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Dr Oetker launches Bake in the Box range

Home baking brand Dr Oetker has launched a three-strong range of Bake in the Box Loaf Cake Mixes. 

RedBlack Software splits business to focus on supermarket sector

RedBlack Software has divided its business in two with the creation of BakePlan Software Ltd.

Sales of Scots baked goods booming in Co-op stores

Bakery products are driving a surge in sales of home-grown food and drink in Scottish Co-op stores.

Bakery deals down as supermarket promos fall to lowest level in 10 years

Supermarket promotions have fallen to their lowest level in 10 years, according to a new study.

McVitie’s bolsters Nibbles range with new Milk Chocolate Orange

McVitie’s has extended its Nibbles range with a new Milk Chocolate Orange variant.

Salador launches point-of-sale cake cutter

Derby-based Salador Company has launched what its claims is the first cutting machine designed to portion baked products at point of sale rather than in a factory.

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Despite pressure from Brexit, Britain’s bakers are feeling more positive about the future of the industry than they were 12 months ago.

Buying British is ‘back in vogue’ says GS1

GS1 UK, the supply chain standards member organisation, said there has been a resurgence in small businesses producing heritage products.

Richard Pennycook (left) and Steve Murrells
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Co-op CEO Richard Pennycook to be replaced by Steve Murrells

Richard Pennycook, the man credited with saving The Co-op Group, is to step down as CEO.

Aldi becomes Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket after 12.4% sales growth

Aldi has overtaken The Co-operative to become Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket chain.

Late sales boom brings strongest Christmas for grocers in four years

Supermarkets have had their best Christmas trading in four years thanks to a late surge in sales.

Pieminister sales up 17% year on year

Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.

Brits spending more on free-from products than sparkling wine

Free-from food and drink has been one of the fastest-growing categories in UK supermarkets this year, according to research by analysts Nielsen.

Strong performance from premium own label ranges

Premium own-label ranges have been star performers in Britain’s supermarkets in the past quarter, according to data from analysts Kantar Worldpanel.

British food firms cut back on promotional activity

UK food businesses have put the brakes on promotions – with activity declining more here than in other European markets.

Patisserie Holdings sales break £100m barrier as store openings continue

Sales at Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings have topped £100m for the first time as the business continues to grow its chain of bakery stores and cafés.

Tesco to tackle discounters with price pledge

Tesco is set to compete head-on with discounters as it looks to cut the cost of its own-label products.

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.

Discounter sales growth slows as Tesco gains market share

Combined sales growth at Lidl and Aldi is at its lowest level in five years – while Tesco is continuing to increase its share of the grocery market.

Fourth consecutive quarter of LFL growth at Morrisons

Morrisons – which was crowned In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards in September – has reported its fourth consecutive increase in like-for-like sales.

Churros are popular on Waitrose social media
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Churros, bao buns and mini treats – Waitrose reveals hot food trends of 2016

Churro-styled doughnuts and steamed bao buns have been flagged up as some of the hottest foods of 2016 by Waitrose.

Waitrose rolls out Heston Blumenthal Persian-inspired Christmas pud

Waitrose is expecting another sell-out success from Heston Blumenthal with the roll-out this month of his latest Christmas pudding creation.

Costa continues multiple channel strategy as sales rise

Costa’s total UK retail sales rose 10.1% in the first half of 2016/17 amid total revenue growth for Whitbread of 8.1% to £1.6bn in the six months to 1 September 2016.

Ancient grains and yuzu feature in new 120-strong Sainsbury's desserts range

Sainsbury’s is launching a range of 120 new and revamped desserts this month – with some featuring foodie faves, including ancient grain quinoa and citrus fruit yuzu.

Want to woo shoppers? Be less rational and more emotional, says IGD

Food and grocery businesses should think less rationally and more emotionally to win over shoppers, according to the boss of research and training charity IGD.

Tesco records strongest growth in three years - Nielsen

Tesco has outperformed its three major supermarket rivals in the past quarter – and recorded its strongest sales growth in more than three years.

Burton’s loses sales and market share as it shuns deep discounts

Burton’s Foods - producer of brands including Maryland and Jammie Dodgers - has said it lost share in the sweet biscuits market in 2015 after refusing to participate in aggressive category price cuts.

GALLERY: Tesco’s new-look in-store bakery

There are 30 up and running, and five more being built each week. Take a look at Tesco’s new in-store bakery offering. 

Asda recalls Tiger Sausage Rolls in allergen scare

Asda has recalled its six-pack of Tiger Sausage Rolls as they contain milk, which is not mentioned on the ingredients list.

Hershey’s makes biscuits

US confectionery giant Hershey’s has joined the UK biscuit category with new Reese’s Rounds.

Gail’s expands in Herts and London

Gail’s Artisan Bakery, the Luke Johnson-backed group, is to open sites in St Albans, Hertfordshire and One Tower Bridge, London.

Bread Factory and Gail’s bakery sales climb

The Bread Factory and Gail’s artisan bakery annual revenues are up by 41.5%, suggesting that UK consumers’ hunger for artisan bread shows no signs of dying out.

Halloween focus for McVitie’s

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s is launching a range of “spook-tacular” cakes in time for Halloween.

Flour Pot Bakery extends retail presence

Brighton-based business Flour Pot Bakery has opened up a new branch this week in Hove, taking its total number of retail sites to four.

M&S reveals its new Christmas bakery range

With five months to go to December, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its Christmas range of bakery selections.

Change to board at Greggs

High street bakery chain Greggs has announced that Raymond Reynolds, currently retail director, will become property and business development director.

Costa boosts Whitbread performance

Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee has boosted the group’s overall Q1 performance for the 13 weeks to 2 June 2016, with total sales at the high street coffee chain up 11.5% to £414.3m and retail like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 2.6%.

M&S introduces Cybake Instore

Marks & Spencer has introduced RedBlack Software’s Cybake Instore to over 500 in-store bakeries.

Gallery: Love Cheesecakes introduces new retail range

The Lancashire-based online cheesecake retailer Love Cheesecakes has introduced a new retail range of cheesecakes, which will be available this week.

Wrights opens new store in Stoke-On-Trent

Pie lovers in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent, can now visit Wrights the pie maker, following the opening of a new retail shop in the town.  

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

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

Scottish companies forge gluten-free partnership

A partnership to produce gluten-free biscuits has been announced by Duncan’s of Deeside and Pulsetta Foods.

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. 

Learn about the future of bakery

Do you want to learn about future trends in retail bakery? If so, an upcoming British Baker web forum is perfect for you.

The Lovington Bakery opens in Wincanton

Wholesale enterprise Lievito Bakery in Lovington, near Castle Cary, Somerset, has expanded into new high street premises in Wincanton, under the name The Lovington Bakery.

‘Best ever Christmas’ for M&S food

Marks & Spencer (M&S) reported record food sales during the week before Christmas, up 17% on the same period in 2014.

Cake sales fall in run up to Christmas

Christmas cake and pudding sales have slumped in the run up to Christmas, down 5.3% on last year for the two weeks to 12 December.

Lily Vanilli is to create products for healthy snack producers Graze
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Lily Vanilli announces snack box partnership

Lily Vanilli has revealed she is to design some sweet healthy treats for the online snack box company Graze.

Asian snacks firm gains funds for new production centre

An Asian sweets specialist has set up a manufacturing hub in Birmingham after securing a six-figure funding package from Barclays.

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.

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

Sainsbury’s posts moderate sales growth

Sainsbury’s has revealed that total retail sales increased by 0.3% (excluding fuel) for the 16 weeks to 26 September 2015.

Prima Bakeries
Prima Bakeries anticipates rapid growth
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Cornish Prima Bakeries anticipates rapid growth

Prima Bakeries, the Cornish company, has just invested £100,000 as it anticipates major growth for the brand. 

The Topping Pie Company
The Topping Pie Company will be sold in Co-operative stores across Yorkshire
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Pie firm strikes local deal with Co-op

The Topping Pie Company, based in Doncaster, has been chosen by The Co-operative to supply its pies across Yorkshire. 

Greggs
Greggs runs a loyalty card scheme
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Consumers still love a loyalty scheme

A total of 87% of consumers say a good loyalty scheme will encourage them to repeatedly buy, research has revealed. 

Supermarkets
British grocery market sees slow growth
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Smaller retailers outperform slower grocery growth

British grocery sales have slowed by 0.8% in the last year, though smaller retailers have enjoyed stronger growth. 

Financial distress worsens for food suppliers

The number of UK food suppliers experiencing significant financial distress has increased by 54% in the past 12 months as the supermarkets slash prices and delay payments, according to business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

Graze
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. 

5 things you can learn from the Bakery Market Report

The Bakery Market Report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery sector in the UK. Here we outline the reasons YOU need this product.

Apple Pay
Pret and Costa will use Apple Pay from launch
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Pret and Costa introduce mobile phone payments

High street chains Pret A Manger and Costa are among the first companies in the sector to confirm they will adopt Apple Pay - new technology that enables customers to pay for purchases with their mobile phones. 

Starbucks
Starbucks is top of the coffee shops in global brand value chart
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Discounters perform in global brands chart

Aldi and Lidl once again showed up the Big Four in the most valuable global retail brands chart. 

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Strong food retail performance last year reported
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Retail food sales show strong growth

Food retailers reported robust sales volumes last year reflecting a strong performance from the British retail sector as a whole. 

Thorntons suffers sales decline, despite better Easter

Sales at chocolate company Thorntons have dropped in both its retail and FMCG divisions, as the firm has lost orders from a commercial customer.

Muffin Break in first retail park move

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

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Christine Tacon: questioned tomorrow by House of Lords
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GCA questioned on new food waste powers

The House of Lords is to take evidence from Christine Tacon CBE, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, regarding powers to fine certain large retailers 1% of their turnover. 

David Potts: the new chief executive of Morrisons
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Morrisons appoints new chief executive

David Potts, the former boss of Tesco in Ireland and Asia, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Morrisons.

Cooplands of Doncaster head office
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Cooplands undergoes pre-pack administration

Cooplands of Doncaster has undergone a pre-pack administration with the loss of 300 jobs.

Pasty firm to revamp retail chain

Cornish pasty maker Warrens Bakery is to rebrand and expand retail shops, after receiving £1.6m in funding.

The Challenge of Bakery Retail: register now!

In a free online event, British Baker is bringing you a panel of first-class experts to discuss the challenge of bakery retail in the UK.

Thorntons stays upbeat despite fall in sales

Thorntons has seen total sales plummet 10.3% in its commercial division to £41.9m.

M&S sees positive festive performance for food

Marks & Spencer hailed a “very good” Christmas in food, claiming a record sales increase of 17% in the key Christmas week.

Bakery Business Survey 2015 launched

British Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.

Online sales mean decreased high street footfall
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Footfall down as online sales rise

Footfall has continued to decline, down 2.4% on November last year, with high street footfall struggling most. 

Starbucks
Starbucks 'ushers in' new age of coffee drinking
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Starbucks unveils five-year expansion plan

Coffee shop giant Starbucks will embark on a five-year plan for growth and "a new era of customer convenience”. 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will give his annual Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December 2014.
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Retail body calls for reform of business rates

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is calling for business rates reform in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement next week.

Hovis white loaf:
one of the top ten most purchased products
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White loaves make retail popularity list

Three white loaves made it on to a list of the most-bought items in the UK.

Online sales
Online retail sales will be bigger than before
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Digital transactions to play major role in festive retail sales

Retail sales this December are expected to rise 4% year-on-year to £42.4bn – more than £1.5bn than last year. 

Bakels launches gluten-free bread mixes

 Ingredients supplier British Bakels has launched a range of gluten-free bread mixes for retail.

McVities

Innovation not always the answer, argues United Biscuits director

Brands need to focus on their core products rather than striving for constant innovation, according to a top United Biscuits (UB) executive. 

Greggs:
Expansion into c-stores could be on the horizon
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Greggs trial expansion in c-store sector

Greggs has teamed up with owners of Spar, Blakemore Retail to trial franchise offerings in c-stores. 

Low food inflation hits sales

Food and drink sales have reached a new low in August.

New high street plan published

Town centres must have five-year plans and embrace digital opportunities, according to a new report on the future of the nation’s high streets.

Kindred bounces back from flood

Business is booming at London’s Kindred Bakery following a devastating flood at its Herne Hill branch in August 2013.

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.

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.

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.

July retail sales weak

It was meant to be the summer of sales - because of the Olympics.

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.

Costa Coffee joins BRC

Costa Coffee has become the latest retail member of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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