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Graze sales up 8% on UK and US expansion

Sales at snack brand Graze have risen 8% year on year as the business extends its presence in the UK and US.

Sainsbury's '1869 Coffee' shop
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Sainsbury’s trials on-the-go coffee concept

Sainsbury’s has rolled out a new barista-styled coffee bar at the front of six of its stores.

Christmas round-up: on-the-go festive bakery NPD

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The festivities are often accompanied by a hefty dose of seasonal NPD, from Rudolph cakes to mincemeat pasties and of course the highly-anticipated Christmas sandwiches. 

VIDEO: Roberts Bakery reveals its next steps

Roberts Bakery has revealed its plans for the business, including the roll out of more ‘innovative’ NPD in May 2018, following a major relaunch in September 2017.

WRAP releases guidance on bread labelling to help tackle food waste

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has released best practice guidance designed to clear up confusion around food labelling, which can lead to food being wasted.

Ryvita gets a makeover in brand revamp

Ryvita has undergone a brand relaunch in collaboration with branding consultancy Coley Porter Bell.

Administration for national wholesaler Palmer & Harvey

Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has entered administration with the loss of 2,500 jobs.

Asda to launch Christmas dinner pizza complete with Brussels sprouts

Asda has unveiled a Christmas dinner pizza, complete with Brussels sprouts.

Warrens Bakery teams up with Bake Off star for London openings

Warrens Bakery has teamed up with Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison as it opens its first-ever stores in London. 

Snacking helps drive 20% growth in Greencore food-to-go

Greencore, which claims to hold a 60% share of the UK grocery sandwich market, has reported almost 20% growth in its food-to-go sales in the past year.

Colossal choux! Asda ‘super-sizes’ choc éclair

Asda has joined Morrisons in the trend for oversized baked goods with the launch of a foot-long chocolate éclair.

Aryzta European business continues to outpace US

Group revenue at global baking business Aryzta has slumped 5.5% in the first quarter to €909.7m (£812m).

Patisserie Holdings reveals plans to boost production

Patisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings is looking at options to increase production, including a manufacturing site in Manchester and in-store baking of morning goods.

Tale of two export markets: cake booms as bread falls

Exports of UK-produced cakes have soared almost 20% year on year in the past quarter – but bread exports have slumped 15%.

Black Friday: bakers grab a slice of the action

Bakers are grabbing a slice of the action this Black Friday, with discounts on bakery courses, brownies, cookbooks and celebration cakes. 

Prewett’s expands gluten-free range with biscuit bar

Gluten-free brand Prewett’s has expanded its range with a chocolate-coated and caramel biscuit bar. 

Starbucks rolls out London lunchtime meal deal

Starbucks is going up against the likes of Boots and Tesco as it rolls out a £3.99 lunchtime meal deal at its stores across the capital. 

Starbucks cuts sugar in Christmas cakes

Starbucks has slashed sugar across its sweet bakery range, with reductions of up to 54%. 

SSP has worked with Paul Hollywood to open the Knead concept in London
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Air passenger growth drives UK sales hike for SSP

Strong growth in the air sector has helped drive a 4.8% hike in full-year UK revenue for Starbucks and Upper Crust travel sites operator SSP.

Finsbury revenue up 4% despite overseas sales dip

Finsbury Food Group has reported a 4% hike in group sales in the past four months.

Gail’s debuts its ‘12 days of Christmas’ advent calendar

Gail’s Bakery has rolled out its first-ever advent calendar, featuring chocolate treats and gift certificates that can be exchanged for baked products such as mince pies.

BakePlan MD Jane Tyler and York Central MP Rachael Maskell try out the software
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BakePlan Software receives £43k grant to cut retail waste

BakePlan Software has been given a £43,600 grant by innovation agency Innovate UK to create a system to reduce food waste across retailers.

Crikey! Doughnut Time rolls out cricket-topped treat

Doughnut Time UK has launched a cricket-loaded doughnut to mark the return of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here

Lincoln’s Ticklebelly to open bakery shop and tea house

Lincoln-based Ticklebelly Lane Bakery is to open a bakery shop and tea house later this week. 

Gingerbread flavours are focus for Aldi festive NPD

Aldi has released a number of gingerbread creations ahead of Christmas.

AmazonFresh launches medieval mince pie

Amazon’s grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh, has launched a traditional meat-filled mince pie. 

Prima Bakeries unveils premium filled doughnut range

Cornish wholesale bakery Prima Bakeries has launched a range of premium filled doughnuts.

Muffin Break unveils four locations in expansion drive

Retail bakery chain Muffin Break has revealed the locations of four new stores.

McVitie’s and Tesco set up charity campaign

McVitie’s has teamed up with Tesco in a partnership with charities Fareshare and The Trussell Trust.

Gallery: Harrods unveils from-scratch bakery

Harrods has officially opened the first phase of its Food Halls’ transformation, unveiling a from-scratch bakery and coffee roastery.

Warrens unveils festive NPD, including vegan pasty

Warrens Bakery has become the latest food-to-go outlet to unveil its Christmas menu, which includes a vegan pasty.

Sainsbury's eyes a pizza the action with takeaway trial

Sainsbury’s is to trial a pizza pre-ordering service at three of its stores, in a move which sees the retailer go head to head with the likes of Domino’s.

Premier Foods: Mr Kipling sales dip as own-label soars

Sales of Premier Foods’ own-label cakes have far outpaced its branded lines in the past six months.

Aryzta completes Park Garage Group in-store bakery roll-out

Aryzta Food Solutions has completed the installation of Cuisine de France in-store bakeries across 49 Park Garage Group forecourt convenience stores.

Subway unveils expansion plans for south coast

Subway has unveiled plans to expand the number of its stores on the south coast by more than 20 over the next 18 months.

First-ever Cornish Pasty Week set for next February

The first-ever Cornish Pasty Week is set to take place from Sunday 25 February to Saturday 3 March. 

Stores sold 10m packs of festive biscuits last month

Supermarket shoppers bought more than 10 million packs of Christmas biscuits in October, latest Kantar Worldpanel data has shown.

Warburtons drops Newburn name from gluten-free lines

Warburtons is rebranding its Newburn Bakehouse free-from range as Warburtons Gluten Free.

Bettys unveils its first ever TV advert

Bettys has launched its first ever TV advert, starring chocolate animals in an enchanted forest.

Season's eatings: Greggs launches advent calendar

Greggs is set to launch its first advent calendar, featuring tokens that can be exchanged for items such as sausage rolls. 

Union claims Midlands faces bread shortages if Allied Bakeries strike goes ahead

Allied Bakeries drivers are being balloted for strike action that could bring a “bread drought” to the north west and Midlands, according to union Unite.

Best-selling bakery products revealed by Palmer & Harvey

Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has revealed a guide of best-selling products across the bakery sector to help retailers stock the correct items in their core range.

Muffin Break rolls out festive bakery range

Muffin Break has launched its Christmas range, including two new festive paninis and muffins.

Michael McCallion, Asda NI buying manager and Michael Murphy, CEO of Irwin’s Bakery
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Irwin’s secures major batch bread contract with Asda

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery has secured a major contract with Asda to supply batch bread to 300 stores across the UK. 

Sainsbury’s launches Snow Globe Christmas sandwich

Sainsbury’s has launched a star-topped Snow Globe Sandwich as part of its Christmas range. 

Irwin’s eyes brunch with artisan range

Irwin’s Bakery has expanded its range with two new artisan loaves, including a sourdough.

Tim Hortons continues expansion with second Glasgow site

Tim Hortons is set to open a second outlet in Glasgow as part of the firm’s nationwide roll-out plan in the UK.

Butt Foods’ sourdough naans listed at Soho Coffee

Nottingham-based bakery Butt Foods has secured a contract to supply its sourdough naans to Soho Coffee Co.

Waitrose adds six new lines to on-the-go Christmas range

Waitrose has extended its Christmas Good To Go range with new sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads.

Gallery: Costa unveils Christmas menu

Costa Coffee has unveiled its 2017 Christmas menu, complete with savoury sandwiches and festive sweet baked treats. 

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