Breakfast trade boosts Starbucks UK sales

Starbucks is looking to boost its sweet and savoury offering after its new breakfast range swelled year-on-year morning sales in the UK by 50% in June.

NHS urged to look into gluten-free prescriptions

Gluten-free bakeries are calling on the NHS to investigate charges added to prescription gluten-free bread by whole-salers, after a spate of media reports criticised the cost of such products to taxpayers.

Motorway service firm to trial Pasty Presto outlets

Pasty Presto is to up its outlet numbers, as motorway service station area Roadchef has announced it is to trial a franchise of the bakery café chain, with a view to further rolling out the brand across its estate.

Red tape places burden on use of palm oil logo

Fats distributors say red tape could prevent their sustainable palm oil products from carrying a new certification logo.

'Allo 'Allo! star to attend fair

Bakers' Fair Autumn, taking place on Sunday 2 October at the Bolton Arena, promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

Helen Milligan takes up Greggs south east role

Following her achievement as runner-up in the latest television series of The Apprentice, Greggs' Helen Milligan has been named the new head of retail for the south east region. Previously the executive assistant to CEO Ken McMeikan, Milligan will now be responsible for over 200 shops and around 2,500 staff.

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Gore, ghosts and ghouls

Emma Thomas, aka blogger Miss Cakehead, recently posted a message on Twitter: "This cupcake terrifies me." A click on the hypertext link opens an image of a cake topped with cream swirls and a clown's head. Clowns might not be everyone's idea of a Halloween fright, but the cupcake is a good example of the kind of creativity that Thomas believes is needed.

Irish firms thrive

Northern Ireland is a bakery market facing cost pressures equal to, if not greater than, GB. The emergence of large multiple retailers and consolidation in the retail sector has driven down prices over the past decade. One consequence is the proliferation of pound lines appearing on the shelves, hitting already tight profits for margin-squeezed manufacturers. While the region is believed to be ripe for consolidation in bakery, with a large number of small-to-medium operators, there is a raft of thriving companies with successful domestic and export businesses.

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