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What’s your take on GBBO?

The Great British Bake Off hit the headlines last week more than ever, thanks to the media hyped ‘Alaska-gate’.

Tesco share price hits 11 year low

Tesco’s share price has continued to fall following its latest warning of the supermarket’s worsening trading performance.

Tesco rolls Euphorium Bakeries into C-stores

Tesco has introduced a Euphorium Bakery at Hammersmith Metro, as part of the refresh programme.

PETA opens vegan bake-off voting

Animal rights charity PETA has opened the voting in its bid to find the best vegan baker in the UK. 

Tesco cut trading profit

Tesco have cut its trading profit from £2.8bn to £2.4bn, following what it is calling ‘challenging trading conditions.’

Lola's vegan cupcakes:
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Lola’s goes vegan in response to customer demand

Lola’s Kitchen, a London based cupcake company, has introduced a new vegan cupcake following customer feedback.

Paul UK updates telecoms estate as business grows

Paul UK, the French family bakery and patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage its mobile telecoms estate. 

Lidl:
600 Bakeries have now been rolled out by the German supermarket
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Lidl finalises in-store bakery roll-out

Discounter Lidl has completed its roll-out of in-store bakeries in all 600 nationwide outlets.

Bakery wins contract with Cricket club

Clayton Park Bakery has won a contract to supply Lancashire Cricket Club with pies for the upcoming cricket season. 

Tea company expands range as market for ethical tea grows

The London Tea Company has launched a new range of ‘ethical’ teas, in response to the growing market for speciality teas. 

Charity sets up own bakery

A bakery is to be set up by a charity for adults with learning difficulties, in the hope to help workers gain valuable skills.

St Austell Brewer & Bean coffee
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Success for St Austell own-brand coffee

St Austell's own-brand coffee has pushed hot drinks sales up by as much as 99% in its pubs. 

On-the-go bakery style could be the future say consumers

Research has found an increased potential for on-the-go bakery snacks after many consumers now replace a three-meals-a-day routine with regular smaller eats. 

Harris +Hoole Tesco Concession
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Closures for Harris + Hoole Tesco-backed coffee shops

Tesco-backed coffee shop chain, Harris + Hoole, will reportedly close six stores around the UK.

Footfall down in high streets

A study has found that footfall has fallen -1.7% in July, but has increased by 1.7% in out-of-town locations.

Pomme de Pain:
The sandwich chain prepares for UK expansion
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French sandwich firm targets London

French sandwich chain Pomme De Pain is set to expand into the UK in London later this month.

Pret Leavers Programme increases intake for third year

Café chain Pret A Manger is offering 30 places on its National Apprenticeship Service scheme.

Proper Cornish sets up team for growth

Proper Cornish Group is preparing for innovation growth by recruiting a new marketing director, sales director and NPD manager. 

Google hack:
Following a nasty logo replacement, Greggs social media requested a Google Doodle
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Greggs offensive logo goes viral

Greggs has been hacked on its Google listing with fraudsters putting up an offensive slogan on its official branding.

Gail’s fined £12k following customer injury

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s is to pay £12,000 after a customer fractured her pelvis at the premises.

Phat Pasty Co introduces halal products

The Phat Pasty Co has launched two halal products as part of its exotic range of pastries.

Morrisons extends opening hours for shopping trends

Morrisons has extended its opening hours in response to the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper trend.

Keep calm! National Cupcake Championships deadline extended

Think you have missed out on entering the National Cupcake Championships? Then think again… as the deadline for entries has been extended.

Pork Farms acquires Kerry Foods’ pastry assets

Pork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.

WC Rowe plans £2m spend on bakery recovery

WC Rowe is contemplating a £2m spend on its Falmouth site to bring it back up to standard, the director in charge of the renovation has said.

Paul bakery set to expand

Family-run bakery, Paul is looking to expand its UK business, after Jean-Michel Orieux became CEO last year.

99p Stores open first bakery and coffee concept

99p Stores has introduced a brand new coffee and bakery concept, which opened this week in Northampton. 

Bloomers bakewell pudding bakery sold

Derbyshire based Bloomers Bakery is changing hands for the first time in 20 years.

GBBO 2013 winner devises prune pout recipe

Last year’s Great British Bake Off winner has created her second recipe for the California Prune Board.

Street artist designs live installation for Greggs

A street artist is creating a graffiti image based on products from Greggs’ new sandwich range on a billboard in Old Street, London.

Cocomaya cronuts
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Cocomaya bakery concentrates on sweet yet innovative products

Bakery and chocolatier Cocomaya has told British Baker of its plans to develop on-trend products, but said it will also experiment with healthier alternatives.

Bakery uses crowd-funding to expand

Woodstock’s Artisan Bakery is looking to expand after it celebrated its first year of trading in July. 

White’s wins contracts with major retailers

Family-run White’s Bakery has won contracts with John Lewis and Asda, as part of its plans to build on four years of successive growth. 

Bakers wheel in more than £1k for charity

A group of bakers has raised more than £1,000 after they took to the saddle to cycle 26 miles from Manchester City to Manchester United stadium twice.

Competition authority reviews Dorset Cereals sale to ABF

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing the proposed £50m sale of Dorset Cereals to Associated British Food (ABF).

CBA to make Make-A-Wish logo cake toppers

The Craft Bakers’ Association is organising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK logo to be made into sugar discs as toppers.

Cornish fudge firm celebrates 50 years

A family-run Cornish bakery celebrated its 50th anniversary at the flagship Padstow store last week. 

BRC reports third fall in a row for food sales

Food sales are down for the third month in a row, in both like-for-like (LFL) and total terms, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

BIA and social media

The finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) have been announced – and they are already causing a stir on social media.

Pret looks to China for growth as it plans 40 more shops

Pret A Manger is researching opportunities for growth in China as it plans 40 more openings this year in its existing markets.

Chocolatier sold by private equity owners

Premium chocolatier House of Dorchester has been acquired by confectioner Charbonnel et Walker.

The #GBBO phenomenon and big brands

The Great British Bake Off is back and here British Baker looks at how the show has become a social media phenomenon.

SSP to link with celebrity chef for airport bakery concept

SSP Group, worldwide operator of outlets in travel locations, has revealed plans for a new bakery concept with UK chef James Martin, as part of a £135m contract.

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Pop up cookie firm looks for permanent site

A new cookie concept is to open a permanent shop in London, after pop-up stall successes. 

United Biscuits:
Kellogg company declines comment on £2bn bid
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United Biscuits bid speculation

Kellogg Company has declined to comment on speculation regarding a £2bn bid for United Biscuits (UB).

Oliver Peyton:
"bakeries on every high street."
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Peyton and Byrne sets bakery sights high

Restaurateur Oliver Peyton has spoken of his vision to have a bakery on every high street.

Fire in Bolton Bakery

A fire has begun Pound Bakery in Bolton town centre.

Mexican grocer expands gluten-free range

Online Mexican grocery supplier, mexgrocer.co.uk, has expanded its gluten-free product range.

Bako NW celebrates 50th year anniversary in the baking industry

Bakery wholesaler Bako North Western hosted a family fun day last weekend, in celebration of its 50th year in the industry.

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