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Pasty Presto has been rebranded as The Cornish Bakery
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Pasty Presto undergoes rebrand

Pasty Presto, the Cornish pasty retail chain, has been rebranded as The Cornish Bakery following a successful trial in three stores.

Aldi and Lidl now hold a combined market share of 10%
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German discounters continue to thrive

Aldi and Lidl, the German discounters, hit a combined market share of 10% for the first time, according to a Kantar Worldpanel report.

Christmas adverts hit the screen

With the major grocery retailers having broken their Christmas adverts for 2015, British Baker picks apart their strategies.

Warrens releases mince pie-inspired pasty

Warrens Bakery, the Cornwall-based bakery, has released a limited-edition mincemeat pasty for Christmas.

Muppets star in Warburtons’ crumpet campaign

Warburtons has launched an advertising campaign with The Muppets to promote its new Giant Crumpets.

Cookie dough withdrawn over allergen

Mo’s Cookie Dough, the chilled cookie dough producer, has temporarily withdrawn its products due to a labelling issue.

Aldi trumpets British Baker awards success

Manchester bakery launches crowdfunding campaign

Manchester-based artisan bakery Trove has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund expansion plans.

The first publicly available advice on producing free-from products has been published
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First free-from food manufacturing advice published

The first publicly available guidance for food manufacturers aiming to produce free-from products has been published.

Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, with Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Cake
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Ministry of Cake relaunches factory shop

Cake and desserts manufacturer Ministry of Cake has relaunched its factory shop after a £60,000 investment.

Scotch Pie judging completed

More than 500 products from nearly 100 Scottish butchers and bakers have been judged for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Cuckoo's Bakery in Edinburgh launched a range of cupcakes for Halloween
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Bakers say 2015 was best Halloween ever

Bakers have reported that sales boomed over Halloween, with the strongest sales ever this year.

United Biscuits (UB) has launched a Chinese eCommerce store
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UB launches Chinese eCommerce store

Biscuit manufacturing group United Biscuits (UB) has launched an eCommerce store for Chinese consumers on Alibaba Group’s Tmall Global platform.

Baker fights back after Poppy Appeal theft

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

Sainsbury’s reported a 17.9% drop in underlying profit before tax
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Sainsbury’s suffers drop in profit

Sainsbury’s underlying profit before tax plunged by 17.9% from £375m to £308m, according to sales figures for the 28 weeks to 26 September 2015.

A cheeky red wine with your sausage roll?

Ever wondered what the perfect wine would be to accompany your Greggs’ sausage roll?

Premier Foods is to launch a range of baking mixes with Paul Hollywood
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Premier Foods announces Paul Hollywood baking mix range

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced it will launch a range of baking mixes with Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

Wrights unveils new packaging

London-based miller G R Wright & Sons, has made a “considerable investment” in a new look across its 14-strong bread mix range.

A mouse infestation has shut down a Birmingham branch of Muffin Break
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Mouse infestation closes Birmingham Muffin Break

A recently opened branch of Muffin Break in Birmingham’s flagship Grand Central shopping mall was shut down due to mouse infestation yesterday (9 November).

A Danish-style bakery has opened in Cardiff
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New bakery says ‘Hej!’ in Cardiff

A new bakery with a focus on traditional Danish recipes has opened in Cardiff.

Irwin's has secured a contract to sell biscuits to China
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Irwin’s Bakery secures export contract to China

Northern Ireland’s leading bakery Irwin’s has secured a six-figure deal to supply a range of premium Irish biscuits created specifically for the Chinese market.

Premier Foods has reported modest growth in its Sweet Treats division
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Premier Foods shows growth in sweet division

St Albans-based Premier Foods has announced slow growth for its Sweet Treats division, with a 0.8% growth from £93.1m to £93.8m for the 26 weeks to 3 October 2015.

Vogel's has launched a new marketing campaign with Anorak
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Vogel’s launches picnic promotion

Seeded bread specialist Vogel’s has partnered with outdoor brand Anorak for a new Keep Exploring campaign. 

Roberts Bakery hopes to raise over £50,000 to improve breast cancer screening.
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Roberts Bakery to raise £50,000 in breast cancer campaign

Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.

Carr’s records healthy profit growth

Unaudited figures show the food division of Carr’s Group has enjoyed a 6.3% rise in profit before tax for the year ended 29 August 2015.

Charles Reed (left) of William Reed Business Media with Bob Gomersall (right) of Virtual College
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Appetite Learning is launched

William Reed Business Media, the publisher of British Baker, has partnered with Virtual College, the leading provider of e-learning and online training, to offer a range of materials for the food industry.

10 patisseries YOU must visit

With Marc Patisserie opening in Selfridges, British Baker looks at 10 other great patisseries located throughout the UK to inspire you.

Tate & Lyle has seen adjusted profit before tax rise 28%
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Tate & Lyle sees pre-tax profits jump 28%

Tate & Lyle, the bakery ingredients supplier, saw its adjusted profit before tax increase by 28% this year to £103m.

Morrisons LFL sales have slumped 2.6% (excluding fuel)
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Morrisons hit by fresh sales slump

Supermarket chain Morrisons has seen another drop in sales, with a 2.6% fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales excluding fuel in the 13 weeks to 1 November 2015.

Cookie Crumbles is to have three lines sold in France
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British baking mixes to sell in France

London-based baking mix producer Cookie Crumbles is to have three of its lines stocked by international retailer Casino Group.

M&S has posted nearly static LFL food sales
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M&S sees static LFL food sales

High street retail chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) has recorded virtually static like-for-like (LFL) food sales figures, with just 0.2% growth in the 26 weeks ending 26 September.

Barry Callebaut posts profit dip, warns on year ahead

Global chocolate producer Barry Callebaut has warned about a “challenging” year ahead – after it saw its net profit decline by 5.9% to CHF240 million (£157m).

Marc Patisserie launches in London

A high end patisserie – the brainchild of a team behind a duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants – has opened in Selfridges in London.

Morrisons takes on fresh sandwich chains with own offer

Supermarket chain Morrisons has revealed plans to launch its own range of freshly made sandwiches in bid to capitalise on the growing food-to-go market.

ABF profits and revenues hit by commodity deflation and currency woes

Revenues and profit fell at Associated British Foods – the parent company of Kingsmill – as it was hurt by commodity deflation and currency difficulties.

England has won Square Pie's first Pie World Cup
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England triumphs in Pie World Cup

Things may have been disappointing on the rugby pitch for England, but at least the home nation’s Dallaglio Steak & Ale Pie triumphed at the inaugural Pie World Cup.

South Shields Greggs closes

Greggs-lovers in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, received a blow when the high-street bakery retailer closed its Fowler Street branch on 24 October.

Holland’s releases Steak & Guinness slice

Lancashire-based pie manufacturers Holland’s has launched a new Steak & Guinness Slice.

Key consumer trends were revealed at Taste Tomorrow London
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Global study identifies key bakery trends

A global study for Belgian ingredients manufacturer Puratos has unveiled key trends in the baking, patisserie and chocolate markets.

Two century-old Sussex bakery closes

Sussex-based Forfars Bakers, which was due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2018, has gone into voluntary liquidation.

Pieminister has raised funds for 57,176 trees
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Bristol pie-makers fight hunger with trees

Bristol-based pie restaurant and manufacturer Pieminister has smashed its target of planting 50,000 trees in Malawi with its Pie One Get One Tree campaign.

Whitworths has revamped its packaging
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Whitworths revamps packaging

Fruit and nut retailer Whitworths has redesigned its packaging to capitalise on the expanding snacking and home-baking markets.

The Bread Factory buys retail bakery

Wholesale bakery The Bread Factory has bought St Albans-based manufacturer Bread Roll for an undisclosed sum.

2 Sisters: biscuit market under pressure

2 Sisters Food Group, the conglomerate which runs Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, saw sales tumble 8.2% in the 52 weeks to 1 August to £3.14bn from £3.42bn in 2014.

UK’s first crisp sandwich shop shuts down

The UK’s first crisp sandwich shop has closed down three months after opening, in a development blamed on the owner’s poor health.

Aviva survey shows ‘invisible’ spend

A typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items such as coffees, shop-bought lunches, post-work drinks and treats for children, says a new survey commissioned by insurance company Aviva.

Greggs in £2,000 robbery

Raiders forced their way into a Greggs in Birchencliffe in Yorkshire at 11.30pm on 25 October, stealing a safe containing £2,000.

New café opens in Merseyside

Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

Wrights targets ‘on-the-move’ market with new slice

Crewe-based Wrights Food Group has introduced a new Meatball Marinara Lattice to its food-to-go range.

Higgidy launches Sofa Supper campaign

Sussex-based pie manufacture Higgidy is hosting two pie-themed nights to launch its Higgidy Sofa Supper Campaign.

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