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Costa
Costa introduces healthy smoothies into SE London and South Yorkshire stores
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SuperDay Smoothies range on trial at Costa

Costa Coffee, the high street coffee giant, is trialling a SuperDay Smoothies range across two regions in the UK. 

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger's evening trial is proving popular
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Night time’s the right time for Pret trial

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, has said that its alcohol offer is “proving popular” in its evening trial site. 

Lagkagehuset
Danish bakery Lagkagehuset is set to open in the UK
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Danish bakery business to make UK debut

Lagkagehuset, the Danish bakery chain, is set to launch in the UK amid international expansion plans. 

Five of Greggs all time most popular products

High street bakery giant Greggs released its impressive first half results today. It was even hailed by Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal last week – can the company do no wrong?

Greggs bacon roll
Greggs' breakfast and low-calorie options are a success
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Greggs sales boom with breakfast demand

High street bakery giant Greggs has reported “a strong first half” as consumer demand for its low-calorie and breakfast options grows. 

Business finance
Fundbird can help SMEs find the right funding for business
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Funding connection for SMEs

An online platform to help small and medium businesses (SMEs) land the right funding has launched in the UK. 

Beer and doughnuts: this will make you think about flavour in a whole new way

A doughnut and beer pairing pop-up event is to take place in London, which will see tasters try flavours like Katsu doughnuts with craft ales.

Supermarkets
British grocery market sees slow growth
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Smaller retailers outperform slower grocery growth

British grocery sales have slowed by 0.8% in the last year, though smaller retailers have enjoyed stronger growth. 

Welsh bakery investigates van speeding incident

Wrexham’s Village Bakery has launched an internal investigation, after a video was released online filming one of its vans allegedly speeding.

Lola’s Cupcakes boosts sales with new website

Lola’s Cupcakes has seen sales rise thanks to the relaunch of its website.

Olive oil
Olive oil prices are still rising
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Olive oil prices jump 10%

Extra virgin olive oil prices are up almost 10%, with little sign of the sourcing situation improving.

Greggs tweeted this picture of Jake Gyllenhaal with his beloved baguette
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A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal loves Greggs

Southpaw and Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed his love of high street bakery giant Greggs.

Coffee
Coffee drinkers are open to alcoholic drinks too
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Research identifies alcohol potential in coffee shops

There is “huge potential” for coffee shops serving alcoholic drinks, according to research from CGA Strategy. 

Thorntons to exit Stock Exchange

Thorntons has officially requested to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange, in anticipation of its pending takeover by Ferrero International.

national Cupcake Championships
Barry Callebaut will give chocolate masterclasses at the National Cupcake Championships final
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Cupcake Championships: be a finalist for a chocolate masterclass

Those chosen as finalist in the National Cupcake Championships will be treated to chocolate masterclasses by specialist Barry Callebaut. 

Cake company benefits from foodservice boost

South west foodservice supplier Hunt’s broke its own sales records during a recent promotion of products from the Handmade Cake Company – selling more than 3,000 cakes in a single day.

Harris + Hoole founders exit the business

The Harris + Hoole (H+H) founding trio are stepping back from the Tesco-backed coffee chain.

Mondelez revamps Christmas confectionery lines

Cadbury owner Mondelez has revealed plans to boost Christmas confectionery following flat sales.

Costa
Costa customers consumed 464 million cups of coffee last year
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Costa to spend £36m on new roastery

Costa, the high street coffee shop chain, is to build a new roastery in a £36m investment to support its national and international growth ambitions. 

Phat Pasty Co sees sales jump 22%

Pasty concept Phat Pasty has seen sales surge thanks in part to a big increase in the number of universities selling its products and using its branded counters and point-of-sale material.

Food and drink firms unite behind diet and health research

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers are helping to fund a £3.7m research project investigating the link between diet and health, which will ultimately inform new product development.

Financial distress worsens for food suppliers

The number of UK food suppliers experiencing significant financial distress has increased by 54% in the past 12 months as the supermarkets slash prices and delay payments, according to business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

JG Ross celebrates tour sell-out success

Aberdeen’s JG Ross bakery has hailed sell-out tours of its bakery.

Krispy Kreme uses live-streaming app Periscope

Doughnut giant Krispy Kreme has become potentially one of the first big bakery companies to utilise Twitter’s live streaming application.

The 'Not in our bread' campaign has been fired up by The Soil Association
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Bread industry hits back at 'misleading' pesticide campaign

A campaign to stop UK bread manufacturers using the pesticide glyphosate has been branded ‘misleading’ for targeting bread. 

Gruffalo
Partners launch new Gruffalo cake
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Park Cakes picks up Gruffalo licence

Magic Light Pictures has launched a new Gruffalo Cakes range, with licensee Park Cakes. 

The Pret shop in Brick Lane
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Brick Lane Pret sparks local outrage

Shoreditch residents have lashed out against the opening of a Pret A Manger store in the area.

Holland's Pies
Holland's Pies priced up in convenience channel
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Pie firm switches to price-marked packs in convenience

Holland’s Pies is moving to price-marked packs in convenience stores. 

Watch: bakery @ Hyper Japan 2015

With influence from abroad bang on trend, British Baker decided to gather some inspiration from Japan. 

Greggs gets behind high street regeneration

Bakery giant Greggs is backing a scheme to help regenerate high streets across the UK.

Competition body highlights ‘misleading’ supermarket pricing tactics

Supermarket pricing has been deemed potentially confusing by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) following a formal complaint by consumer rights campaigner Which?.

Pret
Pret is looking to recruit 35 school leavers
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Pret looks to recruit school leavers

Pret A Manger has opened applications for the 2015 intake of its School Leavers Programme. 

Graze
Graze moves into the retail arena
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Online snacks firm enters retail arena

Graze, the online snack subscription business, has moved into retail for the first time. 

Competition body clears path for Bako merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the anticipated merger of Bako North Western and Bako Scotland.

Jacob's Cracker Crisps
The TV campaign or Jacob's Cracker Crisps has launched as part of a £15m spend for the brand this year
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Jacob’s Cracker Crisps campaign gets under way

The media campaign for United Biscuits’ (UB) latest product launch for savoury brand Jacob’s has kicked off as part of a £15m investment in the Masterbrand. 

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carr's
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Carr’s reports positive growth for food division

Carr’s Group has seen volumes in its food division up ahead of last year, despite the “challenging” market.

Bakery companies move to contactless

With the launch of Apple Pay in the UK, bakery and café companies are refreshing payment options.

Square Pie issues ‘Pie Bonds’ on CrowdCube

Retail pie brand Square Pie is crowdfunding investors to grow its business across the UK.

Ferrero-Thorntons bid ‘unconditional’ as decision deadline nears

Ferrero's £112m takeover bid of Thorntons has become ‘wholly unconditional’, subject to the chocolate brand’s acceptance by shareholders.

Truffles closes Burgess Hill bakery

Truffles Bakery has announced it will be shutting its Burgess Hill store.

Joanne Bland will join the team at the South Shields head office and production facility
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Dicksons takes on NPD advisor to extend baked range

Dicksons Pork Butchers is expanding its product offering to the retail and wholesale market, by appointing a new product development (NPD) consultant.

Renewed calls for sugar tax

There has been a renewed call for a tax on sugar – with the British Medical Association (BMA) suggesting 20% be levied on sugary drinks.

Florence Hellier and Darren Bland of the Hoxton Bakehouse
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Hampshire's Hoxton Bakehouse to move into retail

Hoxton Bakehouse, the sourdough specialist bakery supplier, is to open its first retail site in Winchester with a view to rolling out across Hampshire and London.

Waitrose
Waitrose makes sales gains as the sun shines
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Sun helps Waitrose sales soar

Sales at Waitrose leapt 6% to £132.2m in the 22nd week of its current financial year versus the same week in 2014. 

Cocktail Fancies
Mr Kipling's French Fancies have grown up
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Mr Kipling dresses up French Fancies

Mr Kipling has launched a revved up version of its French Fancies in the form of Cocktail Fancies. 

People love pasties: Cornish pasty drive-thru a success

The world’s first Cornish Pasty drive-thru has been inundated in its first few days of opening, managing director of Portreath Bakery Marion Symonds has exclusively told British Baker.

Cleaning fluid found on Co-op doughnuts

Co-operative shoppers in Oswestry, Shropshire have been left feeling ill after eating doughnuts that had been contaminated with cleaning fluid.

Costa
Select London Costa outlets will sell Chop'd meals in a trial until September
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Costa links with fresh food firm in new initiative

From today, a Costa link-up with London salad chain Chop’d will launch across six sites in the capital. 

Barry Callebaut urges support for Afternoon Tea Week

Operators, including bakeries, are being urged to support Afternoon Tea Week between 10 to 16 August to boost their businesses.

Essex to see new bakery hybrid

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept called Bake n’Grape is set to open in Chelmsford, Essex, at the end of this month. (July)

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