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Late Easter boosts hot cross buns, but grocery is hit

More than 40% of UK households bought hot cross buns in the first quarter of the year, latest grocery figures from analysts Kantar have revealed.

Are supermarkets treating bakers fairly, asks GCA

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon is urging bakery suppliers to say whether major groceries retailers are treating them fairly.

Pictured with the new pies is Bells sales and marketing director Gordon Smith
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Bells Food Group launches festive steak pies

Scottish pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group has introduced two new pies to take advantage of the seasonal sales spike.

Food Hygiene Rating delivers tangible benefits, says FSA science adviser

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has driven up standards, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) chief scientific adviser.

Administration for national wholesaler Palmer & Harvey

Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has entered administration with the loss of 2,500 jobs.

Brits have already spent £5m on mince pies and Christmas puds

Christmas came early for some bakery businesses, with supermarkets already selling more than £5m worth of Christmas puds and mince pies in recent weeks.

Schär launches seven new products into UK supermarkets

Gluten-free brand Schär has unveiled seven new products including gluten-free flour and gluten-free waffles, which will be rolled out into UK supermarkets.

Cocovite manufacturer reassures customers following fipronil egg alert

Cocovite producer Lodewijckx has said customers can be confident its egg products comply with EU fipronil standards.

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.

Update: Supermarkets unveil bakery NPD for Christmas 2017

Asda and Marks & Spencer reveal festive bakery line-up. Here British Baker presents a round-up of the festive baked treats set to appear on supermarket shelves in the coming months.

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.

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.

Grocery searches soar across mobile devices

Shoppers searched for groceries on their smartphones 11% more in Q3 2016 compared to the previous quarter, according to Google and the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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.

‘Killer clowns’ raid Bolton sandwich factory

The clown craze sweeping the nation has hit the baking industry, as three men dressed as clowns attacked a member of staff at a sandwich factory in Bolton last week. They escaped with its safe.

Greggs says people don’t buy bread in bakeries anymore

Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside has suggested that bread is being phased out in bakeries as consumers turn to supermarkets for their loaves.

Baked goods must become less sweet or smaller says government

Restaurants have been ordered to cut the size of their puddings by the government, or face being named and shamed.

Which? study highlights ‘unhealthy’ promotion trend

Retailers are being urged to “play their part” in the fight against obesity in light of new research which shows that supermarkets carry more promotions on ‘less healthy’ food and drink.

Packaging firm expands with £1m development

Wearside-based packaging firm, PFF Packaging Group, has opened a £1m development in order to seek a change in attitude towards the food sector.

Amazon Fresh launches

Amazon Fresh has made its entrance into the UK grocery market, in a move which threatens Britain’s already under-pressure supermarkets.

Big four supermarkets see sales slide

The grocery market continues to struggle, with the big four supermarkets all suffering a drop in sales for the 12 weeks to 24 April, and Asda faring the worst according to Kantar Worldpanel. 

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).

Morrisons details strategy for growth

Morrisons has listed six key priorities, as part of its ongoing strategy to improve profitability.

Cadbury Fingers set for relaunch

Burton’s Biscuits, the St Albans-based manufacturer, has announced a packaging relaunch of its Cadbury Fingers line with 3 new SKUs.

Supermarket special offers to be banned?

Major supermarkets are under official investigation after it emerged that questionable special offers encouraged shoppers to spend, not save.

Carrier bag charge comes into force

From today English shoppers will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags at the checkout.

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Asda's senior category director for bakery James Cawthorne leaves after 15 years
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Exclusive: bakery director leaves Asda

Asda’s senior category director for bakery has left after 15 years’ service. 

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Grocery market is showing slight growth
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Slow growth in grocery sector

“Sluggish growth” has been recorded in the British grocery market in the 12 weeks to 16 August 2015. 

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Hot desserts sales hotting up at Aldi
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Discounters outpace traditional retailers in hot desserts

The German discounters are leaving the traditional supermarkets behind in the hot desserts market. 

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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.

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Sandwiches falling out of favour with Tesco customers
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Sandwiches under threat as Tesco trebles salad range

Tesco said it was a case of “move over sarnies” as it trebled its ready-to-eat salad range to nearly 50 lines. 

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Genius crumpets are one of the items recalled following gluten contamination
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Genius 'gluten-free' products recalled by supermarkets

A number of Genius-branded and own-label gluten-free products have been recalled after it was found they are contaminated with gluten. 

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L-R Black, Garner, Peck and Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers sit a Q&A panel
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AUDIO: FOB conference gives verdict on supermarket bakery

The bread and bakery industry's "pint is half full" according to speakers at the Federation of Bakers’ (FOB) annual conference. 

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Aunt Bessie's makes a first move into the ambient cake market
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Aunt Bessie’s moves into cakes

Yorkshire pudding favourite Aunt Bessie’s is expanding into the ambient cake category through a licensing agreement with Bright Blue Foods. 

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Supermarket sales growth slows in 12 weeks to April
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Grocery price deflation hits supermarket sales

Supermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

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Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe insists company is strong
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Sainsbury's posts first loss in a decade

Sainsbury’s has revealed a pre-tax loss of £72m for the year to 14 March - its first loss in a decade. 

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Which? has issued challenge on supermarket pricing
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Which? issues challenge on supermarket pricing tactics

Consumer rights campaigner Which? has issued the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with a “super-complaint” regarding supermarket pricing practices. 

Aldi
Aldi jumps into position as UK's sixth-largest supermarket
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Aldi bypasses Waitrose in supermarket leaderboard

German discounter Aldi has leapfrogged Waitrose in the leaderboard to become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket. 

Waitrose
Waitrose market share is up
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Investment curbs Waitrose profits, despite sales rise

Waitrose has posted an increase in gross sales of 6.5% to £6.51bn in its unaudited results for the 53 weeks ending 31 January 2015. 

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Paul A Young: helping bakers grab their piece of Easter trading
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Easter how to: a fondant egg with Paul A Young

Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. 

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ABF: competitive bakery market
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ABF warns of lower profit for Kingsmill, amid competitive market

Associated British Foods (ABF) has said the UK bakery market “remains intensely competitive” and expects Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries’ profit to be lower than last year as a result. 

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Tesco appoints John Allan as chairman
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Tesco names new chairman

Tesco has appointed John Allan as chairman following Robert Broadbent’s decision to step down in October last year. 

Scottish bakery closes shops - turning attention to supermarkets

Mathiesons Bakery in Scotland has shut its retail shops, as it says it will now concentrate on supplying supermarkets.

Food sales up
People are spending more on food as a fifth of shoppers are better off
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Food sales rise for first time since early 2014

Food sales have made a healthy start to the year, rising by 0.2% – the best performance since February 2014. 

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Grocery market picks up
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Grocery market picks up pace

The grocery market is growing at its fastest rate since June last year at 1.1%. 

The brand's giant cheese sandwich bus
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Anchor plans cheese sandwich campaign

The humble cheese sandwich has taken a hit in the popularity stakes, according to cheese brand Anchor Cheddar.

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mySupermarket revealed 5% drop in basket cost in a year
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Fall in cost of supermarket shopping

The cost of a weekly shop has dropped by more than 5% in the last year, according to mySupermarket.co.uk

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