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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. 

Jamaica Blue, the coffee chain, is to open four new stores next year
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Australia franchise café firm reveals UK expansion plans

Jamaica Blue plans to open four new cafés in ‘affluent’ areas of the UK in 2016.

Ginsters to release spicy double bill

Ginsters is to roll out two spicy limited edition flavours at the end of the month.

Waitrose withdraws biscuit packs after mix-up

Waitrose has withdrawn packs of its own-label Stem Ginger Cookies 200g after it was found they contained the supermarket’s Cherry & Almond Cookies 200g.

Pieter Totté, executive chairman at RGF
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RGF buys sports supplements brand

Real Good Food (RGF), the food ingredients and bakery supplier, has bought ISO2 Nutrition, the sports supplements brand, for a nominal amount.

Costa Coffee reports Q3 sales growth

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned café chain, has posted UK like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 2.5% for the 13 weeks to 26 November 2015.

Tesco recalls shortcakes over egg labelling

Tesco has recalled packs of its own-brand Tesco Chunky Chocolate Shortcakes 175g because of a failure to declare the presence of egg on the label.

Lily Vanilli is to create products for healthy snack producers Graze
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Lily Vanilli announces snack box partnership

Lily Vanilli has revealed she is to design some sweet healthy treats for the online snack box company Graze.

Warburtons’ Muppets ad crowned Christmas best

The Warburtons’ advert promoting giant crumpets featuring The Muppets has been crowned 2015’s most successful Christmas campaign.

The Cornish Bakery has expansion plans
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Cornish Bakery eyes rapid expansion

The Cornish Bakery is embarking on an expansion drive that could see it adding up to 20 sites over the next two years.

Pinkmans has opened its doors in Bristol
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Bakery veterans launch Bristol-based Pinkmans

Pinkmans, a Bristol-based bakery concept, has opened its doors with the soft opening taking place on 3 December.

Irwin’s expands popular Softee range

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has expanded its Softee range to offer shoppers an alternative to white bread. 

Wall’s rolls out on-the-go festive products

Wall’s Pastry is giving consumers the chance to enjoy Christmas flavours on the go with two new seasonal products.

Eat Natural in peanut allergy withdrawal

Eat Natural, the fruit and nut bars and cereal company, has withdrawn one of its lines from Waitrose after a manufacturing error meant it contained undeclared peanuts.

Costa Fresco focuses on food
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Costa launches Fresco

Costa Coffee has launched a new concept which focuses on food-to-go sales.

Whitbread announces new non-executive director

Whitbread, the group that owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, has appointed Chris Kennedy as a non-executive director.

10 magical mince pies you'll want to munch right now

Mince pies hold a special place in the hearts of the British public, comforting, portable and one of the few British Christmas bakes only a few “don’t really like”. British Baker takes a look at 10 great places to buy these little pieces of festive heaven:

Fiona Kendrick, president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and chief executive and chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland
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FDF president pledges to treble apprenticeships

Fiona Kendrick has announced a pledge to treble apprenticeships in the food and drink industry and grow value-added exports a third by 2020.

M&S recalls crispbakes

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has issued a recall for its Vegetable Crispbakes with a use-by date of 7 November 2015 because it may contain egg, which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to egg.

Independent bakers missing out on Bake Off opportunity

High street bakery outlets are failing to cash in on a surge in consumption of sweet-tasting bakery and dessert products, in a trend driven by The Great British Bake Off.

Welsh bakery sets out Christmas fare

Welsh baker Tan y Castell has launched a new range of festive Welsh cakes and Bara Brith for the Christmas season. 

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