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Chicken sandwich venture to open first permanent site

Fried chicken sandwich street-food outlet Butchies is to launch its first permanent site in London’s Camden Market later this month.

Patisserie Valerie CEO aims for 20-strong Irish estate

High-street bakery Patisserie Valerie (PV) has set itself the target of building a 20-strong estate across Ireland, according to its chief executive Paul May.

Morrisons appoints the UK’s first ‘bake officer’

Supermarket giant Morrisons has appointed the UK’s first ‘bake officer’ in anticipation of the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off, which begins on BBC One from 24 August.

Aubaine confirms new opening date

The French brasserie, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine will launch its first Aubaine Deli in London’s Covent Garden on 22 August. 

Starbucks agrees first drive-thru deal for shopping centre

International coffee chain Starbucks has signed a deal with Connswater shopping centre in Belfast to open the first ever drive-thru store in Northern Ireland.

Bells Food Group completes first phase of investment

Scotland-based pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has completed the first part of a three-year £3.6m investment that will double its pastry production.

Aspiring bakers to attend Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink festival

Aspiring bakers will flock to the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink festival this weekend, which will include celebrity chefs The Hairy Bikers (Si King and Dave Myers) and James Martin.

Vegan baker scoops third award in 10-month spell

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has won her third national baking award within a period of 10 months after being crowned the ‘Best Vegan cakes/desserts’ category at the Vegan Awards UK in Sheffield over the weekend.

First gluten- and rice-free flour blend

Gluten-free baker Free From Fairy has launched the first ever gluten- and rice-free wholegrain flour blend – available exclusively from Honest Eats.

Le Pain to open in Leeds

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, has announced its first regional city opening at a £165m development in Leeds.

Starbucks to bake in-store

High street coffee chain Starbucks has agreed an investment and global licensing deal with Italian bakery chain Princi. The deal means baking is to be introduced to Starbucks stores for the first time in 2017. 

First BIA 2016 finalists announced

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce our first batch of BIA finalists for 2016!

Pret A Manger to open first motorway outlet

Coffee shop chain Pret A Manger will be opening its first motorway service shop, as part of a trial partnership with Welcome Break. 

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Krispy Kreme takes to the air

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is ramping up its UK business with two new outlets opening in Glasgow and a new high-flying deal on airline Flybe.

Free-from company to trial pop-up shop

Northamptonshire-based the Incredible Bakery Company is to open its first bricks-and-mortar site with a pop-up bakery café. 

NI’s first bakery academy

Bakery firm Genesis Crafty has set up the first bakery academy in Northern Ireland.

New gluten-free biscuits from McVitie’s

United Biscuits (UB) is to debut a gluten-free biscuit selection for the first time next month, under its McVitie’s brand. 

Pret launches veggie pop up

Pret A Manger opened its first vegetarian pop up in Soho this week. 

Muntons expands abroad

Muntons, the Suffolk-based maltster and malted ingredients company, has opened its first plant outside the UK.

Hotel Chocolat’s shares rocket following stock market debut

Hotel Chocolat, the upmarket confectioner, has seen shares surge after the company listed on the stock market for the first time this week.

New Gail’s bakery in Oxford

Gail’s Artisan Bakery recently opened a store in Summertown, Oxford, its’ first out-of-London venture. 

Asda to change "misleading" promos

Supermarket giant Asda has agreed to make changes to “misleading” promotional practices as part of a wider crackdown by The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

New ad launch for Jacob’s

As part of the £15m Crackin’ campaign, United Biscuits (UB)-owned Jacob’s has launched a new ad, which aired for the first time this week.

Dominique Ansel reveals first London bakery location

British Baker can exclusively reveal the location of Dominique Ansel’s first bakery in Europe, in London’s Belgravia. 

Tesco records first quarterly sales growth in three years

Supermarket giant Tesco reported a £162m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 February, its first quarterly sales growth since 2013.

Greggs trials Balanced Choice bakes

High street food-to-go retailer Greggs is trialling its first low-calories bakes, under its Balanced Choice range.

Bidvest Foodservice launches savoury muffins

Bidvest Foodservice has expanded its Premium Selection range with the launch of its first savoury muffins.

Mr Kipling launches first cupcakes

Mr Kipling has launched its first range of cupcakes in three of the manufacturer’s iconic flavours.

Tim Peake eats bacon sandwich in space

Not only that, which is brilliant enough, but the British astronaut’s sandwich was also specially designed by Heston Blumenthal for the occasion.

Ian Deste, former managing director UK & Ireland for Burton's Biscuits
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Burton’s MD leaves after only months

Burton’s Biscuits has confirmed the departure of Ian Deste just six months after he joined the company.

First gluten-free industry event launched

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is hosting its first gluten-free networking event for food industry professionals who wish to benefit from the growing gluten-free market. 

Border Biscuits to launch first TV ad

Border Biscuits is set to launch its first national television advert as part of its new marketing campaign.

Battersea Power Station development to include bakery

Flour Power City will be among the first tenants at the new Circus West retail development in Battersea. 

Pret A Manger’s first campus shop

The high street sandwich chain will start work on the new University of Exeter site in the next few weeks. 

Prolific baker’s first book

Clive Mellum, a master baker for more than 47 years, has seen his first book published. 

Welcome to Cornucopia: investors sought for Britain’s first Cornish pasty museum

WMC Retail Partners, the company that plans to open the UK's first ever pasty museum, is looking for investors.

Sainsbury’s gives away free bread in Grimsby

To celebrate refurbishments, the first customers to buy the Grimsby Telegraph tomorrow will get a free baton of bread.

SSP reports strong first quarter

SSP Group, the travel location food and drink brand operator, has reported a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 4.3% for its first quarter. 

Toast Ale launches bread-based beer

Toast Ale, the Hackney-based company, has started trading by selling a pale ale made with waste bread.

Pidy launches spicy macarons

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has launched one of the first ever spicy and curry flavoured macarons. 

Le Pain Quotidien to open first regional UK outlet

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to make its UK regional debut on 29 January at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, in a move announced as the company’s first out-of-London site. 

Subway continues drive for customer footfall

The Subway brand has announced new products for its menu, as it aims to drive more traffic into its stores in the first quarter of 2016. 

Greggs reportedly planning 12 NI stores in 2016

High street bakery Greggs will reportedly open at least 12 stores in Northern Ireland in 2016, and its first stand-alone shop in the country will open in Belfast in March.

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

Gluten-free bakery opens in Staffordshire

The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Enormous challenges at Carr’s

Carr’s Group has faced “enormous challenges as a result of the flooding”, the company’s first-quarter trading update has confirmed. 

Bagelman switches strategy on stores

Bagelman, the Brighton-based bagel chain, has put plans to franchise on hold as it instead looks to expand its portfolio of company-owned stores.

Northern Irish bakery secures first British foodservice deal

Yummie Bakes, the Co Antrim-based frozen goods bakery, has secured its first Great British contract with foodservice-provider Sodexo.

Finsbury celebrates 78.1% revenue increase

Finsbury Foods, the retail and foodservice bakery group, has reported UK bakery revenue growth of 8.7% for the first four months of its financial year.

Caffè Nero introduces first hot food menu

Caffè Nero has launched its first ‘hot food’ menu with a range of Italian-inspired dishes.

LPQ bemoans rents rise

Le Pain Quotidien has become the second major bakery chain to say that the cost of rents is a major downside of running a business in central London.

Krazi Baker releases first packaged product

Mark Douglas, founder of Northern Irish bakery company Krazi Baker, has launched his first packaged retail product at Belfast International Airport’s (BIA) country market.

GBBO winner steps out a ‘giant’

Nadiya Hussain, winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has described how she felt like a “giant” after scooping the top prize.

Tesco records drop in UK like-for-like sales

Supermarket giant Tesco saw its operating profit fall by nearly 55% to £354m in its first half, it revealed this morning.

Ask the Expert: GBBO does chocolate

Rich, creamy and intense, chocolate is for many people the ultimate in gastronomic luxury. However, it can be a tricky beast to handle, making it a fitting challenge for the Great British Bake Off semi-final.

Gerhard’s blog: A French farce

I’m currently in the TV-free depths of the Brecon Beacon and could only watch The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) by leaning out of the window. Bandwidth is scarce here - I might as well be on Mont Blanc.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens first London outlet

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its first central London shop, as it continues to expand across the UK. 

World's first cheese toasty subscription gets national support

A cheese toastie delivery service is to reach mailboxes very soon, after hundreds of backers helped crowdfund the concept.

Krispy Kreme uses live-streaming app Periscope

Doughnut giant Krispy Kreme has become potentially one of the first big bakery companies to utilise Twitter’s live streaming application.

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Graze moves into the retail arena
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Online snacks firm enters retail arena

Graze, the online snack subscription business, has moved into retail for the first time. 

Square Pie issues ‘Pie Bonds’ on CrowdCube

Retail pie brand Square Pie is crowdfunding investors to grow its business across the UK.

People love pasties: Cornish pasty drive-thru a success

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

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Grocery basket price rises
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Price of grocery basket rises

Prices for the UK’s most popular grocery products have risen for the first time in more than six months. 

Pieminister rejected from Glasto for first time in over a decade

A ‘pie-panic’ has spread across social media, as Glastonbury-goers discovered veteran attendee Pieminister will not be at the festival this year.

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Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel launches Tokyo site
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Cronut creator opens in Tokyo

Cronut king Dominique Ansel has opened his first international bakery in Japan. 

Cornish pasty
Portreath Bakery is to open a Cornish pasty drive-thru
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Cornish pasty firm to open drive-thru

A Cornish pasty drive-thru to open in the South West could be a world first. 

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Ian Deste joins Burton's Biscuit Company
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Maryland biscuit firm appoints UK and Ireland MD

Burton’s Biscuit Company has appointed its first managing director of UK and Ireland. 

David Smart
David Smart imparts wisdom on the bakers of tomorrow
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David Smart: A message for the class of 2015

For one brief moment, may I speak directly to the baking trade’s youth? They might be students finishing their first year or graduating after their final year. 

Subway opens first eco-store

Subway franchisees will be able to receive 100% green electricity following a renewed deal, as it opens its first eco-store.

Flatbread firm seeks first major multiple listing

Flatbread company Strong Bread is hoping to supply its first Big-Four supermarket, as it quadruples the size of its bakery.

The bakery's ad will air on ITV
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North-west bakery to air first TV ad in marketing drive

Sheldon’s Wholesale Bakers is to launch its first TV advertisement next month on ITV, after rebranding to boost sales.

Muffin Break in first retail park move

Muffin Break has opened its first site within a retail park, with further openings in the pipeline.

Roberts Bakery
Roberts Bakery launches first ever TV ad
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Roberts opts for ‘soft and fluffy’ approach in first TV ad

Roberts Bakery has launched its first TV ad campaign as it rebrands its white bread as ‘soft and fluffy’. 

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Gluten-free brand scoops first major multiple contract

NO.G gluten-free brand has won its first major supermarket contract with Sainsbury’s. 

UK first for gluten free doughnuts

Feel Free for Gluten Free is launching what it claims is the UK’s first gluten and wheat free frozen doughnuts.

CEDA:
new director general for the association
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New man at helm of catering association

The catering equipment distributors’ association (CEDA) has appointed its first director-general in order to grow the organisation. 

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Skyfall crop harvest has positive outlook

ADM Milling has described the first 2014 harvest of Skyfall, a commercial crop, as ‘very promising’.

Gerhard’s blog: Bake-off risks

Gerhard marvels at the recent poppy installation at the Tower of London, which leads him to muse on how much has changed in a century.

Bakery uses crowd-funding to expand

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery is looking to expand after it celebrated its first year of trading in July. 

The #GBBO phenomenon and big brands

The Great British Bake Off is back and here British Baker looks at how the show has become a social media phenomenon.

Brioche Pasquier starts work on first UK site

Brioche Pasquier has started work on its first UK bakery.

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.

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.

Fabulous Baker Brother unveils culinary plans

Baker Tom Herbert – one half of the television duo The Fabulous Baker Brothers – has unveiled plans to open a restaurant and cookery school at the flagship family bakery in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.

Greggs unveils new store format

Greggs has unveiled its latest concept shop – its take on a local bakery-style shop – as exclusively revealed by British Baker last November.

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