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Wimbledon cake pops by www.definitelycake.com
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8 Wimbledon-inspired cakes from UK bakers

Bakers have been batting their best Wimbledon-inspired cakes on social media, as the two-week championships begin this week.

Paris firm secures contract with Starbucks

Paris bakery Michel & Augustin has struck a deal with Starbucks to sell its cookies in 25 locations in New York, before potentially coming to the UK. 

Bake Off contestant lands recipe deal

Last year’s Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Henry has launched a partnership with fine food company Bennett Opie.

Brace’s appoints new CEO

Brace’s Bakery, the South Wales family-run bakery, has appointed former sales and marketing director Scott Richardson as its new chief executive.

Macaroni pies dilemma reaches parliament

The campaign to save the macaroni pies has reached Scottish Parliament, after Greggs bakery discontinued the product.

Tesco beats expectations as sales decline slows

Outlook for Tesco is looking up as the retailer boasts an improved sales performance in its first quarter trading update.

Patisserie Valerie to open in Debenhams

Growing confectionery chain Patisserie Valerie has signed a deal to open six Debenhams concession shops.

Pieminister rejected from Glasto for first time in over a decade

A ‘pie-panic’ has spread across social media, as Glastonbury-goers discovered veteran attendee Pieminister will not be at the festival this year.

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Enter the National Cupcake Championships today
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Nine reasons why you need to enter the National Cupcake Championships

National Cupcake Week is back! From 14 to 20 September we shall be all about the little cakes and we want bakers to get involved as well. 

Greggs links with VoucherCodes for sausage roll drive

Bakery giant Greggs is treating consumers to a free sausage roll this week, with 6,000 to give away each day. 

Man arrested over Jammie Dodgers factory theft

A man has been arrested following the theft of £12,000 of biscuits from a Burton’s factory.

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SK Biscuits adds tea to the mix
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A fresh take on shortbreads

SK Biscuits has taken the tea-biscuit dunk a step further with a new range of shortbreads with tea flavouring. 

ABST Conference 2015 in pictures

Student and delegate attendance was up 30% at the annual ABST Conference last weekend (19-21 June).

Pork pie-maker embraces export markets

Walker & Son has stepped into the export market, after finding a way to deliver its Dickinson & Morris pork pies frozen.

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Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel launches Tokyo site
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Cronut creator opens in Tokyo

Cronut king Dominique Ansel has opened his first international bakery in Japan. 

Start-up Irish biscuit firm makes €15m investment

New biscuit manufacturer The East Coast Bakehouse is to invest €15m (£10.7m) in its manufacturing facility in Drogheda, Ireland.

The new-look Chatwins sites aim to look more modern, and now make fresh sandwiches to order
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Chatwins closes Hanley outlets but revamps other stores

Chatwins bakery has shut three shops around Hanley, while it continues to refit and re-brand other more profitable stores.

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Social media engagement differs hugely between brands
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Research reveals bakery’s social media stars

Coffee chains Costa Coffee and Starbucks and bakery giant Greggs both appear in the top 10 ranking of companies leading the way in social media. 

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Stag Bakeries' smoked butter oatcakes
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Hebridean bakery enjoys sales success

Stag Bakeries, a family-owned bakery based in Stornoway, Lewis, has doubled year-on-year sales for the third consecutive year. 

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Portreath Bakery is to open a Cornish pasty drive-thru
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Cornish pasty firm to open drive-thru

A Cornish pasty drive-thru to open in the South West could be a world first. 

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Costa used telephone boxes to raise awareness of it ice-cold coffees
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Costa employs technology in latest outdoor campaign

High street coffee chain Costa has launched an outdoor advertising campaign on public telephone boxes using a printing technique that creates the illusion of movement.

Gail’s opens for Wimbledon goers

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has opened as a pop-up space in Wimbledon, before refurbishing to be a permanent site after the tournament.

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BFree wraps to join Costa menu
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BFree wraps snapped up by Costa

Health-conscious bakery brand BFree has partnered with Costa Coffee so the high street chain can use its BFree Multigrain Wraps. 

Starbucks shuts La Boulange bakeries

Starbucks is to close its La Boulange bakery outlets, however will continue to serve the brand in US stores.

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Foxcroft & Ginger opens specialist poached egg bar in Dalston
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Foxcroft & Ginger opens specialist bar

Artisan baker Foxcroft & Ginger has opened a specialist poached egg bar in Dalston, east London. 

Cake sales boost Premier, says analysts

Analysts have praised a ‘good uplift’ in the cake category at Premier Foods, while warning of potential delistings depending on actions of Tesco.

Survival of the high street ‘turns corner’

The future of the British high street is looking up, as a report reveals that store survival rate is up to 42% in 2014.

Genius avoids delisting after product recall

Genius Foods has said no retailers have delisted their products, following a mass product recall when a gluten contamination was detected.

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Irwin's gives Rankin bread range an update
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Irwin’s revamps Rankin breads range

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has invested £350,000 in rebranding its Rankin Selection range of traditional Irish breads. 

Cornish bakery steps into snacks market

Warrens Bakery is making a move into the snack market after acquiring a local crisp firm.

Gluten-free range goes online

Bath Bakery has launched its gluten-free products online as it introduces a new range.

The new shop will be ready to open by the end of this week
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Worthing bakery opens first shop

Raise Bakery is to open its first retail shop in Hove this week, and will sell bread for the first time.

Warburtons Shapes
Warburtons chose cats and vans for its Shapes launch
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Warburtons launches Shapes for children

Warburtons has today launched ‘Shapes’ to bring some fun to children's lunchboxes. 

National Doughnut Week
Bakers get involved with National Doughnut Week
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National Doughnut Week on track to hit fundraising target

National Doughnut Week saw 707 bakeries take part and is on target to make over £25,000 for The Children’s Trust. 

Schär gluten-free brand launches in UK

Dr Schär has launched gluten-free brand Schär, which is well known in Europe, in the UK with nine new products.

Subway moves cookie production from US to Germany

Subway has moved the production of its cookies to Europe - the first time they have been produced out of the US - as it chases European expansion.

Jaffa Cakes: Now it’s personal

Jaffa Cake fans can now look for packages with their very own name on them as McVitie’s responds to hundreds of requests for personalised packets.

Gay cake bakery outlines appeal grounds

Ashers Baking Company, the business at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row, has outlined the grounds which it will appeal over.

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Genius social media hit hard over contaminated products fall-out
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Genius faces consumer backlash on social media

‘Gluten-free’ brand Genius is facing the backlash as consumers say their piece following the recall of 25 products made at its Bathgate bakery. 

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Genius gluten-free crumpets were one of 25 products to be contaminated
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Genius recalls five more lines over contamination fears

Five more supermarket own-label products have been recalled by gluten-free label Genius following a contamination issue revealed earlier this week. 

The Kingsmill 50/50 loaf was dropped from Morrisons in March
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Morrisons drops Kingsmill 50/50 loaves

Allied Bakeries has suffered another blow to its Kingsmill brand, as British Baker can reveal Kingsmill 50/50 loaves have been dropped from Morrisons.

Reading sandwich vans could face new £861 licensing fee

Mobile sandwich traders in Reading could face a new annual charge of £861, as Reading Borough Council considers a new report.

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Esquires Coffee has launched new packaging
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Coffee chain Esquires overhauls its estate

Franchise coffee shop chain Esquires Coffee has introduced a new menus and packaging at its 24 stores. 

Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

A government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.

Sainsbury’s Q1 LFLs down

Sainsbury’s has seen like-for-like (LFL) sales down 2.1% for its first quarter, fighting what it calls “a highly competitive pricing backdrop.”

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Paul UK at Waterloo Road
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Paul reports big jump in turnover

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has revealed EBITDA has climbed 19.2% to £4.3m for the year ended 31 December 2014. 

Food sales ‘normalising’ despite deflation

Total food sales grew 0.5% for the three months to May, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) sales monitor.

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Sandwiches falling out of favour with Tesco customers
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Sandwiches under threat as Tesco trebles salad range

Tesco said it was a case of “move over sarnies” as it trebled its ready-to-eat salad range to nearly 50 lines. 

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Pret and Costa will use Apple Pay from launch
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Pret and Costa introduce mobile phone payments

High street chains Pret A Manger and Costa are among the first companies in the sector to confirm they will adopt Apple Pay - new technology that enables customers to pay for purchases with their mobile phones. 

Biscuit distributor opens bakery

Biscuit and bakery products distributor Arden Fine Foods has installed a bakery operation at its Coventry office to help it understand the sector further.

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