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Starbucks
Starbucks launches second evening site in UK
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Starbucks introduces second Evening store in UK

Coffee giant Starbucks has launched a second trial of its evening concept at Edinburgh Airport. 

EAT
EAT follows ambitious expansion plans
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Sandwich chain outlines ambitious store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

Watch: bakers explore potential in farm shops and delis

British Baker visited the Farm Shop & Deli show in the NEC and asked the question: why supply a farm shop or deli?

Cold Brew
Starbucks has launched Cold Brew in three of 30 initial sites
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Starbucks brews up cold speciality

Starbucks has today launched Cold Brew in three central London stores, ahead of a roll-out to 30 sites. 

Holland & Barrett
Free-from store Holland & Barrett More has opened in Chester
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Holland & Barrett launches first of 50 free-from stores

Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. 

Toppings Pies reaches south with Budgens

Doncaster-based Toppings Pies has struck a deal with Budgens, in a bid to spread further down south.

Tesco suffers record loss

Tesco has posted a record £6.4bn annual pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February.

Which?
Which? has issued challenge on supermarket pricing
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Which? issues challenge on supermarket pricing tactics

Consumer rights campaigner Which? has issued the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with a “super-complaint” regarding supermarket pricing practices. 

New York Bagel Company
New York Bagel Company joins the Thins market
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New York Bakery Company launches Sandwich Thins

The New York Bakery Company is adding Bagel Sandwich Thins to its range this spring with a £2.5m campaign. 

Mr Kipling boosts Premier’s performance

Premier Foods continues to show improved trading performance in Q1 as master brand Mr Kipling “remains the star”.

Bakery firms scoop supplier awards

United Biscuits and Allied Bakeries have taken two top-spots in The Grocer’s Supplier of The Year competition for the Bakery category.

Subway
Subway continues to target non-traditional locations
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Subway opens 500th non-traditional store

Sandwich chain Subway has hit another 2015 milestone in opening 500 stores in non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland. 

Linda Hill
Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers was delighted to win the Scotch Pie award
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Scotch pie winner sees sales surge

The current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. 

Ditty's
Ditty's smoked oatcakes to be listed in M&S
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Ditty's oatcakes now listed in M&S

Ditty’s oatcakes has won a listing in Marks & Spencer (M&S), adding to the bakery names to land deals with the retailer since it launched its new British Foods range. 

Eclairs
Some of the eclairs on offer at Maître Choux
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Three-Michelin starred pastry chef opens London patisserie

Specialist patisserie Maître Choux has opened today in South Kensington, London. 

Blog: is Tesco euphoric over bakery deal?

Bronya Smolen asks, how do you solve a problem like the ISB? 

Stephens Bakery targets hungry motorists

Stephens Bakery has opened two sites in service station locations, as it resubmits plans for the bakery drive-thru concept.

Grahams Chocolate Sponge
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Northern Irish bakery grows UK presence

Grahams Bakery in Northern Ireland has expanded its reach in the UK, scoring two deals with major retailers.

Gerhard’s blog: Vote rhubarb

The election is not far off, but Gerhard Jenne has just one piece of advice for the baking fraternity...

Cocoa
Cocoa fibre could replace cocoa as prices are set to soar
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Product replacement aims to reduce cocoa dependence

Natural food expert Naturis has developed a cocoa replacement as real cocoa prices continue to rise.

Farm Shop & Deli show the biggest yet

Next week’s Farm Shop & Deli Show is set to be the biggest yet – with 200 new exhibitors and a bigger machinery, packaging and equipment offer.

New savoury snack line joins Ritz brand

Mondelēz International has unveiled its new Ritz Crisp & Thin products, in conjunction with a £10m brand marketing campaign.

Scottish bakery clinches M&S deal

Scotland’s Stag Bakeries has landed a supply deal with Marks & Spencer (M&S) as part of its new Taste of the British Isles initiative.

Bakers urged to participate in Doughnut Week

There are just four weeks until National Doughnut Week (9 to 16 May) hits, so bakers are urged to register.

Own-brand bakery rescued from administration

All 60 jobs at supermarket own-brand bakery Bakeaway have been secured after the business was bought out of administration.

Cookie Crumbles appoints distributor for baking mixes

Cookie Crumbles is set for expansion following its appointment of Blakemore Fine Foods as a distributor of its baking mix range.

Biscuit firm keeps sale option open

Thomas J Fudge, biscuit maker, has revealed it has been working with corporate adviser Grant Thornton about the potential sale of the business to achieve growth plans.

Swapping guns for buns: Stallone meets Warburtons

Hollywood movie star Sylvester Stallone starred in Warburtons’ multi-million pound advert this weekend, for the new campaign ‘The Deliverers’.

Crosstown's new spring doughnuts
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Doughnut firm extends product range for summer

London-based artisan doughnut concept Crosstown Doughnuts has launched a trio of new products for summer.

L-R: Christoper and Lewis Freeman by the bakery display in Crouch End Budgens
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Budgens favours greater bakery selection in new concept stores

Budgens has added its first patisserie counter to its third concept store following a major refit.

Gail's currently has 19 sites open in London
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Gail’s reveals 20th bakery location

Gail’s Artisan Bakery is to open its 20th site in Temple Fortune, north-west LondonBritish Baker has learned.

The new own branded packaging means the bakery can expand into retailers
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Exclusive: Raise Bakery reveals major expansion plans

Sussex-based Raise Bakery has revealed plans to open its first branded retail site in Hove, as it aims to expand the business nationwide.

US sandwich restaurant to open in UK

US sandwich chain Potbelly is looking to open 15-20 stores in London, in its first move into Europe.

Warburtons
Warburtons' #TheDeliverers ad airs tomorrow on ITV at 8pm
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Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone TV ad airs tomorrow

Warburtons has begun its countdown to the big unveil of its new advert starring Sylvester Stallone, which airs at 8pm on ITV tomorrow (11 April). 

Free from hot cross buns saw sales up 124% this year
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Waitrose reports free-from boom over Easter

Waitrose has seen sales in free-from goods rocket this Easter, with gluten-free hot cross buns up 124% on last year.

Flatbread firm seeks first major multiple listing

Flatbread company Strong Bread is hoping to supply its first Big-Four supermarket, as it quadruples the size of its bakery.

Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger has introduced a trial Good Evenings menu at Strand site
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Pret embarks on evening dining pilot

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has commenced a trial into evening trading in the wake of similar moves from competitors. 

TV co seeks bakers for Victorian series

The BBC is looking for a selection of bakers to take part in a new series about baking in the Victorian era.

Aldi
Aldi jumps into position as UK's sixth-largest supermarket
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Aldi bypasses Waitrose in supermarket leaderboard

German discounter Aldi has leapfrogged Waitrose in the leaderboard to become Britain’s sixth-largest supermarket. 

Real Bread Campaign launches bread week

Real Bread Week will kick off this May (9-15) to celebrate independent bakeries which bake ‘real bread’.

The site in an Applegreen service station is the first in the province
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Greggs to make Northern Ireland debut

Greggs is to open its first store in Northern Ireland at the end of this month, in a service station.

Students have a month so enter their ideas
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Délifrance launches student sandwich contest

Frozen bakery supplier Délifrance is launching a competition for bakers to enter their vision of the sandwich of the future.

Review bakery ranges or risk retail de-listing, warns expert

A category management specialist has said suppliers must be ready to review ranges or risk being dropped, after Kingsmill’s sliced bread was de-listed in Tesco.

‘Healthy treating’ to boost quick-service bakery, finds study

The quick-service bakery market (QS bakery) is to see an accelerated growth rate this year, with the concept of “healthy treating” becoming “key” to driving incremental increases in visits.

MySupermarket
MySupermarket tracks changing grocery costs
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Cost of grocery shopping continues to fall

The cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen again by 1% in the last month and 7% in the last year. 

Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer beats the curve on food sales
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M&S food enjoys ‘excellent’ Q4 sales

Marks & Spencer (M&S) delivered an “excellent” performance on food in its fourth quarter as food sales were up 3.7%. 

Peter Jenkins
Peter Jenkins is Le Pain Quotidien's first managing director
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Boulangerie chain appoints first UK MD

Bakery Le Pain Quotidien has appointed a UK managing director for the first time. 

Vietnamese-style street food baguette known as bánh mi
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Fusion bakery to offer Asian-inspired products

A new bakery in London fusing Vietnamese and French flavours aims to tap into a growing trend for Asian-inspired bakery products.

McVitie's
McVitie's launches next advert in sweeet campaign
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UB extends ‘sweeet’ campaign for DeliChoc

UK biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) today launched the latest TV advert in its McVitie’s ‘sweeet’ series for new biscuit McVitie’s DeliChoc. 

Black of Dunoon
Black of Dunoon wins Waitrose supply deal
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Scottish bakery secures Waitrose deal

Scottish craft bakery Black of Dunoon has signed a deal to supply Waitrose in Helensburgh with its hand-baked breads. 

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