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Greggs' chief executive Roger Whiteside
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Greggs announces move to new office

Greggs has announced it will relocate its main offices to North Tyneside’s Quorum Business Park.

Cocomacs has opened at Birmingham's Grand Central
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Cocomacs launches in Birmingham

A new artisan micro-bakery, Cocomacs, has opened in the newly launched Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre.

Mike Roberts and Lindsay Occleston of Roberts alongside Val Custance, Mayor of Erewash
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Roberts Bakery celebrates £2m upgrade

Frank Roberts & Sons Bakery has opened its £2m-plus upgrade of the former Aldreds the Bakers bakery, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, featuring a state-of-the-art sandwich thins line.

Active Families, Happy Families with Soreen
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Soreen launches active families campaign

Samworth Brothers-owned Soreen has launched a partnership with charity Youth Sport Trust called Active Families, Happy Families.

Real Good Food: a special report

Martyn Leek takes a closer look at the recent presentation by the Real Good Food board to its shareholders at its annual general meeting

Karren Brady congratulates Apprentice star on bakery launch

Former Young Apprentice 2013 contestant Lucy Beauvallet has just launched an online cake company called ‘Beauvallet’s Cakes’. 

Managing director of Village Bakery Robin Jones
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Welsh baker sets sights on Japan with crumpets

Wrexham baker Village Bakery is planning to launch its sourdough crumpets in Japan.

Helen Bollen of Mrs B's Cakes
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National Cupcake Championships: behind the scenes

The National Cupcake Championships bring out the very best in cupcake bakers – and now you get a chance to look behind the scenes.

Real Good Food's Executive Chairman Pieter Totté
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RGF satisfied, but warns revenue is down

Real Good Food, the bakery ingredients group, has declared itself “very satisfied” with the start of its new financial year – despite revenue being down.

Discounters soar in stagnant supermarket sector

Discount giants Aldi and Lidl have recorded double-digit growth against relatively static supermarket growth of 0.9%, according to the latest statistics.

Marketing director to leave Allied Bakeries

Jon Wilson, marketing director at Kingsmill owner Allied Bakeries, is to leave the business, British Baker can reveal.

Bardwell Mill Bakery
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Former chef reopens father’s windmill bakery

A former chef has restarted his father’s bakery on the site of the under-restoration windmill at Bardwell Mill, Suffolk.

Three men charged for biscuits theft

Three men have been charged with stealing around £20,000 worth of biscuits from a factory that makes Wagon Wheels and Jammie Dodgers.

Gunns Bakery moves to revamped heritage location

Gunns Bakery has opened a new site on a revamped high street in Bedford.

Profits and sales rise at ‘transformational’ Finsbury Food Group

Finsbury Food Group saw profit before tax soar by 76% to £11.4m last year, it revealed this morning.

Video: Baking Industry Awards

The Baking Industry Awards may have been and gone for 2015 - but you can relive the glamour of the fabulous evening thanks to our exclusive video.

Cupcakes take over the internet

National Cupcake Week took the internet by storm last week, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

Pastry firm revamps canapés range

Pidy, the ready-to-fill pastry specialist, has relaunched its Trendy range with a new recipe in time for Christmas. 

New Nottingham bakery reveals ambitions

Tartisan, the recently opened bakery in Nottingham, has revealed plans to grow nationally and abroad in the next five years.

Hearth Pizzeria & Bakehouse
Hearth Pizzeria & Bakehouse grows its own wheat
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Sussex pizzeria harvests first owned wheats

Lewes-based The Hearth Pizzeria & Bakehouse is harvesting its first crop of heritage wheats to produce its own breads and pizza doughs. 

Higgidy
Oliver Rudgard is Higgidy head of brand
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Higgidy appoints new head of brand

Higgidy, the West Sussex pie and quiche maker, has appointed Oliver Rudgard to the newly created role as head of brand. 

So Organic
Experts mooted growth for organic with products such as Sainsbury's range
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Opportunities in organic foods identified

The steady growth in organic foods presents new opportunities for brands and retailers, research from market data company Nielsen has revealed. 

Second Cup
Second Cup Coffee Company is planning 500 sites in the UK
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Canadian coffee chain plans UK expansion

Second Cup Coffee Company, the Canadian chain, is planning to open 500 UK sites in the next 10 years. 

Trans fats
Momentum is building against trans fats
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Trans fat ban could lower death rate, finds study

A total of 7,200 deaths could be prevented in the next five years if trans fats were removed from processed food in the UK, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported. 

Morrisons
Morrisons downgraded by Moody's
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Morrisons’ rating downgraded following profit fall

Moody’s, the investors service, has downgraded its rating for Morrisons. 

Greggs
Greggs is reportedly spreading its reach across Ireland
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Greggs ready to set down roots in Ireland

Greggs is to debut in Ireland later this year or early in 2016, Applegreen chief operations officer Joe Barrett has told the Irish Independent newspaper. 

Real Bread
Real Bread Campaign wants a legal definition for sourdough
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Real Bread urges legal ‘sourdough’ definition

The Real Bread Campaign is calling for a legal definition of the word ‘sourdough’ as part of an Honest Crust Tax. 

Muffin Break
Muffin Break launches grab and go concept
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Muffin retailer introduces grab-and-go

Muffin Break to launch its first grab-and-go concept at Birmingham New Street Station on 24 September. 

Cupcake winners
Helen Bollen of Mrs B's Cakes (centre right) won three categories as well as Overall Champion
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Wiltshire baker takes the National Cupcake crown

A baker from Wiltshire swept the board at the National Cupcake Championships 2015 winning three categories as well as the Overall Champion crown. 

Hollywood
Paul Hollywood and Carrs Foods' collaboration bread is hitting stores now
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Carrs Foods teams with Paul Hollywood for bread range

Paul Hollywood has thrown down the gauntlet to in store bakeries with a new range of premium ready to bake rolls. 

Boots sandwich criticised on social media

Boots is not naming the supplier who produced a Delicious Simply Ham sandwich that has been showcased on social media. 

Cupcake
National Cupcake Championships final is today
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Cupcake championship finals today

The winners of the National Cupcake championships will be revealed tomorrow after the judging is held today (14 September) at British Bakels’ headquarters in Bicester.

Pasty company launched consumer competition

The West Cornwall Pasty Co is giving an individual the chance to design their own innovative pasty.

BB's King's Lynn
BB's in King's Lynn has just opened
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BB's Coffee & Muffins plans to double in size

BB’s Coffee & Muffins plans to double in size in the next five years as it opens sites in the UK and Ireland including a new masculine-look concept in Dublin. 

GBBO
The Great British Bake Off is fronted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
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Blog: Is The Great British Bake Off good for the industry? Give us your view

If you type The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) into Google you get a staggering 21 million hits. There can be no doubt the show is a media phenomenon. 

Top five
Check out our top 5 stories this week
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Top 5 stories this week

Been a bit busy? Read our round-up of the five biggest stories this week. 

FDF Awards
Orchard Valley collect their FDF award
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Bakery firms scoop accolades at food and drink awards

A trio of bakery manufacturers were among those crowned winners at the 2015 Food and Drink Federation Awards. 

National Cupcake Championshisps
National Cupcake Championships are nearly here
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National Cupcake Week and Championships are around the corner

The National Cupcake Championships are nearly here as National Cupcake Week (14 to 20 September) kicks off next week. 

Prima Bakeries
Prima Bakeries anticipates rapid growth
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Cornish Prima Bakeries anticipates rapid growth

Prima Bakeries, the Cornish company, has just invested £100,000 as it anticipates major growth for the brand. 

Waitrose
Waitrose sees LFL sales drop in first half
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Waitrose sees drop in first-half LFLs

Waitrose has revealed that like-for-like sales were down by 1.3% in its first half, as it insisted cut-price techniques were not hitting profits. 

Morrisons LFLs down 2.7%, reveals plans to sell 11 stores

Morrisons saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) drop by 2.7% in its first half – and has announced plans to close 11 stores.

Train coffee
Commuters love a coffee on the go
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Railway station coffee sales on the up

Rail passengers spent more than £11m in coffee shops at Britain’s biggest railway stations from April to June this year. 

BIA
The BIA champions for 2015 have been revealed
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Winners of Baking Industry Awards revealed

So here they are… the 2015 winners of the prestigious Baking Industry Awards. 

Apostrophe
Apostrophe is going through senior management changes
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Apostrõphe managing director exits the business

Apostrõphe, the bakery café group, is missing a managing director after Richard Franks stepped down. 

Costa
Costa prices may rise to offset National Living Wage
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Whitbread may increase prices to offset National Living Wage

Costa’s parent company Whitbread has warned that it may be forced to raise prices to combat the effects of the National Living Wage. 

Costa
Costa launches limited edition roast with a Nicaraguan blend
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Costa launches fancy limited edition roast

Costa, the high street coffee shop chain, is launching a limited edition roast to join its Old Paradise Street range. 

Grahams Bakery
Grahams Bakery embarks on social media campaign alongside GBBO
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Grahams Bakery’s social media drive coincides with GBBO

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has launched a social media campaign to coincide with The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). 

Tonight GBBO does desserts including vol-au-vents and frangipane

Ask the Expert: GBBO does pastry

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

Genius Foods
Genius Foods has launched new recipes with 'flash' packaging
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Genius adapts gluten-free recipes

Genius Foods, the gluten-free brand, is hoping to “change the face” of the UK gluten-free bread market following changes to its recipes. 

Burton's Biscuit Company
Jammie Bakes is one of the products that were due for marketing this summer
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Burton’s delays TV campaign

Burton’s Biscuit Company has delayed TV advertising campaigns that had been mooted to air this summer, British Baker understands. 

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