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Video: Ole & Steen ops director on chain’s expansion plans

Danish bakery Ole & Steen has revealed its future expansion plans – including its first UK site outside London.

Bread Ahead to open winter bakery in Mayfair

London-based bakery Bread Ahead is set to open its doors as part of a new seasonal residency in Mayfair.

Veggie Pret opens third shop in Exmouth Market

Veggie Pret, the vegetarian spin-off to Pret A Manger, has opened its third shop in Exmouth market in Islington, London.

Finsbury confirms closure of Grain D’Or operation

Finsbury Food Group has confirmed it is to close premium baked goods business Grain D’Or, which employs 250 staff.

Maître Choux set to open second site in Soho

Specialist patisserie company Maître Choux has confirmed that it will be opening a second site in Soho, London.

Video: Brioche Pasquier plans further production lines in UK

Following the opening of a second production line at its Milton Keynes site, Brioche Pasquier’s UK managing director Olivier Ripoche tells British Baker the plans for the plant.

Dominique Ansel rolls out autumnal pastries at London bakery

Dominique Ansel’s DAB London Bakery has unveiled two new seasonal pastries.

Finsbury boss: ‘Business environment isn’t going to get any easier’

Finsbury Food Group – which last month announced plans to close its Grain D'Or bakery in London – has said its focus on driving efficiency and scale has helped it weather challenging market conditions.

Australia’s Doughnut Time to open store in London

Australian doughnut brand Doughnut Time is to open its first UK store, in Shaftesbury Avenue, London next month.

Independent bakery start-ups rise 20%, claims study

The number of independent bakery start-ups has increased 20% in the past year, according to research by insurance brokers Simply Business.

Esquires Coffee continues expansion with new sites

Franchised coffee chain Esquires Coffee has added two stores in Balham, London, and Esher, Surrey.

Finsbury Foods set to close Grain D’Or business

Finsbury Food Group is planning to close premium baked goods business Grain D’Or, with the potential loss of 250 jobs.

Sainsbury’s introduces 30-minute click and collect trial

Sainsbury’s has introduced a click and collect trial that enables customers to order their shopping online and pick up 30 minutes later via new app Chop Chop.

New leap for Lady of Luxury: Lola's Bakery, West Hampstead

Lola’s Cupcakes has embarked on a new adventure by unveiling its Lola’s Bakery concept in West Hampstead, London last month.

Do you want a slice of the growing vegan market?

Vegan bakery and pie businesses will be among those exhibiting at the UK’s first vegan trade and media show in London this October.

Petrow Food Group invests £100k in new dry mix line

Ingredients supplier Petrow Food Group has invested £100,000 in a new Auger powder fill machine for dry mixes at its site in Perivale, London.

Gail’s Bakery launches its first gluten-free sourdough loaf

Gail’s Bakery has unveiled its first gluten-free sourdough loaf across four of its London bakeries.

Pret rolls out reusable cup discount across all stores

Following a successful three-month trial in London, Pret A Manger’s 25p reusable cup discount has been rolled out across all its UK stores.

Federation of Bakers steps up #betterwithbread with café opening

An innovative pop-up café is set to make its debut in Shoreditch, London designed to promote the #betterwithbread campaign.

Pladis to feature on BBC’s Inside the Factory

McVitie’s-owned Pladis is to appear on the BBC Two series of Inside the Factory, broadcast from 8pm tonight (1 August).

Paul UK bucks ‘challenging conditions’ to grow 12%

Store refurbishments and new product development have helped drive growth at bakery and café chain Paul UK.

Tesco set to roll out same-day delivery nationwide

Tesco has claimed to be the first retailer to offer nationwide same-day grocery delivery.

VIDEO: Lola’s Bakery aims to expand to 20-30 sites in London

Following the first site opening of the Lola’s Bakery concept in West Hampstead, managing director Asher Budwig tells British Baker he would like to see 20-30 stores in London.

Costa unveils nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee

Coffee chain Costa has added Nitro Cold Brew Coffee to its menu.

Lola’s Cupcakes launches first bakery in West Hampstead

Lola’s Cupcakes’ has opened its first bakery site - Lola's Bakery - in West Hampstead, London, which will begin operating from today (13 July 2017).

Costa rebrands for Pride

Coffee chain Costa’s London stores underwent a rainbow rebrand in honour of London’s Pride Parade.

New office birthday cake service for London

New online start-up CakeDrop connects office workers to independent bakeries across central London.

NI manufacturer buys London sandwich and snack business

Food-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has purchased London-based Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group PLC.

Palmer and Harvey closes Bakedirect delivery scheme

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has ended its direct-to-store baked goods sales service six months after it started.

Dawn’s Donut scoops silver at British Frozen Food Federation awards

Dawn Foods collected a silver award for its Premium Caramel-Lace Donut at the annual British Frozen Food Federation awards, held at Park Lane Hilton, London last week.

Brace’s Bakery adds Cartwright trailers to fleet

Newport-based family business Brace’s Bakery has added Cartwright trailers to its vehicle fleet.

Hummingbird to open in Guildford

Hummingbird Bakery is to open its first site outside the London area. 

Bakery and patisserie chain Paul names new marketing director

French bakery and patisserie chain Paul has appointed Kathryn Pretzel-Shiels as marketing director of its UK and US operations. 

Luminary Bakery teams up with GBBO’s Benjamina

The Great British Bake Off’s Benjamina Ebuehi is developing an exclusive product for London’s Luminary Bakery.

Dominique Ansel creates St George’s Day pastry

Exclusive to his London bakery, Cronut inventor and pastry chef Dominique Ansel has created a limited-edition St George’s Day pastry.

New Gail’s for Ealing

Gail’s Bakery is to open up a new outlet at Dickens Yard in Ealing.

Krispy Kreme introduces Hershey’s doughnuts

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has partnered with confectionery giant Hershey’s to create two new limited-edition Cookies ‘n’ Creme doughnuts.

Veggie Pret set to open second permanent site in Shoreditch

Pret A Manger is to open a second permanent Veggie Pret site in London.

Bea Vo to open new bakery

American chef and duffin inventor Bea Vo will launch Butterscotch Bakery in Shepherd’s Bush, London this summer. 

Oxford’s Bakery creates biscuit to mark connection with Elizabethan explorer

Sherborne-based business Oxford’s Bakery has created a unique biscuit marking the town’s connection with Sir Walter Raleigh.

VIDEO: Eric Kayser comes to London

Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.

Last year's winner Phil Harrison celebrating his victory. Credit: The Red Lion pub in Barnes, London
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The Sausage Roll Off 2017 announces line-up

Professional chefs from around the UK will face off next week with the return of The Sausage Roll Off.

Paul UK raises over £15k for The Felix Project

Bakery chain Paul UK has announced that it has raised £15,013 for The Felix Project, which is part of the Sharing Our Daily Bread initiative.

Greggs Delivered expands delivery service trial to London

Greggs Delivered, the new delivery service from the food-to-go retailer, is being trialled in London from today (Monday 16 January).

Eric Kayser to open first UK bakery

Celebrated French entrepreneur and fourth-generation baker Eric Kayser is to open a bakery and restaurant on London’s Baker Street this month. 

Bread Ahead to open fourth retail outlet

Bread Ahead bakery is to open its fourth retail outlet in Chelsea, London on 6 January.

Greggs launches festive flavoured lip balms

High street bakery chain Greggs hopes to encourage the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe with the release of two limited-edition festive flavoured lip balms.

Paul UK expands partnership with food charity

Bakery chain Paul UK has expanded its partnership with The Felix Project charity.

Bad Brownie launches Kickstarter campaign to fund permanent site

Baking company Bad Brownie has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help open a dessert bar in central London.

Aryzta donates 2,500 mince pies to two UK charities

Aryzta Food Solutions has donated 2,500 mince pies to events organised by charities Operation Smile and Walking with the Wounded.

Premier Foods CEO appointed FDF president

Gavin Darby, chief executive of Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, has been appointed president-elect of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) from next year, succeeding Dame Fiona Kendrick.

Palmer and Harvey launches Bakedirect bread delivery operation

Wholesaler Palmer and Harvey has expanded its direct van sales operation with the launch of new service Bakedirect to help deliver bread and morning goods across London.

FDF Awards open for applicants

The Food and Drink Federation is inviting entries for its annual awards.

Costa set to launch cup recycling scheme across 2,000 UK stores

High street coffee chain Costa Coffee will launch a cup recycling scheme from next year across 2,000 UK stores, with the aim of recycling 30 million takeaway cups a year.

Scottish Bakers scoops top honour at the UK Association Awards

Scottish Bakers has won the Conference Development category accolade for the second consecutive year at the UK Associations Awards.

Budget chain easyCoffee aims to open 200 stores in two years

EasyCoffee is aiming to disrupt the coffee shop market in the next two years by opening 200 stores selling hot drinks at £1 a cup.

Morrisons offers one-hour full shop through Amazon Prime

Shoppers in some parts of the country can now order a full Morrisons shop through Amazon Prime and have it delivered within one hour.

New event for food and drink entrepreneurs

A new conference for emerging food and drink companies is taking place this weekend.

Greggs and Pret give away festive freebies

High street chains Greggs and Pret a Manger have been giving away their latest Christmas releases for free as part of the run-up to the festive period.

Asda fined £664,000 over mouse infestation at west London store

Major supermarket Asda has been fined over half a million pounds after a customer ate a bread roll covered in mouse droppings.

GALLERY: Brown’s Hotel unveils healthy afternoon tea

From January, Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel will offer a healthy alternative to traditional afternoon tea with Tea-Tox.

Christmas Entremet winner announced

From a 28-strong list of entrants, to a short list of five pastry chefs, the winner of the 2016 Classic Fine Foods Christmas Entremet competition has been crowned.

Danish bakery brand set to open first UK outlet next year

Danish bakery brand Ole & Steen is set to broaden its business overseas after securing a site St James’ Market, London.

Get Stuffed sandwich shop selected as finalists for national awards

Hamilton-based sandwich shop Get Stuffed has been chosen as a finalist at the British Takeaway Awards in London.

Paul UK opens Earls Court branch

Bakery chain Paul UK is set to take its total number of UK shops to 36 with the opening of a store at Earls Court, London.

GALLERY: Bobbi Brown marks 25 years with cakes galore

The make-up giant is marking 25 years in business with an exclusive afternoon tea at Balthazar London brasserie in Covent Garden.

Biscuiteers secures £550k crowdfunding target

Online handmade biscuit retailer Biscuiteers has exceeded its initial £550,000 funding target on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube by almost £50k.

New York Bakery Co scales back pre-tax losses

The New York Bakery Co has steadied its sales and has cut its losses during a strong year.

Soreen supports hospital’s ‘Bake it Better’ charity campaign

Samworth Brothers-owned malt loaf maker Soreen has supported Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity campaign Bake It Better after donating £5,000.

Vegan baker retains national accolade

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has retained her ‘Best Vegan Bakery’ title at the annual Vegfest UK awards in London at the weekend (Saturday 22 October).

M&S unveils the Croloaf croissant/loaf hybrid

In keeping with the bakery trend for hybrids, Marks and Spencer has launched a croissant loaf that fits in the toaster.

Greggs to deliver?

High street baker Greggs is trialling a home delivery service called Greggs Delivered, which, if successful, will roll out nationwide.

Nordic Bakery opens fourth branch

The Scandinavian-style premium coffee shop chain is to open a fourth branch this year, in London’s Covent Garden village.

**Video** In conversation with Paul Rhodes at the Le Cordon Bleu bakery demonstration

Last week, British Baker visited Le Cordon Bleu in London to gain an insight into the company’s new diploma, the Diplôme de Boulangerie, and speak with guest chef Paul Rhodes who provided a bakery demonstration.

Bakery graduate scoops Top Student Award

Devon Petrie has won the National Bakery School’s (NBS) Top Student Award and will be given the Freedom of the City of London.

Prewett’s scoops new product awards

Gluten-free brand Prewett’s has scooped both winner and highly commended gongs in The Grocer New Product Award 2016.

Roberts Bakery crosses the line in charity cycling challenge

A team of cyclists from Northwich-based Roberts Bakery has completed the 320-mile journey from London to Paris and hopes to have exceeded their £9k target for the Prevent Breast Cancer charity.

Peyton and Byrne appoints advisors to explore its options

Artisan bakery and café Peyton and Byrne has appointed Deloitte as its advisors to help consider its options for the future of the business.

Bread Ahead continues expansion after opening up new site

Bread Ahead bakery and school is set to open a third retail outlet in Seven Dials, London and is expected to announce a fourth imminently.

Warburtons roars up a crumpet exhibit with Tom Fletcher

British baking company Warburtons has created a brand new dinosaur exhibit – made up of 2,500 of its giant crumpet range at the Natural History Museum in London to celebrate the launch of McFly band member Tom Fletcher’s new book The Christmasaurus.

Krispy Kreme abandons £200m London flotation

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has chosen to withdraw its planned £200m London flotation after announcing the 100% sale of its shares to US parent brand owner Krispy Kreme Group.

5am queues outside new Ansel bakery

Dominique Ansel opened his bakery in London at 8am this morning, and London loves it. To celebrate, here are some exclusive images of the first Dominique Ansel Bakery (DAB) in Europe.

Hotel serves spooky afternoon tea for Halloween

The Lancaster London hotel will serve an exclusive spooky experience for its Halloween-themed ARTea afternoon tea, which will be available from 17-31 October.

Industry cyclists raise £90k for GroceryAid

A Warburtons-sponsored three-day cycle ride from London to Paris in support of GroceryAid has raised more than £90,000 for the charity.

New London bread delivery charity

Breadwinners has set up a long-term plan for those struggling to find employment, to start their own bread delivery business.

Cashless Keuken launches in London

New “faster, fresher” food-to-go brand Keuken has opened its first store, on Eldon Street, London.

Macmillan launches 25,000 biscuit sculpture

Charity Macmillan Cancer Support is showcasing artwork featuring an entire British skyline made out of 25,000 biscuits in London.

Remembering the Great Fire

Today is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – a major conflagration that swept through central parts of the city. To mark the occasion, we look at London's best bakeries, according to Time Out magazine.

Dominique Ansel sets London opening date

Dominique Ansel, the man behind the Cronut (the croissant-doughnut hybrid), will be opening in London’s Belgravia on Elizabeth Street, on 30 September, and, to celebrate, he’s created a UK-exclusive menu.

Innovative Bites announces new premises

American snack and confectionery supplier Innovative Bites has announced that it will move into new premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Hobart cycles for charity

Chris Birch, Hobart Warewash’s marketing manager, is to compete in the Springboard Charity’s 240-mile Team Velo London to Paris Cycle Challenge.

Planet Organic brings out gluten-free vegan sliced bread line

Speciality health retailer Planet Organic has announced its new addition to the free-from bakery department: an organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy- and nut-free range of bread from Good Grain Bakery.

Italian bakery expands and rebrands range

London-based Italian bakery Crosta & Mollica has added two new lines to its range and repackaged an existing product. 

Bakery secures deal with AmazonFresh

Northern Irish bakery Graham’s has won a listing to supply a number of its baked goods to AmazonFresh.

Near sell-out for Baking Industry Awards

Bakery professionals hoping to attend this year’s Baking Industry Awards are advised to make their bookings without delay.

Bakery makes cake for reality TV star

Bedfordshire-based bakery La Belle Cake Company has baked a cake for former The Only Way is Essex star Abigail Clarke for her birthday.

Gluten-free bakery opens new branch

Gluten-free bakery Beyond Bread has expanded into a second branch that will be located in Islington, London.

New Peyton and Byrne at Kew

Artisan bakery and café Peyton and Byrne is to open a fifth outlet at Kew Gardens next month, The Botanical, to add to its seven-strong London bakery portfolio.

Today Bread reaches out to fund new oven

East London-based sourdough bakery Today Bread has reached out to the community to help fund a new Ramalhos oven on its premises. 

London bakery crowdfunding for expansion

L’Orchidée, a London-based bakery selling French macarons, luxury cakes and desserts is looking to raise £200,000 to expand across the capital.

London hotel launches arty afternoon tea

Lancaster London hotel has devised an afternoon tea for those who know their Monet from their Picasso.

New patisserie lines for Coup de Pates

Foodservice supplier Coup de Pates unveiled two new patisserie lines at the Taste of London food festival.

AmazonFresh expands across London

Amazon Fresh has added 59 London postcodes to its existing delivery area in the capital, which takes it up to 128 in total. 

New baking equipment company sets up in London

Pastry Pro, a new baking equipment business, has launched in the capital, and hopes to attract national and international clients.

Great Fire remembered in Worshipful Company of Bakers play

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has commissioned a new dinner play to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

Top chef to open Danish bakery

Michelin-starred chef Christoffer Hruskova aims to bring the taste of modern Danish baking to London with his first bakery and café.

Coup de Pates launches student competition

A competition organised by foodservice supplier Coup de Pates is offering student chefs tickets to Taste of London.

New Eat concept store

Sandwich chain Eat is continuing its expansion programme with the launch of a new concept store in London’s Finsbury Pavement yesterday (11 May).

Fairypan launches smallest cupcake

London-based bakery Fairypan has launched bite-size cupcakes, which it believes are the smallest cupcakes on the market.

Square Pie nominated for business award

Pie restaurant chain Square Pie has been nominated for an Evening Standard Business Award.

New Gail’s bakery in Oxford

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

Boris Johnson visits Subway

Mayor of London Boris Johnson met staff at the Uxbridge branch of Subway to talk about key issues affecting the food industry.

Sneak Peek: Lily Vanilli patisserie at Fortnum & Mason

Lily Vanilli last week unveiled her new range of patisserie with premium food retailer Fortnum & Mason.

Mr Kipling revives ‘exceedingly good’ descriptor

Mr Kipling is returning to its “exceedingly good” strapline with a new £2.5m marketing campaign.

Baker & Spice launches first gluten-free range

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice will launch its own gluten-free range this week, and has grand expansion plans.

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

Patisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.

The rise and rise of babka

This Easter’s must-have treat was babka, a traditional Eastern European cake, which has become a hit in New York, and is now gaining rapid favour in London.

Gallery: Halva to supply Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason (F&M) has just been announced as the first official stockist for London bakery, Halva.

Watch out Easter, here comes the crodough

Rinkoffs Bakery in east London has come up with its own take on Dominique Ansell’s cronut, with a little seasonal flourish.

Jestic named in ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Foodservice equipment manufacturing company Jestic has been listed as one of Britain’s most inspirational companies in a London Stock Exchange report. 

Costa’s fresh food initiative expands

High street coffee chain Costa has announced it will be rolling out its offering with premium salad brand Chop’d to a further 12 London stores. 

Understanding shoppers is ‘key to the sugar issue’

To keep products on supermarket shelves, suppliers need to understand what shoppers think, according to Bridgethorne.

Rainbow bagels hit the UK

Everyone left green-eyed by the new rainbow bagel obsession in America has had their prayers answered, after Beigel Shop decided to create their own.

The Yolkin hits London

Stand aside the Cronut, for the UK has a few amazing bakery inventions of its own. The latest is the Yolkin, a macaron ice cream sandwich, from eponymous London pop-up bakery Sammie Le.

5 bakeries spreading the love this Valentine’s Day

With romance in the air ahead of Valentine's Day on 14 February, British Baker takes a look a five bakeries producing sumptuous little treats for the event.

New origin of Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London started in a bakery on Pudding Lane, right? Wrong. Academic Dorian Gerhold has found new evidence to suggest otherwise.

New London food-to-go bakery

Mighty Restaurants, which also owns Aubaine, the London-based restaurant and patisserie concept, is to launch a new fast-casual concept called Bake! according to M&C Allegra Foodservice.

Bad Brownie wins Dragons Den investment

The London brownie company won a £60,000 investment from the dragons.

Dominique Ansel reveals London ambitions

Internationally-renowned pastry chef and inventor of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel spoke exclusively to Alice Cooke about his London debut, due to open later this summer. 

Wenzel’s to give away £2,016

Wenzel’s The Bakers will be giving away £2,016 to one lucky customer at its London Designer Outlet bakery.

Freakshake – the Australian craze comes to London

Newly-opened bakery, Molly Bakes in New Dalston, has brought the freakshake to London, following in the footsteps of The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle.

Nick Young, new UK chief executive of Aubaine
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Aubaine announces new UK chief executive

Aubaine, the London-based restaurant and patisserie concept, has appointed Nick Young as its new UK chief executive.

Tesco to close upmarket sandwich shops

Tesco is to beat a retreat from the food-to-go market just a year-and-a-half after opening its first sandwich shop.

Dominique Ansel. Credit Thomas Schauer
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Dominique Ansel to open London bakery

The pastry chef who invented the Cronut and is best known for his Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is now bringing the concept to the UK.

Colin Reese QC, the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
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Worshipful Company of Bakers installs new Master

Colin Reese QC has been installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Caffè Nero acquires London sites

Caffè Nero, the high-street coffee chain, has acquired three London sites from struggling café business Harris + Hoole.

Chocolatier branches out into pop-up dessert nights

An Australian pastry chef and chocolatier is celebrating a year of organising pop-up dessert nights in London with an event at Eat 17 in Homerton, east London.

Cuckoo's Bakery in Edinburgh launched a range of cupcakes for Halloween
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Bakers say 2015 was best Halloween ever

Bakers have reported that sales boomed over Halloween, with the strongest sales ever this year.

Wrights unveils new packaging

London-based miller G R Wright & Sons, has made a “considerable investment” in a new look across its 14-strong bread mix range.

Marc Patisserie launches in London

A high end patisserie – the brainchild of a team behind a duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants – has opened in Selfridges in London.

Primrose Bakery releases fifth cookbook

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

New bakery concept to be introduced to London

A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

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.

Freeman triumphs at World Bread Awards

James Freeman of Victoria Bakery has been crowned overall winner at the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2015 with his London bloomer.

Spanish artisan bakery opens second UK bakery

Spanish bakery Granier is to open a second UK site in Woolwich.

Best organic Danish rye in London is named

An organic 100% rye Danish loaf made by Notting Hill Real Bread bakery SNAPS + RYE was named ‘The Londoners’ Loaf’ at the Urban Food Awards during The Urban Food Feast at Borough Market on 25 September.

Hummingbird Bakery in trademark dispute

The Hummingbird Bakery said it hopes to resolve a trademark issue with a London chain called ‘Hummingbird Café’ “as amicably as possible”.

Greggs' chief executive Roger Whiteside
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Greggs announces move to new office

Greggs has announced it will relocate its main offices to North Tyneside’s Quorum Business Park.

Doughnut firm sets up truck at London market

Crosstown Doughnuts, the London-based artisan doughnut concept, has taken up residency next to Old Spitalfields Market in east London.

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Cornish pasty ‘invented in London’

A leading historian has claimed that the Cornish pasty was actually not founded in Cornwall.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens first London outlet

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

Beer and doughnuts: this will make you think about flavour in a whole new way

A doughnut and beer pairing pop-up event is to take place in London, which will see tasters try flavours like Katsu doughnuts with craft ales.

Square Pie issues ‘Pie Bonds’ on CrowdCube

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

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Hampshire's Hoxton Bakehouse to move into retail

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

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Select London Costa outlets will sell Chop'd meals in a trial until September
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Costa links with fresh food firm in new initiative

From today, a Costa link-up with London salad chain Chop’d will launch across six sites in the capital. 

Gail’s opens for Wimbledon goers

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has opened as a pop-up space in Wimbledon, before refurbishing to be a permanent site after the tournament.

£1 café opens in London

A new café selling food for just £1 per item, including pastries and sandwiches, has opened in London.

French patissier to open first London outlet

A French pastry chef is to open her first bakery shop in London in June.

The new Costa to Go store
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Costa trials new to-go format

A new concept store named ‘Costa to Go’ is being trialled by the coffee shop in locations across London.

Blog: A day well spent..

Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s David Smart takes an eye-opening trip to the capital and comes back armed with ideas. 

Independent sandwich firm reaches central London

Cook & Garcia, an artisan food-to-go retailer, is to open its second shop as it gains some presence in the capital.

Crosstown's new spring doughnuts
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Doughnut firm extends product range for summer

London-based artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched a trio of new products for summer.

L-R: Christoper and Lewis Freeman by the bakery display in Crouch End Budgens
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Budgens favours greater bakery selection in new concept stores

Budgens has added its first patisserie counter to its third concept store following a major refit.

Gail’s Bakery eyes sites outside of London

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has revealed plans to expand out of the capital, but has turned down opportunities to go into travel locations.

Brighton bakery opens sites and expands wholesale

The Flour Pot Bakery in Brighton is to open two more sites, as it also secures its first London customers for wholesale.

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Dee Light Bakery owner on hunt for second site
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Dee Light Bakery seeks second London site

The Baker of the Year winner in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards is on the search for a second site. 

Romain Curnier:
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Zeelandia supports London clients with new account manager

Bakery ingredients supplier Zeelandia has employed a new account manager for clients around London, to offer extra support in product development.

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Pretzel bakery expands in the capital

Knot Artisan Coffee and Pretzel bakery has opened a fourth site in London’s Victoria station.

Warrens Bakery is famed for its pasties
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Pasty retailer eyes future in London

Warrens Bakery chairman has told British Baker that he has visions of opening 50 shops in London.

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Foxcroft and Ginger ventures into pop up world
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Foxcroft & Ginger plans pop-up bakery

Artisan café-cum-bakery Foxcroft & Ginger is opening a pop-up site at London’s hip Old Street area in April. 

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Paul UK outlines expansion plans and new ranges for 2015

Another gem in our Christmas installations - artisan bakery Paul - has told us all about the business’ plans to open three shops outside the capital, and increase the number of shops which run its Bread Masterclasses.

Paul UK expands beyond capital

Paul UK has opened its first site outside London, situated in Oxford city centre. 

The Beyond Bread team outside the shop
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Gluten-free bakery to open in London

Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten-free bakery and café is set to open in central London this month.

Gail's:
The bakery will soon expand to have 18 sites
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Gail’s Bakery starts London delivery service

London-based Gail’s Bakery has launched a delivery service to provide London offices with boxes of its products.

Mary Berry is pictured with from left to right: The Clerk, Liveryman Suzanne Jones, David Bentley, Master of the Baker’s Company, Jenny Bentley and the Beadle
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GBBO’s Mary Berry made Liveryman and given freedom of the City

The Great British Bake Off host Mary Berry has been made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and been granted the freedom of the City of London.

Gail's Bakery Barnes
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Gail’s opts for private over public growth

Gail’s Bakery has reportedly ended talks of stock market flotation, and will now focus on growing the business privately.

Paul A Young to grow business

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

Tom Dixon Sandwich
Tom Dixon Sandwich Shop open at London's Harrods
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Harrods installs upmarket Tom Dixon sandwich shop

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

PAUL UK:
The new site on Oxford high street
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Paul UK opens first site outside the capital

French artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.

Wafflemeister is to open site number seven
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Waffle firm seeks UK expansion

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

The low carb bakery will open this month
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Andre Agassi fronts expansion plans for healthy Bistro-deli in UK

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Pierre Hermé:
The chef is set to open it's second stand alone London boutique
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Pierre Hermé to open London boutique bakery

Pierre Hermé, French pastry chef, is to open a stand-alone boutique in London, located in the Seven Dials area.

Lunch market
Sandwiches: eaten 'al desko' by 52% of Londoners
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London tops UK charts for lunch-to-go

Londoners pay 24% more for lunch-to-go and the capital accounts for 18% of Britain’s lunch-to-go spend, according to a new report. 

EAT
EAT: rebrand and site search in full swing
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EAT to focus on central London in new drive for sites

High street sandwich and coffee chain EAT will open 10 central London stores between January and July next year following a major rebrand. 

Tea company expands range as market for ethical tea grows

The London Tea Company has launched a new range of ‘ethical’ teas, in response to the growing market for speciality teas. 

Pomme de Pain:
The sandwich chain prepares for UK expansion
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French sandwich firm targets London

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

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.

Street artist designs live installation for Greggs

A street artist is creating a graffiti image based on products from Greggs’ new sandwich range on a billboard in Old Street, London.

Gerhard’s blog: Hot town, summer in the city

Hot town, summer in the city, our displays are looking yummy and pretty… 

London bakery fined for fly-tipping

A bakery in north-west London has been fined for fly-tipping waste.

Nutty Tarts expands business with Waitrose

Cambridgeshire bakery Nutty Tarts is increasing its distribution to Waitrose stores and is planning to expand into London.

Curly Whirly Cake achieves Eurovision limelight

Konditor & Cook’s Curly Whirly Cake has gone viral after it appeared on Eurovision 2014.

High street consumers regain confidence

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

Dum Dum Doughnuts rocked by explosive demand

Dum Dum Doughnuts is to postpone online orders having sold 5,000 doughnuts within three days.

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.

Britain has ‘too many shops’ claims LDC

As shop vacancy rates fall below 14% for the first time in four years, the Local Data Company’s (LDC) director has claimed Britain has too many shops.

Dum Dum Doughnuts announces first retail site

British artisan brand Dum Dum Doughnuts is opening its first retail outlet at Box Park, Shoreditch, London this month.

Patisserie Valerie expands sandwich delivery service

Artisan baker and café chain Patisserie Valerie has extended its delivery service to central London.

Bako North Western buys London supplier

Bako North Western has purchased Bako London & South East for an undisclosed sum, it was revealed yesterday.

Bagel Factory bought by Italian food operator

An Italian foodservice operator has bought Bagel Factory in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £2m.

Spianata&co continues London expansion

Spianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.

Bakery student bags Rank Hovis Scholarship

A bakery student from The National Bakery School in London’s South Bank has been awarded the Rank Hovis Scholarship.

Hummingbird Bakery creates mobile unit

The Hummingbird Bakery has invested in a new mobile bakery unit designed to cater for festivals and events across the UK.

Patisserie Valerie opens 54th outlet

Birmingham-based bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has opened its 54th outlet in Reading.

Nordic Bakery up to three

Nordic Bakery has opened its third site in London, near to Baker Street.

Allied Bakeries supports charity rugby tournament

Staff from Allied Bakeries have helped to arrange a touch rugby tournament to raise cash for Caravan, the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund.

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