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Online retail sales will be bigger than before
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Digital transactions to play major role in festive retail sales

Retail sales this December are expected to rise 4% year-on-year to £42.4bn – more than £1.5bn than last year. 

ON THE UP: SSP brands like Upper Crust are performing well
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Sales up 4% at SSP

SSP, the global giant behind travel brands such as Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, has seen revenue increase by 4% - helped by a strong performance in the UK.

Pie firm strikes Ocado supply deal

Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has signed to supply online grocery supermarket ocado.com.

Customers are encouraged to get involved with the Santa selfies
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Santa selfies at centre of Greggs’ festive campaign

Greggs has launched a new social media campaign, tying its pasty packaging to the internet with its #PastySanta selfies.

2014 Great British Pie Awards
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Pie Awards add gluten-free category

The British Pie Awards have introduced a new Free From Gluten category, as the competition officially opens for entries today.

Edme's MD, Peter Tichbon (r) and Technical Baker, Richard Ball (l) hand over the malt loaves to friends from Acorn Village
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Edme to sell malt loaves for charity

Ingredients firm Edme has been baking batches of malt loaves to raise money for a local charity.

Fortnum & Mason enjoys busiest year in store history

Luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason has seen a 14% increase in overall sales for the year up to July 2014, compared to last year.

Gail's Bakery Barnes
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Gail’s opts for private over public growth

Gail’s Bakery has reportedly ended talks of stock market flotation, and will now focus on growing the business privately.

Paul A Young to grow business

Leading London-based chocolatier Paul A Young plans to expand his four-strong business to span from Scotland to the south of England.

Crepe firm plans broad international growth

London-based Crepeaffaire is on the verge of major UK and international expansion plans with four new UK sites in the next four months.

Paul A Young chocolate
Paul A Young tempers chocolate
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Chocolate facing supply shortage

The world faces a chocolate shortage with demand outstripping supply as prices have already risen 25% this year. 

Barry Callebaut launches chocolate challenge for caterers

Chocolate specialist Barry Callebaut is offering caterers the chance to win a trip to a cocoa plantation in its For The Love of Chocolate Challenge.

First decline on record for grocery market
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Discounters continue to dominate, as overall grocery declines

Aldi and Lidl have continued to storm the grocery market, despite an overall decline in the sector since Kantar Worldpanel records began in 1994.

Genesis Crafty breads:
the new range will be launched in Waitrose
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Genesis Crafty launches speciality breads to Waitrose

Northern Irish bakery firm Genesis Crafty has launched a new range of speciality breads into 200 Waitrose stores throughout the UK.

Earl of Sandwich
The opening of a previous Earl of Sandwich site
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Earl of Sandwich brand to launch in Middle East

London sandwich and restaurant business Earl Enterprises has signed two deals worth £1m to launch its brand in the Middle East. 

Cadbury
Cadbury's Christmas TV campaign launches
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Mondelēz embarks on TV drive for Cadbury

Confectionery multinational Mondelēz has revealed a major ITV festive advertising drive for its Cadbury brand including tie-up with a number of celebrities. 

Dunkin' Donuts:
seen as one of the top brands in food service
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Horizons highlights bakery sector as one to watch

Dunkin’ Donuts and Pieminister are among the top brands named in foodservice consultancy Horizons’ latest list of food companies on the ascendant.

Bake n' Grape:
the new bakery concept to open next year
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New bakery hybrid to hit British high street

A new £200,000 bakery-hybrid concept is to open next year, with a further 12 openings planned throughout the UK by 2018.

Tom Dixon Sandwich
Tom Dixon Sandwich Shop open at London's Harrods
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Harrods installs upmarket Tom Dixon sandwich shop

London’s Harrods department store has welcomed the opening of a high-end sandwich shop under furniture company Tom Dixon. 

McVitie's Victoria selection
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McVitie’s to extend ‘sweeet’ campaign with Victoria biscuits

United Biscuits’ (UB) Christmas TV debut for its McVitie’s Victoria biscuit selection will kick off on 4 December.

Small high street shops could benefit
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Call for local government to set business rates

Independent firms could pay less to trade after the Local Government Association (LGA) said that local government should set local business rates.

Scotch pie judging
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Scotch Pie Championship attracts record entries

A record number of Scotland’s bakers have entered their best pies into the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Biscuiteers:
the new shop front will be hand-illustrated
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Biscuiteers to open second shop

London biscuit company Biscuiteers is to open its second retail site this month.

Mike Coupe:
new chief executive at the supermarket
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Underlying profits and LFLs down at Sainsbury’s

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s this morning unveiled a 2.1% fall in like-for-like sales and said underlying profit had dropped by 6.3% to £375m.

Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers completes £150k expansion

Yorkshire-based Walkers Bakers and Chocolatiers has completed a £150,000 expansion and refurbishment at its Skipton premises.

Snaps & Rye launches in London

A new Danish kitchen and bakery concept has opened in North Kensington.

Eat chain launches Xmas menu

High street sandwich and cafe brand Eat has launched its Christmas food range.

LFLs slump again, Morrisons insists it’s on track

Like-for-like sales suffered a 6.3% slump in the 13 weeks to 2 November 2014 at under pressure supermarket Morrisons.

M&S
M&S: good growth in food
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M&S food shows strong sales growth

Marks and Spencer (M&S) food business has reported like-for-like sales are up 1%. 

Brioche Pasquier
Brioche Pasquier gains listing with Ocado
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Brioche firm gains Ocado listing

French bakery Brioche Pasquier is to list two of its ranges with retailer Ocado for the first time. 

Fabulous Bakin' Boys
Fabulous Bakin' Boys go nuts
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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to invest in new on-the-go snacks

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys is making a “major brand investment” that will see new product lines from March 2015 amid a move away from its nut-free manufacturing status. 

Urban Eat
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Urban Eat introduces Christmas specials

Sandwich brand Urban Eat has unveiled a range of five Christmas specials available from today.

4 new Warburtons loaves:
"guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds"
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Warburtons invests £750k in new bread offering

Warburtons has added a new line of more premium everyday loaves to its bread range.

Euro Bakery Naan:
the bakery sold products in Tesco and Morrisons
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Jobs hit as Asian bakery is liquidated

A Manchester Asian bakery has gone into liquidation, resulting in the loss of 18 jobs.

Dave Lewis
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Tesco probed by Serious Fraud Office

Tesco has confirmed it is under investigation from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

The Biscuiteers:
DC comic biscuits
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Biscuiteers signs licensing deal with Warner Bros

London biscuit company The Biscuiteers has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK & Ireland for a range of iced biscuits, cupcakes and cakes, inspired by popular blockbusters.

PAUL UK:
The new site on Oxford high street
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Paul UK opens first site outside the capital

French artisan bakery Paul UK is to open its first shop outside London, as the beginning of a brand roll-out.

Kate's Cakes lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge squares will be sold in Tesco
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Kate’s Cakes hit Tesco shelves

Cake brand Kate’s Cakes has launched its new square cake product range into Tesco stores nationwide.

Second Cup
Second Cup: opening in Manchester
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Canadian coffee shop comes to the UK

Canada-based coffee shop Second Cup is to open in Manchester today, as part of global expansion plans. 

DS-gluten free bourbon biscuits
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Boots to stock DS-gluten free snacks

Gluten-free company DS-gluten free has announced it will be launching into Boots retailers with immediate effect. 

Paul Sykes:
founder of Paul's Pies
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Pie firm strikes first supermarket deal

Paul’s Pies has secured its first supermarket listing in 20 Asda supermarkets.

Greggs:
the popular bakery will soon open on a Whitelink ferry
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Greggs bakery gets its sea legs

Greggs bakery is to open its first branch on a ferry. 

Tesco shares hit rock bottom

Tesco shares have hit an 11-year low last night after newly appointed chief executive Dave Lewis refused to reveal his business plans for the struggling supermarket.

Irish bread week proves to be a hit

National Bread Week took off in Ireland this year, baking up 62,000 tweets on Twitter about the event.

Foodservice sales rise as confidence returns

The foodservice industry is seeing an increase in food sales year-on-year, with half of retailers serving more meals on weekends.

Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Café:
the bakery is a social enterprise
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Artisan bakery plans £500k investment for growth

A Darlington bakery plans to make a £500,000 investment to double its retail outlets after expanding into a new production site.

Wafflemeister is to open site number seven
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Waffle firm seeks UK expansion

London-based Belgian waffle group Wafflemeister is on the hunt for 10 to 15 more UK sites over the next year. 

The Bakers’ Marque
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Commercial partner sought for Bakers’ Marque

The Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced it is seeking a commercial partner for its quality assurance standard, The Bakers’ Marque.

Discounting causes grocery deflation

Heavy discounting by supermarkets means the grocery market has been pushed into deflation, according to the latest figures.

Costa Coffee growth continued in H1
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Costa underlying profit up 20.5%

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, saw its first-half underlying profit increase by 20.5% to £52.4m, it revealed today.

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