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Scottish firm mistaken for ‘gay cake’ bakery

Scotland’s Ashers Bakery has received a backlash of emails, after it has repeatedly been mistaken for the Belfast bakery involved in the ‘gay cake’ row.

Chicken sandwich
Chicken is still the most popular flavour in sandwiches
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Sandwiches take healthy share of food-to-go

Sandwiches account for a 20.2% share of the total food-to-go category worth £4.4bn, according to new data from the British Sandwich Association (BSA). 

Genius
Genius steak pie
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Genius boosts frozen gluten-free range

Bakery brand Genius Gluten Free has “significantly increased” the distribution of its frozen range with the launch of five skus into Tesco and Morrisons. 

Jacob's
Jacob's new cracker crisp salt and balsamic vinegar variety
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UB introduces Jacob’s Cracker Crisps

United Biscuits (UB) has unveiled its biggest NPD of 2015 so far with the £6m launch of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps. 

Warburtons
Warburtons heads the top British FMCG brands
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Warburtons heads baked goods in top 10 FMCG list

Four of the top 10 FMCG brands are baked products, with Bolton-based bread giant Warburtons leading the way. 

Sandwich
Not enough meat-free sandwich options, says study
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Healthier sandwich choices needed

Food manufacturers are failing to provide healthier sandwich options for people trying to eat well, according to a new survey. 

Euphorium
Euphorium welcomes new CFO
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Euphorium appoints former Harris + Hoole CFO

Euphorium Bakery, the Tesco-owned chain, has appointed a new chief financial officer. 

Genius
The Genius ad depicts animals including robins suffering from bloating before the discovery of Genius bread
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Genius embarks on major gluten-free drive

Free-from bakery brand Genius Gluten Free is launching “the largest ever above-the-line investment in free-from bakery”. 

The Grocer
The Grocer own-label awards saw winners and losers
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Discounters dominate gold in Grocer Awards

There were clear winners and losers in The Grocer Own Label Food & Drink Awards, with the discounters drawing in top place with Asda. 

The new Costa to Go store
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Costa trials new to-go format

A new concept store named ‘Costa to Go’ is being trialled by the coffee shop in locations across London.

McVitie's

UB revamps McVitie’s Breakfast biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) has relaunched the McVitie’s Breakfast biscuit range, including two new products and a £3m media spend. 

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling adds new Snack Pack flavours with Milkshake Slices
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Premier extends Mr Kipling Snack Packs

Premier Foods has added three new flavours to its Mr Kipling Snack Pack range with its Milkshake Slices. 

Morrisons reinstates fresh doughnuts

Morrisons has bought back its fresh in-store doughnuts due to customer demand

Petition launched to save train station café

A petition has been launched to save a local café after it was told it was not “trendy and rustic enough”.

TV's Peter Sidwell helps NHS with healthy offering

TV chef and judge on Britain’s Best Bakery Peter Sidwell is to help NHS Scotland in creating healthy bakery options in its coffee shop chain Aroma.

Mix'ems
Mix'ems is the latest launch from Burton's under the Maryland brand
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Burton’s adds another line to Maryland brand

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Maryland Mix’ems – another derivative of the popular £47m Maryland brand. 

Cadbury
Cadbury Mini Rolls adds four news flavours along with TV campaign
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Cadbury revamps Mini Rolls

Premier Foods has relaunched Cadbury Mini Rolls with new flavours, new packaging and a TV campaign for the first time in eight years.

Scottish co-operative gets behind Real Bread Week

Scotmid Co-operative is supporting the seventh Real Bread Week (9 to 15 May) in partnership with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery.

Baguette
Filled baguettes are the most popular sandwich option
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Sandwich popularity flies in the face of low-carb trend

Sandwiches are three times as popular as salads among the people of Britain with the baguette coming out on top. 

McGhee’s named Scottish Baker of the Year

McGhee’s Bakery has been named Scottish Baker of the Year.

Jon Jenkins will become the new head of Allied Bakeries
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Exclusive: New managing director appointed at Allied Bakeries

Jon Jenkins, the boss of tea firm Twinings, has been appointed as the new head of Allied Bakeries, British Baker can reveal.

Live: Election 2015

David Cameron will return as Prime Minister after the Tories gain a majority- defying polls and winning the general election. 

Baker sought for Scottish island

A Scottish Isle is seeking a baker to set up business and help boost food tourism as well as the skills set in the area.

US bakery firm makes ingredients transparency pledge

An American bakery giant, Panera Bread, has pledged to simplify what goes into its goods by publishing a ‘No No List’.

Aunt Bessie's
Aunt Bessie's makes a first move into the ambient cake market
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Aunt Bessie’s moves into cakes

Yorkshire pudding favourite Aunt Bessie’s is expanding into the ambient cake category through a licensing agreement with Bright Blue Foods. 

Supermarkets
Supermarket sales growth slows in 12 weeks to April
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Grocery price deflation hits supermarket sales

Supermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Kingsmill launches Burger Thins

Allied Bakeries has extended its range of sandwich alternatives by launching new Kingsmill Burger Thins.

Bakery Market Report 2015
Bakery Market Report 2015 lists the top 75 bakery companies
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Is the future of bakery bright? You told us:

Almost 55% of bakers are more positive about the future of their bakeries than one year ago, British Baker can reveal. 

Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe insists company is strong
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Sainsbury's posts first loss in a decade

Sainsbury’s has revealed a pre-tax loss of £72m for the year to 14 March - its first loss in a decade. 

John Duffy: "strategy to diversify into new channels."
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Finsbury Food to save 150 jobs in desserts acquisition

Bakery giant Finsbury Food Group has today announced the proposed acquisition of Johnstone’s Just Desserts (Johnstone’s), from administrators FRP Advisory.

Royal baby cupcakes
Cupcakes in honour of the royal princess sold out in minutes
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Royal baby cakes sell out fast

A Norwich baker sold out of royal baby-themed cakes in 20 minutes following the arrival of Kate and Will’s second child. 

Shopping
Staple items are down overall on the last month
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Aldi retains lowest price position for bakery

Aldi remains the cheapest supermarket for bakery items while the cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen £1 overall in the last month. 

Irwin’s strikes deal with Tesco for Joeys

Northern Irish company Irwin’s Bakery has secured a deal with Tesco to stock its Jammy Joeys and Snowy Joeys in more than 700 Tesco stores across Britain.

Bakers urged to use safe eggs

Bakers have been warned to make sure they are sourcing eggs from verifiable sources following the conviction of an American egg supplier.

Allied Bakeries embraces free-from market

Allied Bakeries has made a move into gluten free, launching two ‘free-from’ products under the Burgen brand.

Dublin opens ‘smart’ bakery

The world’s first ‘smart’ bakery has opened in Dublin, equipped with its own phone app, Bitcoin payment methods and Segway-style boards for the bakers to travel on.

Subway asks customers to ‘Stay Picky’

Subway has launched a new brand campaign with the tagline ‘Stay Picky’.

John Kay at the bakery
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Manchester bakery gives election views to BBC

Manchester-based Robinsons the Master Bakers appeared on BBC One’s 1pm news this week, talking about the upcoming election.

Brownie firm doubles production

Bad Brownie bakery has more than doubled its product output after opening a new kitchen.

Independent sandwich firm reaches central London

Cook & Garcia, an artisan food-to-go retailer, is to open its second shop as it gains some presence in the capital.

Greggs new style 'bakery-to-go' shop
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Greggs turns in another robust performance

Greggs the bakers has posted another set of “strong” trading results, with like-for-like sales up 5.9%- ahead of its expectations.

Morrisons hails ‘unique’ fresh offer

Morrisons supermarket has praised itself on making “more fresh food than any other supermarket”, giving it a unique selling point. 

Welsh pasty maker embraces snacking

Peter’s Food Service has moved into the snack market after launching a new multipack pasty product.

Product innovation sees Costa LFL sales surge

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, has seen like-for-like sales leap by 6%, driven by an increase in transactions.

Pump Street Bakery
Pump Street Bakery today opens a pop-up in Shoreditch
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Suffolk bakery opens London pop-up

Suffolk-based Pump Street Bakery is to venture into London, as it opens a pop-up shop in the capital. 

Snacking on the rise, while average spend falls

More people are buying snacks and meals to eat outside the home as the number of foodservice outlets and cuisine choice continue to grow.

Richard Pegg, Wrights van sales manager
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Wrights invests in delivery vans

Wrights Food Group has made a major investment in its delivery fleet to meet sales needs.

Tesco to slow Euphorium roll-outs

Tesco has revealed a ‘strategic’ plan to slow the roll-out of Harris+Hoole and Euphorium sites, after it wrote down £82m over the joint investments.

Pastry and sandwiches outlet added at The Savoy

The ninth food and drink outlet at the Savoy has opened, selling sandwiches and pastries with a focus on éclairs.

Shortbread gains renewed popularity

Shortbread is seeing 6.1% year-on-year growth as it becomes a year-round sweet biscuit option.

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