Retail

Costa UK LFL sales up 8.4%

Costa Coffee has reported a 21.5% growth to £123.9m in UK retail system sales in its first-quarter financial results.

Shuga Budz seeks out new premises

Shuga Budz Bakery in Wolverhampton is on the hunt for a larger premises to cope with a growth in business.

In pictures: ABST Conference 2012

This year’s Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) Conference at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire included bakery competitions, presentations from those within the industry and a prestigious awards dinner celebrating new talent.

Bakery Products fails to find a buyer

Bakery Products, which went into administration earlier this month, has been unable to secure a buyer, resulting in more than 100 job losses at its Scarborough bakery.

Hummingbird Bakery creates mobile unit

The Hummingbird Bakery has invested in a new mobile bakery unit designed to cater for festivals and events across the UK.

Jubilee boosts supermarket trading

Supermarket sales during the week of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations increased by 12.5% year-on-year.

Patisserie Valerie opens 54th outlet

Birmingham-based bakery chain Patisserie Valerie has opened its 54th outlet in Reading.

Q1 LFLs up 1.4% at Sainbury’s

Sainsbury’s, the supermarket retailer, yesterday unveiled a 1.4% increase in its first-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs), which it said had been boosted by Jubilee trade.

Exquisite Handmade Cakes launches charity tea party

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, the Leeds based-bakery and confectionery company, is to sell its wares at an event to raise money for a cancer charity.

New dispute legislation unveiled as study shows caution

The government has unveiled plans for the quicker resolution of workplace disputes – as new research suggested that UK employers remained “cautious” on recruitment.

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