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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.

Sweetpea Pantry listed by M&S and Booths

Baking-mix producer Sweetpea Pantry has secured deals with supermarket chains Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Booths.

Bread Factory joins with chefs on bakery charity event

A bread-themed charity event in support of Action Against Hunger is being organised by London artisan bakery the Bread Factory and executive chef at Duck and Waffle Daniel Doherty.

American bakery joins historic Soho market

American-inspired bakery Elizabeth D Bakes is among six new stalls to join the newly refurbished Berwick Street Market in Soho, London.

Subway failed to pay staff, says BIS report

Sandwich retailer Subway has appeared in a new report naming and shaming firms who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.

Gluten-free products ‘not up to scratch’, says research

A new study has found nearly 40% of coeliac sufferers are critical of gluten-free bread and mixes currently on the market.

Pukka Pies launches unbaked products

Five new unbaked frozen products have been released by pie manufacturer Pukka Pies.

Shoppers set own healthy-eating rules

Four out of five (80%) consumers do not trust the health advice they are given, according to The Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2015.

Mark Price
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Mark Price resigns from Waitrose

Supermarket chain Waitrose is to lose its managing director as Mark Price has announced he is to stand down.

Delay on sugar report criticised

Campaigners have blasted a move to shelve a report which claimed a sugar tax would decrease purchases of the types of food and drinks blamed for Britain’s obesity crisis.

Samworth Brothers posts big profit increase

Food manufacturer Samworth Brothers saw pre-tax profit rise 25% last year, according to figures filed at Companies House, up from £33.5m in 2013 to £41.8m in 2014 (year ending 27 December).

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Krispy Kreme gives commuters Halloween surprise

US doughnut brand Krispy Kreme staged a spooktacular event at London’s Waterloo station on 19 October by handing out 1,000 free doughnuts.

IGD predicts online shopping surge

Up to 42% of British shoppers could be converted to online grocery shopping, according to food and grocery research and training charity IGD.

Primrose Bakery releases fifth cookbook

Cupcake specialist Primrose Bakery has released its fifth cookery book, Primrose Bakery Everyday.

Deflation saves households £58 a year on grocery bills

Supermarket price wars have left the average household better off by £58 a year, according to Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending October 11, 2015.

Dum Dum Doughnuts to expand in UAE

Dum Dum Doughnuts has launched a new website and announced expansion plans in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Costa reports strong sales growth

Whitbread-owned coffee brand Costa has posted UK like-for-like sales growth of 4.4% for the six months to August 27 2015.

Warburtons launches giant crumpets

Warburtons hopes to revolutionise traditional “on toast” suppers by launching a giant version of its crumpets.

Top five stories in past seven days

A week is a long time in bakery – or so it seems. But you can catch up here with our round-up of the biggest stories of the past seven days.

Village Bakery extends Co-op contract

Wrexham-based Village Bakery has received a double boost from winning an award and an extended contract with supermarket chain The Co-operative.

Tom and Henry Herbert, the Fabulous Baker Brothers
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Fabulous Baker Brothers create beer bread for pop-up

Six limited edition breads have been created by Tom and Henry Herbert, aka the Fabulous Baker Brothers, to star in a beer-themed pop-up in Hoxton, London.

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