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Sandwiches set to oust the Sunday roast?

The lunchtime roast is toast according to Premier Foods - with sandwiches now almost twice as popular for Sunday lunch.

Greggs Delivered trial extended to homes in Newcastle

Greggs Delivered, the much-anticipated home delivery service from the Tyneside baker, is being trialled in Newcastle city centre.

Renshaw targets amateur bakers as growth market

Real Good Food is to ramp up activity targeting amateur bakers after identifying them as a growth market.

Ferrero confirms Delacre purchase from UB

Belgium-based Delacre said Ferrero had completed the acquisition of the Delacre and Delichoc biscuit brands from United Biscuits. 

Waterfield’s plans to close 11 bakeries

Ninety-year-old Wigan business Waterfield’s is set to close 11 bakeries in and around the area. 

Coffee shops attacked for 'staggering' levels of sugar in cakes

Health campaign group Action on Sugar – which has previously lambasted products including breakfast biscuits  has now turned its guns on the cake market.

Your views wanted on AHDB cereals strategy

Businesses have been invited to comment on a new three-year strategy for cereals and oilseeds published this month by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Welsh sandwich supplier wins £5m contract

Swansea-based Panini Ltd is to supply every state-run hospital and school in Wales in a new contract worth £5m.

Patisserie Holdings eyes Maison Blanc purchase

Patisserie Holdings-owned Patisserie Valerie is rumoured to be in talks to buy the Maison Blanc chain.

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.

Tesco's free mince pie van returns

Tesco’s mince pie van has returned to the streets of Britain to deliver its pies free to 18 areas across the nation.

Upper Crust operator SSP to launch Paul Hollywood bakery concept

Starbucks and Upper Crust operator SSP has secured an agreement with Paul Hollywood to open a new bakery concept called Knead.

Patisserie Holdings sales break £100m barrier as store openings continue

Sales at Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings have topped £100m for the first time as the business continues to grow its chain of bakery stores and cafés.

Greggs opens brand new distribution centre

High street bakery chain Greggs has worked with project management firm Clegg Food Projects to open up a 4,645sq m distribution centre in Enfield, North London.

Muffin Break opens door to new Redhill store

Artisan bakery Muffin Break has opened for business at a new store in Redhill, Surrey.

Fancy a crisp/biscuit hybrid?

The Cheetos cookie – a cross between a Cheetos crisp and a biscuit – is making news Stateside for Cookie Good Bakery in California.

Behold, the folded baguette!

A French bakery in Breton has invented the folded baguette as a way for bikers to avoid breaking their bread and getting crumbs in their bags.

Morrisons to launch bread and baked goods under Safeway brand

Morrisons is to resurrect the Safeway brand as a range of ‘hundreds’ of products, including bread and baked goods, which will be available to independent retailers.

Specialists tipped to lead the way in food-to-go market growth

Food-to-go sales will grow by more than £5bn in the next five years, according to grocery research and training charity IGD.

Tesco to tackle discounters with price pledge

Tesco is set to compete head-on with discounters as it looks to cut the cost of its own-label products.

Lidl launches Christmas social media pricing campaign

Discounter Lidl has launched a social media campaign that it claims will put customers in control of product prices in the run-up to Christmas.

Krispy Kreme store lands in Scottish airport

Doughnut brand Krispy Kreme has opened a store at Glasgow International airport.

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.

Asda boss Clarke ‘encouraged’ despite 5.8% sales decline

Asda like-for-like sales fell 5.8% year on year in the quarter to 30 September 2016, according to figures released by owner Walmart.

CSM and Cinnabon team up for grocery launch

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM Bakery Solutions and global bakery-café chain Cinnabon have introduced a partnership to introduce Cinnabon’s products to retail and foodservice channels in North America.

Subway launches first ever festive sub

High street sandwich firm Subway has introduced its first ever seasonal sub to its stores – the Festive Feast.

Breakfast and meal deals helping brands transform foodservice market

Brits are snubbing independent foodservice operators in favour of branded business, according to a new study.

Morrisons offers one-hour full shop through Amazon Prime

Shoppers in some parts of the country can now order a full Morrisons shop through Amazon Prime and have it delivered within one hour.

NHS worker starts bakery from home

Leicestershire-based baker Ian Waterland has appeared on ITV as he used to work for the NHS before deciding to set up a bakery from home.

Personalised shortbread for Christmas

VIP Shortbread has announced the launch of its Christmas range of personalised shortbread.  

FDF seminar for SMEs announced

Small and medium-sized food and drink producers (SMEs) can receive guidance on sugar reduction, labelling and claims at an upcoming seminar run by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

New ‘grown-up’ Christmas puddings

Christmas pudding maker Matthew Walker is launching two new fruit puddings with a twist this year, the Golden Mulled Plum & Port Christmas Pudding, and the Guinness Fruit Pudding. 

Brace’s set to re-open Welsh site

Brace’s Bakery has announced it will “grab hold of the reins” and reopen its Croespenmaen site, following a management shake-up.

Discounter sales growth slows as Tesco gains market share

Combined sales growth at Lidl and Aldi is at its lowest level in five years – while Tesco is continuing to increase its share of the grocery market.

Kara brings out new muffin range

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has launched a new Tulip Muffin range. 

Cotswolds bakery scoops two awards

South Gloucestershire-based Marshfield Bakery has won a national IGD award and been named Manufacturer of the Year for SME at the Insider Magazine Made in the South West Awards.

Bath Cake Company wins five awards

Somerset-based Bath Cake Company took home five awards for cakes entered at Cake International this month. 

Caffè Nero launches mobile payment wallet

High street coffee chain Caffè Nero has teamed up with Yoyo Wallet to enable use of its mobile wallet at all UK and Ireland stores.

Sainsbury’s profits drop 10.1%

Sainsbury’s sales continued to decline as it posted a 10.1% fall in first-half profits to £277m.

Greggs and Pret give away festive freebies

High street chains Greggs and Pret a Manger have been giving away their latest Christmas releases for free as part of the run-up to the festive period.

Asda fined £664,000 over mouse infestation at west London store

Major supermarket Asda has been fined over half a million pounds after a customer ate a bread roll covered in mouse droppings.

GALLERY: Brown’s Hotel unveils healthy afternoon tea

From January, Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel will offer a healthy alternative to traditional afternoon tea with Tea-Tox.

M&S closes stores to focus on food

Marks & Spencer has announced store cuts as part of a wide strategic shake-up.

EPP MD puts hygiene at top of agenda after Watchdog’s Asda exposé

European Process Plant’s (EPP) MD Steve Merritt has reacted to the BBC’s investigative programme Watchdog’s shaming of Asda over its unhygienic baskets by stating that washing machine production line Colussi Ermes is the answer to its problems.

Can Kingsmill’s new Super Toasty loaf deliver the ‘best ever toast’?

Allied Bakeries has unveiled a new Kingsmill loaf that it claims offers consumers the ‘best ever toast’.

James Martin to open Manchester food-to-go bakery

TV chef James Martin is set to bring food-to-go bakery concept James Martin Kitchen to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station.

Bakery included in Lidl’s planned extension of Croydon store

A new bakery is among expansion plans for Lidl’s store in Norbury, South London.

Pidy rolls out first branded retail products to Ocado

Pidy has secured its first branded retail listing as part of its ambitions to become a recognised name with UK consumers.

Fourth consecutive quarter of LFL growth at Morrisons

Morrisons – which was crowned In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards in September – has reported its fourth consecutive increase in like-for-like sales.

Buoyant first half for Tate & Lyle

Global ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has seen a strong first half, boosting its expectations for its full-year results.

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