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Petition launched to save train station café

A petition has been launched to save a local café after it was told it was not “trendy and rustic enough”.

TV's Peter Sidwell helps NHS with healthy offering

TV chef and judge on Britain’s Best Bakery Peter Sidwell is to help NHS Scotland in creating healthy bakery options in its coffee shop chain Aroma.

Mix'ems
Mix'ems is the latest launch from Burton's under the Maryland brand
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Burton’s adds another line to Maryland brand

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Maryland Mix’ems – another derivative of the popular £47m Maryland brand. 

Cadbury
Cadbury Mini Rolls adds four news flavours along with TV campaign
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Cadbury revamps Mini Rolls

Premier Foods has relaunched Cadbury Mini Rolls with new flavours, new packaging and a TV campaign for the first time in eight years.

Scottish co-operative gets behind Real Bread Week

Scotmid Co-operative is supporting the seventh Real Bread Week (9 to 15 May) in partnership with Edinburgh-based The Breadwinner Bakery.

Baguette
Filled baguettes are the most popular sandwich option
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Sandwich popularity flies in the face of low-carb trend

Sandwiches are three times as popular as salads among the people of Britain with the baguette coming out on top. 

McGhee’s named Scottish Baker of the Year

McGhee’s Bakery has been named Scottish Baker of the Year.

Jon Jenkins will become the new head of Allied Bakeries
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Exclusive: New managing director appointed at Allied Bakeries

Jon Jenkins, the boss of tea firm Twinings, has been appointed as the new head of Allied Bakeries, British Baker can reveal.

Live: Election 2015

David Cameron will return as Prime Minister after the Tories gain a majority- defying polls and winning the general election. 

Baker sought for Scottish island

A Scottish Isle is seeking a baker to set up business and help boost food tourism as well as the skills set in the area.

US bakery firm makes ingredients transparency pledge

An American bakery giant, Panera Bread, has pledged to simplify what goes into its goods by publishing a ‘No No List’.

Aunt Bessie's
Aunt Bessie's makes a first move into the ambient cake market
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Aunt Bessie’s moves into cakes

Yorkshire pudding favourite Aunt Bessie’s is expanding into the ambient cake category through a licensing agreement with Bright Blue Foods. 

Supermarkets
Supermarket sales growth slows in 12 weeks to April
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Grocery price deflation hits supermarket sales

Supermarket sales have slowed to a revenue growth of 0.2% compared to last year, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. 

Kingsmill launches Burger Thins

Allied Bakeries has extended its range of sandwich alternatives by launching new Kingsmill Burger Thins.

Bakery Market Report 2015
Bakery Market Report 2015 lists the top 75 bakery companies
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Is the future of bakery bright? You told us:

Almost 55% of bakers are more positive about the future of their bakeries than one year ago, British Baker can reveal. 

Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe insists company is strong
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Sainsbury's posts first loss in a decade

Sainsbury’s has revealed a pre-tax loss of £72m for the year to 14 March - its first loss in a decade. 

John Duffy: "strategy to diversify into new channels."
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Finsbury Food to save 150 jobs in desserts acquisition

Bakery giant Finsbury Food Group has today announced the proposed acquisition of Johnstone’s Just Desserts (Johnstone’s), from administrators FRP Advisory.

Royal baby cupcakes
Cupcakes in honour of the royal princess sold out in minutes
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Royal baby cakes sell out fast

A Norwich baker sold out of royal baby-themed cakes in 20 minutes following the arrival of Kate and Will’s second child. 

Shopping
Staple items are down overall on the last month
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Aldi retains lowest price position for bakery

Aldi remains the cheapest supermarket for bakery items while the cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen £1 overall in the last month. 

Irwin’s strikes deal with Tesco for Joeys

Northern Irish company Irwin’s Bakery has secured a deal with Tesco to stock its Jammy Joeys and Snowy Joeys in more than 700 Tesco stores across Britain.

Bakers urged to use safe eggs

Bakers have been warned to make sure they are sourcing eggs from verifiable sources following the conviction of an American egg supplier.

Allied Bakeries embraces free-from market

Allied Bakeries has made a move into gluten free, launching two ‘free-from’ products under the Burgen brand.

Dublin opens ‘smart’ bakery

The world’s first ‘smart’ bakery has opened in Dublin, equipped with its own phone app, Bitcoin payment methods and Segway-style boards for the bakers to travel on.

Subway asks customers to ‘Stay Picky’

Subway has launched a new brand campaign with the tagline ‘Stay Picky’.

John Kay at the bakery
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Manchester bakery gives election views to BBC

Manchester-based Robinsons the Master Bakers appeared on BBC One’s 1pm news this week, talking about the upcoming election.

Brownie firm doubles production

Bad Brownie bakery has more than doubled its product output after opening a new kitchen.

Independent sandwich firm reaches central London

Cook & Garcia, an artisan food-to-go retailer, is to open its second shop as it gains some presence in the capital.

Greggs new style 'bakery-to-go' shop
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Greggs turns in another robust performance

Greggs the bakers has posted another set of “strong” trading results, with like-for-like sales up 5.9%- ahead of its expectations.

Morrisons hails ‘unique’ fresh offer

Morrisons supermarket has praised itself on making “more fresh food than any other supermarket”, giving it a unique selling point. 

Welsh pasty maker embraces snacking

Peter’s Food Service has moved into the snack market after launching a new multipack pasty product.

Product innovation sees Costa LFL sales surge

Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned chain, has seen like-for-like sales leap by 6%, driven by an increase in transactions.

Pump Street Bakery
Pump Street Bakery today opens a pop-up in Shoreditch
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Suffolk bakery opens London pop-up

Suffolk-based Pump Street Bakery is to venture into London, as it opens a pop-up shop in the capital. 

Snacking on the rise, while average spend falls

More people are buying snacks and meals to eat outside the home as the number of foodservice outlets and cuisine choice continue to grow.

Richard Pegg, Wrights van sales manager
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Wrights invests in delivery vans

Wrights Food Group has made a major investment in its delivery fleet to meet sales needs.

Tesco to slow Euphorium roll-outs

Tesco has revealed a ‘strategic’ plan to slow the roll-out of Harris+Hoole and Euphorium sites, after it wrote down £82m over the joint investments.

Pastry and sandwiches outlet added at The Savoy

The ninth food and drink outlet at the Savoy has opened, selling sandwiches and pastries with a focus on éclairs.

Shortbread gains renewed popularity

Shortbread is seeing 6.1% year-on-year growth as it becomes a year-round sweet biscuit option.

Starbucks
Starbucks launches second evening site in UK
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Starbucks introduces second Evening store in UK

Coffee giant Starbucks has launched a second trial of its evening concept at Edinburgh Airport. 

EAT
EAT follows ambitious expansion plans
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Sandwich chain outlines ambitious store plan

High street sandwich chain EAT will open two more London sites in May as it presses on with expansion plans to double the business over the next three years. 

Watch: bakers explore potential in farm shops and delis

British Baker visited the Farm Shop & Deli show in the NEC and asked the question: why supply a farm shop or deli?

Cold Brew
Starbucks has launched Cold Brew in three of 30 initial sites
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Starbucks brews up cold speciality

Starbucks has today launched Cold Brew in three central London stores, ahead of a roll-out to 30 sites. 

Holland & Barrett
Free-from store Holland & Barrett More has opened in Chester
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Holland & Barrett launches first of 50 free-from stores

Health store chain Holland & Barrett has today opened the country’s first-ever free-from concept store under the brand Holland & Barrett More. 

Toppings Pies reaches south with Budgens

Doncaster-based Toppings Pies has struck a deal with Budgens, in a bid to spread further down south.

Tesco suffers record loss

Tesco has posted a record £6.4bn annual pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February.

Which?
Which? has issued challenge on supermarket pricing
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Which? issues challenge on supermarket pricing tactics

Consumer rights campaigner Which? has issued the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with a “super-complaint” regarding supermarket pricing practices. 

New York Bagel Company
New York Bagel Company joins the Thins market
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New York Bakery Company launches Sandwich Thins

The New York Bakery Company is adding Bagel Sandwich Thins to its range this spring with a £2.5m campaign. 

Mr Kipling boosts Premier’s performance

Premier Foods continues to show improved trading performance in Q1 as master brand Mr Kipling “remains the star”.

Bakery firms scoop supplier awards

United Biscuits and Allied Bakeries have taken two top-spots in The Grocer’s Supplier of The Year competition for the Bakery category.

Subway
Subway continues to target non-traditional locations
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Subway opens 500th non-traditional store

Sandwich chain Subway has hit another 2015 milestone in opening 500 stores in non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland. 

Linda Hill
Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers was delighted to win the Scotch Pie award
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Scotch pie winner sees sales surge

The current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. 

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