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The Future High Street Summit will take place in Nottingham in March
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Summit to focus on high street trade improvements

Local authorities are to be urged to think of ways to bring more trade to high streets, after Christmas demonstrated the change in consumer habits.

The new 'Create a Cake' function on Patisserie Valerie website
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Patisserie Valerie launches new website with cake tool

Patisserie and cake specialist Patisserie Valerie has launched a new website with a unique ‘virtual cake creation’ tool- what it calls a bakery first.

The UK Bakery Team with Zeelandia MD David Amos.(l to r David Mizon, David Amos, Mikael Jahan, Craig Machin
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UK bakery team named for Sigep competition

A bakery trio have today (20 January) represented the UK at this year’s competition for the Sigep Bread in the City held at Rimini in Italy.

Cllr Simon Pickering Chairman with Sarah Mace Primal Joy Foods
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Free-from firm strikes first supermarket deal

A Gloucestershire ‘free-from’ snacks business has won its first supermarket listing after a £3,000 investment from the council.

Objections raised to new Coffee#1 shop proposal

Plans for a new Coffee #1 shop in the Bedminster district of Bristol have been knocked by local traders, who submitted over 60 objections to the planning application.

Thorntons stays upbeat despite fall in sales

Thorntons has seen total sales plummet 10.3% in its commercial division to £41.9m.

The £3.50 dish at Simply Crispy is served with soup
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Crisp sandwich pop-up proves a hit

A nostalgic pop-up sandwich shop has attracted global attention after bringing back the crisp twist.

Greggs
Greggs has promised a full investigation into the discovery of a glove in a pasty
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Glove discovered in Greggs pasty

Bakery giant Greggs has come under fire after a three-year-old child bit into a rubber glove baked into her pasty. 

December footfall down on 2013

Average footfall in the UK for December fell by 0.7% compared to last year’s festive season.

London bakery starts own milling project

Hackney artisan bakery E5 Bakehouse has started to mill its own wheat to make a more unique loaf.

Ocado sees Christmas sales soar
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Successful Christmas for Ocado

Ocado has seen a bumper Christmas, processing nearly 40% more items for Ocado.com and Morrisons.com than over the same period last year.

Kripsy Kreme doughnuts
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are now available at Centre Parcs
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Krispy Kreme enters leisure sector

Doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme has secured a contract with Center Parcs in its first foray into the leisure sector. 

Burton’s builds on Maryland cookie brand

Burton’s Biscuit Company has launched Maryland Soft Baked cookies after what it refers to as “breakthrough” technology.

British out-of-home breakfast preferences revealed

Cooked breakfast, toast and pastries top British consumers’ favourite out-of-home breakfasts, according to a study.

The bakery will power 90% of its day time electricity by these solar panels
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Lincolnshire baker goes green

Pocklington’s Bakery, a Lincolnshire-based craft bakery, has invested in a 150KW solar panel to generate power.

Sainbury’s tops table in tight big-four race

Christmas sales have closed the gap between the big four retailers, with a difference in sales growth of just 0.9% between them all.

Dunkin’ Donuts reveals broad expansion plan for China

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced plans to open 1,400 new stores in China over the next 20 years.

Bakeries set to prosper in 2015, finds study

The eating out sector is set to grow further in 2015 with bakeries among a clutch of sectors earmarked for growth.

Dalton Philips will continue in his role until the year-end results to ensure a smooth transition
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Morrisons boss to leave, following Christmas sales slump

Dalton Philips, the man at the helm of Morrisons, is to leave the company after the board announced that “it [was] time to start the search for a new chief executive”.

Food-to-go bumps up Greggs’ Christmas sales

High street bakery giant Greggs has said it had a “very strong Christmas”, with own shop like-for-like sales (LFLs) up 4.5% for the financial year.

Greggs reviews decision on Glasgow store pay

Greggs has changed its mind on a decision to dock the pay of those who didn’t work their shift, after the Glasgow lorry tragedy.

Raspberry Dawnut:
Dawn ran an American Bakery Campaign last year
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Dawn Foods continues American adventure

Dawn Foods has launched its 2015 Great Bakes of the States Adventure, which gives high street bakers the chance to win £10,000-worth of bakery equipment.

Aryzta naan
Aryzta plans to expand in-demand flatbreads category worldwide
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Aryzta enters joint venture on flatbreads

Swiss food group Aryzta plans to drive its flatbreads category Honeytop globally via a joint venture with the group that previously ran the business. 

The Morning Foods new gluten free range
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Gluten-free oat range launched

Oat miller and manufacturer Morning Foods has launched a new gluten-free oat range, in a bid to break into the free-from sector.

Middleton brother makes another loss with cake business

The cake business of James Middleton, brother of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has made a loss for its third consecutive year.

SSP operates brands such as Millie's Cookies
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SSP food travel giant sees LFLs up

SSP, the leading food operator in travel locations worldwide, has seen like-for-like (LFL) sales grow 2.7% in its first quarter.

Naan better for Hampshire firemen

Firemen in Hampshire have broken the world record for the biggest naan in the world.

Australian coffee retailer opens second London outlet

Australian coffee shop Kaffeine is to open a second site in central London.

Bristol firm enjoys successful sales

Bristol-based café business, Boston Tea Party, has seen a 11.5% increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales for the year ending 22 October 2014.

M&S sees positive festive performance for food

Marks & Spencer hailed a “very good” Christmas in food, claiming a record sales increase of 17% in the key Christmas week.

New Year health kicks likely to hit bakery goods

A new survey from FMCG research company Canadean has suggested that sales of bakery treats may be hit this week as consumers go on New Year health kicks.

Tesco sees Christmas success, despite announcement to shut 43 stores

Tesco has made its first trading update of 2015, revealing plans to shut 43 “unprofitable” stores, most of which are likely to be convenience outlets.

Mike Coupe:
supermarket boss
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Sainsbury’s: LFLs down and warns on deflation

Sainsbury’s has revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) fell during the important festive period – and warned the remainder of its financial year would be “challenging”.

Waitrose mince pies:
Positive festive results for the retailer
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Waitrose sees strong festive sales

Like-for-like sales increased by 2.8% at supermarket Waitrose over the Christmas period – the sixth consecutive year it has outperformed the market.

Asda's farmhouse 50p loaf
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Supermarkets reduce bread prices in ongoing cuts

The price war continues, as Asda and Sainsbury’s are to slash the prices of bread as part of new price investments.

Richard Hodgson joins Premier Food
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Pizza Express boss joins Premier Foods board

Premier Foods has appointed the chief executive of Pizza Express as a non-executive director in the company.

Competition authority moves to phase two on Pork Farms/Kerry deal

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will launch a phase two investigation into the acquisition by Pork Farms of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods Limited.

BF Done's Wednesfield is closed until further notice
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BF Done & Son shuts shop over Christmas

A Wolverhampton bakery, BF Done & Son, shut its shop until further notice - just before the busy Christmas period.

UK retailers ‘optimistic’ for 2015

UK retailers are ‘optimistic’ about the year ahead, according to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Throntons makes profit warning
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Thorntons issues Christmas profit warning

High street chocolate company, Thorntons, has warned investors that profits will be below expectations.

NO.G quiches now stocked in Sainbury's
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Gluten-free win for NO.G at awards

Gluten-free bakery, No.G, has scooped the top prize for top free-from food product.

Pub opens bakery on-site

A pub in Berkshire has opened with an on-site coffee shop and bakery, to offer customers fresh food on the go.

Birds of Derby's new Borrowash shop
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Birds of Derby opens new-look shop

Birds of Derby bakery has opened its 56th shop, with a new-look design created by a local shop fitter.

BIA 12 days of Christmas: Sainsbury’s capitalises on win

It was Sainsbury’s that scooped the prestigious title of In-store Bakery Retailer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards earlier this year.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Slattery to improve online business

The tenth instalment of our Christmas treats- Slattery, the renowned Manchester-based bakery and chocolatier is to invest its online offering.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: JG Ross see’s future in gluten-free products for 2015

Customer service winner at this year’s BIAs, JG Ross, expects competition to stiffen in 2015, but has exciting predictions for its gluten-free products.

The year review: what 2014 meant for the baking industry

In a turbulent and exciting year for the baking industry, British Baker looks back at the big stories from 2014.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Cinnamon Square to launch new brand

Winner of 2014’s Innovation Award, Cinnamon Square is number seven in the BIA 12 Days feature - ready to launch a new brand as well as expand the business.

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Paul UK outlines expansion plans and new ranges for 2015

Another gem in our Christmas installations - artisan bakery Paul - has told us all about the business’ plans to open three shops outside the capital, and increase the number of shops which run its Bread Masterclasses.

Robin Jones, Village Bakery managing director
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BIA 12 Days of Christmas: The Village Bakery looks to baking academy to inspire new generation of bakers

On the fifth day of the BIA 12 Days of Christmas feature, British Baker presents to you The Village Bakery’s view on 2015, and its delight with 2014.

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