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Butter prices up 13%

Bakers face higher prices for butter after a surprise rally on global commodity markets.

Oliver Adams to close nine bakeries

Northampton bakery Oliver Adams closed two outlets, and will close nine in total. It has said it is restructuring, because some outlets are “losing money hand over fist”.

New competition from Patisserie Valerie

High street bakery Patisserie Valerie has launched the #MyValerieGateau competition, which will see the public design the company’s next gateau. 

Kellogg’s launches brownie-style bake

Kellogg’s has launched Coco Pops Choco Bakes, a Coco Pops-branded brownie-style bake, targeted at children looking for snacks after school. 

M&S food ‘outperforms a competitive market’

Profits at Marks & Spencer (M&S) dropped by a fifth, it announced in its full-year results today. But food fared better than its other divisions, despite “difficult trading conditions”.

Sandwiches most popular cold food-to-go

The new Food-To-Go Market Factsheets from packaging specialist Huhtamaki have revealed that sandwiches, wraps and paninis are the most popular cold choices.

New Bunting Label from Planglow

Food label-designer Planglow’s new Bunting Label has a bright polka dot bunting print on a blue striped border, and is designed with summer in mind.

Fresh baked goods are top convenience choice

Over half of those who regularly shop in convenience stores have said they regularly buy freshly baked goods, according to research analyst Mintel.

Sugar tax to be extended?

The recently-announced levy on fizzy drinks has edged closer to the bakery sector, as it could soon affect cereals and snacks, according to a government health minister. 

Welsh Hills Bakery celebrates Morrisons advert appearance

Free-from food producer Welsh Hills Bakery is celebrating the appearance of its chocolate sponge cake in a Morrisons TV advert.

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