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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. 

Dum Dum Donutterie
Dum Dum Donutterie to roll out high end coffee offer
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Doughnut firm opts for upmarket coffee offer

Artisan doughnut brand Dum Dum Donutterie will be investing £15,000 per site in upgrading its coffee offer. 

Bagel Boy
Bagel Boy has opened second site
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Bagel Boy opens second Bristol site

New bagel brand Bagel Boy has opened its second outlet in Bristol, serving a menu including homemade bagel burgers, fries and beer. 

Firkins
Firkins 22 shops have been closed
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Exclusive: Firkins bakery shuts up shop

Newbridge Bakery (Birmingham Retail), with its beleaguered Firkins brand, has gone into liquidation, British Baker has discovered. 

Trew Era Cafe
Trew Era Cafe will be run as a community project
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Russell Brand opens not-for-profit London cafe

Comedian and TV star Russell Brand has opened his first cafe in Hackney, east London. 

James Martin
James Martin opens site at Stansted development
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Celebrity chef opens Stansted outlet

The first-ever bakery and food-to-go site for celebrity chef James Martin has opened in Stansted airport. 

Coffee #1
Coffee #1 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
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Coffee#1 reports 30% sales increase

SA Brain & Co, parent company of Coffee#1, has announced a 30% rise in sales compared to last year for the coffee shop. 

The bakery's ad will air on ITV
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North-west bakery to air first TV ad in marketing drive

Sheldon’s Wholesale Bakers is to launch its first TV advertisement next month on ITV, after rebranding to boost sales.

Hotel Chocolat throws down the gauntlet on the high street

The high street chocolate war is on, after Hotel Chocolat saw better financial results than Thorntons.

Olives Et Al seeks more partners, while opening third deli store with Wyevale

Olives Et Al is to open a third deli and bakery concept this month, with plans for more sites in high streets and department stores.

Holland’s takes expert advice for chocolate pies

Holland’s Pies has teamed up with two experts to create a series of recipes for incorporating chocolate into pies.

Deli Santé will look to expand this year
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Waitrose pastry supplier seeks to extend business

Waitrose pastry products supplier, Deli Santé is looking for a national distributor to extend its customer base.

David Potts, new Morrisons boss
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New broom in Morrisons as CEO shakes up management

New Morrisons boss David Potts has waved goodbye to five senior directors who operated under outgoing chief executive Dalton Philips, according to reports.

The gluten-free bakery will soon launch a bespoke cake range with restaurant chain Leon
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Honeybuns strikes deal with Leon restaurants

Gluten-free bakery, Honeybuns, will soon launch a bespoke cake range with London restaurant chain Leon as it outgrows its current Dorset premises.

URBAN eat's new ‘eat better' range
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Urban Eat brings out healthier food-to-go line

Sandwich brand Urban Eat is grabbing a piece of the healthy eating market by launching a selection of healthier food-to-go options called Eat Better.

Craig McAulay, Stockbridge store manager
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Scotmid scoops convenience retailer accolade

Scotmid Co-operative has been named Convenience Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Convenience Retail Awards (CRAs).

Warburtons
Warburtons takes second place in The Grocer brand poll
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Warburtons at number two in Grocer top 100

The big three bread brands, plus McVitie’s biscuits have graced The Grocer magazine’s list of Britain’s 100 biggest grocery brands, with Warburtons taking the number two spot. 

Eric Lanlard: sets sail on Britannia this week

Patissier Lanlard sets sail on Britannia

Master patissier Eric Lanlard will this week man his café aboard cruise ship The Britannia as he closes in on a site in Dubai. 

Bakery brands jump on eclipse-themed marketing

A number of bakery brands have created lunar-themed adverts to promote their products, off the back of today's eclipse.

Skills organisations help bakery bodies on management training

A new management scheme has been developed for the baking industry.

Starbucks
Starbucks has seven-point plan for five years
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Starbucks reveals five-year growth strategy

Coffee giant Starbucks yesterday outlined a major seven-stage plan for the brand, including growing the number of stores from 22,000 to 30,000 worldwide, with a particular focus on China and on tea. 

Greggs and Pret win top spot over Starbucks

Greggs and Pret A Manger have beaten Starbucks to top the list of the UK’s most desired coffee shop and snack hotspots.

Konditor & Cook reveals growth plans

Konditor & Cook is to open its sixth shop today in Goodge Street, as it announces extensive expansion plans for the business - with six more openings in the next three years.

BB's Coffee & Muffins
BB's Coffee & Muffins eyes expansion
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BB’s Coffee & Muffins chain sold

The BB’s Coffee & Muffins chain has been bought by private equity company Brentwood Investments for a sum rumoured to be around €10m (£7.1m). 

Harris + Hoole opens first airport site

Tesco backed coffee shop, Harris + Hoole is to open in its first airport location at Stansted Airport.

Soreen sets sights on export markets

Malt loaf brand Soreen is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product, as it plans to expand into export markets.

Fabulous Bakers
New branding for The Fabulous Bakers' flapjack range
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Rebrand for The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys, the muffin and flapjack producer owned by Daelmans Group, has rebranded to The Fabulous Bakers ahead of a major marketing push this summer. 

National Doughnut Week
National Doughnut Week can help increase bakeries' footfall
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Doughnut Week 2015 invites baker participation

National Doughnut Week is back for 2015, from 9 to 16 May, and registration is open for bakers to maximise their sales. 

Sainbury's
Sainsbury's reports small decline in Q4 sales
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Sainsbury’s records decline in Q4 sales

Sainsbury’s has reported like-for-like retail sales were down 1.9% in its fourth-quarter trading statement as “the trading environment remains challenging”. 

Tesco to delist Kingsmill sliced

Tesco is to delist the entire range of Kingsmill’s sliced loaves as part of its new “volume-driven strategy”.

Wafflemeister
Wafflemeister has 11 sites worldwide
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Waffle retailer reveals plans for expansion

Belgian waffle specialist Wafflemeister plans to double its UK sites in 2015 and reach £5m in revenue by year-end. 

Muffin Break in first retail park move

Muffin Break has opened its first site within a retail park, with further openings in the pipeline.

M&S backs bread as part of healthy diet after loaf sales rocket

High street retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has seen sales of its ‘healthy breads’ up 37% on last year, noting that people were seeing the benefits of eating the carbohydrate.

The supermarket saga: can the phoenix rise again?

Reporter Bronya Smolen considers the road ahead for supermarket retailers in the wake of this week’s headlines.

Pieminister
Pieminister: new site in Leeds
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Pieminister to open largest site in Leeds

Bristol-based pie company Pieminister aims to open its “most ambitious project to date” in Leeds at the end of April following a £300,000 refurbishment. 

Waitrose
Waitrose market share is up
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Investment curbs Waitrose profits, despite sales rise

Waitrose has posted an increase in gross sales of 6.5% to £6.51bn in its unaudited results for the 53 weeks ending 31 January 2015. 

The limited-edition Lemon Cream Buns
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Cream cakes take off for Spar wholesaler

James Hall & Co, the northern Spar wholesaler, has seen sales of its cream cakes soar since opening its Huntcoat factory in 2013.

Morrisons sees profits plummet

Morrisons has posted its worst results in eight years, as it revealed a profit loss of £792m before tax after taking account of a £1.3bn write down in the value of its supermarkets. 

Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts set for UK growth, according to Horizons
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Foodservice forecast to grow by £10bn in next four years

The UK foodservice sector is set for value growth of £10bn giving it a worth of £56.3bn by 2019, according to consultancy Horizons. 

Paul A Young
Paul A Young: helping bakers grab their piece of Easter trading
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Easter how to: a fondant egg with Paul A Young

Easter is the biggest event in a bakery’s calendar and top chocolatier Paul A Young advises bakers that innovation is key for big sales. 

British Pie Week
British Pie Week can help trade
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Survey: bakers reveal benefits of British Pie Week

British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) is over for another year, but did bakers reap the benefits? 

Ocado has seen sales up nearly 20%
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Ocado sees sales up while average order value declines

Online retail giant Ocado has seen sales for the group rise by 19.2% to £271.1m, despite a decline in average order value.

Tesco coffee shop director ‘leaves’ business

The Tesco boss in charge of in-store restaurants and coffee shops, such as Harris + Hoole and Euphorium, has reportedly left the business.

Woodstock's Artisan Bakery is located in Stony Stratford
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Craft bakery strikes deal for second retail site

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery, Northamptonshire, has linked up with a local café to expand into its second branded retail outlet.

Sheldon's Bakery rebranded products
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Manchester bakery sights 27% sales uplift after rebrand

Manchester-based firm Sheldon’s Bakery has set its sights on a 27% sales increase over the course of this year, after relaunching the brand.

Coffee chain expands in UK and abroad

Ca’puccino, the Italian coffee house, is set to open its sixth site in the UK, as it plans to expand internationally.

New food skills career website launched

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has launched a new website to encourage more youngsters into the industry.

Ian Wright, FDF's new director general
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Former Diageo man to head FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed former Diageo director Ian Wright as the new director-general of the trade association.

mySupermarket
Aldi offers cheapest bakery items
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Aldi named cheapest for bakery in grocery tracker

German discounter Aldi has been named the cheapest supermarket for bakery items as the price of a weekly shop rose 0.55% in the last month to £88.59. 

Tom’s Pies launches at Ocado

Premium pie company, Tom’s Pies, has launched five products at ocado.com- its first listing at a major retailer.

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