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It’s a wrap: Waitrose reveals top Essential bakery products

Brits’ love of international cuisine has helped make tortillas the second-most popular bakery item in the Waitrose Essential line-up.

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.

Packaging and Labelling: Is packaging keeping up with latest trends?

We asked a range of experts whether bakery packaging is fit for purpose as the market continually evolves. Here’s what they had to say…

Muffins: Muffin market mixes up savoury selection

Savoury muffins are growing in popularity in the UK, with flavours influenced by trends in the US and Australia, as well as consumers’ increased interest in healthy bakery goods

Wellaby’s Simple Bakes listed at Waitrose and Ocado

Wellaby’s Simple Bakes – the gluten-free vegan snack brand that launched earlier this year – has achieved listings in Waitrose stores and on Ocado.

Helen’s Gluten Free Baking Mixes secure Waitrose listing

Free-from brand Helen’s has secured a listing at Waitrose for its four-strong range of Gluten Free Baking Mixes.

Waitrose hires first director of food service

Waitrose has recruited its first director of food service Simon Burgess as the retailer taps growth in casual dining and grazing.

Waitrose rolls out cheese & black pepper muffins

Waitrose has unveiled a new twist on the breakfast muffin – a cheese & black pepper version.

Waitrose unveils recyclable sandwich wrappers

In a first for UK supermarkets, triangular sandwich wrappers in Waitrose will soon be easier to recycle.

Too Good To Be Gluten Free unveils snack packs

Free-from brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free has launched a range of snack packs into Waitrose stores.

Crosta & Mollica adds Focaccia Romana to its range

Italian baked goods supplier Crosta & Mollica has launched a new addition to its range, the Focaccia Romana.

Waitrose launches competition for 25th anniversary of Duchy brand

Waitrose has launched a customer competition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organic food brand Duchy Originals.

Waitrose launches 23 new lines into Good to Go range

Waitrose has launched 23 new products into its Good to Go range this week, alongside 18 improved lines as consumers’ demand for healthy food on-the-go grows.

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Bakery Andante extends Scottish supermarket reach

Morningside’s Bakery Andante has secured a deal to supply a further four branches of Waitrose in Scotland with artisan bread.

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.

Ocado launches supplier competition

Online retailer Ocado has announced the return of its nationwide campaign to find “the next big thing in British food and drink”.

Waitrose introduces Italian breads

Last year’s popular addition, colomba, has been reintroduced for Easter, alongside a hot cross bun panettone. 

Metal contamination fear sparks Lotus Bakeries Biscoff biscuit spread recall

Lotus Bakeries has recalled selected batches of its Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spreads as they may contain small pieces of metal.

The Polish Bakery scoops Business of the Year Award

West London business The Polish Bakery has been crowned Business of the Year at the West London Business Awards

New gluten-free pie from Pieminister

Pieminister has extended its gluten-free line-up with The Gluten Free Ranger made with free-range British chicken and ham with leeks & thyme.

Health campaigners attack ‘shocking’ level of salt in crumpets

Crumpets have come under fire from health campaigners Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), who found a single Warburtons’ Giant Crumpet contains more salt than three bags of ready salted crisps.

Waitrose sees bakery ingredients soar for Stir Up Sunday

Sales of some bakery ingredients at Waitrose were up more than 300% as shoppers prepared for Stir Up Sunday.

Innovation boosts Bakkavor results

A focus on innovation has helped fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor grow revenue across the group in its third-quarter results.

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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.

FSA publishes summary of food incidents

Allergy alerts accounted for more than half the product recall notices issued by the Food Standards Agency between July and September this year.

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.

Pots & Co’s puddings sweep across Europe

Makers of Michelin-standard desserts, Pots & Co, is expanding across Europe with a number of international listings.

Premium desserts company opens third factory

Upmarket cheesecake company Rhokett, which supplies Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, has opened its third factory in Kent after securing £1.5m in bank fundings.

Waitrose uses customer reviews for marketing drive

Supermarket giant Waitrose has launched a new marketing campaign using customer reviews to highlight the quality of its in-store products.

Waitrose recalls cookie range as precautionary measure

Waitrose recalls cookie range over nut concern

UK supermarket Waitrose has recalled its 150g Orange and Milk Chocolate Cookies, with a best-before date of 30 March 2017 over concerns that some of the packs may contain hazelnuts.

Waitrose to pay small firms within a week

Waitrose supermarket has pledged to pay its smaller suppliers within seven days at the most, in a bid to give them “more financial stability”. 

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.

Waitrose launches spiced cauliflower cheese sourdough

New to the Waitrose premium own-brand range Waitrose 1, spiced cauliflower cheese sourdough is on shelves now.

Waitrose launches dog muffins

Iced Woofins, iced muffins for dogs made of sponge cake, are now available in Waitrose.

The Sammies Awards winners

The full list of winners at the recent Sammies Awards, organised by The British Sandwich Association.

Irwin’s secures new Waitrose listing

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s has secured a contract with Waitrose to supply its new Rankin Selection Cinnamon and Raisin Toasty Loaf, a twist on traditional Irish fruit bread, in 150 stores.

Bertinet Bakery launches sliced sourdough in Waitrose

Bath-based bakery the Bertinet Bakery is to supply six Waitrose branches with sliced sourdough tin loaves in white and malted wheat versions.

Waitrose exports biscuits to China

The supermarket has started to sell its Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits to China, as part of a new deal to export to the country for the first time.

Waitrose launches own premium range

Waitrose has launched its first ever premium range, Waitrose 1, which includes a selection of breads and oatcakes.

Waitrose operating profit up despite tough market

Waitrose has reported a 3.9% rise in operating profit for the year, to £232.6m, despite “exceptionally tough” market conditions.

Iceland and Waitrose rule supermarket roost, says Which?

Iceland is the nation’s top online supermarket, and Waitrose best in-store, according to a report by consumer watchdog Which?.

Discounters benefit at Christmas amid 0.2% drop in grocery sales

Continuing price deflation meant there was no Christmas uplift for the British grocery market as sales fell 0.2% on last year. But Waitrose, The Co-operative and Sainsbury’s successfully grew ahead of the market. 

Bakers report strong Christmas sales

Craft bakers have reported a strong Christmas trading period as it was revealed that sales of cake, pudding and confectionary surged by 8.3% in supermarkets.

Record seasonal trading days for Waitrose

Waitrose reported record trading days on 23 and 24 December, despite the challenging grocery market. 

Waitrose withdraws biscuit packs after mix-up

Waitrose has withdrawn packs of its own-label Stem Ginger Cookies 200g after it was found they contained the supermarket’s Cherry & Almond Cookies 200g.

Revamp for Haydens Bakery

Haydens Bakery has undergone a major rebranding as the overhaul of the company’s operations continues.

Shoppers set own healthy-eating rules

Four out of five (80%) consumers do not trust the health advice they are given, according to The Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2015.

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Mark Price resigns from Waitrose

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to lose its managing director as Mark Price has announced he is to stand down.

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Waitrose sees LFL sales drop in first half
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Waitrose sees drop in first-half LFLs

Waitrose has revealed that like-for-like sales were down by 1.3% in its first half, as it insisted cut-price techniques were not hitting profits. 

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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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Waitrose makes sales gains as the sun shines
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Sun helps Waitrose sales soar

Sales at Waitrose leapt 6% to £132.2m in the 22nd week of its current financial year versus the same week in 2014. 

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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. 

Waitrose sees sandwich sales soar with weather

Waitrose has seen sandwich sales rocket up 11% compared to this time last year.

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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. 

Free from hot cross buns saw sales up 124% this year
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Waitrose reports free-from boom over Easter

Waitrose has seen sales in free-from goods rocket this Easter, with gluten-free hot cross buns up 124% on last year.

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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. 

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Black of Dunoon wins Waitrose supply deal
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Scottish bakery secures Waitrose deal

Scottish craft bakery Black of Dunoon has signed a deal to supply Waitrose in Helensburgh with its hand-baked breads. 

Deli Santé will look to expand this year
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Waitrose pastry supplier seeks to extend business

Waitrose pastry products supplier, Deli Santé is looking for a national distributor to extend its customer base.

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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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Grocery inflation is the lowest since records began in 2006
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Grocery deflation hits new low

Deflation has reached a new low of -1.6% in its 18th successive fall as the supermarket price war rages on. 

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Aldi offers cheapest bakery items
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Aldi named cheapest for bakery in grocery tracker

German discounter Aldi has been named the cheapest supermarket for bakery items as the price of a weekly shop rose 0.55% in the last month to £88.59. 

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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%. 

Buy a cake with your free drink, says Waitrose

Waitrose has changed its free drink offering to mean customers must also purchase a cake or a sandwich to claim the deal.

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Bertinet Bakery expands presence in Waitrose

Bertinet Bakery has launched its craft bread range into 12 more Waitrose shops.

Schools and business are taking part in Breakfast Week 2015
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Breakfast Week gets under way

Breakfast Week 2015 has kicked off, with bakeries, businesses and schools from around the country holding events to promote breakfasts.

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Positive festive results for the retailer
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Waitrose sees strong festive sales

Like-for-like sales increased by 2.8% at supermarket Waitrose over the Christmas period – the sixth consecutive year it has outperformed the market.

First decline on record for grocery market
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Discounters continue to dominate, as overall grocery declines

Aldi and Lidl have continued to storm the grocery market, despite an overall decline in the sector since Kantar Worldpanel records began in 1994.

Genesis Crafty breads:
the new range will be launched in Waitrose
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Genesis Crafty launches speciality breads to Waitrose

Northern Irish bakery firm Genesis Crafty has launched a new range of speciality breads into 200 Waitrose stores throughout the UK.

4 new Warburtons loaves:
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Warburtons invests £750k in new bread offering

Warburtons has added a new line of more premium everyday loaves to its bread range.

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Inflation decrease means food costs are the same as last year
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Supermarket war continues as market reaches low

Competition within supermarkets has driven down grocery inflation to zero. 

Asda commits to gluten-free campaign

Asda is the first supermarket to sign up to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free campaign. 

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Waitrose: operating profits slump but market share grows
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Waitrose operating profit slumps but market share grows

High-end supermarket Waitrose has posted a 9.4% drop in operating profit in its half-year results to 26 July as the fierce competition battles on. 

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Supermarkets: big four feel the squeeze
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Grocery price inflation stands at 0.2% as big four feel the squeeze

Grocery price inflation has fallen for the eleventh consecutive period, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Little Waitrose:
The shop will open with a bake-off oven
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Waitrose to open first railway store

Waitrose will open its first railway-based store at London King’s Cross station, creating up to 60 new jobs.

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Grocery price inflation falls as market growth tails off
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Grocery price inflation and market growth drop

Competitive pricing of staple items such as milk and bread has driven inflation to the lowest level since October 2006.

Exeter Street Bakery gains news Waitrose listing

Exeter Street Bakery, a London bread supplier, is to launch four new loaves in 14 Waitrose stores.

Waitrose lists ITV viewer’s ‘cherubs’

Waitrose has introduced a new item to its patisserie counters, designed by an ITV viewer.

Nutty Tarts expands business with Waitrose

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

Waitrose introduces new-style bakery counters

Waitrose has launched new-look bakery and patisserie counters in 12 branches, selling coffee, cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

Aldi and Lidl hold strong as competition heats up

Once again, Aldi and Lidl have continued to dominate market share, while market growth hit its lowest level in 11 years.

Greggs is second most popular brand among young people

Retail bakery chain Greggs is the second most popular brand on social media for young people, according to a new report.

Waitrose TV welcomes bakery celebrity

TV bakery judge Paul Hollywood has made his debut on Waitrose TV with his own online bakery video collection.

Easter boosts cake decorating sales at Waitrose

Waitrose has reported a 20% increase in cake decorating sales, thanks to the Easter school holidays.

Waitrose introduces trial ‘grazing areas’

Continental-style ‘grazing areas’ where customers can sample baked goods from deli counters in Waitrose are being trialled in a number of stores.

Discounters like Lidl and Aldi led the way in recent grocery sales figures
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Aldi and Lidl show record-breaking growth

Aldi and Lidl once again achieved record-breaking growth in the 12 weeks to 30 March, while grocery shares fell overall.

First Heston Easter egg

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to follow the success of its Christmas products to launch its first Heston Blumenthal Easter egg.

Sainsbury's relaunches basics range

Sainsbury’s is relaunching its basics range with a new campaign.

Aldi and Lidl show continued sales growth

Aldi and Lidl continue to show strong sales growth, according to the latest results.

Discounters and Waitrose prosper in supermarket war

The latest market share figures for supermarkets show an increasingly polarised sector – with discounters and Waitrose both posting growth.

Tesco tops supermarket sales thanks to Jubilee

UK supermarkets managed to accumulate an extra £213m during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, according the latest data.

Jubilee boosts supermarket trading

Supermarket sales during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations increased by 12.5% year-on-year.

Waitrose sees trading rocket over Jubilee

Waitrose achieved its highest week of trading, bar Christmas and Easter, over the Jubilee weekend. Sales were up 19.8% on last year, for the week ending 2 June.

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