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Discounters benefit at Christmas amid 0.2% drop in grocery sales

Continuing price deflation meant there was no Christmas uplift for the British grocery market as sales fell 0.2% on last year. But Waitrose, The Co-operative and Sainsbury’s successfully grew ahead of the market. 

Le Pain Quotidien to open first regional UK outlet

Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to make its UK regional debut on 29 January at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, in a move announced as the company’s first out-of-London site. 

Morrisons’ trading down but improving, 2015 LFLs up 0.2%

Supermarket chain Morrisons is “working to improve” as company like-for-like sales (LFLs) excluding fuel increased 0.2% in the nine weeks to 3 January.

Greggs trading in line with expectations, 2015 LFLs up 4.7%

Bakery chain Greggs said it expected its full-year results to be “in line” with previous expectations – after announcing company like-for-like sales (LFLs) increased by 4.7% in 2015.

M&S to add fibre to all bread

Marks & Spencer (M&S), the food and clothing chain, has announced it will become the first UK retailer to start adding fibre to its entire range of pre-packed bread and rolls.

Appleby’s family bakery in Salisbury to close

Eighty-year-old business Appleby’s bakery, based in Salisbury, will close this month so that owner Mark Appleby can have some time off “while I’m still young enough to enjoy it”.

Subway continues drive for customer footfall

The Subway brand has announced new products for its menu, as it aims to drive more traffic into its stores in the first quarter of 2016. 

Gluten-free cake firm secures Amazon deal

Gluten Free Goodies brand SIN has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its ‘Little Black Boxes’ of quality cake online.

Sixty Six Bakery back in business after fire

A popular Ruislip Manor bakery is back open after “an unhappy Christmas with a lot of hard work”.

Subway launches mobile advertising campaign

The Subway sandwich chain has launched a series of promotional activities as part of a bid to encourage traffic into stores in the first-quarter period.

New £1.2m bakery planned in Prestonpans

Peter and Graeme Ford plan to bring The Premium Bakery to East Lothian after outgrowing their current premises in Loanhead.

Bakers report strong Christmas sales

Craft bakers have reported a strong Christmas trading period as it was revealed that sales of cake, pudding and confectionary surged by 8.3% in supermarkets.

Flooding round-up: how bakers coped

Bakers nationwide have been left counting the cost after high winds and heavy rain devastated the UK over Christmas and the start of the New Year.

Piero Scacco, director at Montana Bakery
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Montana Bakery suffers profit drop

Montana Bakery, the artisan wholesale bakery, has reported a slump in operating profit from £1.3m to £1.2m for the 12 months to 28 March 2015.

Birds has closed its Normanton Road branch but continues to open new stores, including one in Duffield (pictured above)
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Historic Birds store closes but more open

Birds Bakery, the Derby-based craft chain, has closed one of its oldest shops to reduce the amount of stores in the area.

Bako Own Label rebrands as Bako Select

Bako, the baking products and supplies company, has rebranded its own-label product line following “extensive customer research”.

Greggs reportedly planning 12 NI stores in 2016

High street bakery Greggs will reportedly open at least 12 stores in Northern Ireland in 2016, and its first stand-alone shop in the country will open in Belfast in March.

West Cornwall Pasty Co suffers pre-tax loss

The UK’s largest pasty operator has announced an underlying profit of £551,000, despite having posted a pre-tax loss of £195,000.

Costa is first coffee chain to launch vegan line

Costa Coffee has become the first UK coffee shop chain to launch a vegan product registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark.

Stag Bakeries wins new M&S listing

Stag Bakeries, the Isle of Lewis-based producer, has had its Smoked Dunlop Cheese Straws listed by Marks & Spencer (M&S).

Record seasonal trading days for Waitrose

Waitrose reported record trading days on 23 and 24 December, despite the challenging grocery market. 

Seasonal bakery sales up thanks to sweet-toothed shoppers

Christmas cake, pudding and confectionery sales were up 8.3% on 2014 as UK consumers spent £219m in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. 

Prolific Wirral baker hangs up her apron

Sally Cashen has closed her shop in West Kirby after nearly 27 years in business.

Gluten-free bakery opens in Staffordshire

The first 100% gluten-free bakery has opened in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, producing a range of free-from breads and cakes.

Tunnock’s drops Scottish branding

Scotland’s biscuit brand Tunnock’s has decided to drop the Scottish Lion Rampant from its logo as it moves forward to brand its teacakes as ‘British’. 

Udi’s launches gluten-free chocolate clusters

Udi’s Gluten Free, the US-based free-from brand, has announced its new Chocolate Clusters range will be on sale from 18 January.

Who ya gonna call? – Finsbury granted licence for Ghostbusters

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

Earl of Sandwich to reopen in UK

Earl of Sandwich, the American sandwich chain, has announced it will relaunch in the UK two years after the closure of its only UK outlet.

Bagelman switches strategy on stores

Bagelman, the Brighton-based bagel chain, has put plans to franchise on hold as it instead looks to expand its portfolio of company-owned stores.

Pieminister returns to profitability

Pieminister, the luxury pie manufacturer and restaurant chain, has reported profits of £99,000 for the 12 months to 31 March 2015, reversing the previous year’s loss of £109,000.

Invest: Bishop, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank and Richard Mathea, managing director of Jungs Bakery
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Jungs plans expansion after investment

Jungs, the continental bakery and patisserie, has revealed ambitions to expand after securing a new six figure funding package.

Baked goods sales to tumble 5% by 2020

UK sales of bread and baked goods are set to fall by 5.3% over the next five years, according to a report by market insight company Mintel, with market value dropping from £3.9bn to £3.7bn.

Hot cross buns on sale for Christmas

This is the picture which proves that Easter has come early.

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.

Sainsbury's was the only one of the Big Four to post sales growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December
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Sainsbury’s bucks Big Four downward trend

Sainsbury’s was the only Big Four supermarket to show growth for the 12 weeks to 6 December 2015, up 1.2% to achieve a market share of 16.7%.

London bakery goes cashless

Sweet Things will be the first London eatery not to accept cash payments when it opens in Notting Hill on 4 January.

Expansion for tea and crumpet concept

A specialist London-based tea and crumpet kiosk intends to open a second outlet in the New Year. 

Auchtermuchty secures Selfridges deal

Auchtermuchty Cake Company, the Fife-based gluten-free bakery, has secured its first retail listing with Selfridges.

Double-digit revenue growth for The Bread Factory

The Bread Factory has reported another year of double-digit growth, with revenue up 25% from £36.1m to £45.1m.

Kingsmill loaves back on Tesco shelves

Tesco has relisted several of Kingsmill’s core branded bread loaves, nine months after they were cut as part of supermarket’s ‘Project Reset’ simplification of its SKUs.

Pop culture icon inspires festive doughnuts

London artisan donutterie Dum Dum Doughnuts has rolled out three limited-edition festive-themed treats in the shape of pop culture creature Domo. 

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