Retail

Cake sales fall in run up to Christmas

Christmas cake and pudding sales have slumped in the run up to Christmas, down 5.3% on last year for the two weeks to 12 December.

Blackthorn Foods launches free-from fudge

Blackthorn Foods, the Belfast-based fudge and toffee manufacturer, has launched a range of free-from fudges.

Northern Irish bakery secures first British foodservice deal

Yummie Bakes, the Co Antrim-based frozen goods bakery, has secured its first Great British contract with foodservice-provider Sodexo.

Greggs has recently opened its 100th franchise store
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Greggs opens 100th franchise store

Greggs, the high street bakery, recently passed 100 franchise stores as it opened another partnership with fuel station forecourt manager Euro Garages.

Starbucks UK has seen pre-tax profits rise to £34.2m for the year to 27 September
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Starbucks UK’s profits leap forwards

Starbucks UK has seen year-on-year pre-tax profits jump £32.2 million to reach £34.2m in the year to 27 September.

Dum Dum Doughnuts is to open its fifth London store this weekend
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Doughnut firm moves into Camden, makes international debut

British firm Dum Dum Doughnuts is to unveil its fifth London store this weekend and its first international outlet in Dubai at the end of the month.

Dawn Foods expands brownie mix offering

Bakery ingredients producer Dawn Foods is set to launch two new dry mixes and a frozen batter for bakers and foodservice operators to create authentic American-style brownies. 

Coffee shops forecast to reach £15bn in next 10 years

Britain’s love affair with coffee looks set to continue with the UK coffee shop market expected to be worth over £15bn by 2025, according to the latest report from Allegra World Coffee Portal.

Andy Underwood and Alastair Macphie, managing director and chairman at Macphie
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Macphie doubles profit in bullish year

Macphie, the Scottish-based bakery and food ingredients manufacturer, has seen profits and sales increase off the back of weaker dairy prices.

2 Sisters sees quarterly drop in sales and profits

Boparan Holdings – the owner of 2 Sisters Food Group, which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales slump by 3.5% to £778.3m in the three months to 31 October.

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