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Premier Foods Halloween range from Mr Kipling
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Consumers to spend £240m on Halloween

Consumers will spend up to £240m on Halloween in 2014, according to the latest research.

Allergen training offered

Following the new allergen legislation for food manufacturing employees, Train4Academy has launched a new training package to prepare food handling staff for the laws. 

Thorntons:
the chocolate company hope for a positive full year despite sales drop
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Thorntons reports sales slump

Thorntons has reported an overall sales decrease of 11.9% in its first quarter.

The Sawley Kitchen
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The Sawley Kitchen hopes for hat-trick with local awards

Artisan biscuit bakery The Sawley Kitchen has been shortlisted for two Yorkshire awards. 

IGD:
the convention hosted a line-up of conferences and events about the retail industry
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Simple strategies advocated by food company CEOs

Food company chief executives, speaking at the IGD Convention in London, agreed that keeping business strategies simple is important during a challenging economy.

Mary Berry worked as a food writer since the 1960s
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Panasonic finds that GBBO sparks increase in home baking

Ahead of tonight’s Great British Bake Off final, research finds 57% of people have been inspired to bake more, after watching this year’s show.

Highest wheat yield on record
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Wheat yields ‘highest on record’

A survey has found that the 2014 UK harvest for wheat has a record high yield, following “near perfect” growing conditions. 

Blind cake icing
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BAKO North Western raises £550 for Craft Bakers’ Week charity

BAKO North Western (BNW) has raised more than £550 for the Make-A-Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ Week.

The low carb bakery will open this month
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Andre Agassi fronts expansion plans for healthy Bistro-deli in UK

Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. 

Insomnia:
Irish coffee brand will come to the UK next year
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UK in sight for Irish coffee retailer Insomnia

Irish coffee chain Insomnia will open its first UK outlet early in 2015.

Beans and Steam
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Bidvest introduces new coffee brand package

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has launched a ‘full front of house’ coffee brand named Beans and Steam.

Rocky road sponge:
the bakery sells classic and new flavour bakes
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Sponge soaks up £300k eco revamp

Norfolk-based cake company Sponge, owned by Byfords, has just completed a £300,000 refurbishment on its bakery to make it more eco-friendly.

The system ranks levels of fats, sugar and salt on a scale of green to red
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Italy fights against labelling system

Italy has won a ruling from the European Commission that the traffic light system is overly ‘simplistic.’

Morrisons:
the loyalty card scheme will reach all of its supermarkets by Christmas
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Morrisons takes on discounters with loyalty card

Morrisons is to launch a new loyalty card scheme in a bid to climb back up the ranks in the supermarket battles. 

Cake firm launches nostalgic ranges

Exquisite Handmade Cakes, based in Leeds, will launch cocktail and sweet shop cake ranges early next year.

Salted caramel:
Clam's Cakes delivers around the UK
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Clam’s Cakes set to hit £1m turnover

Handmade cake supplier Clam’s Cakes has predicted a turnover of £1m this year, after expanding into larger premises in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

Dave Lewis:
new chief is dealing with the impact of the overstatement
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Financial Conduct Authority to investigate Tesco

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for overstating profits by £250m.

Mike Coupe:
Sainsbury's chief outlines future plans
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Sainsbury’s bullish despite drop in LFL sales

Sainsbury’s has seen a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales, due to a “dynamic and fiercely competitive market”, according to the supermarket.

Stephen McAllister:
Current 'world champion' for his Scotch pies
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World Scotch Pie Championships 2014 open

The entries for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships have opened, with butchers and bakers getting ready to battle it out for the top spot.

Aldi profits boom

Aldi has announced a soar in profits after competitive prices attracted customers to the discounted supermarket.

Fabulous Baker Brothers:
Tom and Henry Herbert are supporting Craft Bakers' Week 2014
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Craft Baker’s Week begins!

A whole week dedicated to celebrating craft bakeries has kicked off today.

Pierre Hermé:
The chef is set to open it's second stand alone London boutique
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Pierre Hermé to open London boutique bakery

Pierre Hermé, French pastry chef, is to open a stand-alone boutique in London, located in the Seven Dials area.

Handmade:
New shops in the pipeline for Patisserie Valerie
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Patisserie Valerie accelerates expansion plans

Patisserie Valerie has said it is currently opening “a store every two to three weeks”, this comes after its stock market floatation plans prove successful. 

'Artesian feel':
The new look display table for larger stores
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Cuisine de France to roll out 120 refreshed in-store bakeries

Cuisine de France, part of food business Aryzta, has said it aims to roll out 120 new-look in-store bakeries over the next year. 

Grocery inflation low
Inflation decrease means food costs are the same as last year
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Supermarket war continues as market reaches low

Competition within supermarkets has driven down grocery inflation to zero. 

Moves to restructure UB's Manchester plant could lead to 157 job cuts
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United Biscuits to cut jobs at Manchester site

United Biscuits (UB) has confirmed it could cut up to 157 jobs at its McVitie’s plant in Manchester. 

Burton's Biscuits:
The new line up of 'out of home' snacks
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Burton's Biscuits expands snack range

Burton’s Biscuit Company has expanded into the 'out of home' market, by launching a range of single serve snack packs aimed at adults.

Strawberry Cheesecake flavour cupcakes launched in line with National Cupcake Week
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Supermarkets get involved in Cupcake Week

Sainsbury’s has launched its new cupcake products in line with National Cupcake Week.

Artist impression of what the new shop will look like
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Rebrand for Esquires coffee house

Franchise chain Esquires Coffee is to reopen its first new-look shop in Durham as part of its plans to rebrand.

Premier Foods restructure allowing honed focus on cakes

Premier Foods has announced the restructure of its commercial sector, creating three new Strategic Business Units (SBU’s).

Greggs:
Expansion into c-stores could be on the horizon
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Greggs trial expansion in c-store sector

Greggs has teamed up with owners of Spar, Blakemore Retail to trial franchise offerings in c-stores. 

Price cuts impact Morrisons’ sales and profits

Morrisons has unveiled plunging profits and like-for-like sales (LFLs) for the first half of the year, following its price cutting strategy.

Bath Bakery branches into gluten-free

Family-run Bath Bakery has launched a new range of gluten-free goods to meet customer demands.

The range will be stocked in the chilled free-from section
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Gluten-free brand scoops first major multiple contract

NO.G gluten-free brand has won its first major supermarket contract with Sainsbury’s. 

Costa Coffee:
The brand has seen an impressive sales growth in the past year
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Costa Coffee sales boom

Costa has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.

Low food inflation hits sales

Food and drink sales have reached a new low in August.

The Great White loaf:
A white bread with the same amount of fibre as a wholemeal loaf.
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Allied Bakeries forecast for profit increase

Associated British Foods plc (ABF) has said sales and profits will be up this year at Allied Bakeries, following the launch of its Kingsmill Great White loaf.

First drive through bakery plans for Scotland

Scottish based Stephens Bakery hopes to open a drive-through bakery concept.

Online technology helps bakers select products

Foodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has created an online tool to help bakery customers choose the right products.

Mr Kipling makes edible ad campaign

Mr Kipling, owned by Premier Foods, has created a poster board made from baked goods as part of its ‘Life is better with cake’ campaign. 

£300,000 of funding helps Northampton bakery project

The Good Loaf Community Interest Company has been granted £386,487 of National Lottery funding to employ female ex-offenders.

Battle of the loaves:
Sainsbury's have joined the price war on bread
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Sainsbury’s joins price war on loaves

Sainsbury’s is the latest in the glut of supermarkets to slash the price of its loaves in an ongoing “race to the bottom”.

The Indulgent Bakery:
The new site is set to open next month
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Warings Bakery expands

Berkshire-based Warings Craft Bakery is to open its seventh shop, under its Indulgent Bakery brand. 

Buttermilk's Salted Caramel Fudge:
The £60,000 deal will see products sold at NT sites across the UK
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Cornish Fudge Company bags National Trust deal

The Buttermilk Confectionery Company has won a deal to supply 60,000 packets of fudge a year to the National Trust.

Lees Foods invests £1.7m after year success

Lees Foods has announced it will invest £1.7m in its Coatbridge factory to better production of its snowball and teacake products.

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.’

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