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Krispy Kreme set to open 100th UK store

Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is set to open its 100th UK store at Nottingham’s Intu Victoria Centre on 23 August.

Subway opens tenth East of England Co-op branch

High street sandwich chain Subway has opened its 10th store in an East of England Co-op shop.

Patisserie Valerie set to open second Northern Ireland store

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie is set to open another store in Belfast, which will create 20 new jobs.

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.

Esquires Coffee continues expansion

Franchised coffee chain, Esquires Coffee has opened its 25th shop in Buckingham (Bucks) and aims to open five more by the end of the year.

Bakery chain hit with several burglaries

Wigan-based-bakery chain Galloways has been the victim of an overnight raid in four of its branches in Aspull, Standish, Kitt Green and Haydock.

Starbucks to bake in-store

High street coffee chain Starbucks has agreed an investment and global licensing deal with Italian bakery chain Princi. The deal means baking is to be introduced to Starbucks stores for the first time in 2017. 

Muffin Break sales up 42% after refurb

Bakery café chain Muffin Break has seen sales jump by more than two thirds at its Worcestershire store following a refurbishment. 

Bakers Pantry signs new deal

North east bakery chain Bakers Pantry has partnered with Lakes & Dales Co-operative, a northern co-operative group.

Sainsbury’s to close Netto chain

Sainsbury’s is to close its Netto stores after deciding to end its joint venture with Danish supermarket chain Dansk Supermarked in the UK.

Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffè Nero

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero is to acquire the coffee chain Harris + Hoole from Tesco.

Canadian coffee chain expands

Canadian coffee chain Second Cup has revealed plans to open five new sites across the UK this year.

Tesco to sell Giraffe

Tesco is expected to announce the sale of its Giraffe restaurant chain, which has reignited speculation that the Euphorium bakery chain and coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole will be next.

Soho Coffee acquires Apostrõphe

Soho Coffee Co, the West Country-based coffee chain, has agreed a joint venture with CH&Co. This includes the acquisition of the Apostrõphe bakery café group.

New peanut butter and jam doughnut from Krispy Kreme

Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has launched a Reese’s Peanut Butter and Jelly flavoured offering.   

5 things to learn from Patisserie Holdings

Patisserie Holdings, which owns the high street bakery chain, released its results today. We take a closer look at what they mean for Patisserie Valerie. 

Costa pledges to reduce sugar by 2020

Costa Coffee, the high street café chain, has announced it will reduce the added sugar content in its beverage range by 25% by 2020.

Costa launches selfie zones

High street coffee chain Costa has installed selfie zones as part of its Seriously Summer refurbishments at selected stores. 

Greggs to roll out Balanced Choice range

In a continued bid to target the ‘healthy eating’ market, high street food-to-go chain Greggs will launch its Balanced Choice range on 2 May. 

Tesco records first quarterly sales growth in three years

Supermarket giant Tesco reported a £162m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 February, its first quarterly sales growth since 2013.

Tesco rumoured to be selling off Euphorium and Harris + Hoole

Tesco is reportedly on the verge of selling its offshoots Euphorium Bakery and the coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole.

Eat faces £3.6m bill for toasted sandwiches

Sandwich chain Eat has been issued with a £3.6m VAT bill after its toasties were found to be subject to the “pasty tax”. 

Free’ist wins Morrisons deal

Low-sugar bakery and snack manufacturer Free’ist has won its first listing with a major British supermarket.

Costa to open in Chard and Crewkerne

The high street coffee chain has confirmed it will be opening the two new Somerset stores by April. 

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs
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Greggs posts strong profit growth

Greggs saw its pre-tax profits rise by 25.4% to £73m in its last financial year and has revealed it is confident of delivering even more growth in the year ahead.

Pret A Manger’s first campus shop

The high street sandwich chain will start work on the new University of Exeter site in the next few weeks. 

Tesco buys Harris +Hoole coffee shops outright

Tesco now has full ownership of its in-store coffee shop business Harris + Hoole.

Earl of Sandwich to reopen in UK

Earl of Sandwich, the American sandwich chain, has announced it will relaunch in the UK two years after the closure of its only UK outlet.

Bagelman switches strategy on stores

Bagelman, the Brighton-based bagel chain, has put plans to franchise on hold as it instead looks to expand its portfolio of company-owned stores.

Brains gains £85m to expand Coffee#1 chain

Drinks and hospitality firm Brains has been given an £85m funding packing to help accelerate the roll-out of its coffee chain business Coffee#1.

LPQ appoints new head of operations

Le Pain Quotidien, the artisan bakery chain, has appointed Jon Abrahams as head of operations.

Losses surge at Tesco coffee shop offshoot

Tesco is having to commit millions of pounds to keep solvent a rapidly expanding, loss-making coffee chain it part owns.

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UB appoints new head of group supply chain

United Biscuits has announced John Titmuss as its new group supply chain director.

The past seven days in bakery

Last week was another busy one in the world of bakery – so here’s a round-up of the most read British Baker stories in case you missed them.

Greggs tweeted this picture of Jake Gyllenhaal with his beloved baguette
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A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal loves Greggs

Southpaw and Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed his love of high street bakery giant Greggs.

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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. 

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Insomnia has added a wrap line to its Food for Life range
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Insomnia adds to Food for Life line

Irish coffee shop chain Insomnia has added more lines to its Food for Life range. 

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BFree wraps to join Costa menu
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BFree wraps snapped up by Costa

Health-conscious bakery brand BFree has partnered with Costa Coffee so the high street chain can use its BFree Multigrain Wraps. 

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Costa Coffee enjoys another LFL sales boost
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LFLs up 5% at Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned high street chain, saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) grow by 5% in the 13 weeks to 28 May 2015. 

Subway moves cookie production from US to Germany

Subway has moved the production of its cookies to Europe - the first time they have been produced out of the US - as it chases European expansion.

Esquires new packaging
Esquires Coffee has launched new packaging
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Coffee chain Esquires overhauls its estate

Franchise coffee shop chain Esquires Coffee has introduced a new menus and packaging at its 24 stores. 

The gluten-free bakery will soon launch a bespoke cake range with restaurant chain Leon
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Honeybuns strikes deal with Leon restaurants

Gluten-free bakery, Honeybuns, will soon launch a bespoke cake range with London restaurant chain Leon as it outgrows its current Dorset premises.

Boosting bread among the young

As part of the #WeLoveBread campaign British Baker filmed a Grain Chain masterclass for teachers.

Earl of Sandwich closes only UK outlet

The American Earl of Sandwich sandwich chain has closed its only UK outlet, but vowed to be back soon.

Caffè Nero takes first steps into the US

Coffee chain Caffè Nero is expanding into the USA, with its first café due to open in Boston, Massachusetts in late-April.

Costa Coffee joins BRC

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

Goldman Sachs sells Pret A Manger stake

Goldman Sachs has sold its £50m stake in Pret A Manger, the sandwich chain.

Costa director shortlisted for Women’s Award

Caroline Harris of Costa Coffee has been shortlisted for the Women’s 1st Shine Awards 2012.

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