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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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”.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

The best bacon sarnie revealed

A survey has revealed the nation’s favorite way to eat a bacon sarnie is in white bread, with smoked bacon and brown sauce.

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.

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