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Tesco sees Christmas success, despite announcement to shut 43 stores

Tesco has made its first trading update of 2015, revealing plans to shut 43 “unprofitable” stores, most of which are likely to be convenience outlets.

Mike Coupe:
supermarket boss
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Sainsbury’s: LFLs down and warns on deflation

Sainsbury’s has revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) fell during the important festive period – and warned the remainder of its financial year would be “challenging”.

Waitrose mince pies:
Positive festive results for the retailer
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Waitrose sees strong festive sales

Like-for-like sales increased by 2.8% at supermarket Waitrose over the Christmas period – the sixth consecutive year it has outperformed the market.

Asda's farmhouse 50p loaf
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Supermarkets reduce bread prices in ongoing cuts

The price war continues, as Asda and Sainsbury’s are to slash the prices of bread as part of new price investments.

Richard Hodgson joins Premier Food
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Pizza Express boss joins Premier Foods board

Premier Foods has appointed the chief executive of Pizza Express as a non-executive director in the company.

Competition authority moves to phase two on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will launch a phase two investigation into the acquisition by Pork Farms of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods Limited.

BF Done's Wednesfield is closed until further notice
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BF Done & Son shuts shop over Christmas

A Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice - just before the busy Christmas period.

UK retailers ‘optimistic’ for 2015

UK retailers are ‘optimistic’ about the year ahead, according to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Throntons makes profit warning
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Thorntons issues Christmas profit warning

High street chocolate company, Thorntons, has warned investors that profits will be below expectations.

NO.G quiches now stocked in Sainbury's
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Gluten-free win for NO.G at awards

Gluten-free bakery, No.G, has scooped the top prize for top free-from food product.

Pub opens bakery on-site

A pub in Berkshire has opened with an on-site coffee shop and bakery, to offer customers fresh food on the go.

Birds of Derby's new Borrowash shop
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Birds of Derby opens new-look shop

Birds of Derby bakery has opened its 56th shop, with a new-look design created by a local shop fitter.

BIA 12 days of Christmas: Sainsbury’s capitalises on win

It was Sainsbury’s that scooped the prestigious title of In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards earlier this year.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Slattery to improve online business

The tenth instalment of our Christmas treats- Slattery, the renowned Manchester-based bakery and chocolatier is to invest its online offering.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: JG Ross see’s future in gluten-free products for 2015

Customer service winner at this year’s BIAs, JG Ross, expects competition to stiffen in 2015, but has exciting predictions for its gluten-free products.

The year review: what 2014 meant for the baking industry

In a turbulent and exciting year for the baking industry, British Baker looks back at the big stories from 2014.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Cinnamon Square to launch new brand

Winner of 2014’s Innovation Award, Cinnamon Square is number seven in the BIA 12 Days feature - ready to launch a new brand as well as expand the business.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Paul UK outlines expansion plans and new ranges for 2015

Another gem in our Christmas installations - artisan bakery Paul - has told us all about the business’ plans to open three shops outside the capital, and increase the number of shops which run its Bread Masterclasses.

Robin Jones, Village Bakery managing director
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BIA 12 Days of Christmas: The Village Bakery looks to baking academy to inspire new generation of bakers

On the fifth day of the BIA 12 Days of Christmas feature, British Baker presents to you The Village Bakery’s view on 2015, and its delight with 2014.

Keynsham Civic Centre where the bakery will operate from
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Bath Bakery continues expansion plans

Bath Bakery has expanded into new public developments, as part of its rapid growth programme.

Premium tea popular at home
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More consumers want premium tea, study reveals

Over half of consumers opt for a premium tea when drinking it out of home, according to a new study.

Greggs’ shares soar on profits guidance

Shares in Greggs soared yesterday after the bakery retailer revealed that increased sales would mean better-than-expected profits.

Village Bakery Wrexham:
pictured are Village Bakery staff Chris Foxall, Tom Breeze, Simon Thorpe, operations manager, and Dan Reddin.
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Bakery invests £2m in sourdough crumpet line

The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) has invested £2m in a crumpet production line to produce what it calls the UK’s first sourdough crumpets.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Bettys opens £1m development kitchen

Day four on the BIA treat calendar comes from The Craft Business Award winner, Bettys Craft Bakery, which spills all about its new £1m research and development centre. 

Greggs raises profits outlook

Bakery chain Greggs delivered a shock trading update this morning to reveal that its full-year profits would be ahead of analysts’ expectations.

Paul UK expands beyond capital

Paul UK has opened its first site outside London, situated in Oxford city centre. 

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Wild Thexton goes into partnership with The Bread Factory

Tom Thexton, winner of the BIA Rising Star Award runs a gluten-free bakery called Wild Thexton, and told British Baker of his huge plans to open a new completely gluten-free bakery with The Bread Factory.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Just: Gluten Free Bakery expects innovation

Number two on the BIA 12 days of Christmas is the Just: Gluten Free Bakery, winner of this year’s Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, which says 2015 will be about improving allergen-free treats.

Online sales mean decreased high street footfall
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Footfall down as online sales rise

Footfall has continued to decline, down 2.4% on November last year, with high street footfall struggling most. 

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Baker of the year to open bakery school

In a special Christmas feature, British Baker has asked its 2014 Baking Industry Awards (BIA) winners to tell us what they are predicting for 2015.

The Beyond Bread team outside the shop
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Gluten-free bakery to open in London

Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten-free bakery and café is set to open in central London this month.

Warrens nails ‘oldest Cornish pasty maker’ claim

Cornish pasty company Warrens Bakery has declared itself the “oldest Cornish pasty maker in the world” after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) confirmed that its heritage claims were valid. 

Tuckey’s clinches ‘classic’ digestive biscuit deal with Sainsbury’s

An ex-McVitie’s director is taking on the biscuit market with his 'real biscuit' company Tuckey’s.

The Topping Pie Company
The Topping Pie Company will supply to cruise ships
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Pie firm steps aboard cruise lines

Doncaster-based family bakery The Topping Pie Company has struck a deal to supply into the cruise-line market. 

Bakers create ‘Pastry Paradise’

A world of bakery-inspired architecture has been created by five UK bakers at a London art gallery.

Pasty waste:
the supermarket is perplexed about the claim
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Morrisons reported to have ‘wasted’ thousands of Cornish pasties

A report into food waste in Britain has found that Morrisons turned away more than 9,000 pasties after a delivery van turned up 15 minutes late.

UK coffee shops outperform retail

The UK coffee shop market is outperforming the UK retail sector, with significant sales growth of 10.7% on last year equating to £7.2 bn in turnover.

The all star animal cast of UB's Victoria Biscuit selection
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Victoria Biscuits TV ad campaign launched

United Biscuits has launched a £1m TV advertisement for McVitie’s Victoria Biscuit selection as part of its ‘Sweeet’ campaign.

Record Purple Friday

Gerhard gets involved in the hype of Black Friday, and reaps the benefits with his best online sales day- ever.

Social media reaction to Premier Foods’ supplier payment row

As usual the internet, particularly social media, has been quick to react in the light of the criticism of Premier Foods.

Premier Foods criticised over controversial supplier payments

Premier Foods, the company behind Mr Kipling cakes, has hit the headlines for asking suppliers to hand over money – or risk losing contracts.

Harris + Hoole:
the coffee shop has over 40 sites on the high street and in Tesco stores
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Tesco-backed café sees financial loss

Coffee chain Harris + Hoole has made a pre-tax loss of £12.8m in its year-end results.

Genius bread was amongst one of the most popular gluten free products purchased
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Online research points to rise in gluten-free purchases

Gluten-free products are increasingly popular, according to a leading shopping and comparison site.

The Autumn Statement:
George Osborne will reveal plans today
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Autumn Statement expected to review business rates

A review of business rates is expected to be unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement today.

Gail's:
The bakery will soon expand to have 18 sites
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Gail’s Bakery starts London delivery service

London-based Gail’s Bakery has launched a delivery service to provide London offices with boxes of its products.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will give his annual Autumn Statement to Parliament on 3 December 2014.
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Retail body calls for reform of business rates

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is calling for business rates reform in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement next week.

Hovis white loaf:
one of the top ten most purchased products
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White loaves make retail popularity list

Three white loaves made it on to a list of the most-bought items in the UK.

Three of Cheshunt Eight leave Tesco

Three of the suspended Tesco executives have reportedly left the company.

M&S and SSP join-up to extend

Marks & Spencer has launched a new site at Sutton station with SSP, in a bid to extend its breakfast and lunch offering in the food-to-go market.

Own label
Popularity of own label still on the up
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Own label products still in growth

Own-label products continue to flourish with supermarkets offering reduced ranges missing out on revenue. 

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