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French dip sandwiches tipped amongst latest emerging UK trends

French dip sandwiches and meat-style sauces have been revealed to be the latest trends in the UK high street.

Krispy Kreme gives away one million doughnuts

Krispy Kreme has estimated it gave out around 1m doughnuts worldwide, in a one-day-only promotion to celebrate the opening of its 1,000th store.

David Potts: the new chief executive of Morrisons
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Morrisons appoints new chief executive

David Potts, the former boss of Tesco in Ireland and Asia, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Morrisons.

Gail’s Bakery eyes sites outside of London

Gail’s Artisan Bakery has revealed plans to expand out of the capital, but has turned down opportunities to go into travel locations.

Suffolk bakery gets Oscar mention

The Pump Street Bakery, Suffolk, has gained Oscar fame after it was mentioned in a speech by winning director, Mat Kirkby.

Sandwich firm on minimum wage shaming list

A sandwich firm is among 70 firms named and shamed by the government, which have failed to pay the minimum wage.

Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill in London’s Savoy Hotel charges £9 a head to serve their own cake- the same price as a dessert
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London venues charging cakeage fee

The so-called ‘cakeage fee’ – a charge restaurants command when customers bring their own cake – has shot up to as much as £9 in some big-name restaurants.

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Jammie Bakes: Jammie Dodgers for adults
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Jammie Dodgers branch out

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched a new version of its well-loved Jammie Dodgers brand aimed at adults. 

One of the offerings will be a macaroni cheese
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Starbucks embarks on evening offering

Starbucks has launched its first evening offering in the UK at Stansted Airport, offering hot and cold food, wine and beer.

bakery47 carrot cake
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Scottish duo open first bakery outlet

A Scottish bakery has opened its first shop, after previously running a home bakery from the south of Glasgow.

Brighton bakery opens sites and expands wholesale

The Flour Pot Bakery in Brighton is to open two more sites, as it also secures its first London customers for wholesale.

Asda’s LFL sales fall marginally amid challenging environment

Asda has seen like-for-like sales fall 1% this year, in what it has called one of “its most challenging and changeable periods in history”.

#WeLoveBread – the best bread adverts on TV

Since British Baker launched the #WeLoveBread campaign our social media pages have been swamped by retweets and support.

Krispy Kreme in hot water over KKK promotion

A Krispy Kreme branch has hit the headlines for its promotion of ‘KKK Wednesdays’ – Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesdays – after a series of complaints.

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Dum Dum Donutterie aims for expansion
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Doughnut firm’s success prompts expansion plans

The London-based Dum Dum Donutterie is expanding, with locations earmarked in the UK and several overseas as it looks to triple its first year’s turnover. 

Pop-up porridge café planned

A porridge café pop up is to open next month in London, serving a variety of different versions of the breakfast dish.

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Hovis 800g price down to 75p in Sainsbury's
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Sainsbury’s escalates bread price war

Sainsbury’s has added to the supermarket bread price war by slashing prices of large Hovis loaves to 75p. 

Scottish bakery closes shops - turning attention to supermarkets

Mathiesons Bakery in Scotland has shut its retail shops, as it says it will now concentrate on supplying supermarkets.

McVitie’s Cuddle Café attracts broad interest

More than 1,000 consumers visited McVitie’s London Cuddle Café in one day, during the brand’s promotion of its continued Sweeet campaign. 

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Proper Cornish launches a student campaign
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Pasty firm uses student campaign to boost customers

Proper Cornish, a handmade Cornish Pasty company, has boosted its customer base by launching a student campaign called The Pasty Society. 

Cinnamon Square bakery to reach wider audience

The Cinnamon Square bakery in Rickmansworth, has told British Baker of its ambitions to get its trademark Cinnamon Bun further afield.

Dalton Philips will leave Morrisons on Monday
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Dalton Philips departs Morrisons early

Morrisons has announced that Dalton Philips, chief executive, will leave the company earlier than expected.

The new Ziferblat coffee shop, Manchester
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Second social project café opens doors

The UK’s second café that charges customers by time and not purchases has opened in Manchester.

Cinnamon pretzel from Knot
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Pretzel bakery expands in the capital

Knot Artisan Coffee and Pretzel bakery has opened a fourth site in London’s Victoria station.

L-R: Gilles Defrance, Nigel Chadd and Claire-Burgess
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South-west bakery moves into foodservice

A Plymouth bakery has signed a new wholesale contract with catering suppliers Chadd’s Foodsmiths, allowing it to grow the business.

Mariam French, head of marketing for Aryzta Food Solutions
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Interview exclusive: Coup de pates launches rebrand

Coup de pates has officially launched its rebrand of Delice de France, making its first appearance this year at the Hospitality Show in January.

New area manager joins Bath Bakery

Bath Bakery has employed a new area manager to run the bakery’s Moorland Road café and all its Keynsham operations.

PM makes pledge on business loans

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to guarantee business loans by private lenders, if he wins the general election in May.

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Grocery market picks up
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Grocery market picks up pace

The grocery market is growing at its fastest rate since June last year at 1.1%. 

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One of the options in the #PieElection
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Pieminister to revive three historic pies

In honour of British Pie Week (2 to 8 March) Pieminister is holding a #PieElection to get the old favourites back for pie fans. 

Cooplands’ shop closures revealed

Details of the closing Cooplands of Doncaster shops have been released, after the bakery went into pre-pack administration last week.

Bakers take to social media after David Cameron delivery

Prime Minister David Cameron received a pile of letters from some key members of the baking industry on Friday (6 February), following his decision to give up bread.

British Baker webinar sign up now live

Are you ready for the Challenge of Bakery Retail webinar from British Baker?

Cooplands of Doncaster head office
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Cooplands undergoes pre-pack administration

Cooplands of Doncaster has undergone a pre-pack administration with the loss of 300 jobs.

Tesco back in eye of storm as GCA investigates

Tesco faces more scrutiny as an investigation is initiated into its relations with suppliers.

Dee Light Bakery scoops Farm Shop & Deli Show award

The Dee Light Bakery in London has been named the Farm Shop & Deli Awards baker of the year.

North-south divide on empty shops

Almost one in five shops in England’s northern towns and cities lie empty, compared with just one in 10 in the south, according to a new study.

Cameron halts pasty eating habits
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PM’s diet sees pasties ditched alongside bread

The Prime Minister David Cameron has given up the Cornish Pasty, just weeks after he announced his decision to stop eating bread.

The new app for bakers can be downloaded from iTunes
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New resource app from Scottish Bakers

Scottish Bakers has launched a new Google and iTunes app, which includes a training module to help staff learn how to cut waste and save money.

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the baking game show starts again with a star studded cast for Comic Relief
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Star studded line up for Great Comic Relief Bake Off

The 16-strong celebrity line up has been announced for this year’s the Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

Our Daily Bread signs with food distributor Simply Wild
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Wheaten bread company signs distribution deal

Northern Irish bakery Our Daily Bread has signed a deal with a food distributor, which enables it to supply customers south of the border.

The brand's giant cheese sandwich bus
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Anchor plans cheese sandwich campaign

The humble cheese sandwich has taken a hit in the popularity stakes, according to cheese brand Anchor Cheddar.

Cooplands of Doncaster head office
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Jobs at risk at Cooplands

Cooplands of Doncaster has warned staff that jobs are now at risk, as it enters a consultation period with a restructuring company. 

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mySupermarket revealed 5% drop in basket cost in a year
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Fall in cost of supermarket shopping

The cost of a weekly shop has dropped by more than 5% in the last year, according to mySupermarket.co.uk

Groceries Adjudicator gets new fine powers

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has been handed the power to fine large supermarkets up to 1% of their UK turnover.

Buy a cake with your free drink, says Waitrose

Waitrose has changed its free drink offering to mean customers must also purchase a cake or a sandwich to claim the deal.

Bertinet Bakery
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Bertinet Bakery expands presence in Waitrose

Bertinet Bakery has launched its craft bread range into 12 more Waitrose shops.

We Love Bread campaign
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We Love Bread: British Baker campaigns for the loaf

This is a call to arms. Bakers we need you to defend bread.

Warrens Bakery is famed for its pasties
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Pasty retailer eyes future in London

Warrens Bakery chairman has told British Baker that he has visions of opening 50 shops in London.

The Breadwinner Bakery currently supplies craft bread to 15 Scotmid sites
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Scotmid to extend Breadwinner offer

Scotmid has told British Baker of plans to expand its offering from The Breadwinner Bakery into 30 more stores throughout this year.

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