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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.

Brioche Pasquier launches mini choux buns

French patisserie manufacturer Brioche Pasquier has expanded its catering range with its Bulles de Fruits line of frozen choux buns.

Scottish Bakers helps exporters with new brochure

Scottish Bakers has launched a new ‘Hero Products’ brochure to assist its exporter members in selling bakery products all over the world.

New bakery concept to be introduced to London

A new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.

US gluten-free brand expands UK in-store trial

US-based gluten-free brand Udi’s has expanded a trial of in-store bakery goods from two to four Asda stores as part of a long-term development plan.

Square Pie hits crowdfunding target

Gourmet pie-themed restaurant chain Square Pie has raised a final figure of £681,500 through the sale of its ‘Pie Bonds’, surpassing its target of £450,000 by 51.4%.

Caffè Nero introduces first hot food menu

Caffè Nero has launched its first ‘hot food’ menu with a range of Italian-inspired dishes.

Iceland has bread advert banned

Iceland has had one of its bread adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after a complaint it misled the public.

The Vegan Cakery founder Michelle Orme
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Vegan bakery scoops award

Leicestershire-based The Vegan Cakery has won a prestigious award at the Vegfest UK Festival.

LPQ upgrades EPoS

Artisanal bakery-chain Le Pain Quotidien is in the final stages of upgrading its EPoS system across its 25 London locations.

EAT appoints new chairman

John Derkach has been appointed chairman of on-the-go food outlet EAT.

Irwin's Howell's House brand is being revamped
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Irwin’s revamps Howell’s Handmade range

Northern Ireland-based Irwin’s Bakery is to revamp its Howell’s Handmade range, changing the name and adding eight new product lines.

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Street artist helps launch autumnal artisan doughnuts

London-based coffee and artisan doughnut chain Crosstown Doughnuts launched its autumn range with a bang, with help from street artist Nathan Bowen.

Costa Coffee ordered to improve hygiene

Costa Coffee has received a string of damning reports from recent hygiene inspections, making it the major high street coffee chain with the most stores rated less than satisfactory.

Krazi Baker releases first packaged product

Mark Douglas, founder of Northern Irish bakery company Krazi Baker, has launched his first packaged retail product at Belfast International Airport’s (BIA) country market.

Full steam ahead for EAT

Sandwich and coffee chain EAT has announced plans to tackle the burgeoning train station and airport market as part of its expansion plans.

United Biscuits suffers profit tumble

United Biscuits (UB) has seen pre-tax operating profits fall 47.5% to £54.7 million in the year to 3 January 2015, according to newly filed Companies House accounts.

Thorntons re-embraces biscuit market

Chocolate-maker Thorntons has returned to the world of biscuits with a new range aimed at adults. 

Tate & Lyle trading and outlook unchanged

Ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle said its trading performance in its first half had been “in line with our expectations” and its outlook for the year was “unchanged”.

Pie companies square off

Wiltshire-based pie producers Eat Square has been told not to refer to its pies as square by a London-based rival.

Northumberland bakery opens new store in Morpeth

The Northumberland baker J Donkin has opened a new store in Morpeth under the rebranded name of Bakers Pantry.

New addition to Irish breads range

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has launched a new Rankin Selection traditional Irish bread.

Tesco records drop in UK like-for-like sales

Supermarket giant Tesco saw its operating profit fall by nearly 55% to £354m in its first half, it revealed this morning.

Hovis back on TV screens

Hovis has returned to TV screens for the first time in three years with a modern twist on its iconic ‘boy on a bike’ ad. 

Greggs reports Q3 LFL sales rise of nearly 5%

Greggs, the high street bakery retailer, said it planned to “deliver good growth for the year” – as it announced third-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs) of 4.9%.

Tesco removes £93k of garlic bread from shelves

Garlic bread produced by Bakkavör Foods worth £93,000 has been taken off the shelves at Tesco for being underweight.

Wilf Lewis, managing director of Lewis Pies
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Lewis Pies agrees deal with NISA

Lewis Pie & Pasty Company, based in Swansea, Wales, has secured a distribution agreement with the National Independents Supermarket Association (NISA).

Staff turnover hits industry hard

Up to 17% of manufacturing and 24% of front-of-house staff leave their jobs every year, a new survey has claimed.

Newburn Bakehouse by Warburtons launches allergen-friendly wraps

Newburn Bakehouse by Warburtons has launched a new range of wraps that are gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free.

Carrier bag charge comes into force

From today English shoppers will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags at the checkout.

Innovation rife at IBA

A staggering 77,000 people went through the doors at last month’s IBA exhibition in Munich, Germany.

Supermarket white loaf price down nearly 5%

A loaf of supermarket white bread has fallen by 4.5% in year, according to new research.

Hovis launches Good Inside sandwich thins

Hovis plans to cash in on the appetite for sandwich alternatives with the launch of two new ranges.

Spanish artisan bakery opens second UK bakery

Spanish bakery Granier is to open a second UK site in Woolwich.

Shortlist for Britain’s best high street announced

High streets in Bognor Regis, Bradford and York are among those that have been shortlisted as the best in Britain.

Greenhalgh’s rewards loyal staff

Greenhalgh’s bakery has celebrated the commitment of long serving staff at a special award event.

Starbucks franchisee secures expansion funds

Owner of the UK’s first Starbucks franchise Anil Patil has raised £10m to open 16 new sites.

Costa has pledged to pay more
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Costa increases pay as new national minimum wage introduced

Costa Coffee has followed Starbucks in pledging to pay its staff more.

A new study has revealed a shocking level of child awareness about baking
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Children unaware of baker’s role

New research reveals that 10% of primary school children do not know where bread comes from.

Sainsbury’s posts moderate sales growth

Sainsbury’s has revealed that total retail sales increased by 0.3% (excluding fuel) for the 16 weeks to 26 September 2015.

Aldi supermarket sales increase by a third

Discount supermarket Aldi has recorded record sales of £6.89 billion for its last financial year, a 31% increase on the previous (2013) year’s figure of £5.27bn.

Square Pie launches Rugby Pie World Cup

Square Pie has kicked off a pie-themed competition to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

Feel Free For Gluten Free launches doughnut range in Tesco

Feel Free For Gluten Free has launched a new doughnut product in 250 Tesco stores.

Proper Cornish’s portable pies listed by major companies

Proper Cornish’s new, handheld ‘on-the-go’ pies have been listed by wholesaler Bidvest and caterer Compass Group.

Best organic Danish rye in London is named

An organic 100% rye Danish loaf made by Notting Hill Real Bread bakery SNAPS + RYE was named ‘The Londoners’ Loaf’ at the Urban Food Awards during The Urban Food Feast at Borough Market on 25 September.

Hummingbird Bakery in trademark dispute

The Hummingbird Bakery said it hopes to resolve a trademark issue with a London chain called ‘Hummingbird Café’ “as amicably as possible”.

Great British Bake Off’s Holly Bell publishes cookbook

Great British Bake Off contestant Holly Bell has followed in the footsteps of Mary Berry and linked up with frozen food chain Iceland to publish a new cookbook called The Power Of Frozen.

Innovate to succeed, says foodservice research company Horizons

Operators must offer food from breakfast to bedtime with everything in between or they will be left behind by their competition, according to foodservice research company Horizons.

Scottish co-operative launches premium doughnut range

Scotland’s largest independent co-operative has announced the launch of a new premium doughnut range.

Starbucks to boost staff pay

Coffee chain Starbucks will raise the average hourly rate it pays its staff to £7.98 per hour and offer a help-to-rent scheme.

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