed just 1% use social media to increase sales.

Ex-prisoner set to grow bakery business

A baker trained in prison for a Gordon Ramsay TV show has plans to expand his business with four sites.

ABF: sugar prices to hurt profits

Associated British Foods (ABF) – the company behind Kingsmill – has revealed that lowering sugar prices would impact its profits in the year ahead.

Italy complains about “traffic light” food labelling

Italy has complained over the UK’s use of voluntary colour-coded food labels, claiming the system is discriminatory.

Indulgence Patisserie completes second desserts manufacturing site

Desserts manufacturer Indulgence Patisserie has completed the construction of a second manufacturing facility in Colchester.

What is this year’s cronut?

British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that will help your business identify the key trends in bakery in 2014.

Genius crowned Best Newcomer in Dubai

Free-from brand Genius Foods has won two awards at the Gulfoods Trade Show in Dubai, having launched in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Demonstrators hold rally to save bakery

A rally has been held in Dublin in protest over the planned closure of The Paris Bakery, a well-known bakery and restaurant business.

Bakels opens “world class” baking centre

Bakels has officially opened a “world class” new baking centre at its HQ in Oxfordshire. 

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14% growth in sales of Fairtrade Products

The sales of Fairtrade Products rose by 14% in 2013 to an estimated £1.78bn.

Burnley bakery prosecuted

A Lancashire bakery has been fined more than £6k by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker lost the tips of two fingers in a pasty-making machine.

Bread Ahead opens bakery school

London-based bakery Bread Ahead has opened its new school in Borough Market with a launch day.

Brotform micro-business now in production

Breadstead, a micro-business set up to offer a UK alternative to brotforms and bannetons shipped from overseas, has now produced its first run of baking bowls

Top 4 things in this week’s British Baker magazine

Here we look at some of the leading items and content in the magazine version of British Baker. To subscribe to British Baker see here.

Napier Sugar and British Sugar in pricing dispute

Non-refining sugar distributor Napier Brown has made a complaint "alleging an abuse of a dominant position by British Sugar", to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Asda sees Q4 sales fall 0.1%

Asda has reported a 0.1% drop in like-for-like sales during its fourth quarter, citing 2013 as a tough year for UK retailers.

Action on Sugar attacks Responsibility Deal

The Responsibility Deal is a disaster for public health, a spokesperson for Action on Sugar (AOS) has claimed.

Insights into the bakery market

Do you want to know more about the retail bakery market in the UK? British Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that can help.

Doughnuts named fastest-growing snack

Doughnuts were the fastest-growing snack in the out-of-home sector last year, according to new research from The NPD Group.

Avana Bakeries looks to other retailers for business

In a desperate attempt to save its Rogerstone bakery from closure, Avana Bakeries is actively seeking new business after it lost a multi-million-pound contract with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Thoughtful Bread Company opens bakery school

The Thoughtful Bread Company has opened its first flagship bakery, shop and school, in a move which has seen the business relocate to the centre of Bath.

Hambleton Bakery confirms new shop locations

Hambleton Bakery has confirmed locations for two new shops, set to open this year.

High rents force closure of Benugo’s Westfield outlet

Upmarket sandwich chain Benugo says it has been forced to close its outlet in Westfield, White City due to “extraordinarily high rents”.

Former Cupcake Championship finalist returns to UK

Following a two-year stint in Australia, cake-maker and decorator Victoria Forward is back in the UK and planning to set up a new business.

Unemployment rate rises to 7.2%

The rate of unemployment has risen to 7.2%, according to the latest figures.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne’s Icing on the Cake

With Valentine’s Day behind us, Gerhard Jenne reflects on how Konditor & Cook brought a little risqué love to customers.

Geordie Bakers doubles turnover since takeover

Geordie Bakers has grown sales in its business almost 100%, and has taken on new staff, since it was acquired by Minhoco 21 in May 2013.

Campden BRI posts sourdough course dates

Campden BRI has announced dates for a specialised sourdough technology course.

Ca’puccino reveals UK expansion plans

Italian café company Ca’puccino is planning to open its sixth UK outlet in November this year, with a seventh planned for early 2015, according to its COO.

Suffolk business named Britain’s Best Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery, Suffolk has been crowned this year’s Britain’s Best Bakery.

Costa MD to head high street initiative

Costa Coffee’s managing director Jason Cotta will head a new initiative to revive the UK high street.

Ingredion reveals new starches at French show

Ingredient solutions provider Ingredion has showcased its latest nature-based label starches at agri-food show CFIA Rennes 2014.

HMRC launches flood helpline

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a flood helpline for individuals affected by the recent storms.

Decision imminent on folic acid in bread

Government health ministers are to decide whether bread will be subject to mandatory fortification with folic acid, when the results of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey have been analysed, it has been reported.

BSB announces annual Golf Day details

The British Society of Baking has announced details for this year’s Golf Day.

Global wheat harvest area set to rise

The global wheat harvest area is forecast to increase by 2.5%, to 224.2 million hectares (Mha), according to the International Grains Council (IGC).

Blog: why you should go to the conference

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Eating out sector to reach pre-recession heights

The UK’s eating out sector is forecast to grow 3% in value, to £82.5bn, over the next 12 months, despite an increasingly competitive trading environment.

Irwin’s finds success with new Joeys brand

Irwin’s Bakery has been increasing listings for its new brand Joeys, with plans also in place to develop the product range.

Rich Products employee to realise dream of own bakery

Mark Sheath is to leave his post as technical sales manager at Rich Products UK at the end of February, to run his own craft bakery in West Sussex.

BFree announces new Asda listing

Irish free-from business BFree has announced a new listing in Asda for its brown seeded bloomer.

App launched to promote healthier food and drink choices

Food campaigners have launched a free smartphone app to help consumers switch to healthier food and drink choices.

Tate & Lyle warns on profit decline

Falling artificial sweetener prices will impact Tate & Lyle profits, the company has warned.

Bakeries recognised for free-from innovation

Bakeries have been recognised for their free-from products in this year's FreeFrom Food Awards shortlist.

Plans revealed for international bakery academy

Plans have been put forward for a UK-based international academy for bakery and confectionery.

Roberts Bakery embarks on charity trip to Kenya

Two employees from Roberts Bakery have jetted off on a trip to Kenya in order to teach bread-making to youngsters at a local school.

Grupo Bimbo to buy Canada Bread

Mexican bakery firm Grupo Bimbo has acquired Canada Bread, the bread division of Maple Leaf Foods, for C$1.8bn (£1bn).

United Biscuits invests in A&P Foods

United Biscuits has invested in Nigerian biscuit manufacturer A&P Foods.

Blog: Gerhard Jenne's Icing on the Cake

Rain, rain go away. As the country continues to experience strong winds and continuous rain, Gerhard Jenne contemplates the impact on bakery.

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