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Menu development helps boost Greggs’ sales

High street bakery retailer Greggs has said its Balanced Choice and breakfast products have been popular over the summer months, as it released its third-quarter trading statement to 1 October.

Miss Macaroon prepares to launch

Birmingham social enterprise company Miss Macaroon will be opening its first shop in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade in the last week of October.

Veggie Pret set to stay put due to popular demand

Pret A Manger CEO Clive Schlee has announced on his personal blog that the company’s temporary vegetarian pop-up will remain permanent in Soho, London.

Frostings cake shop closes after 21 years of service

Twyford-based cake shop Frostings closed its doors on Saturday after 21 years of trading, having created over 7,000 cakes during that time.

Independent success for Topping Pie Company

Yorkshire-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has seen its sales from farm shops, delis, garden centres and independent retailers double in the last quarter.

Philps bakery set to open sixth shop

Cornwall-based family-owned bakery, Philps will be opening up a new shop right in the centre of Camborne.

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.

Bath to get two new Costas and a Pret

High street coffee chains Costa Coffee and Pret A Manger both plan to open new outlets in Bath city centre.

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. 

Waitrose targets ex-pats after deal with online retailer

Suppliers of Waitrose’s own-label biscuits and cakes could benefit from a new deal between the supermarket chain and international online retailer British Corner Shop.

Pret extends veggie pop-up

Pret A Manger is to extend its Veggie Pret pop up shop in London’s Soho for the rest of the summer, following positive feedback from customers.

Central Bean expands

Coffee shop chain Central Bean is set to expand beyond its north east stronghold.

Robinson’s opens fourth shop

Wolverhampton bakery chain Robinson’s has opened its fourth store, in Chapel Ash. Owned by Valencia Fine Foods, it is operating out of former Firkins Bakery sites.

Sainsbury’s reports ‘solid’ start to year

Sainsbury’s has reported a slight 0.8% drop in Q1 like-for-like retail sales (excluding fuel).

Video: Will Torrent talks chocolate

Pastry chef Will Torrent took to the stage at the Farm Shop & Deli 2016 to talk about one of his great loves, chocolate.

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.  

Bondgate Bakery is Farm Shop & Deli Show’s Baker of the Year

Yorkshire-based Bondgate Bakery was one of nine winners at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2016.

GALLERY: See all the winners at Britain's Best Loaf 2016

All the winners and highly commended entries at this year's Britain's Best Loaf, which took place at the Farm Shop & Deli Show.

Cornish pasty producer receives top health accreditation

Cornwall-based Etherington’s Farm Shop has received a new health standard accreditation for its pasties.

10 things to do at next week’s exhibitions

Next week British Baker is exhibiting at Farm Shop & Deli Show and here is our guide of what you should do while visiting it, Foodex and Food & Drink Expo.

Personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day on 19 June.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year finalists

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year shortlist has been announced – British Baker caught up with the finalists ahead of the big day.

New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

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

Farm Shop & Deli top baker finalists announced

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year finalists have been announced. 

Revealed: how to make rainbow bagels

The rainbow bagel craze has finally crossed over to the UK from the USA, thanks to the Beigel Shop.

Waites will not re-open after floods

Sadness has greeted news that West Yorkshire bakery Waites will not be re-opening, having been devastated twice by water damage.

New coffee shop and eatery for Blackpool

Tower Coffee Company, a new 1,500 sq ft coffee shop and eatery, will be opening in the Lancashire town of Blackpool.

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.

Crafty Cakes, Exeter closes coffee shop to focus on cakes

Devon’s Crafty Cakes Café has closed, so that owner Becky Cuming can focus on her cake business.

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.

Appleby’s family bakery in Salisbury to close

Eighty-year-old business Appleby’s bakery, based in Salisbury, will close this month so that owner Mark Appleby can have some time off “while I’m still young enough to enjoy it”.

Britain’s Best Loaf contest makes welcome return

Do you have what it takes to make Britain’s Best Loaf? If so, you can prove it, as the nation’s premier bread baking competition returns for 2016.

Birds has closed its Normanton Road branch but continues to open new stores, including one in Duffield (pictured above)
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Historic Birds store closes but more open

Birds Bakery, the Derby-based craft chain, has closed one of its oldest shops to reduce the amount of stores in the area.

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.

London bakery goes cashless

Sweet Things will be the first London eatery not to accept cash payments when it opens in Notting Hill on 4 January.

UK’s first crisp sandwich shop shuts down

The UK’s first crisp sandwich shop has closed down three months after opening, in a development blamed on the owner’s poor health.

Aviva survey shows ‘invisible’ spend

A typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items such as coffees, shop-bought lunches, post-work drinks and treats for children, says a new survey commissioned by insurance company Aviva.

Greggs in £2,000 robbery

Raiders forced their way into a Greggs in Birchencliffe in Yorkshire at 11.30pm on 25 October, stealing a safe containing £2,000.

Bread Ahead team at the Westfield Stratford shop
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Second outlet opens for Bread Ahead

Bread Ahead Bakery has opened its second retail site in Westfield Stratford, as it looks to expand.

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger's evening trial is proving popular
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Night time’s the right time for Pret trial

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, has said that its alcohol offer is “proving popular” in its evening trial site. 

Truffles closes Burgess Hill bakery

Truffles Bakery has announced it will be shutting its Burgess Hill store.

Coffee
Coffee is still on the rise
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Ireland’s coffee shop market rises 14%

Ireland’s coffee shop market is outperforming the Irish retail sector with sales growth of 14%. 

Farm Shop & Deli show the biggest yet

Next week’s Farm Shop & Deli Show is set to be the biggest yet – with 200 new exhibitors and a bigger machinery, packaging and equipment offer.

Gerhard’s blog: The future of food

With the Caveman Diet currently popular and insects on the agenda as a future food source, Gerhard Jenne ponders on how the future of baking might look

Dee Light
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. 

Chatwins Bakery
Chatwins Bakery enjoys sales uplift following shop refit
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Cheshire bakery sees sales up after shop refits

Chatwins bakery has seen sales increase by up to 40% since a major refit of its shops. 

Dee Light Bakery scoops Farm Shop & Deli Show award

The Dee Light Bakery in London has been named the Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year.

Birds of Derby's new Borrowash shop
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Birds of Derby opens new-look shop

Birds of Derby bakery has opened its 56th shop, with a new-look design created by a local shop fitter.

Biscuiteers:
the new shop front will be hand-illustrated
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Biscuiteers to open second shop

London biscuit company Biscuiteers is to open its second retail site this month.

Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers completes £150k expansion

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Costa Coffee:
The brand has seen an impressive sales growth in the past year
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Costa Coffee sales boom

Costa has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.

The Indulgent Bakery:
The new site is set to open next month
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Warings Bakery expands

Berkshire-based Warings Craft Bakery is to open its seventh shop, under its Indulgent Bakery brand. 

Morrisons extends opening hours for shopping trends

Morrisons has extended its opening hours in response to the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper trend.

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

Coffee shops:
The report states that drinking coffee has become part of UK culture
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Coffee and sandwich shops grow 34.9% in value

A report has estimated that the UK sandwich and coffee shop market has grown by 34.9% in market value from 2009 to 2013.

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.

Bakery to open on site of former pub

At the height of their decline, pubs were closing at the rate of 35 a week thanks to the introduction of the smoking ban.

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.

Shuga Budz seeks out new premises

Shuga Budz Bakery in Wolverhampton is on the hunt for a larger premises to cope with a growth in business.

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